Results tagged ‘ Twins ’

6/8 Extra bases

* The Cubs and Twins meet in Minneapolis this weekend for the first time in six years, opening a three-game series at Target Field Friday night. This is the end of a long road trip for the Cubs that will cover 6,770 air miles over three weeks.

* Target Field is the 120th different ballpark the Cubs will have played in since their inception in 1876. It’s also the second new ballpark for the Cubs this year, joining Marlins Park, where they played in April. The Cubs are 11-11 in their last 22 ballpark debuts.

* How bad have things been offensively? The Cubs have combined to score 109 runs in 19 wins, an average of 5.7 runs per win, yet only scored 95 runs in the 38 losses for an average of 2.5 runs per loss.

* They’ve lost 18 of their last 22 games, and 10 of those losses have come by one run.

* The Cubs are 103-120 all-time in Interleague play since it began in 1997.

— 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

8/30 Harden rumors

Both Minnesota Twins officials and Cubs officials will not confirm or deny that the Twins are the team that placed a claim on pitcher Rich Harden, as has been reported.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, two people close to Harden say they doubt Harden will join the Twins. To their knowledge, the Cubs had yet to open a window for the Twins to negotiate a long-term deal with Harden, who is a pending free agent.

It’s possible the Twins would trade for Harden without a long-term extension. He will be a Type A free agent, which would assure them two compensation picks in the 2010 draft if he signed elsewhere.

Harden and Twins first baseman Justin Morneau were teammates on a British Columbia select team during their youth. Harden was a center fielder then and once opened Morneau’s lip with a long throw that bounced into his face. Harden’s father, Russ, who coached the team, brought Morneau to the hospital.

— Carrie Muskat


8/29 Rumors & Harden

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday that the Twins and Cubs could be working on a deal which would send Rich Harden to the Minnesota club. The Twins reportedly claimed Harden on waivers Thursday, and the two teams have until noon Monday to make a deal. Harden is a free agent at season’s end, and could always play for the Twins for a month, then re-sign with the Cubs for 2010. Harden was scheduled to start Monday night.

— Carrie Muskat