Saturday funnies: Travis Wood fails to break Cubs' pitching record.



Travis Wood allowed a home run in each of the first 5 innings of yesterdays latest loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, this one 6 to 9.
That tied some kind of record with the 5 consecutive innings, but it also tied a more personal team record of 5 homers allowed in the same game by a single Cub pitcher.
The others were Carlos Zambrano, Ismael Valdez, Steve Stone and  (who pitched for the Cubs from 1948 - 1956).

But there were signs of life yesterday, and the Cubs did score more runs than in the entire last series so, you know, not that bad for this year.
Anthony Rizzo, he looks like he puts about as much effort into his swing as it takes me to hit this "X" key.



See how easy that was?
Only Rizzo's effort produces a number on the scoreboard at Wrigley and generates fabulous crowd excitement.
Mine's just a stupid X. 

(I was searching for a subject for today's drawing, and found it here. Thanks Cubster!)


r.johnson 2 out, men on 1st/3rd, 3rd baseman playing back, bunt for a scores...cubs lead. it's only a shame tony larussa wasn't in the STL dugout to experience it.

Then the 1st base ump completely blows a major call (bases loaded) and promptly throws out Dale.

speaking of bunting... rizzo bunting to 1st on a hit attempt (failed) vs. lefties does nothing to make me feel better about how the cubs view rizzo vs. lefties.

I liked it crunch. Fuentes drops sidearm and can be tough on lefties....if Rizzo hadn't bunted it like he was hitting groundrs to the 1B for practicde, he'd have been on easily.

i liked it, was a good pickup by the coaches/manager to attempt it. good situation to do it...etc. i'm interested to see how he'll do in a long stretch vs lefties in the majors. i don't think he'll sink/swim because of what he does vs lefties...or long as he can keep the fear of putting a ball over a fence in the pitcher's head.

Curious why you seem so insistent that it was a coaching decision and not his own? I totally got the impression he tried that on his own. But I have no idea . . .

i just assumed any power hitter at the plate isn't going to try something like that. i wonder how many times he even bunted in the minors. that said, it could have been all him. i dunno who called it.

Carlos Pena would bunt some times last season with the defensive over shift on, probably on his own.

On interview Sveum says Rizzo did it on his own ...(Dale liked it -said his "mechanics were perfect").

My dumb predictions, but I'll stick by 'em: Dempster: going to braves (darkhorses Yankees/BoSox) Soto and Maholm: White Sox Reed Johnson and Camp: Tigers Garza and LaHair: Dodgers (backup: Texas or BoSox) Soriano: Rays (Darkhorses Dodgers Yankees) Bonus: Marmol DOES get traded (no idea where unless Cubs pay all his salary - then I say Braves).

Rosenthal on fox MLB rumoring sori and Dempster and alot of money to Dodgers

Better be Lee or Webster plus Lindblom

dumpster and a lot of money is weird...wonder if soriano is about to change uniforms.

That's what he said: sori & shitster + $$$

wow...i totally missed that. f'real. i guess i shouldn't have that first beer a few hours from now if i'm already running at this level of comprehension. =p

Actually your trade logic was PERFECT!, just your reading skills took a lunch break!

Uh Oh! They BOTH have trade veto power! LOOK OUT!

If that Dodgers deal happens, next move is Garza + Marmol + $15mil to Braves for Delgado and change

soto to A's? anyone heard anything about that? /extreme early -rumor- warning/

Can't hit but it's OK because his OBP beats his average by 100 points? Check. Can't throw out runners but it's OK because base-stealing is a mortal sin? Check. Best weed in the country is in Oakland? Check. Yup. I heard that.

g.kottaras (MIL) to OAK...unless they plan on stockpiling catchers it looks like that's dead info.

Liriano gets traded to the White Sox.

AZ Cubs vs. AZ Diamondbacks was cancelled. Rain or Duststorms, I suspect.

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:17pm — Cubster AZ Cubs vs. AZ Diamondbacks was cancelled. Rain or Duststorms, I suspect. ========================= CUBSTER: Dust Storm. Wind. Heavy rain. Didn't last long, but just long enough to make the field unplayable. Other than that, it was a very pleasant evening.

monsoons early this year?

We're #4, woo. mlbtr has a reverse standings page.

TheoCorp better get the groove on soon if they don't plan on a dynasty.

Epstein, Gabe Kapler, Reinsdorf, and Stoney at a fund-raiser for an Israeli Baseball Association.

looks like kapler's off the roids...i mean, isn't working out as much. he's pretty...just ask him.

So what’s still available on the pitching market? Ryan Dempster, obviously. We won’t rehash his resume, since we’ve done it a half-dozen times in the past couple of weeks. Suffice to say, I think if you’re going to give up a top-10 prospect – one, not multiple top-10 prospects — for a rental player, he’d be a reasonable one to do it for, given his seasonal and recent performance, the fact he badly wants another trip to the postseason and to finish strong in his free-agent walk year, and this: In the past three seasons, he’s 9-5 with a 3.47 ERA in 17 August starts, with 99 strikeouts in 106-1/3 innings, and 6-7 with a 3.42 ERA in 17 September starts, with 95 strikeouts in 110-1/3 innings. And no, neither he nor the Braves have ruled out the deal, despite all the water under that bridge. Still won’t surprise me if it happens.

