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Marmol Moving West?

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ABOUT LAST NIGHTThere was no game last night so instead you get to hear about my personal life. I’ve been doing Insanity. I started week four last night, after taking a couple days off. Two quick words of advice. First, don’t do Insanity. It’s crazy hard. Second, if you’re going to do Insanity, don’t take days off to let your body recover. It was so hard to get back into it last night. Everything in me wanted to quit. I’m curious to know if anyone else has tried it and if so, how did it go?

THE RUMOR MILL IS CHURNING I posted in the ESPN Power Rankings this week “Theo Epstein has gone on record as saying that there are even money odds that a trade will happen before the All Star break. July should be a fun month for Cubs fans and it probably won’t have to do with the play on the field.” We’re less than a month away from the non-waiver deadline and the rumors are hot and heavy so let’s take a look at what’s happening.

  • Carlos Marmol, who was designated for assignment recently, is rumored to be headed to the Dodgers. The sticking points as of this writing appear to be getting Marmol to accept the trade, given that the Dodgers are on his no-trade list, and a decision on how much of the remaining money owed will be absorbed by the Dodgers. At this point, there is no word on if the Cubs would receive a player in return, but if they did, it won’t be anything other than a filler.
  • Ken Rosenthal wrote yesterday that the Cubs were “all but certain” to trade Matt Garza, Scott Feldman, and Kevin Gregg before the deadline, which would mean that the Cubs would once again be in the market for a closer. I’d hope that Jed and Theo would either elect to fill that role with a player from within or with another flyer like Gregg who can be had on the cheap. I don’t believe in spending big bucks on bullpen arms. Build the pen from within.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates have the best record in all of baseball and vaulted up to the # 1 spot in the weekly power rankings. What in the world in going on here? I’m not a believer in the Buccos and I’m willing to lay even money on the fact that they will fail to make the playoffs, once again.
  • Bryce Harper, who had been on the DL, came back last night and homered in his first at bat back. My question is this. If you had to wager on either Harper or Mike Trout, who will have the better career when all is done?
  • The Yankees have cleared the very outspoken Alex Rodriguez to play in a rehab assignment. The situation amuses me a lot because the Yankees are very much suffering the effects of a dumb extension that was signed. I love the fact that the CBA in baseball makes teams pay the contracts they sign. There is not an ability to just cut someone like in the NFL and there is no amnesty clause, like in the NBA. You sign the deal, you pay the deal.

TRIVIA TIME

Q – There are currently seven active players in Major League Baseball who have played all of their career (minimum 10+ years) with the same team. How many can you name?

A – Click Here

  • Holden Clark

    Good post. I watched an insanity video once. It was … insane. I quit after getting tired from watching my wife do it. She looked great. I feel like I won the battle.

  • Holden Clark

    Good post. I watched an insanity video once. It was … insane. I quit after getting tired from watching my wife do it. She looked great. I feel like I won the battle.

  • LVCubFan

    I was fortunate enough to have a bro-in-law who made a copy of the P90X workouts last summer. I don’t do it religiously, but try to get 3-4 in a week. Uncle Tony (a reference to the classic ‘Heavyweights’) shows no remorse after taking a week and a half off.

  • LVCubFan

    I was fortunate enough to have a bro-in-law who made a copy of the P90X workouts last summer. I don’t do it religiously, but try to get 3-4 in a week. Uncle Tony (a reference to the classic ‘Heavyweights’) shows no remorse after taking a week and a half off.

  • PLCB3

    I want ManBearPuig!

    • Josh Cornwall

      We’d probably have to trade our entire team.

      • PLCB3

        Go big or go home! It was worth a shot to ask for him. Win or die trying. Trying is the first step towards failure

  • AC0000000

    I want ManBearPuig!

    • Josh Cornwall

      We’d probably have to trade our entire team.

      • AC0000000

        Go big or go home! It was worth a shot to ask for him. Win or die trying. Trying is the first step towards failure

  • Josh Cornwall

    I did insanity for a few weeks leading up to my wedding. It was a good few weeks and it took my two years (now) after the wedding to get back into a workout routine. Insanity can ruin you.

    • Joe Aiello

      Josh, why did it take you so long? Was it a physical reason as a result of wear from Insanity?

