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Cubs Game Notes: Soriano gets scheduled day off

Cubs Game Notes: Soriano gets scheduled day off

The Soriano watch is on and there's been tons of media reports to report that a deal is close since Tom wrote about it this morning.  It appears, as expected, that Alfonso Soriano is willing to go to the Yankees and all that's left is to decide is the money and the prospect that the Cubs will get in return.  Of course, those two things are related.

Soriano expects to be traded at this point.

"Sometimes we have to move."

David DeJesus has been activated and is in the starting lineup and will be leading off and playing CF.  Junior Lake moves to the 2nd spot and is playing LF in place of Soriano, who is getting "a scheduled day off".

In other news, Mike Olt is making his debut tonight for the Iowa Cubs while Patrick Mooney reports that, while the Cubs are not out of the Miguel Gonzalez sweepstakes, it appears to be a longshot.  It's about money and it's likely that the Cubs feel Gonzalez is overvalued -- perhaps because they also see the risk that he may end up being a reliever.

One last note: For those worried about Paul Blackburn, he had a sore triceps but is fine.

Today's Lineup:

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

What to Watch For:

Felzz: Let's see if Nate Schieholtz can build off his home run last night and go on a mini-tear....

John: I just want to see Jeff Samardzija step up dominate like he's capable.  I want to see him shut down the Diamondbacks lineup today.

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  • Lake with a double to start the game!!! Man this kid is fun to watch!

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    Lake giveth and Lake taketh away.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    wasn't his fault there, anybody would have been doubled off on that play

  • In reply to Paris:

    I know. I was just kidding. Tough play for anyone.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Dave McKay's next fave project?

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    Great video that should get Cubs fans excited!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Eps9yc38rw#at=126

  • In reply to bocabobby:

    I'll embed that on the minor league recap.

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    In reply to bocabobby:

    Thanks! That's awesome. I wish I could watch some Tennessee games, that team has a nice group of young players.

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    In reply to bocabobby:

    Very cool. I noticed they listed Javi as 5'8"...I've seen him listed at 6'1" and 6'0" before and always thought that was tall when I've seen him in person, I don't think he's that short, though.

  • In reply to Matt McNear:

    I know what you mean, they have alot of cub players shorter than what they are. They have barney and castro at 5'10.

  • In reply to bocabobby:

    Got me excited. Funny how Baez big league'd Alcantara a little bit. "Someone's got to move and now I'm here..." or something to that effect. Either way, so glad those guys are in the fold. I'm thinking Arismendy is going to sneak his way onto a top 50 list or two....

  • I was hoping that we were trying to get a little financial relief with trading Soriano in order to sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez for the rest of 2013 and for years to come. We have so many guys coming off the payroll next year (also E. Jackson will be making $9 million less) that I would love to see us make an impact signing.

    If Gonzalez is not our future ace is there any chance it could be Masahiro Tanaka? His numbers in Japan are sparkling but than again Matt Murton has dominated over there. We have the money to go all out for this guy if the FO really believes in and I am hoping this guy is Darvish 2.0.

    Any additional scouting report is appreciated and can anyone compare Gonzalez to Tanaka?

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    In reply to Sandberg2014:

    What's that about E. Jackson making $9 million less next year? BR/Cotts shows his salary at $13 mil each year of the 4 year deal. Am I missing something or zoning out and thinking of the wrong guy? I'm exhausted so my brain isn't firing on all cylinders.

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    In reply to Just Win:

    OK, I see. EJax had an $8 mil signing bonus this year. His actual salary is $11 mil per year each of the 4 years, but the salary cap number is $13 mil per year for 4 years including the signing bonus. So in reality, their payroll does drop $8 mil next year from EJax if you look at it that way.

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    In reply to Just Win:

    There is no salary cap in baseball, just luxury taxes for exceeding spending thresholds. I believe the idea behind giving him more money on the front end, is to make his contract more attractive on the backend. The Cubs will have no issues with combined salaries this year and at least next, but 2015 could see a substantial spike.

