Results tagged ‘ Jim Hendry ’

3/21 Cubs to meet Tuesday re: roster

Mike Quade will meet Tuesday morning with GM Jim Hendry, assistant GM Randy Bush, pitching coach Mark Riggins, bench coach Pat Listach and others to discuss the state of the Cubs and make some roster decisions.

“It’s time to sit down,” Quade said Monday.

The Cubs have nine games remaining this spring.

“I think the conversation tomorrow basically talks about everybody’s role on this club — who’s still alive to make this club, who’s not, where we see the depth, the rankings from the pitching to the bullpen, the whole club,” Quade said. “We have decisions to make. We know a healthy [Aramis] Ramirez is our third baseman, but we’re going to go through the whole club — at least that’s what I want to do. We’ll look at every angle, every possibility.”

Quade has his opinions on certain players. For example, catcher Welington Castillo has opened his eyes. Castillo was batting .706 this spring. That’ll get your attention. However, they have to determine whether Castillo and the Cubs are better served if he’s starting at Triple-A Iowa or backing up Geovany Soto on the big league team. Blake DeWitt, on the other hand, is hitting .163 and still has work to do at second base.

Quade said he’s already had some healthy disagreements with Hendry, Bush and others, and that’s OK.

“I’m not of the mentality that I have to win,” Quade said. “I’m not an ego guy. I want to do the right thing.”

— Carrie Muskat

2/23 Cubs on Wainwright injury

The Cubs were definitely not gloating over the news Wednesday that the Cardinals may have lost pitcher Adam Wainwright to a serious elbow injury.

“He’s on one of our rivalry
teams,” pitcher Sean Marshall said, “but I still wish him the best as a friend. You don’t wish
that on anyone for sure,
even if it is your ‘sports enemy.’ Adam’s a great guy and I wish
him well. He’s definitely
one of their staples in their rotation and a Cy Young contender
the last couple years and it
helps our team if he’s not in the rotation but you don’t wish
anything bad on

Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood has had to deal with his share of injuries.

“You feel bad for the guy and you
never want to see guys get hurt, especially top of the line guys like that,” Wood said, “but he’s not the first and he won’t be the

Said Cubs manager Mike Quade: “That’s a shame, that’s what that
is. It’s a damn shame. I don’t know what else to say. I watched him come through the system. … You want to win and
compete and all the rest of it, but you don’t like seeing anybody get hurt, that’s for darn
sure. He’s meant a lot to them. That will be a tough one [to

It’s been a tough camp for the Cardinals with all the talk about Albert Pujols’ contract and now this.

“I’ve always said that as long as [Tony La Russa] is running the club and they
have the people they have,it’s a great franchise and they always have the ability to get
better and add on and I fully expect them to be right in the thick of it no matter what,” GM Jim Hendry said.


— Carrie Muskat

2/16 Cubs notebook

Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman is throwing about 60 percent in his side sessions. Guzman, coming back from right shoulder surgery, has had three sessions and is being limited to fastballs and changeups. But, he has begun throwing his cutter off flat ground. The goal is to have Guzman face hitters in mid March.

* Cubs GM Jim Hendry spent Wednesday touring the Diamondbacks’ and Rockies’ new Spring Training facility in Scottsdale. The Cubs are committed to building a new complex in Mesa, but it’s not expected to be ready until Spring Training in 2014.

* Right-hander Robert Coello, acquired Tuesday from the Red Sox, was expected in Cubs camp on Thursday.

* Asked if he takes supplements, Cubs manager Mike Quade said: “I just know that orange juice and V-8, that’s the supplements that are getting me through now.”

— Carrie Muskat

1/14 Cubs Convention schedule

Are you headed to the Cubs Convention this weekend? Here’s the schedule for Saturday and Sunday seminars at the Hilton Chicago:


* The Ricketts Family Forum. Tom, Pete, Laura and Todd Ricketts will answer questions about the Wrigley renovation plans, the state of the team, and the possibility of a Ron Santo statue.

