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Randy Wells’ demotion to AAA Iowa caught quite a few folks off guard yesterday, including Randy, himself.

“It was obviously a shock,” Wells said. “Things didn’t work out. I’ve got to go down and get stretched back out and try to get built up and make some starts and hopefully be ready when they need me.”

Staying stretched out is apparently the key, according to Cubs GM Jed Hoyer.

“Randy had a real good spring and we made that clear to him,” Hoyer said. “It wasn’t for his lack of effort.

“We came in here with seven starters competing for five jobs. Travis [Wood] has a really bright future with us but he struggled a little bit this spring and needs to go to Triple-A and regain what he had in 2010. Randy pitched real well and I thought he put his best foot forward. Jeff and Chris pitched a little better …. We’re not going to play with five starters all year. We need him stretched out in Triple-A. That was the message – yes, you’re not in the rotation to start the season but that means very little in a six-month marathon. I’m sure he’ll make a lot of starts for the Cubs this year.”

Still, Wells is disappointed, even if he tries to tell himself that the move might just be some kind of wakeup call (a wakeup from what? pitching too well?).

“Usually when this happens, you’ve had a rough spring or haven’t been pitching well,” Wells said. “I feel I’ve thrown the ball well in a variety of different roles. I’m not going to sit here and lie and be the guy who says I’m not disappointed because I am. It is what it is. It’s a point in your career where you have to buckle down and you know what you have to do. It’s a wakeup call to see it’s not that easy to stay here. Hopefully next time I get called up, it’s the last time I have to deal with this.”

As for the man who arguably took Wells’ job, Jeff Samardzija understands what Wells is feeling, and feels good about Wells’ future.

“It’s not fun, man,” Samardzija said. “You’ve got a lot of people supporting you and a lot of people pulling for you to get to where you want to go. It’s hard to get past the feeling that you let them down. The truth is there are a couple things you have to work on. For me, personally, I had to work on a lot of things.

“To get sent down is tough … but a lot of times it’ll show you who you are, whether you bounce back, keep fighting or pack it in,” Samardzija said. “It’s a crossroads. Randy will be fine. He throws a lot of strikes, keeps the ball down in the zone. He’ll be a big part of the team this year eventually.”

Indeed, assuming he’s not traded, the odds are strong that Wells will spend a considerable portion of the year in the big league rotation, one way or another. But, until then, it’s fair to remain surprised by the decision.

Which leads me to some other reactions to the news. Because I can’t help myself, I crafted up a handful of pictorial reactions to the news, all of which you can find at the BN Facebook page. A sample:

  • Sinnycal

    I’m convinced he was the odd man out precisely because he has the fewest question marks of the three young pitchers. 2012 is all about discovering what we have to build around. With Wells, you pretty much know what you have. With Shark and Volstad, it’s important to find out. Come 2013, Wells will be a dependable back-end guy for the rotation. But it would he criminal to hand him that spot in 2012 at the expense of learning whether or not Shark can be more than that.

    • CubFan Paul

      Couldn’t have said it better myself ..although, I like Casey Coleman as the next Randy Wells/dependable back-end guy for the 2013 rotation because of the cost/salaries

    • Wilbur

      Agree quite a bit …

  • wernert

    He’s starter 5B if you will. I think it is interesting that Hoyerstein said we’re going to know who our 8th and 9th starters are and they have stuck with it by gum. Wells is a starter in their eyes. If he had been a bullpen guy, my guess is he would be part of big league roster. But he isn’t so he isn’t.

  • Dustin R

    Just seen that Livan Hernandez was released. Do you think the Cubs should go after him? He’s avg 216 innings since 1998.

    • CubFan Paul

      As our 10th starter? Iowa is already crowded

      • Dustin R

        I would take Livan over any of our minor league pitchers that could get called up if an injury happens (wood/wells).

        • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

          But why? So the Cubs can win 71 games instead of 70?
          Much better for the future of the organization to give the younger guys a shot.

    • Warrior

      Already claimed by the Braves.

  • hardtop

    damn you and facebook. i would love to see your humorous pics, but reading your blog is as far as i go! i refuse to join freindster, again. I’ll just have to settle for what ever humor and insight you care to share on bleacher nation.

  • Jay Anderson Jr

    “As for the man who arguably took Wells’ job, Jeff Samardzija understands what Wells is feeling, and feels good about Wells’ future.”

    The man(A hole) who “stole” his job is Chris Volstad. This really pisses me off. I have never been this mad about a decision the Cubs have made. There is no way Volstad should be starting over Wells. Considering we won’t win a title this year, heres hope a 0-4 or 0-5 start will get Volstad the boot.

    • TWC

      Criminy, Jay, did Volstad make a pass at your gal or something?  You just can’t let it go, can you?

      I really don’t understand how any fan of the team can wish ill of a player.  I’m sure even Kyle would be thrilled if Ian Stewart’s season line was .300/.400/.500.

      • Jay Anderson Jr

        Because I hate the fact that this was not a baseball move, but a move to prove they made the right decision to trade Z. If it was a baseball move, Wells would be starting.

        • MaxM1908

          Jay, I completely disagree with you. Sinnycal above hit the nail on the head as to why this move has to occur. There’s nothing about proving it was the right move to trade Z (something that I think very few would argue was a mistake regardless of what we got in return). This IS a baseball move because it doesn’t sacrifice long term health of the rotation in favor of marginal improvement for the current year.

        • Bric

          And I’m not sure why you think Volstad stole his spot. If anything, he took the spot vacated by Zambrano. If you want to be mad at anybody for “stealing” Wells’ spot, take it out Samardjia or Maholm. They weren’t in the rotation last year either.

          • Jay Anderson Jr

            Shark is a true Cub, he deserved his spot. I would be cool with Volstad starting if Maholm wasn’t there. However, Maholm is a better pitcher then Volstad.

            • MichiganGoat

              So how many wins does the “true cub factor” translate into?

          • CubFan Paul

            We’re dealing with a child

            • Jay Anderson Jr

              Far from a child. I just don’t understand these decision. I probably a more emotional cubs fan then any of you. I actually care for my team and who I cheer for. Just because you wear the uni, it don’t make you a Cub.

              • Cooper Rushing

                Nah if you were a true Cubs fan you wouldn’t hope Volstad does poorly.

              • Wilbur

                So anyone less emotional and in disagreement with you is not a worthy fan of the small bear …

              • Andrewmoore4isu

                Fact of the matter is Volstad has an upside far higher than wells. We have seen wells peak and it’s nothing spectacular.

                • Andrewmoore4isu

                  And wells is apparently an alcoholic?

              • MichiganGoat

                So any player who is signed as a free agent or traded for does not equal a true cub? Is Rizzo a true Cub? If traded for Justin V would he also lack true cubbiness? Hell Ryne Sandberg was not a “true cub” by this definition. I’m sure he stole a job from some home grown “true cub.”

                • ferrets_bueller

                  I’ve said this before, it’s the stupiest f’ing argument I’ve ever seen on this site. The ‘True Cub’ thing makes BetterNews and Diehard look like rational thinkers.

                  • TWC

                    Obviously, you’re not a “true” fan.

                    • DocWimsey

                      Wait, is the “true” modifying “fan” or “Cubs” here? I’m so confused…..

              • BeyondFukudome

                Great, so now we are going to have “true Cub fans” as well as “true Cubs?” Good grief.

      • Jay Anderson Jr

        And no, not at my girl. But Wells is one of my 3 favorite Cubs. Him, Campana, Castro would be my 3 favorite. If you start Volstad, the we should not have sign Maholm. Choosing Volstad, then signing Maholm and choosing Johnson over Campana contradict each other.

        • http://www.casualcubsfan.com hansman1982

          Again, with Campana you know what you have, a weak hitting, weak fielding pinch runner. If they send him down, I am sure they will instruct the ICubs staff to have him work on a specific set of things.

          • Jay Anderson Jr

            And you know what you have with Volstad. A very bad pitcher, with a high ERA who was the only player Florida would come off of to get Z.

            • Cooper Rushing

              Drive out to Iowa in your Randy Wells jersey and cheer him on there. We wish the best to him and he’ll probably be needed sooner than you think.

        • ThereWillBeCubs

          not sure if anything you say can be taken seriously…

          • Cubs505050

            I would agree

  • Ivy Walls

    “Karnac the Prognosticator” would say that Hoyer-Epstein are as transparent as the US State Department, always look at their actions and have your decoder ring out when they speak. Regarding Wells, he remains somewhat MLB cheap and therefore affordable to keep in the stable for an eventual trade or two.

    The landscape has so much chatter about Garza that the inevitable will happen so the Cubs will need an able rotation replacement when that happens. Secondly Dempster could be an interesting July or August waiver wire trade for some contender provided that Dempster has something in the tank to fulfill a back end rotation spot down the stretch. Either case look for Wells to ride in to the rescue and man the mound.

    The same appears self evident with Campana and/or more likely Byrd. Rangers want to get a RH 4th OF’er, as do Atlanta and Washington. Then there is the requests of more essential players that Hoyer described which I think are players like Baker and Soto, (while interest in DeWitt seems low). Baker is insurance for two roster risks in Stewart and LaHair while Soto is the starting catcher even though Sveum told Castillo he will be starting at the MLB level and possibly being a perennial All Star. hmmmm….words.

    So let us sit back and actually see some actions. What I have discerned is that Hoyer-Ep are not rash and deliberately make moves that they project have short and long term benefits.

  • Jay Anderson Jr

    I support Theo, but this one move is propaganda all the way. Politics at its best. Soto will be traded, so Castillo will be starting by years end. Byrd will be moved. I still feel if Byrd is not traded, Johnson will be cut. Choosing Volstad over Wells becomes totally pointless if you choose Johnson over Campana. If Campana is cut, then the Volstad move becomes clear 100% political.

    • CubFan Paul

      How is it political? Theo&Co traded for Volstad, then he out pitched Wells early in spring training with better stuff overall..

      • Jay Anderson Jr

        Because the arguement people use is Volstad is younger, give him a chance too see what he can do. Well last time I check, Campana is younger then Johnson, let give him a chance to show what he can do. So if we choose Volstad, I’ll go with it. It also means Campana should get a shot to start also.

        • http://www.casualcubsfan.com hansman1982

          You are forgetting that we do not have the ability to send Johnson to the minors without him clearing waivers and agreeing to be sent down. Campana has that option the same as Wells. Plus, Campana gets to play every day as a starter.

          • Jay Anderson Jr

            Right, but why not let Seppalt get a chance then. Johnson is a waste of a roster spot. He’s only valuable to a title contender.

            • TWC

              I agree completely with you on this.

            • Cooper Rushing

              The difference is Johnson will sit on the bench and get little work whereas Campana can get sent down and hit every day.

            • http://www.casualcubsfan.com hansman1982

              no, every team needs backup outfielders who aren’t harmed by playing twice a week. I would dare say that the only position you want a youngin, who has upside, as a backup would be the catcher’s position.

            • Kyle

              He’s only valuable to a AAA title contender.

        • CubFan Paul

          When did Campana learn to hit? We know what he can do..

          • Jay Anderson Jr

            He hit pretty well in the minors. If 195 at bats is enough to prove otherwise, the can we go ahead a close the book on Rizzo too, cause that stint he had last year proves he’s a bumb too.

            • TWC

              Wasn’t Campana BABiP absurdly high when he was in the minors?  Like nearly .400 or something?

              • DocWimsey

                0.366, which is hard to sustain in MLB. The fact that his 2B/3B rate was only 5% shows that Campana rarely makes good contact, and that his BA is basically a singles rate. Those fluctuate pretty wildly, even if you have Campana’s speed.

                I would add that he basically has 2 full seasons of PAs in the minors, so it’s much easier for him to get such an “accidentally” high BABiP than one might first think.

            • Kyle

              Your standard for hitting “pretty well” in the minors is extremely, extremely low.

        • Mrp

          You really need too look at upside here though. Volstad’s upside is quite a bit higher then Wells (not to mention he did pitch well this spring.

          In Campana’s situation, his upside really isn’t all that high. He has one amazing tool and that is really about it. Johnson is cheap and a great guy to have around to show the younger guys how to play the game the right way. I really don’t see either of these being political at all.

          • Jay Anderson Jr

            Never said the Campana decision was political. I just don’t think it makes sense to have a Damn near 40 yr on this roster over a 26 yr old, and then say Wells has no upside. Volstad only has upside because he’s been horrible. I even said he impressed me this spring. But he should be forced to wait for his spot instead of Wells.

            • DocWimsey

              Just compare their slugging. Johnson can come off of the bench and provide some pop, especially against LHP. You even could use him as a DH against a lefty in an AL park. Campana is good for a pinch runner only. (If the AL ever introduces DR’s, then he’ll be an All Star: but until then….)

              This introduces the consistency in Theo & Hoyer’s tactics. They are sending down the pitcher who gives up more fly balls and the batter who hits more ground balls. The logic is pretty simple here: grounders are bad for the offense and good for the defense.

              • Kyle

                Johnson does have a tiny bit of pop, but without the .394 BABIP he put up last season, it’s not going to show up very often.

                He’s terrible, and Campana is probably the better player (which isn’t saying much). They are both awful and Johnson is only here to be a mascot/grizzled veteran to show the youngsters what’s what.

                • DocWimsey

                  Oh, it’s not great: but at least it’s measurable! (I’d be happier with a lot of people over Johnson; Campana is not one of them. If you want to get the Phillies to give the Cubs Dom Brown, then we can shuffle things around a bit…..)

                  More to the point, there is a consistent thread to management’s decisions that does relate to maximizing the Cubs chances of outscoring the opponent.

            • CubFan Paul

              “If Campana is cut, then the Volstad move becomes clear 100% political.”

              “Never said the Campana decision was political. I just don’t think it makes sense…”

              hrmm..

        • DocWimsey

          I think that the chief arguments will center around GB:FB ratios. Volstad has been about league average or a touch better in most years, whereas Wells has been below league average most years. (Wells good years are marked by low HR:FB ratios; unless he’s getting a ton of popups, that means he’s getting a bit lucky.)

    • Gabe

      who is this jay anderson guy? i normally don’t post on here since the vast majority of people are really well informed about both the game and the cubs. dumping on rizzo, volstad and making ridiculous claims based on insignificant facts – what is this an espn message board?

      go away dude.

      • Richard Nose

        If the Cubs don’t trade Reed Johnson for Giancarlo Stanton, it’s gotta be political.

        • DocWimsey

          Obviously: I mean, with a name like Giancarlo, he’ll probably start singing Don Giovanni in the middle of a game…..

  • Diesel

    Damn it will the season start already

    • TWC

      inDEED

  • Adam Kuchan

    Campana did not make the team because he didn’t hit a lick this spring. You also cannot judge a pitcher based solely on ERA. The advanced stats imply that Volstad was the recipient of some bad luck last year. Randy Wells is never going to be Greg Maddux, so let’s stop pretending that he is a superstar. Volstad has a higher upside, and acquitted himself pretty well this spring. Randy will be back up or be moved. I kind of got the impression all winter that Theo and Jed were skeptical of Wells. Only Dempster and Garza (perhaps Maholm) were promised anything. These guys knew the deal.

    • Cedlandrum

      Campana wasn’t given a fair shake to make the team. I don’t know if he was banged up or what, but he wasn’t given any opportunity to get AB’s. He got 16 Ab’s in a 11 game span. 5 of those AB’s came in the first 4 games of spring. In 7 of the 11 he got 1 ab.

