Tagged: San Diego Padres

Cubs pull out Peavy deal

The Cubs have pulled out the Jake Peavy sweepstakes. Cubs GM Jim Hendry said he had more important things to work out—like getting a left handed bat.



DeRo for Peavy?

In looking at the latest Jake Peavy to Cubs trade news, I’m a bit confused about why people have such an attachment to Mark DeRosa. Now, don’t get me wrong. DeRo did a great job for the Cubbies in 2008, and was part of the reason why they won the division. But let’s be honest about this, despite  his career year he still had boughts when he was hot and cold.

This is the way I look at it: you need to build your team according to your needs. You have Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot who can play third and second. If you keep Cedeno, that allows you to give Theriot and Fontenot and day off. The outfield situation is a bit more precarious. You need a lefty bat in the outfield. It looks like the Cubs have set their sights on Milton Bradley. (They were also looking at him last year before they signed Fukudome.)

Hitting alone won’t get you to the World Series. The still have a weak spot in the rotation with Jason Marquis and never knowing which one is going to show up that game. You need another starting. Peavey is a good match and he wants to come Chicago and play in Chicago. Unlike Marquis who moaned and groaned all last season about playing in Chicago.

In order to get Peavy, they’re going to possibly have to give up their #1 draft pick from 2007–Josh Vitters, among other players (one of whom is Felix Pie).


In my book, it’s a good trade.

Cubs sweep back-to-back; Prior out for the season

The Cubs ended may with a 7-0 homestand sweeping both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies. This is the first time since 1908 that the Cubs have ended May with the best record in baseball (both AL and NL).

The Cubs now head west for series with the Padres and Dodgers.  Carlos Zambrano kicks the west coast trip off at 10:05 PM (Eastern) against the Padres.

In other non-related Cubs news, the San Diego Padres announced Sunday that pitcher Mark Prior will have season-ending surgery.

Here’s the article from MSNBC:

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Prior to have surgery, miss rest of season
Padres righty had been battling soreness in shoulder; future unclear
The Associated Press
updated 4:30 p.m. ET, Sun., June. 1, 2008

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SAN FRANCISCO – San Diego Padres pitcher Mark Prior will undergo season-ending surgery on his injured right shoulder, the latest medical setback to a once-promising career.

Padres manager Bud Black announced the decision to operate before Sunday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Prior, one of the top young pitchers in the game for the Chicago Cubs just a few years ago, has not pitched in the majors since Aug. 10, 2006.

He had been trying to make a comeback with his hometown Padres this season, but his rehab process was shut down at extended spring training about two weeks ago when he had more soreness in the shoulder. Prior, 27, had surgery on the same shoulder in April 2007 while with the Cubs.

“I can’t imagine how frustrated he is,” Black said. “It looked like everything was on course. Then to have this happen I’m sure is extremely frustrating. I’m upset for him just because there was such confidence from him about how he felt.”

The operation to repair the anterior capsule in Prior’s shoulder will be performed at Scripps Clinic as early as this week by team orthopedics Dr. Heinz Hoenecke and Dr. Jan Fronek.

The Padres won’t know when, or if, Prior will be able to pitch again until after the operation.

“I think that will be determined once they go in and see what they have to repair,” Black said.

Prior began throwing in January and was slowly making progress in hopes of a return to the majors. As recently as last month, the Padres still hoped Prior could make it back to the mound this season. But he never made it far enough to appear in a game at any level.

“You never know until you really step up the intensity,” Black said. “And the fullest test of intensity is game action and he didn’t get that far.”

Prior, who is 42-29 with a 3.51 ERA in his injury-plagued career, last pitched in 2006 when he went 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA in nine games for the Cubs. He was the second overall pick in the 2001 amateur draft out of Southern California and went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 2003, finishing third in NL Cy Young Award balloting in his first full season in the majors.

But he has made only 57 starts since 2003 because of injuries to his shoulder, elbow, oblique and Achilles.

Black also said that right-hander Cha Seung Baek will start Monday against the Cubs in place of injured lefty Shawn Estes, who broke the thumb on his pitching hand when he fell on the tunnel stairs between the team’s clubhouse and dugout Friday in San Francisco.

Baek was acquired last week in a trade with Seattle. He struck out the side in the 12th inning to get the win in his Padres debut on Friday night against the Giants.

Cubs add veteran lefty to roster; Pie sent down

When the Friars cut Jim Edmonds loose last weekend, talk immediately turned to the Cubs who are in dire need of a left-handed bat in the line-up. Late Wednesday, it became official. Former St. Louis Cardinal and former San Diego Padres center fielder, Jim Edmonds signed with the Cubs.

To make room for the move, the Cubs optioned a struggling Felix Pie to Triple-A Iowa.

Now, there’s going to be a lot grumbling about going for a guy who’ll be 38 in a couple of months. Going for a guy who’s having a rough start. Going for a guy who’s injured. However, I see this as a bonus for the Cubs.

One, they’re getting a veteran player who’s been a Cub killer at Wrigley. Ywo, he’s a left-handed bat. Right now, the Cubs only have Fukudome. Edmonds brings his ability to hit (and his bat is showing signs of waking up) and good, solid fielding ability. This is a chance for the Cubs to get someone now before the season gets deeper when the pickings might not be as good.

I look forward to seeing Edmonds in Cubbie blue. He could start in Thursday’s finale against the Padres.

The Cubs still hold a one-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. The Cubs are 6-4 in the last ten games.

Former Cub Greg Maddux starts on the mound for the Padres. Ryan Dempster is looking for his 5th win for the Cubs. Game time is 2:20 Eastern.