Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Instead of writing posts here and there, I decided to just take time off, until I'm not as busy. I love to write, but no time makes it hard. I had the blog for about 2-3 years and it has been fun.
When I have time, I will get back to writing more posts.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
This is from ESPNBoston.com
"Daisuke Matsuzaka’s name did not come up during the Chicago Cubs’ recent organizational meetings, according to a baseball source. That doesn’t preclude the possibility the Cubs and Red Sox had a conversation about him as part of a proposed deal for Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, as the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers reported Wednesday.
But it’s a deal that doesn’t make much sense. It’s understandable that the Cubs would seek to dump a bad contract in Fukudome, who is due to be paid $13.5 million in 2011. But Matsuzaka has two years left on his deal, at $10 million per, so if the Cubs are looking to free up some money for another move, like signing free agent Adam Dunn, a Fukudome-Matsuzaka swap has limited benefit."
I honestly wouldn't get this trade for the Cubs because it takes a spot in the rotation, Dice-K has one more year more than Kosuke on his contract and Dice-K has not pitched good as of late.
So, like the report said, I doubt this happens. I give it a 1% of happening.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Aramis Ramirez excercised his 14.6M option yesterday. He still has to file the paperwork and that has to be turned in my Thursaday at Midnight.
Ryne Sandberg will leave the Cubs organization. He will look for other jobs out there. I hope for the best for Ryno!
The Cubs will remain in Mesa, after the Mesa voters voted to keep the Cubs.
Brett Jackson has been sent him from the AZL because of an infection. He had a good run and showed that he has what it takes to make the majors.
Cubs minor league pitcher Chris Carpetner could make the Cubs bullpen out of spring training. He has hit triple digits in the AZL.
The Cubs will add pitcher Chris Archer to the 40 man roster soon.
Xavier Nady is not expected to return next season.
Jim Hendry likes Nick Johnson and he could be a Cub, if his mkedical records are good. They will pursue him then.
The Cubs will have their eye on Kerry Wood to be apart of the pen next season.
The Cubs are expected to make a run for Adrian Gonzalez next season and XM radio says they have what it takes to get him. The Cubs will most likely have to depart with Vitters and JJ, among others.
That's it for now....
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Jay Jackson was alright last year, as he posted a 11-8 record with a 4.63era, 48 walks, 119 strikeouts in 157.1 innings pitched. As you can see, nothing spectacular but a decent year for him. I like his strikeout to walks ratio. Jackson has 4 or 5 pitches than he can throw for strikes and get outs. I think he will be a good pitcher in the Cubs rotation some day. When will that come? I don't know, but I expect next year some time.
I don't believe Jackson is playing winter ball because I have not seen stats on him or any news-notes on how he is doing. Maybe he just wants the time off from baseball and to relax. I think if he did play winter ball and he performs well, I think there would be a better chance for him to make the team out of spring training (Cubs).
Bruce Levine says Jay Jackson will make the Cubs sometime next season, if it's out of spring training or a mid-summer call-up. Member, we don't know because we have to see if Jim Hendry makes any moves to the starting rotation this winter (FA signings, trades, etc). Also, Ben Badler who writes for Baseball America heard from a scout that Jackson has a nice fastball with a nasty strikeout pitch.
Jackson is not considered a top prospect in all of baseball or even in the Cubs organization, but he has been recognize around the league. He has been in the rankings of the Cubs top 10 prospects, around the mid (4-7). Before the 2010 season, Baseball America had him ranked 98 in all of baseball. That's actually not too bad with everything into consideration. But, will he drop in the 2011 ranks? I think there is a good chance he will. The Cubs Reporter had Jackson ranked 6th in the Cubs organization and I have to agree with that rank. I think he fits right around their.
However, if the Cubs want a top tier pitcher like Zack Greinke, Jackon will most likely have to be included. But, I don't see that happening as Jim Hendry will be reluctant to trade top prospects and the price for Greinke will be too high. Will Greinke be in Cubbie blue to start the 2011 season? I say one out of a million. So, N0!
My prediction: He will make the Cubs during the 2011 season. I don't think he will make the club out of spring training because all 5 spots would be taken. However, I see him being a call-up because a pitcher is slumping, injured or traded. As for being a Cub down the road, I see him as a 3rd or 4th starter in the rotation and he could be one of the best. I just hope for the best for him and can't wait to see what he does this spring training.
Jay Jackson page: MILB.com
Jay Jackson page: Baseball-Reference.com
Do you think he will be a good pitcher and when do you think he will make the majors?
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
1) The Cubs will find out next Tuesday, if there 84M training facility will be approved in Mesa.
2) Adam Dunn is still the Cubs number 1 priority.
3) Kosuke Fukudome is likely to be traded.
4) The Cubs could look at Cliff Lee, but nothing major. Don't look for any legs on the Lee movement.
5) Levine does not even know how much the money the Cubs will have to spend on free agents this winter.
6) Levine states there's a good chance Hendry is gone after 2 years when Quade's contract is up.
7) Jim Hendry can probably fit Adam Dunn in, if Kosuke is traded.
8) The Cubs will have interest in bringing Kerry Wood back, but the Yanks are preparing a contract for him.
10) Levine thinks Brett Jackson and Jay Jackson will make the team sometime next year. While, Archer could be a summer call-up.
Next week I'll have his recap again. In the next few days, I will have another player profile; that will be Jay Jackson.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Vitters started off the 2010 season in the minors with High A Daytona posting a .291/.350/.445/.795 with 3hr and 13rbi in 28 games and 110 at-bats. Then, Vitters was called up to Double A and posted a .223/.292/.383/.676 with 7hr and 26rbi in 63 games and 206 at-bats. Before breaking his wrist and being out for the remainder of the season.
Vitters is currently playing in the Arizona Fall League and he's not doing so well. The league pretty much just started and as of right now he's posting a .222/.211/.244/.655 with 1hr and 5rbi in 4 games and 18 at-bats. Like I already mention, he's playing third base and trying to make the transition to first base. He's trying to make the transition to first base because the Cubs ordered it. His stats don't look good in the AZL, but it's still early and he's coming off a bad wrist injury. Just give him time and hope he comes around.
Vitters was once the Cubs top rated prospect, before the top spot was taken over by 20 year old SS Starlin Castro. Who is now the Cubs starting SS. He was ranked number one in the Cubs system in 2008 and 2009 and 2010 he was ranked number two. He was ranked number 43 in 2008, 51 in 2009 and 70 in 2010 in the whole minor league system for all 30 MLB teams. That is all according to Baseball America.
Vitters has gone through his share of injuries. He has suffered two injuries, in which he missed significant time. That is one reason why he's on a setback from reaching the majors.
Also, Vitters might not even be a Cub when and if he makes the majors because he could be traded. Vitters has been in trade talks for the past 2-3 years, but general manager Jim Hendry was reluctant to trade him because of his potential. If Vitters would have been included, the Cubs would have either 2B Brian Roberts or P Jake Peavy. Josh Vitters was the deal breaker in both deals. But, Jim Hendry might be more open to trade him because of his struggles in the minors. With the recent news that the Royals will take offers for P Jack Greinke. The Cubs are expected to be a team after him and most likely will have to offer Vitters in a deal with more. So, will he be a Cub when he makes the majors? That question is still to be determine.
My Prediction: He will make the majors in 2012 as a first baseman. I think he will be a Cub because I don't see the Cubs acquiring Zack Greinke and the Cubs are more reluctant to trade young players. He will get an invite to spring training in 2011 to see how he produces. Vitters still has to work on his plate ability. He strikes out a good amount, swings at bad pitches and rarely walks. However, he does have ability as he has hr power and is a guy who can hit 3-5 in the batting order. I also think he will make the Cubs because the Cubs have no third baseman or first baseman in their minor league system are are not going to spend on players anymore.
Josh Vitters page: MILB.com
Josh Vitters page: Baseball-Reference.com
So, when do you see Josh Vitters making the majors? Do you even think Vitters will make the majors?
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
My blog now will be more for the minors. I will have updates on the AZL and player profiles. Also, I will still have Bruce Levine's weekly chat on Tuesday. And, that will count as a post for the week.
But....I will still have updates on breaking news and only breaking news (FA signings, trades, etc). And, that will not count as a post for the week.
I hope the new changes are better.
I will have a player profile tomorrow and it will be Josh Vitters.
Thanks and sorry for the inconvenience.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
1) The manager process could be entering the final process and a manager could be named soon. The 3 candidates are Mike Quade, Ryne Sandberg and Eric Wedge.
2) He mentioned 3 weeks ago that Olando Hudson will be the Cubs 2B come next season, but now he says it looks like they will keep 2B alone.
3) The Cubs never interviewed Alan Trammell because they don't look at him as a good manger. Also, it looks like Trammell will have to find a job elsewhere.
