TCR Friday Notes

- As one astute reader noticed - replacing the big bat of Alfonso Soriano with Mike Fontenot has all the makings of replacing Derrek Lee's bat in 2006 with Neifi Perez. After today's showing, it's hard to see if Eric Patterson is much better.. But with two lefties scheduled after today, I think it's time to (wait for it)....Free Matt Murton!

- A quick shout-out to a new member of the Cubs Blog Army. One of our readers has started Harry and Hawk, which covers both Chicago baseball teams. You can stop by and read half the articles.

Some site notes after the jump...

- You've asked, we listened...you can now access The Cub Reporter with your mobile phone a whole lot easier. If you try to visit us on your cellphone it should now automatically detect that and redirect you to the stripped down version of the site.You can also just bookmark the following link: http://thecubreporter.mofuse.mobi (or preview how it'll look on your cellphone by visitng that link). Or just enter your cellphone number below and you'll get an SMS message, not that I'm actually sure what that is, and you should be able to bookmark the site once you receive that message.

You should be able to read the posts a whole lot easier and you can access the comments as well. It gets a little trickier after that and I wasn't able to log-in and post a comment, but I could read the site a lot easier. Now I'm not sure how it works with an I-phone, so if you own one and it automatically redirects you and you would prefer the normal site, let me know. I think a little link shows up that lets you view the normal site, but if that's not working for you, drop me a note.

- You may have noticed a "Cubs Headlines" menu item up top earlier in the week. I took it down for the time being because I can only get it to work in Firefox. If you are a Firefox user (and you should be), you can still visit the page and bookmark it. Once I get the kinks out for the other browsers, I'll put the link back up. The idea behind the page is a one-stop shop for all the latest Cubs news. Headlines from all the major news outlets via Sportspyder and Rotowold, standings and the latest box score from ESPN and headlines from the Cubs blogosphere.

- And finally, an update on our April Pledge Drive, we're up to 33 donations and $735. Thanks to everyone who has chipped in, it's much appreciated and we'll be sure to make you proud.


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Comments

So now were comparing Murton to Barney Stinson?

The Rays signed Evan Longoria to a 6 year contract with 3 option years. The guy has played 6 games in the majors. Dumb on both parts. Dumb for them to guarantee 17.5 mil to an unproven rookie, and dumb on is part. The 9 year deal, if the options are picked up, is worth a total of 44 million. He'll be complaining about this deal long before then.

http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=...

I don't think it is dumb at all.

17.5M over 6 years is a reasonable risk for a VERY highly touted prospect.

17.5M over 6 years, with the possibility of 44M, is a good risk for Longoria, as he is set for life.

I say good deal all around.

"real deal" gets thrown around a lot in this game for guys who dont even have 100ab's in the majors...

NONETHELESS...

he's sure the hell of a better bet than jay "raw" bruce right now and you can bank that. his maturity, approach, and skills are not only there, but honed.

I agree that it's smart on both sides. The Devil Rays have some real financial hurdles to deal with in their division. If they hope to compete long term, this is what they are going to have to do. Grow their own players. Figure out who's a keeper and who isn't. And lock the right guys up as long as they can. Longoria is set in the event he turns into Mark Prior. The Rays get 3 years of Longoria's free agency for their good faith.

I still say his contract will be grossly undervalued very quickly and he'll be complaining. But my stance on players who complain about the contracts they signed is Tough Shit. Don't sign deals for that long then, Mr. Urlacher.

I concur with that paul. In fairness to Urlacher though. NFL contracts are not guaranteed (other than signing bonuses). So if he underperforms his contract. The bears can cut and run. Yet if he overperforms his contract. It becomes "tough break Brian".

what he said...

Wow, a semi-shout out in the Friday Notes. My ears are semi-burning.

http://cubs.scout.com/2/747550.html

Leon Johnson (member of the "He's White?" club) as well...

Drew Rundle going back to extended spring training (say hi AZ Phil)

Jonathan Mota to Daytona

http://deadspin.com/381459/espn-plays-to-catch-a-p...

not that I care about Tejada, but have to agree that is was pretty bush-league by ESPN. Can they just go back to showing highlights of games that aren't sponsored by something and make with the funny?

Awesome Rob... I love the Free Matt Murton line.

You are welcome to join my coalition.

You are welcome to join my coalition.

it doesn't exist if it doesn't have an official website... 

don't tempt me...

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  • On the other hand, Pries won his first start for Iowa, only giving up two HRs in the process. This trade has got some legs yet!

    Eric S 3 hours 2 min ago view
  • KB now with 0 RBI in his last 10 games and 1 in his last 15, despite having 19 hits in his last 15 games and raising his batting average from .278 to .286 over that span.

    Maybe have Zobrist hit 2 and KB hit 4?

    Also -- no HR in the last 15 games -- time for a bunch. Starting tomorrow.

    billybucks 3 hours 18 min ago view
  • Down a run. Fowler on first. Nobody out. KB singles to left, Fowler makes it to third, perfect throw from Cabrera nails KB trying to stretch for 2nd.

    So, instead of 1st & 3rd and no out, you have 3rd with one out. It was a perfect throw, but why take the chance with 3-4-5 hitters coming up?

    billybucks 3 hours 32 min ago view
  • Must be a Cub thing - our lefties can;t get lefties out.

    billybucks 3 hours 33 min ago view
  • Splitting hairs, but Jake's pitch was poor execution, while KB's play was a poor decision (and the 2nd time he got thrown out trying to stretch in the game). Poor execution happens. Poor decisions are preventable. Speaking of poor decisions -- Baez's steal of 3rd made absolutely no sense.

    billybucks 3 hours 34 min ago view
  • Didn't Jake cost them the game with a pitch to Frazier?

    The E-Man 3 hours 47 min ago view
  • Missed the play w/Bryant. What happened?

    The E-Man 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • Not a good decision by Bryant in the 9th. That may have cost them the game.

    billybucks 3 hours 52 min ago view
  • Can we un-do the Montgomery deal? Please?

    billybucks 3 hours 53 min ago view
  • THAT WAS TURRIBLE.

    crunch 3 hours 56 min ago view
  • Who is this Arrieta guy? Can I get the old one back please?

    The E-Man 5 hours 4 min ago view
  • Well, this is, once again, the whole season for the Sox.

    billybucks 5 hours 8 min ago view
  • ...and the Bryant RBI jinx continues in the 3rd....crap.

    billybucks 6 hours 41 min ago view
  • bryant's in the dugout filling a police report BECAUSE HE JUST GOT ROBBED.

    f'n cabrerra...

    crunch 7 hours 18 min ago view
  • chapman showing up and available tomorrow night.

    i'm sure he'll be a bit hit. hope he doesn't choke. dude has a rifle for an arm. he'll add a bit of punch to the bullpen.

    crunch 7 hours 19 min ago view
  • the 'crosstown classic' sure has lost it's magic with interleague. the excitement level is barely noticable...maybe it's a bit more hype in the city, itself.

    crunch 7 hours 24 min ago view