The Chicago Cubs DFA Clayton Richard

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 7:06 pm

The Chicago Cubs have designated 32-year old lefty reliever Clayton Richard for assignment.  Richard pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 6.43 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP.  Richard gave up 23 hits and 7 walks while whiffing 7 batters in his 14 innings pitched for the Cubs this year.  Richard pitched in 48 games (3 starts) in his two years with the Cubs and he is 4-3 with 1 save, a 4.47 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  The Cubs needed Richard’s roster spot to make room for Aroldis Chapman.

The Chicago Cubs acquire Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 25 July 2016 at 7:59 pm

The Chicago Cubs have acquired 28-year old lefty closer Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees for 19-year old righty swinging SS Gleyber Torres, 22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rashad Crawford, 21-year old lefty swinging outfielder Billy McKinney and 28-year old righty reliever/starter Adam Warren.

Chapman pitched in 31 games (0 starts) for the Yankees this year and he was 3-0 with 20 saves, a 2.01 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.  Chapman has given up only 20 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 44 batters in his first 31 1/3 innings this year!  Chapman has now pitched in 355 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 22-20 with 166 saves, a 2.16 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  Chapman has given up 189 hits and 163 walks while whiffing 590 batters in his first 350 1/3 innings in the show!  He is an awesome closer and this deal shows that the Cubs are All In in 2016!

Chapman didn’t come cheap though, as Torres was the best prospect the Cubs had coming into the 2016 season according to Baseball America.  Torres played in 94 games in A-ball this year for the Cubs and he was 98 of 356 (.275 avg, .791 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 9 homers, 47 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.  McKinney came into this season as the Cubs’ #7 prospect according to Baseball America.  McKinney played in 88 games in AA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 75 of 298 (.252 avg, .677 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 1 homers, 31 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Crawford was not considered a big time prospect coming into this year.  He played in 83 games in A-ball this year for the Cubs and he was 84 of 329 (.255 avg, .713 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 3 homers, 30 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.  Warren came to the Cubs last off-season in a deal with the Yankees for Starlin Castro.  Warren pitched in 29 games (1 start) for the Cubs this year and he was 3-2 with a 5.91 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  Warren gave up 31 hits (7 homers) and 19 walks while whiffing 27 batters in 35 innings for the Cubs this year.

The Chicago Cubs acquire Mike Montgomery from the Mariners

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 July 2016 at 7:13 pm

The Chicago Cubs have acquired 27-year old lefty reliever/starter Mike Montgomery and 26-year old righty starter/reliever Jordan Pries from the Seattle Mariners for 23-year old lefty swinging 1B Dan Vogelbach and 22-year old righty starting pitcher Paul Blackburn.

Montgomery will work out of the pen for the Cubs.  He pitched in 32 games (2 starts) for the Mariners this year and he was 3-4 with a 2.34 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  He gave up 49 hits and 18 walks while whiffing 54 batters in his 61 2/3 innings for the Mariners this year, which are impressive numbers.  Montgomery has now pitched in 48 games (18 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 7-10 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Pries pitched in 20 games (12 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Mariners this year and he was 7-3 with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  He has given up 99 hits and 21 walks while whiffing 83 batters in his 84 innings in the minors.  Pries has now pitched in 106 games (93 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 40-24 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Pries isn’t much of a prospect.

Vogelbach came into this season as the Cubs’ #25 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 89 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 97 of 305 (.318 avg, .972 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 16 homers and 64 RBIs.  Blackburn came into this season as the Cubs’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 18 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 6-4 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  Blackburn gave up 96 hits and 26 walks while whiffing 72 batters in 102 1/3 innings in AA-ball this year.

Make no mistake, Mike Montgomery is going to help the Cubs this year and beyond…..but they paid full price for him.  Vogelbach has been killing the ball in AAA, but he is blocked by Anthony Rizzo, which probably made is easier to deal him.  But, Blackburn is no slouch of a prospect in his own right.

The Chicago Cubs activated David Ross from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 12:23 pm

The Chicago Cubs have activated 39-year old righty swinging catcher David Ross from the 7-day concussion disabled list.  Ross has played in 43 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 25 of 107 (.234 avg, .790 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 homers and 23 RBIs.  He has also whiffed a pretty awful 31 times so far this year, while walking an impressive 21 times.  To make room on the roster for Ross, the Cubs have sent 35-year old lefty swinging infielder Munenori Kawasaki to AAA.  He has played in 3 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1 for 3 (.333 avg, .667 OPS) with 1 stolen base.

