Rough Year for Chicago GM's

Technically it's a new year I guess, but Angelo's firing culminated in the failure of 2011. A lot of you already mentioned the Bears hiring Bill Polian whom I believe Lovie Smith is familiar with.

As for the Cubs, all quiet on the western front. Garza rumors swirl, but my guess is Theo is running into the same issues that Kenny Williams ran into trying to move John Danks. The return in prospects isn't going to be as bountiful with only a year or two left of club control and the player already earning high end arbitration dollars. Garza does have one more year before being free agent eligible though and in the end, it just takes one sucker. Allegedly the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers and Marlins are the most interested. I also read some rumor about Marlon Byrd possibly being the compensation to the Red Sox. I can't even recall where I heard that, so don't put much stock into it.


Coco Crisp has decided on where he'll sign--- looks like it's the A's not the Cubs but nothing official yet.

Hmm... so much for wanting to play for a contender.

I also read some rumor about Marlon Byrd possibly being the compensation to the Red Sox. I can't even recall where I heard that, so don't put much stock into it.
It was the Boston Globe's big bad Nick Cafardo in his weekend baseball notes which have become voluminous because of all the venom spewing toward Chicago of late...

27. Would the Red Sox and Cubs settle on outfielder Marlon Byrd as compensation for Theo Epstein? Byrd is a 34-year-old high-effort righthanded hitter with a good arm who could platoon in right, though his splits are not platoon-friendly. Last season, he hit righties at a .296 clip and lefties at .219. Something would probably have to be done about that $6.5 million salary, with the Cubs picking up some, if not all of it.

thanks, more speculation than rumor

If they want a platoon outfielder, then they can have Soriano.

The Red Sox "nation" has gone from wanting Castro to Garza to top prospects to Byrd to whatever and ever. I think Epstein's a pretty good GM, but I don't get why they think they're gonna get something of much value when the guy was just a GM and he left for a promotion. Boston fans are ridiculous.

For Angelo to go two years in a row without sufficient depth (quality) at the most important position, and to sign players with injury history on the o-line making his golden-boy QB punished like a boxing speed-bag, is truly fucked-up.

Todd Fucking Collins?!

He should have been fired for signing that turd alone.

Also for stockpiling #3 Receivers, and trying to tell fans that's good enough...and having out offensive tackles a 7th round pick and an undrafted FA....I am shocked that All-Pro Jared Allen beat former 7th round pick like a drum..not.

also, Frank Effing Omiyale.

Geez, we could all write a book on the poor decisions he made.

There are some paralells to Hendry to be sure.

While Angelo should be applauded for Hester and some defensive moves, to
predicate a Championship just on special teams and D alone is extremely flawed when compared to the perennial successful teams.

And, the "evaluation of talent" thing - the Packers are like the Cardinals are to
the Cubs now. Just overall better talent from top to bottom (save a few players).

It's a tough business. He got Cutler. Nice move. But there was something wrong -- like his unbelievable unwillingness to get an O line to protect the guy he paid so much to get. I mean, that was just weird.

Maybe he has ADHD?

some of the backup QB issues have to fall on Lovie and Martz though for wanting someone familiar with the system, instead of someone actually talented.

McNown actually didn't look too bad to me. He could make the intermediate throws, stuck in the pocket and could scramble. Still be nice if they could find a decent young QB in the first 3 rounds.

I like McNown as a backup. Would have loved Orton.

But my point is underlined by the Packer's newbie QB who threw for 400+ yards against a good team on Sunday.

Solid talent evaluation.

Not Lovie, really. He's a damn good coach and they were right for saying we love Lovie and f- the rest of ya. He never really has much to work with, in my opinion. An occasional defensive guy (peppers), Brian U, and that's about it. He really does a lot with very little.

