Archive for February, 2007

Mark My Words

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Here is how the whole situation is going to unfold in the next days and weeks regarding the future of Carlos Zambrano. Tomorrow, we will read a press release that says something to the fact of “The Cubs and Carlos Zambrano have agreed to a 1 year deal for the 2007 season worth $13 million.”

Then, over the next few weeks, both sides will talk, and settle on a five year deal worth around $80 to $90 million.

According to Zambrano today “I spoke to (Hendry) earlier today. We’ll get some agreement. I don’t think we’ll go to the trial tomorrow.”

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Yet another Cubs injury report

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

The Cubs are now reporting that Felix Pie’s winter season was cut short by a shoulder injury. Why is it that they choose not to report these things in real time, why is it always ex post facto? This is a consistent pattern of behavior, it is not just random happenstance.

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Jones NEEDS to stay

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

“You know what?” Jones asked, warming up. “I’m here to help this team win, and I went into the off-season working out to come back to have a good season here and help us get to the playoffs. That’s all I ever wanted to do from the outset. I can’t worry if people are surprised or not. I’m a Cub, and that’s it.” ~ Jacque Jones

In my mind, having Jones on this team is vital to our potential success. If we trade Jones, you’re looking at moving Matt Murton or Cliff Floyd to RF. Floyd has issues with staying healthy and Murton has youth issues. Trading Jones would weaken our OF. What do you think?

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Saturday Morning Linkage

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

I’m feeling a bit under the weather this morning, so I will simply point out a couple of interesting things I found this week.

1. Prospect Smackdown – Sean Gallagher vs. Kevin Slowey
John Sickels always does a good job with his site. It’s a great minor league resource for fans of any team. Once in a while, he does a series called Prospect Smackdown in which he compares two names down on the farm in various areas. In the latest installment, he includes Cubs pitching prospect Sean Gallagher, who is a name that most common fans don’t seem to know and should. ~ Full Story

2. Where Does the Cubs Farm System Rank?
We all know that the farm system is not as good as it once was, but how bad are we? Over at the Hardball Times, Jeff Slackmann profiles all 30 farm systems and ranks them from best to worst. I don’t agree with his rankings on a lot of teams, including the Cubs overall rank, but with prospects you never really know. ~ Full Story

3. What do the numbers predict for Carlos and 9 others?
John Beamer over at the Hardball Times has a 2007 Pitching Predictions post in which he profiles 10 pitchers and the upcoming season. Carlos Zambrano is number nine on the list and he has some predictions for what to expect out of Big Z. ~ Full Story

4. Steve Stone Chats with Baseball Prospectus
This one is no subscription necessary and it’s very good to listen to. Will Carroll sits down and talks with former Cub color man, Steve Stone for about 45 minutes. “Steve Stone is one of the game’s unique voices. Covering everything from his time as a young pitcher in a rotation with Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry with Willie Mays in center field to his years as a broadcaster aside Harry Caray, Stone touches all the bases in a long-form, unedited and uncensored conversation.” ~ Download the MP3

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A third injured Cub surfaces

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Rotoworld reports that LSP Sean Marshall is about a week away from throwing off a mound, he’s recovering from rotator cuff issues. Whoa, when did this happen? Is anybody else aware that Marshall had a rotator cuff injury? Last I recall Sean was recovering from a tired arm down in Iowa.

Did I miss an official announcement? If not, why are the Cubs waiting until now to inform the fans…

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