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Three Strikes for Cubs in spring camp

By bullpenbrian - March 13, 2013 - 9:15 am Leave a comment.

Ian Stewart

Opening day is 18 short days away. On a more somber note, here’s a look at three Cubs players having a tough go of it this spring.

Two are battling injuries, another can’t seem to make contact. Click here


Cubs Outfield Depth, Alfonso Soriano and Phone Books

By bullpenbrian - January 30, 2013 - 9:15 am Leave a comment.

Yellow Pages dropped off a brick of 12 phone books at my condo complex this week, which I lugged inside the main doors while wondering when’s the last time I used an actual phone book to look up anything? Pre 2000 is my best guess.

I can’t help but think the printing of phone books is dead money to the company. But two days later the books had disappeared from inside the main walkway. I’m thinking another resident hauled them away…probably to the dumpster.
The addition of Scott Hairston last week gives the Cubs some quality outfield depth the roster lacked in 2012. It’s not a dynamic outfield by any means, but it should, in theory, help improve a weak offense and help bridge the gap to guys like Brett Jackson, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora.

Here’s a closer look at the Cubs outfield heading into spring camp and how it could play out if Alfonso Soriano is traded…CLICK HERE


Scott Hairston, Cubs Agree On 2-year Deal

By bullpenbrian - January 24, 2013 - 7:00 am Leave a comment.

The Chicago Cubs, adding another veteran to their outfield, have reached agreement with free agent Scott Hairston on a two-year, roughly $6 million contract, according to major league sources.

Hairston, 32, figures to platoon with another free-agent signee, Nate Schierholtz, in right field. David DeJesus is projected to be in center and Alfonso Soriano in left.

Hairston, a right-handed hitter, spent last season with the Mets, batting .263 with an .803 OPS, 20 homers and 57 RBI in 398 plate appearances. He is particularly effective against left-handed pitchers, with an .825 OPS against them in his nine-year career.

Schierholtz, meanwhile, is a left-handed hitter with an .811 OPS against right-handed pitching over the past two seasons.

His older brother Jerry Hairston played for the Cubs in 2005, then was traded to the Rangers the following season on May 31 for Phil Nevin.

Scott Hairston, Cubs agree on two-year contract| FOX Sports on MSN.


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