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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Cubs - Activated Wood

Chicago Cubs - Activated P Kerry Wood from the 15-day DL; DFAed P Joe Borowski.

Sorry about the lack of updates lately - some family stuff to take care of and I still may be AWOL until Monday or Tuesday or so depending on things.

It’s probably unrealistic for the Cubs to catch the Cardinals - the Cards are a better team and have a big lead, but they’re still in the wild card race and a seemingly healthy Kerry Wood (1 ER, 9K in 6 innings in his return) to go along with a seemingly healthy Mark Prior could very well be enough to counteract any of Dusty’s future “plans” for the team.  The Cubs recently limited those plans by sending Enrique Wilson back to wherever it is he came from and calling up Cedeno, who while not a very impressive prospect coming into this season, has certainly earned a shot based on his play.

If he’s healthy, Joe Borowski will pop up somewhere else.  He won’t get the myriad of chances that a LOOGY would, but there’s enough of an aura around him to get a few more chances - he was a great story and was legitimately excellent in 2002/2003.

2005 ZiPS Projection - Joe Borowski
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Period     W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
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Actual ‘05   0   0 11   0   8   8   6   6   1 11 6.75
Rest ‘05   1   1 31   0   35   31   14   4 12 33 3.60
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Total ‘05   1   1 42   0   43   39   20 10 13 44 4.19

 

2005 ZiPS Projection - Kerry Wood
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Period     W   L   G GS   IP   H   ER HR BB SO   ERA
—————————————————————————————-
Actual ‘05   1   1   6   6   32   30   19   6 16 42 5.20
Rest ‘05   4   4 14 14   86   69   36   9 39 100 3.77
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Total ‘05   5   5 20 20 118   99   55 15 55 142 4.18

Dan Szymborski Posted: June 30, 2005 at 11:46 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: June 30, 2005 at 01:34 PM (#1441178)
Dear Kerry,

So this is how it's gonna be? For two months we were inseparable, but now all of a sudden you're ready to move on? Maybe I'm biased, but I think you're fooling yourself.

Sure, I've had plenty of people spend time with me. I've made no secret of my past, and it's there in the papers every time you read them. You knew all that before we started up.

But forget all the others. I know you and I were meant to be together. And I think you know it, too.

You know what? I'm not bitter about anything. You go ahead and see if you can live your life without me. See how that goes. If you can go back to Dusty and stay there and have that work for you, great. I wish you all the best.

But I know, deep down, that you'll be back. And I'll be here for you.

Yours Always,

The 15-Day DL
   2. Van Lingle Mungo Jerry Posted: June 30, 2005 at 01:39 PM (#1441184)
Smiley-face emoticon.
   3. bunyon Posted: June 30, 2005 at 01:39 PM (#1441185)
Dear Kerry,
I'm patient. I can wait out your flings with health and your stormy relationship with my younger cousin. Deep down you and I both know that you can only have a lasting relationship with me. I'll be waiting.

Love,

The 60-day DL
   4. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: June 30, 2005 at 02:00 PM (#1441211)
primey for 1 and 3
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2005 at 02:07 PM (#1441220)
15 day DL

Are you cheating on me? I know I haven't visited in awhile, but that's no reason to leave me for another man.

Yours Forever,

Ken Griffey Jr.
   6. The Polish Sausage Racer Posted: June 30, 2005 at 02:24 PM (#1441244)
Can Borowski be claimed by another team? I guess I'm not clear on exactly how DFA works.
   7. Greg Pope thinks the Cubs are reeking havoc Posted: June 30, 2005 at 03:15 PM (#1441323)
I haven't looked it up, but here's my understanding. DFA is not the same as waivers, so other teams can not just claim Borowski. Once a player has been Designated For Assignment, the team has to assign him somewhere. That can be to the minors, to another team, or outright release. However, they have only 10 days to do it. I guess if the 10 days pass the player's released. Anyway, what it does is open up a spot on the roster so the Cubs can activate Wood without actually losing Borowski for the next 10 days while they decide what to do.
   8. Anonymous Observer Posted: June 30, 2005 at 03:16 PM (#1441327)
Dear Kerry and Ken,

Keep your hands (shoulders, elbows, and hamstrings too) off of *MY* 15-day DL, or I'll be highly upset.

