Cubs News and Notes: Samardzija, Wells, Theo Comp, Ballgame anyone?

Cubs News and Notes: Samardzija, Wells, Theo Comp, Ballgame anyone?
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A very busy day for me today outside my usual baseball-centered universe, so I'll do some quick news and notes as I watch the ball game...

  • Keith Law has an excellent analysis of Jeff Samardzija after having seen him pitch in his last outing.  He had him clocked as high as 98 mph late in the game and sees potential in his secondary pitches.  Don't want to say too much because it is on insider, but it's a pretty balanced analysis overall.  He does think it's a good gamble by the Cubs based on what he's seen.
  • The Cubs new brass is optimistic about minor league RHP Ben Wells, according to Baseball America (subscription required) a big favorite here at Cubs Den.  They think he's a candidate for a big year.  New Senior VP of Scouting Jason McLeod called Wells one of the pleasant surprises he has found in the spring.  Wells will be part of a prospect-laden team at Class A Peoria this year.   I've talked about Wells often here on this site, with this piece on the Peoria team being the most recent.
  • If you're worried about the Theo comp being re-worked, don't be.  The Red Sox have no legal recourse here.  They chose the player and everything was done under complete transparency.  The Red Sox had access to all medical records and both sides admit that the Cubs did not know about the injury.  It's basically up to the Cubs if they want to re-work the deal. When asked if the Cubs were considering doing that, GM Jed Hoyer just said "no".  This seems to be about Larry Lucchino goading GM Ben Cherington into this but if you ask me, it makes the Red Sox look a little whiny.
  • Peter Abraham tweeted the following earlier today,Chris Carpenter said his elbow was fine when the #Cubs sent him to the #RedSox for Theo Epstein. Hopes to throw agin in 6-8 weeks.
  • I will have details on Monday but I will have 2 pairs of tickets available (total of 4) for the April 12th game against the Milwaukee Brewers.  I will also be going to the game as will Brett Taylor of Bleacher Nation, so even if you don't win the tickets, anyone who wants to talk Cubs with us before the game is welcome to join us for a pre-game beer.

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  • Hey John - what could a MLB club with a baseball academy in the DR expect in return for helping MLB showcase unsigned prospects for teams who otherwise haven't spent a dime down there?

  • In reply to SFToby:

    You got me SFToby. Not sure what they have to gain there.

  • I will be at that game sitting @ 213 11 109

  • In reply to bleedinblue76:

    Sweet! I'll have details later about where we can meet before the game.

  • was at the game today John..Clevenger signed a ball for my son, a great kid told me he thinks the Cubs will surprise but added they have to hustle or they're not gonna be around...was music to my ears....Soriano's gotta be on borrowed time....DeWitt needs to go

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    Nice. Clevenger had a nice game. Like his approach at the plate.

  • John awhile back I asked for a sleeper in the org. that wasn't listed as a top 10 prospect and you gave me Wells. Good work it appears you aren't the only one.

  • In reply to Bilbo Baggins:

    I remember that! Really like his arm and that sinking fastball is a great pitch already and he's only 19. The other two pitchers are starting to develop and once they become consistent, he's really going to be tough.

  • With Luchino in charge over him, it's easy to see why Theo left the Red Sox.

  • In reply to clarkaddison:

    Yep. 2nd time Theo had to get out of there, although he did come back the first time.

  • If Boston doesn't want Carpenter the Cubs could offer to take him back in exchange for a cash settlement of the compensation issue.

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