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Are Wellington Castillo's Starting Catcher Days Over?

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Happy Friday to everyone. Let’s take a look at the latest news and notes.

Wellington Castillo may need to update his business card – If you believe rumors, there are a lot of them that have the Cubs spending “significant money on a free agent catcher this winter”, which means Wellington may need to add “backup” in front of “catcher” on his business cards. This, according to MLB Trade Rumors, is what agents have been saying as we get close to free agency. Personally I don’t see any substance to the rumors. Castillo is still under team control at a cheap price was was good last year behind the plate.

Yankees Will Play Hardball – If your choice for the new manager is Joe Girardi, you’ll have to wait for news between him and the Cubs until after he becomes a free agent. Reports came out yesterday that the Yankees refuse to allow the Cubs permission to talk with Girardi. The Yankees want him back and will have an exclusive discussion window until the end of the month.

Ex-Cub Factor Has Been Cancelled – It case you missed this, the Dodgers chose to try to nix the ex-Cub factor curse by leaving both Carlos Marmol and Jerry Hairston  Jr off their playoff roster. Marmol was pretty good for the Dodgers since being traded so his lack of inclusion was a little bit of a surprise. They have the ability to add him next series should they make it to the NLCS, but I can’t imagine they would since he’d be away from game action for a few weeks at that point and may not be very sharp.

Cubs Claim Mat Gamel Off Waivers From Milwaukee – Gamel is a former BA top prospect, but at this point he’s a lottery ticket. He’s suffered two ACL injuries and was being placed on waivers in an attempt to remove him from the 40 man roster. In fact, the Brewers were actually a little surprised he didn’t clear waivers. What that tells us is that the Cubs continue to want to stock up at that position in an effort to get someone to be a regular producer. Gamel, assuming he’s healthy, will compete for the starting job in spring training with Luis Valbuena, Josh Vitters and Mike Olt.

Dale Sveum Is Employed Again – The Royals signed the recently fire Cubs manager to be a part of their coaching staff. Good to see him catch on quickly. Best of luck.

  • AC0000000

    http://m.espn.go.com/mlb/story?storyId=9767640
    Johnny B. Baker Jr. is out in Cincinnati

  • Doug S.

    Ugh….Cards romp Pirates. This could be a post season of misery as long as Cards alive.

    With all these guys vying for 3rd where does Baez go?

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      2nd Base.

    • Eddie Von White

      Yay! … Pirates romp Cards. This post season may not be so miserable after all.

      • Doc Raker

        Interesting pitching matchup in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Liriano and Kelly. Should be rockin at PNC on Sunday!

  • Sean Powell

    Keith Law thinks that Gamel is only a 1B/DH guy after the knee injuries. I think the Cubs will try to get him through waivers and stash him at AAA as depth behind Rizzo – or trade bait if he recovers.

  • Sean Powell

    Keith Law thinks that Gamel is only a 1B/DH guy after the knee injuries. I think the Cubs will try to get him through waivers and stash him at AAA as depth behind Rizzo – or trade bait if he recovers.

  • Eddie Von White

    I don’t blame Castillo if he leaves Chicago since his name is misspelled so often.

  • Seymour Buts

    Just who is available as a free agent catcher? The Cubs tandem this year out preformed the majority of the league, hard to do much better.
    Sending Castillo to 3b may have made sense 2 years ago, but there are many better options in the wings at this point.

    • Mark_from_Toronto

      Agreed, I think the Beef and Navarro tandem worked out fine as Castillo was adequate on defence and Navarro put up some decent offensive numbers. If only we could combine the 2 into one person we’d have a great catcher.

    • Jedi

      McCann and Napoli are the two that immediately come to mind. McCann will probably receive far more than he’s worth. Napoli could maybe be a nice addition, but then the replacement manager definitely wouldn’t be Scioscia.

      It’ll be interesting to see if Theo & Co go big in free agency this year…I kind of doubt it. And I seriously doubt they’d start doling out stacks of cash for a catcher first.

      • Doc Raker

        Napoli is not an upgrade from Beef, Beef has more upside than Napoli. In Napoli where love is king, when boy meets girl here’s is what they say…………….When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie That’s Amore! I would rather go with, What’s for dinner, Beef Wellington!

      • Jedi

        Not advocating it – plus Napoli didn’t play at all behind the plate this year. Although that might be one reason the Cubs would look at him; Napoli, Castillo, and Rizzo could combine for all the at-bats at catcher and 1B – that would almost look like a something a winning team would field. Almost.