The only impact guys left after Dempster and Garza are not guaranteed to be traded, like James Shields and Josh Johnson. Presumably, their value is higher than what they're actually worth relative to the market if the controlling team isn't actually motivated to move them. Advantage: Cubs.

Agreed! Ideally: 1.) Dempster goes to braves for Delgado. Cubs give extra cash and/or a player like Soto Marmol or Reed Johnson to compensate for the shit storm. 2.) Garza goes to LA with Soriano and a shitload of $$ for Zach Lee and/or Alan Webster and change. then I stop whining like a baby and once again feel there is a purpose in the universe that knows the Cubs exist!! ha! I won't hold my breath . . .

I would love that, but at this point I've decided that nothing good will happen for the Cubs this trade deadline. It's mainly a reaction to "losing" Delgado, but it's partly the Cub-Fan Syndrome of lowered expectations.

I guess the Dempster for Brian Roberts deal is off the table. Again. --- Per Rotoworld: Brian Roberts - 2B - Orioles Brian Roberts will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a right labral hip tear. Roberts realized the hip wasn't going to get any better after playing in a rehab game Saturday and decided to have the surgery now so he can be ready for the start of spring training. The rehab will take 4-6 months, so he'll have to avoid setbacks if he indeed wants to be ready for the first drills in Sarasota.

Bruce Miles article on several non-Dempster topics, mentions Valbuena's lack of hitting but no thoughts of Vitters coming up yet...and a full recap of yesterday's cub milb games. @BruceMiles2112: Daily Herald Sunday brunch blog: Monday's starter, Vitters and the minors.

Bruce Miles on "quality starts": The cumulative ERA of Cubs starting pitchers in quality-start games entering this weekend's series with the Cardinals was a minuscule 1.73. That's no typo. (and team record is 30-21)

Javier Baez RBI single in 1st for his 30th RBI. Chiefs have a 4 spot so far. Chiefs have an iPhone app where you can listen to their broadcasts

Can't believe no one wants Baker

woo, blowing a hit/run play.

bob was talking about you want to shorten your swing up and punch it and then baker swings right through it.

barf..tie game. also, it seems there' more STL fans than CHC fans at this game. the beltran homer might as well have been hit in STL given the cheers.

HIS NAME IS ANTHONY RIZZO. cubs win...walkoff homer.

Tony Four Sacks

Okay. WHO is responsible for Rizzo's new batting approach? He didn't set up that way even back to this spring training. Was it Rowson? Somebody so far looks like a genius, along with Rizzo himself. Anyone know?

new GM...same as the old GM... SD signs H.Street to a 2/$14m extension...because a team with already existing decent pen arms needs to spend 1/8th of their payroll on a closer. decent deal...but for a $50-$60m team? ...from the team that made ernesto frieri expendable for a utility/bench guy.

but they're spending money

yeah, that goes back to the whole "the cubs aren't poor" thing the cubs have the option of spending money AND enhancing the minor league system...especially with draft caps and international signing reigned in severely with the loot. 1/8th of SD payroll vs. 1/17th of CHC payroll ($120m...very generous low-end for CHC spending compared to recent $135-$145m spending)....scale. cubs have a cheap and performing cheap crew of castro, rizzo, and ninja (and d.barney if that's your thing) option to keep garza for another year...a cheap/effective maholm...a cheap CF option for another season in dejesus...what now with all the loot coming off the books?

So I rarely post, but since the "they can do both" argument is being repeated again I think it's worth pointing out how difficult this new CBA makes it to do both. You all know the CBA rules, so I won't repeat them, but singing anyone who has received the QO is out of the question for the Cubs, who value the draft as highly as any improvement opportunity. They will not give up a first or second round pick (I know the first will be protected) due to the loss of draft spending pool . So if you want to spend on a bunch on non-QO guys, then yes, to some extent, you can do both. But that will just result in more DeJesus's and Maholm's. So I sure hope the people who are bitching about not doing both now aren't going to bitch when we sign the next crop of second tier FA's this offseason.

you can trade (Rizzo), you can "find bargains" in the FA market (maholm/dejesus), and with the protected 1st round pick you can snag a big name without it becoming a game changer for the offseason strategy, imo. while i don't think they should break the bank for 2013, i think there's enough in place to warrant wise investment in players this least enough be ready if "something goes right."

10th in NL in runs allowed, 16th in runs scored. I think even if "something goes right" it probably won't be enough. Yes, a lot can happen.

Why would you want to trade Rizzo?

i saying that's one way the cubs added a heavy-impact 2013 player to the mix without hurting development. good players can come from a variety of places. even if cashner becomes awesome, they needed a middle-order power bat more than anything in system...minors or majors. while some options are better than others, nothing is keeping a team in a market like this from exploring all options of getting better as long as they have some decent starting pieces. this is one of those things that's gonna have believers in different camps...this isn't a "duh, this is obviously what should happen." topic.

All that seems like it could still happen. Why rush into it? The scouting, minor leagues and facilities (like batting cages and clubhouse under the field) all need to be closely looked at first, and that has at least taken 1/2 a season. Even though the flaws are pretty obvious, getting the right people in place, scouting new players, etc., does take time, and no one wants to panic spend or panic trade until The Cub Way is put in (yes, I believe, heck, we've tried everything else). I think you will see some spending - just not right away. Not many people can put a jigsaw puzzle together in a few minutes... epilogue - I would like to see some Ameritrade money go into a Wrigley refurb, too, before the centennial year. No Gov. money unless they tax the White Sox for it...

