Gabor's Revenge and Other Rumors

This was probably posted in the comments, but Bruce Levine on his blog also said that once the Heilman deal is finished - which will clear a spot on the 40-man roster - the Cubs will sign Gabor Paul II Bako on a one year, $750K contract.

The Cubs are also said to be weighing offers on Danny Noonan...err, Rich Hill, and looking at adding another bench player such as Juan Uribe that could cover 2B, SS, 3B and possibly 1B. The Cub seem determined to make it virtually impossible for Micah Hoffpauir to make the team out of camp.

And if this Peavy deal doesn't happen, the Cubs may try and sign Braden Looper or Randy Wolf, to try and make it virtually impossibe for Sean Marshall to break with the team. A good way to keep his service time down I suppose. Of course, I think odds are high Rich Harden will be doing the Mark Prior-spring-training-DL-trip around March 20th routine because he wasn't quite ready when spring training began.

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I would like to see them give Harden all the time he needs to come back as healthy as he is ever going to be. We need him to provide a boost toward the end of the season, into the playoffs. If he is not ready at the beginning of spring training, plug someone else in there for awhile...

Of course. So it will be like, "getting a new player at the deadline", right?

Exactly! We won't even need to make a trade! (ducks)

Braden Looper and Randy Wolf?

Those are the perfect guys to help us win the Central Division...... in 2002

Gabor's Revenge?

Isn't that what you get from drinking bad water in, like, Serbia?

Jason Marquis, career
4.55 4.39 96 1.425
Era lg era+ whip

Braden Looper, career
3.93 4.28 109 1.350

Umm..., I can think of a lot worse pitchers than Looper for a #5, Aaron B. Why are you thumbing your nose at him? What kind of Dr. are you?

I, for one, was stunned at the success Looper had when he switched to starting. That's a guy who hadn't started a game since A ball, and he was able to put 2 years together with 30 starts. Suprisingly durable. And even pretty effective for a back of the rotation guy, too.

Indeed. As I say, you can do a helluva lot worse.

1. Because I want Peavy on this team

2. Dave Duncan ain't coming with Looper

3. He has had ERA's of 4.94 and 4.19 as a starter and has yet to pitch 200 ip

4. He strikes out less than 5 per 9.

5. It seems like a Jeromy Burnitz instead of Carlos Beltran type of move

Hendry is doing the same thing he's done the last 3 years...loading up on as many pitchers as possible, even though there doesn't seem to be room for all of them. Inevitably someone gets hurt in camp or shits their pants and it all magically works out.

A little part of me wants to see them move Vizcaino and have Heilman in the bullpen with Gregg and Marmol.

So, then, Wade Miller could could get a NRI to ST? (chuckles)

probably a high chance of heilman getting to start.

stamina...control over his change up (and missing OUT of the zone if he's gonna miss...a BIG problem of his)...that's the concerns, imo.

i like his stuff...great change, decent fastball(s).

Why not put Heilman or Marshall in the 5th spot if you cant get Peavy and use any extra money we have to try to lure the O-dog to town? Is it just too logical?

Who is the O dog?

Orlando Hudson?

I noticed among the few numbers unassigned to the Cubs players this Spring is #44. Jake Peavy wears #44 for the Padres. Coincidence? Maybe not.

No, that's definitely a coincidence.

I laughed really hard at that.

Wes sent sound man-giggle.

gay

Chad should know...

Takes one to know one.

OMG!!11 PWN3DASAURUS!!!!111ONE! ROFLCOPTER!

talk about 3/44.

I noticed among the few numbers unassigned to the Cubs players this Spring is #44. Jake Peavy wears #44 for the Padres. Coincidence? Maybe not.
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No #44? Hendry's theme this offseason is to swap out Hank's and accumulate Aaron's.

Boers and Bernstein this afternnon on WSCR were discussing a recent study called "pitcher abuse index for 2008" (sorry, can't find the link at the moment), and guess who was #1 and #2? Marmol and Heilman. Egads.

They need to get Dusty Baker on the phone.
Ask him:

1. What is a Pitcher Abuse index?

2. How is it calculated

3. How do you manage with such knowledge at your disposal

4. What do you plan on changing as far as your managing style, now that we have PAI's?

I think they should go with this version of the stadium.
http://www.marlinsnewballpark.com/images/Miami-Bal...

Clean lines. None of those messy and unnecessary seat things.

personally I think it needs a horse or dog track going around the outside of it...

world's most fun group waterslide.

awesome.

How are they gonna cram all those Marlins fans into that place?

Why? Does it only seat 75 people?

I just realized I'll get to root for Cedeno here in Seattle. Wahoo! Interleague games will be a blast.

with jose lopez at 2nd i dunno wtf seattle wants with cedeno...still, from their end they're getting 2 cheap parts with upside even if the pitching part isn't as complete as heilman.

The Mariners don't deal in intelligent planning. They just do stuff. There's good food at the ballpark, though.

Maybe they just wanted Olson and Cedeno came along for the ride. I hope I see him downtown someday.

Mariners food? Sushi? Espresso? Crabmeat? Not-dogs?

I think there's sushi. Haven't had it. Fish, Chicken, (real) Hot Dogs, Nachos. Like regular ballpark stuff plus seafood.

They have sushi. I have a buddy who is a Mariners fan and is from Seattle. He confirmed this to be true as recently as this weekend.

IIRC, doesn't Dodger's Stadium have sushi? I found it odd my last visit to the lovely, yet grey and depressing Seattle (like Chi in the winter, except rain instead of snow/cold) that they have two large-capacity stadiums right next to each other. What's up with that? How did the County approve this? A nice football stadium right next to a baseball-only park.

No idea. They were both here when I moved here. I haven't really thought about it.

I have yet to see any sushi at Dodger's Stadium. Now if you can get it in the sky boxes, that doesn't count.

This lefty fetish has gone too far.

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  • 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 9 min 51 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 40 min 18 sec 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 43 min 52 sec 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 46 min 52 sec 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 7 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 1 hour 9 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 12 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 15 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 16 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 1 hour 24 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 1 hour 32 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 1 hour 40 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 1 hour 41 min ago view
  • i was going off what AZPhil said above...they keep talking about tweaking the rules, i didn't know if that had been changed or not. my winter/spring was way too hectic aside from a couple weeks vacation in janurary and i missed a lot of stuff.

    if not, this is one hell of an expensive trade for what looks to be 30-40 innings of play...including the playoffs. damn.

    crunch 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • Did the QO rules change?

    unless there's a TARDIS involved, I dont believe that's a possibility

    Rob G. 1 hour 56 min ago view
  • I didn't think you could offer a QO to a player who was traded during the season? For example, Lester was not offered a QO when the Cubs signed him.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 57 min ago view