View From The Bleachers

Talking Cubs Baseball Since 2003



July 2009



Ryan Freel Finds a Home

Written by , Posted in Media Releases

From the Media Department comes the news that we didn’t just have to release Ryan Freel. I’m still waiting on the roster moves for tonight’s game.

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today traded infielder Ryan Freel to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named.

Freel was designated for assignment by the Cubs on July 2. In 14 games with Chicago, Freel batted .143 (4-for-28) with one run scored and one RBI.

The Cubs originally acquired Freel from Baltimore for outfielder Joey Gathright on May 8.

Towelhead aka Nothing Is Private rip

Two Brothers movies Clerks II divx

  • I am going to guess it will be Hart, Samardzija, and Fuld. But if it were up to me, I would do Hart, Samardzija, and Hoffpauir.

  • And by the way, on an unrelated note, Derrek Lee, he of the “bench him”/”release him”/”trade him” fame, is now on pace for over 30 home runs and over 100 RBI. And that is if you include his awful April. And he now has a line of .282/.366/.497 (OPS: .864), which is tops on the team among qualified folks.

    Too bad the Cubs didn’t trade him when his value was high, eh?

  • Doc Raker

    Still isn’t to late. Fox looks pretty damn good, compare the salaries and I would certainly consider trading Lee and keeping Fox.

    For the near future I just hope they keep Fox in the line up with Aram and Dlee. I was glad to see Soriano dropped in the line up.
    Bench/trade Bradley.

  • MJ

    I kind of feel bad for Freel. He can’t catch a break long enough to stick anywhere.

    And by the way, on an unrelated note, Derrek Lee, he of the “bench him”/”release him”/”trade him” fame, is now on pace for over 30 home runs and over 100 RBI.

    I was going to say something about that today. 😆 That’s ten more homers than last year.

    As for Fox, at this point, let him get some time in LF, while Soriano rests his knee. It can’t hurt.

  • Seymour Butts

    Ryan Freel was just traded from the Royals to the Orioles for Joey Gathright, who was to have been shipped to the Cubs as the PTBNL in the Freel Deal, but was busy appearing at local car shows and could not be immediately reached.

  • Still isn’t to late. Fox looks pretty damn good

    Actually… you (and others) were wanting Hoffpauir to take over for Lee, not Fox.

    But yea – Fox is sure hitting well right now. I still say that he will be very difficult to hide defensively long-term, but I have been very pleasantly surprised that he has been able to continue his hit hitting at the major league level. It is still a bit early, and we will have to see how pitchers adjust, but Fox sure appears like he can hit big league pitching.

  • Via Wittenmeyer:

    Fuld, Hart optioned to AAA; Patton DL (groin).

  • Doc Raker

    I think Hoffa and Fox platooned at 1b with some starts in the OF would be great for the Cubs line up.

    Some GM’s trade players when their value is high. That guy from Oakland will do that and I believe his front office employs sabermath.

  • Some GM’s trade players when their value is high.

    Aren’t you the one who wanted to trade Lee when his value was the lowest? And you wanted to bench him, which would have decreased his trade value even more?

    The guy from Oakland is also working with a payroll that doesn’t allow him to keep any valuable players. The Cubs situation is different.

    Sure – trade a player when their value is high. I agree. But you don’t trade a player when you are still competitive in a pennant race and your alternatives are worse. Especially when money isn’t really an issue.

  • Doc Raker

    I would consider trading Dlee depending on what we would get in return. He has certainly carried this team in recent weeks but I think we could be just as well off offensively and in the long run depending on what we could get. I certainly wouldn’t trade him unless the take was quality young big league talent.

    I am very happy to hear Lou state his leadoff plan to be a platoon situation between Fukudome and RJ. I think that is a good decision. I have confidence they will do an above average job with the leadoff spot as a platoon and maybe it will kick Soriano into to focusing and working on his game to get back a little higher in the line up.

    It could be a very good 2nd half for the Cubs, they are starting to get comfortable and have some quality options. The roar at Wrigley is starting to return.

    I found Jacque Jones this weekend playing for the Newark Bears in the Atlantic Coast Independent league. I saw him take a K vs the Camden River Cats, it was all too familar.