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  • The Cubs have released minor league LHP Jonathan Bruzual, RHP Fernando Calderon, C Daniel Diaz, INF Henrry Pedra, and OF Jose Alonso Gaitan.  

    Arizona Phil 1 week 6 days ago
  • crunch 1 week 6 days ago
  • everyone is gonna love the ozuna (STL) non-defensive highlight from tonight's game.  epic misjudging of a ball...

    dude has a gold glove, btw...just saying...

    crunch 2 weeks 11 min ago
  • maples pitched tonight (1ip 0h 3bb 2k, 1r/0er) for iowa...guess he can be marked off the "who's getting called up" list

    crunch 2 weeks 48 min ago
  • Phil, I was expecting another wave of Latinos. Is the camp full?

    Hagsag 2 weeks 3 hours ago
  • Who will be heading to Chicago to replace Jon Lester?

    Hagsag 2 weeks 5 hours ago
  • i wanted to make a joke moreso than i had actual solutions to the issue.

    unless they want to add someone to the 40-man he's probably as good of an option as anyone else considering no one else is an obvious option.  if it's only 1 start needed before lester returns it's probably the most sane option, too.

    day off off next off monday following...there's some rest periods in there for heavy pen use and/or 4-man rotation options over the next couple weeks.

    crunch 2 weeks 6 hours ago
  • A rainout during the Angels series could forestall the issue of finding a Lester stand-in.

    Charlie 2 weeks 7 hours ago
  • If not Chatwood, then whom?

    tim815 2 weeks 7 hours ago
  • "As for a replacement, Maddon praised how Tyler Chatwood is throwing and added he's not sure what the front office's view is at this point regarding a call-up."

    can someone hook me up with maddon's weed connection because he's obviously getting some primo stuff...

    crunch 2 weeks 8 hours ago
  • Lester to the IL. 

    Hagsag 2 weeks 8 hours ago
  • Actually, if an LAA game is cancelled this weekend, I'd probably look for MLB to stick the LAA/Cubs make up on July 11. LAA starts after the break on the road at StL (F-S-S). Not alot of common off-days for LAA & Cubs, especially when LAA is anywhere remotely close to the midwest. 

    First.Pitch.120 2 weeks 9 hours ago
  • Angels are probably screwed though... 

    First.Pitch.120 2 weeks 9 hours ago
  • Inevitable April Rain-Out ...

    Good news is that the Cubs/Pirates can sitck a make-up game from this week on July 11, the Thursday after the all star break. PIT is in town for that first series (Fr-Sat-Sun) of the symbolic 2nd half. 

    Not a totally crappy option. 

    First.Pitch.120 2 weeks 9 hours ago
  • This has the cadence of a letter written to a dear friend while just a bit tipsy. Love it! Looking forward to some reports from Des Moines!

    Charlie 2 weeks 10 hours ago
  • I see what the PTBNL rule is saying now. Those players can be included as a PTBNL in a post-deadline deal but they cannot be named/added to the roster until after the World Series. So they wouldn’t be available to play for the new team during the remainder of the regular season or playoffs, correct? 

    bradsbeard 2 weeks 11 hours ago
  • A player who is released after being outrighted and then subsequently signs a minor league deal with the same club or with another MLB club is no longer considered to be an "outrighted player," so that player can be traded after 7/31. 

    A player on an MLB 40-man roster who is on Optional Assignment to the minors cannot be traded during the period of time beginning at 4 PM (Eastern) on 7/31 and extending until the day after the final game of the World Series, but he can be a PTBNL in a trade made before 7/31 or a trade (involving a player on a minor league reserve list) made after 7/31 but prior to the final seven days of the MLB regular season as long as he is not placed on an MLB Active List during the period of time he is a PTBNL, and he cannot be named as a PTBNL during the period of time extendung from 4 PM (Eastern) on 7/31 through the conclusion of the World Series (that is, until 9 AM Eastern on the day after the final game of the World Series). 

    A player who signs after being selected in the MLB Rule 4 Draft (First-Year Player Draft) or who was eligible for selection in the Rule 4 Draft but was not selected and who signs with an MLB club as a Non-Drafted Free-agent (NDFA) cannot be traded for at least 90 days or until after the conclusion of the World Series (no earlier than 9 AM on the day after the final game of the World Series) -- WHICHEVER COMES LAST. 

    A player signed after being selected in the MLB Rule 4 Draft (First-Year Player Draft) cannot be a PTBNL in any trade made prior to the conclusion of the World Series. 

    Arizona Phil 2 weeks 11 hours ago
  • I’m a little confused. So a player who signed a major league contract but was optioned and is still on optional assignment can be traded after 7/31, the team just has to announce it as a PTBNL and then name him sometime before the World Series? Can they name him immediately and add him to the roster? If so, why does he have to be a PTBNL? If not, how long do they have to wait?

    What happens if a player signs an MLB contract but is released (not outrighted) and then signs a MiLB deal with another club? Can that player be traded?

    bradsbeard 2 weeks 12 hours ago
  • Who will fill in for the pitcher they thought they were getting when they signed Chatwood?  Same with Darvish.

    VirginiaPhil 2 weeks 12 hours ago
  • that could be a slippery slope for a team already maxing out their payroll.  if chatwood gets an all-star selection or gets enough cy young votes his 2020 contract could escalate from 13m to 17m.


    seriously, though...ew gross chatwood.

    crunch 2 weeks 13 hours ago
  • Chatwood would fill in I am sure.

