Cubs Game Notes: Epstein speaks; Soriano deal official; Eduardo Sanchez added to roster

Cubs Game Notes: Epstein speaks; Soriano deal official; Eduardo Sanchez added to roster

The news has been pretty much all Alfonso Soriano today. The deal is now official, having been announced by both the Yankees and the Cubs.  The Cubs receive RHP Corey Black and will pay all but $6.8M of Soriano's salary. Soriano will be missed by many and we've got a few good stories out on him today...

Farewell Alfonso...

Other News and Notes

  • Per Carrie Muskat via Twitter#Cubs will add RHP Eduardo Sanchez today to roster.  It's difficult to say how long this move will last since it gives the Cubs a 13 man staff at the moment.  It's possible that they are waiting for Dave Sappelt to be eligible again for recall.
  • The Cubs have traded AAA SP Guillermo Moscoso.  The RHP had a solid season and was picked up for AAA depth, but has fallen back on the depth chart with the recent acquisitions of Justin Grimm, Jake Arrieta, and the emergence of Chris Rusin as the top depth option.  The Cubs will receive a PTBNL or cash.  I don't think it means anything for Alberto Cabrera, who has already had a 40 innings jump from last year or Kyle Hendricks, who still has another year before he needs to be added to the roster.
  • Esmalin Caridad, who pitched for the Cubs in 2009 and 2010 and most recently for the Iowa Cubs this season has signed with the Samsung Lions of the KBO.  I think this is a great move for him.  He can earn himself a little bit of money and perhaps recapture the interest of MLB teams with a solid performance.   Good luck to him.
  • It's kind of nice to take a break from the rumors for today but for those who can't get enough, Theo Epstein said he's happy with the talent they've added to the organization, now they have to develop it. But they still may not be done.  I expect Kevin Gregg and Nate Schierholtz to garner a lot of attention in the last week, with Gregg being the most likely to move on.  Dioner Navarro could also interest some teams, as could David DeJesus.  James Russell is a solid, cost-controlled LH reliever and Bruce Levine reports that there are at least 5 teams interested, including the Braves, Orioles, and Diamondbacks, but the feeling I get is that teams will be hesitant to give up a whole lot for him.  Cost-control likely doesn't add as much value to relievers because of the volatile nature of the role.  Just thinking aloud but it makes sense to me that teams are probably more content when it comes to a relief rental than at any other position.    For what it's worth, I don't think the Cubs are shopping Schierholtz, DeJesus, and Russell but I think GMs have inquired anyway.  Schierholtz is the most likely to go from that group, in my opinion, but the Cubs don't have to trade Schierholtz and probably won't unless somebody makes it worth their while.
  • Epstein calls RHP Corey Black a shorter pitcher with a big arm and comps him to White Sox reliever Jesse Crain.
  • He also said that the Cubs wanted to jump the market and make trades before other pitchers began to flood the market.  That is in essence, exactly what's happening.  Jake Peavy, Bud Norris, and Ervin Santana are currently thought to be available.  There's also a possibility that the Phillies will put LHP Cliff Lee on the market, but they don't seem to want to sell at this point.

Today's Lineup:

  1. DeJesus CF
  2. Lake LF
  3. Rizzo 1B
  4. Schierholtz RF
  5. Castro SS
  6. Valbuena 3B
  7. Castillo C
  8. Barney 2B
  9. E. Jackson P

What to Watch For:

  • John:  The baseball game.  I'm looking forward to watching a game without worrying about anyone getting traded.  Between the Garza and Soriano sagas, I've had to keep one eye on the game and one eye out for trade news.  That said, watch the Cubs do this to me again.
  • Felzz:  Darwin Barney. The "Purple evolutionist" hasn't been himself either at the plate or in the field. Usually buckles up and fixes it though. Here's to a key RBI hit as well as a run saving play...
  • Tom: Junior Lake. Keith Law's fav player!


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  • Epstein called Black a shorter lefty?

  • In reply to TulaneCubs:


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    Felzy's on fire! Gotta watch Barney tonight..... lol

  • I agree with theo in trying to jump the market, Now buyers are in a strong position because there will be other pitchers that are cheaper. The buyers could easily tell the sellers they are going in another direction.

  • In reply to seankl:

    It is somewhat ironic because I tend to think it is now a buyer's market because potential sellers have seen what the Cubs have been able to get for their players and teams now want a piece of the action from the selling side....

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    I was hoping they would have moved Gregg by this point, but it's going to be hard to get very much for him now. That being said, I think Jed and Theo are making some solid moves so far.

    Hoping to see something from Castro in the 5 hole tonight. He'll need to pick up some of the slack with Soriano gone.

  • In reply to Cubs 27:

    I think they get a AA or A+ prospect for Gregg.

  • Another night of fine performances by Loosen and Almora, who should both be promoted ASAP.

  • John,

    Who did the Cubs trade Moscoso to? Just wondering.

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    Giants I believe

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    I see the moscoso trade as a sign of the maturation of the cubs system - past 2 years they were picking up guys like him from the scrap heap, now he's expendable for cash. And who takes him? The "pitching-rich" giants!

  • I wonder if some of that 6.8 million from the Yankees was in pool money?

  • The Phillies have reached agreement with Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez on a deal worth over $50MM, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports (via Twitter). With bonuses, Gonzalez's contract could be worth more than $60MM. The Red Sox were the other main contender for Gonzalez, Passan tweets.

  • In reply to Nik0522:

    Good luck to them. His video and scouting report made him look iffy; no Darvish for sure; maybe a bullpen guy or # 3 at best.
    I think Ruben Amaro felt he had to make a splash somehow.

  • Bryant with a "tape measure shot," according to Boise announcer. "And, yes, we did get it on video."

  • Kevin Gregg, Nate Schierholtz, and Russell, we can afford to be choosy. If they are Cubs through the life of their contracts I (nor I suspect Theo or Jed) have any worries. Economics, the big plan, and symbolism drove the Soriano trade which, I believe we made out about as well as we could have hoped for given that it had been clear since day 1 of Theo that Sori was on the block. I do think with one or 2 timely free agent moves and a bit of luck this could be a flirting with .500 team next year, and then in 2015 flirting with something more.

    So do I need to put down the peace pipe or are others as measuredly optimistic as I am?

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    for .500, need a bullpen of some sort.

  • I don't see how the Cubs can't get 2 top 10 or 15 prospects from a teams organization for Shierholtz and DDJ, if you are trying to win it all these guys can seriously be a huge addition to any top contending team IMO...

  • Felzz, good call on the Darwin Barney "run saving play".

    You are really good at the WTWF!

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    Miguel Gonzalez to PHI I just saw on MLB TV

  • In reply to Michael Canter:

    The deal is worth a guaranteed $48 million over six years with a seventh-year vesting option for $11 million, the source said.

    Um, no thanks. he could end up being really good, but you don't make that kind of financial commitment to a guy who couldn't even dominate the Cuban League.

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