Jim Hendry Close to Extension with Cubs

The sale of the Cubs is still up in the air, delayed due to the economic crisis and Joe the Plumber trying to figure out what net income means. That isn't stopping the Cubs from doing business though. They already extended Piniella before the playoffs started and it looks like Jim Hendry might get three more years or at least three more years worth of paychecks from the Chicago Cubs.

Kenney has previously said only that he would put his recommendation of
a Hendry extension "on a tee'' for new ownership. But sources indicate
that position has changed, possibly because the worldwide financial
crisis may have devalued the franchise while making it highly unlikely
the team will be under new ownership before the start of the 2009

One source indicated that a three-year extension is being discussed and could be completed soon.

Nothing is official yet, but the link above goes on to say the Mariners, the only team searching for a GM this offseason, asked the Cubs for permission to speak to Hendry about their vacancy and were turned down. Hendry had a an option he could exercise for 2009, but was a little weary of being a lame-duck GM with the pending ownership change. 

The Cubs being in a state of prosperity on the field and I'm sure on the accounting books, probably couldn't be happier with Hendry right now, thus the extension. 

I know Hendry has his enemies around here, I mean 2005 and 2006 were bloody awful, but I'm all for the extension. He didn't hit every ball out of the park the last two years, but
under his watch and with the people that he's surrounded himself with, he's responsible for the  best Cubs team most of us have ever seen
and the best team in the NL in 2008...at least on paper. And while that seems like a hollow achievement, it's actually the one every GM should strive to accomplish - to put together the best team out there year after year and make the playoffs. As the playoffs taught us all this year, anyone can win or lose a 5-game series, no matter the tremendous difference in talent, so just get there and hope the cards flip the right way for you. The Cubs are now in that position and a large part of that is due to who Jim Hendry has traded for, signed, listened to and hired. 




Cubs. They always have liked Peavy, but probably would enter the discussions only if they lost right-hander Ryan Dempster as a free agent, which is unlikely. Even then, the Cubs might not match up with the Padres.

Jeremy Hermida might be available in trade talks.

Talk about declining plate discipline...I thought he was supposed to be a 100 BB guy. What's made the Marlins sour on Gregg? He could replace Howry as our designated 7th inning and we sort of want to win guy.

Too bad we waited a year too long to snap up Aubrey Huff. I guess it wasn't steroids after all.

Rays in the series... one more kick in the balls for Cubs fans. What happens next year, Rockies or Astros win it?

Are you kidding me? The Devil Rays win the pennant.

I mean good for them, but today is yet another crappy day to be a Cubs fan.

So there is this old joke:

So for to decide some squabble a guy says to the other guy, let's do it they way they do it from where i'm from.

First i kick you in the nuts then you kick me in the nuts. We keep going until one of us quits.

Other guy say sure.

First guy rears back, kicks the second guy in the nuts. The second guy drops down on the ground in extreme pain. writhing on the ground holding his crotch. it goes on for minutes. finally the guy pulls himself up, straightens up and says. "Ok, now it's my turn"

The first guy looks at hte second guy and says, "meh, nevermind. you win" and walks away

we are always the second guy.

I like Hendry as he has changed the culture of Cubdom since mid-2002. But with the Rays now going to the Series, that means that all 4 expansion teams since 1993 have all won a pennant. So between the Marlins, Rockies, Rays, and D-backs, that's 5 WS appearances and 3 WS champs- with a possible 4th on the way. WTF?

Hendry's gonna have to get creative and not be afraid to move guys that are "fan favorites" in order to open up this team's success in the playoffs. I wouldn't mind seeing him move a DLee, Aram, Wood, or Dempster, etc. to free up some room for guys that can get the job done in regular AND postseason.

Hot stove here we come...

(Psst, Wood has a 1.85 ERA in divisional series, I think Marmol is the guy you were thinking of)

Nazey, that's actually a very good list of tradeable Cubs, the best I've seen around here, because (a) the first three, unlike Pie and Cedeno, have real trade value and (b) the first three have understudies who can step right into their shoes.

Dempster is a free agent and not tradeable.

DeRosa is the guy who could step into Aramis's position. We would gain defense, lose pop. It would be a net loss but could be outweighed by the return on the trade.

This will inevitably be interpreted as a criticism of Lee, Ramirez and Wood, and it isn't intended to be. I've never criticized Ramirez, or Lee very much. Wood I criticized early in September but I later repented (at least privately). It's just a sensible look at the depth chart for the various positions.

I'm becoming a fan of DeRosa's, but he's also a good trading chip, unless he's your right fielder or third baseman.

I'm not sure Hill or Marshall or any other current Cub standbys could pull Dempster's weight, so sign him.

You know it doesn't matter how many games the Cubs win in the regular season, we will always be the underdogs in the playoffs until we actually win another pennant.

This is what happens when the Cubs season ends much too early: TCR becomes a socio-political blog. Bleccch!

Four-year deal for Manny's favorite GM:


Those sure are some good quotes, I assumed they were prepared. To me the only real weakness in the organization is the minor league development staff. I wonder what the opinion around baseball is on the Cubs minor league coaches.

I would love to have Jim Hendry answer this question?

Why havent the following draft picks seen the light of MLB as Cubs?

Luis Montanez (2000)
Ryan Harvey (2003)
Mark Pawalek (2005)
Bobby Brownlie (2002)
Chad Blasko (2002)
Luke Hagerty (2002)
Matt Clanton (2002)

Is it really possible you could be wrong that many times in 4 of 5 years of #1 Draft Picks?

Mark Prior was the only that made it.


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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the mlb.tv internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup equation...plus joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.