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Let the selloff begin

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Today’s Chicago Tribune reports that Cubs pitchers Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman have been claimed off the wavier wire. This means that the teams who have submitted the claims have until Monday to work out a deal or the Cubs can pull them back. This is not an uncommon thing this time of year as many teams will offer players just to see what they could get in a trade; they also do it to gauge other teams’ interest in their prospective free agents. However in this instance I think that Hendry’s putting these guys on the market because he thinks it’s doubtful that he will be offering the kind of money that Harden will be wanting; in Heilman’s case it is likely that he’s trying to get something/anything for a guy that he has no intention of bringing back next year.

It’s likely that other players have been waived as well, perhaps even untouchables such as Ramirez, Zambrano and Lee. And you can bet the farm that Milton Bradley is on the wire too, it’s just doubtful that anyone will be wanting to damage their mojo in the midst of a pennant run. The Cubs are going to have to pull off a Todd Hundley-type trade to get rid of Bradley, besides what city is less “racist” than Chicago, a city that loves previous sports icons such as Michael Jordan, Walter Payton and Mr. Cub himself? This guy’s act is getting beyond old and it’s time for Milton to get dressed down in public. It’s a shame because he’s finally starting to hit.

  • Yes, who did we steal from the Dodgers for Todd Hundley? Was that the Eric Karros and Grundz for Hundley and Hee Sop Choi? Grundz never got enough credit in my mind, a solid defender who just hit line drives all over the yard at a .300 clip. I thought we should have kept Grundz and let Todd Walker go back then, I thought we kept the wrong 2bman at that point. But hey, we have Aron Miles now so all is well.

    This is why Milton Bradley isn’t worth having regardless of how he is hitting.

  • cap’n obvious

    yes. Now that Bradley is starting to hit, he all of a sudden wants to run his yap to reporters about how bad he’s had it. I wish he’d just shut up and play. First the umpires are out to get him, then the racists. Who will he blame for his act next?

  • That’s how narcicistic malcontents are, always balming someone else for their troubles. It’s not his fault not one of his prior 47 teams wanted to keep him around, it is all a conspiracy against him and his race.

  • Mastrick

    Now I am the first to decry racism in all of it’s forms but that is not what’s going on here (unless you consider the lonely catcall of one ignorant fan to be axiomatic.) If anything Cubs fans are prejudiced against bad play and bad attitudes and Bradley has shown his share of both. Piniella needs to grow a pair and give it to him loud and dirty, that way it’ll stick.

  • However in this instance I think that Hendry’s putting these guys on the market because he thinks it’s doubtful that he will be offering the kind of money that Harden will be wanting

    Probably not. As I have said before, essentially ALL players get places on waivers. And just because a player has been claimed does mean that they are “on the market.”

    I think it would be utterly foolish to trade Harden at this point, unless they get a VERY high return. They can offer him arbitration next year, and either get a very good pitcher a fairly reasonable price for one year, or get two high draft picks.

    besides what city is less “racist” than Chicago

    Wow… are you serious? Lets just completely ignore the fact that in recent years both Latroy Hawkins and Jacque Jones received both racist taunts and racist “fan” mail. Yup… no racism here.

  • Mark Strickler

    No more racism than any other city, for people of color there is always a catcall or a fella with a dixie flag that won’t give up his Confederate heritage. I see it here when I get on the interstate, I saw a truck with a Georgia tag and a dixie flag decal in the back window with the optional gun rack just yesterday. Up north you see much the same in the stratified whites only suburbs that have less than 5% black students in their high schools. Racism is not a thing of the past, rather it is less prevalent. I know that and so should Milton – the occasional white trash in the right field bleachers who utters an occasional racial epithet is not indicative of Cubs fans in general.

  • rob

    I dont think it is true that teams put all of their guys through waivers. I have never heard that from any other source and have often heard the opposite.

  • Poetic justice, though, on the same day that Bradley outdid himself, saying he “prays” for nine inning games so he can go home. Anyone with any job paying more than most people get — snyone making more than $100,000 per year, for example — should NEVER be quoted as not wanting to be there and praying to get out of there. Feel it if you want, tell your wife, but NEVER be so crass as to let that out to others. And Milton Bradley is making more than a hundred times that, so the simple statement is rude and ridiculous to anyone who actually works and works hard just to pay the bills. SO OF COURSE, he comes to the plate with the tying run on second and two out. And of course I assume he tries to get that base hit. But of course he completes his 0-for-5 and is not forced to play extra innings at Wrigley. Of course he looks bad. He needs duct tape over his mouth and he needs to get to the ball park and bust his buns to win games. As many innings as it takes. And stop whining.
    Basically, after this one, Bradley needs to go. Somewhere he can stand to be. Not here.

