Less than a week after inking B.J. Ryan to a minor league deal, the Cubs were linked to Joe Beimel, George Sherrill and John Grabow on Tuesday. According to a report from the Tribune, “the Cubs may be interested in Nationals’ lefty reliever Joe Beimel.” The Nationals have been scouting the Cubs minor league teams.
According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs are looking for help in their pen and would like to add a southpaw. The Pirates and Cubs have discussed John Grabow. Levine mentioned George Sherrill of the Orioles in the same report but did not indicate if the Cubs have had discussions with the Orioles about Sherrill. The Sun-Times indicated the Cubs are interested in Sherrill as well as one of 15 teams “kicking the tires” on Chad Qualls of the Diamondbacks. Joe Beimel is 0-5 this season with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Lefties are hitting .232 against him. Beimel has walked 15 batters in 37 1/3 innings. Beimel has benefited from his home ballpark the past two seasons. He was 2-0 at Dodger Stadium last year with a 1.16 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP in 35 games. This season, 0-1 with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP at home compared to a 0-4 record in 21 games on the road with a 5.29 and a 1.94 WHIP.
John Grabow is 3-0 with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP for the Pirates. In 42 2/3 innings he has issued 24 walks and held lefties to a .239 batting average. Grabow has pitched much better in Pittsburgh (0-0 in 20 games with 11 holds and a blown save, 1.45 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP) than on the road (3-0 in 20 games with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP).
Grabow is 2-2 with a save in 21 career games at Wrigley with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP … two home runs in 15 innings.
George Sherrill is 0-1 with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 39 games with the Orioles this season. Sherrill has converted 20 of 23 save opportunities and held lefties to a .125 batting average.
Sherrill will likely cost the Cubs more in prospects than both Beimel and Grabow.
But can any of them hit?
Stay Tuned …