Chat with Jesse Rogers, Doug Padilla
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Jesse Rogers (1:01 PM)
Hi all, welcome to our weekly cubs and sox chat.Doug Padilla will talk Sox at 1230..First month in the books..lets talk some Cubs now..fire away!
Mike (Ingleside )
Any chance the cubs try a 6 man rotation until someone pitches themselves out of it when Garza gets back?
Jesse Rogers (1:03 PM)
I highly doubt it...dont want to take guys out of their routine, etc..not when they are going so well..we still have a few weeks until that decision has to be made...maybe jackson continues to struggle and a move to the pen for a while is the easy answer...maybe something else happens...if everything goes exactly the way its going as in jackson is the only one struggling then I think its him...as a short term thing...remember, hes here long term..showcasing feldman and villabueva as a starter gets them MUCH more in a deal than as long relievers
Chad (Whiting, IN)
I understand that the entire Wrigley deal is unofficial at this point. Any idea on when all the upgrades and changes will be in "stone"? Or at least as in "stone" as anything can be in Chicago.
Jesse Rogers (1:05 PM)
Not really..they just sent in their entire project to the planning commission and now there is still a process that happens with the public, etc. cubs say they will use their connections to speed up the process so by summer they might finally have this tihng ready...maybe.
Todd (Washington DC)
If Alfonso Soriano realistically finishes his career with 400 home runs, 2000 hits and 300 stolen bases, do you think he has a chance to be in the hall of fame?
Jesse Rogers (1:07 PM)
No, I dont think so...couple things, when you mention his name do you think Hall of Fame? I dont...and was/is he a dominant player at his position during his era? I dont think so...plus, awful in postseason doesnt help
Is it just me, or is Castro doing a much better job with his fielding and throws lately?
Jesse Rogers (1:08 PM)
Yeah I guess but not convinced he's over all issues..but man, when he's on, his glove and arm are fun to watch...still makes you nervous at times..but its the same old thing with him..talent is tremendous..now pay attention to details..
Mike (Belvidere, IL)
Any nuggets on who the Cubs are targeting in the June draft?
Jesse Rogers (1:10 PM)
I think they have started to make it clear one of the top pitchers is most likely their target..I just get the feeling Appel or Gray will be a Cub come June
What did Julio Borbon do to take a spot over someone like Bogusevic who seems to be tearing it up down in triple A?
Jesse Rogers (1:12 PM)
Little more experience at the major league level..career .283 hitter I think...can steal bases, prob a better outfielder...Sounds like Sveum thinks Bogusevic needs more time switching positions from pitcher..but hey, I'd give him a shot..those numbers are off the charts
How smart was picking up a pitcher (Loe) whose main problem is giving up way too many HRS, to pitch at Wrigley Field in the summer months?
Jesse Rogers (1:12 PM)
Their thing is he can get ground balls so summer months shouldnt matter if he's keeping it down..thats the theory at least
Time for us to pretty much give up on Ian Stewart, right?
Jesse Rogers (1:13 PM)
We are definitely getting close...ransom and valbuena have been just fine..lets see how long they can do it
Based on a recent article I read, it appears that additional revenue streams are key in terms of getting the payroll expanded. Is this the case?
Jesse Rogers (1:14 PM)
Ha, thats what they say..not sure how they had those huge payrolls without renovated wrigley in years past but they are speinding more in other areas so I can understand needing more but I dont buy "we cant win without it".
Do the Cubs have any interest in acquiring Chase Headley? I find it hard to believe the Padres are actually going to extend him long term.
Jesse Rogers (1:16 PM)
I think they would..Hoyer has the San Diego connection..Valbuena could turn into a super utility guy and the position is weak around baseabll...just not sure its happeneing anytimme soon but I think it is someting that would be on the radar..switch hitting 3rd baseman? why not
Jesse, its that time of the year...had to throw in a hawks question. First, has this hawks season been a little bittersweet to you since you're dealing with the cubs? And besides the obvious goaltending, special teams, what is the key to them repeating their run from 2010? Thanks
Jesse Rogers (1:18 PM)
Ill answer this because so many people have asked me..I saw them win a Stanley Cup so it doesnt really bother me that I missed a good season, though I am covering some of the playoffs now...PLus, the job is the job no matter if they win or lose..now I soley want to see the cubs win for 2 reasons, there are more storylines to talk about for a winning team and diehard fans (just like the hawks) deserve a payoff...but winning or losing isnt a big deal when you're working and not drinking beer in the stands...special teams is my answer to your questions
Any chance Castro moves to 2B?
Jesse Rogers (1:20 PM)
I guess there is always a chance but i dont see it...still think 3rd is the place to go IF he changes positions
How did the Cubs have so much success in 2003, 2007-8 without the revenue from outfield signage?