Ah, I see. I was misunderstanding the context a bit.

Don't forget LaHair. Oh. Shit. I was looking at his pre-May numbers. Damn you, Cubbery!

I seem to remember some fool who was all over the LaHair band wagon and jumping down my throat because i wasn't ready to buy into his awesomeness. Prospect hater....all that junk. I think at this point its safe to assume the league adjusted to LaHair and LaHair didn't adjust. A major reason why he is a 29 year old non-prospect. Rizzo......jump on his band thats a real prospect. Don't ever put your faith in the LaHair's of the world 99.9% of the time it ends in sadness.

"I seem to remember some fool who was all over the LaHair band wagon and jumping down my throat" I doubt that was me. I rarely jump down anyone's throat about anything here. I just don't get emotionally invested in sports the way I used to. I have, however, always been on the LaHair bandwagon. So, I'm not convinced yet LaHair is done. He still gets a league high average of pitches per plate appearance. A lot of his strikeouts seem like he is just not seeing the ball well right now, and he has fallen into that trap that any slumping player, such as Josh Hamilton, gets into: trying too hard. I'd like to see how this plays out as the season goes on. It's not like he is holding anybody back by playing, and it's not like the Cubs are contending. I'd be more concerned if the players hadn't voted him as an All Star. When your peers show that kind of respect, there is something there.

Nah it wasn't you, he knows who he is and his silence is deafening.

I am no fool, or an ass like MIke C., but a player-voted AllStar with a current line of .267/.348/.814 ops, makes LaHair a "useful major league player" which is all I claimed the player was from September 2011 to now. Nothing more, which you obtrusively fail to acknowledge. I still maintain that, and since baseball is 162 games for a season, I believe he will still provide reasonable numbers making him a useful option for some team, if not the Cubs.

That outstanding April he had sure has propped up his season numbers. Since mid May he's been craptastic.

I guess you are right. And the season is over after July.

If LaHair had a history to fall back on you'd have a point. .204/.271/.296/.567 since May 16th.

I agree that pretty much sucks balls. He also is playing a position in the majors he has not played before which facts shows can effect even the best players, FWIW. His career will be over if he can't get it going again. I hope he can.

I hope he can too. (And I hope I didn't come across as being an ass.)

Ohhhh now you want to play the 162 game card? I think i am the one he stated repeatedly i want to see what happens when LaHair encounters his first slump and how he adjusts or if he adjusts at all. I might have even said i got time to wait this one out. You were balls to the wall in love with LaHair and couldn't handle reality. Hey guess what reality is biting LaHair in the ass and now you want to wait 162 games. Fine fine lets wait it wont be pretty but lets wait, just like i waited for LaHair to not adjust.

Sam Fuld is back! Must be Santo pulling strings from Heaven. --- Per rotoworld: Matt Joyce singled home Sam Fuld in the sixth inning Sunday, providing the difference in Tampa's 2-0 win over the Angels.

Dillon Maples finally makes his debut tonight!

Dillon Maples schedules career-ending surgery after making his debut.

Joke? (I hope!)

brett jackson (AAA) got his 150th K last night. neat... 384ab 150K...yow. double digits in doubles/triples/HR/SB (20/11/15/24) in 385ab, too. sigh.

Dude pretty much has to repeat AAA next year. If he's getting whiffed like that against the Rodrigo Lopezes and Chris Rusins of the league, I don't want to see him trying to hack at MLB pitching. The rest of the numbers (impressive nonetheless) must be ignored.

So...ignore some numbers..not all. Gotcha. I don't disagree....but I don't think you can throw out only some numbers.

OK, I guess you don't have to "ignore" them, but they don't indicate a player on the cusp of big-league readiness the way they otherwise would. Could this bozo possibly be a bigger dick about this? This is not free agency, they are trade options and require: A.) anticipating the obvious and being ready WHILE THE TRADE IS ON THE TABLE. B.) recognizing that trades are hard to make even without veto rights and that is why Theo approached him early and tried to take his preferences in order. Respect and common sense come into play. I am convinced he is having a very emotional reaction and probably doesn't want to leave. I've never seen anything like it. Have you guys? It seems he thinks there will be a bunch of options laid in front of him at 2:55 Tuesday and he'll get out his magnifying glass and make a decision. Wtf?

Here is a key tidbit from that article:
Dempster and his wife, Jenny, filed for divorce just before the season started

I was surprised at that too. Oooooooooh! You are right! Hadn't thought of the emotional transference. Maybe he couldn't lash back at her very well, but having control over a whole city and organization and a boatload of anger was a bad combo!

Divorce can do some f'd up things to you that we have no training for, honestly. And, if you are an involved parent going through it, kick it up a few notches. So, that is a piece I did not know about. I can understand from Demp's side it is all pretty complex I'd have to admit.

I've been divorced and I totally agree. And on the positive side maybe he has been channeling that anger all year to pitch so well, and wouldn't be a primo trade chip without that edge. But I don't think the complexity is the hold up, I think it is his need for control. Period. And that is hard to watch from the outside. Excruciating actually. I was wondering where the hammer / nail intensity was coming from . . . And without being snarky at all I think the divorce might be the key.

