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Cubs Buying All the International Talent

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SO, ABOUT LAST NIGHT

Chris Rusin, called up from AAA after being named a PCL All Star, made his season debut. He allowed a pair of home runs and left after just over three innings of work. He was pitching on short notice and short rest, so not much can be read into that. He will probably fit into the rotation for the rest of the season going forward as guys begin to move, but for now, I look for Carlos Villanueva to get stretched out and take that spot. Another interesting player of note is / was Josh Donaldson. You probably would not have remembered him before Len and JD talked about him in the game, but he was the third of three players who were sent to the A’s in the Rich Harden deal, with Sean Gallagher and Eric Patterson being the other two. Donaldson, a former catcher, wasn’t really considered much of a prospect at that point. He had some potential, but I looked at him a lot like the way I look at Steve Clevenger now, a guy who can probably fill a role in the Majors adequately, but nothing special. Basically a replacement level guy. This year he’s exploded and will probably be the All Star representative for the A’s. He took Rusin deep to left in his first at bat and it was a no doubter. Sometimes you win some in the deals and sometimes you don’t. I’d have to go back and look, but I’d still venture a guess that the Cubs have more win shares out of that deal so far. Down the road may be a different story.

Tonight’s game will see Matt Garza look to continue to increase his trade value as he takes on big, fat, Bartolo Colon, who is hot as fire right now.

TRADE DEADLINE COMES EARLY?

It felt very much like the trade deadline was here well before the July 31st date. My phone buzzed with an e-mail that the Cubs had traded Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers and I didn’t really bat an eye because I knew it was coming. Just seconds later the phone buzzed again and I was quite surprised to see the Scott Feldman deal. Just as I had put up a post talking about both, the phone buzzed one last time letting me know that a third move had been made. When all was said and done, where do we stand.

Gone are Marmol, Feldman, Steve Clevenger, and Ronald Torreyes. In exchange, let’s take a look at what comes back.

Matt Guerrier – Like Marmol, he was designated for assignment a few days ago. The move is basically a swap of pitchers that neither team wants. The Cubs save a slight amount of salary and the Dodgers get a guy they can try to fix and if not, get rid of. I don’t expect Guirrier to be around for long.

Jake Arrieta – Basically a starter with some command issues that, according to Keith Law, may be better suited for a late inning role. We’ll see what the plan is for him.

Pedro Strop – What scares me here with Strop is the quote from Law. “Strop is just a hard-throwing reliever from the Carlos Marmol school of relief pitching — let it go and don’t worry about where it ends up” Let’s hope we have better success with him.

Also coming along were international signing bonus money. When the day ended, the Cubs increased their bonus pool allotment by $963,000 to a total of $5,520,300. With that, they signed:

# 2 Prospect – Gleyber Torres (SS) – $1,700,000

# 16 Prospect – Erlin Moreno (RHP) – $800,000

NR – Jefferson Mejia – (RHP) – $850,000

There are also rumors that the Cubs will sign the # 1 prospect, Eloy Jimenez (OF) out of the Dominican Republic. We’ll have to wait and see.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

In case you missed it, here is what stories are in the headlines around Major League Baseball.

  • Homer Bailey tossed a no-hitter last night against the Giants. The interesting note is that he tossed the last no-hitter of the season last year and the first of the season this year. The last player to throw one and then throw another before anyone else in the Majors was Bailey’s idol, Nolan Ryan
  • Johnathan Papelbon thinks that Yasiel Puig being considered for the All Star game is a joke. “The guy’s got a month, I don’t even think he’s got a month in the big leagues. Just comparing him to this and that, and saying he’s going to make the All-Star team, that’s a joke to me”. I have always maintained that the All Star Game is a showcase game and should be treated as such. Last year guys like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, even if they were just onto the scene, deserved to be there, and this year it’s the same for Puig
  • In case you didn’t figure it out from the section above, yesterday begin the international signing period. You can track the top 30 players and where they sign here.
  • Milton Bradley has been sentenced to more than three years in jail. Good for him. Have fun in there. You’ll fit right in since most people in jail blame others for their problems.

 

  • LVCubFan

    Was that Homer Bailey or Batman? OR was it Patrick Bateman?

  • Bones

    Great job by the front office yesterday. Getting the #1,2,16 plus Mejia and two team controlled power arms for a rental SP, a fringe catching prospect and a small ss/2nd base prospect is nothing short of amazing. We also took one SP trade candidate off of the market which in turn drives up the value of Garza.

  • LVCubFan

    Was that Homer Bailey or Batman? OR was it Patrick Bateman?

  • Bones

    Great job by the front office yesterday. Getting the #1,2,16 plus Mejia and two team controlled power arms for a rental SP, a fringe catching prospect and a small ss/2nd base prospect is nothing short of amazing. We also took one SP trade candidate off of the market which in turn drives up the value of Garza.

  • Eddie Von White

    How do you know so much about jail?

  • Eddie Von White

    How do you know so much about jail?

  • Chuck

    I hope Strop becomes as good as Marmol was. Even though Marmol always walked more batters than he should, he was flat out dominant and virtually unhittable for a few years. That slider was a devastating pitch for a number of years. Sure, it is easy to pile on the mess that he is now, but back in his prime there were few better relief pitchers in the game.

  • Chuck

    I hope Strop becomes as good as Marmol was. Even though Marmol always walked more batters than he should, he was flat out dominant and virtually unhittable for a few years. That slider was a devastating pitch for a number of years. Sure, it is easy to pile on the mess that he is now, but back in his prime there were few better relief pitchers in the game.

  • Cap’n Obvious

    The Cubs bought access to international picks, not talent. We hope they get talent, but it depends how the scouting dopes evaluate.

