Free Agent Frenzy Update and More...

I always had this idea about the phrase "and more". When I first started out here in Los Angeles, I was editing commercials for musical artists, not really my thing, I'm more a movie guy, and it didn't help that about 99% of the artists were trash and the music industry is darker than a snuff film.

So we did a lot of compilation albums, soundtracks for stuff like "The Matrix" or all the Grammy artists, etc, stuff you're sure to have seen at some point. And all these albums would list like four to eight of the more popular artists or songs , something like (in your best Don LaFontaine voice) - Marilyn Manson, Deftones, Rob Zombie, Rage Against the Machine, And More!- acknowledging the bands whose agents weren't as good to get them advertised, but at least they made the album. So the sort of inside joke I always had with my bosses at the time was that if I were to ever start a band, I would call it "And More".

Think about it, you'd be listed on nearly every music soundtrack or compilation CD commercial ever done. Do a little viral Internet video and instant buzz for your group.
So to the would-be rock stars in our readership looking for a band name, you're welcome, let me know how it goes. And if you don't like "And More", I recommend "Skull-Fuck Cedeno", "Gay Witchcraft", "Bees" or "Johann's Mom".

FA Frenzy update "and more" after the jump...

The lead tightens ever so slightly and if Manny Ramirez goes to the Dodgers. the contest gets quite interesting.

  1. Real Neal - 66 
  2. CincyKid - 56
  3. Jackie t, Andrew, Dejon R. - 53
  4. Everyone Else

As for the and more, "Crunch" passes along this Cub-related comic strip, good for a mild chuckle.The strip is called "Get Fuzzy" and is written by a Red Sox fan.

Get Fuzzy

Enjoy the 3-day weekend!

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I didn't know you were involved in film. I wrote about half of a screenplay adaptation of Kafka's "The Castle"...that's ok, he wrote half of a book (damn, I'm funny). Think you can get that made for me?

...also, I wanted to start a band called Empathetic Schadenfreude, because it's super pretentious, but I don't play an instrument and I can't sing for shit.

I've got a sister on her way to LA with credits as an Associate Producer, Producer, and Post-Prodcution Coordinator (I think that's right) in TV and Film. She's looking for work. She's been working in Philadelphia (and traveling for shoots) for two years or so.

Random outburst of the day. I guess I was directing this toward Rob, not The Joe (she can't help you get your screenplay produced). LA themed thread within this post.

Also, The Joe, pretentious bands are the best sort of bands for guys who can't play an instrument or sing for shit, so I don't see what's standing in your way.

Thanks for the encouragement! I think I'll do it.

the casting couch is the best way to go...I kid.

I've had a hard enough time finding my own work, so I've never been much good to anyone else.The trade papers, craigslist, knowng people are pretty much the best bets to finding work. Not being an idiot helps a lot, she'll be ahead of 90% of this town if she isn't.

note: Get Fuzzy doesn't revolve around the RSox, but the writer/artist of the comic is a RSox/baseball fan and it works it's way into the comic a bit.

my bad...I cleaned up that sentence.

Gay Witchcraft sounds like a quality name for a Glam Rock sextet.

and more:

http://www.discogs.com/artist/%26+More?anv=And+More

Just see what it did for their career!

Is that Hank White in the middle?

WGN podcast with Corey Provus and Sean Marshall recorded a few days ago (1-14-09) during the Caravan

http://caster.wgnradio.com/podcasts/cubspod-080-09...

and another interview with Shark

http://caster.wgnradio.com/podcasts/cubspod-079-09...

Expect him to hit .380 next year with 8 homeruns.

so maybe that would improve his periodic bouts of wildness?

Does he have a sleeveless leather jacket like Rick Vaughn, too?

I don't think there's an animal big enough to make one Z's size.

Hmmm, Cubness? I'm sueing. That is a terrible rip-off of my word.

I'm partial to the yet-untapped band name Polizia con Vongole.

btw I'm heading to the Mall for Inauguration on Tuesday; anyone else? DC Tom, where are you?

i think "3/44" would make an excellent name for a band. "Chad's Bitch" would be a close 2nd.

Russ Springer let go by the Cardinals. Wish we could dump the awful Vizcaino somehow and replace him with Springer, who is a very nice middle reliever with awesome numbers against RH batters.

