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July 2011

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COMMENTS

  • Jason

    This is great, thanks for the hard work put into this new section. My thoughts are, gut the team and give some of these guys a chance to play in the big leagues. We aren’t winning with these high paid vets, so ship some out and let our farm system get a chance.

  • greg

    I would LOVE to hear why they havent even given LaHair a shot?

  • Jason

    Im thinking that they feel LaHair is one of those minor leaguers-for-life type of players, because of his age(Turns 29 in November) and his inexperience at the Major League level, it wouldn’t seem like a long term fit for the Cubs. So instead, they keep him in Iowa where his production has been OUTSTANDING and he can keep those fans in the seats this year with hopes of a September call up. Plus with Pena’s production picking up, it will be better for the Cubs to keep him till close to the trade deadline so those teams that are desperate for a 1B could over pay/trade for him. Just my thoughts…not that they count, haha!

  • Smokie

    Really, who brands someone a lifer. What does the kid need to do to get called up? Pena at 10 million or Lehair at $400,000 is a no brainer to me. If Lehair was with the Pirates he would be playing on a regular basis. It is a shame what the Cubs do to their minor leagers. I am tired of the prospect talk!! Give me a guy that produces

  • Norm

    If LaHair was the chosen 1B going into the season, fans would complain that they’re not even trying. This is not only the Cubs that do this. These guys are ALL OVER AAA.
    Cody Ransom for AZ
    Jai Miller, OAK
    Chris Davis, TEX
    Jeff Baisley, LAA
    Matt Clark, SD
    Clint Robinson, KC

    That’s just from the top 15 home run hitters in the PCL

  • Buddy

    A few random thoughts about LaHair: 1) He’ll be 29 later this year. 2) He’s raking in the PCL. 3) He’s never hit for this kind of power before. His career totals are 146 home runs in 3472 minor league at bats. That’s about a homer every 25 at bats or so. Not bad, but not great. Don’t get me wrong, I hope he’s the next Babe Ruth. I’m just saying it might be wise to remain cautiously optimistic.

  • Doc Raker

    The Cubs should bench Pena and bring up LaHair. See what he can do in the bigs, a 1b tryout should commence immediately. We know what Pena can do, we need to know what others can do so we don’t over pay AGAIN for a 1b man. I think Soriano should play 1b and we should find a new left fielder but make Pena jetsam as soon as possible.

  • Jason

    Bringing LaHair up if/when Pena is dealt is a good idea, but benching Pena to do so would bring down Pena’s trade value. Signing Pena to this one year deal was a Win-Win for everyone. Pena could try to have a better year than 2010 so he could cash in on one more big contract, while the Cubs use him a position they had a hole at and at the same time if they weren’t in the hunt for a playoff spot(Like this year) they could use him as a huge trade chip because he will be a free agent next year so teams will try a rent to own type of trade. This is LaHair’s first true strong stats year of his career and at 29 years of age, it may be too late to establish a career in the Majors.

  • Buddy

    Agreed Jason. Trade Pena or play Pena.

  • greg

    Its never to late to catch on. Look at the guy in Toronto. Slim chance, but im just sayin.

  • Buddy

    True Greg. Stranger things have happened.

  • Doc Raker

    Then trade Pena yesterday, let’s move on.

  • Buddy

    Let me fire up the time machine and see what I can do.

  • Buddy

    Crap! It didn’t work. Where’s Emmett Brown when you need him?

  • Doc Raker

    Bring up McFly!