The Chicago Cubs acquire Joe Smith from the Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 4:52 pm

The Chicago Cubs have acquired 32-year old righty reliever Joe Smith from the Los Angeles Angels for 20-year old righty starting pitcher Jesus Castillo.

Smith pitched in 38 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 1-4 with 6 saves, a 3.82 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He has given up 36 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 25 batters in his first 37 2/3 innings this year for the Angels.  Smith has now pitched in 623 games (0 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 40-27 with 29 saves, a 2.94 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Castillo pitched in 7 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He gave up 28 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his first 33 innings in the minors this year.  Castillo pitched in 48 games (23 starts) in his five years in the minors for the Cubs and he was 6-11 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

This was a great pickup for the Cubs, as Smith will give opposing batters another look at the plate, as he throws sidearm.

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 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.

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