I think he wants to go to LA for the vagina. LA has at least a 70 vagina tool. ATL only scores about a 50.


Yep, I could understand if he wanted to exercise his no-trade clause, even if it ticked people off and hurt his free agency value next year. You might assume if he moves his wife and kid wouldn't be moving with him. I could also understand Atlanta and Theo being annoyed at having personal issues interfere with business. It is what it is, Demp may very well exercise his no-trade clause and that will be the end of using Demp as trading chip. On the other hand, it's not the end of the world. Randall Delgado... never heard of him.

Additionally, if staying in Chicago is important to Demp, the Cubs may be able to re-sign him this off season at a discounted rate.

Divorce changes everything. I can't imagine how that is going with a special needs kid involved. I know from experience that divorce with a kid without special needs can be hard enough. It also explains why he seems to be sort of all over the place. I say cut the dude some slack. He's earned the right to stay put.

Yes, we've seen it. It happens. D-Lee, McGriff, etc. Been discussed here plenty of times. If Dempter decides not to go somewhere, he won't be the first player to do so or take his time to decide.

can you give an example of another player on any team, ever, to publicly Filibuster his team without actually vetoing anything? I'm actually curious not being a smart ass. I find his behavior infuriating. He appears to not know how trades work and keep insinuating he has some decisions to choose from. its bizarro . . . like Tuesday at lunch he'll get his butler and a fine meal and maybe a glass of wine and says "Ok bring me those pesky offers . . . lets make a decision." Butler: "But sir, ummm, there are no offers. . . "

No, but there's a big Internet out there if you want to search. To reiterate, my point is that he wouldn't be the first to not want to go somewhere and/or take his time before deciding one way or the other.

to reiterate my point. Show me someone who has taken his time ala Dempster. You are the one stating he's not the first.

McGriff ''I have been thinking about it for the last two weeks,'' McGriff said. ''This decision gives me an opportunity to control my future. I had to think about everything as far as 'Do I want to play?' and 'Where do I want to play?' and 'How long do I want to play?' ''From the start I didn't want to make a hasty decision. I knew I had until July 31. I knew I had time to think about it. I didn't want to jump out and do something. I wanted to analyze things.''

Dude! I am not joking when I actually say that makes me feel a little better. Nice find . . .

I didn't find anything where D. Lee took his time, but he did reject a deal to the Angels before accepting a deal to the Braves. Which is exactly what Dempster will have done if he ends up going to the Dodgers.

I think he'll end up on Braves. Do you remember if Lee was in free agent year?

Yes, he was.

Rosenblog with a few stabs at the Cubs in favor of rebuilding and competing on "parallel fronts", for those in that camp, he uses the White Sox as a good example. I must say Kenny Williams does get trades done:

That's actually Rosenbloom, not Rosenthal. Extremely large difference there.

Well the Liriano move is an interesting semi-salary dump isn't it? The Twins not wanting to commit years and $$$ to an injury prone, and inconsistent Liriano? I still can't believe that's all it took to get

don't worry super duper don cooper will fix him. Look what he did with Humber, perfect game. ~ignore the rest~

I wouldn't mind Cooper as the Cubs pitching coach.

After reading that Sun-Times article, I've just come to the conclusion that Dempster is not a very smart human being. And terribly unprofessional... Also certain is this: His reluctance to waive his hard-earned no-trade rights for a deal to the Atlanta Braves last week had nothing to do with the ‘‘personal issues’’ Braves general manager Frank Wren repeatedly mentioned when talking about the would-be trade. So let's stop waving that excuse around.

So Rob, I obviously agree. If you were Cubs do you cut and run with the best available deal if possible? Or do you hold to your guns, requiring a top prospect, and risk keeping him around all year and risk him accepting the $12mil next year. (If indeed those are the available options). I was clearly in the former, but after reading the suntimes article and knowing how pissed Theo reportedly is . . . maybe the damn Dodgers get their way - a cheap deal? But Theo is notoriously unemotional . . . maybe he holds onto him and lets Sveum look at his beard all year when Theo doesn't have to . . . and evaluates it in October.

Not Rob, but I would keep him and make the qualifying offer. Dempster gets blocked on his big payday or gets us a pick. If he stays, he has to have another great start to make him as interesting a target in next years trade market (and knows by now that he should go ahead and approve a deal even if it's not 100% perfect) or he pitches poorly and doesn't get a multiyear offer. It's sort of just delaying the inevitable, but I would want to "win" this current fight.

No reason for the Cubs to be emotional about it, Dempster at 12-13m next year wouldn't hurt the Cubs, not like he's blocking a spot and more than likely he turns it down and looks for a multi-year offer.

I agree with Rob G. I trust TheoCorp to turn a Supp1st pick into a good prospect, and even if he accepts (unlikely), c'est la vie.

Doug Padilla‏@ESPNChiCubs Need to offer $12.5 mil to get the pick. >>>Demp prob takes it.<<< RT @hhicks16: @ESPNChiCubs No deal just to do it. I'd take the draft pick.

after a "career year" as a starter why would he take $12.5m for 1 season when he could most likely get that or more on a 2-3 year deal? his value isn't gonna get much sweeter than it is right now. i just want the dumpster thing over, already.

