Posted on 07 October 2011 by Lou
The Cubs will likely be looking for a new 3rd baseman for the 2012 MLB season and beyond. Aramis Ramirez declined his player option for $16 million for the 2012 MLB season. Ramirez is looking for a long-term deal and at the age of 33, the Cubs will not be a bidder in that war. Ramirez hit .306 with 26 HR’s and 93 RBI’s in one of the worst offenses in all of baseball. His 80 runs scored and .361 on-base percentage make him an attractive player, but if you watch him play everyday, you know that his career is on the decline. His fielding has deteriorated over the years and he’s just not the player that the Cubs want to waste extra money on, especially since they are still strapped with several other “bad” contracts that they can’t wait to get “off the books” (see Alfonso Soriano/Carlos Zambrano).
That leaves the Cubs with a battle between two prospects – DJ LeMahieu and Josh Vitters. LaMahieu played in 37 games for the Cubs this past season, hitting .250 with 4 RBI’s and 2 doubles. He struck out 12 times while walking only once in 60 at-bats (good for a .262 on-base percentage). Not great. Vitters had a good minor league season, but is still considered to be a year or two away because of past injury issues. At Double-A Tennessee, Vitters had a .283 batting average, he hit 14 HR’s and 28 doubles and he drove in 81 runs. Vitters was the 3rd overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player draft and the Cubs would like him to get some time at the major league level before they commit to him as the long-term 3rd baseman of the future. He had 2 HR’s in his 1st game of the AFL this October and looks to use a good fall to get ready for a productive 2012 spring training with the Cubs in Mesa, Arizona.
We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything new on the 3rd base position front.
Posted on 16 June 2011 by Lou
Carlos Zambrano struggled for the 2nd straight start since calling out closer Carlos Marmol for blowing a save in which Big Z stood to get the win back on June 5th against the Cardinals. Since then, Zambrano has given up 12 ER on 16 hits and 9 walks to the Phillies and Brewers, both games which the Cubs have lost. After having some impressive outings earlier this season, Big Z has been a mess of late with his ERA rising to 4.59. So much for trading him when the iron was hot.
On a side note – maybe we’ll see Prince Fielder in a Cubs uni next year?!?!
Jeff Baker homered in the 1st to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead and Reed Johnson cut the Brewers 5-1 lead to 5-4 with his 3-run bomb in the 4th inning, but it wasn’t enough. Johnson, Blake DeWitt and DJ Lemahieu each had 2 hits in the loss. The Cubs committed an error for what seems like the 50th game in a row. It led to 2 unearned runs off of James Russell in the 7th inning that increased the Brewers lead to 7-4.
News Flash – Cubs defeated the Brewers today 12-7 to take 3 of 4 from the Brewers this week at Wrigley…
Posted on 04 June 2011 by Lou
Another day, another losss for the Cubs as they fell 9 games behind the 1st place Cards with a 6-1 loss on Friday night. Dempster served up a 3-run HR to Lance Berkman in the bottom of the 1st inning and that was all she wrote as Jaime Garcia stifled the Cubs once again during the 2011 campaign. Dempster allowed all 6 Cards runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in just 5 innings of work. While Garcia tossed 8 innings of 1-run ball with 8 K’s en route to his 6th win of the season.
The Cubs managed only 5 hits on the night, including the 1st career hit for DJ LeMahieu who was just called up to play some 3rd base with the recent facial injury to Aramis Ramirez.
Randy Wells will have to beat one of the hottest pitchers in baseball today – Kyle Lohse (7-2, 2.13 ERA) – if the Cubs are going to be able to snap their 4 game skid.