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Old Dec 9th 2011, 7:27 pm
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Another Superb Subtle Move

I love the way Hoy-Stein are reconstructing the Cubs, it's quite clear they have a plan and an idea how a team should be constructed.

Their first move was to acquire a guy who seems largely average "on Paper" : David deJesus. But for the Cubs he was a excellent acquisition. He solves a defensive problem in RF. He solves the lead-off slot opening. He seems to everything reasonably well with few blunders. He's cheap and came cheap. Good move - 4 stars ****.

Next they solved a possible disaster area: 3B. Ian Stewart also came cheap and works cheap but likely will provide a solid #5 or 6 bat in the batting order. Very nicely done - 4 stars ****.

Today they acquired a guy I think most will say: Who?, quickly followed by: Why?: Jeff Bianchi formerly of the Kansas City Minor League system. Excellent acquisition I believe. Why? He's young (25 - younger than Darwin or DeWitt or Baker) also cheap (acquired off waivers) and talented. He's a glove-man first and foremost and clearly (too my eyes) shows how Hoy-Stein feels the Cubs defense must be shored-up. He's a middle-infielder and primarily a SS and one of the best gloves around. Is Castro? I think not. I believe Castro will be moved to 2B to maximize his defensive abilities, maybe very soon. Maybe in 2012. Bianchi will slide right in at SS. a clear upgrade defensively.

Is Bianchi an offensive liability? Probably not. In fact he may hit quite well for a glove-first SS. He seems to be a solid #2 type hitter. At the very least he's a solid back-up at the critical middle infield positions. He was considered one of the top prospects in the talent rich KC Minor League system. So why wasn't he up with the weak MLB club? Injuries- plain and simple. 4 - stars ****.

A very good start for Hoy-Stein.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/mi...d=bianch001jef

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Bianchi

http://royals.scout.com/a.z?s=281&p=...%2f626152.html

http://kingsofkauffman.com/2010/03/0...-jeff-bianchi/
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At first I didn't understand the Bianchi move, as they let flaherty and Gonzalez go in the Rule V.

But his numbers in AA were really good for a 22-y/o middle infeidler before his Tommy John surgery. Maybe they are hoping for a bounceback.
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The last thing I would characterize the Jeff Bianchi move as would be ' Superb Subtle'... Let's remember, the Royals, an awful organization, just released this guy!

So why did the Cubs claim him? Infield depth. The Cubs just lost middle infielders Ryan Flaherty, Marwin Gonzales and DJ LeMahieu, both via trade and the Rule 5 Draft.

Bianchi is only 25, but he can't hit and is injury prone. He has a good glove both at 2B and at SS. He'll have a shot to make the club out of spring training, if he's still on the roster by then. Otherwise, he's going to fill up a spot on AAA.
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Dear, SkullKey...

If the Cubs claim Dan Johnson off of waivers during season, show restraint in referring to it as a 'Super, Subtle Move'.
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I still laugh at the small cross section of Cubs fans who were upset(of course after he put up decent numbers) that the Cubs release MaGahee. He flamed out last season, and was basically given to the Pirates. Every now and then a player stumbles upon a good seaon.... Casey is a prime example. In the end, universally, as quoted by Ghandi himself... "he stinks!"
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