Cubs lose Volstad, Corpas and outright Mather,Parker, Germano to Iowa.

Updated 4:18 pm

The Chris Volstad era is officially over in Chicago.

The Cubs opened up another roster  spot and this one is mildly surprising, though it's not like anbody should be shocked here.  The Royals, who are hurting for starting pitching almost as badly as the Cubs, snatched up 26 year old Chris Volstad,  the Cubs talented but enigmatic starter who managed to parlay above average stuff into above average offensive performances by the rest of the National League.

The task now falls on the Royals to see if they can harness Volstad's potential and turn him into a useful starter.  The Cubs were repeatedly frustrated with his passive approach on the mound and how he consistently strayed away from the game plan, insisting on doing things in ways that haven't really worked for him in the past.

The Cubs took a flyer on Volstad by dumping  Carlos Zambrano in a trade that didn't work out for either team.   It was one thing to take a chance on Volstad when it's not costing you anything, it's quite another when Volstad figures to make $3M next season for production that can be replaced by any number of AAA starters.

That makes Jeff Samardzija  and the injured Matt Garza as the only starters left from the 2011 opening day rotation.

In other news, the 4 more Cubs were outrighted to AAA, creating more space on the 40 man roster.  Again, none are surprises.  They are OF-IF Joe Mather and RHPs Many Corpas, Blake Parker, and Justin Germano.

Manny Corpas refused his assignment and elected free agency.

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  • Happy days are here again....

    THE SKIES ABOVE are clear my friend....

    Ahh yadda dee da dum again.


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  • OMG! Oh No!. How can I cope with this?????. ....ok I'm over it.

  • In reply to Hubbs16:

    Hubbs, I'm glad to see you are taking this so well.

  • Cubs also just outrighed 4 players: Joe Mather, Blake Parker, Manny Corpas, and Justin Germano.

    Again, no big surprises here. Looks like roster space won't be a problem this offseason.

  • Wow the Cubs let go of Volstad??? LOL, I can type that without laughing, but seriously Volstad needed to get out of here to salvage his career.

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    He needs a wake up call. His approach just isn't working

  • I'm gonna enjoy the hell out of this. Because when Theo fills the void with Bronson Arroyo, I'm gonna be pissed.....

  • In reply to felzz:

    Haha...yeah, I wouldn't expect the Cubs go go out and sign Greinke to replace him. We'll probably get another flyer type.

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    I saw him as a non tender candidate and would have liked to give him a chance as a reliever on a low cost deal. Maybe two innings at a time may be a better use of his head, err skills.

    At least Gatorade coolers were safe from him in 2012

  • In reply to Louie101:

    That's the way I saw it too. Looks like the Cubs just finally had enough.

  • It was a good gamble that didn't work. There were very few things to criticize last off-season once they made the decision to rebuild (really, the only thing last off-season I disliked was letting Flaherty go ... and then signing Bianchi to fill a similar role (and then letting Bianchi go ... but they lucked into Cardenas and Valbuena to basically fill the Flaherty/LeMahieu upper level utility player loss).. The Stewart gamble made sense, the Volstad gamble made sense. They just didn't work.

    At some point, Volstad, if the rumors are correct, may have to realize that he won't have much of a big league career anymore if he doesn't try to change how he approaches things. He's never had electric stuff, but the stuff is more than adequate for the bigs (and advanced metrics have certainly been kinder to him, but at a certain point, if things keep going a certain way that doesn't work, an adjustment is needed).

  • In reply to toonsterwu:

    I agree. It was worth a shot. I thought it was a great return for Zambrano at the time and even though it didn't work, I still think it was. The Cubs didn't lose anything and picked up a young, cost controlled starter. Too bad he was awful.

    He may be one of those guys where the light bulb turns on late, but I think even the Cubs can't afford to wait on that anymore.

  • Now for sure we'll be seeing a lot of different faces on the mound next year. With more money to spend, I think it should be a big improvement.

  • In reply to SFToby:

    I expect them to pick up another flyer and perhaps a solid vet as they did with Maholm last year.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I think they may do more than that.

  • Another update: Manny Corpas elected free agency rather than go to AAA.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Manny's corpse has turned zombie and has taken a hike.

  • In reply to SFToby:

    Haha...don't blame him for taking a hike, though. He may find an MLB job somewhere.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Some of the others may, as well.

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    So the Cubs 40 man stands at 33, but you have to add on Garza, Vizzy and maybe Stewart? So we will pretend it is at 36. Is that enough room to deal with the Rule 5 draft?

  • In reply to Demarrer:

    I'm not sure at what point you have to add 60 day DL guys. If there is no rule, seems no reason to activate them right now.

    I don't see anyone else as possibilities except for Stewart and maybe Casey Coleman.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Please waive Casey Coleman....please waive Casey Coleman. (fingers crossed)

  • With pitchers being waved almost everyday hopefully
    they can claim 1 more.

  • I assume this is like the Rios "claimed off waivers" deal--the Cubs just said KC can have him and his contract.

    In which case it is a plus, in that it was said [I think I brought this up before] that Theo said that "we can spend $18 mil on Z and take a risk, or recoup $3 mil." The Cubs didn't really recoup the $3 mil, but at least they aren't on the hook for the rest of the contract.

