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Report: Cubs are calling up Javier Baez

Report: Cubs are calling up Javier Baez

We've been sensing this was close for a while now, we even mentioned how Baez looked like a big league hitter yesterday, but it appears to be official now, at least according to Bruce Levine,

The Cubs are calling up elite prospect Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa, sources told 670 The Score.

Baez will join the team tomorrow in time for its game in Colorado. He will likely play second base, a position he’s been working on in Iowa. Baez originally came up through the system as a shortstop.

We speculated a September call about 3 weeks ago but it turns out even we were conservative, as we expected it to be a September call.  There are different scenarios as to how the Cubs could make up for the loss of cost control, but the most likely would appear to be to sign him to an extension.  For various reasons, we feel that Baez would be amenable to that idea and perhaps his switch over to the Wasserman Group as his agency will open up a dialogue there.

UPDATE:  The Cubs have confirmed the call-up

So...the housekeeping is that the Cubs now need a roster spot and it will probably be an outfielder.  Nate Schierholtz has an expiring contract and doesn't factor into the 2015 plans so he is a likely candidate.  The Cubs could also send Junior Lake back down to AAA as they already have an available 40 man roster spot anyway.

Looking a little further ahead, the Cubs could call up Jorge Soler by season's end as well,  By the last two weeks you could have a lineup that goes like this...

  1. Arismendy Alcantara, CF
  2. Chris Coghlan, LF
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Starlin Castro, SS
  5. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  6. Javier Baez, 2B
  7. Jorge Soler, RF
  8. Welington Castillo, C

Of course, I put Valbuena there to take some pressure off the rookies and balance the lineup, not because he is the long term solution there.

It's really happening.

The Cubs are suddenly turning into must-see baseball.

I had a twinge of nostalgia just now thinking about my first experiences seeing Baez play for the Peoria Chiefs back in early June of 2012.

And, lastly, we have this fun graphic from @thehistoryrat...

 

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  • Wow, can't believe it.

  • It's time....

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    I think we all know Javier was close to being MLB ready. If he does well... I'm sure the FO will be able to lock him up long term. I really think the Lester trade played a big part in how the remaining season will be played out. Since we're no longer worried about a protected pick: 1-get him some experience, 2-raise some short term cash for the renovation by filling the seats. 3-show the free agents how bright the Cubs future is. The FO certainly picked an interesting series to call him up. Hope he pulls off a massive HR.

  • In reply to jkcutback:

    I seriously doubt that your point 2 has ANYTHING to do with it.

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    I doubt the Lester trade had any impact on what happens either

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    First, lets be clear that Baez clearly earned the promotion. I just think there were a lot of benefits to promoting him now. It would be foolish to think our front office didn't take those ideas, as well as many others, into consideration when making the decision. This move will certainly boost attendance in August and September. If Theo is looking to spend significant dollars on free agents, along with the renovation this off season, they could use the extra income. As for Lester, I'm not sure we can prove it one way or the other. But I respect your opinion.

  • In reply to jkcutback:

    I never said he didn't earn it.

    I seriously doubt Theo makes player development decisions based on ticket sales. Lester has absolutely nothing to do with this. You're delusional if you think that is the case. Do you really think Lester will sign based on what Baez does in Aug/Sept? Lester will sign with whomever gives him the most $$$ period.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Calm down man - he said it may not be the case but there is a case to be made that not tanking this year could help FA. There is a reason why Samardzija wasn't re-signing with the team. The team being awful does come into play whether FA's want to come here or not.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    It is. And if he is going to have to struggle and do his typical bit of adaptaion to his new playing level - I would much rather have him do it this season, when there's no chance of the growing pains being a big contributor to the team's overally need to win.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    It is. And if he is going to have to struggle and do his typical bit of adaptaion to his new playing level - I would much rather have him do it this season, when there's no chance of the growing pains being a big contributor to the team's overal need to win.

  • In reply to drkazmd65:

    Aaaarrrrg,.... I hate double posts,...... :P

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    This should go a long way towards defining our expectations for next year, AGAIN! t That is the most painful phrase in my lexicon.

  • In reply to BLOOMIE1937:

    I'm expecting fans expectations to be unrealistic. Sorta like Junior Lake times 10...

    I'm expecting Javy to strike out a lot and hit several BOMBS out onto Waveland & Sheffield Ave's. He will also make a few web gems with the glove, and a few early-Castro'esque turds...

    But as fans, we tend to see what can be, and expect that as the norm.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Javy has struggled at the beginning of every level. The majors will probably be the same. But after a month or two of struggling, he was dominating. I am hoping that will repeat itself with the Cubs.

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    YAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

  • Soler within two weeks. No bryant or Russell until Opening Day 2015.

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    In reply to Greyhound Glory:

    Think Russell will be a tad bit longer than that.

  • In reply to Jackson Scofield:

    Yeah, I agree... Russell doesn't need to be on that fast of a track now. Soler maybe Sep. 1, in my opinion unless they get an injury before that.
    The Kool-Aid is being a little overserved... LoL. I hope to see Bryant opening day next season though. That will be a nice lineup to watch for sure. Add some starting pitching & wah lah... a young, competitive team.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    If...IF Baez has agreed in principle to an extension that takes him to 2022 then the pressure is great for Bryant to make a similar move which would be mean a revolution in Boras's world. Boras will go down kicking and screaming. I think if this extension goes through as rumored it is about the FO and organization getting everyone on board for one goal.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    Boras represents Bryant, Russell, Almora, McKinney, etc...

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    The magic ingredient. "Starting Pitching". Ill forgive the incredibly idiotic trade of Samardjia when I see some.

  • This is great for Baez and the Cubs but dammit, I have tickets for the Iowa game tomorrow! Hopefully Russell gets brought up from AA.

  • In reply to Holy Cattle:

    Yeah, I feel the same way. Still looking forward to Tuesday night's game but would be great if Russell takes his place (don't see it happening, but maybe for the playoff run...)

  • In reply to hawkmcd:

    Never mind, I'm going to tomorrow night's game so I feel better now.

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    WooooooooooHoooooooooooooo!

    Just got out of my wheelchair and did an Irish Jig! The future is being revealed before us.......

  • In reply to bocabobby:

    lol but I agree Go Cubs!

  • He just has to adjust pitch to pitch to survive in the majors. I wouldn't be surprised if he sees a steady diet of curve balls, sliders, and change ups....oh wait, those don't work that well in the high air in Denver. This should be a very interesting week indeed!

