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.

Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs finished #2 in the voting for the N.L. Manager of the Year Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Managers by joelapinski on Friday 18 November 2016 at 11:34 am

62-year old Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs finished #2 in the voting for the 2016 National League Manager of the Year Award.  Maddon led the Cubs to a 103-58 (64%) record during the 2016 regular season, as they won the N.L. Central.  The Cubs then went 11-6 (64.7%) in the post-season to win the World Series for the first time since 2008!  Maddon is now 200-123 (61.9%) in his first two regular seasons for the Cubs.  He is also 15-11 (57.7%) in the post-season for the Cubs so far in his career with them.  Maddon is already #17 in Cubs’ history with his 200 wins as the manager of the team.  Maddon is now 981-852 (.535) in his 13 years as a manager in the show during the regular season and he is 28-28 (50%) in the post-season.  Maddon is now #66 in Major League history with his 981 wins and he is also #12 in history with his 28 post-season wins.  Maddon won the Manager of the Year Award in 2015 with the Cubs and also in 2008 and 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs finished #9 in the voting for the N.L. Cy Young Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 18 November 2016 at 11:22 am

30-year old righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs finished #9 in the voting for the 2016 National League Cy Young Award in 2016.  Arrieta pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  He gave up 138 hits and 76 walks while whiffing 190 batters in 197 1/3 innings for the Cubs last year.  Arrieta won the Cy Young Award for the Cubs in 2015, when he worked in 33 games (all starts) in which he was 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP!  Arrieta has now pitched in 98 games (all starts) in his first four years with the Cubs and he is 54-21 with a 2.52 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.  Arrieta is now #13 in Cubs’ history with his 2.52 ERA!  He is also #47 in wins (54), #1 in WHIP (0.99) and he is #35 in strikeouts (630) in Cubs’ history!

Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs finished #3 in the voting for the N.L. Cy Young Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 18 November 2016 at 11:11 am

26-year old righty starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs finished #3 in the voting for the 2016 National League Cy Young Award.  Hendricks pitched in 31 games (30 starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 16-8 with a Major League leading 2.13 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP!  Hendricks gave up only 142 hits and 44 walks while whiffing 170 batters in his 190 innings pitched for the Cubs last year.  Hendricks has now pitched in 76 games (75 starts) in his first three years with the Cubs and he is 31-17 with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  Hendricks really knows how to pitch, and he’s just getting started for the Chicago Cubs.

Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs finished #2 in the voting for the N.L. Cy Young Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 18 November 2016 at 11:01 am

32-year old lefty starting pitcher Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs finished #2 in the voting for the 2016 National League Cy Young Award.  Lester pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Cubs last year and he was 19-5 with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  He gave up 154 hits and 52 walks while whiffing 207 batters in his 202 2/3 innings for the Cubs in 2016.  He has now pitched in 64 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Cubs and he is 30-17 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  Lester has now pitched in 317 games (316 starts) in his first 11 years in the show and he is 146-84 with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  2016 was the closest Lester has ever gotten to winning a Cy Young Award, as he finished #4 in both 2010 (with the Boston Red Sox) and in 2014 (with the Boston Red Sox and Oakland A’s).

Jason Heyward of the Chicago Cubs wins another Gold Glove Award in 2016

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 1:44 pm

27-year old lefty swinging Jason Heyward of the Chicago Cubs won his 3rd Gold Glove Award in a row in 2016 and the 4th of his career.  He played in 131 games in RF for the Cubs in 2016 and he had 4 assists, 2 errors and a .991 fielding percentage.  Heyward has now played in 926 games in his first seven years of his career in right field and he has 45 assists, 23 errors and a .988 fielding percentage.  At least Heyward is a good defensive player, because he can’t hit a lick.

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs wins a Silver Slugger Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 1:32 pm

30-year old righty swinging pitcher Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs has won the first Silver Slugger Award of his career in 2016.  Arrieta played in 31 games for the Cubs last year and he was 17 of 65 (.262 avg, .720 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBI.  Arrieta has now played in 168 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 39 of 208 (.188 avg, .519 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 4 homers and 15 RBI.

Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs wins a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove Award in 2016

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 1:18 pm

27-year old lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo has won the his first Silver Slugger Award and Gold Glove Award in 2016 for the Chicago Cubs.  Rizzo played in 155 games for the Cubs last year and he was 170 of 583 (.292 avg, .928 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 32 homers, 109 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  Rizzo has now played in 751 games in his first six years in the show and he is 738 of 2,764 (.267 avg, .845 OPS) with 401 runs scored, 134 homers, 425 RBI and 36 stolen bases.  Rizzo only made 6 errors in his 154 games at 1B for the Cubs last year, good for a .996 fielding percentage.  Rizzo has now played in 743 games at 1B in his first six years in the show and he has made 35 errors and he has a .995 career fielding percentage.  Rizzo finally got his due in 2016, as he will also get a World Series ring!

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.

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