The New Untouchables

We've done this joke before (well Real Neal did), but Bruce Miles has written the 2010 sequel.

--As we wrote last week, the only prospects the Cubs won’t move are Brett Jackson and Chris Archer. All the others would be on the table in trade talks. That includes Josh Vitters and Jay Jackson.

Is being deemed untouchable by the Cubs brass pretty much the kiss of death for your baseball career? I wouldn't take any fishing trips out on the lake if I were them.


In Bruce's comments section he says that talks have cooled quite a bit on the Fukudome front. So nothing brewing there.

The Nats want Garza or Greinke as well, their untouchables are Desmond and J. Zimmerman.

Muskatrock: Cubs will add a patch in 2011 to honor Santo.

This sounds 3/44, sorry if it is.

Edit: Linky linky

The patch should be an image of Dave Otto's head with a red circle and line over it.

No Zito

Take a look at the first sentence of the article (emphasis added):

there have now been 10 free agent position players who have received contracts of $100 million or more.

And yes... on that list, Beltran would be considered good.

"Cliff Lee is going to the Philadelphia Phillies, industry sources said Monday night. The Rangers were told Monday night that Lee is going to the Phillies, It is a done deal" are the cubs trading for blanton? =p

Holy shit, that would be one retarded rotation.


i imagine they'll trade blanton away and put k.kendrick in the 5 slot...the 1-4 is crazy good enough...and the #4 should be the #3 guy...and he would be more than a few team's #1...crazy.

It's like the Cubs rotation, only the exact opposite. I'm not sure this city could handle Blanton and Silva, they are hungry fuckers.

5 years, $100 million, from what they said on radio.

I think their $80 million rotation and $60 million infield pretty much blows the roof off of the "We're spending what we can" owner theory. Between the Phillies' payroll and the Jayson Werth deal, the owners are going to have themselves some explaining to do when it comes to the next CBA.

5/115 says mlbtr here: (sposedly from Hymen on the twitterses)

Well I overestimated their cost on the infield, but my quick estimate on their 25 man roster puts their payroll at $155.3 million.

Phillies vs Patriots in the Super World Bowl Series?

Along those lines, Indiana introducted Kevin Wilson as their new football coach last week. When asked about the Indiana v. Purdue rivalry, he said it was like when "the Yankees play the Lakers."

Got it. Thanks.

According to Crashburn Alley, the Phillies now have four of the top 12 MLB leaders in xFIP from 2010. I hope no NL team is dumb enough to take Joe Blanton off their hands.

Deal in place to send Blanton to Red Sox?

Looks like the Cubs picked a good year for Project .500

At least we were able to hold onto Koyie Hill. Imagine that Philly rotation if they could throw to Koyie?

Tampa wants 2 pitching prospects and a SS of the future for Garza

I can't blame them, but part of me is still somewhat wary about Garza. I'm thinking they are probably asking for something like McNutt (Bruce Miles has been fairly clear that the only untouchables, as you note, are Archer and Jackson, and Cashner/Castro probably aren't going anywhere, so McNutt, who is most often thought of as our third best prospect, seems logical for a trade involving arguably the 2nd best pitcher that could be on the market), Carpenter or Jackson, and Lee. I'm not sure I like that ... but if I'm the Cubs, I'm not sure I say no to that.

Maybe the smart move is to start the season and see how good the team is?

If we look like a winner by late May. Then you can dangle these same prosects for a Garza,Guthrie,Grienke type of Guy. If we look like an also ran by late May. Then we can put the feelers out on Gorzo,Wells, Dempster and maybe a Marmol or Marshall?

Either way I'd like to see some level of commitment towards a direction.

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  • Greinke still in for the 8th. 3 up, 3 down. After 8. 108 pitches, ERA still at 1.66 according to mlb boxscore and he's in line for a 19th win.

  • Greinke 95 pitches through 7. Gives up one run (solo HR to Hedges). ERA at 1.66. Doubt that they will let him give up 5 runs in the 8th.

    Dodgers ahead 2-1.

  • 96 wins with one game to go. Who woulda thunk it.

    Cubs 96 wins have clinched a better record than any AL team and the NL West/East division winners too.

  • cubs win, pirates lose...

  • the curse is now yours.

  • cog a HR away from the cycle after a single in the 6th.

  • Hendricks: 15 up, 15 down.

  • he strongly separates his post-playing career from his playing career, though he loves to visit the barrier of player and fan. many ex-players don't put up this barrier.

    he's not interested in going back to the clubhouse or pretty much anything field/game related, but he'll grab a ticket and observe with the fans and visit ex players on "neutral" ground. he's written 3 pieces for the new yorker and other pieces elsewhere. i remember one photo/bio piece he did, but don't remember where i read it (years ago).

  • ?
    I find your comments rather obtuse. He recognized he didn't want to pursue baseball anymore and went back to school to learn how to become a better writer - opening up a new chapter in his life.

    I don't know where you find a "sad disconnection" because he is writing about his experiences? He pursued a ball career for a long time so no doubt there is some meloncholy in his tone, but I just don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

  • he has an almost sad disconnection from the game based on his writings. even though he's "been there" (no matter how much of a minor role) he doesn't seem to feel like he belongs or deserves to belong in the boy's club.

    he seems to go to great lengths to enjoy the game from an arm's length while occasionally getting close enough for a high-5 from those who affirm him that he belongs.

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  • Nice article on Rizzo

    Written by ex teammate

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