Every September, MLB rosters expand so minor-league players with potential can get a cup of coffee with the big-league team. No matter what the hype, avoid relying on these September call-ups to help your fantasy baseball team. Stick to the veteran players you know well and let the other owners in your league gamble on the rookies. You won’t regret it when the season ends with your team in first place. The other owners will be shaking their heads with regret for letting hype rule their decision-making processes.
The Cubs didn’t need a new flavor in Ben Zobrist or Chase Utley. They have a good one in Coghlan.
Manager Joe Maddon benched Castro for Friday’s 7-3 victory over San Francisco and had a similar lineup for Saturday’s game against the Giants.
Coghlan hit .283 with a .352 on-base percentage last season.
Wright and Baker will become free agents.
Chris Coghlan hit a leadoff homer, and Javier Baez had his second career three-hit game.
A similar sign is posted in many different clubhouses in baseball — “Wanted: a player who can get on base and steal.”
Anthony Rizzo was responsible for two of Chicago’s 17 strikeouts Sunday. He also had the biggest hit of the game for the Cubs. Rizzo hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning, and the Cubs beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 to avoid a three-game sweep.
Justin Ruggiano homered for the second straight game for the Chicago Cubs, who used another solid outing from Jason Hammel to beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Friday.
Jake Arrieta tossed seven innings of one-run ball and struck out a career-high 11.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Travis Wood delivered a victory from the mound on Sunday. A day later, he did the same from the batter’s box. The pinch-hitting pitcher had an RBI double with two outs in the 13th inning, giving the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Nate Schierholtz hit a two-out game-ending RBI single, after Chris Coghlan homered to tie it in the eighth, and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 2-1 on Tuesday night.