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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  • Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).

    Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

    Rob Richardson 4 min 35 sec ago view
  • Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.

    In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?

    Rob G. 16 min 44 sec ago view
  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 25 min 15 sec ago view
  • Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.

    Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.

    Rob G. 36 min 37 sec ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 41 min 26 sec ago view
  • peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.

    unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.

    they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.

    crunch 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 1 hour 22 min ago view
  • damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice

    crunch 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 37 min ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 4 hours 55 min ago view
  • Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.

    Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.

    billybucks 5 hours 26 sec ago view
  • "Pitching prospects not looking so hot"

    That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 3 min ago view
  • Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 22 min ago view
  • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

    "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
    "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

    billybucks 16 hours 4 min ago view
  • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

    billybucks 16 hours 8 min ago view
  • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

    2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.

    Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

    billybucks 16 hours 56 min ago view