Ryan Theriot was bitten by a Vampire Cardinal-Bat!


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Sometimes, you're Kerry Wood. 
Just walking down the road when you bump into Brian Cashman who says, "Hey, come and play tambourine with Mick and the Boys and be in the most famous Rock n' Roll band in the world."
And suddenly, you're a Yankee. 

Other times, you're Ryan Theriot. 
Just walking down the road when some rancid red bat-thing flies down and bites your neck.
Next thing you know, you're a Cardinal. 

It's all fate, really.

Happenstance. The luck of the draw.
Infection.

Ryan Theriot was traded from the Dodgers to the Cardinals yesterday.

Not the biggest deal in the world - he played a kind of yuppie "Nails" role for the Cubs - a male model-lookin' scrappy overachiever guy at short.
But I liked him and had the Cubs done better in '08 he could have been a Chicago God. 

Instead, he was dumped along with Ted Lilly for some cash and a replacement not much different than he was.

And now, he's a Cardinal.

This doesn't sting like when Mark DeRosa went to the Red Side, but still, it's never good when a Cub becomes a Card. 

But I'll go ahead and say: good luck Ryan.

Just not against the Cubs.

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It was reported on the radio today that Theriot said that he is now on the right side of the Cubs/Cardinals rivalry. Proof that he was bitten by a bat, a contaminated bat. Surely, no half-way intellegent person would say that otherwise.

I didn't see that til after I did the post.
I hope I wasn't too nice to him.

he also said he's looking forward to "stealing more bases"

hahaaha

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playing around with the comment settings to get this back to the way other posts display comments.

2b/inf Jose Lopez non-tendered by Seattle after a down year. Cubs should jump on him, he would be an upgrade at 2b and can play other inf spots. He has some pop that DeWitt doesn't, although I don't think he's a great glove guy. Regardless, he would be more fun than a year of DeWitt playing everyday.

As a starter he's ranged from 10-25 hr's and 58-96 rbi. RH bat. Doesn't walk much, surprisingly doesn't strike out much, either. Low obp.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/l...

jose lopez is a great example of why UZR shouldn't be trusted.

he's a horrible defender at SS, 2nd, and 3rd...

Then stick him at 1b, he can't be worse than Dunn and he'll cost $58 million less. :)

his UZR does pretty much say he's not much of a defender at 2b, he only had one full season at 3b and it was positive, but one season of defensive stats isn't worth much.

Steve Rosenbloom clearly stood in the Vitriol line twice this morning, and has a comment about Jamie Moyer that is oddly reminisient of a thread here...

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com...

Random thought occurred to me while reading that article: He mentions Z and Sori specifically as needing to waive their NTC in order to get moved, "so good luck with that."

Are those two (or most anyone else) really that fucking happy in Wrigleyville?? Get a legit contender to bite on either of those (especially Soriano) and I guaran-fucking-tee they'll sprain their fucking elbow they'll be waive-ing so fast.

he's even worse than the "not much of a defender" imo.

the guy got moved to 3rd to make room for SEA's expensive not-much-of-a-fielder singles hitting speedster. he's atrocious.

Submitted by Paul Noce on Wed, 12/01/2010 - 12:59pm.
2b/inf Jose Lopez non-tendered by Seattle after a down year. Cubs should jump on him, he would be an upgrade at 2b and can play other inf spots. He has some pop that DeWitt doesn't, although I don't think he's a great glove guy. Regardless, he would be more fun than a year of DeWitt playing everyday.

As a starter he's ranged from 10-25 hr's and 58-96 rbi. RH bat. Doesn't walk much, surprisingly doesn't strike out much, either. Low obp

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PAUL N: I could see Jose Lopez as an upgrade over Jeff Baker as a RH 3B-2B-1B-RHPH, but he'd also probably cost the Cubs about $2M more in 2011 payroll (likely $3M+ salary for Lopez vs about a $1.25M salary for Baker) if they were to step in and acquire him from the Mariners in a trade prior to Lopez getting non-tendered (as the Cardinals did yesterday when they acquired Ryan Theriot from the Dodgers when he was about to get non-tendered).

If he is indeed non-tendered instead of being traded, I would think the Cubs would be very happy to offer Lopez a minor league contract with an NRI to ST, presuming Lopez wants to play for the Cubs and doesn't get a better offer elsewhere.

One thing the Mariners dropping Lopez would do is create an opening in Seattle for a new 3B (although Chone Figgins could move there from 2B, with AFL MVP Dustin Ackley taking over 2B). That could add the Mariners to a rather short list of teams (BAL, CLE, and KC being the other ones) who might select Marquez Smith in the Rule 5 Draft and give him a chance to win the starting 3B job in ST.

I think he'll get a big league contract somewhere. I do agree his bat is an upgrade over Baker, but at least Baker can play better defense, and with the salary situation, they probably don't want to spend the money to make a more competitive offer and get Lopez. But if he really stinks at 2b he's probably not worth signing unless he can play an OK 1b, and they can probably sign a 1b off the scrap heap for less.

I was thinking that Lopez isn't a good clubhouse guy. Did he and Figgins get into it or something?

Wakamatsu and Figgans did, I don't know if Lopez was a part of it.

lopez has a reputation for being a bit self-important and hard to coach, but it doesn't seem to be a major thing or a deal breaker type attitude.

i think he got most of that reputation years ago...he moved to 3rd without protesting last year, though some expected he would.

BEtter defense? Would that be on Baker's 3-error games or ones he makes two in?

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

Although many fans and even Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano would like to see Adam Dunn's big bat in the lineup, the team will likely lean more toward a more economical and defensive infielder. Shortstop Starlin Castro is coming off a 27-error rookie season. Not only do the Cubs want a left-handed bat, but someone who can catch the ball. Lee, a three-time Gold Glove winner, spoiled them.