      • Some old gals likely suffered retinal damage from Richard Simmons’ sequins in the 80’s version of Insanity. Do the people who tell you what exercises to do still wear sequined tank tops?

      • Josh Cornwall

        I was in pretty good shape, but I probably went too hard after recovery from an MCL tear. My knee got pretty torn up again and I just used it as an excuse to get back out of shape.

  • Josh Cornwall

    I did insanity for a few weeks leading up to my wedding. It was a good few weeks and it took my two years (now) after the wedding to get back into a workout routine. Insanity can ruin you.

    • Joe Aiello

      Josh, why did it take you so long? Was it a physical reason as a result of wear from Insanity?

      • Some old gals likely suffered retinal damage from Richard Simmons’ sequins in the 80’s version of Insanity. Do the people who tell you what exercises to do still wear sequined tank tops?

      • Josh Cornwall

        I was in pretty good shape, but I probably went too hard after recovery from an MCL tear. My knee got pretty torn up again and I just used it as an excuse to get back out of shape.

  • Josh Cornwall

    Also I think Trout has the better overall career, but Harper will beat him in HR/OPS

  • Josh Cornwall

    Also I think Trout has the better overall career, but Harper will beat him in HR/OPS

  • Doc Raker

    Why would the Dojer’s pay any of Marmol’s salary at this point? Are we hoping for another Todd Hundley for Karros and Grudzy deal which was one of the most lopsided trades in Cubs history. Can the Dojers be that dumb again?

    • PLCB3

      They got money to burn. When you’re rich you don’t write checks. Straight cash, homey!

  • Doc Raker

    Why would the Dojer’s pay any of Marmol’s salary at this point? Are we hoping for another Todd Hundley for Karros and Grudzy deal which was one of the most lopsided trades in Cubs history. Can the Dojers be that dumb again?

    • AC0000000

      They got money to burn. When you’re rich you don’t write checks. Straight cash, homey!

  • Doug S.

    The Pirates could be a couple of improvements away from making noise in the playoffs. Are they buyers at the deadline? Do they even have the $$$ or solid prospects to be buyers? If they stand pat I agree with Joe.

    I’m thinking Harper if he stays healthy.

  • Doug S.

    The Pirates could be a couple of improvements away from making noise in the playoffs. Are they buyers at the deadline? Do they even have the $$$ or solid prospects to be buyers? If they stand pat I agree with Joe.

    I’m thinking Harper if he stays healthy.

  • Jedi

    I had about half your trivia question right…but why isn’t Yadier Molina part of the answer? Has me questioning the authenticity of the list…

    • PLCB3

      Because he doesn’t have 10+ years of service time yet. He’ll be on this list next year

      • Jedi

        It can’t be service time – Justin Morneau has 8.168 years of service time. Molina has 8.123. It’s Morneau’s 11th year in the league – Molina’s 10th. And Morneau has played about 65 more career games. So try again CAPS…

      • PLCB3

        Morneau made his MLB debut in 2003. Molina in 2004

      • Jedi

        Thanks for not clarifying anything.

      • DEW

        You answered your own question. The current year is Molina’s tenth year in the majors. The list is those who have at least ten complete seasons in the books.

      • Jedi

        Perhaps – that’s not the way the answers appear however.

  • Jedi

    I had about half your trivia question right…but why isn’t Yadier Molina part of the answer? Has me questioning the authenticity of the list…

    • AC0000000

      Because he doesn’t have 10+ years of service time yet. He’ll be on this list next year

      • Jedi

        It can’t be service time – Justin Morneau has 8.168 years of service time. Molina has 8.123. It’s Morneau’s 11th year in the league – Molina’s 10th. And Morneau has played about 65 more career games. So try again CAPS…

      • AC0000000

        Morneau made his MLB debut in 2003. Molina in 2004

      • Jedi

        Thanks for not clarifying anything.

      • DEW

        You answered your own question. The current year is Molina’s tenth year in the majors. The list is those who have at least ten complete seasons in the books.

      • Jedi

        Perhaps – that’s not the way the answers appear however.

  • Feldman moving East to Baltimore. Didn’t see that one coming…

  • Feldman moving East to Baltimore. Didn’t see that one coming…