Cubs Thursday: Bosio speaks

When Dale Sveum became manager of the Chicago Cubs, he brought along his old pal Chris Bosio to be the pitching coach. Sveum was shown the door after two seasons, but Bosio must have done something right, because he’s still around and ready to turn more pitchers into flippable commodities  valuable contributors to the teambosio

“We made strides the last couple of years with the maturity of Samardzija, Travis Wood,” Bosio said. “Moving forward, we have another year of experience getting to know these guys and what their capabilities are.

“We have to put them in position to succeed, which, as our fans know from the last couple years, is trial and error.

“The one thing we have is more depth. We have some big arms. We’ve got some athletes and we’ve got some young, talented pitchers coming.”

Bosio is eager to have another left-handed option in the bullpen to take some pressure off of workhorse James Russell.

“Another left-handed pitcher in Wesley Wright helps,” Bosio said. “Russell has had a lot of pressure put on him. He won’t say it, but the last couple years, he’s had [151] appearances and that’s a lot of pressure to put on a young man.

“More flexibility should translate into more opportunities to win ballgames.”

The Cubs pared their list of arbitration-eligible players to two yesterday.

The Cubs avoided another arbitration hearing on Wednesday by signing outfielder Justin Ruggiano to a one-year, $2 million contract for 2014.

The $2 million salary is almost exactly halfway between the $2.45 million he filed for, and the Cubs’ $1.6 million offer.

The Cubs acquired Ruggiano, who made $494,500 last year, from the Marlins in a trade for Brian Bogusevic. Ruggiano posted a .222/.298/.396 batting line with 18 homers, 50 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 128 games for Miami in 2013.

Now there’s only Darwin Barney and Jeff Samardzija left to sign.

8 thoughts on “Cubs Thursday: Bosio speaks

  1. juliedicaro says:

    I didn’t even remember Ruggiano until today. Oh well.

  2. juliedicaro says:

    There was a kerfluffle yesterday during Keith Law’s chat, after Law said that Baez didn’t have a “good makeup” (obligatory lipstick joke). When a chatter challenged him on it, he basically said “Well I’m have souces and you don’t.”

    1. psymar says:

      What does “doesn’t have a good makeup” even mean? That he’s not Derek Jeter? (And thank god for that, Jeter’s getting old)

  3. Doc Blume says:

    I didn’t remember Ruggiano either.

  4. dabirdguy says:

    I used to coach American Legion baseball in the 70′s in California.
    We had 2 kids taken in the ML draft …. One to Montreal – 1st. pick second round – a kid named Greg Staffen. The kid had HUGE talent. 95 MPH plus out of high school. He was just not coachable. He did throw a no hitter in the FLA league in his last start.
    They released him over the winter. Last I heard he was a construction laborer.

  5. dabirdguy says:

    A lot of kids have this attitude that is bread into them by Little league and up because their talent is miles above the rest at those levels. Once they get to a level where the others are as good or better than they are they rebel, pout, resist coaching and/or do the opposite of what they are told, or ignore that they are told to show them he knows better.
    Law is saying that Baez is in this group.
    The movie Major League 3 is premised around this, but the kid sees the light and gets the chance to change and takes advantage. An awful lot of kids DON’T.

    That is why I love guys like Barney that seek to LEARN everyday and try to get better. I’d rather have 25 guys with decent talent and DESIRE than the “Super” stars like Braun and Jeter and such.

    My hero is Andre Dawson because he was a guy with both talent and desire to learn.

  6. Doc Blume says:

    I don’t have enough knowledge one way or another about Baez. We’ll see what happens. It’s a warning flag…a small warning flag. Something to tuck into the back of your mind…and now we wait until he comes up to the big leagues.

  7. Doc Blume says:

    And as far as Baez and all these other top prospects…I want to keep reminding people that these are “prospects”. Prospects mostly fail to pan out. It’s what they do best. Between the big 4 (Soler, Almora, Bryant, Baez), we really should be expecting 2 of those 4 to flame out, less dramatically, not live up to expectations. In fact, if two of them turn out to be every day, above average players, we should be overjoyed. Baez might be on the wrong side of that. If so, hopefully 2 of the other three aren’t.

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