Cubs Den on WGEM SportsCenter with Josh Houchins (Podcast)

Cubs Den on WGEM SportsCenter with Josh Houchins (Podcast)

In case you missed it, I was on WGEM Sportscenter (ESPN 1440) out of Quincy, IL at  8:30 CST this morning.  I interviewed with Josh Houchins and as always he did a great job with questions.

Thanks to Josh and the crew at WGEM for another great interview!

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  • Well done as always, John!

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:


  • Nice interview John.

    With Jayson Werth breaking his wrist and all of the other injuries that the Nationals have, what are the chances that Soriano could possibly become a suitor for the Nats?

  • In reply to johnnywest333:

    Thanks Johnny!

    I think anything is possible but trading Soriano isn't going to be easy. Cubs have to pay enough of his salary to allow teams to release him if they need to.

    I think he's a sunk cost, anyway. He's not helping the team this year. That money is spent and soon the roster spot will be more important to the Cubs. I'm not going to be shocked if Cubs find a way to unload him sometime this season.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I hope you're right about Soriano, John, and you hit the nail right on the head. He's a sunk cost who's not helping the team.

  • Thanks. I think the Cubs are biding their time on that one. They're not going to bring up long term replacement at least until July, so they're not in a hurry to eat Soriano's contract, but once Rizzo comes up and you need a spot for LaHair, then that thinking could change quickly.

  • Hey john, since were talking bout the nationals, do you think the nats will become a top suitor for matt garza. Strasburg has an innings limit and I certainly think they will be in contention. Maybe we can get anthony rendon and a couple top pitching prospects?

  • In reply to Arod773:

    I think someone like Dempster might be a possibility since they're likely only looking for a short term answer. You have to consider that the Nats gave up their best prospects to get Gio, so I'm not sure if they have enough left for Garza -- and even if they did, they may not want to clean themselves out completely.

  • hmmm, I wonder what we can get for demp if he keeps pitching the way he is.

  • In reply to Arod773:

    I think they can get a couple of decent prospects or one good one, perhaps. Considering he's not a part of their long term plans, that would be a nice pickup.

  • If Cardenas does come up, I'd prefer they DFA Camp, and swap Wood for Maine.

  • Wood's going down. They're going to stick with Camp, he's been serviceable, could be tradeable for a small part when a team has a need for a vet reliever.

  • It's better to wait until June/July to bring up Rizzo and Jackson and then
    trade, and or, release who ever has to be.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:


  • I think most fans who welcome the trading of veterans for prospects
    in a few months. What do you think?

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    i cant wait for that to happen, then add the draft. the cubs are going to add alot of talent come june/ july.

  • In reply to Arod773:

    Those will be pivotal months for this team's future. Don't forget international free agency as well.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I think they'll do try to get as much as they can in terms of future assets. I wouldn't be surprised to see them trade a few veterans midseason and maybe a couple more during the offseason. I think this rebuilding starts in earnest in July.

  • Hey John, I just glanced at our Minor League Team Standings and nearly all of our clubs are in last place or next to last place except for Boise and The Dominican League. Should we be worried or are these #'s really not a good gauge of where we stand development wise?

  • In reply to johnnywest333:

    I never worry about team records in the minors. Daytona won the championship last year yet none of their players except for maybe Szczur project as major league starters. In fact, Cubs have won their share of minor league titles over the year, but it doesn't translate to major league success.

    I'm much rather have a team like Iowa who feeds useful players to the parent club and will contribute at least 2 starters, if not more.

  • Agreed, with all the movement and call ups that take place there really is no way to determine the strength of an organization unless you break it down by individual statistics, in which there are so many factors that come into play.

  • What ever happened to jorge soler? is he even going to be signed before the july deadline. Also , mlb posted the top 20 international prospects and soler is not included. Im wondering if he's just a bunch of hype. Why dont the cubs just scoop up these prospects instead? not sure how this works.

  • In reply to Arod773:

    I haven't seen it but I'm guessing the MLB list is for the July signing period. Soler will be signed by then and Cubans typically aren't included in that period since teams tend to try and sign them when they become available.

    The Cubs do scoop up those prospect. Two years ago they signed Jeimer Candelario and Carlos Penalver and last year they signed Marck Malave, Luis Acosta, and Ricardo Marcano. All were top 20 guys and Malave/Acosta were top 10.

  • I'm sure Theo loves that three of his regulars (Barney, Stewart and Geo) are all rocking sub .300 OBP's.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    Yeah, but it's also early. Stewart and Soto with better ABs lately. Barney, not so much.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Helps when Stewart breaks out the big boy stick. He just obliterated that pitch.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    I actually don't think Stewart's looked all that bad all year. If any player has been a victim of BABIP this year, it's Stewart. Sooner or later that guy is going to get a few bloopers and seeing eye groundballs to make up for the hard hit balls at people in the early going.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    BTW haven't had a chance to listen to the interview yet, but I will after the ballgame. It was a hectic day at work. Looking forward to it.

  • First off, good interview John! As for Soler, I still think the Cubs will sign him. I also believe Soriano will be gone by the summer, hopefully he will start hitting. The Cubs "might" be lucky to get one raw low minor league prospect.....we'll see

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    Thanks Steve. I think they've got the inside track on Soler as well. Whatever we get for Soriano is gravy as far as I'm concerned.

  • That was the best game I've seen this season. It was exciting, crisply played, there was drama late, and the right team won. Cubs are looking damn decent right now.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    This is the most fun I've had watching the Cubs since 2008.

  • I have been watching the Braves broadcast tonight, because I am out of market and can't get WCIU. They were saying that with LaHair and Campana, the Cubs fans have something to cheer for. Something to look forward to.
    I can see how LaHair is playing his way into a possible role next year and maybe beyond. Has Campana shown he is a possible long term option?

  • In reply to supercapo:

    He's making the most of his opportunity right now, but he's got no power and doesn't walk. Not saying it's impossible, as he seems to be a decent CF, but he's gotta hit for a very high average just to be ok as a ballplayer.

  • In reply to supercapo:

    I crunched some numbers and if he can be a top of the line CF'er and baserunner, he can be a viable starter with even just a .330 OBP (around 2.5 WAR) and actually be pretty solid if he can somehow manage a .350 OBP.

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