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October 2009



Morning Cup O'Joe – 10/13

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Good news, after our hot water heater went out on Saturday morning, we now have that issue fixed and back to normal. It’s amazing what offering cash will do to the price. Now we get on with showering as well as taking a look at news and notes I found.

A Look At Arbitration Predictions – (MLB Trade Rumors)

MLB Trade Rumors asked the question “Which Free Agents Will Be Offered Arbitration?”. They don’t mention Rich Harden on the list, probably because they don’t assume that he will check in as a type A or B free agent. I tend to think he’ll probably be a Type A talent that will get filed in as a type B because of the injury history and risk going forward. If that’s the case, then any team that signed him would not be responsible for forfeiting a draft pick. The Cubs would simply get a sandwich pick between the first round and the start of the second. Keep in mind that offering arbitration, which is needed in order to qualify for the free agent arbitration, also means the Cubs could potentially be stuck with Harden if no one wants to take a chance on him this off-season.

On an unrelated note, and don’t ask me how this is the case, but according to Elias Kevin Gregg and John Grabow are listed as Type A free agents. While I’d love the 1st round pick we’d get for Gregg, offering him arbitration scares the crap out of me.

Arizona Fall League Set To Begin – (

Carrie Muskat offered up some information on the upcoming Arizona Fall League. The Cubs will be sending a few of my favorites out west for the fine tuning. Set to play for Mesa are:

Josh Vitters – 3B
Wellington Castillo – C
Starlin Castro – SS
Andrew Cashner – SP (though I think RP)
John Gaub – P
James Russell – P
Blake Parker – P

I’d really like to see Gaub make a huge showing and get a shot at making the big league team out of spring training. For some reason, he never got a shot this year to show what he could do, despite a 2.25 ERA this year split between AA & AAA. Playing for Iowa (AAA), he had a ridiculous 1.72 ERA in 31.1 IP with 11.5 K/9 ratio.

Minor League Transactions – (Baseball America)

Recalled: RHP Mitch Atkins, RHP Marcos Mateo, LHP Neal Cotts
Voluntarily retired: C Matt Williams

An 18th-round pick from Duke in June, Williams spent 31 games with short-season Boise, batting .167/.237/.194 with three doubles. He went 9-for-25 (.360) in six games in the Rookie-level Arizona League. He was a four-year starter for the Blue Devils and batted .345 with five home runs as a senior.

  • Seymour Butts

    I heard a rumor that Jake Fox was going to the AFL to play 2nd base.

  • Mastrick

    I would offer Harden arbitration – if he accepts it we get “stuck” with a decent pitcher for one year and no obligation after that. Definitely no arbitration for Gregg, give him a one-way ticket out of Chicago, he’s the second coming of Jose Mesa. No spot in the bullpen – get rid of him, throw him out. Send a message to the rest of the team. Grabow? Sign him for two with a mutual option for a third, I like this guy in the pen.

    Hopefully we’ll see good things out of Vitters, Castro and Gaub – these are the guys I’ll be watching. A little less so for Cashner, Russell and Parker. Cotts got recalled, WTF is with that? Forget that guy!

  • I will be at the AFL to see Fox play 2b in a couple of weeks.

    I would like to see the Nationals Strausberg pitch when I am dere.

    I would only offer Harden closer money since I don’t want him starting. Therefore I wouldn’t offer him arbitration. I think he would be a great closer.