He’s no Carlos Silva though.
Edwin Jackson is officially a free agent, as the Cubs released the veteran right-hander after designating him for assignment last week.
That means Chicago is on the hook for the remaining $15 million or so on Jackson’s four-year, $52 million contract and he’s now able to sign with any team for whatever he can get.
Jackson was terrible as a starter for the Cubs in 2013 and 2014, combining to go 14-33 with a 5.58 ERA…
MLB sources confirmed to me this afternoon that the Cubs have been in discussions with the Philadelphia Phillies on a deal for Cole Hamels who has three years left on his current contract plus an option year. While he is an expensive piece he fits the needs of the team to upgrade their rotation while adding a player who would be a part of the team beyond the rest of this season. The Cubs will probably add an additional starter for depth perhaps as a rental type but that is not expected to be a ...
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Despite that ambivalence and the lineup studies, the industry as a whole has embraced the eighth-place pitcher to an unprecedented degree this season. According to the Baseball-Reference Play Index, only 861 games since 1914 have featured a starting pitcher in the second-to-last lineup spot. Almost 20 percent of those games have come in 2015. [...]
This season, though, there have been 162 games in which the pitcher batted eighth,1 putting us on pace to shatter the 2008 record of 222. Even more ...
Will Montero get his job back?
Catcher Kyle Schwarber will be called up to the Cubs on Friday, while Miguel Montero may be out an extended amount of time with a thumb injury.
Montero, who jammed his left thumb in the first inning of Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the White Sox, is to see a hand specialist on Friday. He is expected to miss more than 15 days, so the Cubs decided to go with three catchers—Schwarber, Taylor Teagarden and David Ross, who was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled ...
Nice to know the Cubs’ FO isn’t blind.
Maybe they should have gotten some espresso shots today.
He’s now hitting .015, 1-68
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There’s no doubt the Cubs need help, and not just the return of Jorge Soler or the arrival of reliever Rafael Soriano, who’s been hung up in the Dominican Republic with visa problems.
Epstein said Friday that “demand far outweighs supply” in the current market and everyone has to “recognize the trade deadline is not a panacea” for solving a team’s problems.
“If you look at the history of teams that go on and play in the World Series, very rarely is it (because of a) deadline deal,” he said, ...
Here’s a really interesting article about the Russell deal.
Manny Ramirez, hitting savant.
“Sometimes people just worry so much about how they feel,” he says. “You’re not going to feel good every day, so just go and compete. Just focus on what is out there. The game is still easy. Everybody throws 95, OK, but they still make the same mistakes.
“The strike zone is a little bit bigger, but the game’s the same.”
Rany takes a break from blogging.
And then in 2013 I got the call that, in retrospect, I had spent the previous two decades working to get. The Chicago Cubs contacted me and asked if I would be interested in interviewing for an analytics position in their front office.
Let me rephrase that: The Chicago Cubs wanted me to work for them.
Let me reframe that one more time: The Chicago Cubs, run by Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein, who had already won two world championships and ended an 86-year ...
Joe started talking about [baseball] magic and the next thing I know there was a magician there,” second baseman Addison Russell said afterward.
“The tone of it was not what I intended. I intended it as a kind of sarcastic comment about this overall thing where everybody seems to be pointing toward the heavens for every accomplishment, large and small, or even for no accomplishment at all,” Costas said. “I inadvertently appeared harsh toward Strop. That wasn’t my intention. And so
I owe him an apology. And I will apologize to him (on Sunday).”
Costas was adamant in saying his reaching out to Chase had nothing to do with the ...
Did Bob have money on the Cubs last night?
The latest Robothal.
Cool interview between Cubs TV announcer (and noted music geek) Len Kasper and Daryl McDaniels, founding member of Run DMC. They get into the story behind “walk this way”.
It’s a very charming interview. Len’s just giddy meeting a legend, and Darryl’s really appreciative.
Kershaw doesn’t get the call on strike three then Bryant crushes his first homer.
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If he can stick behind the plate, he could be the most valuable catcher in baseball within a few years.
“Regardless of how this week goes, Kyle will head to Triple-A (Iowa) after Sunday’s game,” Epstein said.
The second biggest sports news of the day in Chicago?
This article sums up my feelings on Starlin Castro quite nicely. To wit:
It would almost seem unfair. After five years of playing with trash and for nothing, to be jettisoned at the very first period of success. There is no room for sentimentality in sports, and especially with this era for the Cubs, of course. Sentimentality is partly why the Cubs ended up in the mess that they did.
I don’t want the Cubs to keep Starlin for the sake of it. I want Starlin to make himself kept....Read More...
The right field bleachers are finally opening.
Bad news Chicago Cubs fans: Iowa Cubs infielder Javier Baez’s road back to the major leagues hit a snag when he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left ring finger during Sunday’s game.
A Chicago spokesperson who confirmed the news added that the team had no timetable on how long Baez would be out and that he would be evaluated further the next couple of days. ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers reported Sunday that Baez will be out 4-to-8 weeks
Jayson Stark with a nice article about Joe Maddon’s decision to bat his pitcher 8th.
Pittsburgh Press, June 4, 1915:
The Chicago National League club may may have new stands next year. The present structures are regular eyesores. They have been patched and repatched and their plans altered so many times that the Cubs’ park is the worst-looking architecturally of any in the major leagues.
The Cubs did have new stands in 1916, but it didn’t happen the way the writer expected.
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