Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Quick Hits...

- Carlos Zambrano is expected to be moved back into the starting rotation on Monday against the Giants.

- The Cubs are expected to call up a slew of young players to see if they can contribute to the team next year. We have already seen the nice gem thrown by Thomas Diamond and a not too impressive performance by Casey Coleman (I am not worried though, I think this guy will be in our rotation sometime in the near future). Darwin Barney is the next player that will be called up according to sources. Other players that could make the jump before Sept. call ups are Brad Snyder, Welington Castillo, and Bryan LaHair.

- If the Cubs call up those players it is likely that Fontenot, Hill, Baker, and Nady could find themselves claimed off waivers or traded for a PTBNL once they clear waivers. Another option, which could happen for Derrek Lee, is the Cubs could place a player on the DL with an "injury."

- Just a reminder, a team can place ANY player on waivers. No matter if he is owed 1 million or 100 million, no-trade clause or not, etc...

- The Cubs could look at upgrading at the starting rotation, bullpen, and 1st base through free agency. You could see the Cubs sign Lilly again or Jake Westbrook for a starting pitcher, another intriguing name for a starter is Brandon Webb. The Cubs have interest in J.J. Putz and could bid for Kerry Wood's services once again. I am also hearing the Cubs want a big left handed bat for first base and will be targeting Carlos Pena and Adam Dunn. They could also look at a Aubrey Huff, Adam LaRoche, or Lance Berkman as second tier players if they loose out on Pena and Dunn.

Until Next Time....


waldo7239117 said...

Do you know if any Cubs have been claimed yet and if the Cubs were placed on waivers yet?


Anonymous said...

I hear Z is on waivers, any nibbles?

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Nick I Cub Fan said...

If we look at all the major league pitchers that have 11 or more wins.
The 2 things they have in common is
they give up less hits than innings pitched ( and they have a defense and offense behind them )
Only 2 Cub starters give up less hits than innings pitched. Dempster
and Gorzelanny. Silva did it untill his last 3 starts, so if he's healthy he too would qualify.
Diamond, Jackson, Bibes-Dirkx and Samardzija have done it in AAA Iowa. But Samardzija has to cut back on his walks to be sucsessful.
So i do not see the Cubs signing any right handed starters. Those 4 are ready and you have Archer and McNutt not far behind. I think if the Cubs can't trade Zambrano and Wells they could both be in the pen. Only 2 Cub relief pitchers give up less hits than innings pitched Marmol and Marshall. Hopefully Guzman and Caridad come back healthy next year. And the Cubs really nead to do something with their defense they are tied for last in the majors. 30 teams Cubs are last, that sucks. Just my worthless 2 cents worth.