Ryan Dempster said on ESPN 1000's The Waddle & Silvy Show that he never turned down a trade to Atlanta (link via ESPNChicago.com). "All I asked for was more time on one particular trade," the right-hander said.http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/08/al-west-notes-iwakuma-rangers-dempster.html#disqus_thread
"The Franchise" on ShowtimeIf you haven't seen the show, The Franchise on Showtime, I suggest checking it out. It's a documentary that follows a MLB team, similar to Hard Knocks with the NFL on HBO. This season it is on the Miami Marlins. Last night's episode focused on the Cubs/Marlins series last week and the return of Ozzie and Big Z back to Chicago. Check it out. It airs every Wednesday night at 9pm Central time.
#Cubs agree w/1st-rder Albert Almora on $3.9 mil (pick value=$3.25 mil). Florida HS OF w/lots of tools & polish. #mlbdraftJim Callis The signings thread wasn't there anymore, so I made this its own fanshot. Feel free to delete if you need to, Al.
From: Jeff Garlin To: Kate Bennert What struggle sister? The only thing I'm struggling with is how bad the cubs are. You clearly don't like me because what you wrote was clearly forced to make look bad. By the way I'm a huge deadspin fan so I know when something is as forced as your story. I'm glad you attached the video. I think it's funny. Love, Jeffhttp://deadspin.com/5918706/dead-letters-jeff-garlin-defends-himself
The Chicago Cubs have high hopes for High-A outfielder Matt "Scrabble" Szczur, one of the best pure athletes in baseball. He made a lot of noise by hitting .314/.366/.431 with 17 steals in 66 games in the Midwest League last year, but his hitting tailed off after being promoted to High-A, with a .260/.283/.410 mark. Returning to Daytona this year, he's still not showing a lot of pop with an overall line of .250/.353/.348, although his plate discipline has improved a great deal (17/22 BB/K in 132 AB, compared to 5/20 BB/K in 173 last year). He's stolen 16 bases in 21 attempts and has the kind of defensive ability you'd expect with those wheels, but he's got to do more with the stick. Szczur has now played 76 games in High-A with a .256/.315/.384 mark, and that won't cut it at higher levels.Sickels on Szczizzle
Maybe trading Josh Beckett for another expiring contract like maybe SorianoBuster Olney on Mike and Mike in the morning on ESPN
The wind is blowing in. A choppy ocean of air Seagull schooners They float and bob making docking runs to the bleachers below. Glee and misery echo in the ampitheatre Battle is joined The greek tragedy proceeds apace A Chorus in the stands Casting aspersions As the cast fights the script As the game is written. At the end the Chorus has no say The play completed One win, one loss The two sides of the cast exuent, stage left and right through the dugouts. Baseball is back. Go Cubs. #30in30 #Poetry
[no fool'g] "Cubs may eat some money to move outfielder Byrd, ho is scheduled to earn $6.5MM this season. They may have suitors in the Braves, Phillies, and others. A National League scout indicated that Byrd’s name is being mentioned more and more as the end of spring training approaches.mlbtraderumors.com