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!


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:

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

and another interview with Shark

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:

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.

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:


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."

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.

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

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.


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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  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.

  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.

  • AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?

  • He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.

    Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.

  • I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.

    I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).

    Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.

  • "What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "

    As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.

  • Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.

    Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer

  • Hahahahaha

  • -0.3 WAR in 7.1ip last year...

    -3 WAR projected over the course of a season.

    the cubs just added an all-star reliever's worth of work by losing b.schlitter.


  • Rockies sign Brian Schlitter to a minor league contract. Good luck in Coors Field. Enough said.

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    i hope patton's delivery deception skills play well in the bigs over time. cubs need pitching options that are MLB-ready and dude fits the bill for a MLB/AAA mix...both needed.

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