Results tagged ‘ Mets ’

10/25 Roster moves

Infielder Adrian Cardenas and right-handed pitchers Miguel Socolovich, Jason Berken and Marcos Mateo were assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa and are no longer on the Cubs’ 40-man roster. The team also announced that catcher Anthony Recker, designated for assignment on Wednesday, was claimed off waivers by the Mets. Recker, acquired from the Athletics on Aug. 27 for Blake Lalli, went 3-for-18 in nine games with the Cubs, including a home run Sept. 9 against the Pirates.

Cardenas spent most of the 2012 season with Iowa, where he batted .300 in 65 games. He batted .183 in 45 games with the Cubs. Socolovich, who was claimed off waivers from the Orioles on Aug. 23, posted a 4.50 ERA in six games with the Cubs. Berken, also claimed off waivers from the Orioles on Sept. 7, was 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA in four starts with Chicago. Mateo had been on the 60-day disabled list with ulnar neuritis, and was activated and then outrighted to Iowa.

— Carrie Muskat

6/26 Cubs lineup: Rizzo batting 3rd

Anthony Rizzo will make his Cubs debut Tuesday night, batting third against the Mets. Rizzo is the 10th rookie to play for the Cubs this season. The others: Adrian Cardenas, Welington Castillo, Steve Clevenger, Blake Lalli, Jairo Asencio, Lendy Castillo, Rafael Dolis, Scott Maine and Blake Parker.  Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF

Castro SS

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

LaHair RF

Valbuena 3B

Barney 2B

Clevenger C

Wells P

— Carrie Muskat

6/25 Cubs lineup

Once again, the Cubs have to face a left-handed starter, and this one will be tough. On Monday, the Mets send Johan Santana against the Cubs in the series opener at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are 3-16 against lefty starters so far. Travis Wood has posted quality starts in three of his four starts this month, and has a 2.92 ERA in June. He is facing a Cy Young winner for the fourth time on Monday. So far, Wood has gone head to head against Barry Zito, Justin Verlander and Jake Peavy. Monday’s Mets starter, Johan Santana, is No. 4. Reed Johnson has a .520 career batting average against Santana, the highest for any player with at least 25 at-bats against him.

Here’s the lineup:

Johnson RF

Barney 2B

Castro SS

Soriano LF

Baker 1B

Soto C

Mather CF

Valbuena 3B

T. Wood P

— Carrie Muskat

9/7 Cubs head to NYC

After an off day, the Cubs head to New York for a three-game series against the Mets. This weekend also is the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. Most of the Cubs players said they will avoid going to Ground Zero in New York City this weekend.
The last time Reed Johnson visited the site was July 2000 at the All-Star break. He was playing for Class A Hagerstown at the time, and took his wife to New York. They went with a couple teammates and wanted to see the sights. One of their stops was the Twin Towers, and they went to the observation deck.
“We’ve got pictures from the top,” Johnson said. “It was a little more than one year before [9/11] happened.”
Johnson hasn’t been back.
“When you’ve gone there and seen [the Twin Towers], you don’t have an idea of how big those buildings are until you’re standing next to them or on top of them,” he said.
The Cubs won’t be able to avoid all the attention that New York will get this weekend.
“It always brings back memories and you see stuff in the paper — you see USA Today and they’re featuring the children of 9/11,” Johnson said. “Especially when you have your own kids, you realize what that did to so many families. On 9/11, it’s great to remember those people, but you wish it would carry farther into the year and not just on that date. I just hope it doesn’t lose it’s importance.”
He’d like to visit the memorial being built where the Twin Towers once stood.
“If we go back there on a different day, I’d go back to see the site,” he said. “I’m sure it will be crazy and tough to get around.”
— Carrie Muskat

12/17 Mets interested in Gorzelanny?

The New York Post reports the Mets have inquired about Cubs pitcher Tom
Gorzelanny. The lefty made $800,000 last year, and will receive a raise
through arbitration but would still be a fairly economical addition.
Gorzelanny was 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 29 games (23 starts) last season
with Chicago. You can never have enough pitching, but the Cubs do have a
surplus with Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Carlos Silva,
plus up and coming youngsters such as Casey Coleman, Chris Carpenter,
Chris Archer and Thomas Diamond.

— Carrie Muskat

7/31 Big Z & no-trade clause

Carlos Zambrano says he would waive his no-trade clause if the Cubs asked. There are reports that the Mets have inquired about the right-hander, who wants to get back in the rotation. However, reported Saturday the Mets offer of Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo for Zambrano never had a chance and said Big Z will not be moved Saturday.

“I want to stay [with the Cubs] but I understand this is a business and whatever the Cubs want me to do — if they think I’m a problem here and they want to move me, it’s sad that I would move if they think I’m the problem,” Zambrano said Friday.

What if GM Jim Hendry asked Zambrano to waive his no-trade clause?

