Eric S 07/03/2019 - 9:06pm (View in context)
Ginormous difference between the bench depth with these two teams
Told ya Willson is a gold glove outfielder - Ye of little faith!!!
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 8:56pm (View in context)
First two pitches were cookie breaking balls square in the middle of the zone. Swung right thru both of them. He’s like Happ, but older and speaks Italian.
QuietMan 07/03/2019 - 8:53pm (View in context)
He fits right in.
crunch 07/03/2019 - 8:53pm (View in context)
r.garcia K’s on 4 pitches.
welcome to the bigs.
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 8:37pm (View in context)
Caratini with homers from both sides of the plate. Get that man an outfielders glove and stick him in center!
Dolorous Jon Lester 07/03/2019 - 6:34pm (View in context)
While we’re at it, get rid of Edwards too. He‘s only good in low pressure spots.
Dolorous Jon Lester 07/03/2019 - 6:33pm (View in context)
Agreed on Monty. I think he’s just having “one of those years” and will bounce back next year. Descalso is trash.
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 5:22pm (View in context)
Cubs still have two more years of club control over Monty and he does have respectable numbers as a starter the last couple seasons — hard to just DFA that. I‘d rather see him hit the IL for something and get some kind of value for Monty down the road.
Descalso can go if an immenent injury is out of the question.
Both need to get of the 25 asap.
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 5:16pm (View in context)
Backs were against the wall with both KB and JHey not available to start. Hopefully Almora is focused and hitterish tonight
Charlie 07/03/2019 - 5:12pm (View in context)
Boo to human frailty and mortality in general.
What a bummer for Tommy. I hope he still attends the ceremonies and gets his recognition in person.
chitownmvp01 07/03/2019 - 5:09pm (View in context)
Why haven't Descalso and Montgomery been DFA'd yet?
Option Rosario when Edwards gets back and DFA Montgomery to give Alzolay another start after the all star break. Replace Descalso with Zagunis.
Charlie 07/03/2019 - 5:08pm (View in context)
Schwarber playing the giant LF and Willson getting the rare RF start seems like a heck of a gamble, but I guess you gotta do something to get the offense going.
Hagsag 07/03/2019 - 4:57pm (View in context)
Losing Zobrist reminds me of when the Blackhawks lost Marian Hossa.
crunch 07/03/2019 - 4:49pm (View in context)
la stella with a fractured leg
out 8-10+ weeks
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 4:42pm (View in context)
Yeah, any combination of two of Descalso, Almora and Russell in the starting lineup hasn’t worked out so hot
Also, best not strike out four times right after the mid-year team meeting or your ass will be sitting on the bench!
Also, also ... both KB and JHey getting a rest due to banged up knees - KB hard slides in Cincy requiring icing his knees and JHey from a slide(s) last night.
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 3:58pm (View in context)
It was suggested here during Darvish’s last start that Willson should start in left field and Caratini should catch — well, Willson’s starting in right but glad to see the brass is paying attention to TCR! Lol
Dolorous Jon Lester 07/03/2019 - 3:51pm (View in context)
Schwarber/ Baez/ Rizzo/ Contreras (RF)/ Caratini/ Bote/ Baddison/ Almora/ Darvish
3 easy outs at the bottom of the lineup as usual. How Joe takes Heyward out with the roll he’s been on is shocking. Especially in favor of Albert.
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 3:43pm (View in context)
A very good recap of an interview this afternoon with a clearly frustrated (and pissed) Theo on the Cubs flagship station 670 the Score
There potentially could be a lot of changes to the roster this year
Also, if you’ve sensed that the Cubs this year have particularly been toast if they‘ve trailed relatively early in games, your sense is correct: Cubs are now 5-27 when trailing after four innings
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 3:06pm (View in context)
Get your playoff ticket orders in now.
