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.

P.S. Mitch Atkins getting called up, no word on who is going down quite yet.

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speaking of Tim's work, this one is great...

http://www.cubby-blue.com/.a/6a00d83451fe4669...

Niiice.

atkins explains deep threat's start last night...

Lineup vs. LH Buehrle: riot, bake, dlee, byrd, nady, sori, soto, stro, silv.

Jose Hernandez, Matt Bruback and Bobby Hill for Aram and Kenny Lofton was pretty sweet, even given Aram's current perplexing death spiral. I remember just being happy to be rid of Hernandez.

stupid fox saturdays...

phi/bos is pushing Michael Milken on me...3rd game in 3 days i've had to sit through this criminal who ruined the retirements of many people so he could make a few bucks. he also took the jobs of 1000s with his buy and gut methods of takeovers funded by his illegal activities.

he spent less than 2 years in prison for ruining lives and now because he got prostate cancer he's the whore who's found jesus for the cause.

anyone who thinks securities trading doesn't need regulation needs to refer to this asshat who doesn't deserve a public outlet for any cause no matter how noble.

you get more time in prison for attempting and failing to rob a store.

What's going on? Carlos The Stopper Silva is pitching, yet we're still losing? Maybe today will be the turn around point and Bizzaro Silva will be returning back to his dimension and letting the real AramRam and Carlos Silva back into ours.

he's losing today after putting in 7ip...still it was another in a long string of "are you f'n serious?" great silva starts.

wtf?

"The Diamondbacks...we lead the league in love." - mark grace
"We need to start leading the league in other things." - darren sutton
"Other than strikeouts?" - mark grace
"Ooo..." - darren sutton

579 Ks from their batters entering today's game...leading by almost 90 Ks.

578 by Mark Reynolds

Nine game home stand if the cubs win 4 of them i would be really surprised,
hopefully D.Lee can form some friendships when the Angels come to town.

So many 1b men are on the open market that i wouldn't hang your hopes on trading Derrek Lee.

Two names come to mind to any team looking to find a 1b man. Paul Konerko and Lance Berkman.

And if you want to move an OFer just for the sake of moving an OFer to get Colvin some playing time, call up Boston right now. That entire OF is decimated by injuries and they will most certainly be looking to trade.

Maybe a Fukudome for Lowell trade could help both teams. Lowell's looked pretty good to me, in the 15 or so at bats I've seen (including ST). He's struggling with a low BABIP, according to Fangraphs. The things that Fukudome does well - play defense and get on base, will appeal to Boston and after 2.5 years of seeing that the Cubs are not going to the World Series, playing with a legitimate contender and some Japanese teammates may appeal to him.

although Jay Jackson left after 8 innings losing 3-2, our old pal John Grabow was up to his old tricks for the I-Cubs yesterday in the 9th:

Grabow 1.0 4 3 3 0 0 0 9.00

if he's really not hurt and just bad, it's going to be just as much roster trouble when his DL stint and rehab time runs out... as having Fukudome and Soriano hitting .205-.210 in the last month (and getting playing time over Colvin), having 3-5 hitters with almost no rbi's (Byrd's not the problem) and wasting some good starting pitching (ie. Lilly and now Silva)

What an ugly mess.

even Paul Sullivan is bummed about Grabow

Ready or not, Lou says Grabow will return very soon. But Grabow gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in 1 inning for Iowa last night. Ready?

http://twitter.com/PWSullivan

Carlos Santana learns a lesson on baseball and American Football simultaneously courtesy of Adam Dunn in Strasburg's 2nd start.

that was awesome beyond words...

Starting to wonder if Strasburg's two-seamer is a just a defense mechanism he's developed against pitch counts. If the kid gloves were taken off, and he was allowed to throw 125 pitches per start, I would bet he could get to 300 K's over a full season in 2011.

they laid off his changeup today a bit and drew some walks (although I wasn't completely playing attention to the game, so maybe he had some control issues with other pitches).

a lot of good it did them...

it's amazing that when someone just makes contact, you consider it a victory for the hitter.

Anyone able to find a video of the Dunn hit? I've been looking...

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/video/pla...

i was expecting more, but it's a solid hit.

the Indians broadcast had a better angle more down the third base line as you could really see Santana not paying any attention and wandering down the line with Dunn coming at him

Santana was trying to backup the throw and well, he's new at the catching thing.

Too bad for him he didn't make that mistake with Theriot or some other midget coming down the line... Dunn is built like a brick shithouse!

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  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 45 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 48 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 2 hours 40 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 7 hours 26 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 7 hours 27 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 17 hours 8 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 20 hours 6 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 20 hours 18 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 20 hours 27 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 20 hours 32 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 20 hours 51 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 21 hours 27 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 21 hours 44 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 21 hours 46 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 22 hours 4 min ago view