  • In reply to historyrat:

    Lets see-the ball travels an avg of 7% further in the light air of Colorado-so Javys 450 ft bomb becomes 492 ft-hmmmmm.

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    Yes! At last!

  • hammer: dropped.

  • Congratulations to the young man! He's worked hard, gradually adjusted his approach at the plate at each level and adapted to a new position. Well deserved! Go get em' Javy!

  • I always thought if they didn't call him up this season, they'd be trading him in the offseason. (Not worth the gamble to devalue a prospect if your intent is to trade him). Good for the FO, and good for Javy

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    Good, now just send down Alcantara so he still counts as a prospect next year and makes for an even better looking list. We're blowing our #1 farm ranking by calling these guys up. /troll

  • I just gave a big woohoo at my workplace. Now everyone is looking at me funny and I don't care!

  • i can hear Harry from beyond the clouds: "LET'S GET SOME RUNS..!"

  • I would not have guessed this happening right now. John, did Javy and his new agent sign a long term deal? Either way this is exciting.

  • In reply to John57:

    ??

    I can think of only one instance where a team bought out a players control years before the kid ever played a single MLB game.

  • In reply to Cubswin4harry:

    Didn't the cubs give Soler 9 yr deal before he ever played in the minors?

  • In reply to stix:

    Ha. drafted player. We all know the IFA process is very different.

  • In reply to Cubswin4harry:

    John had an article a couple weeks ago saying Javy could come up this year instead of next year if the Cubs and his agent got creative with a contract. Guess the FO isn't that worried about the 40 man roster/protecting some prospect plus the service time stuff. They must think the development for Javy in the majors right now is more important. Is very exciting.

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    I would expect a September 1st call up but this is amazing. Starting service time early they must think he is ready now. I hope he does well, both for his sake and for the Cubs. Oh and I guess this means Alcantara plays center.

  • In reply to BubbaMike:

    In regards to the service time, I'm betting they have already had favorable discussions with him about signing an extension.

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    I wonder which of his objectives he hit on his plan to get called up.

  • In reply to Stomper90:

    +1

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    I will be going to the game tomorrow. I wasn't planning on it because I just switched jobs and am going without a paycheck this month. But some things just can't be missed. Will try to sneak down and get a picture or two but may be relegated to rock pile seats.

  • What about his service time? Should they
    sign him to a 6-8 yr contract now?

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I really don't understand why and when the service time argument entered the narrative for Javy this season. The plan was always to have him up in Chicago at some point this season. If you would have asked anyone whether the Cubs would have called him up in August at the beginning of the season, the response would have been an automatic yes.

    Calling up Russell, Bryant and Javy all next season and having them on the same service time clock is not a good thing. What if none of them choose to sign team friendly extensions prior to FA? Then you have two to three guys looking for huge money at the same time and it limits your options. Spreading it out where you only have to worry about one or two at the same time is a good thing.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    Correct. His struggles early caused the delay in his callup.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    the sooner the better, imo.

  • 80 grade excitement! 80 grade anticipation for this moment. I am so excited. Do you think Russell will get moved to Iowa now? (please say no!) I am going to see the Smokies 5 games in a row this month.

  • In reply to Tide23:

    Let me know where your sitting Tide. I'll stop by and say hi! East Tennessee Cubs fans unite!

  • In reply to Aggravated Battery:

    haha, I wish I was making it to East Tennessee for a series. I live in Montgomery and the Smokies are playing the Biscuits later in August. The last time I made it to the Knoxville area was to see my beloved Crimson Tide play the Vols in 2008. Next year I will try and make my way to Kodak for a few games.

  • In reply to Tide23:

    Oh. I thought they were in town all week. Just tonight.

  • In reply to Tide23:

    How I envy you!

  • In reply to Alabama Cubs Fan:

    haha, I am pretty excited. The Smokies only come to Montgomery one series a year because of being in opposite divisions. I am not going to miss any of the 5. I don't care if it is hotter than the 3rd layer of Hell (and it will be because this is Montgomery). The series is August 17-21 in Montgomery if anyone in the Alabama or South is interested in catching a game.

  • In reply to Tide23:

    I'm a little north of Birmingham, but the Smokies won't be back to B'ham or Huntsville again this year. It's worth the drive to catch a few of these prospects before they move to corn country!

  • Russell takes Baez's place in Iowa? How long until we see Soler?

  • In reply to Ike03:

    September. Hes already on the 40 man and under a ML contract anyway. Soler power and Baez bashing.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    And to help fellow Denners:

    Soler...rhymes with Olé

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    In reply to Cubswin4harry:

    It's actually pronounced "soul-air"

  • In reply to Mike Partipilo:

    I could use some soul air.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    You get some come September. Just in time for the Bears season. Heck, Soul air could probably be a TE on the Bears.

  • Go get em Javi!

  • Cookies....and unicorns....I sound like a teenage boy in the presence of hot girls

  • Within two weeks the outfield will be Coughlin, Alcontara, and Soler.

  • In reply to Greyhound Glory:

    Baseball Porn

  • Cool. Cool. Cool.

    No reason to skip watching Cubs games moving forward.

  • I was out this last weekend, did Starlin get injured?

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    In reply to couch:

    According to the Cubs last night, no.

  • John, do you know who gets bumped out of the 25 man roster? I'm just hoping it's not because Castro is injured.

  • I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced so I came straight here to see what was going on.

  • In reply to lokeey:

    Those voices were Cardinals fans.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    LOLOLOLOL

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    Well said!

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    He started dominating AAA after making necessary adjustments.

  • STUCK...AT..WORK...NEED...TO...TELL...SOMEONE....YESSS!!!!!!

  • Holy Cow!!! I thought they would leave him in Iowa for the playoff run, but I think it is more important for him to get his shot now. He now can get the kinks out and become adjusted to the big leagues. Then next year we can hit the ground running! I know I'm drinking the Cubbie Kool-Aid, but if the Cubs can get someone like Lester, and then add Soler opening day,Bryant soon after, and Russel later in the year, then I think we could have a very competitive 2015 team.

  • Javy in Colorado? This should be fun! (I hope) The cavalry is coming!
    I think Russell isn't far away from being called up to AAA as well, and of course Soler is also a possibility in Sept. (or before). Alcantara holding his own in CF and with the bat. Castro & Rizzo playing like All-Stars. Arrieta evolving into a TOR starter. Hendricks looking like a keeper... I fully expect to be fighting it out for the Wild Card next year....also with the Cubs winning lately and playing decent, it makes sense that Epstoyer would be much more willing to bring the prospects up without putting a ton of pressure on them and without subjecting them to a culture of losing. I will gladly exchange some draft spots to see our young core succeed the rest of the way.

