Free Agent Frenzy Update and More...

I always had this idea about the phrase "and more". When I first started out here in Los Angeles, I was editing commercials for musical artists, not really my thing, I'm more a movie guy, and it didn't help that about 99% of the artists were trash and the music industry is darker than a snuff film.

So we did a lot of compilation albums, soundtracks for stuff like "The Matrix" or all the Grammy artists, etc, stuff you're sure to have seen at some point. And all these albums would list like four to eight of the more popular artists or songs , something like (in your best Don LaFontaine voice) - Marilyn Manson, Deftones, Rob Zombie, Rage Against the Machine, And More!- acknowledging the bands whose agents weren't as good to get them advertised, but at least they made the album. So the sort of inside joke I always had with my bosses at the time was that if I were to ever start a band, I would call it "And More".

Think about it, you'd be listed on nearly every music soundtrack or compilation CD commercial ever done. Do a little viral Internet video and instant buzz for your group.
So to the would-be rock stars in our readership looking for a band name, you're welcome, let me know how it goes. And if you don't like "And More", I recommend "Skull-Fuck Cedeno", "Gay Witchcraft", "Bees" or "Johann's Mom".

FA Frenzy update "and more" after the jump...

The lead tightens ever so slightly and if Manny Ramirez goes to the Dodgers. the contest gets quite interesting.

  1. Real Neal - 66 
  2. CincyKid - 56
  3. Jackie t, Andrew, Dejon R. - 53
  4. Everyone Else

As for the and more, "Crunch" passes along this Cub-related comic strip, good for a mild chuckle.The strip is called "Get Fuzzy" and is written by a Red Sox fan.

Get Fuzzy

Enjoy the 3-day weekend!

Comments

I didn't know you were involved in film. I wrote about half of a screenplay adaptation of Kafka's "The Castle"...that's ok, he wrote half of a book (damn, I'm funny). Think you can get that made for me?

...also, I wanted to start a band called Empathetic Schadenfreude, because it's super pretentious, but I don't play an instrument and I can't sing for shit.

I've got a sister on her way to LA with credits as an Associate Producer, Producer, and Post-Prodcution Coordinator (I think that's right) in TV and Film. She's looking for work. She's been working in Philadelphia (and traveling for shoots) for two years or so.

Random outburst of the day. I guess I was directing this toward Rob, not The Joe (she can't help you get your screenplay produced). LA themed thread within this post.

Also, The Joe, pretentious bands are the best sort of bands for guys who can't play an instrument or sing for shit, so I don't see what's standing in your way.

Thanks for the encouragement! I think I'll do it.

the casting couch is the best way to go...I kid.

I've had a hard enough time finding my own work, so I've never been much good to anyone else.The trade papers, craigslist, knowng people are pretty much the best bets to finding work. Not being an idiot helps a lot, she'll be ahead of 90% of this town if she isn't.

note: Get Fuzzy doesn't revolve around the RSox, but the writer/artist of the comic is a RSox/baseball fan and it works it's way into the comic a bit.

my bad...I cleaned up that sentence.

Gay Witchcraft sounds like a quality name for a Glam Rock sextet.

and more:

http://www.discogs.com/artist/%26+More?anv=And+More

Just see what it did for their career!

Is that Hank White in the middle?

WGN podcast with Corey Provus and Sean Marshall recorded a few days ago (1-14-09) during the Caravan

http://caster.wgnradio.com/podcasts/cubspod-080-09...

and another interview with Shark

http://caster.wgnradio.com/podcasts/cubspod-079-09...

Expect him to hit .380 next year with 8 homeruns.

so maybe that would improve his periodic bouts of wildness?

Does he have a sleeveless leather jacket like Rick Vaughn, too?

I don't think there's an animal big enough to make one Z's size.

Hmmm, Cubness? I'm sueing. That is a terrible rip-off of my word.

I'm partial to the yet-untapped band name Polizia con Vongole.

btw I'm heading to the Mall for Inauguration on Tuesday; anyone else? DC Tom, where are you?

i think "3/44" would make an excellent name for a band. "Chad's Bitch" would be a close 2nd.

Russ Springer let go by the Cardinals. Wish we could dump the awful Vizcaino somehow and replace him with Springer, who is a very nice middle reliever with awesome numbers against RH batters.

Fox's update on Cubs Convention Friday:

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9033268/Piniell...

OK, I'll admit it. I don't understand the last bubble in the comic. Maybe there should be a 'correct the punchline contest'. I'll start it off with "And that's different how?!?"

