Gabor's Revenge and Other Rumors

This was probably posted in the comments, but Bruce Levine on his blog also said that once the Heilman deal is finished - which will clear a spot on the 40-man roster - the Cubs will sign Gabor Paul II Bako on a one year, $750K contract.

The Cubs are also said to be weighing offers on Danny Noonan...err, Rich Hill, and looking at adding another bench player such as Juan Uribe that could cover 2B, SS, 3B and possibly 1B. The Cub seem determined to make it virtually impossible for Micah Hoffpauir to make the team out of camp.

And if this Peavy deal doesn't happen, the Cubs may try and sign Braden Looper or Randy Wolf, to try and make it virtually impossibe for Sean Marshall to break with the team. A good way to keep his service time down I suppose. Of course, I think odds are high Rich Harden will be doing the Mark Prior-spring-training-DL-trip around March 20th routine because he wasn't quite ready when spring training began.

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I would like to see them give Harden all the time he needs to come back as healthy as he is ever going to be. We need him to provide a boost toward the end of the season, into the playoffs. If he is not ready at the beginning of spring training, plug someone else in there for awhile...

Of course. So it will be like, "getting a new player at the deadline", right?

Exactly! We won't even need to make a trade! (ducks)

Braden Looper and Randy Wolf?

Those are the perfect guys to help us win the Central Division...... in 2002

Gabor's Revenge?

Isn't that what you get from drinking bad water in, like, Serbia?

Jason Marquis, career
4.55 4.39 96 1.425
Era lg era+ whip

Braden Looper, career
3.93 4.28 109 1.350

Umm..., I can think of a lot worse pitchers than Looper for a #5, Aaron B. Why are you thumbing your nose at him? What kind of Dr. are you?

I, for one, was stunned at the success Looper had when he switched to starting. That's a guy who hadn't started a game since A ball, and he was able to put 2 years together with 30 starts. Suprisingly durable. And even pretty effective for a back of the rotation guy, too.

Indeed. As I say, you can do a helluva lot worse.

1. Because I want Peavy on this team

2. Dave Duncan ain't coming with Looper

3. He has had ERA's of 4.94 and 4.19 as a starter and has yet to pitch 200 ip

4. He strikes out less than 5 per 9.

5. It seems like a Jeromy Burnitz instead of Carlos Beltran type of move

Hendry is doing the same thing he's done the last 3 years...loading up on as many pitchers as possible, even though there doesn't seem to be room for all of them. Inevitably someone gets hurt in camp or shits their pants and it all magically works out.

A little part of me wants to see them move Vizcaino and have Heilman in the bullpen with Gregg and Marmol.

So, then, Wade Miller could could get a NRI to ST? (chuckles)

probably a high chance of heilman getting to start.

stamina...control over his change up (and missing OUT of the zone if he's gonna miss...a BIG problem of his)...that's the concerns, imo.

i like his stuff...great change, decent fastball(s).

Why not put Heilman or Marshall in the 5th spot if you cant get Peavy and use any extra money we have to try to lure the O-dog to town? Is it just too logical?

Who is the O dog?

Orlando Hudson?

I noticed among the few numbers unassigned to the Cubs players this Spring is #44. Jake Peavy wears #44 for the Padres. Coincidence? Maybe not.

No, that's definitely a coincidence.

I laughed really hard at that.

Wes sent sound man-giggle.

gay

Chad should know...

Takes one to know one.

OMG!!11 PWN3DASAURUS!!!!111ONE! ROFLCOPTER!

talk about 3/44.

I noticed among the few numbers unassigned to the Cubs players this Spring is #44. Jake Peavy wears #44 for the Padres. Coincidence? Maybe not.
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No #44? Hendry's theme this offseason is to swap out Hank's and accumulate Aaron's.

Boers and Bernstein this afternnon on WSCR were discussing a recent study called "pitcher abuse index for 2008" (sorry, can't find the link at the moment), and guess who was #1 and #2? Marmol and Heilman. Egads.

They need to get Dusty Baker on the phone.
Ask him:

1. What is a Pitcher Abuse index?

2. How is it calculated

3. How do you manage with such knowledge at your disposal

4. What do you plan on changing as far as your managing style, now that we have PAI's?

I think they should go with this version of the stadium.
http://www.marlinsnewballpark.com/images/Miami-Bal...

Clean lines. None of those messy and unnecessary seat things.

personally I think it needs a horse or dog track going around the outside of it...

world's most fun group waterslide.

awesome.

How are they gonna cram all those Marlins fans into that place?

Why? Does it only seat 75 people?

I just realized I'll get to root for Cedeno here in Seattle. Wahoo! Interleague games will be a blast.

with jose lopez at 2nd i dunno wtf seattle wants with cedeno...still, from their end they're getting 2 cheap parts with upside even if the pitching part isn't as complete as heilman.

The Mariners don't deal in intelligent planning. They just do stuff. There's good food at the ballpark, though.

Maybe they just wanted Olson and Cedeno came along for the ride. I hope I see him downtown someday.

Mariners food? Sushi? Espresso? Crabmeat? Not-dogs?

I think there's sushi. Haven't had it. Fish, Chicken, (real) Hot Dogs, Nachos. Like regular ballpark stuff plus seafood.

They have sushi. I have a buddy who is a Mariners fan and is from Seattle. He confirmed this to be true as recently as this weekend.

IIRC, doesn't Dodger's Stadium have sushi? I found it odd my last visit to the lovely, yet grey and depressing Seattle (like Chi in the winter, except rain instead of snow/cold) that they have two large-capacity stadiums right next to each other. What's up with that? How did the County approve this? A nice football stadium right next to a baseball-only park.

No idea. They were both here when I moved here. I haven't really thought about it.

I have yet to see any sushi at Dodger's Stadium. Now if you can get it in the sky boxes, that doesn't count.

This lefty fetish has gone too far.

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  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 15 min 54 sec ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 50 min 24 sec ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 1 hour 3 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 2 hours 27 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 28 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 34 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 2 hours 38 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 42 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 2 hours 50 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 52 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • QuietMan 3 hours 6 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 3 hours 25 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 4 hours 4 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 48 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 59 min ago view