Jesse Rogers (1:21 PM)
Bingo. Though Im sure its not that simple..I mean they are spending money on Latin america and spring training facilities, etc but the gist of your point it right on...it really is..
Joe (Hammond, IN)
Jesse,When is the Dave Sappelt, Scott Hairston experiment against lefties going to end? As a pitcher, wouldn't you rather face Sappelt than Dejesus? Dejesus is a proven veteran and Hairston is like 3-29 against lefties. This is ridiculous
Jesse Rogers (1:23 PM)
Sveum would tell you that sappelt is due because his reputation of hitting lefites will be proven with enough at-bats...and his big thing is slugging pct. and I thing he believes a double or home run is likely to come from those righties than lefties..hairston did homer yesterday and a few nights ago against a lefty...I just dont think OBP will be good with those guys...so yeah, Ive questioned it and he's sticking to what he believes
Fact or fiction: Cubs management would rather have another bottom-feeder rather than a mediocre team in order to improve draft position.
Jesse Rogers (1:24 PM)
I think that's fact...Jerry Krause and I think the celtics used to say the same thing...either be great or really bad but not just mediocre
When is the deadline to release Ian Stewart so the Cubs won't have to pay him? I think it is pretty obvious he is not going to make it back the way the Cubs need him to and the Cubs have two very acceptable options in Valbuena and Ransom.
Jesse Rogers (1:24 PM)
March..they're paying him
Will David Dejesus be dealt at the deadline?
Jesse Rogers (1:24 PM)
Mike (Belvidere, IL)
Seems like I am not the only one getting sick of Rickett's rhetoric. Simple fact Ricketts ignores is, stadium revenue is important, but the driving force these days is TV money. I understand his need to gain leverage to get a good deal from the city, but its a fine line and he may end up alienating fans.
Jesse Rogers (1:26 PM)
I kind of agree with you..he'll have plenty of money in the coming years, national tv, local tv, etc...Im in the minority but I think the rooftops are part of the wrigley experience..cubs tv shows thenm every game...I also think a little blockage is ok..you know you arent getting the best sight lines anyway up there...but here's the bottom line tha no one talks about...cubs PR re all this has been awful..if they had a slick and somewhat likeable front man, I think this all runs smoother
Al (Downers Grove)
Is Borbon a legit prospect at this point or is he just 4th outfielder?
Jesse Rogers (1:28 PM)
I'm not going to jump to any conclusions...I think anyone under 30, etc should be looked at..DO I think he'll be a starter anytime soon or ever, probbaly not but hey ,David Ortiz was released or what not,right? Its just doubtful but not impossible
Eric (Washington, DC)
Does anyone actually believe for a second that the Cubs would leave Wrigley? That has to be the most hollow threat I've heard in a while.
Jesse Rogers (1:29 PM)
Completely hollow and made so late in the game..thats what Im talking about..they messed up this whole process not that I d0ont sympathize with their plight..it is their business but they've messed it up
Jesse Rogers (1:31 PM)
That's it for me...follow me on twitter @espnchicubs...bruce levine covering today's game as Im hitting Hawks playoffs tonight but check out the blog on a daily basis...mailbags with players, videos, opinion blogs, etc. you dont get that at other places! Talk to you next week...Doug is up next with Sox talk..Thanks all
Doug Padilla (1:37 PM)
Sorry for the delay. Welcome to the Sox portion of the chat.
Obviously it's early, but are the Sox thinking they might have finally found their starting 3B of the next few years in Gillaspie? Keppinger has been injured and umimpressive, and I doubt Morel will see meaningful action in a Sox uniform again.
Doug Padilla (1:39 PM)
Gillaspie certainly has show a lot in the early going but it wasn't completely unexpected. The concern was defense but he has been solid with the glove. If he can continue to show this kind of power, he certainly will prove to be a real find.
randy beltran chicago,ill [via mobile]
Do you think sox have what it takes to make a deep run. If we stay consistent on hitting and pitching?
Doug Padilla (1:40 PM)
The pitching has been fine for the most part. The main issue has been the offense. They weren't built to have to overcome injuries. That would be the major issue holding them back in the first half. At this point it looks like it will be too much to overcome by the time September rolls around
E (Arlington, VA)
The White Sox are consistently rated near the bottom for minor league prospects. Why is it that they have such a hard time with the minor leaguers? Poor scouting? Poor drafting? Bad teaching/training in the minors?
Doug Padilla (1:42 PM)
Their drafts have been less than impressive for a long stretch now. Of biggest concern has been their ability to lock in on slam-dunk pitching prospects. That more than anything has caused a less than favorable reaction to their system. They do have a pretty impressive collection of OF prospects right now though.
What is next for Peavy & Floyd? Who fills in besides Hector?At the beginning of the season I heard Adam Dunn say this was the best he felt ever after a Spring training. It seemed like he started out well, then fell, and now is getting better.I can't take it. Is it Dunn's fault or mine for paying attention? How can fans demand the AL dump the DH and return to the regular game?
