Name your choice as the Cubs 2012 first baseman.
Fielder would be great, but after the Latos/Alonso deal it looks like Anthony Rizzo is more likely.
besides Fielder or Lahare maybe Kendry Morales
Alfonso Soriano or LaHair.
I am watching MLB networks top 50 arguments of all time and Zambrano is in it twice. The Michael Barrett fight and the Gatorade machine murder. Zambrano argued Gatorade murder 2 crime of passion in court in an effort to plea down but it was Gatorade murder 1 the jury came back with.
Adrian Gonzales. You didn’t say it had to be likely.
If Seymour’s criteria stands, I nominate Bozo the Clown.
In all seriousness, I wouldn’t mind moving Soriano to 1B, or giving LaHair a chance.
guys 1st wouldn’t work for soriano because it would take the infielders too long to start intentionally throwing it high so soriano could “hop” to catch it.
I’m on board with Tyler…Anthony Rizzo.
in no particular order, Mark Grace, Spanky Squires, Bull Durham, Bill Buckner, and Josh Vitters. Greg Walker could hit, and Hee Sop Choi was asian…so you know he was a math-wiz..realistically, anyone other than DPLee and/or the fat salad eater, Fielder are OK…Carlos Pena, Poolie Konerko, and/or Frank Chance were winners that ‘might’ have been dirty.
Chance might have sucked as a 2011 player, but he had guts and moxie, and sometimes that’s enough.
What about Frank Thomas and Jim Thome when they were able to play the field?
How about Lou Gehrig? Something close to his 1934 season would be fine with me.
I’d like Rizzo as well, but I think the rumors of San Diego wanting Matt Garza in return are just Jim Bowden talking out of his rear end, as he is won’t to do. And I’m not positive I’d want to trade Brett Jackson for Anthony Rizzo, just because I think Rizzo has the same problem as B-Jax: he strikes out too much. He’s struck out a little less than Jackson, but not much, and I’d rather have an above average defensive center fielder with that skill set than an excellent defensive first baseman with that skill set. I would love to get Rizzo in return for a Matt Garza type trade, I just don’t think the Padres are going to be interested in a player in his final two years of arbitration.
I disagree with you on the ‘striking out too much’ for Rizzo but agree with your point; I’d rather have Jackson.
SD has a nice farm system these days and Hoyer and McLeod know them well. Rizzo could be a starting point for Garza, but it would probably take more than him, but less than the package SD got from CIN for Latos.
Would Marmol or Marshall bring Rizzo?
Prince on a 6 or 7 year deal below 30 millon a year would be fine with me. Since that seems really unlikely, I would also take a one or two year deal with about 8 millon a year. He provides good D and has solid power numbers.
Otherwise, I think LaHair is the option to go to. He is cheap and with a team out of contention from day one it might be worth the risk.
Big Ern might be better suited for the Cubs satellite squad over at Randy Hundley’s camp. He, Butts, and Raker could discuss BABIP, moxie, the slimming effects of pinstripes, and doubleheaders over dinner. I hope he likes Subway.
I’ve read that Boras is suggesting an opt-out clause after 3 years when he’s 30. I could go for 3 years of Tubby Vegi, and then get rid of him after that.
Sounds too good to be true…I’d be all over that deal. Vegetubble…let’s go with that.
Why not an opt-out clause after 3 years? He’ll be 30 and in prime position to get one final big fat hairy contract. I’ve heard in the 3-5 year range. Would you go with 4 or 5 years of Veggitubble?
Another name I like, Veggie Monster. One of the pools I worked at, one of the supervisors, her granddaughter was telling me that Cookie Monster is changing his name to Veggie Monster. I looked it up after she told me that, his name is still Cookie Monster, but now instead of wolfing down cookies, he wants to promote healthy eating to children and eats more fruits and vegetables. Cookies are still his favorite food, but now instead of eating them all day, every day, he tells kids, “Cookies are a sometime snack.”
Just to make Doc gag…..Carlos Pena.
Norm, now that the reports have come out that a trade between the Cubs and Padres involving Garza and Rizzo would almost certainly need to be a three team trade involving the Rangers, it makes a lot more sense to me.
Also, I should clarify that I don’t think Rizzo strikes out too much to be a successful player. I think Rizzo probably strikes out too much to have Pujols/Votto/Cabrera type of offensive upside. With that said, Ryan Howard was a darn good offensive player for a quite awhile, and Rizzo should provide a lot more value with the glove than Howard ever did.
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