The Daily CCO: An Extremely Busy Weekend for the Chicago Cubs

The Daily CCO returns after a two day hiatus due to the blockbuster trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for what will end up being four players. The Cubs received INF Addison Russell, OF Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and a PTBNL. And while that was the biggest news of the weekend, the Cubs made a lot of noise over the last three days.

Theo Epstein is hopeful this is the last summer the Cubs are obvious sellers and he addressed the trade with the beat writers as well as Starlin Castro’s status with the team.

Starlin Castro was named to this third All-Star roster and even with Theo Epstein reiterating that Castro is the Cubs shortstop and he should not be looking over his shoulder, a majority of the New York media is convinced that Castro can be acquired for the right package of pitchers. Joel Sherman reported the Cubs do not plan to trade any of their shortstops, for now, and the Mets have not spoken with the Cubs about any possible deals.

But it doesn’t sound like the Cubs are done on the trade front. James Russell is receiving a lot of attention and Justin Ruggiano is as well. Wesley Wright, Carlos Villanueva, Darwin Barney, Luis Valbuena and Nate Schierholtz have also been scouted by teams and there is interest in each of those players.

PrintKris Bryant was named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for June and he and Javier Baez went deep in the same game twice in three days. And speaking of the Iowa Cubs, four I-Cubs were named to the PCL All-Star teamArismendy Alcantara, Kyle Hendricks, Tsuyoshi Wada and Blake Parker.

Kyle Hendricks appears to be on his way to Cincinnati to make his big league debut this week and Tsuyoshi Wada will also make his Major League debut on Tuesday in Cincinnati.

The Cubs signed sixth round pick RHP Dylan Cease to a $1.5 million bonus, and three International free agents according to Baseball America, LHP Wander Cabrera, SS Yeiler Peguero and 3B Tony Rijo.

But the biggest news outside of the trade involved the old ballyard at the corner of Clark and Addison.

Wrigley Field Restoration

The Cubs are set to meet with the Landmarks Commission on Thursday (July 10) to receive approval on the team’s revised plan to restore, renovate and expand Wrigley Field. The rooftops have offered the Cubs a truce and told the team the Wrigleyville Rooftop Association will not sue if the team installs only two signs in the outfield (large video board in left field and see-through sign in right field) instead of the seven outfield signs that are in the Cubs new proposal.

Kyle Hendricks

Kyle Hendricks was lifted after two innings of Sunday’s game and appears to be on his way to Cincinnati to make his big league debut at some point during the five-game series with the Reds. Hendricks will have to be added to the 40-man roster, and there is one open spot after the trade with the Oakland A’s.

The Cubs will also have to clear a spot on the 25-man roster to add him to the active roster.

Kyle Hendricks has had a good season in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Hendricks is 10-5 in 17 starts with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. In 102 2/3 innings, Hendricks gave up 98 hits with 23 walks and 97 strikeouts.

Tsuyoshi Wada and Pitching Moves

The Cubs made a series of roster moves Saturday morning and Sunday in the wake of the trade with Oakland. LHP Chris Rusin was recalled from Triple-A Iowa and pitched in Saturday’s game. The Cubs recalled RHP Blake Parker prior to Sunday’s finale against the Nationals.

The Cubs are expected to tweak their pitching staff over the coming days. Tsuyoshi Wada is starting one of the two games Tuesday in Cincinnati and it appears the Cubs will use the 26th roster spot to officially call him up. With the amount of pitches Chris Rusin threw Saturday, he could be looking at a demotion in order to get a fresh arm up for the five games in four days in Cincinnati.

RHP Dallas Beeler is also on the 40-man roster and he figures to be in the mix for a spot in the rotation.

Dylan Cease

The Cubs signed sixth round pick, RHP Dylan Cease. The prep pitcher agreed to a $1.5 million signing bonus. The Cubs signed three high school arms with high upside, now the organization has to develop them. Cease is scheduled to undergo Tommy John Surgery on July 22.

Alfonso Soriano

The Yankees designated Alfonso Soriano for assignment Sunday and Soriano is unsure what his next step will be Soriano told the New York media he is going to take a short break and talk with his family about what he should do.

After hitting the cover off the ball last season following the trade to the Yankees, Soriano hit .256/.325/.525/.850 with 17 home runs in 58 games with the Yankees. Soriano only managed a .221/.244/.367 slash line with six home runs in 67 games this season.

Over seven seasons and 889 games with the Chicago Cubs, Alfonso Soriano hit .264/.317/.495 with 218 doubles, 13 triples, 181 home runs, 70 stolen bases and a .812 OPS.

News and Notes

The Cubs reportedly signed International free agents LHP Wander Cabrera, SS Yeiler Peguero and 3B Tony Rijo.

