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It still takes a little adjustment to writing 2013, but I found myself looking at the Cubs 40 man roster situation this morning. The Cubs have a full 40 man roster at the moment and have by all reports signed Carlos Villanueva to a 2 year deal nearly a month ago. The Cubs pitching staff has become very crowded with people that are unable to be sent to the minors without being exposed to waivers.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been aggressive in adding pitching to the third worst staff in the NL last season. This has led to a 40 man roster crunch that has been reported by various sources. What has been neglected is that the Cubs have 10 pitchers that cannot be sent to the minors without risk of losing them at this moment, and that does not include left handed setup man James Russell, Japanese import Kyuji Fujikawa, and right handed swingman Carlos Villanueva, who hasn’t officially signed. Another aspect of this complicated picture is an aspect that Theo Epstein reportedly talked ab...
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Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says he understands the ballclub's culture better now than he did when he first arrived.
Epstein spoke about the Cubs' reputation as ''lovable losers.'' While that allowed the team to draw almost 2.9 million fans despite losing 101 games, Epstein won't consider it a success until the team wins...
To the surprise of no rational Cubs fan here or elsewhere, Alfonso Soriano is a good teammate.
During his time in Chicago, Theo Epstein has come to realize what a tremendous teammate Soriano is and how willing he is to help younger players. Epstein considers Soriano an excellent clubhouse presence, and after a 32-homer, 108-RBI season, the Cubs president contends that...
Here’s the deal. We know that prospects are important in baseball. We know that one of the primary methods of acquiring these prospects is through the amateur draft, and that the guys who are picked early are usually the most likely to succeed in the major leagues, which intuitively makes sense. We know that a team is more likely to succeed in the regular season and make the...
Lopez will join the Phillies in Spring Training on a Minor League deal in 2013. Photo: AP
Fernando Ballesteros of Puro Béisbol first reported that right-handed veteran Rodrigo Lopez has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training with the Phillies. Lopez can make up to $1 million should he play with the Phillies the entire year. Lopez, 37, posted a 5...
Holy crap the Phillies have made a move. According to Fernando Ballesteros at the Mexican baseball magazine Puro Beisbol, the Phillies have signed 37-year-old Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league deal. Lopez, who is signing on for his second stint with the Phillies, last played for the team in 2009....
Cubs Den has a post up drawing attention to a Baseball America article on changes in the Cubs’ organizational philosophy related to developing pitching talent. The BA piece focuses on new pitching coordinator Derek Johnson, formerly the pitching coach at Vanderbilt, which famously produced David Price, Mike Minor, Sonny Gray, and many others on his watch. Johnson is of the school...
The Philadelphia Phillies have signed pitcher Rodrigo Lopez to a minor-league deal, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports. If Lopez makes the team, he will earn $1mm plus incentives.
Lopez appeared in only 4 games for the Cubs last season going 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA and a career low 2.9 K/9. He spent most of the season at Triple-A where he went 5.28 ERA and 6.8 K/9.
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Yesterday, we outlined the mess the new front office had to clean up. Today, unencumbered by playoff football and random awards shows, let’s try to figure out how they may work towards that goal in regards to player development.
The Way of the Pitcher
Once upon a time, I happened upon an article about the Minnesota Twins’ minor league pitcher development program. There was...