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Cubs acquire three prospects from Indians for Mark DeRosa

This move was just announced moments ago. You can read the full press release below.


CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Jeff Stevens, left-handed pitcher John Gaub and right-handed pitcher Chris Archer from the Cleveland Indians for infielder Mark DeRosa.  Stevens has been added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster.

“We are thrilled to acquire three strong, young arms in Jeff Stevens, John Gaub and Chris Archer,” said Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry.  “They are significant additions to our system and have received universally high marks from our scouts, notably Stan Zielinski. 

“It’s never easy to say goodbye to a quality player and person like Mark DeRosa,” Hendry continued.  “He was a major contributor to our success the last two seasons.  But today represents a prime opportunity to stock our organization with three pitching prospects, to modify the balance and shape of our major league roster and to give our rising talent a chance to contribute more regularly at the major league level.” 

The 25-year-old Stevens combined to go 5-4 with a 3.24 ERA (21 ER/58.1 IP), six saves and a .184 batting average against in 36 relief appearances between Cleveland’s Double-A Akron and Triple-A Buffalo affiliates.  He also pitched for the United States Olympic Baseball team that won the bronze medal in Beijing last summer.


Food for thought

Lou Piniella walked through the interview room munching on a slice of Connie’s cheese pizza he grabbed from the media’s spread.

It was one of those classic arresting moments Lou seems to have every other game or so. Mike suggested it’s from a confidence he’s developed over the years. Whatever it’s from, it never fails to crack smiles around the writers and from Lou himself.

It’s funny, too: In two of the sit-down Q&A’s I did with Lou — for Vine Line’s monthly In the Dugout segment — he was chowing down on some breakfast. I just happened to catch him in his office at the times when he was having eggs and toast, but it also had the interesting effect of giving him a few extra moments to pause and think about the question I had posed.

Confidence, comfort or an opportunity to collect himself, it’s always interesting to catch the man in charge in thought.

— Sean Ahmed

More from Lou

How hard is it to keep Mike Fontenot out of the lineup as well as he’s swung the bat lately?: That’s a good question. He has swung the bat well lately. You know, we need a bat coming off the bench, too. He’s been our best bat coming off the bench. At the same time, with as cool a weather we’ve been a little hesitant with DeRosa putting him in the outfield and running bigger distances.

But it’s a good, legitimate question. I can inject him in the lineup just as easily as not, believe me.

On Game 2 being do-or-die for the Cubs: “Oh, I don’t look at that. I really don’t. I think that it would be a huge advantage for the Dodgers, but do-or-die? If we lose tonight, well, might as well just stay home and go home and forfeit the game in Los Angeles. I don’t see us doing that.

You’ve got to win three ballgames in these things. Obviously you go down 2-0 the advantage really swings, but not do-or-die. No, that I don’t buy.”

On the other hand, DeRo

Mark DeRosa was asked just before Lou whether he saw tonight as a do-or-die. His comment was interesting from a player’s point of view:


A season of small tweaks and big results

Everyone in the front office was buzzing today after yesterday’s win over the Nationals put the team 30 games over .500, with the best record in the majors.

DeRo with homers in four straight games (and a career-high 18) … Geovany finding the bleachers for his 19th home run, tying a franchise record for a rookie catcher … Harden throwing 109 pitches over seven innings, allowing just a solo home run.

And perhaps topping it all was Kosuke slugging a pinch-hit, no-doubt home run down the rightfield line. He said after the game that what made him feel so good about the home run was how much it mattered to his teammates.

Interesting tidbit from Pat and Ron yesterday: Kosuke worked with Lou and hitting coach Gerald Perry on his swing this weekend. They recommended he spread his feet a little more so that he doesn’t have to take such a large stride for his swing. The hope was to help him shorten his swing. Sure enough, yesterday’s home run stroke on Steven Shell’s 2-0 pitch looked pretty compact …

Some around the office have argued that this team reminds them most of the 1984 Cubs. What do you think?

Tonight’s lineup

Soriano, LF
Theriot, SS
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Edmonds, CF
DeRosa, 2B
Fukudome, RF
Soto, C
Lilly, LHP

Right-hander Jeff Karstens (2-2, 2.25 ERA) pitches for Pittsburgh. It’s the second time the Cubs will have faced Karstens since the Pirates acquired him from the Yankees in July. Let’s also hope this time is better than the first: Karstens threw six shutout innings Aug. 1 despite allowing nine baserunners.

Did you know?

Yesterday’s victory gave the Cubs eight straight series wins. …

The Cubs pitching staff became the first to 1,000 strikeouts on Saturday on Ryan Dempster’s second-inning strikeout. The team has led the majors in strikeouts for seven consecutive seasons (since 2001). …

The team’s +175 run differential is tops in the majors by over 60 runs.

Dose of reality

Watch out for “Dancing with the Stars,” Season 20: Mark DeRosa swept reality-show winner Julianne Hough off her feet today, dipping and spinning her in leftfield. His teammates and the crowd management staff whistled and cheered the two from the sidelines.

A budding music star, Hough is at the ballpark today to sing the seventh-inning stretch as part of Country Music Night.

Also seen around Wrigley Field

Jeff Lantz, former Iowa Cubs director of media relations, stopped by the Vine Line office to say hi. After 11 years in Des Moines, Iowa, Lantz got his promotion to the big leagues this spring with the Baltimore Orioles. I had the good fortune to see Lantz on the South Side back on April 25, while writing a Vine Line story on former Cubs now with the Orioles. It was his very first day on the job and he had just driven from Des Moines to Chicago, but you could tell then that being in a big-league clubhouse was a huge joy for him …

Best team in baseball means lots of attention. If you think the stands are getting crowded, the clubhouse had more reporters than players in it …

Former Cubs staff at the ballpark today: Orioles president Andy MacPhail, manager Dave Trembley, pitching coach Rick Kranitz and bullpen coach Alan Dunn. Pitcher Steve Trachsel would have made it five but was released by the club a couple weeks ago.

Bring on the (other) birds

Fukudome, RF
Patterson, LF
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Edmonds, CF
Soto, C
DeRosa, 2B
Theriot, SS
Marshall, LHP

Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (3-7, 3.51) takes the mound for the Orioles.

Sean Ahmed