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    ...and Sahadev Sharma answers what I was thinking regarding Russell. I had assumed he would play in the AFL but looks like he might not join the Iowa Cubs, but then again things can change and sources can be wrong sometimes...

    Sahadev Sharma ‏@sahadevsharma 8m
    Hearing it's unlikely that Addison Russell moves up to AAA this season. Probably wraps up year at AA then plays in an offseason league.

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    This is great news to hear. The move to 2nd base was a big clue it was coming soon. Castro's comments yesterday seemed to indicate he new Baez may be on his way. Being in Montana I normally go to Denver to watch Cubs/Rockies games. But my cousin in Denver is getting married in two weeks so I'm going then. I'm gonna have to raise hell with him now for keeping me from seeing Javy's debut. lol

  • Javy hits a bomb in his first at bat and then turns in a web gem at 2nd...can't get a ticket to Wrigley until 2025.

  • yaaaay. best news ever. i just hope he comes up and tries to enjoy himself and not solve world hunger (put to much pressure on himself)

  • Woo-hoo!

  • The Future Is Now

  • Joke on the Score; Jim Hendry called and advised giving Baez a 10 year, $200 million dollar contract with a no-trade clause.

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    In reply to Aggravated Battery:

    In a few years that might look like a great deal! :-)

  • The light at the end of the tunnel is slowly becoming blinding...

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    Cubs W-L Percent in April was .364, May .406, and since June has been .474. If they can finish the year playing .460 they get 71 wins - probably still top 5 pick but not #1. What Javy and Soler do to this equation (I think Alcantara has already skewed it) is to be determined. But .500 clearly in reach next year.

  • It is like Christmas, I cant wait until tomarrow night.

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    AWESOME!!!!! Everybody on Waveland better duck!!!

  • In reply to Ralph Larosa:

    And the buildings had better have there insurance premiums paid. Im sure those rates will be climbing SOON.

  • I just checked into my hotel in Omaha! I missed him by a day in Tennessee as well. I had better not go to Wrigley to see Javy!!

  • Sorry, guys, but a little cold water may be necessary. It just might take Javy some time to adjust to major-league pitching. In fact, his call-up might have more to do with letting him go through those struggles THIS year so he doesn't become next year's Mike Olt. I'm excited, but we probably should hold off the HOF balloting for at least a month.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I agree. It's the ideal situation for him. He's going to struggle - almost all of them do. He needs this time to see what he's up against. Good move by the FO.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Do you tell your kids what you got them for Christmas before they open the wrapping paper?

    Admit it, you do.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    Haha, This ^^^^^

  • Though I have to say I am a little worried about Wood's start in Col

  • Javy hits 5th?

  • In reply to sdwyer11:

    good question.
    Coghlan
    Alcantara
    Rizzo
    Castro
    Baez?

  • In reply to Burns0128:

    my guess is he hits lower as to not put pressure on him and allow him to ease into MLB pitching.

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    In reply to IowaCubbie:

    Wouldn't be surprised to see him hitting second.

    Alcantara
    Baez
    Rizzo
    Castro

  • In reply to Restless:

    he will not hit second...thats for sure. too many K's, too much power

  • In reply to ChiTownD:

    they could put him up there similar to how they had Lake up there so he would see more fastballs. either way, I don't think he hits in his "long term" position in the order, they will have him in the best spot to get fastballs to hit. In front of Rizzo would probably do that for you.

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    In reply to ChiTownD:

    It's not a long term spot for him, but it's the best protection for him right now. He'll see better pitches hitting ahead of Rizzo/Castro than he will ahead of Castillo/Schierholtz etc.

  • In reply to Restless:

    Coghlan is red hot... smokin' hot!! Better than average speed. No reason to move him out of the two hole.

  • So tempted to catch a flight to Denver for tomorrow's game

  • August 4, 2014. The date will go down in history. The long 5 year wandering through the dark that has characterized the Rickett's ownership is finally over. The Cubs are relevant again in Chicago sports and mlb!

  • In reply to Rosemary:

    RE: "The long 5 year wandering through the dark that has characterized the Rickett's ownership is finally over."

    I'd say it was just the opposite. The Cubs new regime went into this with eyes wide open. They flipped on the lights, and realized that the bar was in shambles, everyone was drunk, the girls were all ugly, and the bartenders were stealing from the till...it was like the baseball version of Roadhouse with Hoyer as Wade Garrett and Theo as Dalton.... except for Hoyer didn't need to die before change could happen...just the product on the field for a short while.

  • IT'S TIME

  • !!!!!
    An added bonus is (hopefully) less Sweeney or Schierholtz in the OF and AA in CF with Ruggiano and Coghlin on the flanks.

  • DFA Schierholtz and try and work out a deal like with Barney??

  • In reply to ChiTownD:

    DFA Jackson and schierholtz plzzzz

  • In reply to ChiTownD:

    May not be likely, but I wonder if the Giants would be interested in claiming Schierholtz after releasing Colvin and Uggla? Just a thought.

  • I hope the struggles and adjustment period, which WILL occur, are short and a learning experience. I will do my best to be patient and will be supportive and remember that this is just a learning period for NEXT year and beyond. GO CUBS !!!!

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    Seems like a really odd move.

    Don't get me wrong, it's crazy exciting.

    But when Barney was traded just a few DAYS ago, Hoyer specifically said Javy was not coming up. And the whole contract thing goes without saying.

    Either way, should be fun seeing him knock around Coors.

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    In reply to Giffmo:

    I don't believe Hoyer said that they won't bring Baez up but rather that the recent moves would not alter the development plans for Baez. I guess it was their subtle way of telling us that we might see Javy soon....... lol

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    In reply to bocabobby:

    He was asked if Barney's trade meant they were calling up Baez and he said no. They even pit Valaika on the 40 man.

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    In reply to Giffmo:

    He said it didn't necessarily mean Javy would be called up, but that they still had a lot to discuss about the roster after the deadline...

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    In reply to bocabobby:

    This sounds to me like reading tea leaves.

  • I would think it's likely DFA for Schierholtz or Lake being sent down. Valaika is main infield back-up with Alcantara playing mostly CF.

  • In reply to atd22:

    They need a 40 man roster spot. Sending Lake down won't do that without someone else being DFA'd

  • In reply to stix:

    Bye Sheer Holes.

