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  • Former Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was on Sports Talk Live with Dave Kaplan yesterday, and he was asked about his coaching/managing future. After saying that he’d consider anything, Ozzie was asked specifically about coaching for the Cubs. “Of course,” he said he would consider it, and added that Dale Sveum wouldn’t have to be looking over his shoulder. If Ozzie was there to coach, he would just be the coach. Now, it’s important to emphasize the context for those who don’t watch that video – it was kind of a jokey, jovial tone. Ozzie was quite serious that he would consider a gig with the Cubs, but it wasn’t as if the reality of him actually being on the Cubs’ bench was being discussed. The panel was just kind of joking around/speaking generally about the kinds of things Ozzie might be willing to do next. That said … you can’t argue that it’s not an interesting discussion piece. So, how about it? Ozzie Guillen for the next opening on Dale Sveum’s coaching staff?
  • Of the three-run homer that came on a 3-2 curveball to number 8 hitter Ryan Hanigan with two outs in the fourth inning last night, Scott Feldman was all over himself. “That was a really bonehead pitch,” Feldman said, per ESPN. “With the pitcher on deck, I threw the one pitch he can hit for a three-run homer. That one stings a little bit.” That one pitch, alone, raised Feldman’s ERA by a good 50 points. Small samples!
  • Dale Sveum says that Edwin Jackson isn’t coming out of the rotation any time soon, in part because of the $52 million contract he signed in the offseason. I tend to think it’s slightly more nuanced than that – he isn’t coming out of the rotation because he has the kind of long-term track record that justified a $52 million contract.
  • Speaking of Jackson’s struggles and the overall team struggles that have seen the team lose five in a row and fall 11 games below .500, Sveum says he sees the sell-off looming. “You’re running up on a couple months away now,” Sveum said of the Trade Deadline, per CSN. “[You’re] trying to put things together where you pull off some streaks and some winning months and winning weeks, to give yourself a chance to give yourself hope. There’s no question about it. But we all know that if we don’t, there could be changes.” The only thing holding up a sell-off at this point is the Draft. Teams aren’t ready to really commit to the transaction process right now, but, after the Draft, and as we get into June, that’s going to be everyone’s focus. Prepare yourself.
  • A couple Cubs prospects made Baseball America’s weekly Hot Sheet: Jorge Soler and Javier Baez, each of whom have had great weeks. Soler’s been doing it pretty much all season, so there’s no surprise there. The good news as far as Baez is concerned is that he not only killed the ball (1.055 OPS), but he also had as many walks (3) as strikeouts (3).
  • Kevin Gregg answers questions at ESPN, and says that the culture is a complete 180 from how it was when he was last with the Cubs (2009). He does not elaborate, however, so we’re left to speculate.
  • A bit on Travis Wood’s maturation process as a starter in the big leagues.
  • Well, I finished in the top 1/3 of the fantasy contest yesterday, but Evan Longoria and Michael Bourn killed me (netted me -1.5 points between them). Anibal Sanchez was obviously all-universe for me, but 48% of the entrants picked him. Congrats to triggerhurt for taking the top spot, and to cmalloy, dtigers92, magicman96, msmith085, Madison&Clark, Mallen23, Featherstone, Wurmbone, and freak4444 for rounding out the top 10.
  • Timmy

    He may be able to whip the team into shape a little more before he gets fired!

  • Jp3

    That would be a circus with Ozzie on the bench…but it would make me go out of my way to watch more this year. Would be awesome to see a Sveum questionable move and then Ozzie cover his face in embarrassment or roll his eyes in disgust on the dugout camera😜

  • Crazyhorse

    Ozzie Gullen was the worst manager who slept his way to a World Series Win. This man attracts drama the way Snooki attracts a second day worn thong.

    • Cleanup poster

      I just threw up a little in my mouth.

  • florida Al

    NO!!!

  • Jp3

    “Second day worn thong”. I like that analogy, c’mon you have to admit though it’d be entertaining for at least this season though. I think they’ll get rid of sveum (and ozzie if they added him) after next year anyways, the FO will want to get a new manager in the next season or so to at least tell the fans we liked sveum but 3 consecutive 100 loss seasons is just unforgivable and doesn’t show enough improvement.

  • Jp3

    All this being said I think Ozzie would melt down after about a month of heartbreaking losses like we have had.

  • Oswego chris

    That is a very yucky image regarding Snooki…

  • Oswego chris

    Ozzie Guillen is a joke. It’s always all about him, it used to crack me up when reporters would say his antics were on purpose to take the pressure off of his guys…

    Not a leader.

  • Die hard

    Theo is struggling but not desperate

  • Idaho Razorback

    No to Ozzie. I’m listening to the last podcast. You didn’t answer my question about Morganna and the fact she lives in Columbus, OH. Have you ever met her or seen her out in public? How about something about her in the next bullets along with that link I sent to you.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yes we did …

  • Crazyhorse

    Kevin Gregg says the Culture is a complete 180 ? Hmmm ,In 2009 The Cubs battled to win the NL Central division for the third consecutive season, although falling short in second place.
    So in my speculation it is a 180 .Battling for 1ST place to being the doormat is a fair assumption.

  • Mike Lillard

    Ozzie is a joke, but so his Sveum. I am tired of his non-coaching act already. How about trying to win a game once in a while with some strategy? A monkey could do what he is doing for the Cubs right now. Also, will someone please show him the proper way to wear a baseball hat? He looks like he just climbed off a tractor…

    • Spriggs

      But his tattoos are pretty cool.

  • Idaho Razorback

    Damn it, nevermind. I just got to the 54 minute mark where it’s mentioned. I jumped the gun just like you did last week with the Marmol story.

