The Chicago Cubs claim David Rollins off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Monday 21 November 2016 at 7:10 am

The Chicago Cubs have claimed 26-year old lefty reliever David Rollins off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.  Rollins pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Mariners last year and he was 1-0 with a 7.71 ERA and a 2.04 WHIP.  Rollins also pitched in 37 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Mariners last year and he was 5-0 with 2 saves, a 3.77 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.  He gave up 39 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 32 batters in his 45 1/3 innings in the minors last year, which are pretty impressive numbers.  But, he has now pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 1-2 with a 7.60 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP.  Rollins has a good arm, so maybe a change of scenery will spark something positive in him.

UPDATE:  (11/22/2016) – The Chicago Cubs have lost David Rollins on waivers to the Texas Rangers.

The Chicago Cubs decline the 2017 option for Jason Hammel

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 6 November 2016 at 5:11 pm

The Chicago Cubs have declined their 2017 option on 34-year old righty starting pitcher Jason Hammel, worth $12 million bucks.  Instead, the Cubs will pay Hammel a $2 million dollar buyout.  Hammel pitched in 30 games (all starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  He gave up 148 hits and 53 walks while whiffing 144 batters in his 166 2/3 innings for the Cubs this year.  He was left off of the playoff roster in all three rounds due to tightness in his right elbow.  Hammel pitched in 78 games (all starts) during the regular season in his three years with the Cubs and he was 33-22 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  But, he also pitched in 2 games (both starts) in his time with the Cubs in which he was 0-1 with a 14.54 ERA and a 2.77 WHIP.  The Cubs saved $10 million bucks here to allocate for different assets.  At the same time they did Hammel a favor, as he is one of the best starting pitchers available on the free agent market.

Dexter Fowler declines his 2017 option for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 4:41 pm

30-year old switch-hitting CF Dexter Fowler has declined his 2017 option with the Chicago Cubs valued at $9 million bucks.  Fowler played in 125 games for the Cubs last year and he was 126 of 456 (.276 avg, .840 OPS) with 84 runs scored, 13 homers, 48 RBI and 13 stolen bases.  He played in 281 games in his two years with the Cubs and he was 275 of 1,052 (.261 avg, .794 OPS) with 186 runs scored, 30 homers, 94 RBI and 33 stolen bases.  Fowler has now played in 1,064 games in his first 9 years in the show and he is 1,001 of 3,734 (.268 avg, .788 OPS) with 623 runs scored, 78 homers, 339 RBI and 127 stolen bases.  Fowler has not closed the door on the Cubs, but he has informed them that they will have to ante up if they want to keep him.

The Chicago Cubs have claimed Conor Mullee off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 8:58 am

The Chicago Cubs have claimed 28-year old righty reliever Conor Mullee off waivers from the New York Yankees.  Mullee pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Yankees last year in his first taste of the show and he was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He also pitched in 26 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Yankees in which he was 4-0 with a 1.19 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.  He gave up only 23 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 47 batters in his 37 2/3 innings in the minors, which is undoubtedly what caught the Cubs’ eyes.  He will get a shot to win a bullpen job in 2017 spring training.

The Chicago Cubs activate Kyle Schwarber for the World Series

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at 9:17 am

The Chicago Cubs have activated 23-year old lefty swinging DH/OF Kyle Schwarber for the World Series.  Schwarber played in only 2 games this year for the Cubs due to a blown out knee and he was 0 for 4 (.000 avg, .200 OPS).  Schwarber played n 69 games for the Cubs as a rookie last year and he was 57 of 232 (.246 avg, .842 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 16 homers, 43 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  In the playoffs last year, Schwarber played in 9 games for the Cubs in which he was 9 for 27 (.333 avg, 1.308 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 5 homers and 8 RBI.  He will likely serve as the Cubs’ DH when games are played in Cleveland and he will be a pinch hitter in games in Chicago.  To make room for Schwarber on the World Series’ roster, the Cubs have removed 24-year old rookie lefty reliever Rob Zastryzny.  He didn’t pitch in the playoffs for the Cubs this year.  He pitched in 8 games (1 start) in his first taste of the show in which he was 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Giovanni Soto

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at 9:11 am

The Chicago Cubs have designated 25-year old lefty reliever Giovanni Soto for assignment.  Soto pitched in 33 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball this year for the Cubs and he was 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He gave up 51 hits and 31 walks while whiffing 55 batters in his 49 innings in the minors this year.  Soto’s lone experience came in 2015 with the Cleveland Indians.  He pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Indians in 2015 and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.  The Cubs won’t miss Soto in the future, plus they needed his roster spot to activate Kyle Schwarber off the 60-day D.L. for the World Series!

UPDATE:  (10/26/2016) – The Chicago Cubs have lost Giovanni Soto on waivers to the Oakland A’s.

Ryan Kalish rejects an outright assignment to AAA from the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 18 October 2016 at 11:26 am

28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Ryan Kalish has rejected an outright assignment to AAA from the Chicago Cubs, so he will become a free agent this winter. Kalish played in 7 games for the Cubs this year and he was 2 for 7 (.286 avg, .730 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 RBI.  He also played in 21 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year in which he was 21 of 57 (.368 avg, .980 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  Kalish has now played in 153 games in his first four years in the show and he is 95 of 387 (.245 avg, .645 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 4 homers, 36 RBI and 16 stolen bases.  This is no loss moving forward for the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs add Rob Zastryzny to the roster for the N.L.C.S.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by joelapinski on Saturday 15 October 2016 at 6:39 pm

The Chicago Cubs have added 24-year old lefty reliever/starter Rob Zastryzny to the roster for the N.L.C.S.  He pitched in 8 games (1 start) for the Cubs this year in his first taste of the show and he was 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  He gave up 12 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 17 batters in his first 16 innings in the show!  He also pitched in 24 games (23 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs this year in which he was 10-5 with a 4.31 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  The Cubs have removed 27-year old lefty swinging infielder Tommy LaStella from the roster to make room for Zastryzny.  LaStella played in 1 game in the first round of the playoffs for the Cubs and he was 0 for 1 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  He has now played in 7 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 0 for 11 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).

The Chicago Cubs deal Josh Collmenter to the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 8:53 pm

The Chicago Cubs have dealt 30-year old righty starter/reliever Josh Collmenter to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations.  Collmenter pitched in 4 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He gave up 13 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 9 batters in his 16 innings in AAA-ball for the Cubs.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs DFA R.J. Alvarez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 7:22 am

The Chicago Cubs have designated 25-year old righty reliever R.J. Alvarez.  Alvarez pitched in 23 games (0 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball for the A’s and Cubs this year in which he was 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP.  Alvarez has pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-0 with a 7.39 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.  This is absolutely no loss for the Cubs moving forward.

UPDATE:  (9/10/2016) – The Cubs have lost R.J. Alvarez on waivers to the Texas Rangers.

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