August 28, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Brewers

Tonight’s goal, strike out less than ten times, let’s do it!  Travis Wood takes the ball tonight for the Cubs as they look for some sort of success against a Brewers team that they have lost to 11 out of 14 games this season.  Here is how the Cubs will line up tonight.

1. DeJesus – RF
2. Valbuena – 3B
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Soriano – LF
5. Castro – SS
6. Castillo – C
7. Jackson – CF
8. Barney – 2B
9. Wood – P

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George


Report: Cubs Close to Reaching Long Term Extension With Castro

GOOD!  I’m sure this news will be met with the typical “he’s not good enough” “he makes errors” “he doesn’t care” that’s fine, as everyone is entitled to their opinion.  I’m just really glad that the people running the Cubs understand rare talent when they see it and are about to reward it with big time money.  Per David Kaplan

“Two industry sources who have represented several MLB players over the past decade confirmed to me tonight that the Cubs are working on a long-term deal for star shortstop Starlin Castro.

The deal, which could be six or more years in length, is expected to be finalized before the end of the 2012 season and would not only buy out the remaining arbitration years that Castro has, but at least two years of free agency which he will reach after the 2016 season.”

That is huge for the Cubs, the ability to extend Castro and buy out free agency years is top-notch.  Can’t wait to watch Castro improve and grow into a superstar in this league, with the Cubs.

Here are some solid comparables from Brett at Bleacher Nation, this gives you an idea of what Castro might get based on the current market.

“Comparable players (as close as we have anyway) have recently signed these kinds of deals, including Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus ($14.4 million over three arbitration years), Cameron Maybin (five years and $25 million, including a pre-arb year, three arbitration years, and one free agent year, plus an $8 million option year thereafter), Andrew McCutchen (six years, $51.7 million, including a pre-arb year, three arbitration years, two free agent years, plus a $14.75 million option year thereafter), and Justin Upton (six years, $50 million, including a pre-arb year, three arbitration years, and two free agent years).”

Thanks for reading,
– George