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Monday, July 27, 2015

Cubs release Edwin Jackson, eat $15 million left on contract

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…

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 27, 2015 at 06:18 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: bad contracts, cubs, edwin jackson

Friday, July 24, 2015

Source: Cubs chasing Cole Hamels, David Price not in play yet | CSN Chicago

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 significant acquisition.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, cubs, david price, phillies, tigers, trade rumors

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Edwin Jackson designated; Soriano called up

Availability yet to be determined

Walt Davis Posted: July 21, 2015 at 08:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, edwin jackson, not that one, rafael soriano

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Grantland: New Order: What’s Behind the Sudden Surge in Pitchers Batting Eighth?

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 notably, 11 teams have used the strategy at least once — three-fifths of NL clubs, and even two AL teams (the Twins and Angels). That buy-in more than doubles the previous high of five teams from 2009.

If batting the pitcher eighth isn’t a new, paradigm-changing inefficiency that’s going to take teams to titles, why did the kindling crackle now? Baseball’s sudden embrace of the tactic tells us more about the state of the sport than it does about a specific strategy.

bobm Posted: July 18, 2015 at 03:40 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: batting order, cubs, lineups

Friday, July 17, 2015

Kyle Schwarber to be called up by Cubs | cubs.com

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 list on Sunday.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Crasnick: Cubs like what they have in Schwarber

Nice to know the Cubs’ FO isn’t blind.

Walt Davis Posted: July 16, 2015 at 09:57 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, keeping fingers crossed, kyle schwarber

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Cardinals rookies in full uniform buy coffee at Starbucks next to Wrigley Field - SBNation.com

Maybe they should have gotten some espresso shots today.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 04:12 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs

Video: Must C: Lester’s first hit | MLB.com

He’s now hitting .015, 1-68

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jon lester

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Cubs, Theo Epstein won’t necessarily be buyers at trade deadline - Chicago Tribune

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, adding: “We know what we’d like to do, but we’re realistic about what we might be able to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, theo epstein

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Theo Epstein on trade that brought Addison Russell to the Chicago Cubs

Here’s a really interesting article about the Russell deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: addison russell, athletics, billy beane, cubs, theo epstein

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Manny Ramirez loves coaching the Cubs, and the Cubs love having him around | For The Win

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.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 02:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, manny ramirez

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Rany on the Royals: Goodbye for Now

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 championship drought in Boston together, thought that I could help them in their attempt to accomplish the same in Chicago. More than that, the Cubs contacted me even though they knew I was a dermatologist and wouldn’t be able to work for them full time. Forgive me if I never get tired of bringing that up, because it was the moment that most vindicates the 20-year passion project that has been my baseball writing career. It probably always will be.

In the end, I didn’t get the job, in large part because the Cubs felt they needed someone who would be able to commit to the organization full-time. I completely understood their reasoning, and frankly remain astonished that they would even consider the alternative. Maybe they really didn’t consider the alternative, but simply figured that once an opportunity to work in baseball presented itself to me, I would be willing to walk away from my dermatology career to pursue it.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 01, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, rany jazayerli, royals

Joe Maddon brings in magician to “lighten things up” amid Cubs skid

Joe started talking about [baseball] magic and the next thing I know there was a magician there,” second baseman Addison Russell said afterward.

Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: July 01, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bob Costas tells News he owes Cubs’ Pedro Strop an apology - NY Daily News

“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 Internet backlash.

“We can be disingenuous about it if we want, if it suits our purposes, but we all know this: We live in an age of faux outrage, of disproportionate outrage. Everything is shocking, over the top. ‘He savaged Pedro Strop’ — I mean, come on, come on. Let’s get a handle on this,” Costas said. “I could have done better and I will apologize. But . . . that’s just Internet stuff. I’m going to take care of it the same way I would have taken care of it if it was 1986. And that’s going to be that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, media

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Holy Shit, Bob Costas

Did Bob have money on the Cubs last night?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

(video) Len Kasper interviews Darryl McDaniels during the 7th

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.

Cabbage Posted: June 24, 2015 at 02:22 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, music, run d.m.c.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Video: Must C: Bryant rips two homers | MLB.com

Kershaw doesn’t get the call on strike three then Bryant crushes his first homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:54 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, cubs, kris bryant

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Inside the plan for Chicago Cubs top prospect Kyle Schwarber - Chicago Cubs Blog - ESPN

If he can stick behind the plate, he could be the most valuable catcher in baseball within a few years.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tribune: Cubs To Call Up Kyle Schwarber (1st Round Pick ‘14 Draft)

“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?

 

Voodoo... Posted: June 15, 2015 at 11:52 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kyle schwarber

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cubs Den: The Starlin Castro Dilemma

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.

Voodoo... Posted: June 14, 2015 at 03:42 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, starlin castro

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Right field bleachers open - Chicago Tribune

The right field bleachers are finally opening.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

Monday, June 08, 2015

I-Cubs’ Javier Baez fractures finger in Sunday’s win

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

Jim Furtado Posted: June 08, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez

Friday, June 05, 2015

Why manager Joe Maddon bats the pitcher eighth in the Chicago Cubs’ lineup

Jayson Stark with a nice article about Joe Maddon’s decision to bat his pitcher 8th.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, lineups

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-4-2015

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.

Dan Lee is a Big Hunk of Neufchâtel Posted: June 04, 2015 at 09:29 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dugout, history, wrigley field

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