I'm only first place in that contest until Manny signs, but still it's better than usual when I'm eliminated by Dec 01.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Sun-Times stuff:

• • Sources say out-of-options outfielder Felix Pie could be traded as soon as sometime next week, with pitcher Rich Hill -- also facing the same roster limbo -- possibly next to go.

• • Cedeno, too, is out of options, and could be on the block if the Cubs determine he won't beat out Micah Hoffpauir for a roster spot or if they acquire another veteran infielder such as Rich Aurilia.

The Cubs, by the way, are not strongly pursuing Aurilia, according to insiders, despite some recent reports suggesting otherwise. He's a back-burner option at this point.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/13830...

He should be taken off the back burner, poored into the sink and the ground up in the garbage disposal.

Well not him, really, just the idea of him on the 2009 Cubs.

I'm sure I'm in the minority in my opinion but I feel strongly that Fukodome should play center and lead off. I think that with the power expectations taken off him, he'll be a valuable on base + speed guy. I think he'll have a good year.

My lineup would be this:

Fukodome
Theriot
Bradley
Ramirez
Soriano
Lee
Soto
Fontentot

Would love to see other guys proposed lineups...

Ideal or within the realm of possibility? Cause it looks like Soriano is batting leadoff unless the Cubs trade for Roberts.

I do not agree with the "speed" assertion anymore. He stole 12 bases last year. Fonzi stole 19 in less games.

I just was checking out Aaron Miles stats. His career OBP from the 1-slot is mediocre. Statistically, he's done better 2nd, and 7th, respectively. However, I did like looking at his "clutch stats", which I would think are better than average, as well as his OBP in a 3-2 count (over .550), and even 1-2. It would appear as if he has a clue where the zone is, where some players who have led off for the team (not mentioning any names, Soriano) are challenged here.

Take it for what its worth but Tony LaRussa really likes Miles and was kinda pissed they didnt resign him.

LaRussa called him the best teammate he's ever had.....which I guess means he is a real team player.
Converse to Miles, aren't Soriano's best career numbers out of the leadoff spot? I really believe Lou when he says he is comfortable batting him there, and am convinced, especially with this roster, that that is precisely where he will bat.

the best power hitter will once again probably lead off, yes...

i could really care less the guy can steal 20-30 bases at this point in his career, honestly.

i'm a little tired of seeing a guy who hits as many homers/doubles as he does struggling to touch 90 RBIs. he had a hell of a nice advantage with near-.300 hitting 7/8 hitters last season at least.

"Sweet Lou said he talked to Jim Hendry about the situation and mentioned Aaron Miles' success in the leadoff spot for the Cardinals and his OBP. He said they would go to camp and figure it out. But Piniella indicated Alfonso Soriano is getting older and could possibly be moved down in the order. While Piniella did not say, it was implied that Soriano would be willing to move down in the lineup. Piniella added Soriano will do what's best for the Cubs."

http://chicagocubsonline.com/archives/2009/01/09cu...

Soriano moved down in the order makes sense. Miles batting leadoff instead of Soriano, Fontenot, Theriot, Fukudome, or Reed Johnson does not make sense.

Miles taking playing time from Theriot or Fontenot also makes little sense at this point, unless Miles somehow continues his high OBP--which is possible, but not what his career numbers suggest he'll do.

miles in the leadoff spot? ugg...

as much as theriot is a "meh" hitter, i'd take him in the 1 slot over miles easily.

that said, im pretty much expecting soriano to lead off though i'd like him moved down.

I misstated when I said "high OBP". What I should have said was "adequate" since I was remarking on the possibility of Miles duplicating his .355 OBP from 2008, a mark he'd never reached in the majors before. The suggestion of Miles winning a starting job, much less the leadoff spot, is a little bit frightening.

From reading the Cardinals blogs, Miles has this annoying habit of subtly taking jobs away from underperforming starting players. Then when the season is over everyone shits bricks at how many plate appearances he got.

Phils buy out Hamels' arb years on the cheap.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3840342

CRANE KENNEY says no way the 2007 Cubs would have won the division with DUSTY BAKER managing!

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/01/17/sports/B...

suits say lots of things...that's why the players are more important.

Geo might have had less ABs than he did, but I don't know what else Dusty might've done any different than Lou did. Bluntly it's not as if the 2007 Cubs did anything worth remembering anyways. They won a weak division with 85 Ws and got swept in the first round. So is Lou supposed to be some genius?

