Prior to the Cubs vs. Pirates game tonight several roster moves have been announced or are in the making. The Cubs have optioned Jose Ascanio to Iowa and have recalled Jeff Samardzija;earlier in the day it was announced that the Pirates traded Eric Hinske to the Yankees for two prospects. There is also an unannounced trade that sends Pittsburgh outfielder Nyjer Morgan and LHP Sean Burnett to Washington for OF Lastings Milledge and RHP Joel Hanrahan.
I like the Cubs’ chances tonight because of these moves. Piniella had no choice but to leave Rich Harden in an inning later than he would have liked to last night – who would he have gone to? Samardzija earned another shot with the club, let’s hope he looks like the guy we saw last year (not this year.) The Hinske and Morgan moves have to be demoralizing to a Pittsburgh team that really isn’t all that bad – for a team that is in a perpetual state of rebuilding it shows even less commitment to now as opposed to tomorrow. Milledge reminds me a little of Corey Patterson – all kinds of hype but he has yet to stick anywhere and show results.