      Later in spring when he was given some ab’s consistently he played much better. In fact he was 8 for his last 20.

  • gratefulled

    There has to be a picture somewhere of Jay A. Jr. licking Randy Wells’ a$$hole. Jesus dude, let it go. I think Randy Wells should have made the rotation too. But, like Shark said, it’ll show us what he is made of; will he whine, complain, and ask to be traded, or will he stay positive and continue to work on becoming a quality starter in the Major Leagues. We will find out, but in the meantime I will be rooting, cheering, and supporting Wells every start he makes in Des Moines.

    I think tonight calls for my annual viewing of “Major League”.

  • Jeff L

    You know what’s funny to me is that now we are trying to find a left handed reliever when we traded one of the best in the business for a pitcher that we are sending to the minors. He might have potential after a stint in the minors but marshall is a proven great reliever that also can be pushed into a starter the way Dempster was

    • terencem

      Unfortunately, nobody in baseball sees Marshall as a starting pitcher anymore. He was an elite lefty setup man with a year until free agency. Do you think JedCo was willing to give him a long-term contract? Marshall probably wasn’t in Jedco’s long-term plans and part of rebuilding is turning anyone who won’t be with the team in a few years into assets that might be with the team in a few years. Don’t forget, they got Sappelt and Torreyes out of that deal, too. Wood might not be ready but Sappelt is. Torreyes could be a future starting second baseman similar to Jose Altuve.

  • Jay Anderson Jr

    I’m not saying Volstad will suck, nor am I saying Campana will be a star. I didn’t say I was a bigger Cubs fan than anybody else. I just think Wells has been as good or better then both Maholm or Volstad, but he wasn’t given a fair chance this spring, despite the fact he more of a true Cub then the others. What good is cheering for a team with no emotional attachment to the players. That’s why I’m not a Yankee fan or a Lakers fan or a Cowboys fan. I would rather win one or none with our guys then 5 with everybody else’s guys. I guess that’s just the way I am.

    • Drew

      Completely off-topic, but as a huge Cowboys fan, I think its crazy to use them as an example of the lack of an emotional attachment.

      Not sure the Lakers fall in that category either; pretty sure some guy named Kobe has had plenty of emotional attachment from that fan base.

      But hey, it gave the rant more words, so what the hell.

  • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

    WTF is a “true Cub” and what isn’t a “true Cub”?

    • FromFenwayPahk

      My gut reaction to Norm’s post was “awesome”, but there is something to the sentiment expressed by Mr. Anderson. I don’t want to root for the laundry either.

      I am rooting for Theo and great managment and the fact that there is ” a consistent thread to management’s decisions that does relate to maximizing the Cubs chances of outscoring the opponent.” That sort of centers me when men start moving on and off rosters.

      I am also rooting for the fans. You deserve the quality product that is being assembled. Are you the “true Cub”?

      • DocWimsey

        I’m laundry all the way. I want the laundry on the guy catching the ball that clinches an NL pennant to say “Chicago” just once before I croak.

        And if he’s there because he choose to be a Cub or because he’s never had a choice (which is another way to break down free agents from trades or farm hands), he’s a Cub.

    • Jay Anderson Jr

      True Cub. Paid his dues coming up through the system, fighting for his spot on the team. Not a guy who signs with Cubs because they offered him more money then anybody else. I know Volstad had no control in coming to the Cubs, but I have emotions invested in Wells, Campana, even Castro, Smarj, Barney and Soto and players such as. I’ve watch them or checked on them long before they ever made it to Wrigley. So forgive me if I cheer more and would rather have Wells or those other guys more then Volstad, Stewart or Maholm and even Garza, even though I like Garza and cheer for him. I wanted Castillo, but Im happy with Clevenger because it was a fair fight between 2 farm players, plus I know Castillo will be Here soon enough.

