What the Cubs could have had in Haren


What the Cubs could have had in Haren


As of late Friday night, the Cubs trade for Dan Haren is reportedly off. Here's what the Cubs would have acquired in Haren:

Haren has thrown more pitches than any other pitcher in baseball with the exception of C.C. Sabathia over the past five seasons. He is also one of only 3 pitchers to make 30 or more starts each of the last 8 seasons along with Mark Buehrle and Bronson Arroyo.
Haren has top of the rotation stuff when he is healthy but in 2012 he failed to throw in excess of 200 innings for the first time since 2004 when he was still in the infancy of his career. He is a horse who wants the ball every fifth day and he looks to pitch deep into games every time out. In 2010 after arriving in LA after a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks he posted a 2.87 ERA in 94 innings and in 2011 he compiled a very solid 3.17 ERA in 238.1 innings of work.
However, Haren would have came to Chicago with some questions about his long-term viability as a 1 or 2 starter due to a decrease in his velocity this past season and a back injury that limited his innings to only 176.2 and saw his ERA jump to 4.33 in 30 starts. Should the back issues continue to flare up and should the decrease in velocity be a long term problem then Haren will not be the rotation piece that the Cubs hope they would have received. If the velocity returns and Haren stays healthy then landing him in what should be a motivated year with his contract expiring would have proven to be the best move so far of the EpsteinHoyer regime. When you factor in that the price to acquire him is closer Carlos Marmol that leaves the Cubs a hole in the back of their bullpen but that hole will be much easier to fill than landing a potential major rotation piece.
Should the Cubs surprisingly find themselves in contention in the division or for one of the two Wild Card spots Haren would have undoubtedly played a major role However, if they find themselves headed for another tough season Haren could have been used as a chip at the deadline.

Blackhawks acquire Michael Latta from Kings in swap of minor leaguers

Blackhawks acquire Michael Latta from Kings in swap of minor leaguers

The Blackhawks made a minor league deal on Saturday, announcing the acquisition of forward Michael Latta from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Cameron Schilling.

Latta, 25, has two goals and four assists in 29 games this season with the Ontario (Calif.) Reign of the American Hockey League.

He has four goals and 13 assists in 113 career games in the National Hockey League, all with the Washington Capitals from 2013-16.

Latta, who was a third-round pick (No. 72 overall) by the Nashville Predators in 2009, will report to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He carries a $600,000 cap hit, and is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Schilling ranked second among defensemen on the IceHogs with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 40 games, and had a minus-3 rating. The 28-year-old blue liner signed a two-year contract worth $575,000 per season with the Blackhawks in July 2015.

Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso


Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso

Horizon League basketball returns to CSN on Sunday as UIC travels to Valparaiso. This game tips at 2:00 p.m. live on CSN.

The Flames (11-8, 4-2) have won three straight games and have played pretty good ball after the loss of Dikembe Dixson to a torn ACL. Junior big man Tai Odiase, a Homewood-Flossmoor graduate, is playing well along with former St. Rita product Dominique Matthews.

Valparaiso (15-4, 5-1) is hoping to maintain its conference lead behind senior All-American candidate Alec Peters. The 6-foot-9 senior is averaging 23.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game on the season.

The Crusaders won the first time these two teams played at UIC on Dec. 30 as Tevonn Walker had 23 points.