Thursday Sept. 9, 2010
Posted: 12:10 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
The Smokies will receive some reinforcements just in time for Thursdays Southern League playoff opener against West Tenn. Tennessee added four players to the roster that clearly strengthen the team and could have significant impact on the outcome of the series.
Chris Carpenter was brought back from Triple-A Iowa and will start Game Two of the series. He was 8-6 with a 3.16 ERA before getting bumped up to Iowa.
Lefty reliever Luke Sommer was also brought back from Iowa for a second stint with Tennessee. Sommer began the year in Daytona and went 1-1 with a 2.52 ERA and six saves before getting the bump up to the Southern League. He was 1-1 with a 2.02 ERA and eight saves, earning a spot on the Southern Leagues mid-season All-Star team before he was promoted to Iowa. Sommer was 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in seven games for the I-Cubs, who were eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the regular season.
Catcher Robinson Chirinos, who returns from Iowa, could have the biggest impact of the group. He hit .318 with 15 homers and 64 RBIs in 77 games for the Smokies, earning spots on both the mid- and post-season all-star teams in the Southern League. He then hit .364 with three homers and 10 RBIs for Iowa.
Finally, infielder DJ LeMahieu hit .314 with 73 RBIs for Daytona, which was also eliminated from playoff contention on the final weekend of the Florida State Leagues regular season.
In related roster moves, RHP Alberto Cabrera, INF David Macias, RHP Corey Martin and C Mark Reed have been sent to Daytona.
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Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?
According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.
McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011).
Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014.
In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.
For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs.
“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.
"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”