      • Mrp

        I guess that Ryne Sandberg guy wasn’t a true Cub then?

        • DocWimsey

          I thought that he quit rather than accept a trade from the Phillies. Wasn’t his HOF speech about that?

          • TWC

            Ha.

            His HOF speech — playing the game the “right” way — was awfully light on the whole walking out on his team thing…

            • MichiganGoat

              That’s because he lack “true cub” blood.

              • Bric

                Is that blood without any oxygen in it?

                • MichiganGoat

                  Precisely, which might explain why all homegrown Cubs have underperformed.

                  • DocWimsey

                    d’oh! I thought that was lack of batting eye, not congenital blood deformities…..

                    I consider myself enlightened. :cool:

                    • MichiganGoat

                      Your Sabermetrics can not overcome basic biology, and I thought you were a Doc ;)

        • Jay Anderson Jr

          Not directly a huge fan of Sanberg, but yes he earned his stripes as a true Cub. I think Volstad can also, but I think a guy like Wells deserves his shot to fall flat on his face before Volstad gets his chance to fall flat on his.

          • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

            Didn’t Wells do that last year?

            • Jay Anderson Jr

              So did Volstad. Atleast Wells was injured.

              • Crockett

                Actually, Volstad had a top-20 xFIP. Better than Gio Gonzalez. He was let down by bad luck and a terrible defensive team.

                Of course, based on your prior posts in this thread, I seriously doubt you fully grasp the importance and meaning of advanced metrics.

                • TWC

                  What’s the metric for “true Cub”?

                  • MichiganGoat

                    Blood Type/draft team * 100 at least according Fangraphs Blood, BR has it as Draft Team/Blood Pressure * 100. Both give a Div/0 error in excel.

                    • http://www.casualcubsfan.com hansman1982

                      because you forgot to include this part of the formula:

                      * how player was acquired=(ego of front office * drafted * 100,000,000+ego of front office * traded * TC+ of player given up * 1,000,000 + ego of front office * super expensive free agent * 10,000,000 +tin foil hat+front office is dumber than I am(squared) – E=MC * TC+ of player that is booted to the minors due to that players arrival)

                      this gives Wells a TC+ of 157 and Volstad at -253. For what it’s worth, here is a listing of players TC+ if the Cubs were to trade Z (TC+ 514) for them:

                      Lincecum: -312
                      Verlander: -243
                      Kemp: -150
                      Pujols: 53
                      Dick Tidrow: 100
                      Mark Prior: 110
                      Theriot: 3,402,994

      • Drew

        Saying you would rather root for Wells to make the rotation because he fits your definition of a “True Cub” is fine and doesnt warrant an apology; However, dont go on to blame politics, ignore valid points on FB/GB rates, and completely disregard the idea that the FO sees this as the best move purely from a baseball standpoint.

        • Jay Anderson Jr

          I think Wells is the better players, but because the Z trade, Volstad was always going to start. It wasn’t really a competition, therefore, it was political.

          • DocWimsey

            Theo & Hoyer think that a pitcher who gives up more grounders than flyballs is a better pitcher than one who gives up more flyballs than groundballs. So, it is not political: Theo & Hoyer fundamentally disagree with you about what makes one pitcher better than another.

            Incidentally, the Jim Hendry school would agree with you, if that helps at all…. .:cool:

      • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

        No offense, but that thinking won’t get the Cubs a World Series.

      • BeyondFukudome

        I doubt anyone would deny that it is natural for the fans of an organization to have a greater emotional attachment to players who have come up through the ranks of that organization. But throwing around phrases like “true Cub” just seems asinine.

        • hardtop

          not to mention our system has been so “hendried”, no one worth rooting for comes through very often. before soto and castro, who was there? woody? z?
          randy wells seems like a great guy to get schnockered with but he’s always been, at best, a number 4 on the cubs, and a number 5 on any team that had any success developing talent. i like the guy, i want him to do well, but i like guys who play baseball better, better. if we had a team of all “true cubs” on the field we’d win 8 baseball games a season… its not our fault our system has sucked royally for so long.
          i dont expect much from chris v honestly, but its something that needs to be seen with the new managements own 8 eyes. its possible, if not likely, randall replaces him at some point.

