*******Jacque Jones Trade Update – Called Off?*******
FOX Sports – Barring an unexpected reversal, the Marlins’ trade for Cubs outfielder Jacque Jones is not going to happen, FOXSports.com has learned. The Marlins pursued Jones with the intention of making him their regular center fielder, but the deal hit an unspecified “major snag” Tuesday night, according to a major-league source. The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported that Jones had been traded Tuesday night, but the Cubs did not inform Jones that a deal had been completed, according to another source. The holdup likely involves money — Jones, 31, is owed the balance of his $4 million salary this season and $5 million next season. The low-revenue Marlins almost certainly would require the high-revenue Cubs to pay the majority of Jones’ remaining salary. Any transaction involving more than $1 million requires the approval of the commissioner’s office.
VFTB Update – Wade Miller has been placed on the 60 day DL to make room for Petrick. Ryan Dempster was sent to the DL to open the 25 man roster spot. My guess is that it’s due to the Jones trade falling through.
Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Rodrigo Lopez – Lopez helped the Rockies complete a three-game sweep of the Yankees in his last outing. He allowed just two runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Lopez is now 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA over four starts in the month of June. The 31-year-old has never faced the Cubs in his seven-year career.
Ted Lilly – Lilly matched his season high with 10 strikeouts in his previous start, but didn’t get a decision against the Rangers. The lefty served up back-to-back homers in the second inning and five runs over the first three frames before settling down to make it through the seventh. Somehow, Lilly has to get more consistent with outings. He was roughed up the only previous time he faced the Rockies, yielding six runs (five earned) over just 1 2/3 innings.
View the Cubs career numbers vs. Rodrigo Lopez – ESPN Splits
View the game preview from Baseball Reference
Chris Amador (A+) – Went 4 for 4 with a double and a homerun (9).
Eric Patterson (AAA) – Went 3 for 4 with a base on balls
Carmen Pignatiello (AAA) – Pitched a perfect inning of relief, striking out 1. (Could he get the call?)