Bradley for Silva: best Cubs trade ever?

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Oh hell no, but it's looking pretty good for 2010.

I thought if you googled "greatest Cubs trades ever", a bunch of great trade articles would come up. But...not really like that out there on the world wide web - it seemed like most focused on bad Cubs trades. Not good for a guy with as bad a memory as I have trying to make this comparison.

But Carrie Muskat has one that lists her bests and worst trades, with the best being the Cubs Ivan DeJesus for Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg on January 27, 1982. And actually, probably all 5 of Carrie's picks are better than Bradley for Silva. Unless Carlos goes undefeated for the rest of his career and leads the Cubs to the World Series before heading off to Cooperstown or something. But in a year that's been pretty devoid of any kind of news you'd call good, Carlos Silva is the feel-good story of the year.

To think that the Cubs have gotten 8 wins out of him already is waaay beyond what anybody could have envisioned when he came to Chicago. All most of us seemed to care about was just getting rid of poopy Milton Bradley.

Without even half of Silva's wins, the Cubs would right now be 22-35. That would put them a half game ahead of the Astros, in 5th place in the weakest division in the NL and probably (who's worse - the NL or AL Central?) all of baseball.

Anyway, there are lotsa different kinds of trades made for lotsa different kinds of reasons, and Bradley for Silva was supposed to be a malcontent turd for an overpriced turd - a sort of face-saving thing for the GMs and a fresh start for the players.

So far it has been one whopper of a good one for the Cubs.


You can read Tim Souers work on daily basis at Cubby Blue.

P.S. Mitch Atkins getting called up, no word on who is going down quite yet.

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speaking of Tim's work, this one is great...

http://www.cubby-blue.com/.a/6a00d83451fe4669...

Niiice.

atkins explains deep threat's start last night...

Lineup vs. LH Buehrle: riot, bake, dlee, byrd, nady, sori, soto, stro, silv.

Jose Hernandez, Matt Bruback and Bobby Hill for Aram and Kenny Lofton was pretty sweet, even given Aram's current perplexing death spiral. I remember just being happy to be rid of Hernandez.

stupid fox saturdays...

phi/bos is pushing Michael Milken on me...3rd game in 3 days i've had to sit through this criminal who ruined the retirements of many people so he could make a few bucks. he also took the jobs of 1000s with his buy and gut methods of takeovers funded by his illegal activities.

he spent less than 2 years in prison for ruining lives and now because he got prostate cancer he's the whore who's found jesus for the cause.

anyone who thinks securities trading doesn't need regulation needs to refer to this asshat who doesn't deserve a public outlet for any cause no matter how noble.

you get more time in prison for attempting and failing to rob a store.

What's going on? Carlos The Stopper Silva is pitching, yet we're still losing? Maybe today will be the turn around point and Bizzaro Silva will be returning back to his dimension and letting the real AramRam and Carlos Silva back into ours.

he's losing today after putting in 7ip...still it was another in a long string of "are you f'n serious?" great silva starts.

wtf?

"The Diamondbacks...we lead the league in love." - mark grace
"We need to start leading the league in other things." - darren sutton
"Other than strikeouts?" - mark grace
"Ooo..." - darren sutton

579 Ks from their batters entering today's game...leading by almost 90 Ks.

578 by Mark Reynolds

Nine game home stand if the cubs win 4 of them i would be really surprised,
hopefully D.Lee can form some friendships when the Angels come to town.

So many 1b men are on the open market that i wouldn't hang your hopes on trading Derrek Lee.

Two names come to mind to any team looking to find a 1b man. Paul Konerko and Lance Berkman.

And if you want to move an OFer just for the sake of moving an OFer to get Colvin some playing time, call up Boston right now. That entire OF is decimated by injuries and they will most certainly be looking to trade.

Maybe a Fukudome for Lowell trade could help both teams. Lowell's looked pretty good to me, in the 15 or so at bats I've seen (including ST). He's struggling with a low BABIP, according to Fangraphs. The things that Fukudome does well - play defense and get on base, will appeal to Boston and after 2.5 years of seeing that the Cubs are not going to the World Series, playing with a legitimate contender and some Japanese teammates may appeal to him.

although Jay Jackson left after 8 innings losing 3-2, our old pal John Grabow was up to his old tricks for the I-Cubs yesterday in the 9th:

Grabow 1.0 4 3 3 0 0 0 9.00

if he's really not hurt and just bad, it's going to be just as much roster trouble when his DL stint and rehab time runs out... as having Fukudome and Soriano hitting .205-.210 in the last month (and getting playing time over Colvin), having 3-5 hitters with almost no rbi's (Byrd's not the problem) and wasting some good starting pitching (ie. Lilly and now Silva)

What an ugly mess.

even Paul Sullivan is bummed about Grabow

Ready or not, Lou says Grabow will return very soon. But Grabow gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in 1 inning for Iowa last night. Ready?

http://twitter.com/PWSullivan

Carlos Santana learns a lesson on baseball and American Football simultaneously courtesy of Adam Dunn in Strasburg's 2nd start.

that was awesome beyond words...

Starting to wonder if Strasburg's two-seamer is a just a defense mechanism he's developed against pitch counts. If the kid gloves were taken off, and he was allowed to throw 125 pitches per start, I would bet he could get to 300 K's over a full season in 2011.

they laid off his changeup today a bit and drew some walks (although I wasn't completely playing attention to the game, so maybe he had some control issues with other pitches).

a lot of good it did them...

it's amazing that when someone just makes contact, you consider it a victory for the hitter.

Anyone able to find a video of the Dunn hit? I've been looking...

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/video/pla...

i was expecting more, but it's a solid hit.

the Indians broadcast had a better angle more down the third base line as you could really see Santana not paying any attention and wandering down the line with Dunn coming at him

Santana was trying to backup the throw and well, he's new at the catching thing.

Too bad for him he didn't make that mistake with Theriot or some other midget coming down the line... Dunn is built like a brick shithouse!

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  • 2nd in defensive WAR, NL.

    6th in NL in RBI

    Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.

    The E-Man 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.

    billybucks 2 hours 55 min ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 3 hours 39 min ago view
  • There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!

    billybucks 3 hours 39 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 3 hours 41 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 3 hours 44 min ago view
  • Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.

    Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.

    billybucks 3 hours 44 min ago view
  • Baez still learning

    jacos 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 5 hours 16 min ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 6 hours 22 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 7 hours 11 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 41 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 1 day 3 hours ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 1 day 3 hours ago view