I think that's Padilla speculating. But he may have heard something directly? I'm of the opinion that a qualifying offer from the Cubs will kill other teams interest in Dempster. Losing a 1st round pick and the bonus pool money that goes with it for a 36 year old on a shorter deal... But maybe if a team has already signed a bigger FA like Hamilton or someone, losing a 2nd or even 3rd round pick won't be as big of a deal to them.

good luck to anyone who signs j.hamilton. he's a force, but no one seems to care how many times he swings/misses. he damages the hell of what he gets a hold of, but he whiffs a ton for someone that's effective as he is...even if it doesn't always lead to a K. i dunno how well that will age...especially with injuries rushing it. that said, he's probably the most popular player in the game...or at least one of them. people love him.

I think he leads the league in chucking bats into the crowd too, his CBITC% is high.

Nolan Ryan ripped him in the local press for giving away too many at bats. Not bats. AT BATS. "I had given Vitters a rating downgrade pre-season, giving him a C+ grade and kicking him out of the Cubs Top 10 prospects, though I still had him at #11. Although his game still has flaws, I think he's made enough progress to move his grade back up to B-. Depending on what happens in August, and what the final scouting reports (especially about his defense) indicate, he could end up a notch higher at Grade B. Either way, his stock is back up, and he will be in the Cubs Top 10 again for 2013."

Ken Rosenthal‏@Ken_Rosenthal Holdup in Dempster talks remains quality of prospects #Cubs would receive from #Dodgers. Want actual talent back.

So nothing has changed for two weeks, essentially.

Yeah Ned-ski thinks Jim Hendry still is running the team and he could deal a bag of shit for a proven vet pitcher. I am hoping that the previous stupidity of the last regime has mostly ended. One of the truly fucked moves Hendry did on the way out was Ted Lilly for zero.

I accidentally wandered in to a dodgers moron-fest on twitter, and predictably the word on the street in LA is that theo will budge at the last second. I really don't think they know theo . . . I can't see him letting a team and a player both screw him on the same deal ...

i think Ned-ski is unzipping his pants after Theocorp got bent over a pinball machine, myself. cubs have gone from a fringe top prospect in ATL to "you're not getting any of our top chips" from LAD. there seems to be a lack of any rumors linking dumpster to any other team, too.

There's a little Nationals chatter today.

i'm still weirded out he's not getting more TEX love...

I wonder what kind of a market there is or isn't for DeJesus. His name hasn't been mentioned much, so I doubt any, but the fact that there is apparently a market for Denard Span means a guy like DDJ, with identical numbers and a slightly preferable contract, might be worth a chip to someone. I'm happy keeping the guy as I like what he brings to the field. He's earning his money this year, which is both a veiled compliment and critique for a veteran. He's certainly preferable to a Campana/Mather combo. But if his rights can be swapped for a decent pitching prospect, he's certainly expendable.

With 24 hours to go, it's not over yet. But considering the Cubs haven't done anything at all at this time indicates they're in line to be one of the big losers of the deadline this year. It's not all on management - Garza got hurt, Dempster is acting non-predictably, and LaHair as of late couldn't hit a tree in the forest. But the fact that no one has left at all - Camp, Soto, Johnson, Maholm, Soriano and cash, Marmol and cash, Baker, and the above-named guys are all still on this team - means that things have not gone according to plan. I don't mean to write the obit while the patient's still on the deathbed, but even at this time I think it's fair to say this hasn't gone wonderfully. There's only 24 hours left to "acquire more assets," as TheoThink would state.

You will have to admit that the trades have been down in general this year, except for major players - which we are not. Things are changed now with the current rules in place and lots more teams are in the hunt still Grienke got a nice haul, or a nice player. The Phillies made a huge investment. Sox got an injury risk just like Peavey. The Tigers deal was really sweet for them, but the Marlins did ok. The other big dominoes have not fallen yet. If the shot is not there, why take it? They still have control of many of the players talked about - except for Demp.

I'll give you that on Garza, LaHair, Maholm, and DeJesus. Camp and Johnson are both FAs. I fully expect both of them to go. Baker is also a FA, although I can't imagine anyone wanting him or giving up even cash to acquire him, much less people. Additionally, Soto is a huge non-tender candidate in my opinion, which means he's likely not back. Everyone knows that, so you can't get a lot for him, but at least get someone who maybe can help in the future.

I would think that the Cubs will be very active (trade-wise) in August, since that's when a lot of contending teams look to set-up their post-season rosters prior to the 8/31 post-season roster eligibility deadline. Post-2012 FA who aren't candidates to receive a "Qualifying Offer" like Reed Johnson, Shawn Camp, and Jeff Baker will probably get traded in August (albeit only for marginal prospects), likewise arbitration-eligible (and non-tender) candidates like Geovany Soto and Manuel Corpas. One pitcher who should be in demand among some of the contenders is Paul Maholm, because he is a "hot" starting pitcher who is signed to a reasonable contract and who is under control through the 2013 season.

Doug Padilla ‏@ESPNChiCubs 2012: 21 July trades involving 43 players. 2011: 17 involving 30 players by July 29. #additionalwildcard

wtf is he talking about? Major league? minor league? Cast-offs signings? Any lists posted? This link goes back to 7/22, and alot of it is waiver shit, minor league stuff, a couple Majors players. There has not been 43 MLB players traded this July has there?

v. LHP lineup: Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat #Cubs lineup vs #Pirates: Johnson CF, Castro SS, Rizzo 1B, Soriano LF, Baker RF, Soto C, Barney 2B, Mather 3B, Germano P

A Joe Mather sighting!

