Want to get excited? It's moving day for the Cubs! Opening Day is drawing ever so close...
It has been an interesting day in the news for Cubs fans. They picked up a reliever off of waivers to c0mpete for the last spot and were identified by Forbes as the most profitable team in baseball. I'm sure that's not going to help their case in the Wrigley Renovation debate.
The Cubs play the Royals today and the game will be on MLB.TV at 8 pm CT.
News and Notes...
- The Cubs picked up an intriguing arm today in RHP Guillermo Moscoso. Moscoso is coming off a horrific year in which he put up a 6.12 ERA. His peripherals are better, however. He gets some swings and misses (8.46 Ks/9IP) with a low 90s fastball with good movement and some deception in his delivery. Moscoso approach is to keep the ball down in the strike zone but hasn't generated as many groundballs as you would think. Hhe has average control (3.46 walks/9IP). Moscosco also throws a good change-up as well as an average slider. He has started in his minor league career and did make 3 starts last year, so the idea here may be that he can fill that long man/swingman role for the Cubs. With the team's SP in flux, they may want to fill that bullpen spot with a guy who could double as rotation depth. To make room, Arodys Vizcaino was officially put on the 60 Day DL.
- The Cubs are the 4th highest team in terms of revenue, behind only the Yankees Dodgers, and Red Sox, and they are at the very top of the list when it comes to operating income. Right now the Cubs strategy is to rebuild and invest in player development, but they have plenty in reserve to increase that payroll when the time comes. There should be no excuses about spending once the Cubs approach the point where they should start contending.
- And on a related note, Schafer Condon managing partner Jim Stadler hopes that their "Committed"marketing campaign for the Cub has "legs for year two, three, four — we're just in the infancy stage of this campaign." Let's hope that only applies to the marketing end and not the rebuilding process in general.
- Gordon Wittenmeyer gives some more love to Cubs vets today. Yesterday it was Alfonso Soriano. Today it's David DeJesus. Both players have been positive influences in the clubhouse. DeJesus has especially been helpful with Anthony Rizzo. The Cubs veteran outfielder realizes he was brought in for the short term but would like to stay here in Chicago and find a role with the team. Unless the Cubs can get a talented young player for him, I'm good with that. He can be a solid veteran 4th OF'er.
- DeJesus CF
- Clevenger 3B
- Rizzo 1B
- Soriano DH
- Hairston RF
- Navarro C
- Lillibridge SS
- Barney 2B
- Sappelt LF
What to watch for is on hiatus until Opening Day but...
- I can't help feeling a little nervous about the left-side of that infield today. Steve Clevenger and Brent Lillibridge are handling those spots today. We know their versatile but they are playing a couple of tough positions today.
- By the way, Starlin Castro is okay. He is flying out to be with his girlfriend as the couple are expecting their first child. Congrats to Starlin and his family.
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