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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 deal Guillermo Moscoso to the Giants

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Friday 26 July 2013 at 5:24 pm

The Chicago Cubs have traded 29-year old righty starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso to the Giants for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Moscoso pitched in 17 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 7-5 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  Moscoso has pitched in 57 games (24 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 11-12 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  The Cubs continue to stockpile prospects and cash for players who don’t have much of a future with them.  It’s good business.

The Chicago Cubs deal Alfonso Soriano to the New York Yankees

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Friday 26 July 2013 at 12:56 pm

The Cubs have dealt 37-year old righty swinging LF Alfonso Soriano along with a ton of cash ($17.7 million bucks) to the New York Yankees for 21-year old righty starting pitcher Corey Black.  Soriano played in 93 games for the Cubs this year and he was 92 of 362 (.254 avg, .754 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 17 homers, 51 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  He played in 889 games in his seven years with the Cubs and he was 898 of 3,403 (.264 avg, .812 OPS) with 469 runs scored, 181 homers, 526 RBIs and 70 stolen bases.  Black pitched in 19 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Yankees this year and he was 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  Black has now pitched in 31 games (all starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 5-10 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Black has given up 121 hits and 60 walks while whiffing 138 batters in his first 135 1/3 innings so far in his minor league career, and those are decent numbers.  Black came into this season as the Yankees’ #25 prospect according to Baseball America.  The Cubs did well to get a decent prospect for Soriano while saving $6.8 million bucks in 2012 and 2013.

The Chicago Cubs deal Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Monday 22 July 2013 at 4:42 pm

The Chicago Cubs have dealt 29-year old righty starting pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers for 24-year old righty swinging 3B/1B Mike Olt, 21-year old righty starting pitcher C.J. Edwards, 24-year old righty starting pitcher Justin Grimm and a player to be named later.  Garza pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  Garza pitched in 60 games (all starts) for the Cubs in his three years with the team and he was 21-18 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Garza pitched really well for the Cubs, but they got a pretty nice haul for him from the Rangers.

Mike Olt came into this season as the Rangers’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  Olt played in 68 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 53 of 242 (.219 avg, .756 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 12 homers and 34 RBIs.  Olt has now played in 305 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 299 of 1,113 (.269 avg, .878 OPS) with 201 runs scored, 64 homers, 205 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Olt played in 16 games for the Rangers last year and he was 5 for 33 (.152 avg, .432 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  C.J. Edwards came into this season as the Rangers’ #14 prospect according to Baseball America.  Edwards pitched in 18 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.  He gave up only 62 hits and 34 walks while whiffing 122 batters in his first 93 1/3 innings in the minors this year, which is very impressive.  Edwards has now pitched in 32 games (31 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 13-5 with a 1.68 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.  Grimm pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Rangers this year and he is 7-7 with a 6.37 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP.  Grimm gave up 116 hits (15 homers) and he walked 31 batters while whiffing 68 batters in 89 innings for the Rangers, so he got hit hard.  Grimm has now pitched in 22 games (19 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 8-8 with a 6.73 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  Even with those rough stats, Grimm did come into this season as the Rangers’ #5 prospect according to Baseball America.

This was a good move for the Cubs as they got four players to help them in their rebuilding project.

UPDATE:  (8/23/2013) - The Cubs have acquired 24-year old righty starting pitcher Neil Ramirez from the Rangers to complete this deal.  Ramirez came into this season as the Cubs’ #23 prospect according to Baseball America.  Ramirez pitched in 21 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 9-3 with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  Ramirez has given up 77 hits and 42 walks while whiffing 127 batters in his first 103 innings this year, which are impressive numbers.  Ramirez has pitched in 133 games (126 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 36-35 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs are going to have a fire sale in a couple of weeks

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Friday 19 July 2013 at 11:57 am

The Chicago Cubs are not waiting for the trade deadline to get here as they have already made numerous deals lately.  They are on the verge of dealing Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers for a nice bunch of high end prospects.  The Cubs won’t stop there either as Darwin Barney, Luis Valbuena, Alfonso Soriano, David DeJesus, Nate Schierholtz, Dioner Navarro, Ryan Sweeney, Cody Ransom and Kevin Gregg are going to be of some interest to other teams.  I look for the Cubs to package some of these guys in deals if it helps them maximize the return that they will get.  The Cubs are going to need to move a lot of these guys to keep their rebuilding project on the right path.