Garza is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Monday at Wrigley Field. Expect a few early bird scouts there to watch. The Pirates were believed to be keeping an eye on Johnson and DeJesus.

Almost all tweets right now are saying one of three things: 1) cubs are bending over backwards and want to grant Dempster his dodgers' wish. 2) specifically saying dodgers have taken Lee, Webster, and Reed off table. 3) cubs need real talent to make deal. Y'all smell a theo PR campaign here? I do: I think those are Chicago leaks setting Dempster up to go to Atlanta. Hope it works!

The other current story is Nats interested. Also sounds like theo leak to re-engage Atlanta.

#3 is exactly my point on the whole Dempster 'trade'. Why trade him to LA just to make him happy and get super-longshots when they can just tender him a 1 yr offer in the off-season and turn that into the 32nd or 34th overall pick in June, 2013. Who has a better chance of making the majors: that guy or some crappy 'prospects' from the Dodgers?

According to boers wscr, his cubs source said demp "double cross " cubs on Atl trade. Also Demps ex inlaws live in Atl.

That Atlanta inlaws thing is insane. Reports were they filed for divorce before season and certainly way before he talked with Theo in May. I just think thy inlaws thing is wild speculation.

Now what are the chances of Dempster re-signing with the Cubs next year?

Can you explain? What or who is double x-ing whom?

According to WSCR Dempster double crossed Cubs. Meaning Boers Cubs source, supposedly works for Cubs, said deal was done Dempster changed his mind nixed deal.

oh, ok. so basically confirming other things we have heard.

The new Cubs Way seems like the old Cubs Way. New and Old Cubs Way trade deadline manual. 1. Trash guy in media to get minimal return on trade. 2. Obtain over the hill middle infielder 3. Meathead fans happy that bad guy is gone 4. Rinse and repeat

1. How did Mgmt trash guy in Media? I think majority of trashing was from everyone else. Fans leading the movement. Player largely to blame in this fiasco. 2. Who is #2 you are referring to now? 3. TBA 4. We'll see...

#1 see jacos' comment #2 would be the return on Dempster in a Hendry trade or the return on Dempster's whiny ass now that the Cubs have less leverage.


I saw this on Arguello's blog the other day. It's a video attached to a tweet by Matt Cerda. Cerda comments, "check out this catch by @superSZCZ4 (Matt Szczur) of your Daytona Cubs. Top ten worthy!" A stationary camera behind home plate shows a ball driven high and deep toward center field, never to reappear in the frame. What does appear dimly in the distance is an outfielder (Szczur) streaking from right to left--and back--and then diving. From beginning to end, Szczur is never out of the frame, except at the very end when he has either gone slightly too far to the left, or else is hidden by the curve of the field (since he's flat on the ground and nearer the wall than where he started). I just find the sequence fascinating, not so much for ball fans--you don't get a good look at the play--as much as for video buffs (like a son of mine) who tend to appreciate maximal capture with minimal editing and camera movement.

It was in the twitter box last week fwiw. Nice catch, pure luck on the framing. I think they just let the camera run all game without anyone controlling it.

Z headed to Marlins bullpen

Full circle for Z. That's where he started for Cubs.

I like to apologize to Lou. ~pfft~

Full circle would be when he walks out...

Actually, it would be back to the minors, then Venezuela, then his mother's womb. Possibly followed by nothingness, but I don't want to get too metaphysical.

that's deep... *dips his double chocolate biscotti in a triple mocha cappuccino latte* ...deep like a hole. *sips*

Ryan Dempster is a jack wagon. The Cubs owe him?!? What, paying you $52 million over the last 4 years for a middling 2009 thru 2011 isn't enough?!? This from the same douche bag who said in the aftermath of the Cubs getting swept by the Dodgers in the 2008 playoffs...and I quote..."I wasn't ready for playoff baseball." Guess that explains the 7 walk outing in Game 1, huh. I don't care if TheJedi trade Dempster for a can of spinach...just get rid of him. He's self-entitlement and me first attitude makes me want to vomit. Gee, I wonder why the guy's marriage broke up.

The "banned" blou?

A little rough, but if he is banned for that, this blog would be empty...

just messing around, but was wondering if the dude was an Al "banee".

Dempster tape from today coming up in a few, I will transcribe.

Cliff Lee on market Soriano and Demp being discussed with Dodgers. Sveum would be "surprised if Dempster not traded" according to Bruce Levine

Demp/Sori story: Giants have also asked about Soriano.

If Soriano blocked the deal with his 10/5 rights it would be total cubbery.

Entirely possible, Sori must realize he wouldn't be in any other team's regular starting lineup.

Demspter today- Trying to ignore web for backlash Waiting to hear from Theo, not on an hourly basis Divorce coming out, does not effect him, he's a sports personality

k.millar on MLB Intentional Talk still very adamant that dumpster is going to the pause answer on where he'll end up. they're good friends, fwiw.

