10/3 Gamel, Sveum & AFL roster

Infielder Mat Gamel, who missed the 2013 season because of a torn right anterior cruciate ligament, was claimed off waivers by the Cubs. Gamel, 28, ended the season on the Brewers’ 60-day disabled list, and was transferred to the Cubs’ 60-day DL. A left-handed hitter, he played parts of the previous five seasons with the Brewers (2008-12), posting a .229 batting average with 11 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 29 RBIs in 106 games. He’s played first base, third base, and three games in left.

In his most recent full pro season in 2011, Gamel spent most of the season with Triple-A Nashville where he batted .310 with 29 doubles, 28 home runs and 96 RBIs in 128 games. He made the Brewers’ Opening Day roser in 2012 but suffered a torn right ACL 21 games into the season on May 1 in San Diego. This year, he was expected to fulfill the void created by Corey Hart but reinjured the ligament in Spring Training.

Originally selected by the Brewers in the fourth round of the 2005 Draft, Gamel earned Topps Minor League Player of the Year honors in 2008 after hitting .329 with 35 doubles, seven triples, 19 homers and 96 RBIs in 127 games with Double-A Huntsville. Gamel made his big league debut with Milwaukee near the end of the 2008 season. The Cubs are set at first with Anthony Rizzo but Gamel could see action at third base.

* Dale Sveum wasn’t out of work long. Sveum, who was dismissed as the Cubs manager on Monday, was hired by the Royals to be part of manager Ned Yost’s coaching staff. Sveum will work with the infielders and in-game responsibilities will be announced later. Sveum was a coach on Yost’s staff for three seasons with the Brewers, and replaced him in 2008 for the final 12 games of the season. Milwaukee reached the National League Division Series that year. In two seasons with the Cubs, Sveum compiled a 127-197 record, finishing 66-96 this year and last in the National League Central. The Royals announced the contracts of third base coach Eddie Rodriguez and bench coach Chino Cadahia will not be renewed, and Sveum could fill one of those openings.

* Third baseman Luis Valbuena was recovering this week from a stomach ailment that forced him to miss the Cubs’ last series of the regular season. Valbuena did not travel with the team to St. Louis because of the problem, and was receiving treatment in Chicago.

* The Arizona Fall League gets underway next Tuesday. Among the Cubs prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox are outfielders Albert Almora and Jorge Soler, infielders Kris Bryant and Wes Darvill, and right-handed pitchers Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen, Lendy Castillo and Armando Rivero.

– Carrie Muskat

35 Comments

Ok, the pick up of Gamel is depressing. Another season of showcasing the injured and other reclaimation projects? I know the season is just over and not too read to much into this, but this seems like more of the same to me.

A torn ligament – takes a long time to heal and can cause future problems. Why would we want to take on more injury prone players? Stewart, Vitters,etc. Have we not learned our lessons yet?

And he has no former greatness to revert back to??? So even if he has a full recovery he will still be a healthy…Mat Gamel??? I can see rolling the dice on a player that had some previous glory/greatness but Gamel? Why? Maybe Casey McGhee or Jake Fox will tear a ligament and the Cubs will THEN sign THEM???

I’m sorry, but how stupid are you people? IT’S A MINOR MOVE MEANT TO INCREASE COMPETITION FOR ROSTER SPOTS IN SPRING TRAINING!!! THEY’RE NOT BASING THEIR 2014 SUCCESS AROUND THE ACQUISITION OF MAT FREAKIN GAMEL!!! YOU HAVE TO BE A COMPLETE MORON TO THINK THAT CLAIMING MAT GAMEL MEANS ANYTHING TO THE FUTURE SUCCESS OF THE CUBS! IT BOGGLES MY MIND HOW YOU IDIOTS CAN SPEND ALL DAY EVERY DAY ON THE CUBS WEBSITE AND YET KNOW SO LITTLE ABOUT THE CUBS! IT’S LIKE IF YOU READ A BOOK ON THE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR, THEN GOT THE QUESTION “WHO WON THE CIVIL WAR?” WRONG! I’M SICK AND TIRED OF IDIOTS POSTING THE MOST UNINTELLIGENT GARBAGE ON HERE. PAY ATTENTION AND LEARN SOMETHING OR UNPLUG YOUR COMPUTER AND THROW IT OUT THE WINDOW!!!!!! There, I feel better now.

Well we are all so happy that you feel better now Doug! NOT! WHAT A RUDE SMUG SON OF A YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE! Those of us who enjoy writing our thoughts, opinions, ideas, stats, facts, etc. on this blog should be able to do so without the likes of you telling us what is important or not important to the game of baseball. Oh and ,by the way, I AM NOT AN IDIOT, MY FELLOW BLOGGERS ARE NOT IDIOTS! WE ARE ALL CUB FANS WHO LOVE AGREEING OR DISAGREEING WITH EACH OTHER WITH COURTESY AND HOPEFULLY RESPECT! MAYBE A FEW GOOD OLD OREGON BROWNIES WOULD SWEETEN YOU UP! :)) Now I feel better! If you care, fine, if you don’t that’s fine, too.

