Floyd Deal Seems Imminent

The AP is even picking up on the story now and says that Cliff Floyd deal is going to happen any time now. It looks to be a one year deal with the possibility of some type of player option for 2008.
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Cubs offer Schmidt 4/44

Anyone seen the rumored $$$'s?? I haven't ran across any mention of them.

not yet, I imagine 3-4 range with incentives, but that's just a guess.

Player option? Holy shit...

ROB:

Sometimes when I post a comment, it doesn't show up. And if I try to re-post it, Wordpress tells me it'd be a duplicate post and accuses me of flooding.

thnx, does the comment ever show up after some time or does it get lost in cyberspace? And I'm talking about since Thursday'ish, since that's when I was told most of the problems should be fixed other than unreliable web hosting. (I know we were down on Saturday here and there).

"Player option? Holy shit…"

I agree. Didn't we learn our lesson?

I just noticed the letters next to writers names in "The Authors" section. You guys are too funny.

ROB:

Nope. Never showed up. It's been happening since last week.

I've had it happen a few times with the error message, but the message always shows up. I'll mention it, thanks.

BTW, will Graham ever post?

A player option on this guy has me more scared than two farts in a skillet.

you'd have to ask Graham, let me know if you can get a hold of him....

sign him up folks, sign him up, but not with an option.

Floyd better not get money anywhere near Trot Nixon -

Trot was the better fit, especially with reports that Sori could end up in center, and Jacque may get traded....

Is the news about Eyre, Dempster and Wood losing weight old news? Cuz I am just finding out about that.

Two points, ok actually just one...

1) How lazy was our team under Dusty when Eyre is saying stuff like this....

Eyre did mention that he started his offseason training program earlier this winter ("We're going to win a lot of games this year, and I want to pitch in them")

Ummm so can we infer from Mr. Eyre he expected to be on a shitty team so he didn't stay in shape last year?

Yep, that was implicit.

Sorry for the off topic post.

"But that was my fault, and the scouts. And like I said we had to have somebody. And I hope Neifi'll prove us wrong. I think he’ll be much better than what he showed last year because he showed absolutely nothing when he came over."
--Tigers manager Jim Leyland, on Neifi Perez (WDFN)

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php...

If a player option means that he's cool with being a bench guy, then I'm ok with that. Seems worth it to me if that was the sticking point.

The Neifi quote is becoming the new "Schmidt 4/44"

I still get a little bit happy when i see the Cubs offer Schmidt 4/44, then realize he was already signed and go into a deep depression.

Wasn't it "Cubs offer Schmidt 3/44"?

soriano
derosa/izturis
dlee
aram
jones
barrett
murton
derosa/izturis

pagan/floyd/theriot/ward/blanco...cedeno/t.perez...

z/lilly/marquis/hill/prior-w.miller

the pen...

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i dig it...

Yeah, groovy.

If the Cubs were lazy under Baker last year, then they will be this year as well.. Piniella and Baker have the same, almost identical, baseball philosophy.

Damn Hendry.

i dig it…

Are you burying the Cubs' season already?

The Neifi quote is becoming the new “Schmidt 4/44″

I posted it first!!! :)

CWTP-
Why don't you blast MIKEC as he he went after Baker like 3 times alone today, let alone almost every day for the past 4 years? At least try and be consistent man. Everything you said about me and Hendry should be said about him and Baker, but I don't hear you say anything. Double standard? Oh yeah...

Is this the new argument? Piniella and Baker are exactly the same? Everything I have seen about Piniella and the way he runs a team and treats his players is in direct contrast with the way Baker does it.

From what we have seen from Baker he accepts mediocrity, holds no one accountable and tries to be everyone's best friend. Piniella doesn't accept mediocrity, holds players accountable, and really doesn't care if he is your friend or not. He will tell you what is on his mind if he wants to. You talking about two guys who are night and day. Some things they may do similar but that in no way makes them even remotely similar in how they handle a team.

It is like saying Baker was just like Don Baylor because he liked to bunt and sac bunt a lot.

MikeC:
"Is this the new argument? Piniella and Baker are exactly the same?"

That is not the argument I am making, I never said they are exactly the same. Talk to CWTP...

I was talking to CWTP Manny...

Carlos:

One time last week I approved your comment. If you post two or more links, it's held in moderation.

Rob: Head over to "Awaiting Moderation" in the Manage section for comments. Those are where you find moderation comments.

"If you post two or more links, it’s held in moderation."

but seriously...how am i supposed to share my sex pills, home mortgage offers, and live nude webcams if i cant have 10-20 links to give.

we need to fix this...i have investment oportunities in nigeria that could make us all some serious bank and we don't need internet facism of what we can and cannot read getting in the way of our riches.

:(

Matt Murton is the one who should be saying "oh sh*t" right about now, because Cliff Floyd is going to significantly eat into his playing time.

And please Jim Hendry, whatever you do, don't trade Jacque Jones.

Ironic Statement of the Day: Someone going by the moniker Silent Towel saying Cliff Floyd is going to eat into anyone's playing time.

I saw that Evan, but thanks. It's all been spam for the most part.

I love that NEIFI instead of those blank faces btw. detroit fans will understand. I have faith in LouPa (for no other reason than he is NOT Dusty) that Floyd will be used properly off the bench and that Murton will own LF and be allowed to develop his hitting in the lineup most everyday.

crunch: I sure hope that neither Cedeno nor Perez makes the team. A point Rob has made repeatedly is that we need a good right-handed pinch-hitter with some pop, which the Cubs lack. Failing that, I'd rather see a guy like McGehee, who can play a lot of positions and has some doubles-power make the squad.