Some character assassination going on WSCR after Dempster said today "he knows his character", hinting Demp's divorce is due to hanky panky.

it's both angels in this crap and they both know it. you probably shouldn't bang your kid's nurse/nanny, though. /rumors...lulz.

is the nanny thing the rumor?

yes...the 1st part is technically rumor, too, but very widely accepted as fact

So many hot nannies in Lakeview. It's one reason I go to the park with my kid so much.

TCR to be acquired by TMZ

better throw in a used infield rake and half can of simoniz... Wade through those dirty waters if you really want yeah, that's some...that's something. good ol' "anonymous"...he/she knows everything about everything. someone's really pissed about the whole thing...and seems to think dumpster to ATL happened this morning...

where is transcription you promised ;)

nothing much- Demspter today- Trying to ignore web for backlash Waiting to hear from Theo, not on an hourly basis Divorce coming out, does not effect him, he's a sports personality

I was just working on a Dempster twitter-stop equation: (Salary / (salary - #followers))+300*number of foundations you have in your hometown + 2 * the % chance you will end up on espn = # minutes you wait before you tweet after a nap. So if you make $30k and you have 256 followers and no foundations and espn doesnt care, you must wait about 1 minute before you tweet after a nap. However if you make $10mil and you have 15,000 followers and 1 foundation + 99% chance espn reports on it, you must wait 499 minutes or 8.3 hours before you tweet after a nap.

Theo and Jed are reduced to the following options... 1. Trade Dempster to the Dodgers for whatever warm body they are willing to provide. The cancer that is Dempster needs to be removed. Dempster stole all the leverage the Cubs had, so its time to dump him. 2. Hope like heck Garza has an outstanding final two months, thereby raising his off-season trade value to a contender. He's the only trading chip to get desperately needed young pitching potential into the organization. 3. Pray to heavens that Maples or some of the 2012 pitching draftees develop in a BIG HURRY. 4. Curse Hendry some more.

If Dempster accepts that qualified offer thingamajig (of which I'd never heard of prior to this situation), does he still have no-trade rights next year?

The qualifying offer thing is new this season - with the new CBA. Since he wouldn't have changed teams, his 10/5 rights would remain I believe.

Dempster is gone by tomorrow. There's no chance Theo and Jed let the cancer hang around. They'll accept what it is Ned Colletti in LA is willing to offer I'm guessing a low level pitching prospect.

You're cancer! #melodrama

He was BANNED! lol The dude was fucking banned!

I was banned? When was I banned? I don't recall being banned around here. Can you please provide specifics? Maybe I forgot I was banned?!? Thanks for any help that can be afforded.

i think you're just caught in the middle of a (harmless) run-away joke.

Just messin' with ya. Famous banned poster at BCB is "Blue Lou" BLou. So, "you were banned"!

An exchange that I lost this morning: 5-year old daughter: Daddy's here! Daddy's gross. Joe: You're gross! Daughter: You're grosser.

c'mon... you're're more're most grossest...etc. or just go for the fatality win and call her the most infinity grossest. i swear, they'll let anyone be parents these days. ron paul 2012.

Nah, I just kicked her in the shin and ran away.

parental skills statement removed from the table...replaced with medals and a parade.

That's why I had a kid...for the alkaloids.


5-year olds are the best, imo. They are full of crazy shit to say. 5-7 is the sweet spot, before that they're a pain in the ass and after that it's drama, like, totally 24-7.

She saw some pirates today so I buzzkilled and explained to her what real pirates are. Her response was "they must've just been some dudes, then".

You're right. Ryan Dempster is a swell fella and there are zero hard feelings between him and the Cub front office. It IS my opinion that the guy is a cancer. He torpedeoed a trade to Atlanta having told Theo and Jed that the Braves were an acceptable destination. This being the same douche bag who said "he wasn't ready to play playoff baseball" in aftermath of getting smoked in game 1 of the Dodgers v. Cubs playoff series in 2008. And he's got the arrogance and ignorance to say the Cubs "owe him" for his 9 years of service...this for a pitcher who is currenty playing on a $52 million contract foolishly handed over by Diamond Jim Hendry in aftermath of the 2008 playoff debacle. He loves the country club atmosphere of the Jim Hendry regime...that's why he so vehemently objects to leaving Chicago.

Facts aren't my opinion.

Dempster is in no way a cancer. That's way too harsh. A hemorrhoid maybe, but certainly not a cancer.

His Harry Caray impersonation is a malignant tumor on my funny bone.


Wait, what? I didn't even mention Dempster. I just think you're an example of malignant unregulated cell growth. #ohnohedidnt #ohyeshedid

There is more hyperbole on this blog than in anywhere else throughout human existence.

Yup. Infinitybole.

germano, cubs SP pitching one cares. welcome to the cubs 2012. quick 1st, fwiw.

Germano reminds me of Casey Coleman. Better curve however

yeah, germ throws a full assortment of assorted 80-88mph junk with good control.

Cubs score in first 6th straight game

Going to miss Jeff Baker come tomorrow

lolol...d.barney with a 3 run homer that bounces out of the park off the back of the bleachers. nailed. i know a lot of people look at the 10-120 record and want to pass judgement, but if you haven't been watching there's been some good cubs baseball for over a month now.

I have been a Barney proponent as have others here. Unless there is something much better they can obtain by trading him, his defense alone and the potential of having the middle D "grow together" is very intriguing.