  • In reply to stix:

    Lake is by definition already on the 40-man roster. Baez takes the last open 40-man roster spot.

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    In reply to stix:

    i think they are at 39 now. they could send lake down and buy a few more days/ a week before having to dfa someone when fujikawa is ready.

  • Yes, Baez makes it 40. They still need to make room on the 25-man roster. DFA'ing Schierholz, for example, makes room for Javy on the 25-man and Fujikawa on the 40-man

  • I also want to say what a great 3 months it has been for the Cubs entire organization. Rewind to the middle of May and I was actually a little worried. Javy, AA, and Almora were all struggling. Soler was injured and seemed like he would never be able to stay healthy. The only bright spot in the minor leagues from our big prospects was Bryant. In these last 3 months Javy and AA have gotten hot and then been promoted. Soler got healthy and Byrant has continued to mash. Plus we added top end talent with Schwarber, Russel, and McKinney. As Jed said, 'progress isn't linear.' These 3 months have been off the charts!!!

  • In reply to Peter Chicago:

    Very true.

  • HOLY...! Wow, the Cubs just became appointment TV.

  • I going to go see Russell tonight...maybe for the last time in AA?

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    Hmmm.A young home run hitter making his mlb debut in Denver.

  • Whos showing the game tomorrow? Must see TV.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    CSN+ or MLB extra innings

  • In reply to stix:

    ty stix. Guess Im going to Buffalo wild wings tomorrow.

  • I bought a ticket to the Cubs game on Tuesday 10 minutes before this news broke! Pretty pumped to see this game!

  • In reply to David23:

    Come to think of it, Maybe Id better call my sister and ask her if the Cubs are home labor day weekend.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    Cubs come home on Labor day vs brewers

  • And I... got... TICKETS!!!!!!

    Saw Javy during both series' at Co Springs this year. His advancement from the first to the second series was remarkable. His progress over the past month has been great. This was well-earned.

    I would assume Javy replaces Sweeney and Schierholtz in any given lineup. I'd say that's a pretty good idea. Probably going to see Schierholtz waived.

  • In reply to HackWilson09:

    We expect a full progress report on Weds.

  • In reply to HackWilson09:

    Lucky you! Man...wish I could be there. I enjoy Colorado and the west in general.

  • I had been considering driving the five hours to Denver to catch tomorrow's game. This pretty well settles it.

  • In reply to TheSinisterUrge:

    might as well get a hotel room and catch the early thursday game, too.

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    Sadly, mandatory meetings on Thursday...

  • Sweet.

  • Wrigley field just became a destination again. At least by way of my TV. The whole experience of watching the MLB Cubs just got a big boost.

  • In reply to Bilbo161:

    People will start showing up for BP again.

    And once Soler and Bryant get there it will be just like the old Sammy Sosa, Glenallen Hill days.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    Thanks for reminding me MJ. I was at the game where Glenallen Hill hit the apartment building across the street.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    I watched the two of them take BP in the Metrodome one year and both them were hit multiple balls off the back wall behind the stands in LF. One of the craziest things I have ever seen. I din't like what performance enhancing drugs did once the games started, but the entertainment value during batting practice was awesome.

  • Double sweet. It is tempting to just drop everything now, fly to Colorado, and buy tix for the entire series. Some of my fellow bloggers are doing just that (you rule!), but my wife will not be happy (out of vacation time).

    As for where to bat Javy, I say buy him a fake mustache, and use him multiple places! We could have the non-mustache spot (say #2) and then the pro-mustache spot (#7). The trick is to keep the spots far enough apart that mustache won't bat when non-mustache is still on base. I think it can work.

  • My preseason prediction that Javy finishes second on the Cubs in HRs behind Rizzo is still very much in play. I figure Castro finishes with 15 or 16. That gives Javy 42 games to hit 16 or 17. Totally plausible with the way he is swinging the bat of late.

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    In reply to mjvz:

    You're not serious... Right?

  • In reply to Giffmo:

    Half serious. When I made the predicition before the season I assumed he would be getting a late June promotion after the Super Two date, so I can't say I am still optimistic about it.

    I'm not one of the people that believe Javy is automatically going to struggle for two months every time he gets called up though. Will I be surprised if he struggles? No. Will I be surprised if he hits 15+ HR the rest of the season? No. As long as he is making contact, the guy can get in a HR groove the same way Soriano could.

  • And doesn't Addison Russell need a promotion to AAA? We need a shortstop up there.

  • In reply to HackWilson09:

    They had just promoted Soto to AAA, but I hope Russell is heading to AAA

  • to quote the vp, "this is a big f@#$%g deal."

  • I am still in a daze. As much as I heard the whispers, as much as I speculated about it, I'm still stunned -- in a good way.

    Tomorrow cannot come soon enough.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    tomorrow's 8-hr day will seem like 16 hrs.

    updated grocery list:
    beer
    peanuts

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    Ha! That'll work.

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    Potato chips. Pizza. Be like watching a Bears game.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John, you're like a kid in a candy store! Fun to watch.

  • I can't stop staring at that lineup with baez and soler in it

  • Love they are calling up Baez. Here is what I would like to see In the next two years..

    1B) Rizzo
    2B) Alcantara
    SS) Russell
    3B) Baez
    LF Bryant
    CF Almora
    RF Soler
    C) ?
    That just makes me smile. Obviously, no Castro. I'm in the trade him for pitching camp. Wait until you know what you have in Russell and Baez. I know there will be some guys that don't make it but it's fun to dream. Best part is every day it looks more and more like reality.
    Thoughts?

  • In reply to Naf023:

    Make Castro a catcher. This FO can do it.

  • In reply to Oneear:

    Make Baez the catcher. He's already been one.

  • In reply to Moonlight:

    Not since he was 16...

  • In reply to Naf023:

    Castillo will likely still be the catcher.

    After the Mets series on the 18th, the Cubs don't play any bums for the rest of the year. Javy's gonna get his feet wet vs. good teams.

    If he's successful it bodes very well for the future.

  • In reply to Naf023:

    Yes, it's true that all the guys probably will not make it. But, what if that list of those that don't make it is: B. Jackson, Olt, Vitters, Lake etc? I can see all of the upper crust making it. Not saying they will, just that it is possible. Don't Stop Believing.

  • John, Maybe this could be a good question for a giveaway?

    When will Javier Baez hit his first MLB home run and how far will it travel?

    Baez hits his first MLB Homer in the high altitude of Coors Field (even though he won't need it) and it travels 409 ft. I even think he does it 1st game because that seems to be a common occurrence with out newly promoted "super" prospects.

