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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  • rare air though if he can keep it under 2. Sounds like Maddon already made up his mind though and Hendricks seems like the sort that would want to earn it. Guessing he gets a quick hook if he's still under 2 after 5 innings.

    Fwiw, he can give up 1 ER in 5 innings (or more) and still be under 2. If he gives up 2 ER, he would need throw 9 IP to keep it under 2. 1 ER in 4 IP would give him an ERA of exactly 2.

    In terms of WAR, it's still Scherzer by a lot (6.4), then Cueto (5.6), Lester (5.5), Kershaw (5.5), Roark (5.4), and then Hendricks (5.1)

    Rob G. 14 min 11 sec ago view
  • Boring lineup tonight in terms of guys trying to reach milestones -- no KB (40 HR), Addy (100 RBI) or JHey (can he keep it going?), and Lackey isn't really going for anything, plus the team has already reached 100 wins. I get the "rest" thing, although they will have 4 days off after Sunday, but....bleh.

    billybucks 58 min 18 sec ago view
  • Agree -- I think you want to keep him on a regular schedule.

    billybucks 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • Ramos torn ACL

    jacos 1 hour 45 min ago view
  • Sure, its not about his record.

    jacos 1 hour 47 min ago view
  • Do you start him Sunday or not?

    @jonmorosi Pitchers w/ sub-2.00 ERA in year of 185+ IP this century: Pedro ’00, Clemens ’05, Kershaw ’13/’14, Arrieta ’15, Greinke ’15, Hendricks ’16.

    Rob G. 3 hours 8 min ago view
  • Yeah -- that would be rough for him. But, Monty is getting people out, he's a lefty and he has experience working out of the bullpen. Hammel? None of the above.

    billybucks 4 hours 3 min ago view
  • even if he's not starting, abandoning hammel would be a bit of a 'screw you.' i think it might be -monty +hammel, but it's speculation.

    either way, someone's gonna be disappointed.

    crunch 5 hours 4 min ago view
  • Joe said he is leaning towards 11 pitchers and 14 position players.

    - 4 starters, Chapman, Rondon, Strop, CJ, Wood, Grimm, Monty. No dice for Cahill or Smith.
    - 3 catchers, Rizz, Zo, Addy, KB, Javy, Heyward, Fowler, Soler, Coghlan, TLS and then Sczcur over Almora?

    billybucks 5 hours 15 min ago view
  • Cubs 3B Jason Vosler made two really bad throws on consecutive AB in the 8th. Fortunately the game was no longer in doubt at the time  

    The first one was a one-hop lob that allowed the batter to reach base on an infield single, and the second was air-mailed so far over the first-baseman's head that it went over the fence and landed in Field #4.

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 50 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Despite the HR, Donnie Dewees is really more of a slash hitter (the HR was an opposite-field line-drive) who can accumulate lots of doubles & triples. He's also a good bunter and can get on base that way, too. Although he was thrown out trying to steal in the game, he's actually a good base-stealer and baserunner.

    Defensively he has plus-range and tracks fly balls OK, so he can play CF, but he has a rag arm that requires the middle infielders to go out further into CF to make relays.

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 51 min ago view
  • I don't know how many of you remember Bobby Knoop, who played 2B for the Angels, White Sox, and Royals back in the day, but he is a coach-emeritus for the Angels, and works with the infielders at Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, and Instructs. He's pretty spry for a 77-year old, and he really knows his shit.

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 19 min ago view
  • With a big lead, Chapman was throwing sliders and changeups, something he's reluctant to do in a save situation. (Len and Jim covered this.)

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 28 min ago view
  • Maybe they have a bad owner, I don't know, but they still have players and fans and a franchise, all devastated by this loss of life. Plus, everybody who follows baseball is a fan of a guy like this. It's why I used the word tragedy, which other people throw around but I try to be careful with.

    I'm at an age where I remember old incidents better than recent ones, but I have to go back to Herb Score for something as disturbing.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 43 min ago view
  • That was Dee Gordon's only HR this year. Wow.

    billybucks 6 hours 45 min ago view
  • Thank you PHIL.

    Glad you avoided temps in the 100s.

    I remember you mentioning Dewees needng plenty of work in th IF. How are his OF instincts?

    Also, did see much of Satchel McElroy? Only Satchel I have heard about other than the "orignal" and one of Woody Allen's kids.

    The E-Man 9 hours 31 min ago view