I realize we need a utility infielder (which should be DeRosa, as we should have made a play for someone else to be our starting 2B), but I guess I envision Theriot taking that role.

Maybe we can work out a trade to get Neifi back? J/K

Head to Desipio for Len and Bob rockin' out video.

Other potential things to spell other than "NEIFI"

AUGIE

HARRY

SANTO

BANKS

A-RAM

D-LEE

LOUPA

UGH!!

UH-OH

CRAP!

RIP07

not that I'm pessimistic or anything, with those last few.....

We could also do:

TRANS

ROB_G

A PHIL

"crunch: I sure hope that neither Cedeno nor Perez makes the team. A point Rob has made repeatedly is that we need a good right-handed pinch-hitter with some pop, which the Cubs lack."

im just going on what's most likely gonna be here.

there's only 1 bench IF'r right now who can play up the middle, so there's a good chance he'll have a friend on the bench with him.

ward's got 1st and occasional OF if REALLY desperate...pagan has all 3 OF...floyd LF and maybe occasional 1st...blanco C/1st...theriot supposedly pretty much everything but C (though doubtful for 3rd/RF)...

it looking like cedeno or perez unless something weird like scott moore or buck coats showing something really out of character of their current development in march.

that said, its the role of the 2nd bench IF'r so its doubtful they'd wanna keep cedeno around for that in the majors seeing 10ab's a week on a good non-injury-impacted week.

btw...though not ideal, lou (the lou i saw in seattle, anyway) will sacrifice an OF bat for OF defense so i wouldnt be shocked to see matt murton taking RF time away from angel pagan on certain days when jones is resting (if still in RF) in order to find floyd some ab's.

i say jones resting (assuming soriano isnt injured) cuz any game where floyd is ideal to play...well, so is jones, really.

crunch: I know it's likely we're goint to see a weak-hitting, poor-OBP middle-infield reserve (and my money is on Tomas Perez, unless the Cubs can swing a deal for someone else's junk), but I'm just saying that I hope we are able to get a righty bat with some power instead. I'm having visions of Cedeno striking out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th...that, or popping up the first pitch after the opposing closer has walked the bases loaded.

EVAN:
"One time last week I approved your comment. If you post two or more links, it’s held in moderation."

Thanks.

Folks, 2007 may finally be the year Angel Guzman arrives. He was very close in 04 as you may know, then went down with an injury at the worst possible time--he was literally a week away from coming to the majors.

He's still younger than Prior and Z. And he is 100% healthy, threw great in the fall leagues, and Fleita (Cubs minor league director) was raving about his progress at the Cubs Convention. Apparently, Gooz has re-discovered his wicked curve, which is what made him a Top 10 pitching prospect in all of baseball in the first place.

Prediction: Wade Miller will begin the season as the 5th starter, but he'll either accept a middle reliever/spot starter job (the old Glendon Rusch "utility pitcher" role) or get traded elsewhere by June 1. Gooz will be the #5 guy.

Eric,

I certainly hope so. I predicted him for a breakout last year, but he wasn't able to get the job done in the bigs when he had his chance. I think he has the ability to control his stuff better than he showed in the majors last year, and just needs to rely on throwing to spots more than trying to throw the ball past everyone, and he'll be OK.

His DIPS in the PCL last year seem much better than his outcome ERA wise. I wonder if he had a low 3's ERA for Iowa if people would have be more prone to give him a chance. All that being said, there is not much opportunity for him to learn at the bigs at this point. He is going to have to kick the door in to get into the rotation, since he's about 8th on the depth chart.

guzman is a talent - if he truly is ready, it would be good to see it at triple A before we bring him up to the rotation - Like the Angels did with a young Ervin Santana and Jeff Weaver.

From early reports, Prior will be ready at the start of spring. Assuming Prior is somewhere between his 2003 season and his 2006 season, he will be a solid #3 starter. (Strong assumption, but he has the talent).

By adding a potential young stud in Gooz, we have a serious overload of pitching --- with Z and Prior eligible for Free Agency.

If Gooz progresses -- the end of the season rotation could look like:

z
Lilly
Prior
Hill
Goozman

...if Gooz is dominating triple A, the cubs would likely have to do what the Angels did with Jeff Weaver when his younger brother came up to the bigs, .....Release Marquis. In addition, we'll have Wade Miller, Sean Marshall, Marmol, and Rusch waiting in the wings --- If Gooz really shows his A stuff, it woudl be an opportune time to trade some of this young pitching for Baldelli or Carl Crawford.

releasing marquis with a 21m investment isnt likely...in his first year of contract, anyway.

r.hill seems to be a sink/swim guy, not a surprise like marshall. a lotta people got great things marked for him and his time is now.

the 5-man is pretty set if prior is healthy. the big question seems to be what to do with w.miller if prior is 100% ready to go come april.

08 should be interesting, though...marquis/lilly/r.hill/prior seem to be in the plans. still a long way and a lotta arm wear/tear off from talking about 08, though.

some may not wanna hear it, but with all the money thrown around the hot topic next season could be why the signing of lilly/marquis kept the cubs from signing Z longterm even if lilly/marquis turn in decent 4.00era mid-level performances.

"He is going to have to kick the door in to get into the rotation, since he’s about 8th on the depth chart." -TheRealNeal

Which is what Rich Hill did last year with those nasty numbers in AAA. Lets hope Guzman can do the same.

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