  • Matt

    I root for the team, and the people I want wearing the team uniform are the guys who give the team the best chance to win. I don’t care where they were a year ago or where they will be two years down the road. I only care about what uniform they’re wearing now.

    • hardtop

      word is born

    • Frank

      Matt, I agree–I don’t care where they were last year, be it AA or even the White Sox (except for that whole Ozzie Guillen as Cubs manager thing–I would’ve had problems with that. Not much of an Ozzie fan). And two years down the road, it might be a whole different team. Does it really make a difference if a guy was a free agent signing, part of a trade, or a draft pick? No.

  • Joker

    I cannot believe that a) we are participating in a Tony Campana vs Reed Johnson debate and b) I just read the whole darn comments section. This year is going to suck…

  • rocky8263

    Who said Red Sox more than Nomar when he became a Cub? If we won with Nomar he would also be loved as a Cub. I agree with those that don’t care where the player comes from only that he’s a Cub and a winner. Mercenaries need love too.

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    Funny thing today guys… Ex Cub mike fontenot got released by the Giants… Also if the Braves want Byrd so bad I say give up Martin Prado! Solves our 3rd base problem real quick!

  • wingit

    Jay Jr. you’re an idiot. I have read this wonderful site for a long time and this is the first time I’ve ever posted a reply, but I just couldn’t stand your irrational comments anymore. If those are your 3 favorite Cubs than I think you should find a new team to cheer for. This isn’t politics…it is a business, but not politics. If you were actually an athlete who played competitive sports you would understand. Your reasoning is idiotic and you should resist from actually putting your thoughts in writing with your real name.

    Keep up the good work Brett.

    • Jay Anderson Jr

      You sir are what you think you have to call others to sastify yourself. I actually played baseball at a pretty high level, it paid for my college education for the most part, more then I can say about you. Also, those are my three favorite players on the current team, I never said the three best. Your favorite player doesn’t have to be the best. It a shame you have to resort to name calling. Pretty petty. I don’t do the name calling thing. I teach my sons not to do that, I would expect a grown person to know that. I understand though, you just wanna fit in with the majority. I never been that type. If I feel it politics, it doesn’t make me an idiot, it just means I think its politics. If you don’t, it means you don’t. There is no way they were not going to let Volstad start, period. That’s means it was never a competion, so why paint it as one. That makes it political. I still like Theo, I’m happy about the hire, I just disagree on this one. I think that’s my right.

      I’m actually honored though, if I caused you to make you first post here. Thanks buddy. ;^}

  • jim

    Am sure walt jocketty can find some more crap to trade for randy wells since cubs cant use him.

  • ty

    Deal with Jocketty with care!

  • ty

    The Angels are so freaking loaded. Gold gloves everywhere. Tempe breaking all springtime attendance records and it is not just the big man. Mike Trout sent down so if they do not want him please send him this way. Enjoy the game today!

    • DocWimsey

      ha: the only thing about Trout that the Angels don’t want is his arbitration coming a year earlier than necessary. Also, if they are going to trade Abreu, then LAA need to get him some “showcase” ABs during the season.

      It should be a good race between the Angels and Rangers for the AL West this year.

  • ty

    Agree Doc! Abreu is gone but Cubs have no use for him as DH is his forte now. Trouts contract will be freakish someday.

  • Ryan

    Trout was hurt/sick at the begining of spring training. He is in the same boat as is Jackson for the Cubs. Neither team wants to start that clock any eairlier than it has to and they both have a reason to send the player down so it doesn’t just look like they are doing it to keep them the extra year

  • Bric

    Agreed. Highly unlikely the Cubs have any use for Matt Forte.

    • ty

      Pretty pretty good Bric

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