Javier Baez saw his first action in the outfield. Baez started Friday night’s game in center field and batted fourth for Santurce in Puerto Rico.
Until Friday, Baez had played second base and shortstop in Winter Ball. Doug Dascenzo was sent to work with Baez and he played outfield for the first time in a game since high school.
At the plate, Baez went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout in Santurce’s 6-3 loss to Mayaguez.
Baez saw a lot of action in the field. Baez was not charged with any errors and caught three of the 10 balls hit into center field in nine innings, the other seven went for singles according to the recap.
In eight games this winter, Javier Baez is 4-for-25 with a home run. Baez has six walks and five strikeouts with a .160/.323/.280 line.
The Cubs have talked to the Braves, at least according to multiple reports, and are believed to be one of at least 12 teams interested in acquiring Ender Inciarte. The Cubs reportedly discussed Inciarte with the Diamondbacks before he was shipped to Atlanta in the haul for Shelby Miller.
Ken Rosenthal talked to John Coppolella about Inciarte and it sounds like the Braves will not be trading him any time soon.
Coppolella said, “We have been contacted by more teams with interest in Inciarte than there were with Shelby Miller. Similar to Miller, we aren’t looking to move Inciarte, but we will listen on any player not named Freddie Freeman and see if a club offers us something compelling that we feel makes us better.”
Ender Inciarte is a good player. Overlooked? Yes. The next great centerfielder in the game? Not likely. The Braves may be overvaluing him just a little bit.
Carlos Carrasco – Danny Salazar
Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar are garnering a lot of attention right now. The Indians are fielding calls on the two right-handed starters and a bunch of teams, including the Cubs, are interested in acquiring one.
The Indians would prefer to hang onto the pitchers they have but realize in order to address the team’s lack of offense with a power-hitting outfielder, one that is not attached to a nine-figure contract, the front office is going to have to trade some of their pitching depth.
Indians GM Mike Chernoff told MLB Network Radio on Friday, “We’re in a really strong spot when every team is calling us on our starting pitchers. And we have no interest in trading those guys.”
According to a report from Jon Paul Morosi, the Dodgers engaged in talks with Indians for either Carrasco or Salazar and the Rays for Jake Odorizzi. Andrew Friedman is trying to trade for a starting pitcher. But he’s not alone. Just about every team in the game would like to trade for one of the young, controllable starting pitchers the Indians, Padres and Rays could part with in the right deal.
The Rangers would also like to add a starting pitcher, according to Jon Paul Morosi. Jon Daniels is trying to make a deal for a starter. Jake Odorizzi, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Andrew Cashner are among the possibilities for Texas, who still has the prospect currency it would take to make a deal.
A team could follow in Arizona’s footsteps and significantly overpay for a controllable starting pitcher. The Cubs like the roster they’ve assembled this off-season and are not in a hurry to make a trade.
News, Notes and Rumors
• Cubs-Cardinals rivalry will keep escalating in 2016 according to a report from Comcast SportsNet.
• Jonah Keri examined what the financial impact is of a player’s defensive value.
• According to Peter Gammons, there are concerns around the game about the durability of RHP Kenta Maeda. Teams are not sure how he will hold up in a five-man rotation. Maeda has not garnered the attention that was expected. While he may have a ceiling of a No. 2 starter, there are now questions if he can be at least a No. 5 starter in a Major League rotation.
• The Blue Jays claimed former Cubs’ prospect OF Junior Lake off waivers from the Orioles. Baltimore designated Lake for assignment on Dec. 10. The Orioles claimed LHP Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Cubs on the same day and DFA’d Lake to make room for him on the roster.
• Reports surfaced late Thursday there was a deal in place that would send 2B Brandon Phillips to the Nationals. Phillips has a full no-trade clause and has not been willing to waive it in the past. According to James Wagner, “To get Brandon Phillips to waive no-trade rights, Reds are expected to give an incentive. Example: He took deferrals in 2012 extension, that is one of the things that has to be addressed with Phillips.” Wagner said there has not been any progress. Jim Bowden added Friday it is “now looking unlikely a deal is consummated unless the Reds change their stance dramatically.”
• Jonathan Papelbon updated his no-trade list for 2016 and it’s different from the one that was posted earlier in the week. Papelbon can veto a trade to 17 teams and can be dealt to 12 teams without his permission …and the Cubs are one of the teams he cannot block a deal to. According to Jerry Crasnick, the 12 teams he can be traded to without his permission are the Red Sox, Cubs, Indians, Tigers, Angels, Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Rays, Cardinals, Padres and Giants. Mike Rizzo is trying to move him but hasn’t found a taker yet.
This Day In Cubstory
2014 – Cubs signed free agent Jason Motte
2014 – Cubs signed free agent Adron Chambers
2014 – Cubs selected Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Dodgers
2014 – Cubs selected Shane Peterson off waivers from the A’s
2013 – Cubs signed free agent Mitch Maier
2013 – Cubs signed free agent Jonathan Sanchez
2007 – Cubs signed free agent Bobby Scales
2007 – Cubs signed free agent Esmailin Caridad
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Jason Marquis
2003 – Cubs signed free agent Kent Mercker
2003 – Cubs acquired Jose Macias from the Expos for Wilton Chavez
2003 – Grant DePorter, the managing partner of Harry Caray Restaurants, submitted the winning bid of $106,600 to acquire the foul ball deflected in Game Six of the 2003 NLCS by Steve Bartman.
2001 – Cubs signed free agent Moises Alou to a three-year, $27 million contract
2001 – Cubs traded Michael Tucker to the Royals for a PTBNL. Kansas City sent Shawn Sonnier to the Cubs on March 15, 2002 to complete the trade.
2000 – Cubs signed free agent Todd Hundley
1995 – Cubs re-signed Mark Grace
1989 – Cubs signed free agent Greg Booker
1979 – Rafael Soriano, born
1945 – Geoff Zahn, born
1944 – Rob Gardner, born
1935 – Tony Taylor, born