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  • Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B Neifi Perez, SS Derrek Lee, 1B Jeromy Burnitz, RF Aramis Ramirez, 3B Jason Dubois, LF Corey Patterson, CF Michael Barrett, C Glendon Rusch, P
    crunch 13 years 9 months ago
  • I don't think Cincinatti is in a position to make that choice. Their system has crap for pitching, they'll take it from anyone. Likewise for the Cubs. They need offense, period.
    Ienpw 13 years 9 months ago
  • With all this tounge in cheek trade talk, somewhere in the cornfields of Iowa, MIKEC is getting shots of pain right to his heart and doesn't know why. When he reads this, he will then know and shoot down each and every trade proposal. :) Anyways, IENPW, I think that might be the most logical yet, but will they trade in teh division?
    mannytrillo 13 years 9 months ago
  • Could Gagne be the closer? Phil Rogers seems to think it's possible
    mr. whipple 13 years 9 months ago
  • Whip- Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so thanks!!! I SHOUTED because Blue and I were trying to explain a simple baseball ideology and he wasn't getting it, so I then emphaiszed certain words to ge teh point along. Thanks for understanding Blue's and I posts, hopefully Boats can finally understand.
    mannytrillo 13 years 9 months ago
  • I think it may be something more like Alexis Rios and Miguel Batista. I don't know why I am thinking that. Heck, it could be Austin Kearns and Danny Graves.
    Ienpw 13 years 9 months ago
  • More pure speculation: Byrnes/Dotel?
    EDahl 13 years 9 months ago
  • Jorge Julio and Sammy Sosa
    jackstraw 13 years 9 months ago
  • So whaddya think? Want Danny Graves to join the bullpen of the damned? http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2...
    bedheaded 13 years 9 months ago
  • Ah, good to see another Radiohead fan. I'll suggest Jeff Conine and Jim Mecir.
    MerigoldBowling 13 years 9 months ago
  • i woke up in a cold sweat and didnt know why, i checked my computer and saw that danny graves has been released by the reds. i am know feeling an intense urge to shit my self. i must go now, and stop any thoughts hendry has of signing this nipple ring having hair dying choke artist
    Robert A . Booey 13 years 9 months ago
  • Most certainly a joke; I wanted to find an obscure team with a crappy outfielder lying under the radar. Sisco was a bonus, since the Royals don't have (or need) an obvious closer. By the way, the ESPN home page has a great tagline for the Zambrano-email story: "Not-OK computer: Cubs tell Zambrano to stop."
    Ron Galt 13 years 9 months ago
  • i hope #25 is a joke..heheh i commented earlier how it might be somewhat hopeful the cubs could end up getting a player so KC could send sisco back to the minors...that shortly followed with KC bringing up a kid from *SINGLE A* ball... now that's a desperate pitching situation.
    crunch 13 years 9 months ago
  • Cubfan, "I think the magic number for the wildcard is around 95 wins. For the Cubs to pull this off would mean a record from here on out of 76-45. or a .628 winning percentage. Even WITH a completely healthy club this club is NOT that good." But is the rest of the NL Central (minus the Cards) that bad? I agree the future of the club shouldn't be sacrificed on a long shot this season, but I don't think it's utterly hopeless right now either.
    MikeJ 13 years 9 months ago
  • Re #22 (OtherDave) -- I'd tolerate 2/3 a season Jose Mesa for a career of Jason Bay. But Littlefield can't be that dumb. Atlanta might be willing to part with Kolb, now that they've demoted him and Hendry's coveting of Kolb is public knowledge. Mondesi and Jordan are simply not getting it done there, they can get the same production from Ryan Langerhans. So Hawkins to the Braves for Mondesi and Kolb?
    DC Tom 13 years 9 months ago
  • Terrence Long and Andy Sisco.
