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.

Comments

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.

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/lopezjo01.shtml

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In reply to by Paul Noce

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 ====================================== 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.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101129&content_id=16… 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?

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In reply to by Rob G.

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).

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In reply to by Dr. aaron b

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.

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In reply to by Dr. aaron b

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? =================================== 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).

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

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