    Anyone else have a guess?

  • In reply to IowaCubbie:

    426ft

  • In reply to IowaCubbie:

    hmmm...I don't know what I have to give away. I have some bobble heads :)

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Giveaway or not, it is certainly fun!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    You can give away free subscriptions to Cubs Den. :) Seriously, the content that you guys put out is far and away the best anywhere. You guys are on the money with so many of the rumors and speculation that I'm convinced that you're really Theo and Moody is Jed.

  • In reply to IowaCubbie:

    Ok, I'll give you a two-fer, I'm guessing Javy hits his first and 2nd homeruns in the 2nd game in Colorado, Wed, Aug.6th. The first one a line drive rocket shot to Left at 398' and the 2nd a bomb to Left-Center at 420'. I think their will be some nerves in the 1st game...he might only hit a double. ;-)

  • In reply to IowaCubbie:

    first at bat. 465 ft. Dead Center!

  • In reply to IowaCubbie:

    425 in Wrigley-add in 7% for altitude- about 443 ft.

  • any word on the corresponding roster moves need with the big league club? Schierholtz DFA'd?

  • In reply to stpetecub:

    My guess is Schierholtz DFA/minor trade (i.e. for cash considerations)

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    We don't of course know if any waiver claims have gone down. I would expect so.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    No need to do either, from what I can tell. Cubs 40-man roster currently sits at 41, with Fujikawa and McDonald on the 60-day DL, meaning they aren't counted against the roster. McDonald won't come off the 60-day DL this year and, while Fujikawa will, you can add Baez now and still add Fujikawa to the roster when his DL stint is over.

  • In reply to JB88:

    Still need to make room on the 25-man roster. Hence, Schierholz.

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    They could option a reliever back to Iowa.

    But ultimately, I think Nate is gone.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Yes, true, but given how we (they?) have had a 13-man staff most of the year, and given how the FO has indicated that they do not want to push the BP arms (eg Ramirez), I would guess a position player gets moved/DFA'ed. Schierholz is the logical choice.

    We are in the waiver period, and I have to assume the Cubs have placed a number of players on the wire. Somebody unexpected could have been claimed.

    It makes sense - at least to me - that the Baez promotion is somehow tied to a waiver deal. Losing someone from the 25-man both makes room for Javy-baby and for Fujikawa on the 40-man. Rusin would then be sent down to make way for Fujikawa.

    I am sure all this is obvious to you, HD.

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    I'm not disagreeing with you in theory. Just saying that the BP is well rested now with today off. So if a deal is NOT in place, they could opt to send an arm down for the first day or two.

    The reality is until the rosters expand, I'd expect several of the fringe BP arms to be riding that Des Moines to Chicago shuttle pretty frequently.

  • All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.
    All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.
    All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.
    All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.
    All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.
    All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.
    All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.
    All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.
    All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.
    All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.
    All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.
    All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.
    All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.
    All work and waiting for Javy makes Mike a dull boy.

    I am so cussing excited right now. How am I supposed to be expected to work the rest of today? Or tomorrow for that matter?

    I should just put in for tomorrow off and start driving to Denver.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    LOL!

  • In reply to mjvz:

    HAHA nice

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    If they call up Olt and give him some playing time, he will finish second on the team in homers. With all the hitting coming up, you could probably live with a lower average Olt at third because he plays good defense and produces runs. Bryant could play left. I tend to agree that one of Castro, Russell or Baez gets traded for pitching eventually. Castro has been very good defensively though. Did we ever really believe he would have an errorless streak of more than 30 games?

  • In reply to Terry Huebner:

    He'll get a second chance in September

  • In reply to Terry Huebner:

    Maybe... Olt needs to stay where he is until he works through his hitting issues. There's no point in bringing him back up to fail.

  • In reply to Terry Huebner:

    He had an errorless streak longer than 30 games last year.

  • for those who missed the twitter feed to the right, john linked to his 2012 writeup of baez which is great (and some great comments, too):

    http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2012/06/observations-on-javier-baez/

    i laughed from the imagery of asking for a player to toss a ball while you hold a beer in each hand...

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    oops, missed the addition in the narrative above.

    to atone, here's a link with baez's spray chart for 2014:

    http://mlbfarm.com/player.php?player_id=595879&position=SS

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    Haha! I forgot about the Burke baseball thing.

  • Oh Baby! I just got back from a meeting and see this post!

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Most exciting day for Cubs fans since I don't know when.

    One small step for a Cub, one giant leap for Cubfandom!

    And I have my tickets to Friday's 3:05 game -- Baez's first at Wrigley! Yes! Yes! Yes!

    It's good to be alive!

  • In reply to TTP:

    TTP- I'll be there for the debut also- save your ticket stub!!!!!!
    Cub history is changed forever!

  • I'll be at the game Friday afternoon. What a combo. Baseball in the sunshine, Javy making his Wrigley debut, the 26th Anniversary of Wrigley Night Lites and a Sutcliff bobblehead.

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    Adam Russell, anyone? 7 k/9 1.46 bb/9 3.95 era - released by the Reds.

  • In reply to SKMD:

    I don't think so. He's a 31 AAA player who hasn't been in the big leagues since 2011.

  • I was just on the phone with my fiance', who I am marrying this Saturday, and I read the tweets about Baez's call up. I then squealed in her ear and shouted before I could expian what happened. She then asked me if I needed to get off the phone to read about it! This is why I am marrying her!

    Also, this will be the second greatest thing to happen to me this week outside of my wedding!!!

  • What if? What if Theo and gang never take over for Hendry. I wonder what kind of influence the current management team has had on the developement of Baez as compared to either a Hendry management team or some other team taking over for Hendry.

  • Pretty cool. Still very concerned about his high strikeout approach at the plate. But exciting nonetheless.

  • Sweet!!!

  • This is a great thing from management stand point.. shows minor leaguers. You do what's needed. You will be rewarded

  • John,

    Any thoughts as to why Baez instead of Bryant? I realize numbers aren't everything, but it seemed like Bryant was having the far better season. Also, 3B is wide open. Maybe there's more for him to work on at the defense level.

  • In reply to BBullerman:

    Bryant's and Baez's numbers were eerily similar in AA-TEN. Baez has completed his development plan in AAA, Bryant hasn't.

    Then there's some speculation about Javier changing agents to negotiate a long term deal with the Cubs whereas Bryant is represented by Scott Boras and he just signed for a $6MM+ signing bonus so... pretty much a no brainer.