EDIT: you can make the argument that he stuck with Martz too long, but I thought Martz was a reasonable gamble, and Lovie at least said to the world, you know what? I don't know offense, so I'm gonna hire an offense guy. It didn't work out cuz Martz is so 1990. His system was so complex that nobody really grokked it, and he did stupid ass stuff like ask his QB, who is a pocket QB, to drop back ten steps. A Good offensive coach will adapt to his QB. Cutler hated that guy, for good reason. Drop back ten, get creamed. I'd hate him too.

EDIT NUMBER 2: I hope that the new GM knows football well enough to know that if you want to do the free agent thing with wide receivers you get guys who can catch bullets. I'm not convinced Roy Williams can't. He may have a nice year next year without Martz. But we need a guy as GM who really gets that. Cutler is not a QB for panzy receivers. You have to react quick, watch the ball in your gut, and close your eyes and learn how to take a tackle. Yes, I played wide out as a kid.

fancy pants article about Garza's trade value

first comment:
And lets not forget you said Garza was no better a pitcher than Aaron Harang after the Cubs acquired him last year.


Cubs have 6th and 41st picks so far with Pena still out there and a few others that could change the 41st pick.

Brad Snyder still kicking, traded to Rangers from O's for cash considerations.

-edit- whoops, that's Brandon Snyder, different guy. The ex-Cub Brad Snyder signed with the Astros this offseason.

Martz has allegedly quit and the QB coach is gone too.

4:00 presser
Wscr saying more changes coming

God bless George McCaskey!


I saw McCaskey for the first time yesterday. He doesn't look like a football man or a businessman. He looks and talks like a store clerk.

To tie this back to the Cubs (since this is a Cubs blog), if you put McCaskey, Phillips, Ricketts and Epstein in a lineup, you could easily pick out the owner and president of the forlorn franchise with no hope.

The McCaskeys have done nothing for the Bears in thirty-plus years. They won Super Bowl XX, but old man Halas, before he died, had already hand-picked the head coach and, more importantly, the defensive coordinator of that '85 team. (Not that Halas did the Bears any favors during my lifetime.)

What a rotten organization. Ownership is everything.

He doesn't look like a football man or a businessman. He looks and talks like a store clerk.

WTF does this even mean?

from former Bears TE Desmond Clark

Egos and head butting led to the departures of Jerry Angelo and Mike Martz. Not a good situation the last 2 years. Awful environment to work

Carlos Silva to a minor league deal. Also Rich Hill and Nate Spears to minor league deals as well.

Andy Mcfail must be giving Cherington pointers... When in doubt, just sign everyone who used to be with the Cubs...

hey, Rich Hill hasn't given up an earned run in the majors since 2009!!!

seems Nats are only team serious about Fielder at this point

another story out there said Boras wants an opt out after 3 years and the average annual salary to be higher than Pujols.

Here's hoping Fielder winds up firing Boras after all talks collapse.

Doesn't seem to happen. Everybody hates Boras, except for the guy who he represents. I find it hard to dislike someone who is a master at their job.

guy breaks into Wrigley and decides to go for some dead ivy.

long write-up by toonsterwu at Minor League Ball

Cubs list by Sickels due soon, has a discussion up today.

nice toonster...

...and damn, people love marco hernandez.

Toonster is a good poster. He was on the Bruce Miles blog before they got all batty and did the payment gateway thing.

Great job toonster!

Be sure to read the comments. He adds more of his thoughts.


dude asking Rosenthal if he's heard anything about a deal of Felix Hernandez going to the Blue Jays. Allegedly Jaso and Felix for Gose, Arencibia, Alvarez, Snider and Drabek from a Blue Jays front office source. Says Garza talks were more a plan B.

no surprise, but seems to be a prank of some sort.

I'd deal Soto and Garza for Arencibia, Snider, Drabek and Deck McGuire.

I'd throw in Matt Szczur to sweeten the deal if it would help.

They don't need a catcher.

If they are including Arencibia they will. That is why Jaso is in that Seattle deal.

That wasnt a real deal. They have D'arnaud and Molina besides Arencibia.

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  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.