The Chicago Cubs send Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Monday 8 July 2013 at 8:34 am

The Cubs have dealt 33-year old righty swinging outfielder Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals for 21-year old starting pitcher Ivan Pineyro.  Hairston played in 52 games for the Cubs this year and he was 17 of 99 (.172 avg, .666 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 8 homers, 19 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Pineyro came into this season as the Nationals’ #27 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 15 games (all starts) in A-ball this year for the Nationals and he was 6-3 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  Pineyro has pitched in 42 games (all starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 13-11 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  He has given up 193 hits and 57 walks while whiffing 195 batters in his first 204 1/3 innings in the minors, which is impressive.  This was a good deal for the Cubs as they got a legit prospect for a bench player.

The Chicago Cubs have dealt Ronald Torreyes to the Houston Astros

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors, Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 2 July 2013 at 12:22 pm

The Cubs have dealt 20-year old righty swinging 2B Ronald Torreyes to the Houston Astros for two international bonus pool slots.  Torreyes played in 64 games in AA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 58 for 223 (.260 avg, .718 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 2 homers, 25 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 337 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 397 of 1,271 (.312 avg, .823 OPS) with 218 runs scored, 16 homers, 159 RBIs and 54 stolen bases.  The Cubs didn’t consider Torreyes to be a top prospect, so this deal makes sense for them.

The Chicago Cubs acquire Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop from the Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 2 July 2013 at 12:05 pm

The Chicago Cubs have acquired 27-year old righty starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, 28-year old righty reliever Pedro Strop and international bonus money from the Baltimore Orioles for 30-year old righty starting pitcher Scott Feldman and 27-year old lefty swinging catcher Steve Clevenger.  Arrieta might benefit from a change of scenery as he never seemed to put everything together in Baltimore….but he does have electric stuff.  Arrieta pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 69 games (63 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  I would expect that Arrieta would replace Scott Feldman in the Cubs’ rotation right away.  Strop is having a rough year, but he also has an electric right arm.  Strop pitched in 29 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 144 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 7-6 with 3 saves, a 4.14 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  Look for Strop to fit in at the back end of the Cubs’ bullpen in the near future.

The Cubs signed Scott Feldman to a 1-year deal last winter.  He pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  Feldman will be missed as he pitched well for the Cubs this year.  When the Cubs signed him last winter, I thought they were hoping for exactly this scenario.  Clevenger played in 8 games for the Cubs this year and he was 1 for 8 (.125 avg, .347 OPS) with 1 run scored.  He played in 79 games in his three years with the Cubs and he was 42 of 211 (.199 avg, .537 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 1 homer and 16 RBIs.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Cubs as Clevenger was playing in AAA-ball.

This was an outstanding deal for the Cubs as they got two solid arms in Arrieta and Strop, as well as international bonus money for two guys that didn’t figure into their future.

The Chicago Cubs have DFA’d Carlos Marmol

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 11:30 am

The Cubs have designated 30-year old righty reliever Carlos Marmol for assignment.  Marmol pitched in 31 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 2-4 with 2 saves, a 5.86 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.  Marmol gave up 26 hits (6 homers) and he walked 21 batters while whiffing 32 of them in his first 27 2/3 innings this year….as he was wild as ever, but he was also getting hit harder than ever at the same time.  Marmol pitched in 483 games (13 starts) in his 8 years with the Cubs and he was 23-32 with 117 saves, a 3.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  If Marmol never pitches another game for the Cubs, he is still #2 in team history in games pitched (483) and #3 in saves (117).  The Cubs will try to work a trade with Marmol, but it won’t be easy as they would likely have to pick up his whole salary to get anything back for him.

UPDATE:  (7/2/2013) - The Cubs have dealt Carlos Marmol and the 4th international bonus slot to the Dodgers for 34-year old righty reliever Matt Guerrier.  Guerrier pitched in 34 games (0 starts) for the Dodgers earlier this year and he was 2-3 with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 513 games (3 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 25-33 with 6 saves, a 3.54 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs deal Hisarnori Takahashi to the Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 22 June 2013 at 2:09 pm

The Cubs have dealt 38-year old lefty reliever Hisanori Takahashi to the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later.  Takahashi pitched in 3 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Cubs and he was 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He also pitched in 20 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP.  With the Cubs in rebuilding mode, this was a smart deal for them.

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