  • In reply to BBullerman:

    Hoyer stated right after Bryant was drafted that he would spend this entire season in the minors. He pointed to other recently drafted advanced college bats like Evan Longoria that followed that plan and said that was the plan they intended to follow. I don't think Boras has as great of an effect as is imagined, but I wouldn't claim it is a complete non-factor either. Bryant is not going to suit up for the Cubs this season.

  • O/T, but this wreaks imilarly to the HOU FO shenanigans...

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/trainer-says-yankees-left-dominican-prospect-altar/

  • I just re-purposed this old poem for today's news:

    These are the saddest of possible words:
    "Castro to Baez to Rizzo"
    Trio of bear cubs, home runs that fly with birds,
    Castro and Baez and Rizzo.
    Ruthlessly making our pitchers' ERAs bubble,
    Ripping pitch after pitch down the line for a double –
    Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
    "Castro to Baez to Rizzo."

  • Does anyone know what changed? Just a few days ago they said his timetable was unchanged. Was this a previously hidden plan or is this based off his growing maturity at the plate?

  • In reply to MrJonesy:

    Nothing changed. They basically said at the deadline that they weren't going to call up Javy just because they happened to have a roster spot. They were going to stick to the timetable they already had in place and call him up whenever they thought he was ready.

  • In reply to MrJonesy:

    How do you know that this wasn't the timetable all along?

  • I look forward to seeing how Javier adapts to big league pitching. My guess - if history is a good predictor - he'll struggle quite a bit the first few weeks and then get it together soon enough.

    And - I would much rather his struggles get out of the way this season, where there's no real chance of the Cubs 'narrowly missing' a playoff spot because of a few slumping players.

    So now we have Hendricks, Alcantara, Baez, Rizzo, Castro, Arrietta and a few reliable bullpen arms under contract & control for several years - it's time to start seeing what develops.

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    In reply to drkazmd65:

    Don't forget about Coghlan! Former NL ROY and stud this year! He'll be a great mentor to the young guys coming up. He can talk to them about what it's like to be a ROY and he can hopefully give tips on how to avoid sucking like he did for years 2-5 of his career. He could be a GREAT placeholder until Almora makes it up in 2016!

  • In reply to Neal Overbay:

    Coghlin (and for that matter Ruggiano and Valbuena) only didn't make my 'list' above because he's not really one of the home-grown prospects Neal. Similarly - I personally think that Olt (who will make a comeback IMO) is going to have a role to play next season.

    I think that an OF composed of Ruggiano/Alcantara/Coghlin to finsh out this season is more than workable - especially once Soler comes in to give the OF some more heft to go with the existing decent speed, defense, and ability to work a count.

    I like Schierholtz - and think he is a quality guy (as a person) but it's come to be time to waive or release him with well-wishes.

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    So I'm incredibly excited about this, but is anyone else worried about is 30.0% KO% at Iowa? Everytime he jumps up a level, his KO% goes up by about 3-4% - 20.4% @ A, 24.4% first year and 23.1% second year @ A+, 28.8% @ AA, and now 30.0% at AAA (all according to Fangraphs).

    I'm just really nervous that he'll jump up and be in the 33-34% for his KO%. That's almost historically bad. Mark Reynolds has a career 32.1% KO%.

    Don't get me wrong, I understand why Baez is an elite prospect and why he has tremendous upside, but it's incredible difficult to hit better than .230 at the major league level if you're striking out more than 30% of the time.

    Like John wrote earlier this week in a daily minor league report, Bryant has been making adjustments and has cut his KO% for the week down to around 20%. I really expected to see the Cubs make Baez go through a similar adjustment before promotion.

    Can anyone offer more insight? Do you guys have an historical example of someone who had a crazy high KO% in the minors but still went on to be a perennial all-star in the majors like Baez projects to be?

    Call me a cynic, but I'm really worried that Baez won't be as dominant as we hope he will.

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    In reply to Neal Overbay:

    It's always going to be something he struggles with but since May 15th it's only been 26.9%. Since July 1, 24.3%. He's making significant progress on this.

    Giancarlo Stanton struck out in 26.4% of his minor league at bats.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Wow really? I knew he was turning his offensive game around and was hitting for a better average and power, but I didn't know that that's what his KO% was! That makes me feel a lot better. And a Giancarlo Stanton-esque second baseman would bring tears of joy on a regular basis!

    For my own purposes, I'm wondering: Where did you get his KO% since specific days? Is that from another article or is there some online database where you can sort stats by a certain time period?

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    In reply to Neal Overbay:

    There's the hard way and the easy way. The hard way is to read his individual game numbers into Excel and calculate it yourself (the individual game numbers can be found on minorleaguecentral.com or baseball reference). The easy way is to go to baseball reference. His page is now, by default, his minor league page. Go to gamelogs and splits for the year you want. Then just control+click on any two games and BBR will summarize his stats between those two games.

  • In reply to Neal Overbay:

    His K rate has to be a concern but he is ready for his opportunity so lets see what he can do.

    He may only end up being a .230 hitter but their will be real power there and if he can keep an OBP up around .320 that will be very good for our 2B guy. I seriously doubt he ever hits near .280 on a consistent basis.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    oops !!! wrong "their" in my previous post.

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    In reply to bleachercreature:

    That's true. If Fangraph's prediction of 45+ HRs a year holds true for Baez, I don't care what his KO% or BA is. .230 BA with 45 HRs and 110+ RBI is plenty fine for me :P

  • In reply to Neal Overbay:

    I know it isn't what we all hope, but think about what you just said this way: Would you be happy with Mark Reynolds if he could play a good defensive second base? I think 30 MLB teams would take that.

    And that is basically Javier Baez's floor. His ceiling is Giancarlo Stanton at 2B.

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    In reply to mjvz:

    That's a great point... I guess this long run of bad Cubs prospects has made me a pessimist! haha

  • In reply to Neal Overbay:

    As of right now Javy has played nearly two MLB complete seasons worth of games in the minors (319 games). Averaged out those two seasons produce this line:

    .278 36 2B 6 3B 38 HR 119 RBI 44 BB 175 K 31/39 SB

    That is kind of a good line for a middle infielder.

  • In reply to Neal Overbay:

    He is too determined to fail

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    John,

    I am happy to say "told you so". All year I told you that you were being to conservative and until 3 weeks ago you argued, gave me a hundred reasons why it won't happen and told me I was not reasonable.