Sincerely,

Larry Walker
   9. GregQ Posted: June 30, 2005 at 03:37 PM (#1441367)
Just curious-Any idea on who holds the record for most trips to the DL in a career? Do they also hold the record for most days on the DL in a career or is the title split?
   10. cardsfanboy Posted: June 30, 2005 at 06:04 PM (#1441809)
what is the over under for number of starts that Kerry has before he is put back on the DL??

I'm thinking 4, but that may be a tad too pessimistic.
   11. Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: June 30, 2005 at 06:11 PM (#1441831)
Greg's description of DFA is pretty good.

I'd also add that in the meantime, while the Cubs are figuring out what to do with JoeBo, he can't pitch anywhere. He's in limbo for up to 10 days.
   12. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 30, 2005 at 06:26 PM (#1441917)
Steve Ontiveros has to be a serious contendor for most days on DL. In a career from 1982-2000, Ontiveros spent roughly 8 complete seasons on the DL.

According to baseball-reference, Ontiveros was released or granted free agency 14 times in his career.
   13. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: June 30, 2005 at 06:28 PM (#1441934)
When did baseball first create the DL anyway?
   14. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: June 30, 2005 at 06:36 PM (#1441981)
When did baseball first create the DL anyway?

I think that it was the late 1940's, but it wasn't really used that much for about 10 years. The new Baseball Encyclopedia that Greg Spira worked on has DL info for players. I think it's the one with the ESPN impurimatur, but it's at home and I'm at work.
   15. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: June 30, 2005 at 06:37 PM (#1441994)
I think Neyer had an article on the history of the DL somewhere in his archives. I seem to recall a 21 day lisst at some point in the 1970s, but I may be wrong.
   16. GP14 Posted: June 30, 2005 at 08:22 PM (#1442509)
DFA. Club has 10 days to do something with DFA'd player.

All of the following are possible if the player does not clear waivers:
Waive to another club
Trade to another club
Option to minor league affiliate.

If the player clears waivers, necessary to be removed from the 40-man roster, the club may:
Outright player to minor league affiliate
Release the player.

In the case of a seasoned veteran (just for you, Dusty), the outright assignment can be refused. The player, in essence, declares himself a free agent.

In Borowski's case, I doubt he has the service time to reach "seasoned veteran" status. My guess is the Cubs are hoping he clears waivers so they can send him to Iowa and clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
   17. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: June 30, 2005 at 08:28 PM (#1442536)
If it were possible to option Borowski, why the need to DFA him?
   18. villageidiom Posted: June 30, 2005 at 09:46 PM (#1442787)
Because if he clears waivers they can remove him from the 40-man roster.

Conceivably they have someone else they'd rather have on the 40-man, or possibly they're considering a trade that would involve them getting more players than they'd give up (in which case the roster space would be handy).

If they try this, and he doesn't clear waivers, they can option him and just deal with the 40-man-roster crunch some other way.
   19. 100 Years is Nothing Posted: June 30, 2005 at 10:30 PM (#1442849)
You cannot option a player to the minors once he has three plus years in the majors, you can only DFA him and assign him to the minors if no one makes a waiver claim.
   20. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: July 01, 2005 at 01:13 AM (#1443115)
ESPN Transaction Primer. It's not quite capology, but it can sometimes get confusing.
   21. greenback calls it soccer Posted: July 01, 2005 at 01:20 AM (#1443122)
You cannot option a player to the minors once he has three plus years in the majors, you can only DFA him and assign him to the minors if no one makes a waiver claim.

Trachsel was optioned in 2001. Full years on the 25-man roster don't count as option years.
   22. villageidiom Posted: July 01, 2005 at 12:52 PM (#1443368)
15 day DL

Are you cheating on me? I know I haven't visited in awhile, but that's no reason to leave me for another man.

Yours Forever,

Ken Griffey Jr.



Dear Ken,

Oh, come on now. You're in a healthy relationship, one that won't hurt you. Any time someone leaves me to return to a non-contending team, I know they've found their match. You've settled down, and that's fine. I'm happy for you.

But you need to move on, pal. I'm "cheating" on you, after YOU left ME?! You don't own me, Junior. You have what you want; I suggest you just appreciate how lucky you are.

But Kerry... ah, well, he just doesn't understand. He keeps leaving me for an abusive relationship. The man needs help.

And that's why I am writing to you. Ken, I know he's coming to your home in about three weeks. Talk to him. If that doesn't work, hit a few liners into the visitor dugout. For me.

Respectfully,

The 15-Day DL
   23. The 15-Day DL Posted: July 01, 2005 at 11:17 PM (#1444873)
What villageidiom said.

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