  • In reply to Sandberg2014:

    Here's the skinny on Gonzalez from Ben Badler at BA. Scouting report and video.
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/majors/miguel-alfredo-gonzalez-scouting-report/

    As I posted on the Soriano thread, I was underwhelmed. Doesn't look like an ace or a top starter to my amateur eyes.

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    In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    I'd be very hesitant to even think about giving an amateur player $10 mil per year or anything like that when they haven't played one game of pro ball.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    Agreed.....I hope the FO takes a pass on Gonzalez.

  • In reply to WSorBust:

    Sound like you guys might get your wish. I think they'll bid, but they won't win. At least that's what it looks like right now.

  • Kris Bryant no strikeout his first AB; rips a ground rule double.

  • I'm back in Japan and will be keeping a pulse on Tanaka and one or two other possible posting candidates the rest of the season.

    But the current crop of names from NPB are mostly posting candidates. With the posting cost to the NPB team plus the cost of the player contract, postings tend to get rather cost prohibitive.

    Free agent signings, like Fujikawa, tend to be more cost efficient. But the veterans available as free agents have more been relievers of late.

  • In reply to TokyoCraig:

    Keep us posted. I'll find out what I can as well.

  • Bryant smashed a ground role double in his first AB tonight. Looks like he's already forgotten about last night.

  • In reply to Jamato:

    Great makeup.

  • Young players are going to go through growing pains. I hope any
    trades made will include prospects that don't have to be put on
    the 40-man roster unless he can help the team now.

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    Gordon Wittmayer reporting Soriano will accept trade to Yanks.

  • In reply to BrettJ42:

    yeah we have known that since this afternoon. I believe Muskat broke it, but also before the cubs game tonight there was a video interview with Soriano where he said that he has given the Cubs a list of teams he would accept a trade to, and the Yanks are on that list.

    But the there is no deal yet between the Yanks & Cubs or the other teams they are talking to about Soriano for that matter

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    Wow. Soriano has six children. It really changes my feelings towards being mad at a player for poor performance or even think about heckling them when you stop to realize they have families and kids just like everyone else.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    Noone should heckle Soriano. He is a class act in the clubhouse, helping out the young kids. I can't believe I'm saying this, but if he gets traded to the Yankess, and the Yankees make it into the playoffs, I'll cheer for the Bronx Bombers, because I would like to see Sori get a ring. He's really impressed me the past couple of years. He deserves it!

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    In reply to Tinker Evers Chance:

    I didn't mean I or anyone should/have heckled Soriano. I just meant that reading that he has six kids reminded me that these guys have families and we, or at least I, often forget that and just view them as almost fantasy players instead of real people with actual lives off the field. Instead of just thinking as Soriano as a baseball player, he's a father of six who plays baseball.

  • In reply to Tinker Evers Chance:

    I agree. I find myself rooting for ex-Cubs a lot more than I used to. Rooting for Garza and Soriano (if and when he's traded).

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    In reply to Tinker Evers Chance:

    Wow! I never thought I would root for the Yankees to even win a game, but I realized while reading your comment I would have to root for Phonsie to get a ring if he were there. Very bittersweet!

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    Shark trying to re-enact the Mark Prior/Marcus Giles collusion, but with his own teammate, Darwin Barney. WTH?

  • Matt Garza 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

    How do you like the trade now Texas fans?

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    Which also means the Yanks scored 1 unearned run in the game. They need a bat ASAP

  • Did anyone see Garza's obligatory 'Garza' throw to first base? Right up there with the throw against the Brewers.

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    Junior Lake with ANOTHER hit.

  • Oh my god Junior lake is a beast! #Puiging

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    I believe that contract was substantially front-loaded. I'm not sure of the details.

  • It's Loiger Padron getting the start in Boise tonight. Maybe Blackburn is piggy-backing.

  • In reply to Quedub:

    Maybe. Heard he's okay though.

