The Chicago Cubs sign Trever Miller

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 30 January 2012 at 3:27 pm

The Cubs have signed 38-year old lefty reliever Trever Miller to a minor league deal. Miller pitched in 48 games last year for the Cardinals, Red Sox and Blue Jays last year in which he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 3.80 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. He has now pitched in 694 games (5 starts) in his first 13 years in the majors and he is 18-17 with 11 saves, a 4.18 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Miller will have a really good shot of making the Cubs’ bullpen this spring.

UPDATE: (3/27/2012) – The Cubs have released Trever Miller.

The Chicago Cubs bring back Bobby Scales

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 27 January 2012 at 8:11 pm

The Chicago Cubs have signed 34-year old switch-hitting 2B Bobby Scales to a minor league deal. Scales played in 148 games in AAA and Independent ball last year and he was 145 for 517 (.280 avg, .830 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 18 homers, 73 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He last played in the majors with the Cubs back in 2010. Scales has played in 61 games in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 34 for 137 (.248 avg, .743 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 3 homers, 17 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He will get a shot to win a bench job this spring for the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs sign Mike Tolbert

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 January 2012 at 6:19 pm

The Chicago Cubs have signed 29-year old switch-hitting infielder Mike Tolbert to a minor league deal. Tolbert played in 87 games for the Twins last year and he was 41 for 207 (.198 avg, .518 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 0 homers, 11 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He has now played in 247 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 139 for 605 (.230 avg, .607 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 3 homers, 54 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. Tolbert will get a shot this spring to win a job on the Cubs’ bench due to his versatility in the field.

The Chicago Cubs sign Jason Jaramillo

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 January 2012 at 2:26 pm

The Cubs have signed 29-year old switch-hitting catcher Jason Jaramillo to a minor league deal. He played in 23 games for the Pirates last year and he was 14 for 43 (.326 avg, .751 OPS) with 1 run scored, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Jaramillo has now played in 119 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 79 for 336 (.235 avg, .621 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers, 38 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Jaramillo will have a good shot of winning the backup catcher job for the Cubs this spring.

UPDATE: (3/29/2012) – The Cubs have released Jason Jaramillo.

The Chicago Cubs re-sign Rodrigo Lopez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 January 2012 at 2:23 pm

The Chicago Cubs have re-signed 36-year old righty starting pitcher Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league deal. Lopez pitched in 26 games (16 starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 6-6 with a 4.42 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. He has now pitched in 253 games (215 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 81-88 with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Lopez will have a good shot at winning a job on the pitching staff this spring as he is versatile enough to start or relieve for the Cubs in 2012.

The Chicago Cubs are rebuilding on the run in 2012

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 14 January 2012 at 8:09 pm

The Chicago Cubs are taking a sledgehammer to the roster for 2012 as they are starting a rebuilding project, or so it seems. Here is a look at the new faces for 2012 so far:

In the field: The Cubs signed David DeJesus to play right field early on in free agency and he should rebound in 2012 for them with a decent year. The Cubs went out and dealt for 3B Ian Stewart and 1B Anthony Rizzo who both really struggled in the majors last year, but, they both have huge upsides and could start for them in 2012. Outfielders Joe Mather and Dave Sappelt will be competing for bench jobs this spring. Infielders Alfredo Amezaga and Edgar Gonzalez will also be vying for bench jobs this spring.

On the mound: The Cubs have added three new starting pitchers so far this winter. Lefty Paul Maholm was signed to a 1-year deal and he will slot near the top of the Cubs’ rotation. The Cubs have acquired lefty Travis Wood and righty Chris Volstad in separate deals and they will both likely be in the Cubs’ opening day starting rotation in 2012. Righties Manny Corpas and Andy Sonnanstine will likely be competing for jobs in the Cubs’ pen this spring.

Overall: The Cubs are looking to get younger in 2012 and that usually is accompanied by losing.

The Chicago Cubs re-sign Kerry Wood

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 14 January 2012 at 7:34 am

The Cubs have re-signed 34-year old righty reliever Kerry Wood to a 1-year, $3 million dollar deal with a club option for the 2013 season. Wood pitched in 55 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 3-5 with 1 save, a 3.35 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He has now pitched in 331 games (78 starts) in his first 11 years with the Cubs and he is 80-66 with 35 saves, a 3.63 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. This was a good move for the Cubs as Wood still has a lot left in the gas tank.

The Chicago Cubs sign Alfredo Amezaga

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 13 January 2012 at 5:55 pm

The Cubs have signed 33-year old switch-hitting IF/OF Alfredo Amezaga to a minor league deal. Amezaga played in 40 games for the Marlins & Rockies last year and he was 14 of 77 (.182 avg, .442 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. He has now played in 584 games in his first nine years in the majors and he is 348 for 1,408 (.247 avg, .640 OPS) with 173 runs scored, 12 homers, 110 RBIs and 49 stolen bases. Amezaga will have a decent shot to make the Cubs out of spring training due to his versatility in the field.

The Chicago Cubs sign Paul Maholm

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 10 January 2012 at 12:35 pm

The Cubs have signed 29-year old lefty starting pitcher Paul Maholm to a 1-year, $4.75 million dollar contract. The Cubs also have a 2013 club option on Maholm. Maholm pitched in 26 games (all starts) for the Pirates last year and he was 6-14 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. He has now pitched in 185 games (all starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 53-73 with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Maholm was a solid pickup for the Cubs as he will give them a decent lefty to go along with Travis Wood, giving the rotation a nice balance of righties and lefties for 2012.

The Chicago Cubs acquire Anthony Rizzo from the Padres

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 6 January 2012 at 2:40 pm

The Cubs have acquired 22-year old lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo and 22-year old righty starting pitcher Zach Cates from the Padres for 25-year old righty reliever Andrew Cashner and 20-year old lefty swinging outfielder Kyung-Min Na. The Cubs’ front office loves Anthony Rizzo as he was one of the top Red Sox’ prospects when they worked there. Rizzo came into last season as the Padres’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America. Rizzo played in 93 games in AAA-ball for the Padres last year and he was 118 of 356 (.331 avg, 1.056 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 26 homers, 101 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. But, Rizzo was overwhelmed in his first taste of the majors last year. He played in 49 games for the Padres last year and he was 18 for 128 (.141 avg, .523 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Rizzo whiffed an amazing 46 times with the Padres as he looked like he had a hole in his bat at times. That being said, Rizzo will have a good shot of winning the starting 1B job for the Cubs in 2012. 22-year old righty starting pitcher Zach Cates came into last season as the Padres’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America. Last season was his first in the minors. He pitched in 25 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Padres last year and he was 4-10 with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

Andrew Cashner missed most of last season due to a shoulder problem. Cashner pitched in 7 games (1 start) for the Cubs last year and he was 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP. He pitched in 60 games (1 start) in his two years with the Cubs and he was 2-6 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Cashner should do well in San Diego as Petco Park is one of the best pitcher’s parks in all of baseball. Kyung-Min Na played in 83 games in rookie+A+AA-ball last year and he was 72 for 269 (.268 avg, .671 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 0 homers, 22 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

If Rizzo comes through like the front office of the Cubs’ think he will, this deal will look like a steal in a couple of years.

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