Doug Padilla (1:46 PM)
A lot going on here. As for the pitchers, Peavy might need the weekend to see where his back issues stand. He probably doesn't want to test it in the cold of KC this weekend. Floyd is another story. He has one more elbow exam Monday as he hoped to avoid season-ending surgery. As of now, though, it's looking like he could be lost for the year.
Doug Padilla (1:49 PM)
As for Dunn, he made some adjustments on the homestand that looked as if they helped. He's got a big hole to climb out of, though. The best thing to hope for are stretches where he can produce, because it doesn't look as if he will avoid the roller coaster that takes him into deep struggles at times.
Joe (Plainfield,IL) [via mobile]
Hope it's not to soon to talk about the draft. What position do you think the White Sox are going to target in the draft? And players known that the Sox seem to like?
Doug Padilla (1:52 PM)
It has to be pitching, pitching and pitching with this year's draft. In his new position Kenny Williams is able to evaluate amateur talent now and has been on the road, along with the scouts, looking for guys who can help down the road. It would be a shock if they didn't overload the top portion of their draft with arms.
Robert (Madison, WI)
I've heard several national baseball people state that the White Sox don't have as much depth to withstand injuries as most teams. I'm not sure I agree seeing the results to date from Gillaspie, Axelrod, Santiago, etc. What do you think?
Doug Padilla (1:55 PM)
Well, Gillaspie was acquired in a trade and Axelrod wasn't even thier guy, they signed him as a minor-league free agent. The thing about the White Sox is that they do manage to find guys in the system who can help. But unlike many organizations they lack those slam-dunk prospects that are banging on the door to get into the major leagues. That is what gets their system downgraded year after year when compared to others because many organizations have those huge upside guys.
So, given the emergence of Gillaspie and Tyler Green getting better each day, what happens when Beckham gets healthy again, given his hit-or-miss performance at the plate?
Doug Padilla (1:59 PM)
Beckham looked solid at the start of the season so it would be foolish to not get him right back in there when he is ready. But they will have a decision to make on what do do with the lineup. Perhaps Keppinger takes two days from Gillaspie and one from Beckham each week on order to get him some playing time. But it's a wait-and-see proposition at this point. Because of the defense he can play, Beckham is sure to get his spot back when he's ready.
For a slow starter, Alexei is off to a great start with the bat. Why isn't he hitting higher in a lineup in desperate need of run producers that can actually above .230? Maybe even leadoff with De Aza and his newfound power swing in the 2 spot?
Doug Padilla (2:02 PM)
The reaction always seems to be that a guy needs to be moved around when he's hot. The fact of the matter is that the lower spot in the order might simply agree with Ramirez more. Let him continue to solidify that hot start before asking him to go into the 2 hole and then start over thinking situational hitting. Not sure leadoff is the answer, but De Aza certainly isn't the prototypical leadoff guy either.
One of the real bright spots has been Addison Reed. Is it just me, or luck, or do we have one of the best closers in the AL? That could be a real building block.
Doug Padilla (2:06 PM)
Reed definitely has the stuff for closing, but more importantly he has the right mentality for it. He might be a quiet kid, but he is a great competitor. They weren't ready for him to be a closer last year but he took the job and ran with it. Now he's throwing at least three pitches for strikes in the ninth inning which isn't typical for closers, but he's making it work. The idea is that Nate Jones can establish closer stuff too. They would be extremely tough to deal with after the seventh inning.
Stuart (Brooklyn, NY)
Do you think Dunn and Soriano hit 30 home runs this year?
Doug Padilla (2:08 PM)
E (Arlington, VA)
How serious is Peavy's back spasms? Is this going to be a recurring issue throughout the season? Any chance we'll ever see the White Sox with their original 1-5 rotation for at least a short stretch during the season?
Doug Padilla (2:11 PM)
If they are careful with it, this will only be a one-time thing for Peavy, as long as it's spasms and not something more serious. As for that original rotation appearing again, it's more than likely that Floyd is done for the year so that would be doubtful. But it gives Axelrod a spot now when Danks comes back.
Who gets called up if Jake has to go on the DL or is there any cheap free agents out there to sign if no one in the farm system is ready to go?
Doug Padilla (2:15 PM)
Not a lot to report from down in Charlotte. Zach Stewart has a 4.55 ERA, Simon Castro is nearly at 6.00 and Andre Rienzo is at a whopping 7.71. They are a combined 1-10 on the season. As for cheap free agents just waiting out there to jump in a rotation, that just doesn't happen.
Doug Padilla (2:19 PM)
Thanks for the questions. Let's do this again next Friday when the White Sox are set to play host to the Los Angeles Angels for a three-game series at home. Until then, follow on Twitter: @ESPNChiSox.