Archive for November, 2005

Thanksgiving Day Nuggets

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

Let me start by saying Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers. I hope your day is one of rest and thankfulness, with a hint of the three F’s: Family, Food, Football. I thought i’d give you a few little nuggets to chew on as you wait for the big meal.

Furcal Update
Apparently there are four major players in the Furcal sweepstakes: Atlanta, NY Mets, Dodgers, Cubs. Los Angeles has just entered the race, which lessens the Cubs chances to 25% if you look at it as a straight probability problem. Obviously there are other factors, but the point is, the more teams that show interest, the more the Cubs are going to have to make themselves the overwhelming favorite. Judging on the past, and the Pierre rumor, I don’t see it happening. Pierre tells me that Hendry is looking elsewhere for his leadoff hitter and if Furcal comes, great. That’s the usual attitude toward Free Agents and it really needs to change.

Josh Beckett Deal not done?
So word out of the Boston Herald has the Josh Beckett deal not quite done. Apparently the Red Sox are not completely sold on the idea of Beckett being shut down last year due to shoulder issues. They have until 6pm today to finalize the deal or it becomes void. Now, obviously that doesn’t mean anything, because the two sides could begin to negotiate once again until something is reached. It just makes me laugh that the Red Sox fans, my favorite fans in the world, went crazy with joy over this deal like Beckett was the second coming of Pedro. Now, the deal may not happen. Nothing would make me happier than to see the stupid Red Sox get a lemon and have Beckett be a total bust.

Matt Clement Coming to Chicago?
Not quite that exciting, but he could possibly be spotted there quite frequently this summer if a rumored trade of Clement to Milwaukee for Lyle Overbay takes shape. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has that little nugget at the bottom of their article on the Brewers agreeing to terms with catcher Chad Moeller. I’d like to see this move because it means that I would be able to see one of my favorite former Cubs on TV more often. Come to think of it, I have the MLB package, so I guess I could have seen Clement any time I wanted, but something about watching the stupid Red Sox makes me cringe.

Mets going crazy
Enter Carlos Delgado. Potentially enter: Billy Wagner, Alfonso Soriano, Rafael Furcal. Where are they getting this money? I went to Shae last year and let me tell you, the tickets were not expensive. The stadium was not full. That is the stuff that brings revenue, so where is it coming from? Maybe my boy Steinbrenner secretly has stakes in both teams and has found a way to try to win in both leagues. That would be hysterical. It would be as if he joined the same fantasy baseball league two times with a different e-mail address in an attempt to increase his chance of winning it all.

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Holy Geeze

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

This comes straight from Rotoworld

WSCR 670 in Chicago is reporting that the Cubs are close to acquiring Juan Pierre from the Marlins for three prospects.
One would be left-hander Renyel Pinto. According to the report, center fielder Felix Pie wouldn’t be involved. Another expendable reliever probably would be. Roberto Novoa or Jermaine Van Buren could help the Marlins

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I hear things sometimes

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Hello everybody. A little birdie tells me that Rafael Furcal will be remaining in Atlanta, which makes it almost imperative that Hendry trade for Juan Pierre. Or, at the very least sign Kenny Lofton; I like this idea because Lofton would give us 1-2 more years to develop Felix Pie. Last time we brought a centerfielder up too early it didn’t work out so well…

I also hear that the Cubs are in serious talks to obtain RP Bob Howry, who had a very impressive year for Cleveland. The Indians are likely to offer Howry arbitration, which means that the Cubs would have to give up a top draft pick were they to sign him…

Note From Chris:
The Cubs 1st round draft choice is in the top 15 (13, I think) this year, and is thus protected from being lost as compensation for signing another team’s free agent.

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And on an unrelated note

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Last night I was watching a hockey game between two of the sport’s finest teams, the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators. Most of you know by now that Detroit’s Juri Fischer suffered what has been described as a “seizure;” CPR was administered and allegedly the defibrillator was used to revive Juri Fischer.

It reminded me of a dark day in my childhood, when Detroit Lions receiver Chuck Hughes went up for a pass against the Bears defense; he got hit and never got up. Reports later indicated that there was a problem with Chuck’s heart, one that turned out to be fatal. Juri Fischer apparently had an enlarged heart, a condition that was discovered a few years ago, a malady that apparently reared it’s ugly head in tonight’s contest. Why is it that so many of today’s athletes seem to be having respiratory abnormalities?

It reminded me that all these contests, these games we follow so passionately are just games. The same games we played as kids, just on a larger scale in front of more people. My thoughts and concerns go out to Juri, the Fischer family, Avery, the Red Wings organization and fans. For this fleeting moment in time we are all Red Wings fans.

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Big Trade

Monday, November 21st, 2005

But not for the Cubs. Several outlets are reporting that the Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox have agreed to a trade that would send Mike Lowell and Josh Beckett to the Red Sox in exchange for top shortstop prospect Hanley Ramirez, minor league pitcher Anibal Sanchez and a player to be named later. What does this mean for the Cubs? Well, basically that the rumors of a Marlins fire sale are true, and that Jim Hendry needs to get on the phone to Florida before there’s nothing left.

It also means that the Marlins will have built and systematically destroyed two World Series teams in less than 10 years. You know, being a fan of team that breaks up it’s World Series teams doesn’t actually sound that bad to me. At least it means you’ve won one.

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Board Games Anyone?

Monday, November 21st, 2005

As we anxiously await the Cubs plans for the offseason, I ran across this little sentence in a Phil Rogers column that scared me to death.

Wonder if the Cubs would be interested in gambling on Milton Bradley? The Dodgers are trying to move him and he could be a high-risk, high-reward project for manager Dusty Baker

I really hope that Hendry is not even considering this one. Phil Rogers even suggesting it is Taboo. This club needs a severe Operation this offseason, but Bradley is a horrible guy that will turn this team right back to the team of 04 that whined and complained throughout the entire year. He’s a cancer, in my opinion. It’s not worth rolling the dice and hoping for a Yahtzee. Ok Ok, i’ll stop now.

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Sunday, November 20th, 2005

This comes to my box this morning from Mastrick

“Rumors swirl in Miami, Rotoworld reports that everybody except Dontrelle Willis and Cabrera are available for the right price. Time for Hendry to be proactive – Florida wants to cut their payroll to $40 million. A Juan Pierre and Josh Beckett trade for Angel Guzman, John Koronka, Corey Patterson and Bobby Brownlie trade would be in order here…if Florida balks at Patterson, substitute Dwayne Bacon, Jemal Spearman or Adam Greenberg. Time to get ‘er done!”

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Here’s a Question

Friday, November 18th, 2005

So Hendry comes out and signs one of the best relievers in the game last year. Will he suck when he comes to Chicago? It seems like everytime we sign a MR or trade for one to help the pen, it never does. Here’s hoping Scott Eyre will be just what the doctor ordered for next year.

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Apology & Shameless Plug

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Ok, so I didn’t log on after work tonight to talk about steroids. I will however be talking about that and the rest of the Cubs offseason things tonight on Sports Talk Cleveland. I will be on around 9:00pm Eastern if you would like to listen.

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