    And to all my fellow posters who jumped in to take John's side, raspberrys to you all!!!

    GO Javy, Go Cubs!

  • In reply to Randy Michelson:

    Always figured a callup of Baez was going to happen this year - just figured it wasn't going to be until September.

    I am happy to be demonstrated to be wrong on this front.

  • The graphic won't show up for me.

    Also, what number will Baez wear

  • So Javy will face Chris archer in his first home game at Wrigley.. got that from j. Greenbergs article on espn.com. also
    Fangraphs has a good article on Theo working his magic in trades.. go check em out.. my phones copy and paste is less than stellar

  • Props to Mr. Moody for saying he thought Javy was ready. From what I saw on Saturday night in Omaha he was very good at 2nd base and looked comfortable making all the plays he had to.

    I think Javy's stint in Chicago this year will be a total success. It seems like the development program for the AAA Cubs this year has been extremely positive judging by the early results of Hendricks, Wada, and Alcantara. Considering that Baez was out-producing Arismendy at the plate in Iowa for the past several months I am not concerned about his ability to adjust to major league pitching. Going up against contenders from August 18 forward will do wonders for Javy in 2015.

    What an awesome day.

  • In reply to Paulson:

    The staff here at Cubs Den is 2nd to none. Mike, John, Cat, Mauricio, all of them....outstanding work! Top notch site all the way around.

  • In reply to copinblue:

    Thanks blue!

  • All things considered, I'm shocked. I fully expected them to be in the running for a top 5 draft pick next year and to opt for the extra year of control.
    Apparently the FO believes that this team can contend next year otherwise they would have waited until September to bring him up. That is the exciting part of this move.

  • In reply to xhooper:

    Ditto, I'm pretty sure that Baez must have a handshake deal to sign an extension otherwise it just doesn't make business sense to bring him up now. I'd like to think that the front office wouldn't just give away a year of control when there is still clearly still room for improvement to be made in his game. That being said, I'm still fired up. This looks like the FO is ready to go in with guns blazing this off season.

  • Wonder what jersey number Javy will get? #6??
    I need a t-shirt!!

  • Best Javy Baez story EVER:

    http://www.thecubreporter.com/2012/04/13/baez-can-do-whatever

  • I think it was smart to call up Baez on the road.

  • So. Incredibly. Excited! Such a thrill to start seeing some of the top prospects we've read about here for the past couple years get called up. This is just the beginning...

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    Wow! Got home and pulled up the Den and see Javy coming up just makes me sooo happy. Tomorrow cannot get her fast enough. Felzy, I know you're smiling. Onward!

  • Sam won't have any problems getting friends to accompany him to the Friendly Confines ever again...

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    Great news..... Any idea on if an extension is forthcoming or will the FO just see how it plays out?

  • What is really cool is the amount of excitement this call-up has generated today. Now take what has just occurred and multiply that for each big time prospect left to be promoted.... Bryant, Soler, Russell, Edwards, Johnson, Almora, Schwarber, McKinney, Rivero, Black, etc. Holy balls-

  • So ... anything new in the Cubs world?

    I was at work all day and didn't have time to catch up.

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    In reply to Average Samaritan:

    no, not really... :-)

  • Baez, in his demeanor alone, reminds me of another Chicago athlete you may have heard of, a guy by the name of Michael Jordan. They both seem to have the same kind of attitude and approach to their respective sports in their aggressiveness and search for a weakness that an opponent has, or a mistake that an opponent makes... and when they see it, watch out.

    My hope is that Baez, like Jordan, can channel that aggression with intellect, and reach the highest ceiling of his potential.

    But that's all long term, short term, I hope he goes 4-4 on Tuesday with 4 home runs or the cycle...

  • In reply to Henry Loose:

    Jordan? Had to go there, huh? Please. Stop.

    COZ

  • In reply to C COZ:

    I did say in demeanor alone.

  • Very exciting news. I already had tickets for Tuesday and Thursday here in Denver. Now I may have to skip my softball game Wednesday to see the whole series. The beauty of baseball in Colorado, plenty of cheap tickets always available. I'll see if I can get some souvenirs to send you for a giveaway.

    Speaking of cycles, I got to see Tulo hit for the cycle against the Cubs here in Denver (courtesy of Soriano for the triple).

  • In reply to CWilli:

    I saw Cargo go for the cycle off the Cubs a few years back. (Is that what you're thinking of) He completed it with a walk off. A walk off homer for the cycle hadn't happened in 25 years. It was fun as a baseball fan to watch, but stunk as a Cubs fan.

  • I just watched Olt look horrible on several curves and then the pitcher throws a FB and he jacks it for a double. For Olt and, more so, Javy in the majors I would continue to throw him junk until he proves he can hit it. As excited as I am for him, the Cubs and the potential game changer, I feel he will struggle mightily at times. I see him hitting around .220-.235 for the remainder of the year but mashing some HR's. Still, very excited

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    Both the HR's that Javy hit yesterday were off breaking balls with the pitchers trying to do exactly that. Ednel Javier Baez will adapt.

  • And all this time I thought they'd wait until next May to let the clock start!

    Love the message this move sends to all of baseball - we're a big market team who is ready to win soon and we don't need to tinker with arb clocks. I'll bet Theo and Jed got the attention of a lot of FA pitchers today with this move.

    This team may have some struggles over the next year, but it's still a great time to be a Cubs fan! This should be fun to watch!

  • A mothballed MLE calculator suggests a line for Baez of .216/.263/.400/.663, but can't account for expanded September pitching rosters, which ought to inflate his numbers somewhat by season's end. Actually, if his characteristic 100 (give or take) AB adjustment to new level yields those numbers, I'm fine with that output.

    FWIW, MLE for Alcantara is .256/.295/.425/.720 (actual numbers as of today are .253/324/.407/.731).

  • I like that lineup. Minus the Luis Valbuena, though. Maybe Olt as a Sep. call up getting another look.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Valbuena has been nails for the cubbies this yr

  • Javy coming up is great and exciting news in its own right. But I'm also excited by the fact that Theo/Jed were not as wedded to the "years of control" thing as many/most here insisted they would be. I'm glad they made a baseball decision, not a money/business decision -- although the huge increase in attendance resulting from move may prompt some to say it was he other way around, especially if he struggles. No matter -- it sends a strong message to all the other prospects that they will get the call when they earn it, to hell with the Arbitration/FA clock.

    Regardless of the motivation, its a big, big day in the history of the franchise. And it will be tons of fun watching these guys grow into greatness.