“Those of us who enjoy writing our thoughts, opinions, ideas, stats, facts, etc. on this blog should be able to do so without the likes of you telling us what is important or not important to the game of baseball.” I agree. I come on here to talk about how insignificant the Cubs claiming Mat Gamel is and I get called out for it. And I’m sorry, but if you think that Mat Gamel means anything to the Cubs one way or another, then you are an idiot. Go sing Go Cubs Go after a meaningless September win and let the fans who actually have a clue talk.

LOL, LOL Doug. AWESOM POST!!!! Could not be more SPOT ON!

You can think whatever you want! That is not up to anyone but you – I called YOU OUT for calling the rest of us IDIOTS! WHICH WE ARE NOT! I have a clue, joey has a clue, Jasper has a clue, Jim mcbride has a clue – each person who writes on this site HAS A CLUE whether you agree with their clues or not! The combination of ALL OUR “CLUES” makes for a vital and interesting site. Eamus Catuli

Doug is right about one thing White, he lead with “I’m sorry,” and he IS sorry. He also is a card carrying member of the graduating class of the college of HWSRN as evidenced by the words he uses and the name calling of us co-commentators. Were we alleging that Gamel will be a cornerstone of the 2014 campaign??? And WE are the idiots?? Hardly. I believe we were just saying how there is yet ANOTHER attempt at a warm body/rehab (ala Baker etc.) and that the odds of Gamel sticking with the team AND helping the team win may not be good. We idiots OF COURSE know the REASON for the signing is to increase the stockpile of players to throw against the wall and see who sticks. One big “DUH” goes out to our very own, ever SO POLITE and mature best bud…henceforth known as “DUH DOUG”. I used some all caps so DUH DOUG in all his intelligence can better read??? I would have used all caps throughout my comment but I am an idiot and could not figure out where the caps lock button is on the alphabet thing-a-ma-jig thingy…or is it called a keyboard?? Ooooh….this “feeling better” after commenting is amazing!!

Venting and brownies, joey! The only way to survive!! :)) :)). I am still trying to figure out who won the civil war! I am still trying to figure out which civil war Doug was talking about. – the Spanish Civil War, the English Civil War, the Irish Civil War, the American Civil War, the Trojan Civil War????? Maybe Shirley Purrl can help you find your computer keys. She is a good computer walker! :))

Oh…..THOSE civil wars!!! I must be the idiot Duh Doug claims I am because I naturally thought he meant HIS OWN, internal “civil” war….fighting the darkness within himself to become CIVIL…which he evidently LOST because his comment was so UNCIVIL. So White, I ask you “THE QUESTION”: Who won the civil war??? NOT Duh Doug, that is for sure.

I appreciate the pressure from last year on Vitters and Brett Jackson. It was a good place to live in Des Moines. And I am sure both those guys liked baseball. You don’t get that every day when you’re poor. I guess going back to high school was better for both those guys than getting in Chicago. Now you really need to know Jerry and talk to Rahm.

One of those other guys is a complete jerk.

Selig is out. Consult Rose.

I haven’t heard from the state ownership lately, is Reinsdorf Jewish

These are champions

got a job Theo, last I heard you needed to pay two other guys for the job You were supposed to be doing

At options Theo is not a good baseball guy

thanks Demp

Here/There they are

How could a man destine a business partner for the last seed for standings in the draft, without words, and still be on top? He will do this year after year on the last angle he can find. Fire Theo Epstein now.

Reflect where you can find pride.

These guys in our Cub system, he should choke, the are on his next move

Its an owner. Your words are yours. Convince me more. Only my words are spent.

You could be the only fan in attendance unless you pay youselves

Bon Nuit, Good Night Kurt! Sleep tight! You know the old saying “Don’t let the bedbugs bite “! :))
:))

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Doug was the MVP on this thread. :)

So calling everyone else idiots is the “flavor of the day” ! MVP Doug! Whoopee!

I know its hard to read and comprehend his well stated common sense approach, but if you dissect it word by word, you might get his meaning. Unless of course, your an idiot. LMAO

“your” an idiot…. ??? “your”??? HA! (LMAO however is correct, thanks “four” the laugh!!)

Joey I am baking Oregon brownies as fast as I can – pan after pan! How will we ever have enough to get us through this “idiotic” day??? :)) :))

How are we supposed to know if we’ll have enough or not??? …..we are just a couple of idiots.
Figuring that out would be like kwantum fizics for us dumbees…Of course, I would rather be a nice idiot in your company than one of those “highly intelligent” commentators that espouse to KNOW that the “average Cub fan” does not follow the Cubs beyond the ML team. Keep baking White, save an idiot…SAVE THE WORLD!!

Signing Gamel really is a no brainer. I like it, just a gamble.

Gamel = gamble! Jasper, you’re a poet – do you know it? :))

Of course he KNOWS it…he KNOWS everything. His brilliant intellect is the world’s greatest gift. Gamel is a no brainer. Duh. ANOTHER limb Jasper ventures on. OF COURSE Gamel is a no brainer that doesn’t mean we can’t comment on WHAT ANOTHER injury rehab gamble it is signing him, like a broken record. Not saying it’s breaking the bank or Gamel is the answer to a playoff run, just more of the same ol’ same ol’ that’s all. Even us Tweedle Idiots KNOW THAT.

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