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.

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

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/nationalsjournal/2010/12/nationals_aggressively_pursuin.html 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 http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101213&content_id=16311252&vkey=news_chc&c_id=chc

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

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Ranking-baseball-s-10-free-agent-contracts-of-1;_ylt=AqCoyTm9rFfy94_n2pDKsrkRvLYF?urn=mlb-294606 Beltran's good? No Zito?

<i>No Zito</i> Take a look at the first sentence of the article (emphasis added):<blockquote>there have now been 10 free agent <strong>position players</strong> who have received contracts of $100 million or more. </blockquote> 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" http://trsullivan.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/12/cliff_lee_is_going_to_philadel.html ...so...when are the cubs trading for blanton? =p

Holy shit, that would be one retarded rotation.

halladay/c.lee/r.oswalt/c.hamels 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: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/12/agree-to-sign-cliff-lee.html (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? http://twitter.com/SI_JonHeyman/status/14673557762088960

not so fast... http://twitter.com/GordonEdes

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 http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/2914/with-lee-gone-will-yankees-target-big-z

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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