THAT is a double play...awesome.

rizzo homer? rizzo homer. 7-2, cubs.

i know a lot of people look at the 10-120 record and want to pass judgement, but if you haven't been watching there's been some good cubs baseball for over a month now. Before the Cardinal series last weekend the Cubs had the best record in baseball since 6/25 or something like that. I'm too lazy to look it up now though.

Da RIZ 7-2

9 homes in 27 games is like 53 homers in 160 games. like 53 homers in 160 games. --- actually it's in 159 games.

Tony Four Sacks

RJohnson coming out of game....TRADE?

reed johnson out of the game. handshakes...into the tunnel. draw your own conclusion. wonder what A/A+ player the cubs just got. =p

Looks like Johnson was traded.

Reed still in dugout but gets hugs from Soto and Rizzo. (thank god C. Izturis isn't on the roster)

castro 2r homer... 9 run 5th...2 outs. cubs lead 13-2.

What a wacky 5th. 13-2, Castro 2 run HR to CF green Nine Spot.

a couple homers by the "future" of the franchise and a trade...hell of an inning.

and thank God, Jeff Baker is still here

levine speculating Johnson on his way to detroit or across the field.

If Johnson is traded, any chance Jackson gets called up?

I'd say Dave Sappelt is more likely. At least right now. edit: Unconfirmed internet report that Jackson was just pulled from Iowa game.

that's neat and all but i hope they have a plan for jackson beyond bench work unless he's coming up here to work with the pro hitting coach a while...if he's coming up at all.

Lot of unknowns, but I would guess that LaHair is going to see his ABs reduced if Jackson comes up.

If Jackson comes up, he plays CF every day. No way you bring him unless he plays. Hopefully Soriano is traded as well, and LaHair can play LF every day.

yeah Kap, he's going to put a team right over the top

Ryan Sweeney pulled from Boston's game. Could Reed be headed to Boston?

that would be working in reverse for the cubs...i still don't know how he keeps finding work even if BOS fans are pretending he's suddenly an ace defender. it could be a 3-team trade of "who's that guy" and "who cares" level talent, though.

Man, Jeff Belliveau sure gets the yips when he takes a MLB mound. I hope he can get over that or he will not last long in this profession. Of course, maybe he could be reverse-positioned to a catcher.

Soto getting the hugs treatment now...TRADE?

johnson and soto for sweeny and veritek

jeff baker takes his usual spot on bench and is ignored

Jon Heyman, adds nothing to the Reed Johnson trade info. Says he's been traded to a mystery team.

NY Knights?

Soto removed with similar hugs as Reed...hope your fantasy teams are not suffering...

New post up.

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  • bradsbeard 3 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Great info. Thanks! 


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 17 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract. 

    The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.  

    For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.


  • crunch 11 hours 53 min ago (view)

    theo walked away from a big payday for an executive in his last season as a cub without having another job scoped out...and according to him he's not even looking one.

    something tells me this isn't going to be a fun off-season for cubs fans.

    the state of the cubs household aside, i wouldn't exactly be shocked to see theo with the mets, though he's supposedly not on their radar at the moment.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 17 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have been at the forefront of tone-deaf owners in terms of financial hardship during the pandemic. "The game isn't as profitable as most people think"


  • tim815 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    The decision on the amount comes later.


  • bradsbeard 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    At the point when the team makes the initial contract tender, do they have to offer a specific salary, and if so is that the same number the team takes into arbitration? Or does the specific number the teams files at for arbitration happen at a later date?


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: A player who is signed to a contract that does not include a minor league split salary is paid his full MLB salary while optioned or after being outrighted to a minor league club.

    So if a player goes to arbitration and is awarded (let's say) a $2.5M salary by the arb panel, the contract will not include a minor league split salary or performance bonuses, and if the player is sent to the minors he is paid the full $2.5M while in the minors.


  • Hagsag 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Maybe Trump can give them a loan.


  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    it's not exactly looking good when the cubs brass is complaining about "losing 100m in revenue" when a huge chunk of that seems to include Hotel Zachary.  it looks like the entire "entertainment complex" is the cubs as far as the Ricketts are concerned...and the team might have to suffer a bit because they couldn't fully realize profits last year.  they've publically stated that the big incoming tax credits from the city they're going to realize for stadium work won't help the cubs payroll.


  • jdrnym 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    If a player doesn't have a split salary in his contract, how much is he making when in the minors (or how is that salary determined)?


  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    we want kyle schwarber to not be mark trumbo so badly...

    either way, the NL having or not having the DH needs to be figured out pretty quickly for a lot of off-season sanity.


  • crunch 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    minor league hitting coordinator chris valaika moves up assistant hitting instructor for the big league team.

    looks like a.iapoce's job is safe.


  • Cubster 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Jed Hoyer gets a new 5 yr contract that runs through 2025 season. 


  • Cubster 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    BA's list of 19 prospects who impressed at Instructs. One Cub:

    Chase Strumpf, 2B, Cubs


  • Jackstraw 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Waiting for Ryan Pace to be available.  He should be a week from tomorrow.


  • crunch 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    i haven't even heard a rumor...which is interesting since "virtual" winter meetings start in a couple weeks.

    surprised dan kantrovitz hasn't been named "interim GM" or something...which makes me wonder how wide of a net they're casting to fill the position.  he was snagged from the A's and was an assistant GM there (and director of scouting for STL).