4) He thinks Archer needs more time in the minors and if he pitches good, he would not be surprise to see him as a mid-season call-up.
5) He says the Cubs need a leadoff man, but has not heard what they are going to do at that position.
6) He thinks Derrek Lee's career could be over because of past injuries. That would suck.
7) He said "I'm sure Jacoby Ellisbury would be a guy the Cubs would like to have".
8) Renovations for Wrigley in 2014 seem to be on a hold. It still will get done but the time frame in unknown now.
9) No one knows when Vitters will be ready and even at 3B. He could be a 1B if and when he hits the majors. He will be playing 1B in the AFL.
10) He said Kerry Wood will always be welcomed back to Chicago, but he does not see the Yankees not offering him a new contract.
That was the latest from Bruce Levine.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
1) Hire Ryne Sandberg as the manager: My first choice was Joe Girardi but I hear he is staying with the New York Yankees. As I'm trying to make the team younger and since Ryne Sandberg was the Double A and Triple A manager, he would know the players the best and how to work with them. Also, he does not take anything for granted. I know Mike Quade did good in relief of Lou Piniella, but that Castro benching and playing Koyie Hill over Welnington Castillo drove me nuts. That's why I did not pick him as manager. I also do know Sandberg does not have major league managing before but he had a good track record in the minors. Quade didn't either, before taking over the Cubs for about two months.
2) Sign-Trade for 1B Adam LaRoche: The D'backs still don't know if his 7.5M option would be exercise, so I would trade for or sign him. I would sign him to a 1 year contract worth 7M, with a team option for 2012 worth 8M. If LaRoche's option is exercised and I think the D'backs would shop him, I would trade utility man Jeff Baker and starting pitcher Randy Wells. Baker was good but with the emergence of Darwin Barney, he has to be traded. Wells has looked good at times but he was really inconsistent this year and I think pitchers in the minors would do a better job (i.e. Archer and Jackson). I like a lot in LaRoche, besides his high strikeout rate and his low walking ability. I would hope the best hitting coach in the business (Rudy) will help him. He does have pop in his swing, he can bat in the middle of the order (3-5), a left-handed bat and he plays good defense. And, with the fielders throwing the ball in the dirt, a good defensive 1B would help out a lot.
3) Sign RP Kerry Wood: I would love for a Cubs-Wood reunion and I'm going to try and make it possible. Wood struggle with the Indians, but since being trade to a good team (Yankees) he has been lights out. Maybe it has to do something with the Indians being no good. I would sign him to a 1 year contract worth 6M and with a team option for 2012 worth 7.5M (Plus incentives). Only because of recent injuries. This is only if the Yankees do not retain him.
4) Re-Sign Nady: Nady said he would like to return to the club and I think that wouldn't be a bad idea. He would be the Cubs back-up 1B and 4th-5th OF like he was assign to when the Cubs signed him last offseason. But, this time, he will play more often, not once a week like he did before Lee was traded to the Braves. Nady showed he was useful as he hit and played wonderful defense at 1st base. The contract would be a one year deal worth 3M. plus incentives that could make it around 5-6M.
5) Trade Jeff Baker: I would trade Baker and save the 1-1.5M he would get in an arb raise. I know he killed lefties, but I think Barney can do the same, if not better in his place. Barney has shown great defense and he can play 3B, SS and 2B. Like I mention above he would be in the deal for 1B Adam LaRoche. If I was for some reason not able to trade him, I would non-tender him and still save the 1-1.5M he would earn in 2011.
6) Non-Tender Koyie Hill: This is such an obvious move, as Hill can't hit and plays OK defense. So, he has nothing spectacular to offer. He took playing time from Castillo in 2010 and that made me mad. I think Castillo would be a good fit, but if not, our system has more catchers that can do better than Hill. My pick goes to Welington Castillo. This would also save us about 1-1.3M.
7) Trade Kosuke Fukudome: This is a move that has to be made as the the OF is already crowded as it is. I would take on half of the 13M owe to him next season and that way I should be able to find a taker. Kosuke started hitting the ball as of late (when Piniella left) and he plays stellar defense. I would just look for prospects in return. So, this move will save us around 6.5M.
8) Shop Byrd: I would love to keep Byrd, but Brett Jackson who is supposedly on the same path as Starlin Castro was, could make the team in May or June. So, we will have Soriano in left, Jackson in CF and Colvin in RF. Then, Colvin would be the 4th OF if Byrd is still on the team or what. I would not trade Byrd in the offseason because what happens if Jackson struggles in the minors and the plan is on delay. We would be screwed. Also, this would allow me to see what value Byrd has. Then, if Jackson plays good next season, I could trade Byrd because his stock is high right now and I doubt he has the same season as last year. I will also keep an eye on Jackson this winter as he is playing for the USA.
9) Sign Brandon Webb: I think this could be a good signing because he will not cost much and he's a former all-star. Webb has gone through arm injuries the past season, but this could be a low risk high reward kind of a deal. I would sign him to a 1 year contract worth 1M, with a team option for the next season worth 3M. Plus incentives that could make the 1M into 3-5M.
10)Arb raises: All of these are 1 year contracts. I would offer Sean Marshall 1.3M, Angel Guzman 850K, Tom Gorzelanny 1.2M, and Geovany Soto 3M. I would sign Guzman just one more time and if he comes back healthy, it could be a good signing, but if not I would release him or non-tender him next offseason. I was thinking about signing Geovany Soto to an extension in which it would buy off all his arb years, but I thought this would be cheaper for the next season. In which it would. Maybe next offseason.
11) Sign Carlos Marmol to an extension: This would buy out the final 2 years of arbitration. He's 27 years old. I would sign him to as 3 year extension worth 18M at 6M per year. He has shown to be worth that contract and the contract is not long because for some reason RP don't pitch the same way for years. Also, in case of injury.
12) Release Silva: I would pay the 5.5M left on his contract, to save roster spots for a veteran or a youngster who shines. I will not be able to trade Silva, unless I take a bad contract in exchange and I don't want to do that. I think this is the best for the ball club.
13) Hope the youngsters shine and make the team: I would hope 2 pitching youngsters shine in spring training...Chris Archer and Jay Jackson. Chris Archer was one of the better pitchers in the minors last year and has been thought to make the team out of spring training. He came over in the Mark DeRosa trade. I will also keep an eye on him, as he is pitching for USA this winter. Also, another pitcher to keep any eye on is Jay Jackson. He was OK last year, but he has a good fastball and a good breaking ball. I was told he is going to be a good pitcher. Like I mention above, Castillo and Barney would also make the team out of spring training. Also, Brad Snyder being the 4th OF. He played good defense in limited time and he has potential to hit and I hope he does.
14) Other Notes that will be different from the 2010 team: My plan from the offseason moves would move Tom Gorzelanny from the rotation to the bullpen, Castillo will be back-up catcher, Barney will the utility guy and the pitching (both SP and RP) will be completely different.
15) Potential mid-season call-ups: OF Brett Jackson, OF Sam Fuld, P Chris Carpetner, 3B Marquez Smith and more depending on their performance next season.
16) Sign Felipe Lopez: I know he struggle with the Cardinals last year, but he has potential and is a cheap option. He would be a utility guy like Barney, but Barney would be ahead of him for playing time. Lopez can play 3B, SS, 2B, 1B and the OF. I would sign him to a 1 year contract worth 1.5M plus incentives that can make the 1.5M into 3-4M. Also, I would add a team option in there worth 3M for 2011.
Here's what the 25 man roster would look like on opening day:
2011 Batting Order:
1) DeWitt 2B-Barney IF (When plays)
2) Castro SS
3) LaRoche 1B
4) Ramirez 3B
5) Byrd CF
6) Soto C
7) Soriano LF
8) Colvin RF
9) Pitcher P
2011 Starting Rotation:
1) Carlos Zambrano
2) Ryan Dempster
3) Brandon Webb (hoping he comes back healthy, but that's a big IF.)
4) Chris Archer
5) Jay Jackson
Closer: Carlos Marmol
Set-up: Sean Marshall
Set-up: Andrew Cashner
RHP: Kerry Wood
LHP: John Grabow
LHP: Tom Gorzelanny
RHP: Angel Guzman (hoping he comes back healthy, but that's a big IF)
C: Welington Castillo
1B/OF: Xavier Nady
Utility: Darwin Barney
4th OF: Brad Snyder
2nd Utility: Felipe Lopez
C: Soto, Castillo
1B: LaRoche, Nady, Lopez
2B: DeWitt, Barney, Lopez
3B: Ramirez, Barney, Lopez
SS: Castro, Barney, Lopez
OF: Soriano, Byrd, Colvin, Nady. Snyder, Lopez
Pitchers: Zambrano, Dempster, Webb, Archer, Jackson, Marmol, Marshall, Cashner, Wood, Grabow, Gorzelanny and Guzman.
