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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  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 22 min 11 sec ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 22 min 39 sec ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 31 min 28 sec ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 51 min 38 sec ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 1 hour 22 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 25 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 28 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 49 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 1 hour 53 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 56 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 6 min ago view
  • Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout)  he was seen as a long-term project.  

    I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 13 min ago view
  • I'm with Rob G and Johann here. It's not about Chapman as a pitcher. I just don't want to have to block out a real problem (the domestic violence) in order to try to enjoy the frivolous ball and stick game.

    Charlie 2 hours 22 min ago view
  • ROB G & BOB R: You're right. The QO can only be extended if the player spends the entire previous season with one club, so only the Yankees could have offered one to Chapman (if he wasn't traded). If an Article XX-B FA is traded during the season, the new club can't offer a QO. .

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 22 min ago view