Fox's update on Cubs Convention Friday:

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9033268/Piniell...

OK, I'll admit it. I don't understand the last bubble in the comic. Maybe there should be a 'correct the punchline contest'. I'll start it off with "And that's different how?!?"

I'm only first place in that contest until Manny signs, but still it's better than usual when I'm eliminated by Dec 01.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Sun-Times stuff:

• • Sources say out-of-options outfielder Felix Pie could be traded as soon as sometime next week, with pitcher Rich Hill -- also facing the same roster limbo -- possibly next to go.

• • Cedeno, too, is out of options, and could be on the block if the Cubs determine he won't beat out Micah Hoffpauir for a roster spot or if they acquire another veteran infielder such as Rich Aurilia.

The Cubs, by the way, are not strongly pursuing Aurilia, according to insiders, despite some recent reports suggesting otherwise. He's a back-burner option at this point.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/13830...

He should be taken off the back burner, poored into the sink and the ground up in the garbage disposal.

Well not him, really, just the idea of him on the 2009 Cubs.

I'm sure I'm in the minority in my opinion but I feel strongly that Fukodome should play center and lead off. I think that with the power expectations taken off him, he'll be a valuable on base + speed guy. I think he'll have a good year.

My lineup would be this:

Fukodome
Theriot
Bradley
Ramirez
Soriano
Lee
Soto
Fontentot

Would love to see other guys proposed lineups...

Ideal or within the realm of possibility? Cause it looks like Soriano is batting leadoff unless the Cubs trade for Roberts.

I do not agree with the "speed" assertion anymore. He stole 12 bases last year. Fonzi stole 19 in less games.

I just was checking out Aaron Miles stats. His career OBP from the 1-slot is mediocre. Statistically, he's done better 2nd, and 7th, respectively. However, I did like looking at his "clutch stats", which I would think are better than average, as well as his OBP in a 3-2 count (over .550), and even 1-2. It would appear as if he has a clue where the zone is, where some players who have led off for the team (not mentioning any names, Soriano) are challenged here.

Take it for what its worth but Tony LaRussa really likes Miles and was kinda pissed they didnt resign him.

LaRussa called him the best teammate he's ever had.....which I guess means he is a real team player.
Converse to Miles, aren't Soriano's best career numbers out of the leadoff spot? I really believe Lou when he says he is comfortable batting him there, and am convinced, especially with this roster, that that is precisely where he will bat.

the best power hitter will once again probably lead off, yes...

i could really care less the guy can steal 20-30 bases at this point in his career, honestly.

i'm a little tired of seeing a guy who hits as many homers/doubles as he does struggling to touch 90 RBIs. he had a hell of a nice advantage with near-.300 hitting 7/8 hitters last season at least.

"Sweet Lou said he talked to Jim Hendry about the situation and mentioned Aaron Miles' success in the leadoff spot for the Cardinals and his OBP. He said they would go to camp and figure it out. But Piniella indicated Alfonso Soriano is getting older and could possibly be moved down in the order. While Piniella did not say, it was implied that Soriano would be willing to move down in the lineup. Piniella added Soriano will do what's best for the Cubs."

http://chicagocubsonline.com/archives/2009/01/09cu...

Soriano moved down in the order makes sense. Miles batting leadoff instead of Soriano, Fontenot, Theriot, Fukudome, or Reed Johnson does not make sense.

Miles taking playing time from Theriot or Fontenot also makes little sense at this point, unless Miles somehow continues his high OBP--which is possible, but not what his career numbers suggest he'll do.

miles in the leadoff spot? ugg...

as much as theriot is a "meh" hitter, i'd take him in the 1 slot over miles easily.

that said, im pretty much expecting soriano to lead off though i'd like him moved down.

I misstated when I said "high OBP". What I should have said was "adequate" since I was remarking on the possibility of Miles duplicating his .355 OBP from 2008, a mark he'd never reached in the majors before. The suggestion of Miles winning a starting job, much less the leadoff spot, is a little bit frightening.

From reading the Cardinals blogs, Miles has this annoying habit of subtly taking jobs away from underperforming starting players. Then when the season is over everyone shits bricks at how many plate appearances he got.