As Tom Ricketts already mentioned, the payroll will decrease from this season to next season. So, I could not offer big contracts or spend a lot. I would spend...counting FA signings, trades, arb raises: With me trading for LaRoche: 30.5M, and could go up to 40M or so with incentives but unlikely. With me signing LaRoche: 30M, that can go up to 40M with incentives but very unlikely. But, that does no account the 6.5M I save on Kosuke's contract. Just subtract than from the totals and that's where I would be at. Not too bad. The roster would be complete with all those moves.
However, I don't know if the player would accept the deal, the team accept the trade, if the player wants to come to Chicago, etc. That's what it makes this harder. But, I tried my best and this is what I came up with. It was fun and that's all that matters. I think this team would be in contention, if the young players shine and if the vets play to their potential, but if not, we can wish 2011 good bye.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
1) Hire a Manager: This is SO obvious, as the Cubs can't go into next season without one. They could have one within a week and as of right now, it sounds like the guy will be Mike Quade. Bruce Levine predicts and said the 3rd week of October, Jim Hendry will hire a manager. I'm not too thrill about Quade being named manager as he was third on my list. I had Girardi one, Sandberg two and Quade three. There is still a chance the Cubs could hire Girardi, but it would be better if the Twins knock the Yanks out in the first round. Then, they could interview him earlier then. But, as of right now, Quade sounds like the guy.
2) Sign a 1B: I think this move will happen, as Quade wants Colvin to stay in the OF and he will likely be the manager. I don't think they will get a big name like Dunn, Pena or Matinez, but I think they could re-sign Nady or sign-trade for Adam LaRoche (depending on what the D'backs do with him). Too be honest, I like LaRocke because he has pop, plays good defense and is a left-handed bat.
3) Sign a RP: As we already know, the Cubs bullpen was not great last year, but they did turn it on as of late. I think the Cubs need one more RP that can help out. He could go along with Cashner, Marshall and Marmol who were great last year. I would love for the Cubs to sign Kerry Wood and it's not a bad idea, but what what I have read, its unlikely. Which kind of sucks because I would love a Cubs-Wood reunion.
4) Sign a 4th OF: I think the Cubs could sign one and two names that I wouldn't mind are Brad Hawpe and Pat Burrell because I like them and I think they could help in this role. But, the Cubs could open the season with Sam Fuld or Brad Snyder as the 4th OF, with Brett Jackson possibly getting the call to the majors fast. And, that way the Cubs don't spend money. I actually could see the Cubs going with Fuld or Snyder to open the season in 2011.
These are moves that I could see happen in the offseason, but with the payroll not determine yet and no manager, who knows what is going to happen this winter. There are a lot more moves that I see happening, but over the next 3-5 days, I'm going to have a post "If I was Jim Hendry" and I don't want to give much away. But, I do know this, it's going to be an interesting winter. I just can't wait!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
1) He says the Cubs are in badly need of a set-up man, depending on what they do with pitcher Andrew Cashner. He thinks the Cubs should keep Cashner in the bullpen.
1) My take: It's kind of obvious that the Cubs are in badly need of a RP, even if they keep Cashner in the bullpen. Right now, I think the Cubs should keep Cashner in the pen because he has pitched pretty well and the Cubs have pitchers Jay Jackson and Chris Archer who are ahead of him in succeeding in the rotation. Also, I have a feeling the Cubs will put him as a starter, then a RP, then a starter, then a RP again and I think that will screw him it up. It could be a replay of the Samardzija situation.
2) The Red Sox have a lot of interest in Aramis Ramirez.
2) My take: I would be in favor of the Cubs dealing Ramirez. Only, if the Red Sox take on 75% of his contract, if not all and still trade mid level spects. But, I doubt that will happen. The Cubs could then go after Adrian Beltre if the Red Sox don't retain him, or call up 3B Marquez Smith from the minors who has put up nice stats. This could give the Cubs money for a 1B.
3) Levine keeps re-stating Adam Dunn is the Cubs top priority this offseason, but now he says "if the Cubs can afford him."
3) My take: We will keep hearing this until he's signed by the Cubs or another team. I think the Cubs will have enough money for him, but this will be the only impact FA signing. I would be fine if the Cubs sign him or not. It do not care if Adam Dunn is or isn't in Cubbie blue next year.
4) The Cubs are unlikely to sign Carl Crawford because they won't have the money. However, Levine does not say the Cubs will not pursue him because they could. He said there will be 8-10 teams bidding for him.
4) I would love the Cubs to sign Crawford because he brings speed that the Cubs need, a left handed bat and does have some pop, but not much. The only bad thing is, he's a OF and the Cubs don't have room unless they move Colvin to 1B but that's still TBD. However, I agree with Levine because I doubt they will have the money unless they unload 50% of Zambrano's, Kosuke and even Ramirez's contract.
5) Levine says Wood would be a good idea, but he also says I don't think going back in time is the best thing to do.
5) I totally disagree because Wood will help out a lot and every Cubs fan will be happy. He won't be too expensive, like other RP, but for some reason I think the Yanks will re-sign him.
That's the latest from another week of Bruce Levine's chat.
Monday, September 20, 2010
This goes under as a freak incident, but Tyler Colvin was hit by a broken bat yesterday and a splinter of the bat went right through his chest. He was sent to the hospital right away and is expected to be in the hospital for 2-3 days with a tube in his chest, to make him breath easier. He was bleeding pretty good, but was listed in "stable condition". Castillo is the one who was hitting and the one who's bat broke and hit Colvin. There was a chance he could of die but he got lucky that it not go too far, but it did go pretty far. I hope for the best! It's sad how his rookie season went pretty well and he can't finish it on a positive not. But, it's baseball and this happens.
We learned yesterday that Soto's season has come to an end because he's getting shoulder surgery on his arm today. It's a minor shoulder surgery and he will be ready in 3 months. In time for spring training. Now we will see Hill (ugh) and Castillo behind the plate now. I hope Castillo gets the majority of the playing time, as he could be the backup catcher next year over Hill who is looking more and more likely to be non-tender. An unconfirmed source says Castillo will be the backup catcher next year and Hill is as good as gone. I sure hope so!
I hope for the best in Colvin the most but also to Soto. It's funny how the Cubs win 13-3 with all backups playing and they lose 2 starters. At least their is only 2 weeks to the season is over.
Friday, September 10, 2010
The show Undercover Boss is where the CEO or the head of the company goes undercover to their company and see how working conditions and how the employees are treated. Because, some people many know what they look like, they have to change their appearance. Tom Ricketts reportedly wore a beard when he went undercover.
Mr. Ricketts did numerous jobs, such as hot dog vendor, security, etc and was connected to all employees in a good fashion. Also, no one had a clue that it was him. Per David Kaplan.
This episode is reportedly being rushed into production as they want this episode to air as soon as possible. The source said it could air within a month. Per David Kaplan.
The second season of Undercover Boss will air Sunday, September 26th.
I saw the 1st season and I like it and it's a good show. I just can't wait for this season to air and see what jobs he done and what games he was at, if any. I think he would be at games. I expect you to watch the 2nd season, definitely this episode.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
1) P Mitch Atkins: He will see another stint in the majors and will probably be their for the rest of the season. Atkins has look good at times, but he has look like crap at times, like the whole bullpen.
2) P Jeff Stevens: He will also see another stint in the majors from previous reports. He came over in the Mark Derosa trade with the Indians. Just like Atkins, he has look good at times and times he gives up runs like crazy. I've notice when Stevens is called up at first, he pitches good but when he's sent down and re-called, he it bad. I don't get how that works.
3) P Jeff Samardzija: He started with the Cubs after spring training, but was sent down and never seen the majors again. This is an obvious move because Jeff has looked great in Triple A and he finally discovered a second pitch. Scouts say that second pitch is working out good for him. Jim Hendry said he will get a couple starts and with the pending injury of Gorzelanny...that could happen soon.
4) P Brian Schlitter: I'm not a big fan of him and could care less if he was re-called. But, he will be called up. Too me, he only has one pitch and that's a fastball. And, that's not good to be a major league pitcher.
5) OF Sam Fuld: He has a short stay in the majors but deserves to see another major league stint. Fuld is no way a starter but a good 4th OF because of his defense. His defense is spectacular in my mind. He has no fear for his body and goes all out when he plays.
6) OF Brad Snyder: He has never see the majors in his career and he's expected to see it for the first time soon. However, he's currently not on the 40 man roster and every spot is taken on the roster. The Cubs would have to make a move to call him up, then. I think there's a good chance the Cubs move Grabow from the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL. That would open a spot for Snyder. We'll just have to wait and see what the Cubs do.
