Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cub Notes

Breaking: The Cubs have sign B.J. Ryan to a minor league deal. He will work out in Arizona before reporting to Triple A Iowa.

I think if Ryan can become what he was last year and two years ago we have a real steal here. Now expect Sean Marshall to return to the starting rotation till Dempster returns from the non-displaced broken big toe.

In other News:
  • The Cubs are not interested in Halladay, with his contract to pricey and would demand a lot.
  • To catch-up on AAA news, the second half, and MLBN Cubs grades visit Brandon's Blog.
Tonight's lineup:

Johnson - CF
Theriot - SS
Bradley - RF
Lee - 1B
Ramirez - 3B
Soriano - LF
Baker - 2B
Hill - C
Harden - P

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Possible Cubs Targets

Lets take a look into what the Cubs can get to solidify their bullpen and at second base for the games down the stretch. But first lets discuss the situation, the Cubs have about 3 Million dollars to spend according to Cubs officials. The Cubs also have a few untouchables in Josh Vitters (unless a super star player is coming this way) and Jay Jackson, with a few other minor leaguers on the keep list. So what do the Cubs have to offer? What do the Cubs want? All these questions will be answered with possible trade proposals.


Gregg Zaun- A solid defender, he's got some pop, and a career OBP of .344, and he's continuing that pace this year as well. But hes priced at 1.5 million dollars, I'd like the Cubs to take the entire salary only if we give up less. The O's need corner infield help with that being a glaring hole in there system, with Aubrey Huff and Melvin Mora leaving at seasons end.

Cubs get: Gregg Zaun Cash considerations (750K), and Tyler Henson
Orioles get: Micah Hoffpauir and maybe a low prospect

Yes I know Hoffpauir means a lot to the Cubs, but with Jake Fox here who could play 1B, 3B, C, LF, RF (not particularly great, but solid defense around him.)

Second baseman:

Freddy Sanchez- Hes great at 2B, and can bat leadoff. He's also signed through next year and so far is batting .316 with 6HRs and 34 RBIs. Why not go after him even with his high price tag? The Pirates need help at SP, SS, and 2B so lets explore a deal.

Cubs get: Freddy Sanchez and pirates pay 3.25 million dollars (possible deal-breaker)
Pirates get: Ryan Flaherty, Kevin hart, and either Mike Fontenot/Andres Blanco/Jeff Baker

Felipe Lopez: Not a big fan, nor do I think hes an upgrade. But has a track record, and could bat leadoff. Strikes out a ton (averages 128 strikeouts per 600 AB.)

Cubs get: Felipe Lopez
Dbacks get: Mike Fontenot and grade C/C- prospect (a type of player who is just a body)


B.J. Ryan- All you gotta do is claim him and hope your the worse team to claim him.
Matt Herges- The same as B.J.

If the Cubs do deal Rich Harden to a contender, watch out for a big trade, he makes 7 million dollars this year. If Rich is traded (he'd bring back a B prospect) then the Cubs could get Sanchez more easily.

I think Rich is gonna be OK, he's not used to pitching so consistently, but when hes on WOW. The only problem that rich has is the homerun ball, in 14 starts hes given up at least 1 bomb in 12 of those starts.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Cubs Notes

Bradley Comments:
"Don't read the newspapers, don't watch TV, just play," he said. "We've got everything we need right here. If we stay together in here, cut out all the outside [stuff], we'll be fine. There's way too much hoopla, there's way too much talk, there's way too much speculation.

"We're a team -- 25 guys going out there every day, grinding. You play 162 games for a reason. It doesn't matter where you're at right now. The Cardinals haven't won jack."

Hitting coach Von Joshua has been working with Bradley, who finished the first half at .243, well off his .321 pace last season with the Rangers.

"I understand what I'm doing wrong," Bradley said. "I looked at my tape from last year. I feel it now. So when I tell you I'm back, I'm back. You can mark it down. I'll be hitting for the rest of the year. I'm back."

Lou ends the first half with:

"I feel we're in good position to win this division," Piniella said. "Two things -- stay healthy, get healthy and swing the bats. That's it. We do those two things, we can win the second half. Those are two big 'ifs,' though."

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Cubs Interested in B.J. Ryan

The Cubs have shown great interest in the recently released BJ Ryan, who officially cleared waivers today. If the Cubs claim him (while having the "worst" record between teams that claim him) should get him for the Major League minimum.

If the Cubs get him, look for them to send him to AAA to sharpen up. Ryan has shown improvement, during June Ryan had a 1.04 ERA.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jake Fox recalled, Sammy Sosa

The Cubs called up Jake Fox, you may know that a player who is sent down has to wait 10 days before being called up, BUT the Cubs placed Jason Waddell on the DL.

Also the New York Times in reporting that Sammy Sosa failed a drug test in 2003, this will almost certainly deny Sosa into the Hall if this report comes out to be true.

UPDATE: Bruce Levine is reporting that it is at least three to four weeks before Aramis Ramirez returns.

I will keep you posted.
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Gerald Perry Fired

UPDATE: 12:02 Gerald Perry Fired - Von Joshua Promoted to Cubs Hitting Coach. Gerald was pulled off the field during Cubs batting practice by GM Jim Hendry and fired.

Von Joshua, hitting coach for the Iowa Cubs, will be promoted from Triple-A on Monday and will be in uniform for the opener of the White Sox series on Tuesday.