    Ron Galt 13 years 9 months ago
  • Seb-- "...Jimmy Rollins. He is rapping his original "Wish List." Isn't he on yours?" If he were to become available, I'd be all over him like a sore rash. He's a young and cheap, all-round good player at shortstop. That is of course why the Phillies would be clinically insane to let him become available any time soon. DC Tom-- "If Obermueller stays at this level and Capuano continues to improve, the Brewers might be able to make regular appearances at the .500 mark." I really don't see any reason to think Obermueller will continue to perform at anywhere near this level. His present improved home run, walk and strikeout rates on their own only support an ERA around 4.50, and his batted ball distribution doesn't hint at any reason why his when hitters make contact against him they hit just .257 - he's allowing a lot of line drives, his groundball-flyball ratio is slightly biased towards groundballs and not many of those flyballs are infield flies. That's a combination that actually screams allowing a lot of hits on balls in play, it's what afflicted Glendon Rusch for so long. He's just been lucky so far. Capuano's another matter. He's doing an improved job of keeping the ball in the park, and that's all that really undermined him last year. crunch-- "basically 3 days to trade or release him" 10 days actually.
    John Hill 13 years 9 months ago
  • haha..i'll play along cameron/looper for patterson/wuertz + ??? pure speculation...yum...
    crunch 13 years 9 months ago
  • I'll take Izzy and Jedmonds in the pool. Now that I think about it, Pittsburgh has a history of giving the cubs whatever they want for next to nothing, so I think it would be a smart move for someone to take Mesa and Bay.
    Other Dave 13 years 9 months ago
  • I'll take "Drew and Gagne" to block
    Bleeding Blue 13 years 9 months ago
  • In the t-c-r pool, I stake my claim on Bob Wickman and Juan Gonzalez from the Indians!
    DC Tom 13 years 9 months ago
  • mannytrillo, Graves signed a free agent contract with the Reds, which means that if he is released, he still has the right to be paid according to the terms of that contract. Either by the Reds or someone else. Graves could elect to waive that guarantee and sign with another team. But you're Danny Graves, you just flipped off a fan, you've walked 12 in 8 innings this year and an ERA over 7, you're 31, and you are still owed $4-some million dollars for the rest of this season even if you spend it fishing. So it's not likely he'll be available for less than what he's owed by the Reds.
    DC Tom 13 years 9 months ago
  • i have johnny damon and keith foulke in the t-c-r "name that trade" pool. Sweet...then I have berkman and lidge, with Clemons thrown in for a little extra.
    big lowitzki 13 years 9 months ago
  • That's funny, I have Barry Bonds and Armando Benitez. Wait, that's not funny.
    mr. whipple 13 years 9 months ago
  • i have johnny damon and keith foulke in the t-c-r "name that trade" pool.
    dc60164 13 years 9 months ago
  • Crunch:i got nothing against brenley... You are not listening only blinded by your Brenly hatrid. All trolling aside, Manny's right that if Barrett couldn't catch, no manager is going to risk using a player at catcher that has no major league experience at the position. However this can be said WITHOUT SHOUTING.
    mr. whipple 13 years 9 months ago
  • I wonder if the big OF and reilef P Bruce levine is talking about is from TB (Huff and Baez)?? The way the post read from the other thread was that it seemed like it was from the same team. What other team could it be? I knwo MIKEC it is pure speculation, so don't jump down my throat or anything. I am not saying the Cubs will get Huff. Just wondering who levine has in mind.
    mannytrillo 13 years 9 months ago
  • Bob reports on the other thread that Bruce Levine says the Cubs will be getting an outfielder and reliever soon. The outfielder will probably be some cut reject like Enrique Wilson (IF) picked up last week...and the reliever will probably mix in really nice with the talent level already sitting in the bullpen.
    cubfan 13 years 9 months ago
  • Boats: "that Dusty Baker screwed up and actually had run out of position players before the game was over forcing him to let Blanco hit with 2 on, 2out, and 2 down in the ninth instead of a pinch hitter." Let me try this once again for you. Since Barrett was eligible to PH, but not play catcher, how could he of PH for Blanco (even if there were players availible to PH for him)?? The to have Macias play C? Mangers, NO MANAGERS, would of done that. PERIOD!! To expect him to do so makes ZERO sense and many on here are trying to tell you that. But you are not listening only blinded by your Dusty hatrid. Bleeding Blue wants Dusty fired as bad as you and he is even saying Dusty should not of PH for Blanco. "There was no way that he was going to use Barrett and so he didn't." Again, I have no clue where you get your flawed info. Barrett was availible to PH, not play catcher. Baker and Barrett both have said so.