The Cubs aren't limited to thrift store shopping, but do have to be more cost-concious. They have $103 million committed to players next year, plus Jeff Baker, Koyie Hill, Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, Tom Gorzelanny, and Geovany Soto are on the arbitration-eligible list. Those six players combined made $6.125 million in 2010. Expect a final '11 payroll around $130 million. (ed note, AZ Phil has around $119M committed so far)

First base isn't the only concern. Although the Cubs appear to have plenty of depth pitching-wise, they would like another innings-eating starter and an experienced right-handed reliever. Don't look for Hendry to be waiting in line to court free agent Cliff Lee.

Why more pitching? There are too many questions regarding the rotation. Carlos Silva, acquired last December from the Mariners for Bradley, surprised the Cubs with his strong start. Will he do it again? Randy Wells will be entering his third season, which means no more talk about a sophomore jinx. Will he be more consistent? Lefty Tom Gorzelanny wants to start but may be better suited to a relief role, similar to what Sean Marshall has done. Would he accept that?

It's odd that Hendry apparently wants a starting pitcher who can be an "innings eater" while he is also reportedly looking at fragile rehab guys like Brandon Webb, Jeff Francis and Erik Bedard. Innings Eater and Long-Term Surgery Rehab does not really equate.

Maybe Hendry is following one track where he hopes to catch lightning in a bottle by signing a guy coming back from an injury (like Webb, Bedard, or Francis) to a minor league deal where it costs the Cubs in payroll only if the pitcher actually comes back and can pitch in the big leagues in 2011, and another completely different track where he hopes to sign a Jon Garland or a Javier Vasquez (both now off the board) to a one-year deal in the $7M range.

LHSP Zach Duke will likely get non-tendered by Arizona tomorrow (they acquired him from Pittsburgh just to see if they could sign him without having to offer him arbitration), and Duke sounds like just the kind of pitcher Hendry is looking for. (Not to mention that Duke was a Dave Littlefield guy in Pittsburgh, and Littlefield is now one of Hendry's main consigliere).

speaking of fragile arms...

Rangers with interest in bringing back Mark Prior after his 1-game AAA stint last year

To me it seems like you can catch lighting in a bottle cheaply. The part I don't get is the need to go cheaply on First Base? Either Dunn or Berkman would instantly be our best hitter the day they signed. Unless Hendry is TRYING to get fired? How can he even dance around not making an impact on that front?

btw, what's the big difference between Dunn and Pena to you?

2 absurdly patient sluggers that K a ton and strand a ton on base. One is generally regarded as good defensively, the other not and one has obviously been more consistent, but their career wOBA and OPS+ numbers aren't that drastically different from each other.

133 OPS+ for Dunn, .384 wOBA
123 OPS+ for Pena, .363 wOBA

Pena is a year older but I'm presuming they're looking at him for a one year deal at less money, rather than 3-4 that Dunn wants.

personally I like Berkman on a rebound season, but I understand if the doctors and scouts think he's done physically.

Submitted by Dr. aaron b on Wed, 12/01/2010 - 4:02pm.
To me it seems like you can catch lighting in a bottle cheaply. The part I don't get is the need to go cheaply on First Base? Either Dunn or Berkman would instantly be our best hitter the day they signed. Unless Hendry is TRYING to get fired? How can he even dance around not making an impact on that front?

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DR AARON B: Last summer prior to trading Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers for Blake DeWitt, Kyle Smit, and Brett Wallach (and a few million $$$ in payroll relief), the report here in Phoenix was that the D'backs had offered Kelly Johnson to the Cubs for Theriot and James Russell, but the Cubs turned it down because they didn't want to trade Russell.

If the Cubs can't find the LH power-hitting 1B they want (or if they finally realize that Soto might have to play a lot of 1B in 2011), perhaps they will revisit the Kelly Johnson deal and offer DeWitt and Russell for a LH power-hitting 2B (and perhaps a third player for Zach Duke) and see if the D'backs bite. It would save the D'backs about $10M+ in 2011 salary (Johnson and Duke are both eligible for salary arbitration post-2010), and would give the Cubs what they believe are two of their three primary needs going into 2011 (a LH power-hitter who can hit 3-4-5 in the lineup and a mediocre veteran SP innings-eater).

a link to that rumor from Levine

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/i...

fuck is my response.

and Hendry is a moron.

AZ Phil-- Great use of consigliere, love it.

According to WSCR Dunn talking with A's right now.

http://twitter.com/susanslusser

SF Chronicle writers says Berkman is A's target and they didn't meet with Dunn.

With WSCR's history, your source is probably more reliable.

that Dunn story with the A's was all over the Interwebs this morning actually, I'm sure WSCR just reads MLB Trade Rumors or Rotoworld now like the rest of us.

-edit- apparently from her newspaper actually, she seems to be clarifying that they didn't actually meet now, but the A's are interested in Dunn, although moreso in Berkman.

who must burn $100 bills to stay warm in the winter have apparently offered Konerko a contract for some ungodly reason.

That smells of Angelos.

McFail wouldn't do that.

I believe that Keto Anderson and Nic Jackson will be getting deals with the O's shortly...

Former Cubs OF Nic Jackson? I haven't heard of him in a couple of years.

I looked it up, Jackson played in the Northern League the last couple of years.

Who would want to play in Baltimore? Unless the contract is soooo much better than anyone else, that's one of the cities I would avoid.

From a current baseball standpoint, yeah. But Baltimore's a cool city otherwise.

I've been there and I meant from a city standpoint. It didn't impress me. Then again, that was almost 20 years ago when that park opened. Hopefully the city has gotten better. The ballpark was beautiful, though.

The city is the same, it's the rest of the country that has gone to shit in the interim.

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