Cubs Make Move For Future While Finishing Up Dismal 2-8 Road Trip – Wrigley Field 6/11/12

Posted on 11 June 2012 by Lou

Ryan Dempster won for the 2nd time on the Cubs atrocious 2-8 road trip through San Francisco, Milwaukee and Minnesota.  It were Dempster’s first 2 wins of the 2012 MLB season.  He pitched 8 scoreless innings to help the Cubs avoid the sweep by the Twins.  He scattered 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6.  He has an amazing 1.03 WHIP and 2.31 ERA, but only has a 2-3 record as the Cubs have failed to provide him much run support in his starts.  Starlin Castro led the Cubs 9-hit attack by going 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored.  Reed Johnson added 2 hits and 3 runs scored in the lead-off spot.

Off the field, the Cubs landed highly touted Cuban prospect Jorge Soler in the “free agent” market.  The 20-year old outfielder was considered the next biggest star out of Cuba after Yoenis Cespedes signed with Oakland for $36 million earlier this spring.  The Cubs were able to negotiate a 9-year, $30 million deal for the player they have set their sights on for quite a while now.  Other top teams – the Yankees, White Sox, Phillies and Red Sox – were all believed to be involved in the bidding for Soler, but the Cubs got him.  The Cubs did not make any public announcement about the deal today, but look for some news later this week.

At 20-40, the Cubs are on pace to finish with more than 100 losses for only the 3rd time in franchise history.  Both the 1962 and 1966 Cubs finished 59-103.  Not good – not good at all, but at least it looks like new ownership has a plan in place, and the tools necessary to implement that plan…

 

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