Ryan Freel will begin a rehab assignment on Monday with the I-Cubs and is expected to rejoin the Cubs soon.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Pedro Martinez in Cubbie Blue

According to Nick Cafardo; Sources close to Pedro Martinez indicated that the Chicago Cubs have watched Martinez throw, as well as the Rays. Both teams are also beginning to at least explore how much money it would take to add Martinez to their rosters.

There also saying Martinez's fastball has tipped off at 94 MPH. WOW, that's really encouraging if we could add him to the pen.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cubs 6/11 notes, Draft

Tonight's lineup:

Soriano - LF
Theriot - SS
Bradley - RF
Lee - 1B
Johnson - CF
Soto - C
Scales - 3B
Miles - 2B
Zambrano - P

31Jackson, BrettUC BerkeleyCFL/R6'02"2101988-08-02JR
Comments: It's not a great Draft class for college bats, particularly in the outfield, so one with the athleticism Jackson has is bound to be noticed. He runs well on both sides of the ball, has a decent approach at the plate and plays a good center field right now. Some may see him as a tweener who isn't a leadoff hitter or a No. 3 type. If he gets bigger he will have to move to a corner, where how much power he actually has becomes a bigger question. He's got more value if he can stay in center, and the team that takes him may be hoping he can stay put.

79LeMahieu, DavidLouisiana St UIFR/R6'04"1961988-07-13

Comments: As a shortstop from a major college program, LeMahieu is going to get plenty of looks. Like most LSU products, he plays the game the right way and makes the most of his average tools. He's got a solid approach at the plate, but doesn't have a ton of raw power. That wouldn't matter, except for the fact he might have to move to third as he matures. Still, as a real "baseball player" who's excelled in a major program, he's bound to be drafted well.

109Kirk, AustinOwasso HS (OK)LHPL/L6'01"
140Rusin, Christopher U KentuckyLHPL/L6'02"1901986-10-22SR
170Darvill, WesleyBrookswood SSSSL/R6'02"
200Raley, BrooksTexas A&M ULHPL/L6'03"1801988-06-29SO

230Springfield, BlairMacArthur HS (IL)IFR/R5'11"
260Whitenack, Robert SUNY Old WestburyRHPR/R6'05"1851988-11-20JR
290Jones, RichardThe CitadelCL/R6'00"2101988-01-31JR
320Thomas, JosephEdward Waters Col3BR/R6'04"2251988-07-02JR
350Mincone, JohnSuffolk CC WestLHPL/L6'01"2151989-07-23J2
380Davis, BurundiHoward ColOFR/R6'00"1851989-01-02J2
410Taylor, ChadJefferson HS (FL)SSR/R6'01"1751990-08-29HS
440Keefe, DanielU TampaRHPR/R6'04"1851987-08-15SR
470Shields, BryanAuburn U MontgomeryCFR/R6'04"1901987-08-03SR
500Walker, KeenynJudge Memorial Catholic HS (UT)CFS/R6'02"
530Dail, BarrettMt Olive ColRHPR/R6'02"2051987-09-30JR
560Williams, Matthew Duke UCR/R5'11"2201987-02-23SR
590Burruel, SergioTrevor G Browne HS (AZ)CL/R5'11"
620Erickson, EricU MiamiLHPR/L6'00"1741988-02-17JR
650Rohan, GregKent St U1BR/R6'00"2051986-05-115S
680Fitzgerald, Derrick Dyersburg State CC2BR/R5'11"1951988-12-20J1
710Pruitt, JeffreyCal St NorthridgeCFR/R6'05"2201988-01-21JR
740Esquivel, GerardoDe La Salle Institute (IL)RHPR/R6'01"1701991-04-28HS
770Bour, JustinGeorge Mason U1BL/R6'04"2501988-05-28JR
800Grife, StevenMercyhurst ColRHPR/R6'00"1771986-11-04SR
830Martin, CoreyWestern Carolina URHPR/R6'03"1951987-05-01SR
860Petraitis, JordanMiami U3BR/R6'03"2251986-08-30SR
890Clubb, TimothyMissouri St URHPR/R6'02"1951986-09-04SR
920Sheppard, DanielDowners Grove North HS (IL)CR/R6'00"1801991-02-25HS

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Aaron Miles activated....Jake Fox?

After the Cubs win Tuesday night the Cubs activated Aaron Miles and optioned Jake Fox back to Triple A Iowa. Fox who was 5-12, might of been the wrong choice, with infielders Scales and Blanco who could of either been sent down to keep Fox up. But on the other hand Fox's trade value was going down back as soon as he goes to AAA it should jump up again.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

June 7th Line-up and Notes

Today's lineup:

Soriano - LF
Theriot - SS
Fukudome - RF
Lee - 1B
Fontenot - 3B
Johnson - CF
Hill - C
Blanco - 2B
Wells - P

It looks like Soriano will get a much needed day off, against a pitcher that he has owned.

Carlos Zambrano has this to say about his future endeavors:

"After this contract, I'm done," said Zambrano, who is signed through 2012 with a vesting option for 2013. "I'm serious. I don't want to play. I want to help this team, I want to do everything possible to win with this team, but after five years or four years, or whatever I have left on my contract, I just don't want to play.

"I want to stay home and see my daughters grow up and hang out with my family more," he said. "Do you know how many Mother's Days I spend with my mother? Do you know how many things I've lost in my life?

"It's good to be here, it's good to play baseball -- don't get me wrong," Zambrano said. "But five years, four years, whatever I have left in my contract, I will retire. That's it."

We'll see what happens down the line, im sure his mind will change within the next 4 to 5 years.

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