The Daily CCO: A Good Weekend for the Cubs and Edwin Jackson in Los Angeles

Edwin Jackson put together his best outing in a month Sunday and soon after the Cubs won the game and Jackson recorded his first win since June 20 he was asked about the possibility of being traded this month. Jackson gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings. Jackson did not walk a batter and struck out six.

Players such as Carlos Villanueva, Nate Schierholtz and Edwin Jackson have likely been placed on waivers by now and the front office is open to moving players in August and began preparing for waiver trades after last Thursday’s trade deadline.

As Patrick Mooney pointed out, the Cubs “want to give Felix Doubront and Dan Straily extended looks in the rotation” and in order to do that, Edwin Jackson would likely have to be dealt. Nick Cafardo reported again Sunday the Cubs “would love to move right hander Edwin Jackson” and with “teams still looking for starting pitching they might find a taker.”

PrintAccording to a report from Comcast SportsNet, Jackson has not spoken with Theo Epstein or Jed Hoyer about his future with the Cubs. Jackson said that if there was another team interested in him he wouldn’t probably find out until the day “something’s going to go down.”

News and Notes

Starlin Castro was asked about Javier Baez and if he thought Baez is ready to be called up to the majors. Castro thinks Baez is ready, he doesn’t know when, but feels it could be this year.

Since the break, Chris Coghlan is batting .340/.407/.472 with four doubles, a home run, six walks, seven strikeouts and a .878 OPS. For the season, Coghlan is hitting .292/.368/.475 with 15 doubles, two triples, six home runs and a .844 OPS.

According to a report from Carrie Muskat, Felix Doubront threw a bullpen with the Cubs in Los Angeles on Sunday and will travel with the team to Denver. Doubront said the session went well and he’s expected to “throw couple more times on the side.” Reports Friday indicated Doubront was reporting to Mesa to rehab his injured calf, that is apparently not the case.

In 13 games with the I-Cubs, Mike Olt is hitting .327/.340/.510 with six doubles, a home run, a walk, 15 strikeouts and a .850 OPS.

C.J. Edwards talked about returning to the Smokies’ rotation with MiLB.com.

Weekend Headlines

The Cubs had a good weekend in Los Angeles after the dust settled from the trade deadline. Kyle Hendricks, Tsuyoshi Wada and Edwin Jackson had good starts while Chris Coghlan kept hitting the baseball and Arismendy Alcantara impressed in the field. Here are the headlines from the weekend, with more from minor league home run mania … and it all started with a little rambling.

This Day In Cubstory

2011 – Cubs completed a three-game sweep over the Pirates with a 7-6 win. James McDonald started the game in which Carlos Pena, Geovany Soto and Blake DeWitt homered.

1997 – Kevin Tapani made his Cubs debut after signing with the team in the off-season and missing time following surgery to remove scar tissue in his right index finger. Tapani beat the Braves 3-1.

1987 – Cubs released Ron Davis

1982 – Cubs released Hector Cruz

1973 – Bobby Howry, born

1969 – Glenn Beckert collected five hits and Ferguson Jenkins struck out 12 batters in the Cubs 9-3 win over the Astros in Houston

1969 – Troy O’Leary, born

1968 – Pinch hitter Lee Elia singled in the winning run as the Cubs beat the Cardinals 6-5 in 13 innings at Busch Stadium. 47,443 were on hand for the unveiling of the Stan Musial statue

1961 – Cubs beat the Dodgers 4-1 with Bob Anderson outpitching Sandy Koufax. George Altman hit two homers off Koufax, the first time anyone hit two homers off Koufax in a single game.

1960 – The Reds Billy Martin broke Jim Brewer’s checkbone after he threw his bat toward the mound. Martin claimed that Brewer was throwing at his head. Ernie Banks homered in the Cubs 5-3 win at Wrigley

1955 – Ernie Banks hit three home runs in an 11-0 victory over the Pirates at Wrigley Field. The first time Banks hit three homers in the same game.

1949 – Cubs acquired Bobby Rhawn and cash from the White Sox for Johnny Ostrowski

1948 – Filling in for Red Barber, Ernie Harwell called his first big league game, the Cubs and Dodgers from Ebbets Field

1944 – Rich Nye, born

1934 – Dallas Green, born

1931 – Cubs purchased Billy Herman from Louisville (American Association) for $50,000

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  • SuzyS

    I’m a Cub’s fan first, a baseball fan second, and a Red Sox Fan next. I just read a most fascinating piece putting the reader on the inside of the Red Sox think tank as they broke up last year’s world series team at the trade deadline.
    I highly recommend this article to any serious baseball fan.:http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/08/03/how-red-sox-trades-happened/nhlrvdbalo38lvy6Nl4tVN/story.html?p1=Article_InThisSection_Bottom

    • triple

      Good article Suzy, thanks for linking!

    • DWalker

      One important thing there is that ownership was involved in the decisions. we’ve known for a while bostons ownership has not been content to just let the baseball people work, so it makes one wonder how tight a reign they were keeping on trade decisions.

      • SuzyS

        DWalker…Good point. I don’t see Ricketts & Co. getting involved on baseball decisions unless it impacts $$$ in a huge way. I believe that is one of the reasons Theo came here…to have autonomy to run the club as he saw fit…without interference from ownership…given a budget to play with.
        It’s rumored he was against the Lackey/Crawford and possibly Agon acquisitions at the time…but was over-ridden by ownership.

  • SuzyS

    Neil, As always, thanks for your current great work!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      You’re welcome Suzy and thank you for the kind words.

  • mutantbeast

    Coghlan, Ruggiano and Valbuenna are proving to be pieces worth keeping moving forward.

  • BigJonLilJon

    Good to see Olt doing well in Iowa. I’m assuming he is playing every day and that may be the difference. Or he is simply a AAAA player and we’ll just have to live with that. I still think he can be an every day player in the majors though.