It will be interesting to see what the Chicago Cubs do with Ryan Dempster

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 26 January 2008 at 6:01 pm

Their has been talk of Ryan Dempster joining the starting rotation but the 30 year old righty has been a reliever for a while now. Plus, the Cubs rotation appears to be full in front of him. With the Cubs using some combination of Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood and Bobby Howry for saves it’s quite possible that Dempster could go from being the Cubs closer to a mop up man early in games. Dempster pitched in 66 games (0 starts) last season for the Cubs and he was 2-7 with 28 saves, a 4.73 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Dempster has now pitched in 387 games (162 starts) in his major league career and he is 59-75 with 87 saves, a 4.82 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.

Shingo “Mr. Zero” Takatsu signs on with the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 19 January 2008 at 7:03 pm

39 year old righty sidewinder Shingo Takatsu has signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs. Takatsu last pitched in the majors in 2005 with the Mets. Takatsu has pitched in 99 games in his major league career and he is 8-6 with 27 saves, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. If Mr. Zero has anything left he could help out the early part of the Cubs bullpen.

The Chicago Cubs sign Jon Lieber

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 January 2008 at 12:54 pm

The Cubs have signed 37-year old righty starter Jon Lieber. Lieber will bump Jason Marquis or Ryan Dempster from the starting rotation as long as he stays healthy. Lieber is the last pitcher to win 20 games in a season for the Cubs (20-6) in 2001. Lieber pitched in 14 games (12 starts) last season for the Phillies and he was 3-6 with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Lieber has now pitched in 376 games (325 starts) in his major league career and he is 129-121 with 2 saves, a 4.28 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs sign six players to minor league contracts

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 January 2008 at 12:49 pm

The Cubs have signed J.D. Closser, Koyie Hill, Andres Blanco, Luis Figueroa, Andres Torres and Les Walrond to minor league contracts. J.D. Closser is a 28-year old switch hitter who last played in the majors in 2006 with the Rockies. Closser has played in 160 games in his major league career and he is 107 for 447 (.239 avg, .687 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 10 homers and 48 RBIs. 28 year old switch hitting Koyie Hill played in 36 games for the Cubs last season and he had a rough time. Hill was 15 for 93 (.161 avg, .500 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 12 RBIs. Hill has now played in 86 games in his major league career and he is 42 for 210 (.200 avg, .566 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 3 homers and 24 RBIs. Closser and Hill will battle for the #3 catcher job in the Cubs organization which could be an important role with backup Henry Blanco missing much of last season with a bad back. Infielders Andres Blanco and Luis Figueroa will be battling for a place on the bench for the Cubs. Blanco is a 23 year old switch hitting defensive specialist who last played in the majors in 2006 with the Royals. Blanco has now played in 78 games in his major league career and he is 57 for 226 (.252 avg, .604 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 0 homers and 19 RBIs. Figueroa is a 33-year old switch hitter. He played in 6 games last season for the Giants and he was 1 for 5 with a run scored. Figueroa has now played in 18 games in his major league career and he is 2 for 16 (.125 avg, .313 OPS) with 2 runs scored. 29 year old switch hitting outfielder Andres Torres will also try to make the Cubs roster. He last played in the majors in 2005. Torres has now played in 89 games in his major league career and he is 54 of 257 (.210 avg, .534 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 1 homer, 13 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. 31-year old lefty Les Walrond last pitched in the majors in 2006 with the Cubs. Walrond has now pitched in 17 games (2 starts) in his major league career and he is 0-3 with a 7.46 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP.

Chad Fox signs with the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 11 January 2008 at 9:07 pm

37 year old righty reliever Chad Fox has signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs. Fox always has had good stuff but he could never stay healthy enough to make it through a full major league season. Fox has pitched in 214 games in his major league career and he is 10-11 with 6 saves, a 3.57 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs trade Angel Pagan to the Mets

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,Playing Well by chinmusic on Friday 11 January 2008 at 12:39 am

The Cubs have traded outfielder Angel Pagan to the Mets for outfielder Corey Coles and righty pitcher Ryan Meyers. The 22-year old Meyers was the key to the trade for the Cubs. He pitched in 41 games in A-Ball last season and he was 1-4 with 13 saves, a 2.79 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. 25-year old lefty swinging Corey Coles played in A, AA and AAA ball last season. He played in 98 games in the minors last season and he was 111 for 388 (.286 avg, .688 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 1 homer, 31 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

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