    The darkness is over; dawn is upon us!

    Go Cubs!

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    In reply to TTP:

    Exactly. The myopic preoccupation with "control" is something dreamed up by the frequent commenters on this site. Of course it is a factor, but anyone who dared question the convention wisdom was scolded as a ignorant fool. The Cubs are a big market team that is about to get a nice shiny new scoreboard. They can afford to pay players like he big boy teams.

  • As Kris Bryant screams from Omaha, "What am I? Chopped Liver?".

  • What a great time it is to be a real Cubs fan. Lots of pieces coming together which portends an exciting future, but I do remind myself to expect some speed bumps ahead, just to keep myself grounded. (As if we aren't already "grounded"! But I digress.)

    For me, this call-up news has been a time to reflect on Jim Hendry. No so much on this site but in many other forums, his legacy takes a bit of a beating. What I recall, however, is despite his shortcomings, Hendry completed what for me was one of the classiest acts I've ever seen - not just in the baseball sphere, but anywhere. That is, with his job already terminated except for the actual announcement, Hendry conducted the 2011 amateur draft as though (1) he would be the general manager for many years to come, and (2) with a degree of effort and care one would expect of a first-year executive. So I'll dedicate my response to this post by saying thank you Mr. Hendry, for the classy conclusion to your Cubs legacy, and for setting your successors up with just a bit more of a head start in talent than they might have otherwise expected.

    I know that all Denizens might not agree with this sentiment, but I'll always respect Hendry's "strong finish."

  • In reply to kansasblackhawk:

    It was definitely a classy move. But I believe it was Ricketts, in his first season as owner, that opened up his checkbook and allowed Hendry to (finally) spend on the draft. Lets not forget the Hayden Simpson fiasco that the old FO got us into a year earlier.

  • In reply to kansasblackhawk:

    I got no beef with Hendry. None. He gave us 2003, 2007, 2008. All glorious seasons. And in the running in 04, 09, and a few others. He actually delivered a "sustained period of success" and his tenure is by far the most productive in the last 70 years. It's too bad the Theo sycophants don't appreciate Hendry.

  • In reply to TTP:

    Hendry gave me the best Cubs baseball of my lifetime. He built up a strong farm system over the first half of his tenure and then was given the financial resources to make the Cubs more competitive than at any time previously in the Tribune ownership. He built a strong team through FA, many shrewd trades, and a handful of really good homegrown players. The 2003 and 2008 teams were both worthy WS contenders. His last few seasons were disappointing, but he went out with class. I have no beef with Hendry either.

    I appreciate this FO too though. They aren't mutually exclusive sentiments. People can appreciate both regimes. Considering the state of the farm system, the construction of the MLB roster, and the financial restraints faced after the Ricketts purchase I believe this FO is better equipped to get the Cubs to the ultimate goal.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    No doubt they are not mutually exclusive, but I have read far too many comments on this site highly critical of Hendry and suggesting Theo's Way is the only way. Theo & Co have done a remarkable, practically unbelievable, job in restocking the farm with potentially high impact talent and its exciting for it to start bearing fruit. But I truly believe Hendry could have put together a playoff team (or two) by now. The complete tear down -- a White Flag Rebuild -- is not the only way. But we've endured the worst and let's enjoy the ride the next 8 to 10 years.

    The darkness is over; the dawn is upon us!

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to mjvz:

    My first post..Long time Cub fan..Smalley to the box seats length of time

    I am surprised by your post regarding Hendry and thestrength of the farm system. When Theo first came on board and mentioned that players start reaching their best years at 27, I went back to see who the Cubs drafted in 2004 and 2005, because those two classes should have been the backbne of the Cubs. To my amazment, of the top 10 picks in each year, tere were just 3 players still in baseball, at any level. Those were super stars, Sam Fold, Campana and another , a pitcher, whose name escapes me.

    That's how the Cubs got to be as bad as they were, top to bottom when Theo arrived

    BTW, ths is a terrific infomation site and I appreciate everyones hard work and input. I can hardly stand the wait. :)

  • In reply to chibob:

    First of all, welcome.

    The farm system was very strong in the early part of Hendry's regime. It produced Wood, Prior, Zambrano, Cruz, Farnsworth and a handful of other pitchers. It also generated Soto and Patterson who didn't have the careers we hoped, but were long time major league players. It also had a bunch of players that were highly thought of that were traded (Josh Donaldson, Dontrelle Willis, Choi, Hill, etc.) or didn't develop (Kelton) or were injured (multiple pitchers).

    Just because the system didn't have a lasting impact and the team was not able to sustain the flow of prospects did not mean it wasn't highly thought of during the late 90s and arly 2000s. The Cubs were contenders during the middle to latter parts of the Hendry era. This meant that they were trading young players to acquire MLB help which depleted the farm system, were signing FAs which depleted draft picks, and were generally directing revenue toward the big club rather than the minor league system in order to win a WS and also to help facilitate the sale of the ballclub. All of this led to a general weakening of the farm system at the end of his reign. And while the system definitely lacked depth when Hendry was fired, it did produce current MLB studs Castro, Shark, Cashner, and potentially Baez as well.

    The last couple of years Hendry was here were bitter disappointments for sure. He made some poorly timed or ill-conceived moves that kept the team in a state of slow decline as opposed to conceeding to a full rebuild. He also had allowed the scouting and analytics departments to fall way behind the industry standards technologically. But for all the losses at the end, he still oversaw the best sustained era of success in the franchise's past several decades.

  • Interesting perspective.

  • So yesterday, I just so happened to realize that I would be driving through Denver on Tuesday night and picked up a couple tickets to the game. So WAY PUMPED that it will be Baez's first mlb game. I've watched him more than a dozen times in Iowa, but it will be great to watch him get his first mlb homer on Tuesday. My only concern... the weather forecast.

  • Journeyed over to Peoria this evening to catch Kane County. They got a little less than an inning under their belts before the game was postponed due to t-storms. Mainly went to see the new additions to the Cougs roster since I last caught them in June. Here were my takeaways: Underwood was cruising along with easy 93-94 gas and 78 mph breaking stuff. The run he gave up was a fluke. The leadoff batter was tardy and slapped an opposite field double down the 3rd base line. As far as at the plate, Chesny Young had a nice RBI single up the middle. Victor Caratini didn't reach base but he definitely looks the part. Excited to see how he is going to progress.

  • It will be interesting to see how many Cubs caps adorn Coors tonight. An email or text of thanks from Rockies ownership to Jed/Theo might be coming their way.

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