There are many, many reasons and things to be thankful for today on this Thanksgiving. It is really hard to believe it’s already Turkey Day and the holiday season is upon us. I would like to thank all of our readers and posters and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
Baseball is gearing up for what should be an interesting end to the month and Winter Meetings. Jayson Stark reported Wednesday that “after day-long labor talks” two sources confirmed to him that there is “a path to a deal to avert a lockout next week.”
Baseball is thriving and there is absolutely no reason for MLB and the MLBPA to allow the owners to approve a lockout.
As the game likely takes a day off to celebrate Thanksgiving, one thing that is known … The Cubs are The World Series Champions!
The Cubs posted on the official transactions page Monday that the team released Patton on Nov. 17.
Spencer Patton appeared in 16 games at the big league level this past season. Patton was 1-1 with a 5.48 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 5.02 FIP. Patton allowed 16 runs, 13 earned, on 20 hits with 14 walks and 22 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings.
Patton was 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 35 games with the Iowa Cubs this past season.
Patton thanked the Cubs for “an incredible experience.” Patton said on Twitter that “getting to work for such a great organization was a blessing.”
The Cubs 40-man roster officially stands at 37 players with the recent subtractions of Patton and David Rollins.
As it turns out, the Cubs were interested in LHP Brett Cecil before he signed with the Cardinals. And it may have been the Cubs that forced the Cardinals to give Cecil a fourth year on the four-year, $30.5 million contract he inked this week.
The Cubs, Yankees and Mariners were also pursuing Brett Cecil according to Joel Sherman.
Sherman reported, “The Cardinals were apparently aware of the Cubs’ presence, and that might have been part of the reason why St. Louis distinguished itself by going a fourth year.”
Brett Cecil’s deal with the Cardinals is viewed as a market changer which should help Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins receive better contracts this off-season than first projected.
The Diamondbacks and Mariners made a significant five-player trade late Wednesday night.
Mike Hazen and the D-Backs sent INF Jean Segura, OF Mitch Haniger and LHP Zac Curtis to the Mariners for RHP Taijuan Walker and INF Ketel Marte.
Segura had a good year in Arizona at the plate and got his career back on track after a rough stretch with the Brewers. Segura batted .319/.368/.499 with 41 doubles, seven triples and 20 home runs for a .867 OPS. Segura hit the ball that led to the Kyle Schwarber and Dexter Fowler collision in the third game of the season.
Walker was 8-11 in 25 starts for the Mariners with a 4.22 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 4.99 FIP. Walker allowed 75 runs, 63 earned, on 129 hits with 37 walks and 119 strikeouts in 134 1/3 innings.
News, Notes and Rumors
• The Cubs are still shaping off-season plans as potential lockout looms according to Comcast SportsNet.
• Kris Bryant is overwhelmed by the response since the Cubs won The World Series according to Comcast SportsNet.
• Jesse Rogers made the case for and against the Cubs bringing back Dexter Fowler.
• Joel Sherman reported the Nationals are poised to blow up baseball’s hot stove. According to Sherman, the Nationals are “expected to break the shackles and be aggressive” this winter. The Nationals are “hovering” on Chris Sale, intrigued by Yoenis Cespedes and could be in on Jose Bautista. Mike Rizzo is expected to sign one of the big three closers (Mark Melancon, Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen).” And the Nationals are looking to trade LHP Gio Gonzalez. Jim Bowden said Wednesday that the Nationals will never sacrifice tomorrow for today but “there are all in everywhere.”
• The Yankees have targeted Aroldis Chapman according to Jon Heyman. Along with Chapman, the Yankees are interested in Kenley Jansen, Carlos Beltran, Edwin Encarnacion, Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Bautista. The Yankees have also touched base with agents of Dexter Fowler, Matt Holliday, Mike Napoli, Brandon Moss, Rich Hill and Jason Hammel.
• According to Jim Bowden, dialing rosters to 26 should force other MLB moves.
• Former Cubs’ reliever Blake Parker is on the move again. The Brewers claimed Parker off waivers from the Angels. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Brewers designated RHP David Goforth for assignment.
• The Indians outrighted Michael Martinez off the 40-man roster. The Indians would like to keep Martinez in the organization by signing him to a minor league contract with an invite to big league camp according to Paul Hoynes. Cubs’ fans will never forget the name Michael Martinez and the bouncer he hit to Kris Bryant in Game 7.
• The Rockies signed INF Josh Rutledge to a minor league contract that includes an invite to Spring Training.
• FanRag Sports’ Ryan Davis reported trading Jorge Soler may be the best thing possible for both him and the Cubs.
• The Cubs will pay $388,000 to repair Grant Park. The Cubs are responsible for the damage that was done during what Joe Maddon labeled as ‘Cubstock.’
This Day in Cubstory
2003 – Twins selected Augie Ojeda off waivers from the Cubs
1993 – Jeimer Candelario, born
1993 – Cubs signed free agent Glenallen Hill
1993 – Cubs acquired Willie Banks from the Twins for Dave Steven and Matt Walbeck
1992 – Cubs signed free agent Eddie Zambrano
1968 – Dave Hansen, born
1948 – Hack Wilson passed away at the age of 48 in Baltimore without a penny to his name. Wilson’s 56 home runs in 1930 was a National League record until 1998 and the 191 RBI he collected in 1930 remain an All-Time record that many feel will never be broken. National League President Ford Frick paid $350 for his funeral services, that included the cost of a coffin.