“Acting, Genius!”

I'm going to bring back TCR Friday Notes for tomorrow but just a reminder that Derrek Lee will be making a guest appearance on ER tonight which should be relatively soon for your East Coasters. Here's hoping that it's better than his last performance on a big stage.

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some rumors I trudged up...

- Jocketty talking to the O's about GM vacancy
- Cards pretty confident LaRussa will be back
- Some Bill Hall to the Wsox for Garland or Contreras rumor

He might have looked lifeless (like all year) but at least he still went 4-for-12.

THHHHHANKKK YOOOOOOU!!!

According to WSCR-
-WSox thinking Eckstein at SS over Uribe for 2008

~giggle~

yeah I just needed a joke to be honest, but 0 for 7 with runners on for the series for Lee. Of course 5/50 as a team (sigh)....

yeah, Eck is supposedly their top target this offseason, at least that was the rumor about a month back.

Now all they need is Scott Spiezio (if out of rehab) and Tim Salmon (if able to walk).

Remember they are "grinders"!

this could be one of the most boring offseasons in a long time aside from the outragous fees even middle-of-the-road pitchers are gonna get.

people are already quite seriously throwing around #s like 3/24 talking about carlos silva.

lotta buyers for SP...hardly any worth mentioning...

Josh Beckett with another game 5 dominant performance with his team's back against the wall.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/FLO/F...

it's like de ja vous all over again!

DLee's big line in the ER episode: said to the kid with a terminal disease gettng to attend a Cubs game at Wrigley with seats at the home plate corner of the dugout..."Good luck in Baltimore"

seems like he was talking to a young Andy McFail

Too many stupid off-days.

Crunch-

ahem...A-rod?

Chad--

The first time I let it go, the second: not.

It's deja vu -- in French, literally, "already seen."

Cubs.com front story - "Hendry already looking toward next year" (or something)

Of course, it links to a blank page. =)

Grammar Police? What is this Slashdot?

Is it spring yet?

WBION,

That's probably the funniest thing I've seen today. That got quite a chuckle out of me.

Yo grammar police:

Parle vous "Suck my balls"?

I don't speak French and spelling in French doesn't count. And I don't give a shit if its right or wrong, i'm trying to convey a message.

Rob,

Do you see the Cubs pursuing Fukimoto? he seems to be the perfect fit at Wrigley, a left handed power hitter, strong defense, and athletic (can run).

Also, what do you see Eric Patterson’s future next year with the cubs? his pofile is a nice mix, as we definitely could use some speed and a left handed bat in the 2 hole.

Lastly, what do you think the cubs will do with Monroe? he actually is a better fit than Jacque, as he allows the cubs to bring up Pie as a platoon player.

i like the thoughts of this lineup:

Sori
Theriot/Cedeno
Lee
Fuki
Ramirez
EPatt
Soto
Pie

..while mixing in DeRosa anywhere and everywhere.

Jacos,

Don't forget, they also have the 'passion'.

Cubfanbudman -

You don't know anything.......Fuki is not an option. Go back to trying to sell apartments.

Do you see the Cubs pursuing Fukimoto? he seems to be the perfect fit at Wrigley, a left handed power hitter, strong defense, and athletic (can run).

I haven't seen much of Fukodome myself but he certainly sounds like a decent fit. If we're bringing in just one more bat I'd like someone with a bit more power but it sounds like his defense and OBP abilities are already there. But I just don't see the Cubs dealing out another multi-year deal for a guy over 30.

Also, what do you see Eric Patterson’s future next year with the cubs? his pofile is a nice mix, as we definitely could use some speed and a left handed bat in the 2 hole.

It doesn't appear that the Cubs think he could handle second base full-time and the outfield is already crowded so my guess is he's either going to be prime trade bait this offseason or compete for a bench role in spring training, most likely to take over Fontenot's spot who is limited to just second base. At least E-Pat can play LF, CF and 2B if needed.

E-Pat still has plenty of minor league options left, so I'm more than fine with letting him hone his craft in AAA and be ready for a call-up if an outfielder goes down or DeRosa or even Aramis since DeRosa would likely move to third base in that scenario.

