Cubs Notes: Epstein Deal, Garza, Jackson, Wood

The Cubs made some cuts today, sending Jason Jaramillo to minor league camp and optioning Alberto Cabrera, Jeff Beliveau, John Gaub, Josh Vitters, Junior Lake and Matt Szczur to the minors. Here are some Cubs-related news items as the countdown to Opening Day continues…

  • Right-hander Aaron Kurcz has been told that he is going to the Red Sox as part of the Theo Epstein compensation package, reports ESPN's Jerry Crasnick (Twitter link).  Kurcz, an 11th round pick in the 2010 amateur draft, posted a 3.28 ERA and a 9.9 K/9 rate in 32 games for Class A Daytona last season.  After months of negotiation, the Cubs and Sox agreed to righty Chris Carpenter and a player to be named later (Kurcz) as the price for the year remaining on Epstein's Boston contract.  The Red Sox still need to send a player to the Cubs to complete the deal.
  • The Cubs will take the time to get to know Matt Garza before determining whether to sign him long-term or trade him,’s Buster Olney tweets. The right-hander's on track to hit free agency following the 2013 season.
  • There's no everyday job for Cubs outfield prospect Brett Jackson, but he has impressed his new manager nonetheless, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "It’s been pretty impressive, every part of his game," manager Dale Sveum said. Jackson figures to open the season in the minors and work on his approach at the plate.
  • Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune wonders what the Cubs will do with left-hander Travis Wood if he doesn't make the rotation. The Cubs could put Wood in the bullpen or send him to the minor leagues. 
  • Sveum added that Rule 5 selection Lendy Castillo has been "throwing great," Sullivan writes.

32 Responses to Cubs Notes: Epstein Deal, Garza, Jackson, Wood Leave a Reply

  1. Redsox33 3 years ago

    If Wood dosn’t make the rotation he could possibly be used as a setup man or a guy like Wakefield was who can make spot starts when others need rest. I think he would be good in this role.

    • phee17 3 years ago

      idk if i would use him as a set up guy. maybe play the role that russell had last year granted he is even with the big league club 

      • Redsox33 3 years ago

        Using him as a Set-Up man/Spot Starter would be a good idea because you would have a guy who could possibly come in the 6th inning and hold it for the closer until the 9th in days when the bullpen are tired.

        • phee17 3 years ago

          i think 7-8th inning guy when i think of set up. i think spot starter/mid relief would suit t. wood better. 

          • Redsox33 3 years ago

            Yeah he would be better in middle relief now that I think about it more. Also do you think this trade would work out Brentz,Ryan Kalish, Mike Avilies, and Kevin Youkilis for Matt Garza. I only throw in Youkilis because I think it would be a good way for them to get something in return for him before he hits free agency and at the rate Middlebrooks is going he should be ready for the majors after another year or so of seasoning.

          • phee17 3 years ago

            with the cubs going young, i don’t see how youk would fit in their plans.  Also, i would expect the cubs to seek pitching prospects in return for garza. brentz is a top OF prospect, but the cubbies have their own top OF prospects. 

          • Redsox33 3 years ago

            How would Anthony Ranaudo, Drake Britton, Matt Barnes, and Blake Swihart for Garza be? More reasonable?

          • phee17 3 years ago

            i think its more reasonable than the other one, but i can’t honestly say i know much about britton and swihart. Ranaudo and barnes are legitimate prospects IMO. I honestly think that garza will be extended rather than traded 

          • Redsox33 3 years ago

             I think that Garza has a good chance of being extended but there is also a fair chance that he will be traded and it would only make sense for the cubs and Red sox to hook up on a trade because Jed and Theo were with the Sox and know what some of these guys can do Theo drafted most of them so he must place value on them, so it may give the Red Sox a good chance to land Garza if he becomes Available.

          • BoSoXaddict 3 years ago

   also means that the prospects Theo wants the most are likely the same prospects Cherington is least likely to want to part with in a trade..

          • Redsox33 3 years ago

            Well if it was a deal for Garza and Byrd Cherrington would take it most likely. Because it helps two parts of the club become stronger.

          • Leonard Washington 3 years ago

            There is no way the Sox would do that but i’m sure thats the type of deal Theo is looking for.

