Archive for November, 2005

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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