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The Matt Garza trade, revisited
Bruce Miles has a piece looking back at the Matt Garza trade over at The Daily Herald. I still go back and forth on the trade myself. On one hand, it was emblematic of Hendry crippling the future in a futile attempt to save his job. The Cubs were not going to be very good in the future, and from a strategic standpoint it was a dumb trade to weaken an improving farm system to improve a 74 win team to a 76 win team. On the other hand, I never really thought much of the prospects that the Cubs sent to Tampa. Archer had a history of walking the planet, and had merely improved from 'awful' to 'average' in his breakout 2010 season, and his minor league ERA/FIP numbers look propped up by an unsustainable HR rate. I'm still not sure why so many prospect evaluators love Hak-Ju Lee as much either, seeing as he can barely hit the ball out of the infield, though he is a plus defender and base thief. Chirinos, Fuld, and Guyer all had ceilings as backups on a big league roster.
To be fair, I didn't think Matt Garza looked like that great of an asset at the time either. He was a fly-ball pitcher moving from a pitchers' park to a place where the wind is often howling out, and had just seen a big drop in his strikeout rate. Instead, Garza set career bests in strikeouts and ground ball percentages after moving to the Cubs, drastically changing his pitch mix. I'm not sure how much credit to give to the Cubs for these changes. Were it not for the most recent injury (injuries), the Cubs could have received a decent amount back for Garza, especially considering how the new CBA has made it difficult to get top-line starting pitching in free agency. Of course, the old front office wouldn't have known this at the time of the trade.
Tony Campana doing Tony Campana things
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Steal ALL the bases! The Cubs let another Young Player get away my frents. Just like that Corey McGee kid and Brad ******* Snyder.
Movin' on up
With the Cubs recent three game winning streak, they have improved to 9-14, which puts them…still in last place in the NL Central. They are currently behind Miami (5-19), Houston (7-14), San Diego (8-15), Toronto (9-16), and Seattle (10-16) for the top pick in next year's draft. But we can say that the Cubs are just as good as the LAAoAoDoKVoAoR, who share an identical 9-14 record.
Ian Stewart is still stinking up the joint with the I-Cubs. He's hitting .100/.243/.133 and giving Brett Jackson a run for his money in K%. He missed a game or two this week with an elbow injury on a HBP that made it tough for him to throw.
Matt Garza is already feeling better from his 'dead arm' issue earlier this week. He threw off flat ground on Friday, and his hoping to finally make a minor league rehab start on Wednesday, if there isn't yet another rainout/setback.
Kyuji Fujikawa threw a bullpen session on Friday, and should make one or two rehab appearances before coming back to the team, presumably as the closer.
Rizzo tinkering with his swing
In this piece by NDB Paul Sullivan, he notes that Sveum and the hitting coach went over some video with Rizzo on Friday and found a mechanical flaw in his swing. He went on to crush two homers that night, IIRC both against lefties. Keith Law mentioned that something was up with his swing a week or so ago, when everyone was wringing their hands about Rizzo's BA being so low. Hopefully he gets back on track.
Andre Dawson is disappoint at Cubs lack of spending
Dawson Tells Gordo that he never thought he'd see a "small market payroll" team taking the field at Wrigley. Gordo's been the one beating the drum about the Cubs finances lately, so it's no surprise that this came up in one of his articles. Brett has a nice synopsis/breakdown of what we know about the Cubs finances right now over at Bleacher Nation. We don't know the particulars of the deal, but the main thrust of complaint is that Zell/TribCo wanted the sale to be heavily debt-financed for tax purposes, and thus the Ricketts essentially borrowed a lot of money from themselves through The Ricketts Family Trust. Though following that logic, if the team pays off that Ricketts debt sooner rather than later it should actually cost the team *less* money in the long run due to lesser interest payments.
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BEST OF MAXIM
The Chicago Cubs are still building their identity, but they feel confident in the direction they are going. What the team will have to focus on is building young stable players going forward and trading ones they can't/shouldn't keep when the right opportunity presents. That opportunity could be this July if Matt Garza can return healthy. And the word is, he is doing...
Albert Almora laced an opposite-field RBI triple into the RF corner and then scored one out later on a sacrifice fly, Josh Vitters roped an RBI double, and Jose Rosario threw four innings of one-hit ball, helping the Cubs edge the Athletics 4-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #4 (formerly known as "Field #3") in Mesa...
This is a continuation of the weekly series of of writing about a Cubs prospect profile. Early on, I will be writing about guys that Dave and I did not cover in our Prospect Ratings. Links for past ratings and past profiles at at the end. Additional links can also be found at the end of the article.
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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza was scheduled to
throw a rehab start with the Cubs’ Double-A Tennessee Smokies on Thursday, April
25. However, he could not make that start due to tightness in his left lat.
Garza managed to throw on flat ground on Friday and reported
no issues. He is scheduled for more flat-ground throwing on Saturday and then
have some bullpen...
Each Saturday, I'm going to summarize the weekly performance top prospects at each level. Hopefully, this will give more of a snapshot of how our future Cubs are doing.
Brett Jackson 2: The Golden (Sombrero) Army is cooked. His peripherals are bad (8.5% BB, 32.2% K), he's hit-lucky (.375 BABIP), and he's still well under league-average at AAA. I'm pretty sure...
2013 Cubs Cactus League Extended Spring Training stats (thru 4/27)
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Iowa Cubs 10 @ Omaha Storm Chasers 6
In 6 innings today, Brooks Raley struck a batter out, walked 3 and gave up 2 home runs. He only gave up 4 runs, which is kind of impressive when you look at what I wrote first. It’s not at all impressive though.
Hisanori Takahashi struck a batter out in one inning and Zach Putnam gave up a hit and had 1 strikeout in 1 inning. Rafael Dolis gave...
Iowa Cubs 4 @ Omaha Storm Chasers 5
Another day, another walk for Logan Watkins. He went 1-4 with a walk and a strikeout. Brett Jackson II: The Adventure of Stink went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and a walk. Bed Intruder went 1-5 with an RBI double. He'd also score a run and walk once. Ryan Sweeney continues to push the issue with a 2-5 performance. He had a HR and 2 RBI and...
Darwin Barney and Cody Ransom each drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs defeated the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Monday.
Barney hit a pair of RBI doubles as he went 2-for-3 and Ransom went 2-for-4 with a home run.
Both players also made nice defensive plays in the seventh with men in scoring position to preserve the Cubs' lead.
Kevin Gregg got the final out of the eighth with...
David DeJesus hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning to help lift the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 win over the struggling Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
Travis Wood (2-1) pitched six innings allowing two runs and struck out five for Chicago, which has won four of five.
Three relievers held the lead to get to Kevin Gregg, who pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
It was nice to see the Cubs beating up on another team for once this year. They get to face another team that may be worse than they are in the Padres. The Padres have had a weird season so far. They opened the year with a series loss of the Mets, and have been swept by the Giants and the Rockies (twice!). However, they are currently coming off a sweep of the world champions, and...
Today’s game featuring the Chicago Cubs and the Miami Marlins has a lot of people talking and questioning Manager Dale Sveum’s managerial decisions. Quite understandable considering how things unraveled at the end of the game, but there are always things to consider when trying to figure out who to blame, and how much blame each person deserves.
Whenever anything bad takes place...
What once was a tale of two cities is now just one long book of struggle.
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Coming into the 2013 season...
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Some offensive help would certainly please Jeff Samardzija.
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4/22- @Reds L 4-5
4/23- @Reds W 4-2
4/24- @Reds L 0-1
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