  • Jedi

    So if we have to wait until November 1 to even speak with Girardi, what happens if he turns us down? I know the Yankees are hoping they can run out the clock and limit Girardi’s options in doing so; but if the Cubs wait and then get left at the altar, this managerial change will officially be a debacle.

    • Doc Raker

      I will still be available Nov 2, probably Nov 3 also. That should stave off a debacle.

    • Doc Raker

      Who is a big money free agent catcher? Beef can hit, now that Siriano is gone Beef can move to third base,

      • Eugene Debs

        Brian McCann.

      • Doc Raker

        I would not spend big money on Brian McCann.

      • Eugene Debs

        The Cubs won’t spend big money on anything except finance lawyers, real estate lawyers, and debt attorneys, so I guess you are right.

      • I just spilled a jar of coffee on my envelope for the tough mudder donation. The check and stamp were spared due to their nonexistence.

      • PLCB3

        You mean a whole jar of coffee grinds? Or do you drink coffee by the jar?

      • I drink my coffee out of a mason jar. Here is my current setup:
        http://swantron.com/poor-at-mailing/

      • PLCB3

        How much coffee do you drink in a day?

      • About a quart. I sort of work on it all day…prefer room temperature coffee.

      • PLCB3

        Geez. A quarter gallon of coffee!!?? You must write a lot of posts here while you’re sitting on the can.

      • I micturate standing.

      • Seymour Butts

        Try defecating from the standing position. Degree of difficulty is much higher.

      • Jedi

        Is it really more difficult or just messier? I can’t imagine standing puts any undue difficulty into the act – but I welcome your expertise on the matter.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Having had a surgury done in that region and being told not to sit down for a couple of days, I will attest that it is more difficult and messier.

      • Doc Raker

        Squatting actually creates pressure to help defecate.

      • Jedi

        I’ve never been so glad to have never tried it standing up.

      • PLCB3

        How come your computer’s weren’t ruined and the only coffee was spilled was on the envelope?

      • The fateful incident happened to the left of my leftmost monitor and to the right of my unplugged desk phone.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Always put your drinking mug where it can cause the least damage. Murphy’s Law will always find you.

  • Jedi

    So if we have to wait until November 1 to even speak with Girardi, what happens if he turns us down? I know the Yankees are hoping they can run out the clock and limit Girardi’s options in doing so; but if the Cubs wait and then get left at the altar, this managerial change will officially be a debacle.

    • Doc Raker

      I will still be available Nov 2, probably Nov 3 also. That should stave off a debacle.

  • Doc Raker

    Who is a big money free agent catcher? Beef can hit, now that Siriano is gone Beef can move to third base,

    • Eugene Debs

      Brian McCann.

      • Doc Raker

        I would not spend big money on Brian McCann.

      • Eugene Debs

        The Cubs won’t spend big money on anything except finance lawyers, real estate lawyers, and debt attorneys, so I guess you are right.

  • AC0000000

    Has the government shutdown created forloughs on this blog?

  • Doc Raker

    Pirates win in a thriller at PNC, CED is within reach.

    • PLCB3

      I’m not going to celebrate until they are actually out. Because they will fight all the way down to the last game, the last out, the last strike. Look at 2 years ago in the World Series, twice the Rangers were 1 strike away and they couldn’t nail it down. That final out, that final strike, it’s always the hardest one to get. I am glad CED is within reach, but I can’t rest until it’s over.

      • Eddie Von White

        True, but we can enjoy the moment.

      • Doc Raker

        I know, I know, the Cardinals are like a vampire, without a forceful thrust of the stake threw the heart they are still alive.

      • PLCB3

        They’re like that annoying zit that just won’t go away no matter what you do.

    • PLCB3

      Look what you did, Doc. You jinxed it. Cardinals advanced to the next round.

      • Doc Raker

        Those damn Cardinals, always bringing up quality baseball players through their system, must be nice. I thought game 4 was pivotal, a 2-1 loss could of easily been a 1-0 win, one bad pitch to that juicer Holiday and the Cardinals had some rookie pitcher with a funny name throwing a no hitter threw 7 and then Wainwright doing his best Bob Gibson imitation 2 games out of 5.

        Now we are stuck with Cardinals Dojers NLCS, how grotesque, I am moving on to hockey. Go Blackhawks!

