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Cubs acquire top first base prospect Rizzo

To cap off a whirlwind week for the team, the Cubs acquired high-ceiling first base prospect Anthony Rizzo and right-hander Zach Cates from the Padres in exchange for righty Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na.

Last month, Baseball America named Rizzo, 22, the top prospect in the Padres organization and ranked him as the top first base prospect in all of baseball. The left-handed slugger hit .331 with 34 doubles, 26 home runs and 101 RBI in 93 games for San Diego’s Triple-A affiliate in 2011. Although he has dominated minor league pitchers throughout his career, he struggled during a brief 49-game big league call-up last year. According to General Manager Jed Hoyer, he will likely start the 2012 season at the Cubs Triple-A Iowa affiliate.

“We believe Anthony has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order run producer for the Cubs for a very long time,” Hoyer said. “He still has some development left. We feel what he’s done at age 20 at Double-A and age 21 at Triple-A was remarkable.”

Rizzo was originally selected by the Red Sox but was sent to San Diego in the Adrian Gonzalez trade.

Read the full press release below:

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired first baseman Anthony Rizzo and right-handed pitcher Zach Cates from the San Diego Padres for right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na.

Rizzo, 22, batted .331 (118-for-356) with 34 doubles, 26 home runs and 101 RBI in 93 games for San Diego’s Tucson affiliate last season, his first-career stop at Triple-A.  The left-handed batter recorded a .404 on-base percentage and a .652 slugging percentage, good for a 1.056 OPS, the second-best mark in the Pacific Coast League.  Despite time in the majors, Rizzo tied for fifth in the league in batting average, ranked sixth in RBI, tied for eighth in homers and ranked second in slugging.  He has reached 100 RBI in his last two minor league years.

Named last month as the top prospect in San Diego’s farm system by Baseball America entering the 2012 season, Rizzo began the 2011 campaign by hitting .365 (73-for-200) with 16 home runs and 63 RBI in his first 52 Triple-A games to earn his first call-up to the big leagues, making his debut on June 9.  Rizzo had a .444 on-base percentage, a .715 slugging percentage and a 1.159 OPS at the time of his promotion.  He spent six weeks in the big leagues before returning to Triple-A on July 21.  Rizzo was recalled to the majors September 4 and combined to bat .141 (18-for-128) with eight doubles, one triple, one homer and nine RBI in 49 big league games last year.

Rizzo was originally selected by the Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft out of high school.  He was limited to 21 minor league games in 2008 after being diagnosed with Limited Stage Classical Hodgkins Lymphoma in late April.  He returned a season later to lead all Red Sox minor leaguers with a .368 on-base percentage and ranked third in the system with a .297 batting average between Single-A Greenville and Single-A Salem.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Rizzo was named the Red Sox Offensive co-Player of the Year in 2010 after leading their system with 25 home runs between Salem and Double-A Portland.  He finished second in the organization with 100 RBI, and batted .260 (138-for-531) with 42 doubles, 61 walks and 92 runs scored.  He was Portland’s Most Valuable Player and tied for the team lead with 20 home runs in only 107 games.

Rizzo was acquired by the Padres as part of the five-player deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox on December 6, 2010.  A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he has batted .296 (425-for-1,436) with 119 doubles, 64 home runs and 281 RBI in 375 career minor league games covering five seasons.

Cates, 22, was selected by San Diego in the third round of the 2010 Draft and made his professional debut last season, going 4-10 with a 4.73 ERA (62 ER/118.0 IP) in 25 starts for Single-A Fort Wayne.  He allowed only four home runs with 111 strikeouts in 118.0 innings pitched.  The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Cates is a native of Conway, AR and attended Northeast Texas Community College.

Cashner, 25, is 2-6 with a 4.29 ERA (31 ER/65.0 IP) in 60 major league outings (one start) the last two years with the Cubs.  Chicago’s first round pick in the 2008 Draft, Cashner made his big league debut in 2010, making 53 relief appearances, and was limited to only seven outings (one start) in 2011 due to a right shoulder strain.

Na, 20, combined to bat .268 (72-for-269) with 10 doubles, no home runs and 22 RBI in 83 games between four different teams in the club’s minor league system last year.  The Seoul, South Korea native was originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on August 12, 2009.

Hot off the presses: January 2012 Vine Line

The New Year signals a new era for Cubs faithful. We’ve got a new front office, some new players and a new reason to celebrate.

The first Vine Line issue of 2012 salutes the life and career of Cubs great and newly minted Hall of Famer Ron Santo. Thanks to a vote from the Veterans Committee, the iconic third baseman finally earned his rightful place alongside teammates Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams in Cooperstown. Baseball Prospectus’ Jay Jaffe explains why the nine-time All Star and five-time Gold Glover not only deserved his enshrinement long ago, but also might be the sixth or seventh best third basemen of all time. Vine Line subscribers also get a one-of-a-kind, commemorative tear-out poster of Santo and his Hall of Fame teammates.

Although the weather might be a bit chilly for baseball, we also get back on the field in this issue with a look at the Cubs first moves of the Hot Stove season, the signing of outfielder David DeJesus and the trade for third baseman Ian Stewart. These moves say a lot about what the new Cubs brain trust values and where the team is headed in the future.

“I tend to like [well-rounded] players. The totality of their contributions can be equal to or more than the player who does one thing extremely well,” Epstein said. “If we have a club full of well-rounded players, we’re going to far exceed the expectations because the subtle contributions really add up.”