* Meet Cubs Management. It’s your turn to ask GM Jim Hendry and manager Mike Quade questions about player moves. What do they do with all the pitchers? Who will lead off? Greg Maddux was scheduled to attend but he had to cancel because of a family emergency and will not attend the convention.

* Pitching Evolution. New pitching coach Mark Riggins plus Kerry Wood, Andrew Cashner, Randy Wells, Jeff Samardzija, and Sean Marshall will take the podium.

* Future of Cubs Facilities. Team president Crane Kenny and others will discuss Wrigley Field, the Mesa, Ariz., Spring Training project and the Dominican Republic academy.

* For Kids Only. This is always entertaining. Marlon Byrd, Justin Berg, Casey Coleman, Blake DeWitt and Carlos Pena will take questions.

* The “Q Factor:” This will be Quade’s first chance to deal with the fans as the Cubs manager. He’s been prepped this week with questions during the Cubs Caravan.

* Battery Talk: Geovany Soto and Koyie Hill will discuss the relationship with the pitchers along with Carlos Zambrano and Tom Gorzelany.

* On the Road with No. 10: WGN Radio’s Pat Hughes will join Cory Provus, Andy Masur and Judd Sirott to talk about Ron Santo.

* Meet Cubs Business Management: Kenney, marketing chief Wally Hayward and others will discuss plans for Wrigley and beyond.

* Remembering Ronnie: Santo’s former teammates will share stories. Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley, Jose Cardenal and Milt Pappas are scheduled to attend.

* Dominican Way of Life: Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Pena and Starlin Castro will discuss baseball in the Dominican Republic.


* The 25 Club: Tyler Colvin, Darwin Barney, Scott Maine and James Russell talk about being young Cubs in Chicago.

* Down on the Farm: Player development director Oneri Fleita and scouting director Tim Wilken will discuss the farm system.

— Carrie Muskat

1/8 Garza deal for present & future

GM Jim Hendry wanted to make it clear that giving up top prospects like Chris Archer, Hak-Ju Lee and Brandon Guyer to acquire Matt Garza was done not only to help the Cubs in 2011 but also for the next few years.

“Matt’s 27 and he’s going to be a Cub for awhile,” Hendry said Saturday. “We look at this as a great trade for the present and the future. For the Rays’ sake, they weren’t able to hold onto some of their talent through free agency that left because of their situation and look what they’ve done and the way they’ve re-tooled before and they have great young pitching in the Minor Leagues. I have no doubt they’ll re-tool again and be a factor in the American League East, and probably sooner than people think. This was a trade for not just now for us. We’re not giving away the farm to try to win in one year. That couldn’t be farther from the truth with a guy like Matt Garza.”

Why did Garza come at such a steep price? Because he’s heading into what will likely be prime time for the right-hander and he also will be under team control through the 2013 season.

Garza got his first look at Wrigley Field on Friday. He has never pitched there.

“I had the pleasure of seeing it yesterday in its snow-covered glory,” he said. “It was outstanding and I love it. As long as the dimensions are the same, I’ll be all right.”

He is coming from a team that won 96 games and the tough AL East. The Cubs finished fifth in the NL Central.

“Before the Rays won 96 games, they were in the cellar of the AL East,” Garza said. “We just went in there with all positives. We went in there [and said] ‘We’re in for a dogfight so let’s go get them.’ That’s the same attitude I take year in and year out. It’s going to be a dogfight no matter who you face. Our opponents are Major League ballplayers so nothing is going to be handed to us. Right now, it’s going to be a tough race and let’s see how we get ready and get it done. Why not?”

— Carrie Muskat

12/16 Wood close to return

It looks like Kid K is coming back. Kerry Wood, who went from a hard-throwing starter to closer with the Cubs, is close to signing a one-year contract with the team. The Chicago Sun-Times said Thursday the deal was for $1.5 million. No formal announcement was expected Thursday.

