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Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein know Ryan Kalish well. The outfielder was the Red Sox’s ninth-round pick in 2006, and had a lot of potential but he was injured after colliding with an outfield wall in April 2011. He eventually needed cervical fusion surgery, which involves the removal of a disc in his neck, and the insertion of a metal plate. It’s the same surgery Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had, and Kalish had the same doctor, spinal specialist Robert Watkins, and even stayed in the same hospital room.
“He’s a solid defender, runs well, puts together a great at-bat, whether it’s against righties or lefties,” manager Rick Renteria said of Kalish. “He been down for awhile with different issues over the past couple years and he’s extremely happy to be a part of the organization and part of the club. He did a nice job this spring.”
After going through the surgery and the rehab and missing all of last season, Kalish admitted he got a little emotional when told he would be on the Opening Day roster.
“I got choked up a little bit,” Kalish said. “It’s been such a wild ride to even think I’d be starting Opening Day for the Cubs this year after being in a cervical fusion recovery room overnight is just pretty wild. This is a really awesome day for myself and everyone who has seen what I’ve gone through. My family is just ecstatic.”
He still has a lot of maintenance work to do on his body. Making the team is one step, he said.
“There’s a greater sense of something bigger going on than one day of being called up,” he said. “I want to be a part of what we want to make happen. This is one really cool day and tomorrow’s my birthday, so today is pretty cool. Tomorrow, we’re working. We have a bigger goal than one call-up on one day. I’m very fortunate and blessed.”
He’ll turn 26 on Friday.
“I’m young,” he said. “I still have a lot of years, a lot of legs left to improve my game, and do what the Cubs want me to do, be a leader, play hard, get on base, steal.”
– Carrie Muskat
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees and Dodgers are expected to be the most aggressive in pursuit of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka when the posting system is finalized. Major League officials and the Japanese league are ironing out details.
Sherman said executives from two clubs expect the Cubs to be in the mix as well, with one saying they will be “really aggressive.”
Sherman notes that the Cubs have several impact position players (Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora) but not enough pitching.
Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer have been involved in the posting process for Japanese players before. They were with the Red Sox when they gave $51.1 million posting fee to land Daisuke Matsuzaka. If the Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers and Red Sox are in pursuit of Tanaka, it will be expensive.
The posting fees are still to be resolved. According to Sherman, MLB officials have been trying to lower the fees transferred from their teams to Japanese teams as part of the process to gain negotiating rights. The Rangers paid the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters $51.7 million posting fee to get Yu Darvish, then signed him to a six-year, $60 million contract.
MLB has a current proposal that involves a limit of $20 million, Sherman writes.
Why is Tanaka so highly regarded? Tanaka, 25, was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 28 regular season games with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, that’s why.
– Carrie Muskat
According to FOX Sports and MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs’ negotiations with the Red Sox for Torey Lovullo are a little complicated.
At a news conference Monday, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said no team had asked for permission to talk to Lovullo, Boston’s bench coach.
“Right now, our hope and expectation is our coaching staff is back,” Cherington said. “There have been no requests for permission for any of the Major League coaches.”
The Cubs have interviewed Rick Renteria, Dave Martinez, A.J. Hinch, Manny Acta and Brad Ausmus. On Sunday, Ausmus was named the Tigers manager.
Later Monday, Rosenthal posted that the problem could be timing.
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said Monday that no team had contacted him yet about interviewing Boston bench coach Torey
Lovullo. The hold up may be because of timing. When Theo Epstein left the Red Sox to take over the Cubs as president of baseball operations in October 2011, the Cubs and Red Sox had an agreement they would not hire each other’s employees. There was a set time frame, which Rosenthal says may be three years.
Rosenthal said a resolution could depend on the two team’s ownership, and a concession by the Red Sox to allow Lovullo to leave.
Epstein did hire Lovullo to manage the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2010. When John Farrell was named manager of the Blue Jays for the 2011 season, Lovullo joined his coaching staff. Lovullo returned to the Red Sox in October 2012 to be the bench coach.