  • I dont think it is true that teams put all of their guys through waivers. I have never heard that from any other source and have often heard the opposite.

    Where have you heard that? A team can put any one through waivers, and then pull the player back. A team has NOTHING to lose by putting players on waivers in August.

    It is typically a formality, and most teams don’t make claims on most players, even the great ones (such as Pujols).

    The rumor is that the Twins claimed Harden. That means all of the NL teams decided not to claim Harden.

    he needs to get to the ball park and bust his buns to win games.

    He does. Bradley is one of the hardest playing players on the team. He hustles in the outfield, he runs hard on routine ground balls, etc.

  • From MLB.com (in a year-old article):

    By now, most teams have placed all or nearly all of the players on the roster on waivers as a matter of course, whether they intend to trade them or not.

  • MJ

    Bradley’s yap needs a filter. But when this is the third or fourth player in the past few years that’s made the same racial accusations, you start to wonder.

    I was at the game yesterday, and was beside myself at the crowd reactions to players. Bradley pops out in the first and they boo him. Soriano in announced as the batter and the entire place goes crazy cheering. WTF? I swear Cubs fans have gotten dumber since 2003.

  • rob

    Thanks for sending the link. Everything I had heard was that teams put guys on waivers to gaug interest and see who they can move. The system makes little sense to me if all the guys have gone on waivers and they are not beiong claimed all over the place, just to have to pull all the guys back who you sent through. It doesnt make sense to me.

  • Kris

    On a positive note, the Cubs have helped to make a sick child’s day a little better. A friend of mine has been running the Carter Kettner Fan Club, to support his friends’ 5-year-old son who is suffering with brain cancer. A die-hard Cubs’ fan, Carter got to throw out the first pitch on Wednesday night. You can see video here:

    I wish I could post them here, but there were some great pictures with Ryan Dempster (who hammed it up for the camera) and Carlos Zambrano.

  • Kris

    Or, since the link button didn’t work, I’ll post it again the old-fashioned way.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLiB_ylu2ks

  • lizzie

    Really great video Kris. Also enjoyed the Boom Shaka Lacka knuckles one. He’s a real cutie!

  • cap’n obvious

    wow. I lost a brother to brain cancer and a daughter to terminal illness…awesome job by the Cubs, especially Wells and Fuld, who you could tell really cared about the kid and made sure he was comfortable and happy throughout. Hits close to home for me. We need more of this as this season goes into the crapper. Thanks for posting Kris…I hope that Carter can beat this, but if not, what great memories for his parents and loved ones. I am sure Muskat missed this one, too bad…where can I trade my Soriano jersey for a Carter Kettner one?

  • Mr. David M. Beyer

    Regarding racism, there are many people who begin to hurl racial epithets when the going gets bad who otherwise seem like nice, friendly people. They’re using offensive words out of frustration or anger. Those words betray racist attitudes the offenders may not even be aware of. I DO believe African-American ballplayers have heard racist words used by fans toward them in Chicago. Growing up in farm country outside of Chicago, I remember hearing racist comments from MANY of the residents of my town. It was about 99 % white and quite insular; their views were narrow, ignorant, and generally unchallenged. I wish the offending fans could have an opportunity to hear how hateful and ignorant they sound and start thinking about their own views toward racism. I also think Bradley’s a big, overly sensitive baby (and even the AVERAGE baby is sensitive!) who needs to suck it up and let his bat do the talking, because every time he opens his mouth he makes me laugh or cringe. You put up another .999 OPS and don’t throw the ball into the stands with only 2 outs, maybe you can go all Barry Bonds and get surly. .805 OPS with a 1:1 mental-gaffe-to-home-run ratio isn’t going to get you any sympathy.

  • MJ

    for people of color

    Are we living in the sixties? That can be claimed offensive by some Blacks. At least some of the ones I’m friends with.

    a city that loves previous sports icons such as Michael Jordan, Walter Payton and Mr. Cub himself?

    If you don’t think they had their fair share of idiot racial remarks made at them, you’re living in a dream world.

    I’ll say it again, Bradley needs to shut up and play, the media needs to drop what is really a non story (kind of like Beer Gate a few weeks ago), and Cubs fans need to get their heads out of their asses.

  • That can be claimed offensive by some Blacks. At least some of the ones I’m friends with.

    “People of color” is one of the generally accepted terms for minority populations in America.

  • Doc Raker

    Don’t forget Bobby Hull, you think it was easy being a black man in the NHL.

  • Don’t forget Bobby Hull, you think it was easy being a black man in the NHL.

    Huh?

  • That’s right. Bobby Hull and Ferguson Jenkins played together in the Canadian Negro Hockey League before Bobby broke the color barrier in the NHL. True, look it up.