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The Tipping Point

Another day, another loss and this season has somehow become even less interesting than last season. Incredible.

The trade deadline won't even give us much to peak our interest, the players that could net anything interesting are paid too much and few teams have the money or the willingness to take on that type of salary. Carlos Pena could make sense for the Rays or Giants and possiby Mariners or Angels, but how willing are they to take on his $5M balloon payment for next year or the remaining $2M or so he's owed this year and then how interesting will the prospects be that the Cubs could get back?  Aramis has warmed up and 3b always seems like a tough position to fill, but he'd have to waive all his options that kick in($1M if he's traded plus his 2012 $16M option) if he's traded along with his no-trade clause. I'm sure he sees the writing on the wall that he won't be back with the Cubs at $16M next year so he may be willing to do that, but that's gonna take a lot finessing to happen and then to find a team to move him to. Some contending teams with black holes at third base include the Mariners, Tigers, Brewers, White Sox and Pirates.

The other options that the Cubs may consider moving would probably be Jeff Baker, Reed Johnson, Kosuke Fukudome and if any dumbass team would want Zambrano or Soriano's contracts, but good look with that. None of those will really net more than minor league filler though. I suppose Kerry Wood as well, but my feeling is that Wood is pretty much committed himself to being a Cub for the rest of his career and Hendry will respect that.

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  • Reports this morning that Marlins' pitching ace Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident - just horrible news.

    Eric S 2 hours 4 min ago view
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    Arizona Phil 14 hours 19 min ago view
  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 19 hours 36 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 19 hours 37 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 19 hours 49 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 19 hours 50 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 19 hours 50 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 19 hours 58 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 20 hours 12 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 20 hours 44 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 20 hours 48 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 21 hours 47 sec ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 21 hours 19 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 21 hours 39 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 21 hours 41 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 1 day 40 min ago view