“If they come to me and say they want to trade me, I would say, ‘Yes,'” Zambrano said. “If they ask me, ‘Hey, we want to trade you,’ I wouldn’t say no. I would say ‘yes’ because obviously when they put something on the table, it’s because they don’t want you or they think there are better players and they need to move you.”

Does Zambrano need a fresh start somewhere else?

“It’s up to me,” he said. “It’s up to me to behave myself to be good on the field to be smart and to change things around.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/31 Lilly, Riot & Z update

It’s decision day for the Cubs. The trading deadline is 2 p.m. MT. says there are still four teams — the Dodgers, Twins, Tigers and Yankees — who are pursuing Ted Lilly. However, reported Saturday morning that the Yankees are out.

On Friday, Lilly prepped as he normally would for his next start, which would be Monday at Wrigley Field.

“Teddy wants to stay here but he knows the game of baseball and he knows that something could happen,” Lou Piniella said. “It’s good to see they want to stay here. That speaks well.”

Lilly is trying to focus on pitching.

“We’re near the end of July and I only have three wins,” said the lefty, who is 3-8 with a 3.69 ERA. “I really want more than that.

“It doesn’t settle so well,” he said. “I’ve got 18 starts and I’ve got three wins. It’s bothersome. That’s what I’m here for is to go out and try to win.”

There’s also been some interest in Ryan Theriot, whose phone was loaded with messages from people, including his agent, wondering if he was pulled from Friday’s game because a deal had been made. It was simply a double switch. The Denver Post reported the D-backs have talked to the Cubs about a possible Theriot for Kelly Johnson swap.

Less than 24 hours after he was activated from the restricted list, Carlos Zambrano also is getting some action. Big Z told reporters Friday in Denver that he would consider waiving his no trade clause if the Cubs wanted to move him. According to, the Mets offered Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo for Zambrano but the Cubs said no. Big Z still has a lot of money remaining on his contract ($6.4 million this year; $17.9 million in 2011; $18 million in 2012).

— Carrie Muskat

7/30 Lilly & Theriot rumors

Could Ted Lilly go back to the Dodgers? According to Fox Sports, the Dodgers and Cubs have talked about Lilly and Ryan Theriot, but the catch is that the Dodgers want the Cubs to add cash in the deal. Lilly has $4.3 million remaining, Theriot $933,000.

The Cubs and Dodgers have confirmed the talks are ongoing. The catch is the money. The Cubs are trying to trim payroll, and the Dodgers don’t want to add. The trading deadline is Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

Lilly actually was drafted by the Dodgers in 1996 in the 23rd round but traded in July 31, 1998, to the Montreal Expos in a six-player swap. This season, he’s 3-8 with a 3.69 ERA in 18 starts, and has received the least amount of run support in the Major Leagues. If he went to the Dodgers, the lefty would join a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda and Vicente Padilla.

The Twins were interested in Lilly but chose to add to the bullpen, acquiring Matt Capps from the Nationals on Thursday. A Mets official told the New York Post it’s “very doubtful” they’ll get Lilly because they do not want to take on the money remaining and give up prospects.

Theriot received a $2.6 million salary for 2010 after losing an arbitration case to the Cubs. He’s under team control through 2012. The Fox report said Theriot could take over at second, sending Blake DeWitt to Triple-A. But DeWitt was batting .272 with one homer, 15 doubles, four triples and a .352 on-base percentage. Theriot is hitting .285 with one homer, 10 doubles, two triples and a .321 on-base percentage. The Padres had looked at Theriot but instead traded for Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada.

— Carrie Muskat

7/29 Lilly rumors

A New York Mets official told the New York Post on Thursday it’s “very doubtful” they’ll get Ted Lilly by the trading deadline because they do not want to take on most of the $4.37 million still owed the lefty and give up prospects. The Dodgers and Twins are still believed to be talking to the Cubs about Lilly.

— Carrie Muskat

7/6 Change in Wrigley start times

The Cubs have changed some start times and announced the TV schedule for five games at Wrigley Field in the second half. ESPN is moving the Sunday, July 18 game against the Phillies to 7:05 p.m. CT. The game will still air on ESPN, though it was originally scheduled to start at 5:05 p.m. CT.   

Additionally, ESPN has selected the Sunday, July 25 game vs. the Cardinals for a national broadcast. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m. CT.

With ESPN now having reached its Sunday Night maximum for 2010 at Wrigley Field, two additional games currently listed with start times of TBD are confirmed for afternoon starts.  The Aug. 22 game vs. the Braves and the Sept. 26 contest vs. the Cardinals will both begin at 1:20 p.m. CT and air on WGN.

Additionally, the Sept. 4 game vs. the Mets will now air on WGN and begin at 12:05 p.m. CT. The game was originally listed to start at 3:10 p.m. CT.

— Carrie Muskat