Seriously, this move is about two weeks too late - hope Robel can add a spark to a semi-catatonic lineup.
crunch 07/03/2019 - 2:28pm (View in context)
maples down, r.garcia up
Arizona Phil 07/03/2019 - 1:45pm (View in context)
ERIC: Right. If Villar were to be acquired by the Cubs this month, Russell can be optioned to Iowa until September roster-expansion and then traded or non-tendered post-2019. And if Villar replaces Russell on the 25, the Cubs would still have room for another bench bat (like N. Walker or M. Cabrera, or even both if Descalso is dropped from the 25) since they are presently operating with a three-man bench and a nine-man bullpen (which probably won't last much longer).
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 1:37pm (View in context)
Also gives the Cubs a viable major league shortstop should Javy need a breather or, worse yet, get injured. No need to keep Russell on the roster.
Arizona Phil 07/03/2019 - 1:35pm (View in context)
ERIC S: Villar is under control through 2020, so Hoerner would not need to be rushed but at the same time he wouldn't be blocked at 2B, either.
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 1:32pm (View in context)
Would be a decent bridge until Nico Hoerner is ready to make the jump.
Arizona Phil 07/03/2019 - 1:21pm (View in context)
ERIC S: Villar is faster (he's one of the fastest players in MLB) and has more range than Bote at 2B but Bote has a stronger arm. Villar can play SS as well as 2B (but he's MUCH better at 2B), so he is a 2B who can also play SS while Bote is a 2B who can also play 3B.
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 1:11pm (View in context)
Looking at Villar’s 2018 stats ... switch hitter who bats better as a lefty (360 OBP) vs righty (265 OBP). 16 stolen bases (6 CS). Haven’t checked defensive stats but presumably better glove than Bote at 2nd? Villar could assume lead off role against righty pitchers (gets on base better than Schwarber, less station to station and is an actual base stealing threat)
Arizona Phil 07/03/2019 - 12:58pm (View in context)
The thing about the Cubs minor league system circa 2019 is that while there are no Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease elite-type prospects, the system has a lot of depth & redundancy, which allowed the Cubs to rather easily acquire Cole Hamels, Daniel Murphy, Jesse Chavez, and Brandon Kintzler last year and Justin Wilson and Alex Avila in 2018.
So while the Cubs can't offer an MLB Top 10 or even Top 50 prospect in a deal, they can package a couple or even three legit (though not elite) MLB prospects to acquire players who will be free-agents post-2019 (like Neil Walker, Melky Cabrera, Jake Diekman, or Tony Watson) or maybe have control for an additional season beyond 2019 (like Jonathan Villar).
The Orioles in particular look like an obvious trade partner for the Cubs (if the Cubs see somebody they like in Baltimore) because the Orioles are already way out of contention and former Cubs Player Develoment Director and MLB Bench Coach Brandon Hyde, former Cubs Minor League Field Coordinator (and Catching Coordinator) Tim Cossins, and former Cubs Minor League Infield Coordinator Jose Flores are on the Orioles MLB staff, and I'm not sure that there are very many in the Cubs organization right now who know as much about the Cubs minor league system as Hyde, Cossins, and Flores.
A player the Cubs might look to acquire (and it would cost at least as much as Whit Merrifield would cost) is Orioles OF Trey Mancini (plus maybe Jonathan Villar as well). The package going to Baltimore would almost certainly have to include Hoerner and M. Amaya, but the Cubs can add additional legit (though not elite) prospects as well and still have more similar-type prospects left over just because of their overall organizational depth/redundancy.
Keep in mind that while Hoerner, M. Amaya, and Alzolay are probably the Cubs Top 3 prospects, all three are only borderline Top 100 prospects in MLB. We're not talking Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, and Dylan Cease-type prospects here.
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 12:24pm (View in context)
Carlton is the go to guy for sure - 2018 deGrom x 2 (72 Phillies had the decency to at least win Carlton’s games)
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 12:20pm (View in context)
Yes to this. Steep in the sense it would really hurt our minor league system.