    KC always seems to grab these kind of deals (like picking up Chris Getz from the Sox), but never gets into contention (although they got out of the cellar and still are able to beat the Sox). The question in Volstad's case is if he can ever go more than 4 innings.

  • In reply to jack:

    It's something like that. They probably wanted the roster space too. I think it was part money and part they just plain gave up on him.

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    The Cubs need some space on the 40-man because Watkins, Struck, McNutt, and Carlos Villanueva are all Rule 5 eligible, among others.

    These moves are very predictable; Volstad there was maybe some debate we kept him, but not surprising he was waived.

    More interesting to me is the guys that are kept: Casey Coleman, Jake Bringham, Lendy Castillo, Bowden, Valbuena, Beliveau, Campana.........obviously they all made the first "cut".

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Those are the 4 they are most likely to protect. There could be another one here or there.

    Brigham is a keeper because of his iive arm. I'm most surprised by Coleman on that list.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Casey Coleman still with the Cubs?

    okay....I want a tryout with the Cubs as a reliever.....if Casey is on this roster, then I can be a set-up pitcher.

  • Twins also denied option on Scott Baker, no surprise there, but they could try and re-sign him before FA starts.

  • I wonder if Volstad's career would be any different if he wasn't rushed through minors. Made it to the big league club in 2 1/2 years completely by-passing AAA. Obviously had some success his rookie year with an ERA under 3, but makes me wonder if the following years poor seasons just permanently dented his psyche or confidence.. I truly wish the guy well.

  • In reply to Furiousjeff:

    We'll never know, I guess. He never seemed to master the mental part of the game and perhaps more time in the minors would have helped.

  • John, how much is off the books now? They looking at a payroll of something in the low 80's?

  • In reply to lokeey:

    Haven't added that up yet. The moves today don't make a huge impact. Volstad may have been due more than the rest of them combined.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Mid $40 Million payroll range more like it.

    ....or what Mitt Romney would call it..."Pocket Money"

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    LOL...that may be pocket money for Mr. Ricketts too :)

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    In reply to lokeey:

    The Cubs payroll next year stands at about $69 mil, give or take

    (Assumes Garza, Shark, and Russell are offered and accept arbitration)

  • I think the fact we didn't even keep him to use as a reliever shows they might be going after a relief pitcher or two this offseason as well. Love for that to be Koji Uehara. He's as dominating as a Kenley Jansen or a Sergio Romo and there were even some rumors we were interested in trading for him last offseason. His 2012 numbers are bwuh: WHIP - 0.639, K/9 - 10.8, K/BB - 14.33. No fluke, 2011 is pretty much the same. (0.723, 11.8, 9.44)

  • In reply to Carne Harris:

    That may be a nice way to get some value and RPs always in demand come trade time.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    True, plus I'm hoping we can buy somewhat low on him. Doesn't seem to be the same amount of hype surrounding him as other pitchers with those kind of numbers.

  • I wouldn't have minded Volstad at Iowa next year, but it would have been painful to see him actually get a raise during arbitration.

    I like that this FO has no problem letting someone go who isn't interested in following their plan. If you can't follow instruction, you won't be here long.

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    That's a great observation. They want to do things a certain way here and if you can't adapt, then they'll move on.

  • SHOCKED.....Just SHOCKED.....that Joe Mather was taken off the 40 man roster.......I will be holding a candlelight vigil tonight in honor of Joe at Clark & Addison....hoping that Theo invites Joe to Spring Training.......Free Beer will be provide for those who show up.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Free beer? When should I get there?

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    I'll have beer here... or five.

    There was a article recently that listed the most worthless player on every team.
    Volstad was the Cubs and Zambrano was the Marlins.
    Fair trade, I suppose.

    Casey Coleman... Why??????????????

  • Clear message by the Cubs being sent that they will not put up with players who do not follow the program. This is clearly a new Cubs regime that Theo & Jed is putting their stamp on. There is no butt kissing, no more excuses, no "Me".......this is all about being a team player, winning and giving 100% all the time.

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  • Some positive news on these recent Cubs roster moves in the last two days........the Cubs just rid of themselves of pitchers who lost 27 games for us this past season.

    Now if the Cubs cut those loses in half in 2013, that would be an improvement.....75-87 season in 2013 ?

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    So long and farewell.

  • Million dollar arm, ten cent brain. Such a fair swap for Zambrano.

  • Tim Stauffer might be worth a look.

  • Never before has a Cubs "loss" felt so much like a win.

  • What was the line? A million dollar arm and a 10cent head!
    It applies to both pitchers in the trade.

  • You mean Chrissy Volstad? What a bulldog he was.

  • I realize that the World Series is still being played, but if anyone wants to catch a beisbol game from the Venezuelan league, here's a link.

    Tu sabe Espanol?

  • Steal a base, steal a taco. Tuesday, 2-6.

  • tim stauffer and dustin moseley of the padres are now both free agents, i think these guys should be looked at by the cubs. both could possibly be signed to minor league deals because both only posted one start in 2012. and even if they wanted to be signed to major league deals they would be very low cost high upside signs. i think a rotation of garza, samardzija, wood, stauffer and one of villanueva, marcum, liriano, mccarthy would be a good start to the 2013 season. garza, stauffer and villanueva could all be potentially flipped at some point during the season for prospects

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