– Carrie Muskat
It’s been a crazy summer for Daniel Bard, who found himself on Friday throwing a bullpen session at Wrigley Field for the Cubs, ending a week in which he’d been in four states in five days. The Cubs claimed Bard, once considered one of the best set-up pitchers in baseball, off waivers from the Red Sox. For now, he’ll work with Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio on the side, which he did Friday. There is no timetable as to when he would get in a game, manager Dale Sveum said.
Bard’s session didn’t start well as he cut his thumb on the first pitch, and it started to bleed. The right side of his pant leg was stained in blood but it’s a problem that just needed a bandage, he said.
When the right-hander was designated, Bard said he was in “baseball limbo” and not sure what would happen next.
“I was ready to hit free agency this offseason, which was fine, and then this opportunity came about, and God’s plans are a little better than mine,” he said. “I was happy to hear from Theo [Epstein]. We had a good chat and talked about the plan moving forward and here I am.”
Epstein was the Red Sox GM when he selected Bard in the first round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, and is now president of baseball operations for the Cubs.
“He’s a guy who has seen me at my best, and at my worst,” Bard said of Epstein. “It’s pretty awesome to have somebody you know is on your side.”
Bard’s struggles started when he was switched from the bullpen to starting.
“I don’t think it was a bad move,” he said Friday. “We, the coaches over there and myself included, we tried to change too many things to turn me from a reliever to a starter. I could’ve just taken the pitcher I was in the bullpen for four years and plopped that into a starting role and probably would’ve been fine.
“We tried to overhaul in Spring Training, and throw more changeups, cut the ball, sink the ball, change speeds with the fastball, things that I hadn’t done in the past,” Bard said. “It worked a few times, and I had some good starts, but it got me out of my game and it’s been a little bit of a journey here the past year and some injuries have gotten in the way as well. I’m healthy now. It’s a fresh environment to start working in is really exciting for me.”
Bard was bothered by a strained abdominal muscle, and said two months after that happened, he re-tore it in a different spot. The right-hander went about three months without pitching in a game.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs added another arm to the bullpen mix when they claimed right-handed pitcher Sandy Rosario off waivers from the Red Sox. Rosario, 27, has been active on the transaction wire. The Red Sox acquired him off waivers from the Marlins on Oct. 17, and he was designated for assignment on Nov. 20. Eight days later, he was dealt to the Athletics for right-hander Graham Godfrey. The Athletics then designated Rosario for assignment two days later. On Dec. 10, the Red Sox claimed him again off waivers.
Last season, he combined for 17 saves and a 1.99 ERA in 31 Minor League games between the Marlins’ Triple-A, Double-A and Class A teams. Rosario missed nearly two months on the disabled list because of a strained right quad. He’s had limited appearances over the last three seasons with the Marlins, totaling 7 2/3 innings, and made four appearances in June with the big league team. At Triple-A New Orleans, Rosario posted a 1.04 ERA with 16 saves in 25 games, striking out 24 over 26 innings. This winter, he’s been pitching for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican, appearing in 12 games through Dec. 8. He has 13 strikeouts and issued five walks over 11 1/3 innings.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum may remember Rosario. Sveum was with Milwaukee when the pitcher made his Major League debut on Sept. 23, 2010, for the Marlins, and the Brewers’ Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder hit his first and third pitches for home runs.
Rosario is the third new arm added to the Cubs’ bullpen, joining Japanese pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa, who signed a two-year deal last Friday, and Hector Rondon, who was selected in the Rule 5 Draft. With the addition of Rosario, the Cubs’ 40-man roster is now at 40.
– Carrie Muskat
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports the Red Sox are aggressively pursuing Ryan Dempster. As a player with 10 years in the Majors, and five with one team, Dempster has the power to veto a trade. He’s drawing a lot of interest from teams looking to fortify their rotation, including the Dodgers and Yankees. The Cubs are looking for top prospects in return. We’ll have to wait and see if Theo Epstein can make a deal with his former assistant GM, Ben Cherington.