Lastly, what do you think the cubs will do with Monroe? he actually is a better fit than Jacque, as he allows the cubs to bring up Pie as a platoon player.

I think Monroe's fate is tied with Jaque. If they can move Jacque relatively soon, I think Monroe's a better fit for a bench/platoon role. But if they get stuck with Jones and can't move him, I don't see room on the roster for Monroe. Either way he'd have to accept a paycut which means non-tendering him and that means he might jump ship for a chance at more playing time. On the other hand, he couldn't even make the playoff roster and the Cubs may have already decided to part ways.

Yo cubbybear,

Taking a look at your IP address and the email you use, you seem to have a history under different names of attacking cubfanbudman. I'm not exactly sure what the issue is as they seemed like legitimate questions to me, but I'd appreciate if you'd chill with the unprovoked attacks.

I'm just messing with him as he slept with my girlfriend. I promise I'll tryi to keep it more professional.

When do you think the Cubs will be sold and how will it tie our hands this offseason?

The sad but amusing history of the bullpen car-
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?pa...

so random...

When do you think the Cubs will be sold and how will it tie our hands this offseason?

Well I thought the Cubs weren't going to do anything at first, but at least what I've superficially heard from McDonough is that it's business as usual. I don't see a huge increase in payroll if any at least not in adding too many players. The payroll is going to increase in all likelihood just from the deals that were signed that all seem to be set-up to escalate as the years went on.

But the free agent market is pretty bare this year and even moreso in anything the Cubs might desire. Beyond Kuroda, Schilling and Fukodome, there just isn't anything that would really fit for the Cubs and even those three aren't the most ideal fits in my opinion although I would certainly take a flyer on Schilling.

Of course Arod sure would be nice, but where does he play and how do you justify that contract? Cubs TV ratings and attendance sure aren't going to get much of a boost and really, where is he going to play?

"Of course Arod sure would be nice, but where does he play "

Where ever the hell he wants!

Rob,
I agree with you for the most part.

Is there any thought or push for Soriano to move to Right Field? He's a gifted athlete with a canon / quick release.

Ideally, moving Sori to right allows alot of good things to happen - primarily allowing EPatt and Murton a chance for a natural platoon in Left Field.

EPatt offensively can really help the cubs eliminate being station to station.

Any word on that one?

ah so simple....

Well Arod would probably want to play third base, right? So then we have to ship Aramis off and pay an extra $10-15 million a year for the privilege? That doesn't seem like that great an upgrade to me. It's somewhat of an upgrade, no doubt, but unless the Cubs stop caring about payroll, it's going to present some other problems on the diamond.

Rob G,

Thanks for my defense with Cubby Bear. i don't know what his issue is ---

His ex was premiscuous, and it's not my fault that i am better looking.

Let's keep it professional cubbybear - and say hello to crazy sara for me....

Is there any thought or push for Soriano to move to Right Field? He’s a gifted athlete with a canon / quick release.

Any word? No, but I wouldn't mind seeing it happen and putting Murton back in left. Hopefully the Cubs and Soriano see the same thing.

Rob G,
I agree. Sounds simple. However, i still see an overabundance of right handed power in our lineup as opposed to left handed power. Statistically, we'd like to see the opposite or at minimum, a healthy balance.

any big left handed corner outfield bats out there in the free agent market?

the other logical answer would be to put a trade offer out there usign a few of our chips: Primarily Eyre, Marshall, and Dempster. I'm sure Tampa would listen given their dire need for arms.

Arod to left field Soriano to right.

in the immortal words of the NFL.com commercial...

"Championship"

I still say the Giants are the obvious answer if Arod opts out.

Angels already hinted they're not getting involved.

And my money is still on Arod sticking with the Yanks.

any big left handed corner outfield bats out there in the free agent market?

Barry Bonds?

Big might not be the right adjective, but Jose Guillen is out there, for now. Seattle however does want to re-sign him. He would be a nice fit if we could trade Murt (70%) or JJ (30%).

