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November 13, 2013

Cubs In On Josh Johnson?

Filed under: Featured,General — Joe Aiello @ 8:38 am

Is it just me, or does it seem like we’re going to pay this year for the reasonibly mild winter we had last year? Living in NC, we never really get snow other than a dusting that goes away by noon, but yesterday we had a freezing rain and over the weekend it was 35 degrees out. It just seems like an imminent sign of things to come this year and I’m not excited about it. Let’s, instead, focus on the hot stove.

  • Buster Olney recently posted a column about 10 potential bargain starting pitchers this off-season. As we know, these guys aren’t allpro type guys, but they are guys who tend to be low risk and medium to high reward if they pop and can be moved before the deadline for future talent. We’ve seen this become the model for Theo and Jed the last two seasons and I expect it to be the case again this year. It’s an insider piece, but a name on the list that most seems to fit the mold is Josh Johnson, who is coming of surgery to remove a bone spur last month. I like the model because it’s turned a guy like Scott Feldman into parts who can be useful going forward.
  • Apparently the Cubs continue to be interested in expanding their international talent pool with rumored interest in Masahiro Tanaka. I read a piece by Keith Law recently that he is less like Yu Darvish and more like Hiroki Kuroda. Personally, I’m not a fan of investing in international talent from Asia where it involves a posting fee. I’d rather focus on snatching up talent from Latin America for cheap when they’re 16 years old.
  • Theo recently came out and admitted they got out over their ski’s a little with the Edwin Jackson signing last off-season, but I actually disagree. Jackson gives you a guy who can take the ball every day and eat innings. His season last year was not good, but I think we’ll see him rebound this year across the board and given the fact that the rotation was so thin last year before the seasons started, I was OK with the move.
  • Quick, name the hitting coach for the Cubs last year. Admit it, you probably can’t do it. The answer is James Rowson and he has left the team to take a job with the Yankees. There are rumors that former Cub, Bill Mueller is a potential replacement. I’d love to see him get the job simply because he was one of my favorite Cubs when he was with the team. He’s a “professional hitter” as they say in the business.
  • Former Cub Matt Murton is signing an extension to stay in Japan, fresh off leading the league in hits for the third time in four seasons. Let the Murton supporters begin their rant about how he never got his chance and how if he’d only had a chance he could have been a star.
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  • Doc Raker

    Murton is a star both on the Japanese field and Japanese TV, his whacky sitcom with Bryan LaHair is getting rave reviews. There goofy neighbors, Japanese female Lenny and Squigy’s, are always dragging them into trouble.

  • cap’n obvious

    Bill Mueller and I were once on the same Metro Collegiate League team in St. Louis…circa 1990. He was a slick fielding SS from Southwest Missouri State, Switch hitter that really wasn’t very good from either side. Clearly he learned something about hitting after that. He was drafted for his glove. This is the type of hire I have been clamoring for. A guy that knows hitting (and from both sides of the plate)and who did it at the big league level for a lot of years. He studied the game and worked harder than just about anyone to get to the top. He and I also dined frequently, but that has very little bearing on my thinking he’d be a solid hire. T.J. Mathews and Jay Isringhausen were on the same team, along with another guy named Boehringer that made it to the bigs. Believe it or not, there were 3 or 4 guys on that team better than all of those guys. They went on to be a gas station attendant, a haberdasher, and a teacher.

    I went on to become a chubby realtor, but I was not one that was better.

    Please note the lack of ellipses’ in the above commentary.

  • jswanson

    Haberdashery is an underrated line of work.

  • cap’n obvious

    exactly how I feel.

  • jswanson

    I’m having a hard time picturing Johnson in a Cubs uniform.

  • Eddie Von White

    @cap’n obvious Thanks for single handedly making sure I always return to this site…fella.

  • cap’n obvious

    Lizzie picked the wrong month to go on hiatus. I’m predicting that ‘fella’ becomes the new ‘Gregg.’

  • Symour Butts

    Think long about it… the vision will come to you.

  • jswanson

    There you go. The converging pinstripes were throwing me off.

  • Lizzie

    I’m back tomorrow! :-)

  • PLCB3

    How was your hiatus?

  • Taint Wright

    That is a clearly inappropriate personal question!

  • Doc Raker

    What is Mueller’s choice at the Subway? Would Seymour and Bill get along at the local Subway? Santo loved Mueller, “He was always in the middle of the Cubs rally’s.” The team was noticeably worse when he went down with his knee injury. He hit a 2 grand slams in one inning from different sides of the plate during his tenure with the Red Sox, a MLB first and only if I recall properly.

  • PLCB3

    He did not hit them in the same inning. 2 grand slams in the same inning belongs to Fernando Tatis. Nor did he ever go yard from both sides of the plate in the same inning. That belongs to the Horn, Mark Bellhorn. He did however hit grand slams from both sides of the plate in the same game.

  • PLCB3

    More importantly, does Bill Mueller like ranch dressing on his meatball subs?

  • Doc Raker

    Thanks for the grand slam history, Mark Bellhorn an ex Cub that was pivotal in the Red Sox first World Series win in 86 years.

  • PLCB3

    The HRs from both sides of the plate in the same inning was with us in 2002. I do remember his 3-run HR in game 6 of the 2004 ALCS. That was awesome.

  • Jake Knutson

    I was actually at that game in 2002 at Miller Park. I caught a foul ball from that rookie second baseman who later got traded to Pittsburgh. What a game it was!

  • PLCB3

    Remember when the right side of our infield was going to be Hee Sop-Choi and Bobby Hill? They flamed out, but they got us Lee and Ramirez to man the corners.

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