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.
trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.
eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.
we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).
As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.
I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.
Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.
Wow - Pierce Johnson with an ERA of 8.01 in 42IP!
What a stud prospect! Must be pitching with a pierced johnson.
Looks like Ryan Williams is the only legit prospect there. That is sad...
Well it would seem that's all they need now. "Stropy" can have his moments, but he's been more consistent post-asg.
Take THAT, Cardinals -- you beat Fernandez, we beat Sale.
I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.
Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?
Maybe the three-headed dragon?
Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth
Three amigos time?
he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs
Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.
...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.
I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.
He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.
How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.
If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic
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.
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.