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BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Cubs Acquire Rodney

August 27th, 2015 at 6:51 PM
By Tim Duxbury

BREAKING NEWS: According to MLB.com the Chicago Cubs have just acquired, closer, Fernando Rodney from the Seattle Mariners. Rodney, who 5-5 with 16 saves and a 5.68 ERA, was designated for assignment by the Mariners last week and had lost his spot as the team's closer before then. The Cubs are expected to send cash or a player to be named later in exchange for the 38-year-old reliever who will join the team on Friday.

Fernando Rodney pitched for Joe Maddon back in 2012 when was an all-star and MVP candidate for the Tampa Bay Rays, racking up 48 saves and 0.60 ERA. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer hope that the reunion will yield similar results.

In related moves the Chicago Cubs have optioned LHP Zac Rosscup back to AAA and have designated Brian Schlitter for assignment.

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Down on the Farm: Possible September Call-Ups

August 25th, 2015 at 3:16 PM
By Tim Duxbury

The Chicago Cubs have been grinding through the dog days of summer for months now but help is almost on the way! Major League Baseball teams are now less than a week away expanded rosters and being allowed to bring minor leaguers to the show to get their feet wet and take some pressure off the regular starters. The Chicago Cubs’ greatly depleted their farm system earlier this season with the promotions of Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anyone left (in fact, as we discussed earlier this summer, the Cubs still have one of baseball’s best farm systems).

Player

Level

.ave

.obp

HR

RBI

Alcantara

AAA

.234

.283

12

31

Almora

AA

.265

.319

5

39

Baez

AAA

.315

.383

13

57

Szczur

AAA

.289

.350

7

30

(Stats per baseball-reference.com)

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The Beginning of the End for Starlin Castro

August 12th, 2015 at 12:39 PM
By Tim Duxbury

Starlin Castro has long had a hot and cold relationship with the city of Chicago due to his lackadaisical approach in the field and frequent mental gaffes but it appears as though the three-time all-star is has finally started to reach the end of his rope. The first sign of the changing of the guard came last week when, Chicago Cubs’ manager, Joe Maddon inserted Addison Russell into the lineup as the starting shortstop and informed the media that it was “not a day off” for Castro. The next sign came yesterday when the 25-year-old Castro made his first ever big league appearance at second base. Despite being a sub-par defender for nearly his entire career (four seasons with a negative dWAR according to baseball-reference.com), Castro had played all 7,395.0 innings in the field at shortstop until he took the field on the other side of the diamond for four innings last night.

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CUBS NEWS: Soriano Headed to DL

August 5th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

A little more than a month ago RHP Rafael Soriano was viewed as the possible savior of the Chicago Cubs' bullpen. Many envisioned him joining the club at the season's mid-point, righting the ship and carrying the backend of the bullpen down the stretch; however, that is not what has happened. After going 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in his first six appearances (5.2 innings), Soriano now finds himself headed to the disabled list with a shoulder injury. So much for that pick-me-up.

The bright side of the story is that Clayton Richard, a 31-year-old starter in the midst of a career revival, has benefited greatly from the Cubs' bullpen woes and, most recently, Soriano's injury. Richard, who has been back and forth between Chicago and the Iowa Cubs a number of times in the past month will take Soriano's roster spot and provide left-handed depth to the Cubs' staff. In 21.0 innings this season (4 games, 3 starts) Richard is 2-0 with a 4.29 ERA.

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BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Acquire RHP Tommy Hunter from Baltimore

August 1st, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

BREAKING NEWS: The Chicago Cubs have just acquired RHP Tommy Hunter from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for OF Junior Lake.

Hunter, who is signed through the end of the season, has gone 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 44.2 innings (39 appearances) for the Orioles this year and could provide a huge boost to the Cubs’ bullpen. Many thought that Rafael Soriano would be the answer to the Cubs’ late-inning woes, but after giving up four runs in 5.2 innings it became clear that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would have to find additional help.

Hunter, 29, has never been a full-time closer, though he did save 11 games for the Orioles last season, but that doesn’t mean Joe Maddon won’t give him a shot. Hunter’s career 5.5 strikeouts per nine innings is pretty low but so is his 2.0 walks per nine innings; accompany that with a fastball that regularly clocks in above 96 MPH and Hunter could be a viable option. He will wear number 21 with the Cubs.

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