D-backs select pitcher Mateo from Cubs in Rule 5 draft

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --The Arizona Diamondbacks selected right-handed pitcher Marcos Mateo of the Chicago Cubs organization in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. In the Triple-A phase, the Diamondbacks selected right-handed pitcher Michael Lee (Braves) and left-handed pitcher Hector Hernandez (Cardinals). Mateo, 29, was 2-0 with 1 save and a 1.74 ERA in 31...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Dec. 10 Cubs Recap

Junior Lake has ended his stay in the DWL, Marcos Mateo picked up his 9th save and Luis Valbuena extended his hitting streak to eight games.
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 9-2-13

Iowa Cubs 1 @ Nashville Sounds 2 Mike Olt was 0-2 with 2 walks. Olt had 22 hits in Iowa, and 20 walks. He struck out 37 times. He went from a Top 100 prospect before the year began to "maybe not as good a prospect as Christian Villanueva." Olt finishes his Cubs season with a .551 OPS.  Kyle Hendricks ended the I-Cubs' season with a strong performance but took the...
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September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-12-13

Sacramento River Cats 1 @ Iowa Cubs 2 So, there's a pretty cool story here. Josh Vitters came back, and played 3B (Olt played DH). He hit a home run in the bottom of the 4th; then, in the 5th, Olt called, and hit a home run of his own. Vitters ended up going 1-2 with that HR, a walk, and a strikeout; Olt had just the HR and the K.  Justin Grimm had the start and did…OK. 5...
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August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-6-13

Iowa Cubs 10 @ Tacoma Rainiers 3 Hey! Mike Olt hit a home run and walked 3 times! Clearly, his struggles are over. Darnell McDonald went 2-6 with a jack, as did Dave Sappelt. Player of the day (for this team), though, was Edgar Gonzalez. He was 5-6 with 3 home runs! Yoanner Negrin had a nice semi-start, going 4 innings where he allowed 5 hits, a walk, and an earned run (2 runs total...
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August 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals Continue to Confound

So the Cubs were obviously going to non-tender Chris Volstad, so they wisely outrighted him to give them some 40-man flexibility. He still may have resigned with the team, but at a much lower price, but it's pretty clear the Cubs were rather bearish on Volstad after the disastrous 2012 season. The Royals, for whatever reason, decided to clog up their 40-man by picking Volstad...
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October 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Recker Claimed by Mets, Four Others Outrighted to Iowa

Catcher Anthony Recker (Designated for Assignment yesterday to make room the 40-man roster for RHP Carlos Gutierrez) was claimed off waivers today by the New York Mets, and RHP Jason Berken (claimed off waivers from Baltimore in September), 2B Adrian Cardenas (claimed off waiver from Oakland last February), RHP Marcos Mateo (who was on the 60-day DL after undergoing TJS in June)...
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October 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Angels Can't Even Contain Baez, Much Less Stop Him

Javier Baez drove-in six runs with a two-run HR and a grand slam, Yasiel Balaguert knocked-in four runs with a three-run home run and a sacrifice fly, Dong-Yub Kim drove-in two runs with an RBI single and a solo HR, and Wilson Contreras ripped a two-run double, leading the Cubs to a 14-4 demolition of the Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch...
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May 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs announce final cuts; set opening day roster

The Chicago Cubs set their Opening Day 25-man roster in advance of the 2012 season opener versus the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field today. The Cubs have selected the contracts of right-handed pitcher Shawn Camp, infielder Blake DeWitt and outfielder Joe Mather. Outfielder Tony Campana and right-handed pitcher Casey Coleman have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Left-handed...
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April 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Cubs reliever Marcos Mateo has sore elbow

Chicago Cubs bullpen candidate Marcos Mateo won't throw for 10-to-14 days because of a sore elbow. The right-hander came out of Thursday's game against Texas after facing one batter. An MRI was negative. ''Opening day is out of the question for him now,'' Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Saturday. Mateo pitched in 23 games was 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 23 games...
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March 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Daily Facepalm 3.23.12 – Too many DUIs edition

Practice game recap The Cubs pounded the rangers 11-4. Soriano, Mather, Jackson, and Ian Stewart all homered. Matt Garza threw 81 pitches in five innings, but could have gone deeper had Darwin Barney not committed two errors in the fourth inning. Marcos Mateo left the game with an injury and there's no word on how serious it could be. They were looking at his elbow though, so...
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March 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Daily Facepalm 3.5.12 – Random state laws edition

This week in state laws Lots of discussion in the comments this morning about state liquor and marriage laws yesterday. Apparently WaLi tried to get drunk and marry his cousin yesterday, and needed to make sure what states he was allowed to do that in. Is there a Cubs game today? The Cubs play an A's split squad today at HoHoKam. Pat and Zonk have the call on WGN radio, and...
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March 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Cubs Pitchers Stretch Out at Fitch Park

Randy Wells, Travis Wood, Andy Sonnanstine, Trey McNutt, Lendy Castillo, Marcos Mateo, Trever Miller, and Rodrigo Lopez threw "live" BP at cool & blustery Fitch Park today, before a sparse crowd under partly cloudy skies. Wells, T. Wood, Sonnanstine, McNutt, and Lopez threw 45 pitches each, while L. Castillo, Mateo, and Miller threw 30 pitches a piece. This is...
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February 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Love Me Non-Tender

Today is the deadline for clubs to submit their Central Tender Letter (CTL) to the MLB Labor Relations Department, listing all unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (AKA "40-man roster"), and which of them are being tendered a 2012 contract, and which are not. After checking the letter for possible errors (like "Mr. Hendry, are you really sure you...
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December 12, 2011  |  Discuss
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