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Monthly Archive: December 2005

Wednesday

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December 2005

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Now here’s a swap I’d like to see

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It’s been a while since the Cubs and Sox hooked up on a deal. I’d like to see the Cubs send Corey Patterson, Bobby Brownlie or Todd Wellemeyer and Geovany Soto to the Chisox for Joe Borchard and Casey Rogowski or Jerry Owens. From what I can see the Chisox could use a little depth at catcher and another arm wouldn’t hurt. In the event that Podsednik went on the DL again they would need a speed option and Owens gets thrown out too much. The Cubs need a righthanded bat that can come in and spell for Jacque Jones […]

Tuesday

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December 2005

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The High Cost of Mediocrity

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Well, maybe it was just a case of misplaced faith on the part of Cubs fans. You see, our favorite GM Jim Hendry was supposed to have a big offseason this year. His team needed an overhaul, and he had the cash and pitching prospects to make it happen. Hendry’s task was pretty straight forward, he needed to obtain a leadoff man, sort out his middle infield situation, bolster the bullpen, and fill two outfield spots. It sounded like a daunting task, but Hendry also seemed to have a plan. First, he whet our appetites by signing(and overpaying for) Scott […]

Tuesday

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December 2005

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It’s twue, it’s twue!

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Well boys and girls, Hendry the Clown means what he says! Today all of the non-tendered Cubs were offered contracts, which means that arbitration-eligible players such as Jerry Hairston, Jr., Juan Pierre, Will Ohman, Carlos Zambrano and Mark Prior will be eligible for arbitration. It also means that the Cubs are on the hook for $2.2-4.0 million for the services of Corey Patterson. It’s going to be next to impossible to unload Patterson because no GM in their right mind would pay that kind of money for a guy that hits .215 and ignores his management. Anticipate the following scenario, […]

Monday

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December 2005

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Yeah, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

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Things were looking pretty good, the Bears D was playing smash-nose defense, it was 9 degrees in Soldier Field – it was so cold it would freeze the balls off a brass monkey. And the Bears were ahead! Then all of a sudden Bears head coach Lovie Smith did the unthinkable – he signalled to Rex Grossman and told him to get ready for the second half. It was almost like Wilford Brimley in ‘The Natural’ telling Robert Redford to “suit up.” According to the Chicago Tribune, Smith was quoted as saying: “I just felt we needed a spark…the defense […]

Sunday

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December 2005

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Tuesday is non-tender day

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Now we all know that Hendry has said that he would offer !@#$ING PATTERSON arbitration instead of non-tendering him. But is it bluff, bravado or stupidity? Or will he swing a trade with a club that has a similar non-tender player? According to mlb.com here are the people likely to be non-tendered: MIL: (RP Danny Kolb, 3B Russell Branyon,) SEA: (RP Gil Meche, RP Ryan Franklin, IF Willie Bloomquist,) LAD: (C Jason Phillips, 1B Hee-seop Choi,) ATL: RP Jim Brower, BAL: C Geronimo Gil, CHW: IF Willie Harris, WAS: (IF Junior Spivey, IF Henry Mateo,) CIN: SP Ramon Ortiz and […]