        • Joey Doughnuts 3 years ago

          Set-up man and spot starter are not comparable roles. Your spot starters are generally your long relievers, because they are ones in the bullpen who are generally stretched out enough to pitch 2-3 innings consitently, and would have the most endurance to be a starter. Set-up men are usually just 1 inning type guys. 

  2. Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

    Regardless of where T-Wood slots in (I imagine he’ll be the swingman when all is said and done), I’m just glad the Cubs have a little bit of legitimate pitching depth for once. It was rough watching Doug Davis and Ramon Ortiz put on the pinstripes last year.

  3. Leonard Washington 3 years ago

    Kurcz is another potential set-up/closer guy. I think the haul is officially solid for Theo. Both guys got nice potential.

    • the boston media will still complain

      • Leonard Washington 3 years ago

        Ownership too probably but who cares. Our ownership mishandled the situation by giving him up prior to negotiations. If we hadn’t we might well of got what they wanted. We didn’t though so if both or at least one of these young controlled relief prospects pan out then its def good enough for me. Kurcz looks like he could be really good in the pen at some point. 

  4. phee17 3 years ago

    it stings a bit to see Kurcz go, he is an underrated prospect. good luck to him and carpenter in boston

  5. Redsox33 3 years ago

    Why do they owe Pena 5 million if he became a free agent and is playing for the Rays?

  6. j6takish 3 years ago

    His deal was for 10mm with 5mm deferred until 2012

  7. Redsox33 3 years ago

    Why would they make a deal like that? Why not just pay him ten million in 2011 and get it over with?

  8. Jason_F 3 years ago

    Simple economics, future value of money is always less than it is today.  $5MM today is worth $4,854,368 in March 2011 dollars, given a 3% inflation rate.  So, they effectively saved close to $150K.  Not to mention, their payroll is roughly $34 million less in 2012 than in 2011, which they knew would be the case a year ago.

  9. Redsox33 3 years ago

     Makes sense.

  10. BlueCatuli 3 years ago

    That 5MM was due in January as a lump sum. Not part of the 2012 payroll.

  11. MaineSox 3 years ago

    He has to establish residency in another country before he can be declared a free agent, and that can take months in some instances.

  12. imachainsaw 3 years ago

    and their farm looks deeper than the sox, so where are you getting at? just taking cheap shots? okay, great contribution, guy.

  13. Tko11 3 years ago

    Look up some farm system rankings, guy. Cubs are usually around 20 and Sox are usually around 10. Great contribution, guy….

  14. imachainsaw 3 years ago

    instead of looking at a vague overview which does not bother to go in any depth as to how those rankings are what they are, go down the list of the top 20 organization prospects and tell me that you honestly believe that the red sox’ are any better than the cubs’. the cubs have a lot of trash roster fillers, so deeper might not the word comparing the two overall, but the actual top prospect lists aren’t very different in quality.

  15. Tko11 3 years ago

    Eyy guy, Jackson is a B+ as is Rizzo (who actually came from the Sox system) after them that the Cubs have a bunch of B-/C prospects. Mcnutt (B-), Sczur(B-), Baez (B), Maples(B-), Vogelbach(B-). Those are the B-‘s and the rest are all C’s or lower. Lets take a look at the Sox now. Bogaerts(B+), Barnes (B+), Middlebrooks(B), Lavarnway (B), Cecchini (B), Jacobs(B), Swihart (B-), Coyle (B-), Brentz (B-), Ranaudo (B-), Owens (B-), Bradley Jr (B-), Wilson (B-), Workman (B-) then you have the Cs like Iglesias, Doubront, Pimentel, Vitek, Tazawa. So now explain to me where the Cubs have more depth? Looks to me like the Sox have more B and B- prospects… 

  16. Tko11 3 years ago

    Ice Age?

  17. imachainsaw 3 years ago

    maybe you could source where you got those grades, because I’m going by individual comparison, not just going by what other people say.

    even if that’s an accurate analysis of the cubs’ farm, from a sox fan to say that the cubs have nothing to offer is pretty asinine

  18. Tko11 3 years ago

    Its from minorleagueballdotcom. Yea I don’t agree with him that the Cubs have nothing to offer but I will assume he was joking. 

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