During a conversation with Andy Masur on 720 WGN during Cubs’ post-game following Friday’s game, former Cubs’ southpaw Glendon Rusch said he could be coaching in the Cubs’ system this summer. Rusch spoke with Theo Epstein about the possibility of him coaching in the system during Spring Training.

Kyuji Fujikawa made his first appearance for the AZL Cubs Sunday night as he works his way back from last year’s Tommy John surgery. Fujikawa started the game and pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout.

Javier Baez and Kris Bryant

Javier Baez and Kris Bryant had a big weekend at the plate. Baez hit a mammoth shot Friday night that left the park and Bryant hit a towering homer Sunday that also left the park. Baez and Bryant hit home runs in the same game for the first time Friday night … and did it again Sunday night.

And speaking of Baez and Bryant, when Baseball America’s Midseason Top 50 prospect list is released, Kris Bryant (2), Addison Russell (5) and Javier Baez (7) will be in the top 10 and the Cubs will be ranked as the top system in baseball.

Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Month

The Cubs named Kris Bryant its Minor League Player of the Month for June Sunday … and Juan Carlos Paniagua was named the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month.

Minor News and Notes

Arismendy Alcantara, Kyle Hendricks, Tsuyoshi Wada and Blake Parker were named to the PCL All-Star team.

The Cubs released veteran LHP Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez appeared in only one game for Iowa on April 4 after a rough spring. Sanchez allowed five earned runs on one hit, three walks and a strikeout in two thirds of an inning.

Addison Russell went 0-for-5 in his debut with Double-A Tennessee in Sunday’s 9-1 victory over Birmingham.

Jorge Soler went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in his return to Double-A Tennessee. Soler hit a homer in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game, his first longball at the Double-A level.

Billy McKinney was set to make his debut with Daytona on Sunday afternoon. McKinney was in the leadoff spot and in right field. But the game was postponed due to rain.

RHP Dan Straily has reported to Iowa and will start Monday night’s game according to a report from Randy Wehofer.

RHP Dae-Eun Rhee was promoted to Iowa from Double-A Tennessee. Rhee posted a 5-4 record in 18 games, 16 starts, with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP with the Smokies.

RHP Josh Conway had another good outing for Boise.

Lefty Nathan Dorris allowed one hit over six innings for Daytona and extended his scoreless innings streak to 15 innings.

RHP Duane Underwood struck out six batters in six innings for Kane County.

This Day In Cubstory

2013 – Cubs released Shawn Camp

2011 – The Cubs came back from an 8-0 deficit and beat the Nationals in Washington 10-9. The Cubs handed the Nationals its largest blown lead in franchise history (Nationals/Expos).

2005 – Cubs signed Alberto Cabrera as an amateur free agent

2001 – Cubs signed free agent Delino DeShields

1999 – Rockies traded a PTBNL to the Cubs for John Cotton and Kevin Rawitzer. The Rockies sent Tarrik Brock to the Cubs on July 7 to complete the deal

1995 – The Mariners claimed Kevin Roberson off waivers from the Cubs

1992 – Cubs traded Ced Landrum to the Brewers for Jeff Kunkel

1987 – Andre Dawson hit a homer in the first inning off Eric Show. Show hit Dawson with a pitch in the third inning, the benches cleared and both players were ejected from the game in one of the most memorable brawls in Wrigley Field history. Dawson received 22 stitches and Greg Maddux was ejected from the game in the fourth inning when he plunked Benito Santiago.

1977 – Rick Reuschel shutout the Cardinals and ran his record to 12-2. Reuschel had allowed only one run, a solo homer, since June 1

1968 – Phil Regan, the Vulture, picked up two wins in relief for the second time that season. The Cubs beat the Pirates 5-4 and 4-3. Regan won two games against the Dodgers on April 21. Regan is the only pitcher to win a pair of games twice on the same day in the same season.

1936 – Augie Galen, Billy Herman, Gabby Harnett and Frank Demaree collected five of the National League’s nine hits in the Senior Circuit’s first All-Star victory, a 4-3 win over the American League at Graves Field. Hartnett drove in a run with a triple and Galen hit a foul-pole homer. The AL won the first three Midsummer Classics

1927 – Charlie Root pitched a one-hitter and beat the Pirates. Cubs took over first place and Root, in his second season, led the National League with 26 wins in 309 innings pitched.

1925 – The seventh place Cubs replaced manager Bill Killefer with Rabbit Maranville

1917 – Pirates purchased Harry Wolfe from the Cubs

1909 – Billy Herman, born

1886 – Cap Anson belted a double and a homer and Ed Williamson hit a triple and a home run in a Cubs 21-9 victory over the Giants at West Side Park. The game was called because of darkness after eight innings.

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