Soriano does not, by any definition, have a 'cannon'. He has an arm you would call 'playable' in center or right, but runnerrs aren't going to be afraid to go first to third on Soriano like they were with Jesse Barfield or are with Franceour.

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  • LHP Clayton Richard (released by the Cubs earlier this month) is pitching very well as a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres and could be a good candidate to get traded to a contender looking for a veteran SP before tomorrow night's post-season roster eligibility deadline.

    Because they released him, the Cubs are paying most of Richard's 2016 salary (the Cubs are on the hooks for $2M, minus the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary that is paid by the Padres).

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • it is honestly awesome (for real) that anyone would even have a strong opinion on AZL playoffs. i guess if you invest enough time watching it, you want to see a fair/just playoff structure.

    plus, the kids deserve it.

    crunch 1 hour 20 min ago view
  • The AZL team with the best record over the course of the full 2016 AZL season and the only AZL team to play .600 ball (the AZL Dodgers) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, and the AZL East Division team with the best record over the course of the full season (the AZL Athletics) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, either. 

    That's because of the ridiculous "split season" schedule most of the minor leagues now play, a stupid system that rewards mediocrity at the expense of the worthy. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • Despite good movement on his fastball, I think location kept him from getting Ks. Left some pitches up and away that got hammered up and away. Then of course Travis Wood gave up the 2-run double in the 7th, but both runs counted against Arrieta.

    Charlie 2 hours 3 min ago view
  • "i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date."

    This level of discourse is #charming.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 2 hours 4 min ago view
  • I would be having this discussion with anyone who (a) blathered on ad nauseum about the topic. (See, "Olt, Mike, not given an opportunity") or (b) responded directly to what I posted (which you did).

    Have a nice day.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 2 hours 6 min ago view
  • what would you do without me? aside from having your posting content here cut by 75%+?

    i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date.

    crunch 2 hours 10 min ago view
  • In this instance, yes, I care more about the result of this big thing that isn't really a big thing.

    #crunchsplaining

    #willlistentojeffsullivanmorethanyou

    #blessyourheart

    #hitler

    #tcrmartyr

    #billyhamiltonwar

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 2 hours 10 min ago view
  • Two things:

    Fangraphs WAR #s include baserunning and Hamilton is elite at that. He leads in SBs with the 54 and and has an 87% rate which is really good. I'm sure once he gets on base he's able to take the extra base quite often too. Both those things will up his overall WAR value.

    The differences between BR and FG WAR is pretty well documented online and thus If there are discrepancies it's fairly easy to figure out why. It's fairly well accepted that BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is better at predicting future value.

    johann 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • i have no doubt at all you quit reading at that point. you're very enamored with outcomes without caring what it takes to get there.

    the fact it's exploitable, especially without someone to cover the running game for him, as well it's evolution in how people are testing possible exploits is interesting to some people...to me...i'm some people...hurrah.

    some people want to check the boxscore to see who won, some want to know how it went down.

    crunch 2 hours 27 min ago view
  • I read it as him saying it's not really that much of a concern and that the one time it really cost Lester, vs. K.C., was an anomaly.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 2 hours 32 min ago view
  • if jeff says it, it's cool...when i say it, it's straight from the mouth of hitler.

    aside from the lack of jeff touching on the insane leads runners take and lester's inability to throw if he's fielding, this is a lot of what i've said about the issue.

    exploitable, needs his own personal catcher to control his shortcomings, relies on his ability to get outs along with his personal catcher keeping runners in check before things become further exploited...

    crunch 2 hours 35 min ago view
  • That would be Rice Krispy Treat

    The E-Man 3 hours 53 min ago view
  • "Crunch's cousin"

    Butterfinger or Baby Ruth?

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 7 min ago view
  • I saw the first three innings and the last three, so I didn't see Arrieta get hit. His stuff looked nasty at first...what happened? Any insight from anyone who watched?

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 4 hours 19 min ago view
  • That question came from CRUNCH's cousin.

    The E-Man 4 hours 22 min ago view