7) Welington Castillo: He was on the bench for yesterdays game but was inactive because he wasn't officially called up. It was just in case the Cubs put Soto back on the DL...but that looks unlikely right now. I don't know if he's still with the Cubs or if he went back down to Triple A. I just hope he gets more playing time than his last stint, where he only made 2 starts.
The roster would be:
C: Soto, Hill, Castillo
1B: Nady, Hoffpauir
2B: DeWitt, Barney
3B: Ramirez, Baker
OF: Soriano, Byrd, Colvin, Fukudome, Fuld, Snyder
P: Zambrano, Dempster, Wells, Gorzelanny, Coleman, Diamond, Marmol, Marshall, Cashner, Samardzija, Maine, Russell, Berg, Atkins, Schlitter, Mateo, Stevens, Silva (pending), Caridad (pending)
Esmalin Caridad and Carlos Silva have pending next to them because they could be activated from the DL and I think there's a good chance they both will be.
This moves are not official but Cubs.come reported these are the players that will get the call.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Tyler Colvin started taking grounders at 1B when long time 1B Derrek Lee was traded to Atlanta. That's when Colvin started taking grounders, during the Atlanta Braves series. Before Piniella stepped, due to ailing family members, he said Colvin would play 1B in the Nats series. But, that changed fast as interim Mike Quade said Colvin would not start at 1B any time soon. However, Quade did mention Colvin could move over to 1B late in the game.
Colvin has played 1B before...but when he was a sophomore in college. That was his last time, he also played 1B in high school.
Right now, Xavier Nady and Micah Hoffpauir will be playing 1B to finish out the season. But, that can change fast. Hoffpauir? Ugh, he can't hit in the majors and plays 1B so bad. Nady? OK, that's is fine. He has played 1B pretty good and has hit as of late with playing time.
This is how I see it, the Cubs are out and why not give Colvin a shot...maybe they will find out that he can play pretty good. But, that's unlikely. I just would like to see a new face over there and not Hoffpauir. But, for some reason the Cubs love him and I don't get it.
Here's the link to the article.
We'll just have to wait and see if Colvin plays 1B before the season ends. Quade just said "he won't play 1B any time soon", but he doesn't say he won't play 1B all season. Their is still hope Colvin will play 1B.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Derrek Lee was traded for pitching prospects Robinson Lopez, Tyrelle Harris, and Jeffrey Lorick. The Cubs will also pay some of the 3.4M left on Lee's contract. The amount is unknown.
The Cubs actually got a good return for Lee because he has back problems, older and is a free agent after the 2010 season. I think all 3 pitchers can make the team as a bullpen pitcher. Maybe, that's a little sarcasm but the pen needs new pitchers and who can get outs. It doesn't hurt to try new pitchers out at this point of the season. I think Lopez will be sent to Daytona, Harris to the Smokies and Lorick to Daytona or the Smokies.
This is a move that caught everybody by surprise, but in some ways it didn't. Lee will not be offer arbitration and there's a good chance he won't be back for the 2011 season. Lee has not played since Sunday after he left after 2 at-bats with back pain. Also, Lee rejected a trade to LAA before the deadline and that's another reason why this caught everybody by surprise. Lee said "He has a better chance to win in ATL and LAA probably won't even make the playoffs".
The Cubs will call-up 1B Micah Hoffpauir to take his spot on the roster and could get the start tomorrow in place of Nady. We have seen Hoffpauir this year and he was pathetic. I think it's time for another 1B to get called and I would like to see Brian LaHair get the call to the majors. He has put up pretty good stats for Triple A this season.
Me, like many other Cub fans are sadden with the departure of Lee, but like I said, this is a move that had to be done. I hope for the best for Lee in ATL and hope he wins a world series with ATL. It's funny because Lee will be back at Wrigley when ATL play the Cubs this weekend at Wrigley. I expect Lee to get a standing ovation when he takes hist 1st at-bat at Wrigley on Friday. Too bad I will miss it because of work.
I expect at least 1 more trade before the Aug 31st deadline. 2 players that could be gone are IF Jeff Baker and 1B/OF Xavier Nady. I'll keep you posted as more moves could be on the way soon.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I think this move will help the Cubs now and in the future. The backup catcher, then, will be 23 year old Welington Castillo. I think Castillo is a backup and not a starting catcher for his career. He was called up when Geovany Soto was placed on the DL, but has only started one game because Piniella is playing the veteran. Koyie Hill is on the team because of his defense and throwing out baserunners, but both have been so bad lately and he's useless now. Like I said, Castillo has only played one game, but from what I've saw, he has a cannon of an arm and plays pretty good defense. Also, he has some pop and will hit for a mid 200 average. Unlike Hill who really has none of that.
If the Cubs did in fact release Hill, they will save money, not a lot, but some. Also, the Cubs are trying to get younger and this will be a move in the right direction. I think their is a good chance Castillo could get 2 starts a week and maybe a late substitution for Soto. Castillo can also learn information from Soto behind the plate.
I think there is a 60% chance Koyie Hill will be non-tendered and with that percentage increasing by the day.
Castillo should be in the lineup today, but as we all know Piniella, Hill will be in there again and that is the wrong move. Definitely after how bad Hill played yesterday. The good news is, Castillo will play tomorrow because Casey Coleman is pitching and they pitch together for Triple A this year. Castillo was Coleman's battery mate.
So, do you think Koyie Hill will be non-tendered?
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
This is not a surprise move and I knew Mike Fontenot would be traded before September 1st. Fontenot has been good in limited action, but this is a move that had to be done. Fontenot lost his starting job, when Castro was called up to play SS. The Cubs will save some money, not much in this deal. They also will save money for next season.
The Cubs have one more spot open on their 40 man-roster and I expect SS Darwin Barney to be called up. The Cubs now, have no back-up SS for Castro and Barney is a SS. I think he will play against lefties at 2B and to give a day off for Starlin Castro. Unlike Fontenot, Barney is a true SS.
I'm not a fan of Crawford and his stats show why. He's not hitting for average and does not walk much. But, he has speed. If he ever makes the majors, I see him as a Joey Gathright type player. A bench player and a pinch runner. And, that's IF he makes the majors. I can see him not making the majors.
I think the Cubs could of got more for Fontenot. Maybe, just a better spect. I just don't like the spect. I guess the only positive is, we will see another rookie and that's what I like. Lets just see how Barney plays when and if he gets the call to the majors.
SS Darwin Barney: I expect him to be called up and he will platoon with Blake DeWITT at 2B. DeWITT plays against righties and Barney plays against lefties. Also, he could give a day off to SS Starlin Castro. He's a true SS unlike Mike Fontenot who's the backup SS. Barney has put up a nice average this year. He's batting .300 in 474 at-bats, but he does not take a lot of walks and his OBP is not too great. GM Jim Hendry said Barney has a future with the Cubs and a report said Barney is expected to be the next Cub to be called up. He's currently not on the 40 man-roster.
1B Brain LaHair: He's another one I expect to be called up. He has posted nice numbers for Triple A this year. In my own opinion, I would of liked to see him called up over 1B Micah Hoffpauir. Hoffpauir was called up when 1B Derrek Lee was placed on the bereavement list. Hoffpaur is good at Triple A, but sucks in the majors. LaHair has posted a nice season and I think it would of been fair to see him up over Hoffpauir. He's currently not on the 40 man-roster.
2B Matt Camp: He probably won't get called up, but I would like to see him in the majors. I've been a fan of him because he will post average stats and can play 3B. He made the transition from 3B to 2nd this year. Just like DeWITT who has done the same thing this year. So, I highly doubt he gets called up because he's just average and the Cubs really don't need another IF like that. I can see Ryan Theriot in him. He's currently not on the 40 man-roster.
P Jeff Samardzija: I know he started this season in the majors, but has not been re-called since being sent down. I'm positive he will be called up. He has posted nasty stats before yesterdays game. H was 9-1 with a low 3's era and that's not bad. He's starting for Triple A, but he's a RP for the Cubs. He finally got a 2nd pitch and that's a cutter. When he has been in the majors, he only had a fastball. Scouts have said, the cutter has been a good pitch and Jeff is getting a lot of strikeouts on that pitch. That's a good sign and it would be nice, if he can keep that up in the majors. He's currently on the 40 man-roster .
OF Sam Fuld: I'm 50-50 on him getting called up. He has not been good in Triple A, but his glove is stellar and I like that. He hustles on every play and has no fear for his body. It depends what happens with other roster moves. Then, it will be known if Fuld will or not be called up. He's currently on the 40 man-roster.