    Hagsag 2 weeks 16 hours ago
  • It almost certainly would have been Alec Mills if it wasn't that he is at EXST trying to get into game-shape, but the Cubs signed Colin Rea and Christian Bergman (who got released) just for this eventuality, which is to say, an MLB ready SP who can provide a spot start or two until the SP prospects with upside (Robinson, Swarmer, Rucker, Hatch, and Steele) are fully-ready for MLB. Then the Cubs can just DFA Rea when they don't need him anymore, and thank him for his service.  

    Arizona Phil 2 weeks 21 hours ago
  • Colin Rea is my guess.

    Has MLB experience, and options remaining.

    tim815 2 weeks 23 hours ago
  • lester getting an MRI...damn.

    i can't even imagine who is gonna fill in for him if he misses a start (or more).

    underwood is on the 40-man, but that is a very weak option.  j.steele is on the 40-man, too, but the majors might be a stretch for him right now.  it might be t.clifton time sooner than later.

    crunch 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • yeah..."sigh" was the best i could do while staying neutral.

    crunch 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • I know, no politics here, but damn!

    Hagsag 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • this...

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday scrapped a historic agreement between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation that would have allowed Cuban players to sign with U.S. teams without needing to defect.


    The senior Trump administration official suggested that the agreement would have subjected the players to “human trafficking” by the Cuban government, making them “pawns of the Cuba dictatorship.”


    crunch 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • dat pen tho...brach/kintzler/rosario/strop

    7ip 4h 2bb 8k, 0r/er

    crunch 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • Whoever put down Descalso for first run scored at Wrigley this season and Lester with first RBI has a pretty nice leg up on the Predictions Contest.

    Jackstraw 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • Thanks.  And really!?  Geez!  Just what the bullpen needs today.

    JoePepitone 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • Sounds like he felt tightness in his hamstring after running the bases.

    Rob Richardson 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • I'm at work and I can only sneak over to the TV from time-to-time.  What was Lester's injury?  Gameday is lousy on details.

    Edit:  Gameday must have heard me complaining.  They updated with a note -- "Cubs pitcher Jon Lester left the game due to an injured leg."  Did it look like he pulled a hammie or something?

    JoePepitone 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • ump's zone is crazy wide so far in the 1st...PIT getting a bit angsty.

    crunch 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • Bryant hasn't been the same since he was hit in the head with the fastball.  I was at the game in Pittsburgh when Sammy was hit by a Solomon Torres 94 mph fastball. It shattered his helmet.  Sammy was never the same after that.  He flinched at everything.  And, that's what KB is doing.  He's flinching on fastballs down the middle. He already wasn't a great RISP hitter.  But, he hit HRs.  If he doesn't hit those HRs at a 30 per year clip, I'm not sure he's a key player anymore.  He's not the captain of the team, but he's supposed to the MVP.  He hit the HR in game 5 of the WSeries to keep it going.  It's pretty deflating to a team for "the Guy" to go up there and not produce when needed, repeatedly.

    I love Rizzo and Javy, but IMO, as KB goes, the Cubs go.

    Childersb3 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • i'm a huge fan of getting those big bats closer to the top of the lineup.

    given how much power is in the lineup almost every game (at least 4-5 regulars), i'm not worried about bryant's power being wasted slotted up front.

    as far as him being a little cold right now, i have faith it will get better for him.

    crunch 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • I'd like Zobrist, Contreras, Rizzo, Bryant, Javy, Schwarber until Bryant heats up or Contreras cools down. I get the sense that Maddon sees Bryant as too valuable to mess with, though.

    Charlie 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • Kris Bryant shouldn't be in the 2Hole. He needs to hit 5th of 6th.


    Childersb3 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • Something different about Heyward beginning with that first home run, which was a laser, like there was power in his hands and forearms. Has he stopped believing that hitting means getting your shoulders through the zone?

    My son says, juice does that--but I don't think so, not with this guy. Maybe it's the new Heyward-whisperer, Iapoce.

    If it continues, it will do wonders for this team.

    VirginiaPhil 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • Why, you were expecting to get him back?

    If you want to lock up somebody who is actually with the Cubs, try Nico Hoerner before they trade him at midseason.

    VirginiaPhil 2 weeks 1 day ago
  • webster+ryan with a nice bounce-back today, both throwing 1.1ip each and looking good doing it.

    crunch 2 weeks 2 days ago
  • april 7th and DET's s.greene has 7 saves.  neat.

    62 by k-rod is the record.

    crunch 2 weeks 2 days ago
  • j.hader is good at throwing baseballs.

    crunch 2 weeks 2 days ago
  • he loaded the bases on 2bb and a wild pitch allowing a 3rd runner to reach on a K, but he got out of it when the pitcher hit for himself.

    that's cy young calibre chatwood.

    crunch 2 weeks 2 days ago
  • Chatwood in early. Everybody can relax.

    Charlie 2 weeks 2 days ago
  • hedricks...

    4ip 8h 1bb 4k, 4r/er, 75 pitches and done.

    crunch 2 weeks 2 days ago
  • did anyone keep the receipt for that recent hendricks purchase?

    i tried digging through the trash for it, but it's filled with gross stuff like coffee grounds and most of the bullpen.

    crunch 2 weeks 2 days ago
  • E-MAN: Maples' command comes & goes, but no question he has the best pure stuff among the bullpen candidates (high-velo FB, power SL, and hammer CV).  

    Arizona Phil 2 weeks 2 days ago
  • I like HR Heyward much better than his evil twin DP Heyward.

    Jackstraw 2 weeks 2 days ago
  • It always seems that Rosario is getting by using mirrors. 

    Hagsag 2 weeks 2 days ago
  • Thank you PHIL. Any power arms that can get the ball close to the plate would be a bonus. Was Maples making progress with his control while in AZ?

    The E-Man 2 weeks 2 days ago