junior lake cubsHooray for afternoon Bullets. I think in the 2.5 years I’ve been doing daily morning Bullets, they’ve not shown up until the afternoon maybe four times. Once was probably due to late-night activities the evening prior, and then the other three have all been in the last week. Activity!

  • If you haven’t checked out the latest episode of the BN Podcast (or subscribed), check this one out, because there’s a huge section that is very appropriate now that Alfonso Soriano has been traded to the Yankees, and in light of Sahadev’s great Soriano piece today.
  • Keith Law caused a bit of a stir yesterday on Waddle and Silvy by describing Junior Lake rather harshly as a player, and suggesting that there was no chance he’d wind up a long-term, productive regular. I’m not sure why it riled folks up so much, given that Law has held that opinion on Lake for a long time (and he’s hardly alone), and it’s just, like, his opinion, man. Lake has huge upside, given the tools and physique, but he also has huge downside. None of this is new. If you want a more positive (but still reasonable) take on Lake, though, here’s one from Bradley Woodrum at FanGraphs, and here’s one from John Arguello at Cubs Den.
  • Tony Andracki at CSN runs down Alfonso Soriano’s career with the Cubs.
  • Speaking of Soriano, the Cubs will have to replace him on the 25-man roster. To the extent they wish to do it with an outfielder, it can’t be Dave Sappelt – since he was just optioned down to make room for David DeJesus, he cannot return for 10 days from the day of the option. The Cubs might bring up an extra reliever for a little while, given how taxed the bullpen is.
  • Dale Sveum sums up Scott Baker’s latest rehab start at Kane County, in which he gave up three earned runs on five hits and two walks over 3.0 innings with 2 Ks (per Cubs.com): “It was kind of like the other ones, not super sharp, not a lot coming out. He topped out at 88 [mph]. He’s a little bit short right now.” That doesn’t sound so good.
  • Tennessee Smokies hitting coach Desi Wilson has very good things to say about Javier Baez and about Arismendy Alcantara.
  • In case you missed yesterday’s update on the BN Blogathon fundraiser, and the story of a young Chicago Cubs fan who received a Cubs wish from Make-A-Wish, check it out, if you please.
  • Ray

    Will we see Baez, alcantara up the middle- Bryant and vongelbach at the corners-soler and Almora in the outfield all starting together with Tenessee TO START 2014???

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Doubt it. In order of being named, I’d expect:

      Tennessee, Iowa, Daytona, Daytona, maybe Tennessee, Daytona

      • Serious Cubs Fan

        Luke do you think the Cubs will play the Arbitration clock game with Baez? Keep him down in the minors to gain extra years of control over him. Personally I they should, and thats even if we don’t trade Baez (my gut tells me they will). I literally wouldn’t bring the guy up till he learns to take pitches. He can hit as many homers as he wants in AA, I wouldn’t promote him to AAA even until he learns to take pitches and work counts. He doesn’t even need to be putting up huge BB% but just to show he is patient enough and not swing at pitches in the dirt

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          Too early to say for sure. I suspect they won’t rush him, though, however they do it.

        • Eternal Pessimist

          Arbitration clock, yes please!!! Remember they started Castro’s clock early for absolutely no valid reason (I think they promoted him 2 weeks before they would have gotten another year out of him.

    • Serious Cubs Fan

      I hope the Cubs keep Baez down in AA Tennessee till he figures out how to take some pitches. I don’t care if the guy hits a homer every other day. We all know he can crush the ball but thats not what we wanna see. I want to see him take walks and show a good approach. He’s young and has time, so don’t rush him.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    I feel like we should trade Nate Schierholtz. He has that extra year of cheap cost control so, that him an even more valuable trade chip. I don’t quite understand why ppl say well, he has value to us too. Yes he does but we most likely not going to compete next year either… so trade him now when his trade value is high. Of course we don’t need to trade him, but IMO it would be the wise thing to do. If we’re getting extremely low balled in trade then I understand holding on to him, but if we’re getting a pretty good prospect in return then I think we have to make that deal

    • Eternal Pessimist

      He doesn’t have huge value in a trade, so you are not sacrificing too much by keeping him. Also, we do need to field a team next year. I would hope the FO expects a very good return prior to considering a trade for him (or Russel).

  • JungleDrew

    How about one of our long time organizational guys like Ty Wright… He has a minor league .290 BA, doesn’t hit for a ton of power, but doesn’t have the types of numbers that would be embarrassing. He might never have a better chance to play at the bigs as a 28 y/o minor leaguer.

    • Serious Cubs Fan

      I’d love it if the FO gave Ty Wright a shot at the bigs later this season when the rosters expand. Reward the guy for being an Organizational guy. Its a lost a year, and he probably won’t have a shot in future seasons be in the bigs. Bobby Scales 2.0

      • Eternal Pessimist

        I like it. And not burning any critical option years in the process.

    • ssckelley

      I have mentioned this before as well, it would be a nice reward for a guy they pretty much stick where ever they need him. Never know perhaps he can prove to be a good pinch hitter.

  • DarthHater
    • Whiteflag

      Wait until he gets sued over this. That would really make me laugh.

  • nkniacc13

    So are we on to the Gregg Watch?

  • nkniacc13

    Cubs trade Moscoso to Giants for a PTBN or cash what is that like 6 or 7 PTBN or cash the cubs have coming?

    • ssckelley

      Jeez, that was Iowa’s best starter.

  • Toddleevon

    I may be late on this,but Cubs call up Sanchez.

  • Bigj2197

    i have what is probably a dumb question but is Bakers rehab subjective to the normal rehab rules where i believe it is 20 days or so many starts? sorry if this has been asked already!

  • specialk5595

    Somebody probably already posted this…but Cubs have the #3 1st base prospect in Volgebach, #4 SS prospect in Baez, #4 2B in Alcantra, #7 and #9 in Almora and Soler in OF, and amazingly #2 and #3 3B prospect in Bryant and Olt. I’d say we are pretty stacked as far as position players. Just need a catcher and some pitching…hopefully some of these recent trades will pan out as far as pitching prospects go.

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