C Welington Castillo: I know he's on the Cubs roster now, but he could be sent down before September comes. He was called up, when Soto was placed on the 15 day DL. Soto is expected to be on the DL, for only the 15 days. Castillo has put up OK stats in the minors. I think, if Castillo puts up the same numbers as Hill or better numbers, he will be the backup catcher next year. Then, the Cubs will non-tender Hill and that will make him a free agent. The Cubs will save money on that move too. Castillo is expected to be in the Cubs lineup tonight vs. lefty Barry Zito. I'm looking forward to that. He's currently on the 40 man-roster.
1B Micah Hoffpauir: I know he's on the Cubs roster right now but he could be sent back down when Lee is activated from the bereavement list. Lee could come off the list as early as Friday. Even if Hoffpauir is sent down before September, he will be called up again. I have no doubt in my mind. At least, the Cubs can see if he can ever hit in the majors. He destroys Triple A but does no damage in the majors. And, I don't get why and how. He's currently on the 40 man roster.
P Rafael Dolis: He has been pretty good this year, but is still in Double A. So, I don't know if the Cubs would be willing to call him up. Also, he's a starter and there are no openings in the starting rotation. I am pretty sure, the Cubs won't put him as a RP because he could have a pretty good career ahead of him as a starter. I don't expect any starters from the minors to be called up. He's currently on the 40 man roster.
Players that might get the call back to the majors. These players have seen the majors, sometime this year. We will probably see most, if not all the players be re-called.
1) P Mitch Atkins
2) P Brain Schlitter
3) P Jef Stevens
4) P Jeff Gray (I don't see him being re-called)
Players that could be the "Tyler Colvin" this year. However, I don't expect their to be a "Tyler Colvin" call-up.
OF Tony Campana: He's putting up a nice season for the Smokies this year and could make the majors soon. But, he's getting up their in age. At the age of 24. This can be the true "Tyler Colvin". He's an OF, average defender, 24 and a lefty. However, I think their are other OF in front of him to be called up. Like, Sam Fuld and James Adduci. He's currently not on the 40 man-roster.
P Ryan Buchter: He has put up OK stats in the minors, but is a relief pitcher and the Cubs need to try new faces in the bullpen. Because, what they have now in the pen is not working out. It would be nice for the Cubs to call another pitcher up, to make his major league debut. But like I said, it's very unlikely. He's currently not on the 40 man-roster.
Like I said on top, the Cubs would have to clear spots on the 40 man-roster to call up some players. Right now, they have 1 spot open to call-up 1 player. Here are some scenarios to make room on the 40 man-roster.
1) If the Cubs know, John Grabow and/or Esmalin Caridad will not come back this season, they could move them to the 60 day DL from the 15 day DL. That will open 2 more spots on the 40 man-roster.
2) Mike Fontenot, Jeff Baker and Xavier Nady could be claimed and traded. I think that all 3 will be traded, time September 1st comes. Then, that will open 3 more spots on the 40 man-roster.
But, here are moves the Cubs could make; that will not help make room on the 40 man-roster.
1) The Cubs could activate P John Grabow, P Esmalin Caridad, P Carlos Silva and C Geovany Soto from the 15 day DL. Nothing will happen with the 40 man-roster, but spots will be taken up. That means, we will see less players from the minors. Also, the Cubs will activate Derrek Lee from the bereavement list in the next week or so.
Here's the Cubs 40 man-roster.
I know all these moves won't happen, but they could. We just have to wait and see what happens, come September. With activations off the DL, waiver trades and call-ups.
Friday, August 6, 2010
With no news swirling the Cubs right now, and the Cubs have no first baseman under contract for the 2011 season. I will look at that situation right now, with the possible signing of Adam Dunn.
Adam Dunn is currently the Nationals 1B and is a free agent after this year. The Nats can still try and sign him as Dunn wants to stay in Washington and they would like the same thing. They have the rest of the season, counting playoffs and 2 weeks after the World Series ends to try and re-sign him. After that, it's fair play and all teams can start talking with him about a deal. Like I said, the Nats would like to re-sign him, but they haven't already because they can't reach a deal. So, from what I've seen, Dunn will not be a National next season. The Nats are offering him less years and money for him to come back in 2011.
I have an unconfirmed source, that says the Cubs will be aggressive in pursuing a big left-handed bat for 1B. He names Adam Dunn and Carlos Pena. Out of those two, I pick Dunn because he's one year younger, hits for a better average and has more power. Dunn's home run total, will double at Wrigley and that's what I would like to see. He always kills the Cubs at Wrigley, but on the opposite team. It would be nice to see him kill the ball at Wrigley, for the good team.
In the first four months of the season, Dunn has posted a .277avg, 28hr and 71rbi. I think his stats will improve at Wrigley and as a Cub because it's a smaller park, he will have a good power bat behind him in Ramirez and he's playing for the Nats this year. Playing for the Nats, will never help.
I think Dunn will be looking for a 3 year contract, worth anywhere from 30-40M and I think that's too much for an offensive guy with no defense. But, as you know teams will pay him that because it's the MLB. GM's in the MLB always overpay players, even if they're not worth it. I just hope Jim Hendry is not that GM to offer him a contract like that.
The Nationals have been shopping Dunn for about 3 weeks now, but could not pull off a trade before the July 31st non waiver trade deadline. However, the Nats placed Adam Dunn on waivers about 3 days ago and was claimed by an unknown team. The unknown team will have 48 hours (well, it's less now) to try and work out a trade for him. The team is most likely an NL team and my guess it's the Giants, The Giants were interested in Dunn before the trade deadline and are in need of a 1B badly. And, they will need a 1B next year too. So, I think there is a chance they can re-sign Dunn before he hits the free agent market. But, that's just speculation on my part.
If the Cubs do sign Dunn, that means Lee's years with the Cubs will be numbered. Even though Lee will not be a Cub, he will always be remembered. I'm not going to lie, but I will miss Derrek Lee at 1B a lot. Lee will come way cheaper than Dunn and even Pena for that matter. Lee has said he would like to finish his career as a Cub and Cubs owner-chairman Tom Ricketts would like the same. But, in all fairness, that's looking unlikely as every day passes. The one thing I will miss and all Cubs fans too, is his glove. Lee saves so many errors from the Cubs infield and that would be dearly missed. Because, having Dunn at 1B will make the Cubs error total rise. GM Jim Hendry can offer Derrek Lee compensation, but I do not expect him to do so, in fear of him accepting it. I also think he will accept it because he's not about the money and is a family guy. His family would love to stay in Chicago. In the latest Elias Rankings, Derrek Lee is registered as a Type B free agent. But, that can change on a daily basis. He would also get a nice 1 year contract. If Lee does hit the open market, I think he will get a contract of 2 years, worth anywhere from 15-17M. Derrek Lee has posted a .252avg, 12hr and 51rbi so far this season. He has been improving in recent weeks.
There has also been speculation that 3B Aramis Ramirez or OF Tyler Colvin will move to 1B or the Cubs will sign free agent 1B Carlos Pena. I say no to all 3 options. Ramirez is not an 1B and will struggle at 1B, Colvin is an average+ defender in the OF and Pena is not better then Lee in my opinion, but he's (Pena) younger.
I think there's a 50-50 chance the Cubs sign Dunn in the offseason. If the Cubs do not sign Dunn, I see Lee returning to the Cubs for the 2011 season. So, I think these two are the only options for 1B next year. I would be fine with either one. Dunn will provide the offense, while Lee would provide the defense.
Remember this, the offseason is still long ways away and a lot can change in that time. There's still like four more months left until the offseason starts.
Who do you think the Cubs 1B will be next year? Also, do you see Dunn in Cubbie Blue next year?
Monday, August 2, 2010
Acting manager Alan Trammell said "Silva was never in life threatening condition."
The Cubs roster is currently at 24, with the trade of Theriot and Lilly to the Dodgers. A roster consists of 25 and with the bullpen being overused yesterday; when Carlos Silva left the game early in the 1st. Roster moves are on the way. Cubs beat writer, Carrie Muskat has the latest (2 tweets).
Casey Coleman has been called up from Triple A Iowa and will fill the 25th spot on the roster. No pitcher will be sent down today in a corresponding move. But, tomorrow Thomas Diamond will be called up from Triple A, to take Ted Lilly's spot in the rotation and a pitcher then would have to be sent down. Would it be Coleman or another pitcher being sent down? I have a feeling it could be another pitcher like Russell or Schlitter. I don't think it will be Russell because he's a lefty and I expect Brian Schlitter to be sent down, when Thomas Diamond is officially called up.
Also, there's a possibility SP Carlos Silva will be placed on the 15 day DL with the heart condition. Paul Sullivan chimes in with that possibility. And, Casey Coleman will take his spot in the rotation, not Carlos Zambrano. There's still no word on Silva yet.
Coleman was called up to give a fresh arm in the bullpen. That's the main reason. If Coleman is going to take Silva's spot in the rotation, I would rather see Jay Jackson get the the call to the majors. I want to see what the kid has to offer in the major level.