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    I looked something up while watching the game and thinking about our improved farm system. From 2001 through 2009, the Cubs had 30 prospects that made BA's top 100 list. The results are really depressing! Over half were complete busts, only 4 what I would consider All-Stars (Shark,Z,Prior,Castro). I rated them below, with their top BA ranking, many of my quick judgements are debateable, but point is: We didn't get great results.

    Question: Is this typical, or did the Cubs have bad luck? Or were we that bad bringing good prospects across? Because we had alot of guys on the list who didn't make it. Check it out:

    Corey Patterson 2 Starter
    Mark Prior 2 All-Star
    Juan Cruz 6 Starter
    Starlin Castro 16 All-Star
    Brian Dopirak 21 BUST
    Hee Seop Choi 22 BUST
    Angel Guzman 26 Fringe
    Kosuke Fukudome 30 Starter
    Ben Christiansen 37 BUST
    David Kelton 45 BUST
    Josh Vitters 43
    Geo Soto 47 Starter
    Bobby Hill 48 BUST
    Donny Veal 52 BUST
    Andy Sisco 53 BUST
    Justin Jones 56 BUST
    Ryan Harvey 65 BUST
    Felix Pie 27 Fringe
    Luis Montanez 73 BUST
    Brett Jackson 74 BUST
    Tyler Colvin 75 Fringe
    Carlos Zambrano 68 All-Star
    Nic Jackson 68 BUST
    Jeff Samardzija 80 All-Star
    Sean Gallagher 82 BUST
    Mark Pawelek 85 BUST
    Bobby Brownlie 92 BUST
    Ronny Cedeno 94 Starter
    Andrew Cashner 95 Starter
    Jay Jackson 98 BUST

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    In reply to Zonk:

    So, from these rankings, a prospect has to get inside the 20 range to pan out to any degree, right?

  • In reply to Ray A:

    Very small sample size for the Top 20. I wouldn't even say the first 3 panned out. They each had varying degrees of success with Mark Prior being the most successful but I doubt anyone would say he panned out.

    Just reading Corey Patterson's name pisses me off.

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    In reply to GoCubsGo:

    I did qualify my statement with "to any degree". We all know how hard it is to just make it to the majors, let alone experience success. Corey had ability...and a long swing...a hard head. He wanted to be a power hitter instead of using the gifts he had. The half season he had in 2003, before getting injured, gave us a glimpse. Prior's potential will never be known due to Dusty riding him like a horse. Cruz has had success as a reliever, a position he should have been slotted for after durability issues started to arise.

  • In reply to Ray A:

    I caught the "to any degree" part and despite a little success as a reliever for Cruz, a really good half season for Patterson and Prior's flash in the pan I don't think that merits being called "panning out" under any circumstance, even to any degree.

    Maybe our definitions are different but I take panning out as being successful at the mlb level, not just making it and hanging around. Dave Sappelt is panning out under your definition.

    If the Cubs Top 4 all become middling mlb players like so, it's going to be hard to find anyone who tries to shine a ray of light on trash, whether it is because of injury, overuse or whatever the reason.

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    In reply to GoCubsGo:

    It may be quibbling, but I don't see Sappelt in the same class as Patterson or Cruz. It may only be a notch, but if that notch is qualified through WAR or some other objective scale, it has some validity. Patterson held starter WAR for 1.5 seasons (2003-04) and Cruz has held his own in that area a couple of years also. Sappelt has yet to crest replacement level play.

  • In reply to Ray A:

    You have low expectations.

  • Didn't brenly say castro was the defensive liability.

  • Do Brenly and Berthume have to call Goldschmidt "Goldie" every single time? I'm guessing even his best friends don't call him that. Same with "Gibby"...give it a rest, boys. #sycophant broadcasters

  • Angel Hernandez should not be a professional umpire.

  • In reply to Denim Dan:

    Hernandez shouldn't even be an amateur umpire.

    The guy is a 1st rate asshat.

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