Cubs Continue Shuffling the Roster and Other News and Notes

The Cubs’ roster shuffle continued on Friday when they acquired RHP Neil Ramirez off waivers from the Rangers to complete the trade for Matt Garza. Ramirez was added to the 40-man roster and assigned to Double-A Tennessee.

The Cubs used the spot on the 40-man roster that was cleared when they traded David DeJesus to the Nationals on Monday to finalize the trade with Texas. Ramirez was on the Rangers’ 40-man roster and had to be added to the Cubs’ big league roster. Ramirez has one minor league option year left after this season.

The Cubs are expected to activate Ryan Sweeney from the 60-day disabled list when the roster expands on September 1 and Scott Baker is looking to pitch for the Cubs in September. The Cubs will have to open spots for both Sweeney and Baker before they can be activated for the final month of the season. The Cubs currently have eight players on the 60-day DL.

While the big league team was busy blowing another game on Friday night, several players in the system had good games and Scott Baker put together a solid rehab outing for Kane County.

Javier Baez

The Smokies were not able to inch any closer to a spot in the post-season on Friday night after Tennessee dropped a one-run game to the Mobile BayBears.

Javier Baez had another good night in the loss. Baez went 2-for-4 and hit his 17th Double-A home run.

Baez is now hitting .310/.366/.663 with 14 doubles and 17 home runs in 45 games with the Smokies. Baez’s OPS is up to 1.029 … and over his last 10 games, Baez is hitting .447/.488/1.000/1.488 with six doubles and five home runs.

The Cubs have said that Baez will not be called up in September but the top prospect in the system has made a lot of improvement at the plate and in the field this year. For the season, Baez has managed to put up a .288/.349/.584 slash line that includes 33 doubles, four triples, 34 home runs and 101 RBI in 121 games (Daytona and Tennessee).

C.J. Edwards

C.J. Edwards put together another good outing for the D-Cubs on Friday night. Edwards struck out eight batters while walking only one batter in four shutout innings of work. Edwards gave up four hits, all singles.

Since coming to the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal, Edwards has recorded 28 strikeouts with only six walks in 18 2/3 innings while surrendering only nine hits. In 112 innings this year, Edwards has 150 strikeouts with only 40 free passes and 71 hits allowed.

Kris Bryant (1-for-4) and Dan Vogelbach (1-for-3 with a walk) contributed in Daytona’s win but it was Chadd Krist (2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI) that delivered the big hit, a three-run homer in sht second inning.

Scott Baker

Scott Baker started Friday night’s game in Kane County and allowed one run on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings. Baker completed four innings of work for the first time. Baker threw 59 pitches, 37 for strikes, and said he felt good after a slow start.

Baker would like to pitch for the Cubs this season but told the Sun-Times the decision whether he pitches or not in the big leagues this year is up to the front office.

The Cubs and Baker have both said publicly that there is interest in Baker re-signing with the Cubs in the off-season.

Kyle Hendricks

Kyle Hendricks had another good outing for Iowa on Friday. Hendricks tossed seven innings of shutout ball and allowed four hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Hendricks threw 94 pitches, 61 for strikes, in Iowa’s 2-0 victory over Memphis.

Hendricks improved to 2-0 in four starts with the Iowa Cubs. Hendricks has allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 23 hits with five walks and 22 strikeouts in 26 innings (2.42 ERA 1.08 WHIP).

Kyle Hendricks is 12-3 in 25 starts this season between Tennessee and Iowa with a 1.95 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. In 152 1/3 innings, Hendricks has allowed 130 hits with 31 walks and 123 strikeouts.

Josh Vitters

Josh Vitters’ season appears to be over. According to reports out of Des Moines, Marty Pevey does not anticipate Vitters being back on the field this year. Pevey would like to see Vitters play winter ball in order to make up for some of the time he has missed this season.

This has been a lost season for Vitters. He has played in only 28 games after missing all of Spring Training. Vitters has hit when he has been able to play. Vitters hit .295/.380/.511/.891 with four doubles and five home runs.

The question remains. If Josh Vitters is able to turn things around and stay healthy, could he be the next Jeff Baker?

David DeJesus

The Nationals completed the trade with the Rays for David DeJesus on Friday. The Rays sent a PTBNL or cash considerations to the Nationals for David DeJesus.

According to reports, the Rays have been interested in DeJesus for quite some time.

David DeJesus started the week on the Cubs’ roster, was traded to the Nationals on Monday then was dealt to Tampa on Friday. And DeJesus was in the Rays’ starting lineup on Friday night against the Yankees.

According to Jim Bowden, four American League teams had interest in DeJesus and the Nationals blocked the Cubs from trading him to an AL team. The Nationals claimed DeJesus off waivers, in what was reported as a straight waiver claim.

The Cubs received the salary relief and the Nationals will receive a player from the Rays according to Jim Bowden. Tampa and the Nationals agreed to a list of players (less than five) that the Nationals will choose from for DeJesus.

FanGraphs posted an excellent report that showed the similarities between David DeJesus and Alex Rios and pointed out that while Rios is perceived to be a better player than DeJesus, that is actually not the case.

News and Notes

Edwin Jackson was not happy with the way he pitched on Friday night.

According to the Sun-Times, Anthony Rizzo is confident the best is yet to come.

The Tribune reported that Brian Bogusevic is making the most of his playing time against right-handed pitching.

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