Cubs should be active at deadline with chance at postseason

The Chicago Cubs weren’t supposed to contend seriously until 2016. But they’re one of five National League clubs in a playoff position as the All-Star break nears, and their front office must adjust accordingly ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The Cubs need not act out of desperation or tear apart their well-conceived plan to build a perennial contender on the...
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So… Ricketts & Co Have Done Nothing?

These past few days we have had some interesting conversations with some of our fellow Chicago Cubs fans. Oddly enough everything revolved around their buying Clayton Richard to fill in as their fifth starter until they could actually (possibly) find a better pitcher on the trade market. That is where the real fun began as we got a comment on our blog which I had no real idea...
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Pirates not worried about pitching depth

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Clayton Richard, but the organization still feels it has enough pitching depth. "We've lost surplus. We lost depth in our depth," Hurdle told "But I still think we're in a place where we're covered. If we lose two starters, that might change." There is no such thing as having to much pitching so having a healthy Richard in the mix would...
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Fantasy Baseball Final: July 4th

If You Only Read One Thing… Pitching dominated the 4th of July across the MLB, as there were 13 pitchers that picked up a quality start. It was more of the same for Zack Grienke, as he has now reached 27.2 straight innings without allowing a run to score, as the Dodgers beat the Mets 4-3. David Price was great against a tough Toronto lineup with seven strikeouts over seven innings...
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Cubs 7, Marlins 2 (7/4/15)

OSS: A 6-RBI day by Kris Bryant cruises the Cubs to an easy win Three up 1. Kris Bryant hit a two-run shot in the first inning that probably still hasn’t landed. I think the people most upset by the bleacher expansion were probably the ballhawks. 2. Bryant then one-upped himself with a grand slam in the third inning, chasing Cosart and putting the game out of reach. 3. As much...
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Happy Independence Day

Today, the day of our nation’s birth, I went with family to Mission San Juan Bautista here in California to learn about history and stuff.  Since we’re talking about history, this is also the day (almost to the hour now) last year when the Chicago Cubs made a hell of a trade to get Addison Russell, super prospect Billy McKinney.  Although they sent him over then for those two...
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Marlins @ Cubs: Cosart vs. Richard (Game 79 Thread)

MIA (35-46): RHP Jarred Cosart (1-3, 4.12) CHC (42-36): LHP Clayton Richard (4-2, 2.09 for AAA-Indianapolis) First pitch: 6:15pmCT Gordon* 2b Yelich* lf Hechavarria ss Baker 1b Realmuto c Rojas 3b Ozuna cf Gillespie rf Cosart p   Fowler# cf Rizzo* 1b Bryant 3b Montero* c Castro ss Coghlan* lf Denorfia rf Richard* p Russell 2b Drafted by the White Sox in 2005, Richard (31y...
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Marlins 2, Cubs 1 (7/3/15)

OSS: Cubs offense continues to struggle, two runs feels like two hundred. Three up 1. Jason Hammel had a solid start, striking out five in seven innings and allowing four hits. Unfortunately two of those were solo home runs, but overall this was another solid outing that the  non-struggling version of this offense should have taken and run with. 2. Miguel Montero and Kris Bryant...
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Pirates lose game to Indians, Clayton Richard to Cubs, Jameson Taillon to hernia

If I had time to write a preview for yesterday’s game, I would have said that I was a bit concerned about this Pirates/Indians series as the Indians have a pitching staff that strikes hitters out like crazy and the Pirates have an offense that tends to stall out against high-strikeout pitchers by striking out like crazy. The Pirates had some trouble with Trevor Bauer yesterday...
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Cubs Disappoint Fans With Richard Deal, Waiting For a Better Deal That May Not Come

Yesterday the Chicago Cubs made their first move of the season as they bought the contract of Clayton Richard from the Pittsburgh Pirates, he will start tonight in place of Donn Roach. This is a move that did not wow many fans, probably not any as Richard is not exactly a good pitcher; but he might be better than Roach who was demoted to make room for him. The 31 year old pitcher...
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Clayton Richard to make Chicago Cubs debut day after being traded

It’s been a crazy 24 hours for Clayton Richard. On Friday, he was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A Indianapolis team. On Saturday, he’ll be making his first major league start since 2013, except it’ll be with the Chicago Cubs, not the Pirates. The Cubs traded for the 31-year-old Richard on Friday, sending the Pirates cash considerations. Richard is set to start Saturday’s...
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Pirates trade Richard to Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded left-hander Clayton Richard to the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations, according to "It was a challenging decision," Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington told "We really like Clayton a lot, and we feel he can and will help a Major League team. [When] he exercised the clause, the Cubs called, and we could have called...
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A forgettable Friday

