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 deal Shawon Dunston Jr. to the Giants

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Friday 10 June 2016 at 6:18 am

The Chicago Cubs have dealt 23-year old lefty swinging outfielder Shawon Dunston Jr. to the San Francisco Giants for cash.  Dunston Jr. played in 37 games in A-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 24 of 114 (.219 avg, .641 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  He has played in 264 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 246 of 938 (.262 avg, .696 OPS) with 136 runs scored, 6 homers, 92 RBIs and 55 stolen bases.  He has never made it above A-ball.

The Chicago Cubs acquire Chris Coghlan from the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 9 June 2016 at 5:53 pm

The Chicago Cubs have acquired 30-year old lefty swinging 2B/3B/OF Chris Coghlan from the Oakland A’s for 24-year old switch-hitting 2B/OF Arismendy Alcantara.  Coghlan played in 51 games for the A’s this year and he was only 23 of 158 (.146 avg, .487 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 5 homers, 14 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  That being said, he played well for the Cubs in both 2014 and 2015.  In those two years with the Cubs, Coghlan played in 273 games in which he was 219 of 825 (.265 avg, .793 OPS) with 114 runs scored, 25 homers, 82 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  Coghlan has now played in 717 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 625 of 2,402 (.260 avg, .734 OPS) with 325 runs scored, 51 homers, 213 RBIs and 46 stolen bases.  Alcantara played in 53 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 52 of 197 (.264 avg, .751 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 5 homers, 21 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.  Alcantara played in 81 games in parts of two years with the Cubs and he was 59 of 304 (.194 avg, .594 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 10 homers, 30 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  The Cubs hope that Coghlan will get back on the right path for them.

The Chicago Cubs have acquired Giovanni Soto from the Indians

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 11 April 2016 at 2:29 pm

The Chicago Cubs have acquired 24-year old lefty reliever Giovanni Soto from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations.  Soto pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Indians in his first taste of the majors in 2015 and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP.  He also pitched in 46 games (1 start) in AAA-ball for the Indians last year and he was 2-1 with 2 saves, a 2.68 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  The Cubs will start him out in AAA-ball.  This was a good flier for the Cubs to take.

The Chicago Cubs deal Edgar Olmos to the Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 3:11 pm

The Chicago Cubs have dealt 25-year old lefty reliever/starter Edgar Olmos to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later.  Olmos pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Cubs in spring training and he was 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP.  He has pitched in 11 games (2 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 1-1 with a 5.21 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.  The great thing about this deal is that the Cubs claimed Olmos off waivers from the Orioles on December 23, 2015.  So by claiming him off waivers last December, the Cubs will wind up with a player that most likely they will like better than him.

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.

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