Finally,’s Carrie Muskat talks to right-hander Andrew Cashner about what he’s doing this offseason to prepare the help the team in 2012. After an injury plagued 2011, Cashner is feeling strong and ready to go–no matter which role the Cubs ask him to play.

You’ll find these stories and more in our January issue. If you want to be part of all the exciting Cubs action in 2012, subscribe to Vine Line today. And watch for our minor league prospectus issue in February, profiling the top talent rising through the Cubs farm system.

Cubs add Shiraz Rehman to develop player evaluation database

The Cubs continued their rapid evolution of the team’s baseball operations, today adding Shiraz Rehman to develop a new evaluation database and to provide advice to GM Jed Hoyer on player acquisitions. Full press release below:

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today named Shiraz Rehman as the club’s assistant to the general manager, reporting to Jed Hoyer.

Rehman, 34, joins the Cubs after six seasons with the Diamondbacks, most recently serving as the club’s director of player personnel. He also held the titles of director of baseball operations (2009-10) and manager of baseball operations (2007-08) after joining the organization as a baseball operations assistant in December, 2005.

Rehman will support the general manager on potential player acquisitions and will assist in providing scouting, financial and statistical information to support trade and player evaluation. He will also develop the club’s evaluation database and coordinate the department’s technological efforts.

Before joining the Diamondbacks, Rehman interned for the Boston Red Sox during the 2005 season in the baseball operations department.

Rehman is a 1999 graduate of McGill University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting and was a starting infielder on the baseball team for four years. Prior to joining the Red Sox, he spent time as a commodities trader and financial consultant for more than five years and obtained his MBA from Columbia Business School in 2006.

Inside the search: Sandy Alomar Jr. addresses reporters

Last Friday, the Cubs interviewed former big league catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. for the managerial job, concluding meetings with four candidates that team brass suggested may encompass the set they talk to. If you missed the video over the weekend on, click the image above for another Vine Line look inside the manager search, and subscribe for your insider’s pass to the new era at Wrigley Field.

The field: Sandy Alomar Jr., Pete Mackanin, Dale Sveum and Mike Maddux.

Inside the search: Mike Maddux answers questions from the media

Continuing the intensive interview process to find the next manager, the Cubs talked to current Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux over the last two days. The elder brother of former Cubs pitcher Greg then fielded questions from the media about family, key decisions facing the club and working with the new front office. Click the image above for another Vine Line video inside the manager search, and subscribe for your insider’s pass to the new era at Wrigley Field.

Cubs add Joe Bohringer to head up pro scouting staff

Continuing to bolster the front office with some of the “best and brightest” from around the game, the Cubs today named Joe Bohringer director of pro scouting. His position covers professional players and clubs, both major and minor league, under general manager Jed Hoyer, while Tim Wilken will continue to operate the club’s amateur scouting under Jason McLeod.

Full press release below:

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today named Joe Bohringer (pronounced BOHR-in-jur) as the club’s director of pro scouting, reporting to Executive Vice President/General Manager Jed Hoyer.

Bohringer, 41, joins the Cubs from the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he most recently served as a pro scout the last five seasons after joining the club in 2006. Prior to joining Arizona, he served as an area scouting supervisor for the Seattle Mariners for five seasons from 2002-06, first in California and then in the upper Midwest.

The 2012 campaign will mark Bohringer’s 23rd season in professional baseball with major league and minor league organizations. He began his professional career with internships with the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates followed by opportunities in team operations with minor league baseball clubs during and upon graduation from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Before beginning his scouting career, Bohringer spent three seasons as senior manager of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2001), giving him experience on both the scouting and player development sides.

Bohringer and his family reside in Dekalb, Ill.

Inside the search: Pete Mackanin talks to the media

The newest Vine Line video brings you snippets from Pete Mackanin’s session with the Chicago media after his interview with Cubs brass. Mackanin currently is bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies. Get an insider’s look into the search by clicking the picture above.


Cubs announce that Mike Quade will not be back in 2012

This afternoon, the Cubs organization released a statement that there will be a managerial change under the new Theo EpsteinJed Hoyer regime that began last week. Below is the full release:

CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein this afternoon released the following statement after traveling to Florida to inform manager Mike Quade that he would not return to the club for the 2012 season.

“Jed Hoyer and I had an all-day meeting with Mike last Thursday at Wrigley Field, and Mike and I continued our dialogue with a lengthy phone conversation yesterday after the press conference. Today, I flew to Florida to inform Mike in person that the Cubs have decided not to bring him back as our manager for the 2012 season.

“When I joined the Cubs last week, I knew that Mike had a reputation as an outstanding baseball guy, as a tireless worker, and as a first-rate human being. After spending some time with him this past week, it became apparent to me that Mike’s reputation is well deserved. His passion, knowledge of the game, commitment, and integrity stood out immediately. While Mike is clearly an asset to any organization and any major league staff, Jed and I believe that the Cubs would benefit long-term from bringing in a manager for 2012 who can come in with a clean slate and offer new direction.

“The managerial search process begins immediately. We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success. The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.

“I want to thank Mike for his nine years of excellent service to the Cubs, and we certainly wish him well in the future.”

1000 Words: Dream Team

Theo Epstein talks about how Jason McLeod (left) and Jed Hoyer will be key to turning the Cubs into baseball’s best organization. (Photo by Stephen Green)

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Beginning at 3 p.m. CT, will host a free, live web feed of today’s press conference to introduce Jed Hoyer as EVP/GM and Jason McLeod as SVP/Player Development and Scouting.

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