Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BOY! Do We have Some Updates!

- First things first the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox have settled the Theo Epstein compensation. Lots of info here so here it is.. (plus so Hoyer and McLeod notes)
  • The Cubs sent right-handed reliever Chris Carpenter and a PTBNL for Theo Epstein and a PTBNL.
  • The PTBNL will be announced no later than April 15th.
  • Theo and Ben Cherington have decided on a list of players to choose from.
  • The PTBNL are not significant in any way according to sources.
  • No money will be switching hands.
  • Bud Selig had no hand in the decision. This agreement was agreed upon by the GMs and that is it.
  • McLeod and Hoyer's compensation should be decided very soon but will not be significant according to sources.
  • The Padres will likely received a low A ball player. No one on the 40 man roster or on the 25 best Cubs prospects list.

- In my honest opinion this is close to the compensation the Red Sox should receive for a top notch GM. I am saddened to see Carpenter go because I think he is going to be a good late inning guy but relievers are a dime a dozen. I feel better giving him up rather than Dolis or McNutt.

- Jeff Samardzija want to start and did not like the report of the possibility of heading back to the pen. I just don't see room for him in the rotation and with Carpenter gone I think he maybe the guy going to the pen.

- Blake DeWitt accepted his assignment to AAA and will have a chance to make the team out of Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.

- Marmol came to ST 15 pounds lighter and with one less pitch. The Cubs coaching staff told him to lose the cut fastball. Finally someone said it!

- BleacherNation has a great breakdown on how much the Cubs will have to spend on the draft found here.

- The Cubs signed Nate Robertson to a minor league deal. Just adding to the rotation depth.

- The Cubs are expected to discuss an extension with Garza but that does not mean he will be with the team before the deadline.

- Jorge Soler has not been declared a free agent.

- James Russell hopes and so does the Cubs that he will fill the Sean Marshall role in the bullpen.

- The starting rotation for the Cubs will be as followed by Opening Day (unless a trade happens). Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Chris Volstad, and Travis Wood. I am just calling my shot.

- Add the Astros to the list of teams that like Jorge Soler.

Until Next Time...


MDP said...

Calling your shot? That's the starting rotation almost everyone has predicted for the Cubs and you're hardly the first.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should proof read your posts before you post them. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post!