Brian Schlitter – He was a local kid that came to the Cubs in the deal that sent Scott Eyre out of town. The Yankees claimed him off waivers early in the month, which made room for Kerry Wood on the 40 man roster. He didn’t really fit into the bullpen mix this year, so it’s not really a big loss.
Chris Archer – Some say he was one of the top prospects in the system. It’s no wonder the Rays coveted him in exchange for Matt Garza. He’s got a good, solid mix of four pitches that should allow him to move through the Rays system and into the rotation in a year or two. At best, I see him as Matt Garza. I’m OK moving him in an effort to get a upper part of the rotation guy.
Robinson Chirinos – He probably wasn’t going to play with the Cubs unless Geo were to be injured. Tampa gives him a chance to try to win a job before he hits 30.
Hak-Ju Lee - Koreans don’t seem to stick the with Cubs. Hee-Seop Choi never really amounted to anything with us and now Lee moves on. There were people who said he’d move Starlin Castro from SS to 2B, but I’m not buying. He has zero power to speak of and still has work to do with his footwork on the field to help cut down on the errors (34 in 2010)
Sam Fuld – He’s been over-hyped since the big catch in a September call up and the MVP in the AFL. He’s done nothing since and in return we replace him with a younger version of him in Fernando Perez.
Brandon Guyer - I like Guyer’s talent and ability in both the offensive and defensive end of the spectrum. He’s a speedy OF that broke out in 2010. The biggest question I see for him is discipline at the plate. He didn’t really have a spot in the current OF as constructed in Chicago so he was expendable.
Tom Gorzelanny – This trade just happened and as I sat down to write this, I honestly couldn’t remember who we traded him to. It is a deal that will have that much impact on this current team. We have a TON of guys that can pitch out of the rotation. Gorzelanny was just another name in the mix. Dealing him allows us to grab a couple youngsters in an effort to replenish the system.
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Matt Garza – In case you missed it, we broke down the trade from both sides here.
Zach Rosscup – I’d like to see a big jump for him in 2011 to see what he can do.
Max Ramirez – Claimed off waivers from the Red Sox. He could battle with Koyie Hill and Wellington Castillo for the backup job.
Fernando Perez - I have a feeling he’s got the inside track on the 5th OF spot. If not, follow him on Twitter. You’ll be glad you did.
John Urick – Career minor league hitter that can play first base. We don’t have many of those guys.
Reed Johnson – I really love Reed. I don’t think he’s going to make this team.
Lou Montanez – “The Cubs got nostalgic and signed 29-year-old corner outfielder Lou Montanez, whom they originally drafted third overall in 2000. Back then Montanez was a prep shortstop from Miami, but his bat simply never developed in the Cubs system, so he departed for the Orioles when he became a free agent after the ’06 season. With Chicago, Montanez logged just 45 games above high Class A in his first six seasons, but it didn’t take him long to find his stroke with Baltimore. He enjoyed a career year with Double-A Bowie in ’08, batting .335/.385/.601 with an Eastern League-leading 26 homers (he also won the batting title and tied for the RBI lead with 97). He made his major league debut that season.” ~ Baseball America
Rubi Silva – “Silva, a 21-year-old lefthanded hitter, signed for a $1 million bonus. At around 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, Silva is a good athlete who has played both center and right field with above-average speed and a strong arm. An aggressive hitter, Silva has a line-drive swing and gap power. Silva played for La Habana in Cuba’s Serie Nacional in 2008-09 and hit .276/.305/.428 in 283 at-bats with 10 triples, four home runs, 12 walks and 44 strikeouts.
Some scouts believe Silva has enough versatility to possibly even move to the infield, an option that wasn’t available to him on the Cuban junior national team, which featured Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias and Blue Jays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria up the middle.” ~ Baseball America
Yaniel Cabeza – “Cabeza, also 21, signed for $500,000. Cabeza stands out for his work behind the plate, earning praise from international scouts for his receiving, throwing and game-calling. His defense is ahead of his bat, but one Latin American director said Cabeza has solid bat control and is a good situational hitter. A teammate of Silva’s for La Habana in 2008-09, Cabeza hit .195 with four walks and 14 strikeouts in 82 at-bats in 2008-09.” ~ Baseball America
Braden Looper – The only way I know how to describe him is Old, Ugly, and Bad.
Todd Wellemeyer – Not as old, not nearly as ugly, but just as bad.
Augie Ojeda – I honestly had no idea Augie was still playing. How can that be? Even if Jim Hendry mistakenly glanced at his 2010 OBP and mistook it for his average, there would still be no excuse to sign him. If I’m Blake Dewitt, I’m offended.