The Chicago Cubs place Miguel Montero on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 1:00 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 32-year old lefty swinging catcher Miguel Montero on the 15-day D.L., retroactive to April 25th due to a back injury.  Montero has played in 13 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10 for 48 (.208 avg, .649 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  Even though Montero hasn’t started hitting yet, the Cubs are going to miss his bat while he’s gone.  The Cubs have called up 28-year old righty swinging catcher Tim Federowicz to share time behind the plate with 39-year old righty swinging Dan Ross behind the plate until Montero returns to action.  Ross has played in 8 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 6 for 23 (.261 avg, .780 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  Federowicz has played in 11 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10 for 33 (.303 avg, .930 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has played in 89 games in his first four years in the show and he is only 48 of 247 (.194 avg, .547 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 5 homers and 22 RBIs.

The Chicago Cubs release Jonathan Pettibone

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 9:32 pm

The Chicago Cubs have released 25-year old righty starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone.  Pettibone didn’t pitch for the Cubs in the minors this year.  He had shoulder surgery in both 2014 and 2015, so the Cubs were just taking a flier on him this spring.  He has pitched in 20 games (all starts) in his two years in the majors and he is 5-5 with a 4.45 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.  This is no loss for the Cubs moving forward.

The Chicago Cubs activate Javier Baez from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 April 2016 at 2:41 pm

The Chicago Cubs have activated 23-year old IF/OF Javier Baez from the D.L. Baez played in 4 games in AAA on a rehab assignment for the Cubs this year and he was 4 for 15 (.267 avg, .733 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Baez has played in 80 games in parts of two years with the Cubs and he is 58 of 289 (.201 avg, .598 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 10 homers, 24 RBIs, 6 stolen bases and an amazingly awful 119 whiffs!  The Cubs have sent Munenori Kawasaki to AAA-ball to open up a spot on the active roster for Baez.  Kawasaki played in 2 games for the Cubs this year and he was 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  Baez should give the Cubs some thump off the bench in 2016.

The Chicago Cubs lose Eric Jokisch on waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 April 2016 at 9:01 am

The Chicago Cubs have lost 26-year old lefty starter/reliever Eric Jokisch on waivers to the Miami Marlins.  Jokisch pitched in 1 game (1 start) for the Cubs this year in AAA-ball and he was 0-1 with a 16.62 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He pitched in 4 games (1 start) for the Cubs in 2014 (his only taste of the majors) and he was 0-0 with a 1.88 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.  He has pitched in 141 games (117 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 48-41 with 1 save, a 3.62 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Cubs moving forward.

The Chicago Cubs have acquired Giovanni Soto from the Indians

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 2:29 pm

The Chicago Cubs have acquired 24-year old lefty reliever Giovanni Soto from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations.  Soto pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Indians in his first taste of the majors in 2015 and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.  He also pitched in 46 games (1 start) in AAA-ball for the Indians last year and he was 2-1 with 2 saves, a 2.68 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  The Cubs will start him out in AAA-ball.  This was a good flier for the Cubs to take.

The Chicago Cubs have called up Munenori Kawasaki

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 9 April 2016 at 7:59 am

The Chicago Cubs have called up 34-year old lefty swinging infielder Munenori Kawasaki to replace Kyle Schwarber on the active roster.  He played in 23 games for the Blue Jays last year and he was 6 for 28 (.214 avg, .598 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  He has now played in 262 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 143 of 612 (.234 avg, .599 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 1 homer, 50 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Kawasaki has versatility in the field, but he won’t help much with the bat.

The Chicago Cubs release two players

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 1 April 2016 at 11:13 am

The Chicago Cubs have released 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Mike O’Neill and 31-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Jesus Guzman.  O’Neill played in 2 games in spring training for the Cubs and he was 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  O’Neill played in 90 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Cardinals last year and he was 76 of 263 (.289 avg, .719 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 0 homers, 24 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Guzman played in 11 games in spring training for the Cubs and he was 8 for 23 (.348 avg, .940 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  Guzman last played in the majors in 2014 for the Houston Astros.  Guzman has played in 403 games in his first five years in the show and he is 249 of 1,007 (.247 avg, .706 OPS) with 108 runs scored, 25 homers, 136 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  The Cubs won’t miss either of these guys moving forward.

The Chicago Cubs sign Jake Buchanan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 2:45 pm

The Chicago Cubs have signed 26-year old righty reliever/starter Jake Buchanan to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Astros last year and he was 0-0 with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  He also pitched in 30 games (7 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 5-5 with 3 saves, a 4.76 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  Buchanan has now pitched in 22 games (2 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 1-3 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  Buchanan could make his way to Wrigley Field in 2016, if he pitches well in AAA-ball first.

The Chicago Cubs deal Edgar Olmos to the Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 3:11 pm

The Chicago Cubs have dealt 25-year old lefty reliever/starter Edgar Olmos to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later.  Olmos pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Cubs in spring training and he was 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP.  He has pitched in 11 games (2 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 1-1 with a 5.21 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.  The great thing about this deal is that the Cubs claimed Olmos off waivers from the Orioles on December 23, 2015.  So by claiming him off waivers last December, the Cubs will wind up with a player that most likely they will like better than him.

The Chicago Cubs sign Matt Clark

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 12 March 2016 at 12:17 pm

The Chicago Cubs have signed 29-year old lefty swinging 1B Matt Clark to a minor league deal.  Clark played in 132 games in AAA-ball for the Brewers last year and he was 139 of 478 (.291 avg, .858 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 20 homers, 77 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  His only Major League experience came back in 2014 with the Brewers.  He played in 16 games for the Brewers in 2014 and he was 5 for 27 (.185 avg, .744 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 3 homers and 7 RBIs.  The Cubs will likely stash Clark in AAA-ball as an insurance policy against injuries in 2016.

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