    • Sandberg

      Ouch

  • Spriggs

    I would be very very disappointed if Guillen were to be associated with the Cubs in any way. I don’t ever want to listen to that bag of nonsense. I turned on Kaplan last night, saw Ozzie’s mug, and immediately shut it off while muttering many swear words to drown out the nonsense he was babbling as his face disappeared.

  • arta

    i’m with u Spriggs!

  • http://ehanauer.com clark addison

    Before hiring Ozzie as a bench coach, I’d hire Sosa as hitting coach.

  • cubchymyst

    I wonder how much the inevitable sell off is affecting the team. I know they are professionals, but knowing that the team is not going to stay together for much might have some effect.

    • nkniacc13

      I doubt as much now other than maybe Dejesus and Feldman simply because there names have come up in regards to trades made for draft picks which would happen before June draft

  • Kygavin

    RE Ozzie: No… just no

  • Myles
  • curt

    no,no, no,no Ozzie guillen please ran his mouth about the cubs and wrigley field when he was with the sox, myb the dodgers or angels need another nail in their coffins.

  • Eric

    I don’t think Theo is at all interested in Ozzie as a Cubs Coach.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    Keith Law mentioned the Nats might put Pitching prospect Lucas Giolito on the trading block for a top pitcher during the trade deadline. Garza of course by himself couldn’t net Giolito but what if we paired Garza with another player or two? Garza/Barney/ and someone else (DeJesus or a legit prospect) for Giolito? Is there any way this could be a legit possibility or just a pipe dream?

    Law’s Heavy Draft Chat on Thursday: http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/48054

    Question: “Do you think the Nationals will make Lucas Giolito available to get a top arm at the trading deadline?”

    Klaw Answer: “Yes, 18-year-olds with 2 professional innings and a Tommy John behind them tend to have enormous trade value.”

    • Kyle

      Garza should net Giolito, imo.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Even by Law’s standards that answer is dripping with sarcasm.

      I agree with Kyle. Garza should easily net Giolito. But I doubt the Nationals would consider dealing him when his value is at a low ebb.

    • BT

      Hmmm……Law also says that Appel could pitch in the majors THIS year. Hope he doesn’t post that on this board, as I was told in no uncertain terms that was absolutely impossible (heck, I only suggested NEXT year was possible) by many posters. Zero percent chance was the term, if I remember correctly.

      • Kyle

        I think you are misremembering what you are told.

        Most top pitching prospects have the basic ability to pitch in the major leagues, and Appel will be no exception.

        But it doesn’t happen for them, and it probably won’t happen for Appel, because they building up arm strength year over year is more important than ability. Appel will probably be able to get big league hitters out in 2014, but he probably won’t be ready for 31 starts in a 5-day rotation in 2014.

        • Bill

          You are correct this is normally what happens, but the Orioles aren’t wasting anytime with Gausman. He’s pitched in 13 game for 61 innings. Now, I guess you could say the Orioles are concerned with winning now, and they think he can help them win now. Whereas, Theo doesn’t seem the slightest bit concerned with winning this year, and probably not next year, so they will more likely settle for minor league starts.

          Oh, and I agree with you about the number of starts/innings Appel would be able to do in 2014. This is why I’m not sure why people think Vizcaino is a viable option in the rotation next year. He’s not going to get very many innings this year, he’s never pitched more than 97 innings in a single season, so how many innings is he realistically going to be able to throw next year? 125? For this reason, and questions about his durability as a starter, it may make more sense to make him a reliever this year and let him be the closer next season.

          • Kyle

            Vizcaino/Appel could actually do a nice job splitting up a rotation spot next yea if they wanted to go that route, with Vizcaino starting in it, then moving to the pen at some point and letting Appel take over.

            • SenorGato

              Muhuckin Kyle. I like this idea.

              • another JP

                Or they could piggyback the starts like they’ve done with Garza and Vill… whoops, never mind.

        • BT

          I think that’s a fantastic way of justifying after the fact, but a complete load of crap. I said Appel, essentially because it could be specifically be written into his contract, eliminating the arbitration clock hang up, could easily be pitching for the Cubs next April. You, and a number of others told me there was no way he could be ready. Law, when asked when he would be READY for the big leagues, replied THIS YEAR. No nuanced BS about arm strength or ability to handle a 5 man rotation, he very simply said that Appel could be ready to pitch in the big leagues this year, or 6 months ahead of my initial claim.

          Whether or not he is ready is rather beside the point. You (rather smugly) chalked my claim up to star eyed Cub fan enthusiasm where I blindly think all our prospects are awesome and will shoot from rookie ball to the majors in 3 months. Law isn’t a Cub fan, isn’t star eyed, and essentially agreed it’s entirely possible that (arbitration clock issues aside) Appel, whatever team he signs with, could easily be ready to break camp with a team next April. Which is exactly what I said.

      • hansman1982

        I love how people say things all the time on this site, yet most of these things are never said.

  • nkniacc13

    Garza should net a more than Giolito as he is a proven pitcher where as Giolito is 18 has had TJS and has only thrown 2 innings as a pro. Now maybe im off my rocker in thinking that but im just not thinking that a top pitcher on the market at the deadline can be had by giving up just a guy that has more ? than answers at this point

    • SenorGato

      Rendon + Giolito or no dice!

  • nkniacc13

    Hey Luke,
    Do you see Pierce Johnson moving up soon?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Not very soon. When the shuffle rosters around the start of the short season leagues, perhaps, but that would be the earliest. August is more likely.

  • fromthemitten

    RE: Gregg’s comments: he’s probably saying he’s not too worried about getting his ass kicked by the starter (COUGHZAMBRANOCOUGH) if he blows a save

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