Friday Free-For-All

The flow of rumors is down to a drip as we near the Christmas break. Yet the Cubs are without a first basemen or much of a starting staff and still employ Carlos Zambrano and Alfonso Soriano. There is still work to be done JedStein.

- Early in the day yesterday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported that "there were signs today (I can't say precisely what) to indicate the Cubs are stepping up their pursuit of Prince Fielder." Four hours later Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, claimed the "Cubs are not major players for Prince Fielder. Not ready to spend big." I hate when my baseless rumors contradict. WHO AM I TO BELIEVE?!?!?!?!

If there's any truth to Cafardo's report, hard to see the Cubs being in on Yu Darvish either. One recent rumor regarding Pince Fielder was that he was seeking a 10-year deal, which after seeing Albert Pujols get one and being younger makes sense to ask. Whether anyone will give it to him is the real story, but it wouldn't be the worst idea for an A.L. team. For the Cubs or any other N.L. team, that would be a hard one to justify unless there's something we don't know about the DH coming to both leagues, but unlikely that could even happen before the newest CBA ends in 5 years. Otherwise, you would think the Cubs would want some sort of guarantees for the later years (maybe vesting options) or to front-load the contract so to make Fielder easier to move on the back-end of the deal if they decide to take that plunge.

- Speaking of Darvish, we do know the Cubs submitted a bid and that the Rangers, Blue Jays and Yankees did as well and there may be a few more teams involved. One rumor was that one of the bids was north of $50M and another rumor was that the Blue Jays offer was "sky high". It appears we won't know the winner until Tuesday and then it's still 30 days for the a contract to be negotiated with Darvish. I have to say I'm a bit skeptical about throwing $100M at Darvish (posting fee and 6 year contract). Hopefully I'm overestimating the cost, but paying nearly $17M a year on average doesn't sound like it's really building from the ground up and you always have to worry about a pitcher's arm blowing out. On top of that, I don't know how sure you can be that Darvish will be as good as advertised. I think after a decade and a half of Japanese players coming over the majors, it's pretty clear there's a big difference in the level of competition. Maybe Darvish bucks that trend and can make as much as an impact as Ichiro, but I'd sure worry he ends up more like Dice-K. That wouldn't be terrible, but it would be disappointing.


Enjoy the weekend!

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why would the owners do it? costs them more money...

more runs, more fans?
Lets Cubs, Mets, Dodgers spend on bats like their AL counter parts.

Hell, then can even field 8 of those. We gotta make room another one?!

I'm still waiting for designated shooters in basketball. They can just stay at one end of the court when their teams on defense. Maybe another guy can play defense for him at the opposite end.

Obviously you haven't seen Carlos Boozer's Bulls career.

Lulz...that's kind of my point. There are already guys who are basicall DS's. Might as well make it official.

dear don...can you wait til football season is over til you do this? football vs. baseball manliness arguments are hard enough without this...

btw, it's kinda crazy (especially pitchers) how many do yoga or ballet to stay flexible and quick. ...better than doing drugs for an advantage at least...

dejesus/barney-dewitt-baker/castro/?? (hopefully worthy of that slot)/byrd/stewart/soriano/soto...



2nd and 3rd counting on a miracle...or at least average production. byrd/soriano/soto performances could vary widely...and all 3 need to click at least "average"...and someone really needs to step up out of that group.

not really worried about castro...and dejesus has to get on base and keep his legs healthy...he should be able to handle that.

FWIW Z is no longer on the depth chart at I know that Muskat is not EpHoy, but until Z is in camp, I'm assuming he's not coming back. I think the Cubs are willing to eat almost every dollar to make him go away, and I don't think that thought changed with regimes.

oh yeah, the whole post is pretty much just an "educated guess" until the team actually breaks and/or a big name signs and there's little chance of competition for a slot.

time is running out, but they could get in on a number of lineup/rotation shaking pickups...or losses if they find a taker for garza.

i was just bored and running out a "as it stands" and who might slot where based on what the cubs are supposedly looking and what they have.

whole thing could get really weird if they decide they need a shiny, new cuban OF'r...about the only thing they're still strongly linked to without someone else saying/writing "no way."

I'm really pissed that the Cubs haven't used their vast fortunes to pick up Fielder. I also don't want them to hand out large contracts that might end up crippling them. What, those are mutually exclusive? Fuck the Cubs for making my offseason boring thus far. Entertain me, you fuckers!

The Cubs can afford to sign anyone you want if you'll just buy out the remaining stock of these Fukudome jerseys from

Stl related tweet...Steve Hensen, Yahoo Sports

The Cardinals are in discussions to sign Coco Crisp to play CF and bat at the top of the order. Jon Jay wld move to RF with Craig injured.

All the more reason for Theo to get his ass moving and sign Crisp first. I wouldn't mind an OF from left to right of Byrd, Crisp, and DeJesus. At least they could catch or run down what's hit to them and get on base better than last year's OF. The pitching staff might appreciate outfielders who know how to take a decent route to the ball.

Two ex-Royals in the OF, yeah, that's the ticket to the World Series.

Like Jermaine Dye or Johnny Damon?

Lol...which of these is not like the other?
Damon: .286/.353/.435, 2 AS games
Dye:.274/.338/.488, 2 AS, 1 top 5 MVP
DeJesus:.284/.356/.421 0 AS, 0 MVP votes

All Star appearances are the definitive measure of a player, after all

**Lol...which of these is not like **

Jermaine Dye?

more specifically then?
Damon has 200 HR's and 1100 RBIS, and 400 steals
Dye has 325 HR's and 1072 RBI
DeJesus has 71 HR, 436 RBI, and is 51/97 steals

DeJesus is not on the same level as Dye and Damon.

DeJesus is not on the same level as Dye and Damon.

Certainly. Just having fun with the broad brush that ex-Royal OFs are anathema to winning a WS. Though for Carlos Beltran...


Yu disappointed? Rangers get him, $52MM. At least the Cubs won't have to face him if he's as good as advertised. On to the Coco Crisp talk, yay!

$100 million+ for a guy that has never thrown a single pitch at the MLB level? I just don't see it. It wouldn't surprise me if Yu ends up pitching in Japan again this year.

after giving up 50m for "nothing" they'll throw him 50-75m for 5-6 years.

Welp, I guess that takes the Rangers out of the Fielder sweepstakes... Looks like Boras just got burned on the turn card and now it's down to the Cubs and M's... Prince may just prefer the Cubs more enough to take a 5-6 year deal...

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According to @alexspeier, Cubs hired area scout Matt Dorey from Sox, promoted him to cross-checker

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Sox and Cubs have agreed, according to one MLB source, that Theo will not be allowed to hire anyone else from Red Sox for 3 years

matt dorey? the boys-club really is putting the band back together.

i dont wanna get into it, but he's pretty f'n young and new to scouting to be a national cross-checker.

he must be a hell of a hotshot.

I know I'm behind the times on this, but why has "Tebowing" become such a big thing? Haven't Carlos Zambrano and various other baseball players been doing this for approximately forever?

It honestly wouldn't be so big had planking not been around. It's just a variation of that dumb sensation.

ESPN did not decide to drop it's last piece of integrity to cover Z 24 hours helped it.


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  • 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 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    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. 16 hours 29 min 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. 16 hours 34 min ago view

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled 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. 16 hours 39 min 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. 16 hours 51 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 17 hours 2 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 17 hours 27 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 18 hours 7 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 19 hours 19 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 19 hours 37 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 19 hours 41 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 20 hours 25 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 1 day 3 hours ago view