This is not even from a Dusty fan or even apologist. I wish Crane Kenney would shut up.

it's all theory, but I assume Crane is referring to the turnaround from the first 2 months, getting rid of Barrett, best team in baseball since june, etc...

hardly a genius, well except when compared to Dusty

it's just so stupid to begin with it should just start/end there.

the idea that some dude just willed a team to winning and no one else could have done it but that one guy...okay, whatever. go team go. i could care less if the manager was casey stengel or ted turner, no man has that much power over his team's performance...

meh. suit talk...

lou is gonna play fontenot as much as possible whenever possible
fontenot 350 at bats i say 14 hr out of the 2 or 7 hole

That'd be great. I would've guessed 14 hr in about 450 ABs, if he got that many. But I think Fontenot should be the starter at 2nd, and Miles should play there against lefties (if he hits). 2nd and 7th sound like the right places to bat Fontenot most days. I would guess that Fukudome, Theriot, Bako, and Miles gather the most ABs batting 8th this year. I would guess Fontenot bats 2nd more than anyone else with Theriot, Miles, or Johnson there against lefties.

i go back to last week or week before cubs like to sign injured
pitchers to incentive contracts i stated the cubs should sign
m. mulder to incentive laden contract as per buster olney (espn)
today mark mulder could be the hidden gem of this years free agent class.

he will throw in 2 weeks for teams.

hmmmmmm

Dude. No one can understand what you're saying. You realize this, no? Use punctuation and standard prose formatting and what "you stated" might be taken more seriously.

I disagree, respectfully. rokfish is TCR's ee cummings.

I disagree that's he's ee cummings, but I don't have any difficulty understanding his pseudoprose.

Don't knock Kenney - his holy blessing escapade was true genius - and also the sign of an extraordinarily weak mind.

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  • I don't hate Coghlan as a PHer but he's leading off today which is as bad as Austin Jackson doing so last year. He doesn't even have the speed.

    johann 23 min 15 sec ago view
  • TLS has options. He will be up again in Sept, and maybe earlier.

    Rob Richardson 33 min 57 sec ago view
  • Very odd -- TLS .308/.419 in July (in 26 AB). Strange move for a team struggling to score runs. Hard to imagine Coghlan doing better than that. Maybe they like Coghlan better as a PH?

    billybucks 44 min 22 sec ago view
  • Sorry to nitpick -- but the first game wasn't a save.

    billybucks 59 min 6 sec ago view
  • Wow La Stella sent to Iowa and Coghlan brought up. I'm not a huge Stella fan but he has been hitting lately and is to me better than Coghlan. Neither are good defensively but I guess Coghlan can play the outfield allowing Bryant to stay at 3rd more where he's better.

    johann 1 hour 35 sec ago view
  • Not 2nd to last but Cubs are definitely bottom of the pack in the 2nd half in oWAR and wRC+. #1 in dWAR though which is certainly a good sign for the playoffs.

    johann 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • I was going to say that you wouldn't want Heyward to achieve Soriano's OBP--.317 with the Cubs--but now I see that he's already done that. Pitchers have lost their fear of him.

    Oh, well, at least Chapman seems to be as good as advertised.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • Thanks to E-man and Quiet Man for the link on Chapman in a previous post. It's funny because I never really noticed Chapman's delivery until I saw him doing it in a blue uniform. Two saves in a Cubs uniform already. I hope they don't need him today, despite that smooth delivery.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • Cubs are middle of the pack in average, 5th in OPS, 2nd in walks, 4th in runs scored in MLB. Their runs scored ranks 17th in the MLB in July.

    Boston, leading everything, continues to rake in July.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • Lester has given up one run or fewer in 11 starts this year. So I'd answer yes. Three of his last four starts were duds, yes. Not worried about him at all. Arrieta is concerning, to be sure. I look it at as, what he was doing was historic, so the regression was bound to happen. He showed in his start against the Mets that he's still capable, and I'd bet on him regaining his form.

    Tito 2 hours 15 min ago view
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    crunch 2 hours 21 min ago view
  • This is not an attack...But In what stat are the Cubs second from last in MLB, in hitting? I don't see this.

    Dusty Baylor 3 hours 28 min ago view
  • How odd the stats:

    Cubs 1st in pitching in MLB

    2nd to last in hitting.

    In May they were 1st in both.

    The E-Man 3 hours 44 min ago view
  • trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.

    eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.

    we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).

    crunch 12 hours 23 min ago view
  • As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.

    I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.

    billybucks 12 hours 43 min ago view
  • Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.

    billybucks 12 hours 44 min ago view