The Chicago Cubs place Trevor Cahill on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 15 July 2016 at 12:18 pm

The Chicago Cubs have placed 28-year old righty reliever Trevor Cahill on the 15-day disabled list due to right patellar tendinitis.  Cahill has pitched in 33 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-3 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  Cahill has given up 33 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 46 batters in his first 41 innings pitched so far this year.  The Cubs have activated 32-year old lefty reliever Clayton Richard from the D.L.  Richard has pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 7.30 ERA and a 2.19 WHIP.  Richard gave up 21 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 6 batters in his first 12 1/3 innings for the Cubs this year, so he was getting hit hard this year.  The Cubs hope that Cahill only has to miss a couple of weeks.

The Chicago Cubs call up Munenori Kawasaki

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 9 July 2016 at 5:08 pm

The Chicago Cubs have called up 35-year old lefty swinging infielder Munenori Kawasaki.  Kawasaki played in 2 games earlier this year for the Cubs and he was 1 for 2 (.500 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  He also has played in 61 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 55 of 203 (.271 avg, .673 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 0 homers, 31 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Kawasaki has now played in 264 games in his first five years in the show and he is 144 of 614 (.235 avg, .600 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 1 homer, 50 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  To make room for Kawasaki on the active roster, the Cubs have sent 22-year old switch-hitting 3B Jeimer Candelario to AAA.  Candelario played in 5 games in his first taste of the show with the Cubs and he was 1 for 11 (.091 avg, .377 OPS) with 2 walks and 5 whiffs.

The Chicago Cubs activate Tommy LaStella off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 July 2016 at 8:00 pm

The Chicago Cubs have activated 27-year old lefty swinging infielder Tommy LaStella off the D.L.  LaStella has played in 38 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 23 of 79 (.291 avg, .871 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs.  He has now played in 164 games in his first three years in the show and he is 121 of 465 (.260 avg, .695 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 4 homers, 49 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  LaStella is very versatile in the field and he gives the Cubs a solid bat off the bench.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Joel Peralta

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 July 2016 at 1:36 pm

The Chicago Cubs have designated 40-year old righty reliever Joel Peralta for assignment.  Peralta pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP.  He gave up 6 hits (2 homers) and 1 walk while whiffing 5 batters in his four innings with the Cubs.  Peralta has now pitched in 620 games (0 starts) in his first 12 years in the show and he is 20-35 with 15 saves, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  He could be nearing the end of the line as a Major League pitcher.  The Cubs have called up 28-year old righty Adam Warren and he will join the starting rotation for the Cubs, as they will go with a 6-man rotation the next couple of weeks to get some guys some extra rest.  Warren has pitched in 25 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 3-1 with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  He also pitched in 2 games (both starts) in AAA-ball after his demotion to stretch out as a starter and he was 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (7/15/2016) – Joel Peralta has rejected an outright assignment to AAA from the Cubs and he has become a free agent.

The Chicago Cubs place Chris Coghlan on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 11:53 am

The Chicago Cubs have placed 31-year old lefty swinging IF/OF Chris Coghlan on the 15-day disabled list due to a rib cage injury.  Coghlan has played in 19 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 7 for 36 (.194 avg, .661 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs.  The Cubs have called up 22-year old switch-hitting 3B Jeimer Candelario to replace Coghlan on the active roster.  He has played in 81 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 71 of 285 (.249 avg, .787 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 7 homers and 38 RBIs.  Candelario has now played in 607 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 596 of 2,250 (.265 avg, .759 OPS) with 316 runs scored, 50 homers, 322 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Candelario came into this season as the Cubs’ #10 prospect according to Baseball America.

The Chicago Cubs call up Joel Peralta

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 27 June 2016 at 1:52 pm

The Chicago Cubs have called up 40-year old righty reliever Joel Peralta.  Peralta pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 0-0 with 2 saves, a 4.50 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  Peralta also pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Mariners earlier this year and he was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  To make room in the pen for Peralta, the Cubs have sent 24-year old lefty reliever Gerardo Concepcion to AAA.  Concepcion pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Concepcion might get another shot with the Cubs later this year.

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