The Chicago Cubs outright C.J. Riefenhauser to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 26 May 2016 at 11:27 pm

The Chicago Cubs have outrighted 26-year old lefty reliever C.J. Riefenhauser to AAA.  He has pitched in 15 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year for the Cubs and he is 0-1 with a 7.30 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 1-0 with a 6.30 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs release Shane Victorino

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 4:14 pm

The Chicago Cubs have released 35-year old righty swinging outfielder Shane Victorino.  Victorino played in 9 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 7 for 30 (.233 avg, .690 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Victorino has played in 1,299 games in his first 12 years in the show and he is 1,274 of 4,630 (.275 avg, .765 OPS) with 731 runs scored, 108 homers, 489 RBIs and 231 stolen bases.  He has won 4 Gold Glove Awards and he has been an All-Star twice in his career.  So even if this is the end of Victorino’s baseball career…..he had a very, very solid one.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Neil Ramirez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 6:57 am

The Chicago Cubs have designated 26-year old righty reliever Neil Ramirez for assignment.  Ramirez pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 0-0 with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.  He gave up 5 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 10 batters in his 7 2/3 innings for the Cubs this year.  Ramirez has pitched in 77 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Cubs and he is 4-3 with 3 saves, a 2.20 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  The Cubs need to try to deal Ramirez, because their is absolutely 0% of a chance that he clears waivers.

The Chicago Cubs activate Matt Szczur from the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 6:53 am

The Chicago Cubs have activated 26-year old righty swinging outfielder Matt Szczur from the D.L.  He played in 21 games earlier this year for the Cubs before he was hurt and he was 11 for 30 (.367 avg, 1.041 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 101 games in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 41 of 164 (.250 avg, .698 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 5 homers, 23 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  The Cubs have to be glad to have Szczur back, as he was raking at the plate before he got injured!

The Chicago Cubs sign Joe Nathan to a minor league deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 17 May 2016 at 12:54 pm

The Chicago Cubs have signed 41-year old righty reliever Joe Nathan to a minor league deal.  Nathan is recovering from Tommy John surgery, so the Cubs have already placed him on the 60-day disabled list.  Nathan pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the Tigers last year before hurting his elbow and he whiffed the only batter he faced, but he got a save.  Nathan has now pitched in 777 games (29 starts) in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 62-34 with 377 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  Nathan is a 6-time All-Star and he is currently #8 in Major League history in saves with 377 of them.  This was a good low risk move for the Cubs, as Nathan could help them later on this year.

The Chicago Cubs have activated Miguel Montero off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 12:29 pm

The Chicago Cubs have activated 32-year old lefty swinging catcher Miguel Montero off the disabled list.  He has played in 13 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 10 of 48 (.208 avg, .649 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  To make room on the active roster for Montero, the Cubs have designated 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Ryan Kalish for assignment.  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 RBIs.  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 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  If he clears waivers and agrees to an outright assignment to AAA, I’m sure the Cubs would like to keep Kalish around.

UPDATE:  (5/15/2016) – Ryan Kalish has cleared waivers and he has accepted an outright assignment to AAA.

The Chicago Cubs purchase the contract of Alex Sanabia

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 11:08 am

The Chicago Cubs have purchased the contract of Alex Sanabia from the Tijuana Toros of the Mexican League.  Sanabia has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Toros this year and he was 5-1 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He last pitched in the majors back in the 2013 season for the Miami Marlins.  Sanabia has pitched in 28 games (24 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 8-10 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  He will start his career with the Cubs in AAA-ball.

The Chicago Cubs place Neil Ramirez on the Bereavement List

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 5 May 2016 at 5:06 pm

The Chicago Cubs will be without 26-year old righty reliever Neil Ramirez, as he has been placed on the Bereavement List.  Ramirez has pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  The Cubs have called up 28-year old righty reliever Spencer Patton to replace Ramirez while he is out of action.  Patton has pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0-0 with 4 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.  Patton has only given up 5 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 17 batters in his first 10 innings in the minors this year.  Patton has pitched in 36 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (5/8/2016) – The Cubs have activated Neil Ramirez off the Bereavement List.  They have also sent Spencer Patton back to AAA.  Patton pitched in 1 game for the Cubs this time around and he didn’t get any outs while giving up 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 run (it was earned).

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.

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