Results tagged ‘ Red Sox ’

9/6 Bard takes 1st step

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

12/12 Cubs claim Rosario

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

7/17 Ryan Dempster rumors

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

6/15 Extra bases & lineup

* 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.

Here’s the lineup:

Campana CF

Castro SS

DeJesus RF

Soriano LF

LaHair 1b

Clevenger C

Barney 2b

Valbuena 3b

Dempster P

– Carrie Muskat

2/25 Red Sox say there was “misunderstanding” re: comp

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

1/18 Compensation matters

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

1/4 Garza rumors continue

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

12/20 Changing Sox

According to WEEI Boston, the Cubs have hired Red Sox area scout Matt Dorey to be a national crosschecker. Part of the Cubs-Red Sox agreement to allow Theo Epstein to leave Boston included restrictions on who he could take with him. Although Epstein cannot hire anyone from the Red Sox top-tier level in baseball operations, he can add at least one person. Dorey had been an evaluator in Louisiana and Texas the last two years, and started with the Red Sox under current Cubs exec Jason McLeod. Among the players credited to Dorey are right-hander Anthony Ranaudo, third baseman Garin Cecchini, and outfielders Kendrick Perkins and Lucas LeBlanc.

The Cubs also have reportedly hired former Red Sox pro scout Kyle Evans, who apparently was leaving the Red Sox. WEEI says Epstein also may try to hire former Red Sox VP of international scouting and player personnel Craig Shipley, who left Boston after he was replaced last month. Shipley was one of Epstein’s first front office hires in 2002.

Epstein reportedly cannot hire anyone from the Red Sox office for three years, according to ESPNBoston.com.

– Carrie Muskat

 

11/17 Compensation talks on hold

Theo Epstein says compensation talks between the Cubs and Red Sox have been tabled until after the Rule 5 Draft in early December. The Red Sox want some type of compensation because Epstein left Boston with one year remaining on his contract.

“Ben [Cherington, Red Sox GM] and I talked, and we agreed that it makes sense to put it off until after the Rule 5 Draft,” Epstein said Thursday as he left the General Manager Meetings in Milwaukee. “Some things will be more clear — rosters and what not. There’s nothing to report on except that we’ve agreed to re-engage after the Rule 5 Draft. It’s very amicable. Lots of jokes about it. We’ll see if we can get something done after the Rule 5 Draft.”

Major League Baseball will not get involved unless the two teams cannot reach a conclusion, Epstein said.

The other GMs have had a good time with the topic, kidding Epstein as to how much he’s worth.

“Trust me, there are lots of jokes going on about it,” Epstein said. “The good ones can’t be repeated.”

– Carrie Muskat

11/16 Sveum meeting

It may simply be a matter of semantics, but the Cubs are not characterizing their meeting Wednesday with Dale Sveum as a second interview. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been following up with the managerial candidates by phone, and are taking advantage of Sveum being in Milwaukee. Sveum is scheduled to meet with the Red Sox again Wednesday, including ownership. The Cubs have been in contact with Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, who has to determine if he’s willing to move his family again. He has two college age daughters. That is apparently still an issue.

– Carrie Muskat

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