I guess we will see what happens, with the pitching situation in the next few days.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
After he was taken out, the Cubs ruled out he was injured and called it an "illness". The Cubs hooked him up to heart monitors, and discovered he was suffering from PSVT, or an abnormally high heart rhythm.
After the Cubs figure that out, they sent him to the nearest hospital by Coors Field. The good news is, Silva will just be fine. But, he will stay overnight for more observations.
Acting manager Alan Trammell said, "He's staying overnight for observation and we'll go from there". He also said the heart problem caught us "off-guard".
I feel sorry for Silva, as he wants to compete and be out their on his 5th day to pitch. I hope that trend can continue but...if he can't or has to be sent on the DL. I see current relief pitcher Carlos Zambrano, taking his spot in the rotation.
My best wishes goes out to Carlos Silva and hope he will be able to pitch again soon. Only time will tell us and maybe more information will come out tomorrow.
Here's where I got the info: It was brought to us by Paul Sullivan.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Blake DeWitt is an upgrade over Ryan Theriot by a little bit. DeWitt plays better defense and is a better base runner but...he hits for a lower average and has less speed.
The 2 pitching prospects the Cubs also got in the deal, have good minor league stats and could make the Cubs in a year or two. Cubs fans just have to wait and see what they do in the minors.
Bruce Levine stated that Blake DeWitt will be the Cubs starting 2B. But, he's not at Coors Field (Rockies Stadium) and is not in the Cubs lineup today. Mike Fontenot is the starting 2B today.
Like I said above, this was the only Cubs trade today. However, according to Bruce Levine, the Cubs were close to trading IF/OF Xavier Nady and IF Mike Fontenot. But, the trade was not able to be completed. Look for the waiver period, to be an exciting one.
Us Cubs fans, just have to be patient and see what August brings us. Can't wait!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
More Ted Lilly updates:
Ed Price is hearing, but has not confirmed the rumor yet, a JA Happ/Ted Lilly trade in the works. However, the Phills do like Lilly a lot, but they do not like him in there ball park. I would be in favor of the Happ trade because Happ is young at the age of 28, a lefty, and can put up good stats. Like I mention above, this could be a real or fake rumor. So, don't hold me against it, if it is an untrue rumor. Right now, I think it's untrue because the Phills don't like Lilly in their ball park. We just have to see what happens over the next few days.
The Dodgers reportedly have the most interest in Lilly, but to get a deal done, they will have to move money around to acquire him. I think if the Dodgers are able to move money around for Lilly, he will be a Dodger come Saturday evening.
Other teams that have interest in Lilly, besides the Phills and the Dodgers, are the Twins and the Mets. It has been reported, about a week ago that Lilly will decline a trade to the Twins as they are on his NTC list. But, that can change in a moment of time. I don't see the Twins or the Mets acquiring him.
Other non-related Lilly rumors:
The Padres and Diamondbacks are interested in trading for Ryan Theriot. We've heard of the Padres interest in Theriot, but the D'backs interest is new. I have seen on the web that the Padres interest in Theriot, is pretty strong. If that's true, Theriot should be a Padre come August first. I don't know why the D'backs are interested in him as they are in last place and he won't help them be a contender. Will Theriot be traded? I'm 50-50 on that, so I really can't tell. It will be interesting though.
Now to the Derrek Lee saga:
Derrek Lee reportedly told general manager Jim Hendry, he will veto a trade to any team and wants to remain a Cub, to end this season and to finish out his career. It has been reported that Lee rejected a trade to the Angels this month. If I'm not mistakin', this is the second time he rejected a trade to the Angels. I think the first time was a year ago or two years ago. The players in the propose trade were not named.
David Kaplan reports the Cubs have received multiple calls on Lee but now those talks have ended. Teams that have express interest in Lee are the Angels, Rangers and Giants. I don't know if I believe Kaplan because he's wrong half the time. But, I will still post it because it's a rumor.
Here's what Lee had to say about not accepting a trade to the Angels.
"Derrek Lee says he "agonized" over decision to decline Angels deal. Says family played big role in decision"
D-Lee: “When the trade was presented to me, I just felt for me and my family the best thing to do was to stay here."
I'm neutral on the news about Lee. Because, I love Lee as a player and his glove at first base. But, I don't like it because the Cubs might of got good prospects in return and it does not look like Lee will return next season.
It's going to be an interesting few days ahead, as the trade deadline is on Saturday. Too bad I have work the next few days and can't keep updated on the rumors. Oh well...
The one player, I'm pretty sure will be traded is pitcher Ted Lilly. My guess: Los Angeles Dodgers.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Ted Lilly to the New York Mets is reportedly on life support. The Mets have cooled on Lilly recently and might not even add a SP at the deadline. A lot of people expect Ted Lilly to be traded to the AL Central. In which the Twins or Tigers will acquire him. They are one and two of who will acquire Lilly. The Cubs had a scout at the Twins/Indians game today but I have no clue why and who he was scouting.
I think if Lilly is traded to the Tigers, Theriot will also be in that trade, going to the Tigers. It would be Lilly and Theriot for prospects. However, I think the Twins will offer more for Lilly as they will be more desperate. It's going to be an interesting week ahead, as I think Lilly will be traded to the Tigers or Twins before his next schedule start. But, I don't now for who.
Pretty much, all the rumors were based on Lilly in the last few days or so. But, much more to come on Lilly and other players on the Cubs.
Friday, July 16, 2010
According to Bruce Levine, the Tigers and Rockies are interested in trading for 2B/SS Ryan Theriot. Also, the Phillies have had conversations with the Cubs regarding Theriot. We have heard this recently but from what I've read, Theriot could be on his way out soon. My guess is, Theriot will be traded and ship off to the Tigers as they are in the most need of an IF; to stay in playoff contention. Theriot would fit their need as he's cheap, a contact hitter and won't cost near as much in prospects as some other players they could be interested in. I don't see the Rockies acquiring him as Tulo will return soon and there need for him, will drop. Also, I don't think the Phills will acquire him as they have good IF depth, Polanco will return in the next couple of days and Utley will be back in a month or two. Theriot is having, one of his worse seasons of his career and that has drop his stock bit time.
According to Bruce Levine, the Tigers, Mets, Twins and Dodgers are among the teams interested in pitcher Ted Lilly. I do expect one of these four teams to acquire Ted Lilly and my bet is on the Twins now. A week ago, I said the Mets but the Mets are losing interest in Lilly as they might of found a new target. That would be the Astros starting pitcher, Brett Myers who is having a better season and is cheaper but...will cost more is prospects. Out of those four teams, I think the Twins are in the most need of a pitcher and Lilly will fill out their need. I would love the Twins to acquire Lilly, so he can beat the White Sox and stop them from making the playoffs. Before Thursday's night game, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry and Ted Lilly spoke about his future. But, both declined to comment regarding the meeting they had. I think they spoke about, him (Lilly) being traded and signing him back in the offseason. We will never know unless something leaks to the media.
According to George Ofman, Mike Fontenot is drawing interest from the Yankees. If the Yanks do in fact have interest in Fontenot, Jim Hendry should work his hardest to get Fontenot off the books and out of a Cubs uniform. The Cubs will get close to nothing for him, as they will probably get a low level prospect for him and that's it. Fontenot never plays and should be traded, as it will clear bench space and maybe a guy like Bobby Scales can see the majors again. I don't know if Fontenot will be traded to the Yanks but...I hope.
According to George Ofman, the Padres and Rangers have interest in Xavier Nady. We have heard this for weeks now but not from him. Levine reported over the weekend, he will be surprise if Nady is not traded to the Rangers within the next couple days. Well, it has been within a couple of days and he's still in a Cubs uniform. I have an unconfirmed rumor, that says Nady will be traded to the Rangers within a week. I do expect the Rangers to acquire Nady, who are in need of a 1B and the Padres don't exactly need Nady. Nady is another player who does not play enough and does not deserve to sit on the bench for days at a time.
According to George Ofman, Jim Hendry is working on package deals with teams in order to try to trade OF Kosuke Fukudome. I wonder what other players would be involved in the trade with Kosuke. If it's not a lot and you could trade Kosuke with the other players, I would do that in a heat beat. And, by the time July 31st comes, I hope Kosuke Fukudone is gone. Two teams that come to mind, of who could have interest in Kosuke are the Red Sox who need OF with all their injuries and the Padres who need OF as there depth is bad. My gut feeling is, Kosuke will be a Cub come Aug 1st and I don't like the thought of that.
Side Note: According to a report from the Tribune, John Grabow won't be able to return from the disabled list until the end of July. Thank god, I have a little more time before I have to watch him lose more games.
