Cuban's Chances of Getting Cubs Go from "Zero" to Something Less

As several readers have noted in the Comments, Mark Cuban has been charged with insider trading by the SEC "over his sale of shares in Internet company Mamma.com after he learned it was raising money through a private financing."

If any of the clowns who were already resolved to vote against Cuban's quest to buy the Cubs were looking for a pre-emptory "I told you so," I guess they have it.

Interesting point made last week by Jim Memolo on WGN Radio, who was reacting to that anonymous source who told the Sun-Times that Cuban had "zero chance" of getting a thumbs-up from Major League owners:

Here is a guy who, from all indications, would do everything he could as Cubs owner to ensure the team's success and thus, live up to the highest standards of competitive integrity, and MLB wants absolutely nothing to do with him. In San Diego, meanwhile, the fans and MLB are watching the Pads get stripped bare because the guy who owns the team is being sued for divorce.

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Pujols wins NL MVP...BBWAA redeems themselves for a day....maybe they can afford someone to change the background color on their website

 http://www.baseballwriters.org/awards/2008/2008_NL...

Ramirez finished 10th, Soto 13th, Lee 21st (wtf?)

Johan got more MVP votes than the 2 players he ended up behind in the Cy Young voting, that's a great line of thinking.

Jose Valverde got an 8th place MVP vote, no Cy Young votes

The lack of what you call "competitive integrity" is a big reason baseball is only about my 4th, if not 5th favorite sport (depends on if you lump college + pro football into "football"). Quite sad to know Cuban was previously going to be basically blackballed out of purchasing the Cubs due to his desire to compete and win. Of course this was prior to the insider trading accusations (ACCUSATIONS remember).

Oh well. Baseball enjoys quite the monopoly over the summer months. I'm certainly not going to quit paying attention.

"Quite sad to know Cuban was previously going to be basically blackballed out of purchasing the Cubs due to his desire to compete and win."

it has a lot more to do with his outspoken "bigger than the game" personality he has and his antics which distracted from the game with the mavs.

the guy has his own blog and is very outspoken.

mlb owners tend to be very inclusive and information-internal. cuban isn't a good mix in that environment.

jerry from the wsox hates the guy...outspoken.

Sure Cuban may or may not have done something wrong. I don't think he's done anything that Sam Zell hasn't done, and yet he owns shares in two MLB franchises at the same time!! Why doesn't he get taken down for conflict of interest?

Maybe Cuban should just buy the Padres from that poor guy and then he can trade Peavy to us.

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  • Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).

    Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

    Rob Richardson 27 min 35 sec ago view
  • Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.

    In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?

    Rob G. 39 min 44 sec ago view
  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 48 min 15 sec ago view
  • Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.

    Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.

    Rob G. 59 min 37 sec ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 1 hour 4 min ago view
  • peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.

    unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.

    they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.

    crunch 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 1 hour 45 min ago view
  • damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice

    crunch 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 15 sec ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 5 hours 18 min ago view
  • Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.

    Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.

    billybucks 5 hours 23 min ago view
  • "Pitching prospects not looking so hot"

    That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 26 min ago view
  • Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 45 min ago view
  • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

    "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
    "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

    billybucks 16 hours 27 min ago view
  • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

    billybucks 16 hours 31 min ago view
  • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

    2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.

    Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

    billybucks 17 hours 19 min ago view