The Return of the Lillyhammer

The Cubs enter the Pacific Time Zone, which coincides perfectly with California native Ted Lilly's return to the Cubs. The Padres might as well just save their energy and give the Cubs this win. To make room on the roster, the Cubs optioned their entire pitching staff to Iowa1, because they won't be needed anymore (I'm auditioning for the TLFC). 

Sadly, not much else going on, the Cubs trail the Cardinals now by 5 games which is my personal benchmark for dismissing a team, at least this late in the season2. With only 3 games left between the two clubs, it's gonna take quite a streak by both clubs for the Cubs to make up that ground. The Wild Card is a little more attainable, trailing the Rockies by 3.5 games, but the Giants and Marlins are in the way and the Braves are tied with the Cubs.

I'll post lineups when they become available. Join the late-night fun in Parachat.

1 - Justin Berg was actually sent down.

2 -  Other worthy reasons to dismiss a team: the presence of Dusty Baker, Neifi Perez or Aaron Miles, batting Corey Patterson lead-off, having Ron Coomer as your first basemen, wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform (list subject to change)... 

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...and no EI for the game. so bunk...

the later-week blackouts for a team that's 4+ hours away with NO local TV coverage is bad enough.

i give these guy 180 bucks a year for what now? oh yeah, cuz the only other alternative is watching it in a bandwidth sucking and delayed feed for only a chunk less money...and still in those blackout zones.

this game isn't even a blackout zone...they just don't have a contract with either of the 2 TV stations showing the game. they used to show Ch.4 games (SD)...dunno why not anymore. it didn't stop them from tacking on an extra $20 for EI, though.

Effing WCIU. Fine, the damn game is on too late anyways.

Miles at SS = puke

Santo, (resignedly) after Miles grounds into a 3-6-3 DP: "That's all he does, hits ground balls."

When Santo rags on you, you know you're doing bad. Just lousy this year.

The Cubs seem to be ahead of the curve on signing foreign-born prospects.

At least, the Wall Street Journal thinks so.

Thank you dodgers not.

-and K Gregg, not.

Gregg you idiot how did i know ,what a waste of my time and a loss of sleep.

Bonus coverage on ESPN2.

Blanks has a Gregg-speed bat.

"Bonus" coverage.

I'm done. Kevin Gregg...just die.

Kevin. Fucking. Gregg.

Well, that was a fucking disaster.

I kinda wanna see this team get blown to hell. Sell everyone. I don't like any of 'em.

First we waterboard Hendry.

So how many of us expected gregg to blow it?

I wonder what lous thoughts right about know are(you gave me this piece of crap for a closer)

Lou is thinking "Jeez I wish I kept my mouth shut about that lefthanded b.s. and picked my belly button all winter".

ha...that wasn't kevin gregg...it was aaron heilman wearing gregg goggles

I expected the HR. Sad, but true.

2009 Chicago Cubs == Epic Fail

Yeah, Gregg sucks ass, but if this bullshit offense could manage more than a single run against such "stellar" pitching, they never would have been in this position. You look at a boxscore for the Cardinals for example, every hitter is above 300 it seems. You look at the punchless Cubs, an no hitter is above 300--and most are below 250.

Been watching the Cubs since 69, other than the awful pre-Dallas Green 80-82 abominations, this has been the most feckless Cubs offense I can ever remember. Lack of hitting is why this is a .500 team and will be staying home in October.

Jim Hendry? Work on that resume, pal.

"this has been the most feckless Cubs offense I can ever remember"

I thought the 2002 team (under mgrs Baylor and the immortal Bruce Kimm) was pretty fucking feckless. Or is that fecking fuckless?

we're now in a deeper hole than Lou's belly button.

Keep TheRiot and Soto, everyone else, pack your bags and spin the wheel.

...again, let's try the Marlins model...they have it figured out.

$140m worth of brain melting fun.

Dear Kevin Gregg...
... you fucking suck. If you were a state you would be Mississippi. If you were a president you would be Hoover. If you were an African nation you would be Sierra Leone. If you were a bottle of wine you would be 20-year old Red Dagger which has been vomited by a hobo after being stored in the groundskeeper's shed at Three Mile Island. If you were a shitty song you would be "The Way You Do The Things You Do." Douche...
... Hawkeye

this almost makes up for the loss.

.....and if you were a college man, you'd be an Iowa Hawkeye....."

/cyclone'd

As a Gopher, I find that absolutely hillarious.

... If you were a major league baseball team, you would be the Chicago Cubs.

Division? Over.

Wild Card? Good Luck.

September call-ups will be the net topic of conversation.

As I have said 20 times here in 2009: FUCK YOU HENDRY!!!

manny?

21st!!!!

On the bright side, we have 5 more years of Soriano, 2 more years of Bradley, and another year of Aaron Miles to look forward to.

I'd really like to see a serious lineup shake-up for the rest of the season. Let's see what Sam Fuld and Jake Fox can do given the opportunity to play everyday. Future potential is really all we have to keep our interest at this point, so let's give the youngsters a chance (I know Fuld isn't that young, but whatever).

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  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 10 min 15 sec ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 10 min 43 sec ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 19 min 32 sec ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 39 min 42 sec ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 13 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 1 hour 41 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 45 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 1 hour 46 min ago view
  • Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout)  he was seen as a long-term project.  

    I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • I'm with Rob G and Johann here. It's not about Chapman as a pitcher. I just don't want to have to block out a real problem (the domestic violence) in order to try to enjoy the frivolous ball and stick game.

    Charlie 2 hours 10 min ago view
  • ROB G & BOB R: You're right. The QO can only be extended if the player spends the entire previous season with one club, so only the Yankees could have offered one to Chapman (if he wasn't traded). If an Article XX-B FA is traded during the season, the new club can't offer a QO. .

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 10 min ago view