Well here's the latest, as the day of July 31st is inching closer. Can't wait!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
According to Bruce Levine, the Texas Rangers are interested in 1B/OF Xavier Nady along with the Los Angeles Angels and the San Diego Padres. It was said yesterday that the Rangers have "strong interest" in Nady after trading there starting 1B Justin Smoak to the Seattle Mariners in the Cliff Lee trade. For now the Rangers called up 1B Chris Davis from Triple A to fill in at 1B for now, but...they do not think he can fill the role at 1B full time. The Rangers like Nady because he can play 1B and is a cheap option as they will only have to pay 1.6 million left on Nady's contract. People think the Rangers will platoon Nady with Davis at 1B if they acquire him. As Nady is a righty and Davis is a lefty. We have heard of the Angels being interested in Nady about 3 weeks ago or so after they lost there starting 1B Kendry Morales to a season-ending leg injury. But the new team that we have have not heard of is the Padres. I think Nady will be there backup 1B, 4th OF and a bench player like he was supposed to be in Chicago. As he won't be starting at 1B for the Padres as they have Gonzo (Adrian Gonzalez) who made the all-star this year and can hit the ball like crazy. I think the Cubs will trade him before the trade deadline and soon, maybe a week. I see the Rangers stepping up there pursuit in the upcoming days and at the end, Nady will be traded to Texas for a mid-low level prospect. This will also help the Cubs in many ways as there payroll will be cut slightly and the OF situation will be eaiser to manage. But the Cubs will have no backup 1B after this trade, what do they do? I say they will call up Brian LaHair from Triple A to take Nady's spot on the roster.
According to Bruce Levine, before Friday's game GM Jim Hendry and Dodgers GM Ned Colletti had a 8-9 minute conversation about trade possibilities. What players could the Dodgers have interest in? Maybe pitcher Ted Lilly, pitcher Tom Gorzelanny and utility man Jeff Baker. As you can tell the Dodgers need pitching and they could of talked about Lilly or Gorzelanny. Also the Dodgers are hurting and might talked about a cheap option like Jeff Baker who can play all the infield positions and LF/RF. I have every indication in my mind Lilly will be traded and maybe soon. I think Gorzelanny will stay as he is only 28 and is also cheap. I don't know Baker will be traded but I do think either Baker or Fontenot will be traded before the 31st. But I do not think the Dodgers will acquire a player from the Cubs as it is all said and done.
Also according to Bruce Levine, the Colorado Rockies have "apparent interest" in 2B Ryan Theriot. This is no surprise to me as there all-star SS Troy Tulowitzki is recovering from an injury but is on fast pace to returning. Before this, the Rockies were rumored to have interest in Theriot when Tulo went down. I do see Theriot being traded before the 31st for a mid level prospect or two but not to the Rockies. Maybe the Tigers or Red Sox. If the Cubs do trade Theriot, I say they will call up Darwin Barney to take his spot on the roster.
According to Buster Olney, the New York Mets have finally put all there efforts into acquiring Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly after there number one choice Cliff Lee was traded. It was actually said the Mets could have more interest in Lilly than Lee because he will cost less in prospects. The Mets like the idea of taking on the 5.55 million left on Lilly's contract and that will result in giving up less players for Lilly. The Cubs and Mets have reportedly started talking trade with both teams throwing names around. One name that has been thrown around is lefty catcher Josh Thole (He is link to his minor league page), this is according to George Ofman of WGN. I'm not a big fan of Thole as he is already 24, has poor stats and the Cubs really don't need a catcher. If the Cubs trade Lilly, I would want a SP and a position player in return, not a catcher. I think it would be smart for the Cubs to trade Lilly as soon as possible as his last two outings were awful. I expect the Cubs do trade Lilly to the Mets sooner rather than later for 2-3 average prospects.
Also according to Buster Olney, OF Kosuke Fukudome stock is falling but the Cubs are still keeping an eye on the market for his service. This does not surprise me at all because he lost his starting job and teams have not seen him play on a regular day basis. The only team that has really shown interest in Kosuke this year was the Red Sox but they wanted the Cubs to pick up the majority of his contract and the Cubs were hesitant to do so. I don't see the Cubs trading Kosuke by the 31st but if they do, I see OF Sam Fuld being called up from Triple A to take his spot on the roster.
These rumors suggest that the Cubs will rebuild and try to trade away as many veterans as possible. We just have to wait and see what the Cubs do as the day is getting closer everyday. This is the day, I always look forward to when the baseball season is at the half way point. Just can't wait for the Cubs to make a move! I say Lilly is the first player traded followed by Nady.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Last year Derrek Lee started the season to a poor start but after the first month he came out of it. He started the same this but still has not found a way to come out of it. Lee has missed games this year with neck and back problems and that could be the result of the long year slump so far.
Let's see what Lee did last year compare to this year so far. On this date July 7th.
2009: Lee was batting .288 with 16hr, 53rbi, 31 walks and struck out 53 times in 264 at-bats.
2010: Lee is batting .230 with 10hr, 36rbi, 43 walks and struck out 78 times in 305 at-bats.
As you can see in 2010, his batting average is way lower, his home runs and rbi's decrease in not as many at-bats. But his walks do go up and so does his K's. So just looking at that, his stats are not helping out the Cubs this season but his defense still does.
Now will this hurt his trade stock? I say yes as his stats won't help any club but his defense sure will. The teams that could use Lee are the Angels but I say if the Cubs trade them a 1B it will be Nady because he is a cheaper option and the other team is the Giants but there GM already said they will not trade for a rental player. Lee would be a rental because he is a FA after the season and I doubt the Giants will re-sign him. When Aug 1st comes, I say Lee will still be on the Cubs and playing 1B. But as of right now, I say the Cubs will not re-sign him after the season but like I've been saying for weeks now, that could change fast.
So do you think Derrek Lee is playing injured? I gave my thoughts, now let me here yours.
Monday, July 5, 2010
The newest rumor is the Cubs will trade starting pitcher Ted Lilly before the July 31st trade deadline and then try to sign or re-sign him in free agency. I am iffy on that because I would like Andrew Cashner and Jay Jackson get a shot to make the rotation as the Cubs will start to rebuild and don't need Lilly as he will keep aging. But I guess if you can sign him to a 1 year contract worth 3 million do it but that's not happening. So if the Cubs trade Lilly, you can say bye bye to Lilly as he won't be a Cub again. Also I would only trade Lilly if you can get a pretty good return for him. Because you can get compensation from him, if the Cubs dare to offer him arbitration which they may not as it will be a good 1 year offer.
Also Gammons said the Cubs are marketing 1B Derrek Lee as he will be a free agent after the year. The only way I can see Lee being traded if the Cubs pay like 3-5 million of his contract and if he will waive his NTC to a California team and the only team I can see is the Angels. But if the Cubs do trade a player to the Angels, I think it will be Nady as he can play 1B and is way cheaper. As of right now I say the Cubs won't re-sign Lee but that can change fast.
Both of these notes by Peter Gammons are by twitter where you can find it here.
Also other players that could be on the move in the next couple of weeks are... They will be number from 1-3, 1 being I think there could be a good chance, 2 being maybe (can go either way) and 3 being I doubt it and pretty sure they won't be traded.
1) 2B/SS Ryan Theriot-1
2) P Tom Gorzelanny-1
3) IF Mike Fontenot-1
4) U Jeff Baker-1
5) P Ted Lilly-1
6) 1B/OF Xavier Nady-1
7) OF Kosuke Fukudome-2
8) 1B Derrek Lee-2
9) OF Alfonso Soriano-3
10) P Carlos Zambrano-3
I am pretty sure all these players will be on the block but I don't expect all them to be traded like Alfonso and Big Z because of there contracts. Also for some players like Lee and Kosuke, how much money will the Cubs eat. Like Baker and Fontenot, I only expect one of them to be traded.
Well here comes the best part of July as your team can gain good players or quality prospects. Also the rumors will start coming and I will try to have it here as soon as it is posted but that has been hard lately. Only like 3 more weeks or so to July 31st. Me like all Cubs fans will just have to wait and see what GM Jim Hendry does in the upcoming weeks. What I want him to do is, cut salary, trade veterans and gain good prospects. So I hope he does this which is unlikely as it is Hendry.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
1) The Cubs need too HIT: This has to be number one on the list as this is the Cubs only major problem. As there pitching has held up this year pretty nicely. Guys like Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Ryan Theriot have to get back to there 2007 and 2008 form where the offence came together. Lee needs to stop swinging at those high pitches as he can't catch up to them. Ramirez is a little late on his swings and that has to get back to normal but we did see a little of that today against the White Sox. Finally, Theriot, needs to take pitches and more walks. And stop swinging at the first pitch. If these 3 guys get back on track, we might see a late run by the Cubbies.
