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The Chicago Cubs fire Dale Sveum

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Tuesday 1 October 2013 at 5:56 pm

The Cubs have fired 49-year old manager Dale Sveum.  Sveum led the Cubs to a 66-96 (40.7%) record last year as they finished in last place, 31 games behind the Cardinals in the N.L. Central.  Sveum compiled a 127-197 (39.2%) record in his two years on the job with the Cubs.  It’s hard to blame Sveum too much for the Cubs’ woes on the field as they were outmanned on most nights.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Cody Ransom

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 9 September 2013 at 9:51 am

The Cubs have designated 37-year old righty swinging 3B Cody Ransom for assignment.  Ransom played in 57 games for the Cubs this year and he was 32 of 158 (.203 avg, .753 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 9 homers and 20 RBIs.  He has now played in 383 games in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 160 of 752 (.213 avg, .703 OPS) with 111 runs scored, 30 homers, 105 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Cubs for the rest of the 2013 season.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Cole Gillespie

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Wednesday 4 September 2013 at 12:40 pm

The Cubs have designated 29-year old righty swingnig outfielder Cole Gillespie for assignment.  Gillespie played in 25 games for the Cubs this year and he was 12 for 50 (.240 avg, .608 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs.  He has now played in 78 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 38 of 169 (.225 avg, .630 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 3 homers, 20 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Cubs.

UPDATE:  (9/6/2013) - The Cubs have outrighted Cole Gillespie to AAA.

The Chicago Cubs have claimed Daniel Bard off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Wednesday 4 September 2013 at 12:37 pm

The Cubs have claimed 28-year old righty reliever Daniel Bard off waivers from the Red Sox.  Bard pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Red Sox earlier this year and he was 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  Bard also pitched in 16 games in Rookie+AA+AAA-ball for the Red Sox this year in which he was 0-1 with a 6.46 ERA and a 2.67 WHIP.  Bard has now pitched in 211 games (10 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 10-19 with 5 saves, a 3.67 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  Bard has given up 193 hits while whiffing 252 batters in his first 257 1/3 innings in the majors, so he misses a lot of bats, but he has also walked 121 batters so far in his career and that’s way too many.  The Red Sox screwed up Bard when they tried to make him a starter.  I think the Cubs only view him as a reliever. This was a nice pitcher to take a flier on as no one questions Bard’s stuff.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Michael Bowden

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Wednesday 4 September 2013 at 12:32 pm

The Chicago Cubs have designated 26-year old righty reliever Michael Bowden for assignment again.  He pitched in 34 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  Bowden pitched in 64 games (0 starts) in his two years with the Cubs and he was 1-3 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  The Cubs probably are hoping to slide Bowden through waivers again.

UPDATE:  (9/6/2013) - The Cubs have outrighted Michael Bowden to AAA.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Dave Sappelt

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 September 2013 at 2:46 pm

The Cubs have designated 26-year old righty swinging outfielder Dave Sappelt for assignment.  Sappelt played in 31 games for the Cubs this year and he was 18 of 75 (.240 avg, .549 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Sappelt played in 57 games in his two years with the Cubs and he was 37 of 144 (.257 avg, .671 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers, 12 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  The Cubs shouldn’t miss him too much moving forward, as he didn’t show much for them in his two years with the team.

UPDATE:  (9/5/2013) - The Cubs have outrighted Dave Sappelt to AAA.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Eduardo Sanchez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 2 September 2013 at 8:06 am

The Cubs have designated 24-year old righty reliever Eduardo Sanchez for assignment.  Sanchez pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 47 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 3-3 with 5 saves, a 3.68 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  I think the Cubs should have gotten a better look at Sanchez, as they are in a rebuilding mode right now and he is only 24 years old.

UPDATE:  (9/3/2013) - The Cubs have outrighted Eduardo Sanchez to AAA.

The Chicago Cubs deal David DeJesus to the Nationals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Monday 19 August 2013 at 2:43 pm

The Cubs have dealt 33-year old lefty swinging outfielder David DeJesus to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later.  DeJesus played in 84 games for the Cubs this year and he was 71 of 284 (.250 avg, .732 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 6 homers, 27 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He played in 232 games in his two years with the Cubs and he was 204 of 790 (.258 avg, .746 OPS) with 115 runs scored, 15 homers, 77 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  The Cubs were smart to deal DeJesus, as he wasn’t going to be around for the rebuilding project.

The Chicago Cubs have claimed Thomas Neal off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 5 August 2013 at 1:26 pm

The Cubs have claimed 25-year old righty swinging outfielder Thomas Neal off waivers from the New York Yankees.  Neal played in 4 games for the Yankees this year and he was 2 for 11 (.182 avg, .490 OPS) with 1 run scored.  He also played in 72 games in AAA-ball for the Yankees this year in which he was 86 of 265 (.325 avg, .802 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 2 homers, 29 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Neal has played in 13 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 7 for 34 (.206 avg, .506 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  Neal is a nice player for the Cubs to take a flier on.

UPDATE:  (8/8/2013) - The Cubs have placed Thomas Neal on the D.L. due to a dislocated right shoulder.  Neal has played in 2 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0 for 4 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).

The Chicago Cubs DFA Julio Borbon

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Saturday 3 August 2013 at 11:45 am

The Chicago Cubs have designated 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.  Borbon played in 72 games for the Cubs this year and he was 21 of 104 (.202 avg, .563 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Borbon has now played in 288 games in his first four years in the NFL and he is 215 of 789 (.272 avg, .666 OPS) with 111 runs scored, 8 homers, 76 RBIs and 47 stolen bases.  Borbon has some talent, but he just has never put it all together at the major league level.

UPDATE:  (8/6/2013) - Julio Borbon has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA.

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