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PITCHERS: 22
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 7
Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 
 



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Derrek Lee

The Lee-Ramirez-Zambrano Cubs

Reader dcf (he of the Ron Santo for the Hall pieces from a few years back) stops by with a guest column on the Lee-Ramirez-Zambrano years


The August 18th trade of Derrek Lee to the Braves for three minor league pitching prospects represents not only the end of an era, but also the end (and to some extent the failure) of a long term strategy. For some time, the Cubs have built their team around three core players, Lee, Zambranoand Ramirez, allocating a large percentage of their available salary dollars to these players in long term contracts. This strategy has not yielded the results anyone would have hoped for.

The Derrek Lee Era

With Derrek Lee's departure to the South and front running Braves, the Cubs lost one of their finest players over the last 30 years. But just how fine was he?

I think we can agree that since 1980 (arbitrary cutoff by me, live with it) that Ryne Sandberg and Sammy Sosa are your top two Cubs depending on how much you want to dock Sosa for his alleged indiscretions. That leaves a quartet of Cubs vying for spots 3-7 among position players: Mark Grace, Andre Dawson, Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee.

Let's go to the HTML table:

Get your power failure puns elsewhere; Cubs lose 8-5

Yeeechhh! That was nasty.

Wednesday night at Wrigley, the Cubs spotted the Dodgers a 5-0 lead, squandered opportunities to get the game close or even, then did get the game close, failed to get it closer, and lost.

Here's a professional summary of the 8-5 defeat, which was interrupted by an 18-minute power outage in the fourth inning.

Some quick thoughts...

— Tom Gorzelanny struggled with his command from the outset and all in all, pitched just poorly enough to provide some public relations cover to Jim Hendry and Lou Piniella in the next few days, when, I'm thinking, they will officially yank the lefty from the rotation in favor of Carlos Zambrano.

Dempster wins, Lee hits, and Cubs blank the Dodgers

The Cubs beat the Dodgers, 3-0, on Tuesday night as Ryan Dempster outdueled Clayton Kershaw. Derrek Lee had a single, double, and two-run homer, and drove in all three Cub runs.

It was Dempster's first victory since April 23rd, Lee's first three-RBI game since April 16th, and his first three-hit game since the fourth game of the season way, way, way back on April 9th. 

Cub Bullpen Failure Is Not a Surprise

Derrek Lee crushed a two-run double, Aramis Ramirez and Tyler Colvin had two hits a piece (and Colvin also stole a base and scored two runs), and Ryan Dempster threw five innings of shutout ball before tiring in the 6th, as the Cubs and Royals played to a 5-5 tie in Cactus League action at Surprise Stadium this afternoon.

 

Kung Fu Panda Not So Cute Today

Pablo Sandoval cranked a grand slam HR into the visitor's (upper) bullpen beyond the RF fence to cap a five-run third, and Jonathan Sanchez threw three shutout innings, as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-1 in Cactus League action under partly cloudy skies at cool & breezy Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa this afternoon.

All's Wells at HoHoKam Park

Joe Inglett clubbed a two-run homer with two outs in the top of the 9th, as the Milwaukee Brewers overcame an early 3-0 deficit and defeated the Cubs 5-3 in Cactus League action at cold and rainy Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park this afternoon in Mesa.

The start of the game was delayed almost an hour as a noon-time downpour flooded HoHoKam Park. But the rain did stop, and the dark clouds gradually broke apart, even allowing the sun to shine through by mid-game.

Five Cub Home Runs Doom A's

Tyler Colvin went 3-3 with two doubles and a solo HR, Derrek Lee and Marlon Byrd singled and homered, Sam Fuld blasted a two-run home run, Brad Snyder ripped a 450+ foot solo HR, Kosuke Fukudome doubled and singled, Starlin Castro tripled, and five Cubs pitchers combined to throw a three-hitter, as the Cubs drubbed the Oakland A's 9-3 in front of 7,496 fans at the 2010 Cubs Cactus League Opener at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in sunny & breezy Mesa this afternoon.

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Derrek Lee Missed the Memo

From the Daily Herald:

"I don't think that was our problem last year," Lee said of bad chemistry. "I just think we didn't play good baseball, and the injuries mounted up on us."

Woah, Woah, Woah! Slow down there, Derrek! I realized you were one of the last team members to make it to Arizona so you might have missed the welcome packet, but please take a look at it, particularly page three on "Talking to the Media" and the subsection on "Discussing 2009":

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    cubs post a "funny meme" about nico + dansby calling themselves "nickle and dimes"

    the replies, as expected by everyone but the cubs social media team, heavily lean toward ricketts + jed being upset their nicknames got stolen.

    they need to start reading the room before posting.

  • crunch (view)

    i'm still shocked the owners/players agreed to threshold "tax."  the owners would love a cap, but the players are dead set on that never happening.

    as it stands the penalty is a "tax" on NYC and LA teams, and BOS since they choose to blow through it so much.

    going 20-40m over the cap isn't destructive to the teams, even with multipliers.  DET and SF has done this multiple times.  the times the cubs did it didn't hurt any future endeavors...such as buying up Wrigleyville property or Nebraska politicians.

  • Craig A. (view)

    Except the penalties for repeatedly exceeding the thresholds make it more like a cap and less like socialism for billionaires.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Dominic Smith is likely ticketed for Extended Spring Training in April to rehab from January hand surgery (hamate), then AAA Iowa once he is ready to roll. He isn't a post-2023 Article XX-B MLB FA like David Peralta so he doesn't get the automatic Opening Day opt-out if he doesn't make the Opening Day MLB 26-man roster, but he very likely has one or more contractual opt outs during the course of the season if he isn't added to the 40 (like Jorge Alfaro likely has). Note that also like Jorge Alfaro, Dominic Smith is an Article XIX-A player (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time) so he cannot be sent to the minors (optioned or outrighted) without his consent if he is added to the 40 at some point in 2024.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Minor league vet deals aren't hugely important. These guys probably won't factor in much to the season.

    So, Smith & Peralta shouldn't take away one AB from a young MLB ready top prospect who needs MLB experience. Someone who might do what the DBacks prospects did in 2023.

    Right?

    Because the Cubs have never tried to rely on aging vets to keep people's hopes up.

    Right?

    Counsel wouldn't sign on for that, right? Even for all that cash, right?

    Ricketts wants more revenue. Aging vets don't provide that. They provide cover for lack of conviction. Conviction in your young guys and your lack of willingness to make bold/significant moves to improve your roster because you might overspend or even be proven wrong in your evaluations.

    But, the Cubs would never do anythin like that. I'm simply over reacting to the signing of two old LH hitters on MiLB deals.

    Right?

  • crunch (view)

    the cubs pursued dom smith and eric hosmer for years on/off when they had a need.

    the expectations i have for both of them are similar, and very low.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    How about Dominic Smith? He’s a Cub now too

  • Cubster (view)

    David Peralta? I’d rather let Canario have a chance.

  • crunch (view)

    as soon as i heard "minor league contract" that's all i wanted out of this news.  no drama unless he impresses too much to ignore in spring or he needs to be added to the 40-man.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Minor league contract. Spring Training insurance. Automatic Opening Day opt out.