2) Be more CONSISTENT: This is a major number two as the Cubs have shown some signs of coming out of there funk and then some signs they won't come out. That would go under as a really inconsistent ball club. Like Soto who started off the season great went into a slump and lost playing time to Hill. But as of late, Soto has shown signs of starting to hit the ball and throwing the ball way better when a player tries to steal. With that, Soto got out of Pinella's doghouse and Hill lost playing time again. Another player is Soriano, I know he is a player that goes on hot streaks and no one can stop him but he went cold and fell apart. But he came back to life as he is starting to hit again. Finally the manager Lou Pinella, he needs to pick a leadoff man and stick with him, he needs to try and keep the lineup the same on a regular basis and defintly after a win
3) Colvin and Castro NEED to play everyday: So far, these 2 players have been the bright spots for the Cubs in the 2010 season. When Colvin has played he has produce in any spot in the order. He has speed which the Cubs need and an average defender right now but I see that improving over years. Then Castro, this kid is only 20 years old and so far has only had 2 off days in his major league career and that was last week on back to back days. Castro brings speed, good defense as he can make plays a lot of other guys can't and surprisingly has been patient as he has been taking pitches. That is why I think they should be in the lineup on an everyday basis.
4) Other moves that is spread out and can't be named in a title: Only use relief pitchers John Grabow and Bob Howry when the game is out of reach and if the Cubs are winning by a good amount. Just DL Carlos Zambarno so if the Cubs fail to trade him, the bullpen will not screw up his arm and he can make a return to the rotation with no precautions. If your pitcher is pitching good, relief or starter. leave him in unless he is over 115 pitches or injured.
With that being said, the lineup I would put out there would be...
1) Tyler Colvin RF
2) Starlin Castro SS
3) Derrek Lee 1B
4) Marlon Byrd CF
5) Aramis Ramirez 3B
6) Alfonso Soraino LF
7) Geovany Soto C
8) Ryan Theriot 2B
9) Pitcher P
1) Carlos Silva
2) Ryan Dempster
3) Ted Lilly
4) Randy Wells
5) Tom Gorzelanny
Lefty set-up-Sean Marshall
Righty set-up-Andrew Cashner
Long relief-Thomas Diamond (would be called up when Zambrano goes on DL)
Lefty specialist-John Grabow
1) Kosuke Fukudome-4th OF
2) Jeff Baker-2b/3B
3) Mike Fontenot-2B/SS
4) Xavier Nady-1B/OF
5) Koyie Hill-C
I think if all these were to happen, the Cubs would make a push for the playoffs and might even make the playoffs. But all this to happen is a lot to ask. But we shall just wait and see...
Saturday, June 26, 2010
SS Hainley Statia
P Amalio Diaz
1B Derrek Lee
Description: I think this trade can work out because the Angels need a 1B and the combo for them right now is not doing to job. Also I think Lee will waive his NTC to the Angels because that is where his family lives. The SS is Dominican and maybe Castro can help him out a little and then pitcher will help add depth.
Trade 2-Cubs/Red Sox:
3B Ryan Chang
Red Sox get:
1B/OF Xavier Nady
Description: Nady is a FA after the season and will not be re-signed so at least get something for him as a mid tier prospect. Nady can play OF for them as all there OF's are injured, can play 1B to give players a rest and can DH as Ortiz slumps.
P Andrew Oliver
SS Ryan Theriot
Description: Theriot is already 30 and has been really inconsistent this year. He is the singles master but is striking out way more and being way too aggressive. So I think the Cubs should also trade him got a mid tier prospect. And Detroit is in the market for a middle infielder.
P Deolis Guerra
DH Rene Tosoni
P Tom Gorzelanny
Description: I think Gorzo is going to be traded as they just put him back in the rotation to showcase him. With Big Z going back to the bullpen. I know Minn will be in the market for SP and not just one. I think there is a good chance they will get a better one like Oswalt or Lee but I think they could use Gorzo to as he is cheap, a lefty and won't cost a lot of players. If the Cubs do trade Gorzo, Cashner can go to the rotation if they keep Zambrano in the bullpen.
OF Ryan Kalish
P Felix Doubront
OF Kosuke Fukudome
Description: The Cubs need to trade OF and get half of Kosuke's contract off the books. Kosuke should be benched and give the starters playing time, Colvin (should be), Soriano and Byrd. I know the Cubs are paying half of his salary but they will have to in any trade. Kosuke would bring the Red Sox a good defender and an occasion good hitter. Kalish looks like he will have a good career but is struggling and the Cubs might be able to get him in the deal.
Description: The Cubs need to trade Lilly as his trade value is pretty good and is a FA after the season. And I don't think the Cubs will re-sign him with the good young arms the Cubs have in the minors. Also Cashner who is in the pen, can go to the rotation. Jenrry will be a good starting pitcher and the other two don't look bad either. I think the Mets will strike out on Oswalt and Lee and then they will switch there attention to Lilly.
In all these trades, the Cubs are cutting budget and getting nice players for the future as the Cubs are starting to rebuild (I hope). Finally, I like these trades too.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Derrek Lee is the quiet captain on the team but also a role model to young kids all over the world. The Cubs can probably sign him cheaper as he wants to finish his career with the Cubs and then retire. I know Lee has been having trouble in the field as of late but he saves so many errors for his infielders. I think the errors he is making, it just a phase and will get out of it soon.
He does have pop in the middle of the order and still takes a good amount of walks. But he is getting up there in age. So would that decrease? More defiantly but I think he would still be a good aspect to the team and winning ball games.
Lee is a fan favorite by most and the Cubs front office. And the most of them all, the Cubs new owner-chairman Tom Ricketts. He has already stated, he would love Lee back.
There is speculation that the Cubs will not re-sign Derrek Lee and go after Carlos Pena who would also be a free agent. Would he be an upgrade over Lee? I don't know and not sure he would be. OK Pena has way more power than Lee. But Pena hits for a low average, not a great defender and does not take a great amount of walks. I know Lee is not hitting for a great average but his past record has shown unlike Pena. He's actually hitting worse that Lee this year. Go figure. Also the Cubs can probably sign Lee cheaper than Pena. Also, then if the Cubs wanted to trade him, he won't have a NTC so it would be easier. (But has as we know Hendry, he would get one. Here is a big BUT, will Hendry be in charge of those negotiations? As the look of it, he won't.)
Who would you rather have Pena or Lee?
Also the Cubs really don't have an in-house solution if Lee left. But there has been talk that 2007 first round pick Josh Vitters will move from 3B to 1B. And if that is the case, this move would give him more time in the minors to develop.
Derrek Lee stats
Carlos Pena stats
Now to my opinion, I love Lee and would miss if he is gone but that happens. I think this would make so much sense but what do I know.
So would you be in favor of this or not?
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Ian Snell stats.
I think if the Cubs did in fact trade for him, it would be a low risk high reward situation. He would come cheaper as the M's don't want him. The Cubs do have trade pieces, that they may be able to offer, to acquire him.
I know the Cubs might not want to add older pieces because they want to get younger as you have seen through out the year but Ian Snell is only and almost 29. Where he can still help for years to come as a relief pitcher or starter. The 29 year old righty, has posted a 6.41 era in 46.1 innings pitch during the 2010 season so far. I know that era looks brutal but maybe he can change it over here with pitching coach Larry Rotchchild. Maybe it can be a repeat of an ex M Carlos Silva. Who was brutal in Seattle and is up for the comeback player of the year award with the Cubs.
When 3B Aramis Ramirez comes off the DL, the Cubs will have to trade Jeff Baker, Chad Tracy or Mike Fontenot who are all out of options. And can not be sent to the minors without clearing waivers which I don't think would happen. I say the Cubs trade either Jeff Baker or Chad Tracy for Ian Snell. And I think this helps out both teams and it finally helps solve the Cubs infield problem, of too many.
But with the M's in the AL and the Cubs in the NL, do you think he not get claimed by anyone in in the AL? I say no but with his stats this year, there could be a slight possibility.
I would be in favor of this move because he can pitch out of the bullpen, in the rotation, still young at 29 and maybe Larry will help Snell pitch better like he did with Silva. Maybe the Cubs could win this trade like they did in the winter.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Since the Cubs brought up 23 year old Andrew Cashner, he has only pitched perfect. It goes with out mention, he is the Cubs top pitching prospect for a reason. He has reached 99 on his fast with good breaking balls to go with that. But as we all know Pinella, he does not trust his young players and finds does not find time to play them or get them ion the ballgame. So why would Pinella have faith in him and put him in the rotration? I say he wouldn't right now but he needs to. If they want to win more games.
He should switch with Randy Wells who is struggling really bad, while the pitches to batters are getting hit as much as all the Lebron James rumors. Once again, he struggle today and made it harder for the Cubs to win.
So in my mind this is the move you have to do. But right now he is the righy set-up man but you can let Marshall keep that job as he has been pitching amazing.
So wouldn't that be the right move?