Phils buy out Hamels' arb years on the cheap.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3840342

CRANE KENNEY says no way the 2007 Cubs would have won the division with DUSTY BAKER managing!

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/01/17/sports/B...

suits say lots of things...that's why the players are more important.

Geo might have had less ABs than he did, but I don't know what else Dusty might've done any different than Lou did. Bluntly it's not as if the 2007 Cubs did anything worth remembering anyways. They won a weak division with 85 Ws and got swept in the first round. So is Lou supposed to be some genius?

This is not even from a Dusty fan or even apologist. I wish Crane Kenney would shut up.

it's all theory, but I assume Crane is referring to the turnaround from the first 2 months, getting rid of Barrett, best team in baseball since june, etc...

hardly a genius, well except when compared to Dusty

it's just so stupid to begin with it should just start/end there.

the idea that some dude just willed a team to winning and no one else could have done it but that one guy...okay, whatever. go team go. i could care less if the manager was casey stengel or ted turner, no man has that much power over his team's performance...

meh. suit talk...

lou is gonna play fontenot as much as possible whenever possible
fontenot 350 at bats i say 14 hr out of the 2 or 7 hole

That'd be great. I would've guessed 14 hr in about 450 ABs, if he got that many. But I think Fontenot should be the starter at 2nd, and Miles should play there against lefties (if he hits). 2nd and 7th sound like the right places to bat Fontenot most days. I would guess that Fukudome, Theriot, Bako, and Miles gather the most ABs batting 8th this year. I would guess Fontenot bats 2nd more than anyone else with Theriot, Miles, or Johnson there against lefties.

i go back to last week or week before cubs like to sign injured
pitchers to incentive contracts i stated the cubs should sign
m. mulder to incentive laden contract as per buster olney (espn)
today mark mulder could be the hidden gem of this years free agent class.

he will throw in 2 weeks for teams.

hmmmmmm

Dude. No one can understand what you're saying. You realize this, no? Use punctuation and standard prose formatting and what "you stated" might be taken more seriously.

I disagree, respectfully. rokfish is TCR's ee cummings.

I disagree that's he's ee cummings, but I don't have any difficulty understanding his pseudoprose.

Don't knock Kenney - his holy blessing escapade was true genius - and also the sign of an extraordinarily weak mind.

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  • Now pitching for the Cincinnati Reds:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwbUCI9bEvA

    QuietMan 3 min 59 sec ago view
  • Sorry if I made it sound like a Schwarber for Sale straight up deal was reasonable, obviously Cubs would need to give up more than that. You don't trade Sale unless you're rebuilding and if you're rebuilding you want more than one piece. Easily 3-4 pieces with Schwarber being the main one...but that type of an ace arm or All-star talent with a few years of control is the type of return the Cubs should look for if they move Schwarber. I don't think they'll move him until he's healthy though. TheJedi are pretty good at maximizing trade value.

    Rob G. 7 min 37 sec ago view
  • I think you're very much overvaluing Schwarber if you think he can fetch Sale by himself. An unproven rookie with demonstrable offensive flaws he hasn't had the chance to show he can overcome and with no defensive upside will never fetch an ace of the quality of Sale in today's market where pitchers are fetching insane prices, especially with Sale's team friendly contract. You'd for sure need to throw in a pitching prospect in return at least.

    johann 59 min 12 sec ago view
  • best relievers in baseball tend to not be the best relievers for very long though...

    also, when you start just trading away guys for marginal benefits, that window will shrink. The window is easily through 2021, just have to look how long Rizzo is signed for and how long they have rights to Bryant, Russell and so on down the line.

    Can't say I'm too worried about the SP, they've done nothing but land guys on the cheap and on the expensive since they've arrived. TheJedi will figure that out.

    Rob G. 1 hour 35 min ago view
  • 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 4 hours 18 min 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. 4 hours 30 min ago view
  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 4 hours 38 min 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. 4 hours 50 min ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 4 hours 55 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 5 hours 28 min ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 5 hours 36 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 5 hours 56 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 8 hours 50 min ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 9 hours 9 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 9 hours 14 min ago view
  • "Pitching prospects not looking so hot"

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

    VirginiaPhil 9 hours 17 min ago view