So I left my phone at home this morning, which meant I couldn’t get online on the train to write this morning’s headlines until now. Julie Fail.
I don’t want to alarm you, but the outcry over David DeJesus being traded to the Nats has reached DeRosa-like proportions. . Except, you know, without DeRosa’s .290 average and .370 on-base percentage. The Cubs placed DeJesus on waivers and opted not to pull him back following a claim by the Nats. But never fear, DeJesus worshippers, he might be back:
David DeJesus was such an effective mentor to young players that the Cubs haven’t ruled out bringing him back in the future.
“I told his agent, and Theo (Epstein) told David directly that we’re willing to talk about bringing him back at some point,” general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday after DeJesus was dealt to the Nationals for a player to be named.
Hoyer and manager Dale Sveum, who described DeJesus as a “father figure type of player,” praised the outfielder for his numerous assets that are extremely valuable to a young team.
Yes! He was so effective that the Cubs are in last place!
I really hope this is one of those times when Theo says things just to shut up the mouth-breathing masses, because I really don’t understand the outpouring of grief. DeJesus was a stop-gap player brought in as a placeholder. This is why Cubs fans can’t have nice things.
Hilariously, the Nats really don’t want DeJesus, either, because they immediately ALSO put him on waivers:
The Nats placed DeJesus on revocable trade waivers almost immediately after acquiring him from the Chicago Cubs on Monday, according to major league sources.
The move by the Nationals could indicate that the team does not want to assume the remaining financial obligation to DeJesus, which amounts to about $2.5 million.
Now is the time when I sit back and admire Theo for the evil genius that he is. Clearly, the Nats (not to mention DeJesus himself) expected the Cubs to pull DeJesus back after their claim. And now they’re on the hook for his $2.5 million salary. This is why Nats fans can’t have nice things.
Our friends over at World Series Dreaming did a nice look at the 25 best Chicago baseball players under 25. Let’s cut right to the chase and see what they have to say about Darlin’ Starlin:
- Starlin Castro – Stock trend – Falling - Entering the 2013 season I entertained the idea of doing a top 25 under 25 for the entire league. Had I completed the list I would have put Castro in the top 15 with reasonable justification. That’s no longer the case. Castro’s going through a nightmare season where his failing bat has magnified his defensive deficiencies and mental lapses. He has natural bat on ball skills and has shown the utility is there to succeed. The Cubs tried to change his approach in the middle of 2012 and Castro clearly did not take to the new philosophy. He enjoyed a recent hot streak when the Cubs gave in and let him swing away but I think with his old approach apparently here to stay Castro will always be a streaky hitter. It’s an open question whether he will be with the Cubs moving forward, and if he does stick around it’s no longer set in stone that he’ll be the shortstop. I believe in Starlin Castro but now’s the time to start showing signs of life again.
I believe him him, too. He’s having an awful year, but let’s hope he gets it all out of his system this season.
Cubs and Nats back at Wrigley tonight at 7:05 pm CT. Dan Haren (sob!) vs. Chris Rusin.