Dolorous Jon Lester 07/03/2019 - 10:32am (View in context)
It’s not as steep in the general sense. Both cease and Eloy were top 100 prospects I think? And Eloy was I believe number 2 or 3 in all MLB.
Hoerner and Amaya, while our top 2, are ”only” borderline top 100, which is why Alzolay would almost certainly merit inclusion. He’s MLB ready and has upside The fourth guy would either be a high floor type (college arm in our 10-20 range) or lower in the system but high upside (in other words, a lottery ticket).
While this would really hurt our system, other teams systems could pretty easily outbid that package.
videographer 07/03/2019 - 10:10am (View in context)
Great reference to Steve Carlton and the 1972 Phillies: otherworldly pitching performance on an atrocious team.
Eric S 07/03/2019 - 8:42am (View in context)
So you‘re saying there is a chance?
Pretty damn steep and Q was younger! Ouch.
Hagsag 07/03/2019 - 5:06am (View in context)
Wow, all three are 16 years old at this time.
Arizona Phil 07/03/2019 - 12:05am (View in context)
ERIC S: It would require a better package than what the Cubs gave up to get Jose Quintana from the White Sox in 2017, so Nico Hoerner, Miguel Amaya, and any two pitchers in the Cubs organization (Royals choice) would probably be the best offer the Cubs could make, and even that might not be enough.
Arizona Phil 07/02/2019 - 11:35pm (View in context)
cubbies.4ever: No PTBNLs were named by the six month deadline, so it was an automatic cash substitution ($50,000) for both clubs.
Arizona Phil 07/02/2019 - 11:03pm (View in context)
OF Carlos Gonzalez has elected free-agency after being outrighhted to Iowa yesterday (Monday).
cubbies.4ever 07/02/2019 - 10:57pm (View in context)
PHIL- Did we ever find out who the 3 PTBNL were in the Drew Smyly trade or did that just become cash or the PTBNL is the PTBNL is the PTBNL
crunch 07/02/2019 - 10:02pm (View in context)
la stella had to be helped off the field after fouling one off his leg.
that would be some cruel stuff if he couldn't play in the all-star game.
Eric S 07/02/2019 - 10:00pm (View in context)
Looks like Maddon’s pregame players meeting has straightened the ship.
George Altman 07/02/2019 - 9:51pm (View in context)
Phil, makes sense because, again, I had 2 guys in JUCO who later played D1 but the money now is usually a better bet. Thanks
Dolorous Jon Lester 07/02/2019 - 9:39pm (View in context)
The guy who got the game 7 save looks an awful lot like a DFA candidate these days
crunch 07/02/2019 - 9:34pm (View in context)
DFA the entire pen.
QuietMan 07/02/2019 - 9:06pm (View in context)
Cubs original international bonus pool is $5,398,300. Might need to swing a trade or two.
crunch 07/02/2019 - 7:08pm (View in context)
top of the 4th...tarp on the field.
Eric S 07/02/2019 - 6:32pm (View in context)
Sweet victory: only one run scored by the Buccos in the first inning. No doubles. No home runs. Progress!
Dolorous Jon Lester 07/02/2019 - 5:28pm (View in context)
I don’t think that’s even close. I think to even get KC’s attention, the dialogue starts with Amaya and Alzolay.
crunch 07/02/2019 - 5:25pm (View in context)
schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / contreras / heyward / almora / russell / hendricks
Mike Wellman 07/02/2019 - 5:21pm (View in context)
Amaya, Almora/Happ, Zagunis & an A pitcher for Merrifield...
Dolorous Jon Lester 07/02/2019 - 4:36pm (View in context)
Prospects we don’t have.
Eric S 07/02/2019 - 4:31pm (View in context)
Could do worse than a platoon of Bote and Walker at second (e.g., what the Cubs are routinely running out there now). What kind of players/prospects for Merrifield?