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July 8, 2013

Cubs Trade Scott Hairston to the Nationals

Filed under: Featured,General — Joe Aiello @ 8:55 am

In case you missed it last night, the Cubs made another trade, this time sending Scott Hairston to the Nationals for a minor league pitcher. As of this writing, the player has not been announced, but my guess is it’s a starting pitcher, since that’s the model Theo and Jed have put in place. Their goal has been to stockpile as many young arms as possible and let the law of numbers sort them all out. The trade is expected to be formally announced this morning, so we should get more info soon. Hairston had a pinch hit home run yesterday that looked to be the winning RBI until Goggleface came in and wet the bed for a rare time this year. I watched the whole game on DVR last night, which is a struggle considering how bad this team is and how long that game lasted, and I thought for sure the Cubs were going to end up blowing the series win when it went to extra innings. In the end, it’s nice to come away with a series victory like that. Tonight we face the White Sox in a makeup game from an earlier rainout. That has the Matt Garza rumors buzzing since he’s the starter tonight, especially after Ricky Nolasco was moved this weekend. Nolasco was another hot name on the market. Supply has decreased so demand should increase. Here is a look at the rumors around Garza that I’ve come across:

  • Ken Rosenthal writes that the Rangers had interest in Garza last year and have interest in him again. In fact, sources he spoke to said they were more interested in Garza last year than they were in Ryan Dempster, but because of the injury Garza suffered late in the process, they settled for Dempster.
  • Rumor has it that the Nationals also have interest in Garza. The deal yesterday leads me to believe that at least the Cubs have talked about him. You can’t discuss a deal for Hairston and at least not mention Garza if you’re Jed or Theo.

I’m not sure when Garza will be moved. All I know is that every start he makes, I’m on pins and needles. He’s scheduled for a start tonight and one on Saturday. How well he pitches in both could be the deciding factor in the return.

 

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  • PLCB3

    Let’s sweep the trash into the garbage bin where they belong, add some more value to Garza’s stock, and sell him before the value comes down. It’s time to sell high Theo. You don’t want to end up owing $394 million

  • Eddie Von White

    Let’s wrap Garza in bubble wrap, put a magnetic force field around him and repel those pins and needles.

  • Doug S.

    Sorry to see Hairston go.

  • Jedi

    One of the saberdorks need to enlighten me. HRH Keith Law says Travis Wood isn’t even the most deserving All-Star starter on the Cubs’ staff. (Insider http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/keith-law/post?id=949)

    I’d love to hear the half-baked argument for anyone else. (I presume the argument would be for Samardzija?)

  • Joe Aiello

    I second that request. Wood is the best starter from all the metrics I see.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    I’ve heard he pitches hard.

  • PLCB3

    The best pitchers are the ones who pitch like lifeguards give chest compressions: Fast and hard
    And yes, Homer, Lenny, Carl, Barney, Sam, and Larry, 6 guys who cause 91% of all traffic accidents in Springfield, got that from a shirt. A shirt that a fellow lifeguarding friend made 2 years ago. We live our lives the way we give chest compressions: Fast and hard.

  • Joe Aiello

    The same could be said of male porn stars

  • Sportsfiend

    Castro leading off? Can someone justify why he is even on the major league roster still, besides money, he is killing himself out there. It’s terrible.

  • PLCB3

    Hey hey hey easy now. We lifeguards work at a family facility.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I am too, but to stay on this team you need to take the route Garza did last year and Sweeney did this year. The way they are trading away players the only way to stick around is on the DL

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    A technique made popular by former Cub Mark Prior.

  • Jedi

    You really think he should be demoted?

  • Jeremy Johnson

    So, who should play SS then?

  • Sportsfiend

    Something has to happen. His defense is not getting better, and his plate discipline is even worse. The more I see him at the plate the more I notice his tendency to swing at all those terrible pitches.

  • Sportsfiend

    That is a great question, but keeping Castro where he is, does not help himself or the team. He needs some more schooling, especially on defense. If it’s all mental then… well…. a loss is a loss.. Didn’t Barney play SS, oh wait his average is worse than Castro’s.

  • Ryan T

    Pick Me!

  • PLCB3

    And the Orioles still offered us Tejada for Prior and the Cubs said no. Oops.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Time in the show benefits the player without debate. The team has time to allow their most talented coaches to do their jobs this season and get Castro back on coarse. Or we could send him down…either way.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Please post your road BABIP splits.

  • Doc Raker

    Maybe he means Kerry Wood.

  • Jedi

    No idea. I can’t tell if it’s blind Samardzija love or just a blatant disregard for what Wood has accomplished. He’s only allowed more than 3 ERs in a start once; only failed to get thru 6 IP once (both of those came in the same bad start). Meanwhile he allows significantly fewer baserunners and runs scored than Samardzija does.