But WEEI.com in Boston reported Tuesday that Major League sources say Dempster isn’t on the Red Sox’s wish list. Dempster also is a pure rental, which could influence what teams are willing to give up in exchange for th right-hander. Players must be with a team for an entire season in order to qualify for draft-pick compensation, so if Dempster is traded, the team that acquires him won’t get Draft picks if he leaves after this season. This is the last year of Dempster’s contract, and he will be a free agent.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports the Cubs are exchanging names with teams interested in Dempster, and lists the Dodgers, Tigers, Braves and Red Sox as teams in the hunt. Rosenthal also reports the Red Sox are interested in Matt Garza, although the price for him will be high. Garza is under club control through next season. He has a career 23-15 record, 3.34 ERA vs. AL East teams.
What do you think? Should the Cubs deal Dempster?
– Carrie Muskat
* Friday is Game 1 of a three-game series between the Cubs and Red Sox, who first met in the 1918 World Series, which Boston won, 4-2. They did not meet again until June 2005 in a three-game Interleague series at Wrigley Field. Last season, the Cubs and Red Sox squared off at Fenway Park, which was Chicago’s first visit there in nearly 93 years.
* Ryan Dempster enters Friday’s game with a 15 inning scoreless streak. His 2.31 ERA ranks fifth in the NL, and he is the only pitcher in the big leagues to make at least 11 starts and have two wins or fewer despite a sub 3.00 ERA.
* The Cubs have scored 121 runs in their 21 wins, an average of 5.8 runs per game. They’ve totaled 112 runs in 42 losses, an average of 2.7 runs per game. When they do score four runs, they’re 17-13.
* The Cubs are 105-124 in Interleague play since 1997, and 2-7 this season.
* Happy birthday to Hall of Famer Billy Williams, who turns 74 on Friday.
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– Carrie Muskat
Boston Red Sox owner John Henry met with the media in Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday. He was asked why the compensation matter between the Red Sox and Cubs wasn’t worked out before Theo Epstein left Boston.
“I think there was a basic misunderstanding between [Cubs chairman] Tom Ricketts and I when we first spoke about it,” Henry said. “I really admire Tom Ricketts as an owner. He’s one of the best owners in baseball. It’s a great organization.
“We probably had a misunderstanding at least as far as expectation,” Henry said. “There was no real agreement. It was just sort of, the best way to explain it is we probably had different expectations based on the first conversation as to what was transpiring.”
The matter was settled this past week when the Cubs sent right-handed pitcher Chris Carpenter and a player to be named later to the Red Sox in exchange for a player to be named. Those players still to be designated will not be on the team’s respective 40-man rosters. The transaction was expected to be completed by April 15.
– Carrie Muskat
It appears Bud Selig will need to settle the dispute between the Cubs and Red Sox regarding compensation for Theo Epstein. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs and Red Sox have asked Major League Baseball’s commissioner to resolve the matter. The Red Sox say they were promised “valuable compensation” in exchange for letting Epstein leave with one year remaining on his contract in Boston. Epstein took over the Cubs as president of baseball operations in late October.
When the Cubs hired Andy MacPhail from the Twins in 1994, the Cubs sent Class A pitcher Hector Trinidad to the Twins as compensation. Trinidad never did reach the big leagues. The Red Sox apparently want more than a Class A pitcher. Epstein received a five-year, $18.5 million contract from the Cubs.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs are listening to offers for Matt Garza but no team has presented a package of elite prospects that matches what Theo & Co. want in return. On Wednesday, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that Major League sources are saying the Cubs will part with Garza if another team is willing to deal three prospects from a team’s “A” list. The Red Sox, Yankees, and Blue Jays were known to be interested in Garza. The Cubs have entertained offers for the right-hander.
Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski told the Detroit News that he did not offer pitching prospect Jacob Turner for Matt Garza. The Tigers did actively pursue Gio Gonzalez but Dombrowski said there are no ongoing trade talks for starting pitching. Says Dombrowski: “There’s been a lot of things written in recent weeks that have been totally incorrect.”
– Carrie Muskat