Cubs Bits

Posted by Lionel on July 13, 2009.

After getting 18 innings of pro baseball plus a couple of potential future Cubs in the Futures game yesterday, the only Cubs you'll be able to see for the next three days are Ted Lilly (in the All Star game), Chris Robinson (an I-Cub in the AAA All Star game, Wednesday on the Deuce) and Sammy Sosa (in all the old HR derby's that the ESPN family of networks will be showing), so here's a few nuggets for the next few days:
  • I still can't believe that the Cubs are going with the plan of having Jake Fox be the team's #2 catcher until Geo comes back. I think recalling Fuld was just an opportunity to get another bat on the roster for the twinbill yesterday. I suspect they'll call up Chris Robinson, but wanted to wait until after the AAA All Star game. I know that sounds a bit weird, but team's realize that these guys have feelings too and they want them to get recognized for their accomplishments, instead of calling them up a few days before their All Star game.

  • The Cubs still have faith that some of those bad drafts I wrote about could still turn around. First, they re-signed Joe Simokaitis, a tenth round pick from 2005 who they released a year ago. Simokaitis, a former light-hitting SS, is trying his hand at pitching. Now the Cubs have acquired Matt Craig from the Marlins AAA system for future considerations (i.e. money) and put him in Iowa. Craig was a 3rd round pick back in 2002 who declared free agency after last season (minor leaguers who have six years service time and aren't added to the 40 man roster can declare free agency). I assume they brought him back to provide a little more depth (he can play 1st, 3rd and OF).
  • In former prospect news, the Padres received Sean Gallagher as the PTBNL in the deal that sent Scott Hairston to the A's.
  • B.J. Ryan is expected to clear waivers today and reports say that the Cubs are the leaders to land him. In fact, the Cubs are the only team I've heard showing any interest. It may allow the Cubs to have two lefties in the 'pen or could allow them to move Sean Marshall back into the rotation as the fifth starter until Dempster returns.

  • The Non-BJ Ryan Rumor Mill is starting to heat up as well. The Cubs are supposedly kicking the tires on a couple of 2-sacks. This is starting to feel like LF in 2005, when the Cubs started the year with a Todd Hollandsworth/Jason Dubois platoon, traded Dubois to the Indians for Jody Gerut, traded Gerut to the Pirates for Matt Lawton, then traded both Lawton and Hollandsworth and used Matt Murton and Jerry Hairston when they were 20+ games out of 1st place. But I digress...the Cubs have supposedly shown interest in Freddy Sanchez, Mark Teahen, and Felipe Lopez.

  • Freddy Sanchez seems like a longshot. For one, he is one of the "hotter" names out there. You'd also have to believe the Pirates still have the ARam and Kenny Lofton for Bobby Hill, Matt Bruback, and Jose Hernandez thoughts in the back of their mind, even if this is a different regime and Sanchez is 31, not 25. Then again, the Pirates fire sale is obvious and Sanchez is making $4M+ this year.

  • Mark Teahen is a guy who the Cubs have previously inquired about this offseason. He is a "super-utility" left-hander who, unlike the rest of the super-utility crap the Cubs have been acquiring, is actually healthy (he's played in all but 2 games) and having a solid season. He's hitting .294 with 9 HR's and 5 stolen bases, playing mostly the 3-sack, but also's played 1-sack, 2-sack and RF. He's 27 and making over $2M this year. I could see the Cubs making this move because they notoriously stay after players they want (is Brian Roberts still available?).

  • Felipe Lopez was an All Star and Silver Slugger as a 25 year old SS in 2005. The next year, his HR total was cut in half, but he stole 44 bags. Then spent a year and a half wasting away in Washington, but batted .385 for the Cards down the stretch last year and has a solid .302 average in Arizona this year. He has played exclusively at the 2-sack this year after playing at 6 different spots last year. He is a switch-hitter and could play SS in a pinch, something the Cubs are missing unless/until Aaron Miles comes back.

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