Wood was effective in short relief with the Yankees this season, compiling a 0.69 ERA in 24 games and giving up two earned runs over 26 innings and striking out 31. He would complement lefty Sean Marshall in the Cubs bullpen and provide an experienced right-hander to set up closer Carlos Marmol. The addition of Wood could prompt the team to move Andrew Cashner from the ‘pen to the rotation.

The right-hander needed to pass a physical and contract details had to be finalized before the deal could be made official. GM Jim Hendry is well-versed in Wood’s medical history. The right-hander has been on the disabled list 14 times in his career because of his shoulder, elbow, back and blisters.

— Carrie Muskat

12/9 Cubs talk to Rays re: Garza

It’s going to be tough to pry right-hander Matt Garza from the Rays. The Cubs have talked to the team about a possible trade but Tampa manager Joe Maddon says his starter isn’t going anywhere. If the Cubs are intent on adding Garza, they’d have to be willing to part with some of their young talent.

“Our farm system is very highly regarded with other teams and any discussions we’ve had, it’s always been made very clear that we have plenty of talent to get a deal done,” assistant GM Randy Bush said Thursday. “It’s just a matter of what part of that talent we’d be willing to let go.”

Carlos Pena, who signed a one-year deal with the Cubs on Wednesday, wouldn’t mind seeing his Tampa teammate join him in Chicago.

“Matt Garza is one of those pitchers that wherever he goes, he’ll be an incredible asset,” Pena said. “I think he’s got Cy Young potential, to be honest with you. He’s a great kid. He leaves the window open for great things to happen. Who knows? I think any team would love to have a guy like Matt.

“It’s a lot of fun to play with Matt — he’s so intense, I think you feel the heat radiating from him when you go to the mound,” Pena said.

— Carrie Muskat

12/8 Hendry on Pena deal

Cubs GM Jim Hendry likes the way they were able to structure Carlos Pena’s deal. The first baseman will get $10 million, although part of that money is deferred.

“I think it’s good for both sides,” Hendry said. “You’ve got a power hitter that for four years has averaged 36 home runs, a real good defender… I look at his situation a lot like (Adrian) Beltre’s a year ago when he went to Boston. Carlos had a few nagging injuries and didn’t hit for even the average he used to, so he found a club that was really a good fit for him.

“We like the shortness of [the deal], and at the same time it was position we really needed, and he fits the requirements that were important,” Hendry said.

Pena is exactly what the Cubs are looking for, Hendry said.

“It’s hard to find,” he said. “That’s why (left-handed sluggers) get locked up for as long as they do, the (Ryan) Howards, (Adrian) Gonzalez, those kind of guys. We’ve lacked that. We’ve been looking for that kind of power for a while. Plus he has the combination of outstanding defense, and is a terrific guy character-wise. We thought it was a real good fit and hope it works at the level we expect it to. There’s a history of people like this that go somewhere for a year and then maximize their value for the future.”

— Carrie Muskat

12/8 Cubs closing in on Pena

The Cubs may have found their next first baseman in Carlos Pena. GM Jim
Hendry continued discussions at the Winter Meetings with representatives
for the free agent, and the team expected to hear more Wednesday. A
source told the two sides had finalized a one-year contract but a
team official said it was too early to say the deal was done.

batting average has dropped each of the last four seasons but he is
averaging 36 homers and 100 RBIs in that span. He also ranks among the
elite fielding first baseman, which would benefit the Cubs, who have
been spoiled with Gold Glove winner Derrek Lee at first for the last
seven seasons. Lee was traded to the Braves in August.

— Carrie Muskat

11/17 Hoffpauir to Japan

The Cubs’ top priority this offseason is to acquire a first baseman but Jim Hendry will leave the general manager meetings in Orlando with nobody there on the depth chart because Micah Hoffpauir is going to play in Japan. An official announcement was expected Friday. Sources say Hoffpauir has agreed to a one-year deal with the Nippon Ham Fighters. In 162 games with the Cubs over three seasons, he batted .251.

— Carrie Muskat