Everyone was all jacked up yesterday about rumors that a deal to bring Brian Roberts to Chicago was done and ready to be announced. The Orioles squashed those rumors mid-day and we’re left speculating not if anymore, but rather when. I’d like to say that I am sold on the fact that Roberts is coming, but as I mentioned before, I don’t know that the Cubs are willing to part with enough to get him. Rumors had the Sean’s and Ronny Cedeno going for Roberts. That’s too steep a price to bring in a guy that may still be disciplined in some form by the Commissioner for his role with PED’s. Roberts would make this lineup better, for the simple fact that his presence forces Alfonso Soriano out of the leadoff spot. I just don’t know that I’m ready to part with two guys that could be difference makers for us in the rotation this year and in years to come.

Phil Rogers said on his blog:

Jason Marquis and Dempster project as the most likely 4-5 starters for Lou Piniella. If Marshall and Gallagher were both traded to Baltimore, the cast behind them would be headed by Kevin Hart, the fragile Angel Guzman and unproven prospects Donald Veal, Jeff Samardzija, Adam Harben and Jose Ascanio.

That scares me. I’m not ready to go into this season knowing that if we have injuries or a Marquis second half explosion, our next option is a kid that hasn’t made a big league start (Hart), and a guy that can’t stay healthy. Why not keep Marshall at the very least?

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Rick Telander, who has a Hall of Fame ballot due to his massive history as a baseball writer, posted a column yesterday about how he didn’t fill out his ballot this year because “The Steroid Era has taken the wind out of my sail.” Many people are up in arms about the fact that he wouldn’t send it in. Marc Silverman of ESPN 1000 said that Telander should have his ballot privileges revoked as a result.My question to you is twofold. First, Do you agree with Silverman? And second, Why do guys like Vin Scully, Marty Brennaman and Bill James not have votes? These are guys that know baseball like the back of their hand. Why does Joe Reporter have a vote and they don’t? This is why I could care less about the hall of fame.

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Finally, I recorded the latest edition of the podcast on Tuesday with Brandon Rosage. On the most recent show, we talked about the Roger Clemens mess. It’s a compact 25 minute show that I think turned out well. Click here to download the mp3. Remember, you can also subscribe to the podcast feed by going to www.mvn.com/thepitch

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail