We had a scheduled post for today, but unfortunately, life happened and the author had more pressing things to tend to. No worries. Let’s catch up on the spring notes.
Phil Coke Signs a Contract – This one has been around the news for the last few days, but Carrie Muskat (aka Lizzie) announced that the deal is a minor league deal with a Major League paycheck if he makes the team. Coke would receive $2.25 mil and the opportunity to earn up to an additional $900K in incentives. Personally, I was fine with going into opening day with guys like Zac Rosscup and Joe Ortiz competing for that lefty spot in the rotation, but bringing Coke in on a minor league deal with a chance to impress is fine. More competition = more better.
What Do We Do With Edwin Jackson? – He has become the butt of a lot of Cubs fans jokes and the cause for much frustration, but when you look at it overall, he’s really one of the few mistakes this front office has made so far that we can tell. The problem now becomes what do you do with him? Maddon has already come out and said that Kyle Hendricks has the rotation spot and would have to play himself out of it. That leaves Jackson fighting for a 5th spot and not at all being the front runner for that spot. He got his first outing of the spring on Monday and it was less than desirable.
When you look at the play log, as the game wasn’t televised, you see a harmless first inning in which he got Cameron Maybin to strike out swinging, Alexi Amarista to fly out to left, and then Justin Upton to fly out to center. 1-2-3 first innings are good. The second inning was where the problems were. While the inning DID start out with an error by Starlin Castro, that can’t be all to blame for his day. The very next play, Jackson himself made a throwing error. It went down hill from there and when the dust had settled, the Padres had four runs on the board. Typical Jackson bad inning blow up.
So what do you do? Jackson is slated to make $11 mil this year and $11 mil next year. That’s a tough pill to swallow if you’re going to just eat the salary. You can’t just send him to the minors as he’d have to accept that assignment. At this point, you either have to hope he can figure things out this spring and post enough intrigue to someone like Texas who just lost Yu Darvish to where you can move him for essentially nothing just so you save the salary.
Shawn Camp Retires – He announced his intentions on Monday. At 36, he really did have a decent year for the Cubs in 2012. 2013, not so much.