  • Chuck

    After some looking around on Fangraphs (dear God I hate the layout of that website, the content may be great but if you can’t find what you are looking for it does not matter) and the only reasons why I can see taking Shark over Wood are that Sharks K/9, FIP, xFIP, and fWAR are better than Wood’s. However, they are not demonstrably better. I see no reason to say that Shark is, clearly, the better pitcher.

  • Eddie Von White

    Exactly how I feel. Every time Smardja takes the hill a big dark cloud of uncertainty hangs over his head while you wonder what kind of day will he have. Not so with Wood.

  • PLCB3

    There has been nothing but blind love for Samardzidja ever since he was drafted by the Cubs. For obvious reasons.

  • Jedi

    So the argument would be to ignore everything else since a few sabermetrics tell us that Samardzija has been unlucky? Not saying you take that stance Chuck, but how else can Wood’s ERA of 1-run less and WHIP of .3 less (both substantial and important differences) mean nothing?

    Plus, I’ve watched the games and EVW is right – Wood has been pitching confidently. With Samardzija things are a lot less certain.

  • Jedi

    Which I just don’t understand…people calling him an established ace and such. It doesn’t do him any favors to ascribe success to his account just because you think one day he’ll be worthy of it. For 18 months, he’s been a very solid No. 2…maybe he can become more consistent. But a very solid No. 2 is not a bad thing in it’s own right.

  • PLCB3

    I don’t get it either. He’s not. At Notre Dame, all he had was a 100 mph fastball. He has certainly improved since then, but I agree that he is not ace material, but that there is nothing wrong with being a solid 2 guy.

  • PLCB3

    ERA and WHIP are pretty good indicators IMO, and are far less correlated with luck than some other stats are.

  • Chuck

    That is not my take at all. In my mind, stats such as FIP and xFIP (and to a lesser extent WAR) are toooo… abstract for my tastes. They also take into account what should happen versus what actually happened. I think that Wood has been the better pitcher this season. Shark is the best bet to throw a no-hitter but he is also the best bet (out of the two) to get shelled.

    If I had to bet a mortgage payment on one pitcher out of Shark or Wood, I pick Wood. There is a lot to be said for being consistently good.

  • Jedi

    Yeah – I took what you were saying above as the potential argument…didn’t think that was the stance you were holding.

    I hate the shoulda been aspect of those stats. At some point it’s time to stop griping about how your defense is screwing you or the umpire won’t give you a wide strike (or the vagaries of line drives); sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good – I’ll take the actual results on the field every time over the fictitious stuff.

    In the land where fWAR and xFIP rule, did the Cubs win the 2003 World Series also? I might consider living there for a short time if they did…

  • Jedi

    No one hangs onto the past quite like CAPS.

  • PLCB3

    In 2006 you wouldn’t have traded Prior for Tejada?

  • PLCB3

    Wouldn’t be a bad idea actually. Sometimes in order to take a leap forwards you need to take a step back.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Are you saying the 2006 Orioles needed one more arm?

  • PLCB3

    I would presume so since they offered us Tejada for Prior.

  • Jedi

    If they’d gotten Prior they’d have needed two more arms then.

  • Jedi

    In 2006 did you think Mark Prior would never pitch in the MLB again? In 2006, who was on the short list of ‘dominant when healthy and 25 or younger’…and in 2006, who was 32 years old and destined to play 3B in the near future while already looking at a decline?

    It’s easy for you to look back and say that Tejada has had 3000 PAs just since 2006 ended and Prior hasn’t once pitched in the MLB. But at the time, if you were picking a team for the next decade – a lot of people would’ve picked Prior…no one would’ve picked Tejada.

  • Jedi

    Let there be no better accusation then “CAPS thought is was a good idea”…I rest my case.

  • PLCB3

    Actually when Prior was injured in camp in 2006, I was ready to give up on him. The way the Cubs were reporting his injuries I truly believed that he needed Tommy John and the Cubs were just trying to buy time before coming clean.

  • PLCB3

    Right, Just like when I thought it was a good idea to fire Lovie Smith in 2006 for not benching Grossman.

  • Jedi

    Back when you were a Bears fan before you bandwagoned onto the Packers a flip that approaches absurdity and the sort of fickle behavior that finds you fomenting hate against Blackhawk fans.

    Maybe someday the Cubs can rehire Dusty and you’ll jump ship to the Cards. You can tell that ‘vagaries of line drives’ guy all about gabbing in the lines at Disney with fellow presidential dissidents and lifeguards.

  • PLCB3

    I’ll never turn in my Cubs fan card

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