12/14 Roster moves

The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Twins. Hendriks, 24, is 2-13 with a complete game and a 6.06 ERA in 30 big league appearances (28 starts) with the Twins covering parts of the last three seasons (2011-13). He originally signed with the Twins as a non-drafted free agent in February 2007.

Last season, Hendriks split time between the Twins and Triple-A Rochester, posting a 1-3 record with a 6.85 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 10 big league games (eight starts). He made his first big league relief appearance Sept. 21 at Oakland, throwing 102 pitches, the fifth-most pitches in a relief appearance in Twins history. He made a second relief appearance Sept. 27 vs. Cleveland, striking out eight batters, the most strikeouts for a Twins pitcher in 2013, and tied for the third most in a relief appearance in Twins history.

The Perth, Australia native made the Twins Opening Day roster for the first time in 2012, going 1-8 with a complete game and a 5.59 ERA in 16 big league starts.

* The Cubs also have signed infielder Ryan Roberts, outfielder Ryan Kalish and catcher John Buck to Minor League deals with invites to Spring Training. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were with the Red Sox when they drafted Kalish.

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It seems like we have a serious problem with our front office leadership who are more inclined to try and salvage old mistakes into Cubs uniforms. Inbreeding always creates problems and I’m afraid that Epstein and Hoyer have a tendency to embrace players with limited skills and records to prove it, just so they can justify their original decision making process. In my opinion, we just made deals for a bunch of baseball bums who have not proven anything to anybody except they have a ball or glove in their hands and are now part of an organization that wallows in mediocrity.

Oh no, the Cubs are spending minimal amounts of money on players from Jed and theo’s old systems who could very well be role players on this years team. It’s the end of the world!

They aren’t likely counting on these guys as long-term major league pieces. Mostly they are stocking the system with higher quality players throughout the system that’s been missing. Any that pan out is a bonus and trade fodder; otherwise, they’re likely to count on the draft for future stars at the big-league level.

does not seem like a good choice to me . sometimes i think theo signs anybody he can that comes cheep and hopes they wii produce in our system

Cubs signed catcher John Baker—NOT John Buck.

Sounds like bodies to fill in for the “B” roster games next spring training.

Wow, the baseball stupidity level is off the charts on this comment board! Those of us who have been listening for the past two years know what the Cubs plan is and are willing to wait to see it through. As for the rest of you, if you want to root for a team willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to get to 75 wins, I suggest you start following the Seattle Mariners.

Doug I agree with what you are talking about, but this is a very important year for the FO. They need some of the young guys to make it to Chicago by Sept.. It is very diff. to watch as we set up for a third year in a row of NOT HAPPENING. I know where they are leading us, but right now it just feels like we went from, wait until next year, to wait until the year after next year, or more………. So watching other teams reload, or implode, seems better than the glimmer of hope down the road. Even the FO talked about wanting to be part of the signings, and headlines, but stuck to the plan. So frustrations will be high until some of the young guns find the road to Chicago, and give us something to believe in.

But the thing is, we all knew it would be like this because that’s exactly what Theo said he was planning on doing. I could understand people being frustrated if the top prospects were struggling. However, Baez just hit 37 homers, Bryant was the AFL MVP, Almora has looked good so far, and dominant pitching helped the Daytona Cubs win the FSL. That’s the key part of the plan, and so far so good. We have to be patient and see how that plays out. If people can’t handle that, then the Seattle Mariners would love to have you root them on to a 77-85 record with their high-priced over-30 FA signings!

Theo also said, in response to running Sandberg out of town, “Epstein said he wants a manager who has been a major league manager”. He’s 0-2. These moves and others such as the terrible Jackson signing last year do nothing towards building for the long term.

PEOPLE;PEOPLE;PEOPLE THIS IS OR WILL BE A SEASON WE WILL LOVE IF WE BELIEVE IN IT AND STOP ALL THIS STUPID TALK ABOUT THE F.O THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB BUT IT IS THE PLAYER WHO MUST DO THEIRS I FEEL THAT THIS WILL BE A GREAT YEAR FOR MY BELOVE CUBS

Clarence, your positive attitude is refreshing! Let ‘s hope our Cub’s players will do it for you! With a new manager, new coaching staff and refurbished team members I share your hopes. Looks like trading and rebuilding are still in progress so we will have to wait a while for the paint to dry.

If anyone believes these two (Hoyer/Epstein) have a divine plan you’re just stupid. The only plan these two have is to go cheap with bottom feeders as instructed by ownership…just following the company line; Period! Let’s wake up here.

Used to fish for bottom feeders off the coast of Maine while looking to harpoon tuna. Bottom feeders are fine dining! In spite of your depressing negativity the Cubs are hooking some really fine lineups with more to come. Look forward to some great ball in 2014.

I WOULD LIKE TO IF SOME OF US CUBS FAN KNOW WHAT DIEHARD MEAN TO ME I WILL BELIEVE IN THEM FROM THE BEGIN TO THE END THAT IS WHEN SEASON STARTS I WILL ALWAY HAVE MR CUB E.BANKS HOPE I GREW UP AS A CUB FAN WATCHING MR CUB PLAY BALL WITH A NEVER SAY DIE OR QUIT IN HIM AND THAT HOW AND WHY I LOVE MY CUBS

CLARENCE, YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION AND A TRUE BLUE CUBS FAN! I AGREE WITH YOU – NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER QUIT! ERNIE BANKS – YOU WERE SO LUCKY TO HAVE SEEN HIM PLAY. I HAVE A PICTURE OF MY GRANDDAUGHTER, BARNEY’S WIFE, WITH ERNIE WHICH I TREASURE.

In response to people above: a) Theo never said he wanted someone with Major League managing experience. He said he wanted someone with experience on a Major League bench. That means anyone from a manager, to a hitting coach, to a pitching coach, to a bench coach. Both Dale Sveum and Rich Renteria did have that, so stop thinking that Theo just wanted to “run Sandberg out of town.” Anyway, after the Phillies have another mediocre season, we’ll see if you’re still saying that Ryne Sandberg is a great manager. And b) No one ever said it is a divine plan. But it is a plan and so far everything is going according to plan. Again, if the key minor leaguers were sucking, I’d be on board with you. But they’re not, so chill the frack out! And I seriously doubt that the Ricketts are telling Theo and Co. not to sign big name players. I mean, why would they bring in Theo and pay him $10 million himself just to not make any moves? If the Ricketts were going on the cheap, you’d think they could find someone to run the team for a lot less money! That’s how I see it and I am wide awake! Maybe you are the one who really needs to wake up, or at least stop living in your fantasy land or conspiracies and of Ryne Sandberg being a good Major League manager?

To be honest, I’m glad Ryno didn’t get the manager job. Knowing how the majority of Cubs fans act nowadays he would’ve been blamed for another losing season or two when in reality the team just wasn’t built to win yet, and then everyone would be clamoring to have him fired, leading to one of the greatest Cubs to ever play being run out of town by impatient, misinformed (often unintelligent) fans. I don’t want to see Rynos legacy tainted like that, he doesn’t deserve it. Enjoy Philly Ryno!

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