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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