From the Wire … Cubs Receive PTBNL in Byrd Deal, Ink MacDougal to Minor Contract

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer added two players to the Cubs’ minor league system Tuesday. The Cubs received left-handed pitcher Hunter Cervenka as the player to be named later from the Red Sox to complete the trade for Marlon Byrd. The Cubs sent Marlon Byrd, along with cash to Boston, for right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden and a PTBNL on April 21.

The Cubs also announced they signed right-handed reliever Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract. MacDougal reported to Triple-A Iowa and pitched in Tuesday’s game.

The Red Sox selected Hunter Cervenka in the 27th round of the 2008 draft. The 22-year old lefty (January 3, 1990) has dealt with command issues and was 0-3 with an 8.04 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP for Class-A Greenville prior to being dealt to the Cubs. In 15 2/3 innings, all in relief, Cervenka walked 12 batters, struck out 24 and allowed 17 runs, 14 earned, on 15 hits.

In parts of four minor league seasons, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Texan has a 6-19 record in 56 games, 23 starts, with a 5.97 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.

Hunter Cervenka is expected to report to Peoria on Wednesday.

Hunter Cervanka’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Mike MacDougal was released by the Dodgers on May 11 after a bad start with the Dodgers. After posting a respectable 3-1 record with a save in 69 appearances last season (2.05 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP, 29 walks and 41 strikeouts with 54 hits in 57 innings), MacDougal allowed five runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings this season with four strikeouts and six walks in 5 2/3 innings (7.94 ERA and a 2.65 WHIP).

Mike MacDougal (35 years old, March 5, 1977) made his I-Cubs debut Tuesday and allowed two runs on one hit and four walks with two strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning.

Mike MacDougal’s Page on Baseball-Reference

There has not been any progress made on the compensation the Padres will receive from the Cubs for letting Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod out of their contracts.

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  • paulcatanese

    Brian LaHair, was just named as the first baseman on the All MLB TV team.
    That includes both leagues.

  • Anonymous47701

    Should the Cubs name LHP Zachary Rosscup as Compensation for Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod?

    • Ripsnorter1


      They should name Hunter Cervenka as compensation for them. 

      IF SD wants more, Mike MacDougal could also be thrown in.

  • Ripsnorter1

    “Mike MacDougal (35 years old, March 5, 1977) made his I-Cubs debut Tuesday and allowed two runs on one hit and four walks with two strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning.”

    He’s Carlos Marmol. Always has been. 
    Even last year, with that 2.05 ERA, his WHIP was 1.456. He just walks too many, gets behind in too many counts, and then grooves one. He was pretty lucky last year to have an ERA as low as it was.

    One good thing about him: he’s a former #1 pick, and that fits right into Team Theo’s plan.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cubs didn’t climb out of the cellar yesterday, but they have another chance today. Milwaukee plays Houston, and Houston is tied with the Cubs for the basement crown at 15-21. Houston has dropped 4 in a row to get themselves to the cusp of the basement. Milwaukee is merely one game ahead of the Cubs. 

    Houston has Bud Norris starting for them, and lifetime he’s 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA vs. Milwaukee.

    Aram has a 12 game hit streak for Milwaukee.

    • paulcatanese

      Aram better have a hit streak, they sure as heck are

       not paying him for his glove.

      And Rip, know it’s early, but any way to figure what he’s costing them on defense? Range,errors,etc.?

      • Ripsnorter1

        Well, Mr. Campana, let’s check the stats of Mr. Aramis Rameriz. 

        5 errors already. Has started only 5 DPs all year.  That fielding percentage is .943. 

        Range? 2.40 compares with all he ever did while with the Cubs. 

        Runs saved above the average 3B so far in 2012 = 1On a yearly basis = 4

        So let’s compare him to Ian Stewart:3 errors.
        2 DP.

        .960 fielding….

        Range? 2.24   

        runs saved 2012 = 4
        On a yearly basis = 18

        Stewart is ranked #10 in MLB for fielding among qualified 3B.

        Rameriz is ranked #18 of the 21 qualified 3B.

        Polanco, of the Phils, is ranked #1 with a fielding percentage of 1.000.

        • paulcatanese

          Thanks Rip, that answers my question.
          Personaly ,I don’t miss him one bit.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Ian Stewart had 122 AB last year for Colorado.
        Ian Stewart has 122 AB this year for the Cubs.

        Let’s see how he’s improved….
        2011–6 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR
        2012–5 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR

        2011–6 RBI, 3 SB, 2 CS
        2012–13 RBI, 0 SB, 1 CS

        2011–.156 BA
        2012–.205 BA

        2011–.221 slug
        2012–.361 slug

        2011–.243 OBP
        2012–.281 OBP

  • CubsTalk

    Theo & Jed are just stacking arms……we have the hitters…..pitching is the name of the game with any championship team……if everyone wants Rizzo now, I like to see what the market is for LaHair…the guy is 29…..if he was 24, it would be a different story, I would keep him……..but I believe LaHair is a ‘flash in the pan” type of player….. if the Cubs call up Rizzo, see what happens….maybe LaHair can them be traded for pitching or put back at first if Rizzo fails…..I just can’t see the Cubs signing Garza for $16 million per year…..the plan for the Cubs is compete in 2014……we have two seasons to build on…..lets go Cubs.