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Monthly Archive: November 2005

Wednesday

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November 2005

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Rule 5 day and my prediction for the 2006 Cubs Opening Day lineup

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Just a reminder, December 8th is when the Rule 5 draft occurs. Some of the Cubs that will be exposed to Rule 5 include Richard Lewis, Mike Fontenot, Russ Rohlichek and Brandon Sing. Don’t be surprised to see Fontenot or Sing going somewhere in a trade because they will likely be claimed in Rule 5. That having been said, here’s my prediction of who Dusty will start on Opening Day: Furcal SS, Perez 2B, Lee 1B, Ramirez 3B, Mench RF, Murton LF, Patterson CF and Barrett C. Starting pitchers will be Prior, Zambrano, Maddux, Byrd and Rusch. Kerry Wood will […]

Wednesday

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November 2005

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The latest on Furcal

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This one just came in fresh off the wire from Rotoworld.com: Rafael Furcal’s agent, Paul Kinzer, met with both the Braves on Tuesday and a associate met with the Dodgers. Kinzer said Furcal would likely decide between those two teams and the Cubs by Monday. Kinzer’s meeting with Atlanta didn’t seem to go very well. He said the Braves have bettered their original offer, now offering at least a guaranteed fourth year. Still, it’s unlikely they’ve come all that close to the offers from the Cubs and Dodgers. Fortunately for Atlanta, Furcal still may choose comfort. “It has never been […]

Tuesday

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November 2005

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Hendry visits Furcal (not vice versa)

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Hat in hand, Jim Hendry went to Georgia today to speak with Rafael Furcal and his agent. This from the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan: The Cubs made one last push for free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal over the weekend and expect a final decision before the end of next week’s winter meetings in Dallas. General manager Jim Hendry met with Furcal at his Georgia home on Sunday, hoping to convince him Chicago would be a perfect destination. Both Hendry and Furcal’s agent, Paul Kinzer, declined to comment on the meeting. The Cubs and Atlanta are considered the two main suitors for […]

Monday

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November 2005

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Belated Welcome

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Back in the saddle after a harrowing week at my brotherís hospital bedside. He suffered a massive heart attack last week but is doing better now. Details can be found on Blessings & Other Stuff. Thatís why it has taken me so long to welcome our newest VFTB colleague, Mark (aka ìMastrickî). No longer am I the newbie of the group and gone is the status of being the elder statesman of the brotherhood. For some reason, I thought you were European, Mark. Have you ever used the word ìarse?î Now, regarding the Cubs. I think Hendry is doing a […]

Monday

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November 2005

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Brian Giles

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From Rotoworld.com: The Blue Jays made what were described as “significant inroads” over the weekend in their pursuit of Brian Giles, a person familiar with negotiations told The Globe and Mail. The Jays will announce the signing of B.J. Ryan today and they still hope to add either A.J. Burnett or Giles. “We’ve had a number of conversations with the Blue Jays and all of them have been positive,” agent Joe Bick said. “But the truth is we just found out last Wednesday that there was no chance of getting anything done with the San Diego Padres and now we’re […]