    I have written many times that I am no fan of the Dodgers or their stadium. I have been unable to, however, escape Puig-mania on the west coast. The guy is certainly a legit 5 tool player. I’m guessing Papelbon and CAPS, in addition to both being from Boston, also share the habit of not actually watching baseball games, then thinking their opinion actually should count for something.

    • PLCB3

      Why should ManBearPuig be an all-star with just 6 weeks of sample size?

      • Jedi

        CAPS never disappoints.

      • Joe Aiello

        Because the game is an exhibition to showcase talent. With your logic, Jeter should not be an All Star either since he has 0 weeks of sample size this year. I would argue that he should, because people want to see him.

      • PLCB3

        Jeter shouldn’t because he hasn’t played all year. It’s not about what a player has done over his career, it’s about the best players during that particular season

      • Joe Aiello

        Wrong, it’s about showcasing players. It’s an EXHIBITION for the fans. If the fans want to see Puig (and it’s pretty clear they do) he should be there. Heck, you could make a good case Tim Tebow should be there.

      • PLCB3

        This sudden bursting onto the scene is similar to Linsanity last year. Should he have been named to the All-Star team because everyone wanted to see Lin? While it was deserved, he was already a last minute addition to the rookie-sophomore game.

      • Joe Aiello

        And he should have been an All Star too. The game is for the fans. That is the customer. Make it as appealing to the customer as possible. Showcase the exciting players people want to see.

      • PLCB3

        So if Derrick Rose had made it back 2 weeks before the ASG he should have been selected to the game? Fans love Rose and want to see him play.

        Jeremy Lin was worn out from Linsanity, and clearly didn’t want to be in Orlando. He asked to only play 10 minutes in the rookie-sophomore game.

      • Joe Aiello

        Debating with CAPS, the definition of insanity.

      • PLCB3

        Looks like you got what you wanted. ManBearPuig has been named to the final vote ballot. If he doesn’t make it, it’ll be because a teammate was also on the ballot.

  • Cap’n Obvious

    The Cubs bought access to international picks, not talent. We hope they get talent, but it depends how the scouting dopes evaluate.

    I have written many times that I am no fan of the Dodgers or their stadium. I have been unable to, however, escape Puig-mania on the west coast. The guy is certainly a legit 5 tool player. I’m guessing Papelbon and CAPS, in addition to both being from Boston, also share the habit of not actually watching baseball games, then thinking their opinion actually should count for something.

    • AC0000000

      Why should ManBearPuig be an all-star with just 6 weeks of sample size?

      • Jedi

        CAPS never disappoints.

      • Joe Aiello

        Because the game is an exhibition to showcase talent. With your logic, Jeter should not be an All Star either since he has 0 weeks of sample size this year. I would argue that he should, because people want to see him.

      • AC0000000

        Jeter shouldn’t because he hasn’t played all year. It’s not about what a player has done over his career, it’s about the best players during that particular season

      • Joe Aiello

        Wrong, it’s about showcasing players. It’s an EXHIBITION for the fans. If the fans want to see Puig (and it’s pretty clear they do) he should be there. Heck, you could make a good case Tim Tebow should be there.

      • AC0000000

        This sudden bursting onto the scene is similar to Linsanity last year. Should he have been named to the All-Star team because everyone wanted to see Lin? While it was deserved, he was already a last minute addition to the rookie-sophomore game.

      • Joe Aiello

        And he should have been an All Star too. The game is for the fans. That is the customer. Make it as appealing to the customer as possible. Showcase the exciting players people want to see.

      • AC0000000

        So if Derrick Rose had made it back 2 weeks before the ASG he should have been selected to the game? Fans love Rose and want to see him play.

        Jeremy Lin was worn out from Linsanity, and clearly didn’t want to be in Orlando. He asked to only play 10 minutes in the rookie-sophomore game.

      • Joe Aiello

        Debating with CAPS, the definition of insanity.

      • AC0000000

        Looks like you got what you wanted. ManBearPuig has been named to the final vote ballot. If he doesn’t make it, it’ll be because a teammate was also on the ballot.

  • Doc Raker

    Will anyone ever beat Nolan Ryan’s record of 7 no hitters? I say no, 7 no no’s is just to cool. So what is the hardest record to break? Ryan’s 7 no hitters, Johnny Van de Mier’s 2 consecutive no hitters or DiMagio’s 56 game hit streak?

    • Joe Aiello

      Cy Young’s career wins. It’s untouchable.

    • Jeremy Johnson

      What about that one guy?

  • Doc Raker

    Will anyone ever beat Nolan Ryan’s record of 7 no hitters? I say no, 7 no no’s is just to cool. So what is the hardest record to break? Ryan’s 7 no hitters, Johnny Van de Mier’s 2 consecutive no hitters or DiMagio’s 56 game hit streak?

    • Joe Aiello

      Cy Young’s career wins. It’s untouchable.

    • Eugene Debs

      What about that one guy?

  • Doc Raker

    How about the Ham Fighters 2012 MLB All Star Bryan LaHair, Puig is right on track to be a Ham Fighter in 2014. What an episode that will be.

  • Doc Raker

    How about the Ham Fighters 2012 MLB All Star Bryan LaHair, Puig is right on track to be a Ham Fighter in 2014. What an episode that will be.

  • Bones

    @BleacherNation: RT @JesseSanchezMLB #Cubs have agreed to a $2.8 million deal & a $250,000 college scholarship with Eloy Jimenez. He’s now at team’s academy.

  • Bones

    @BleacherNation: RT @JesseSanchezMLB #Cubs have agreed to a $2.8 million deal & a $250,000 college scholarship with Eloy Jimenez. He’s now at team’s academy.