      • PLCB3

        What about football?

  • Doc Raker

    Pirates win in a thriller at PNC, CED is within reach.

    • AC0000000

      I’m not going to celebrate until they are actually out. Because they will fight all the way down to the last game, the last out, the last strike. Look at 2 years ago in the World Series, twice the Rangers were 1 strike away and they couldn’t nail it down. That final out, that final strike, it’s always the hardest one to get. I am glad CED is within reach, but I can’t rest until it’s over.

      • Eddie Von White

        True, but we can enjoy the moment.

      • Doc Raker

        I know, I know, the Cardinals are like a vampire, without a forceful thrust of the stake threw the heart they are still alive.

      • AC0000000

        They’re like that annoying zit that just won’t go away no matter what you do.

    • AC0000000

      Look what you did, Doc. You jinxed it. Cardinals advanced to the next round.

      • Doc Raker

        Those damn Cardinals, always bringing up quality baseball players through their system, must be nice. I thought game 4 was pivotal, a 2-1 loss could of easily been a 1-0 win, one bad pitch to that juicer Holiday and the Cardinals had some rookie pitcher with a funny name throwing a no hitter threw 7 and then Wainwright doing his best Bob Gibson imitation 2 games out of 5.

        Now we are stuck with Cardinals Dojers NLCS, how grotesque, I am moving on to hockey. Go Blackhawks!

  • I just spilled a jar of coffee on my envelope for the tough mudder donation. The check and stamp were spared due to their nonexistence.

    • AC0000000

      You mean a whole jar of coffee grinds? Or do you drink coffee by the jar?

      • I drink my coffee out of a mason jar. Here is my current setup:
        http://swantron.com/poor-at-mailing/

      • AC0000000

        How much coffee do you drink in a day?

      • About a quart. I sort of work on it all day…prefer room temperature coffee.

      • AC0000000

        Geez. A quarter gallon of coffee!!?? You must write a lot of posts here while you’re sitting on the can.

      • I micturate standing.

      • Seymour Butts

        Try defecating from the standing position. Degree of difficulty is much higher.

      • Jedi

        Is it really more difficult or just messier? I can’t imagine standing puts any undue difficulty into the act – but I welcome your expertise on the matter.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Having had a surgury done in that region and being told not to sit down for a couple of days, I will attest that it is more difficult and messier.

      • Doc Raker

        Squatting actually creates pressure to help defecate.

      • AC0000000

        How come your computer’s weren’t ruined and the only coffee was spilled was on the envelope?

      • The fateful incident happened to the left of my leftmost monitor and to the right of my unplugged desk phone.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Always put your drinking mug where it can cause the least damage. Murphy’s Law will always find you.

  • Shammon Cubbie

    Crank up the San Diego connection and talk to Bud Black….

  • Shammon Cubbie

    Crank up the San Diego connection and talk to Bud Black….

  • Eddie Von White

    “He’s been humping fastballs at 96 mph” – Bob Brenly. No, I don’t miss him.

  • Hey Seymour…are you planning on breaking out your favorite Halloween costume this year?

    • Seymour Butts

      May have to…
      I guess there will be no Girardi in our future… Well micturate.

      • Just hit the feet/balls with some Pledge. Back in business.
        I guess I was also into the Girardi thing…not very pumped about runner-up Manny Acta.

  • Doc Rakabelli

    LaSorda, LaRussa, Girardi, Torre, Sciosa, Phil Jackosina, Vince Lombardi, Early Weaveri, Sparky Andersini, Joe Maddorino, Jim Lylanda, Mike Ditkerini, Father Quido Sarducci………………see a pattern here…….who is this Manny Acta character they speak of………..doesn’t fit the exceptional managerial profile listed above.

    • PLCB3

      I thought his name was Manny Acatbeli, Doc’s long-lost cousin?

      • Doc Raker

        He might be good then.

  • Doc Rakabelli

    LaSorda, LaRussa, Girardi, Torre, Sciosa, Phil Jackosina, Vince Lombardi, Early Weaveri, Sparky Andersini, Joe Maddorino, Jim Lylanda, Mike Ditkerini, Father Quido Sarducci………………see a pattern here…….who is this Manny Acta character they speak of………..doesn’t fit the exceptional managerial profile listed above.

    • AC0000000

      I thought his name was Manny Acatbeli, Doc’s long-lost cousin?