Not much good happened for the Pirates on Friday besides an Andrew McCutchen homer. It rained. A lot. Charlie Morton wasn’t all that great. The bullpen wasn’t, either. Cleveland fans basically took over the mostly-empty ballpark after the long rain delay as the Indians took control of the game. Trevor Bauer mowed down the Bucs for the most part, and also drew a walk while imitating...
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For Immediate Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:The Ghost of Ray Statement Regarding Statements In response the growing number of statements being released to the San Diego media, Padres Public wanted to get in on the action, for no apparent reason. Carlos Quentin is apparently going to play some first base this spring in an attempt to either A) make himself...
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February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates sign pitcher Richard to minor league deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed pitcher Clayton Richard to a minor league contract and invited him to big league camp. The 31-year-old Richard has a 46-47 career record with the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres. He last pitched in the majors in 2013, going 2-5 with a 7.01 ERA in 12 games with the Padres. Richard spent 2014 in Arizona's minor league system...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Sign Clayton Richard to Minor League Deal

In an effort to help possibly bring in another veteran arm to their rotation or bullpen, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Clayton Richard to a minor league deal with a spring training invite, the team announced via it’s Twitter account Wednesday morning. The #Pirates have signed LHP Clayton Richard to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp. — Pittsburgh...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamonds in the Rough 09.09.14

HR CALL: None Pine Tar Press Playoff Performer of the Day: Aaron Brooks  7.0 IP  4 H  2 R  1 BB  5 K  Omaha Storm Chasers 6                  Reno Aces 2                Chasers lead series 1-0Aaron Brooks once again pitched great as the Chasers jumped out to a series lead.  The offense jumped on Aces' starter Clayton Richard and chased him out of the game...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks sign Clayton Richard to a minor league deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks have reached an agreement with left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard on a minor-league deal. He has been sidelined the whole season, so far, while recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome. Richard will make his first start with the organization this weekend, according to reports. His deal with Arizona will be finalized once he passes […]
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Seth Smith: The Final Piece Rises

Before this year, I had no idea how big Seth Smith was. I knew he was a perpetual 4th outfielder while playing for the A’s and Rockies, always getting plenty of playing time but never really making a name for himself. I knew he killed the Padres, but I always thought of him a Chris Denorfia type of player: right around 6 feet tall, right around 200 pounds, more slap-hitter than...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The ‘Effectively Wild’ Padres Preview

Fresh off a trip to Peoria, Arizona to watch the Padres maneuver their way through spring, our very own Geoff Young hooked up with Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus to preview the 2014 season. The format of the Effectively Wild podcast previews is to talk about the team with one person who had a hand in the writing of the Baseball Prospectus 2014 annual (Geoff Young...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

2014: A Year of Hope and Extra Beer Gardens

It’s been a rough few seasons for Padres fans. Since Cinderella’s shoe slipped off late in 2010 San Diego has posted win totals of 71, 76 and 76 to retain their position in the meaty part of the league’s bell curve. Away from contention, but too respectable to be called a rebuilding effort. Another stronger-than-expected finish to the season isn’t fooling most Padres fans...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Not Your Average Spring Training Fluff Piece

Finding the Wife a New Fluffer By Billy Lybarger I’m old. No really, I’m just old. The sooner I came to grips with this fact, the easier my life became. Full blown acceptance of this fact has come with its perks, but also with its heartaches. I now park in the handicap parking spaces. I’ve been disabled for nine years. I didn’t get a placard for the first 6 years of my disability...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres 2014 FanFest: Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends, Once More

The 2014 Padres FanFest has come and gone. We can now consider the season underway. I love FanFest. Always have. Even back in the days of Jack Murphy Stadium, when it was more or less just a glorified baseball card show, I loved it. Of course, it has come a long way since those days. Join me, will you, for a rather long look at my day on Saturday. The Line I arrived at 8am and...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Padres HATE History?

Welcome to my 7th Annual “Padres Hate History” post. I say it every year and yet it constantly falls on deaf ears for one reason or another. Fingers crossed this is the last one? Why do I say this? Because it’s true. Consistently year in and year out this team completely ignores its past for some reason. Granted they don’t have as rich of a history as teams like the Yankees...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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