    mannytrillo 13 years 9 months ago
  • Dc Tom: "That said, he is making $6.25M this year and mutual option w/expensive buyout for next year. Graves would be an idiot not to exercise that option next year. "Run Away! Run Away!"" Please some one correct me if I am wroing, but if the 10 days go by and the Reds can't trade him and he doesn't accept the minor league option, can't Graves then become like a Free Agent and his past contract null? Thus making the Cubs eligible to sign him for whatever they want? Thanks!!!
    mannytrillo 13 years 9 months ago
  • Couple of Points: - Cubs are 6-1 vs ptichers making their MLB debut in the past 3 years (including Sunday's W). They face a pitcher making his MLB debut tonight. Useless, but interesting stat nonetheless. - Ozzie got into it with a reporter from Ch.7 about aking McCarthy out. He got really defensive. Chicago might have 2 of teh most thin skinned managers in all of baseball. - Peter Gammons was on ESPN Radio today (Dan Patrick show) and called Uribe's play with Lee "bush-league" and supposedly Konerko came out and BLASTED Uribe for doing it. I haven't seen any quotes yet, but it would be interesting to hear what he said. It was bush-league, but it was also bush-league to fall for it.
    mannytrillo 13 years 9 months ago
  • Graves, with nine-plus years service time, has the ability to reject a move to the minors. He also was approaching the "five-and-ten" threshold, which would have made it so the Reds would have to get his written permission before trading him. By designating him for assignment at this point, they can trade him to whatever team gives them the best offer. Smart move by them. That said, he is making $6.25M this year and mutual option w/expensive buyout for next year. Graves would be an idiot not to exercise that option next year. "Run Away! Run Away!"
    DC Tom 13 years 9 months ago
  • Cubfan, Agreed. Bob reports on the other thread that Bruce Levine says the Cubs will be getting an outfielder and reliever soon. I hope the future would not be mortgaged for these because I think this team is missing a hell of a lot more than an outfielder and a reliever unless it's Hank Aaron and Bruce Sutter. Come to think of it, even at their ages they could make the current Cubs.
    tbone 13 years 9 months ago
  • I think the magic number for the wildcard is around 95 wins. For the Cubs to pull this off would mean a record from here on out of 76-45. or a .628 winning percentage. Even WITH a completely healthy club this club is NOT that good. I think this club will struggle to go 66-55 for the remainder of the year and end the year with 85 wins. The wildcard is NOT coming from the Central...and the Cubs are not winning this division. When it comes trade deadline time of year if the Cubs are anything BUT a seller...then they are competing to do the impossible this year at the expense of many years to come. I hope they are sellers and re-organize so they are positioned with strength in 2006.
    cubfan 13 years 9 months ago
  • Yep Graves was designated for assignment, so he'll be traded or released within the next 10 days. Bruce Levine reported today that the Cubs are close to trading for a Big OF and a relief pitcher, and something will likely transpire within a week. Bruce is probably blowing smoke but who knows.
    Bob 13 years 9 months ago
  • More on the Graves DFA http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/news_story.asp?ID=12579... Might be worth a flyer if he doesn't cost us more than say Nate Frese and we can shove him in Des Moines or Mesa for Extended Spring Training while he gets his act together.
    Bleeding Blue 13 years 9 months ago
  • Bob, I know Wood's stats are wonderful but if he wasn't consistently hitting the hundred pitch mark in the fifth or sixth inning he might have stuck around and won more of those games. Everyone thought he was Roger Clemens but he's Sid Fernandez: great opponents' BA, good K/IP etc. He does everything but go eight innings and win games.
    tbone 13 years 9 months ago
  • my bad..new is filtering clearer now...he was DESIGNATED FOR ASSINMENT. basically 3 days to trade or release him...doubt he's gonna want to go to the minors.
    crunch 13 years 9 months ago
  • danny graves released... pleaaaaaaaaaaaaase hendry...do not fall for this hack reliever unless he comes damn cheap.
    crunch 13 years 9 months ago
  • I just heard that Graves is being released by the Reds.
    Z 13 years 9 months ago
  • The Indians should be looking to dump the salaries of Howry, Rhodes and Wickman now, while their value is still high. The only one of these that I would like to see as a Cub is Howry, who can be more-effective than Remlinger. Rhodes, Wickman and all Matt Miller scare me. This Sporting News article has an interesting tidbit -- apparently, the Brewers would have traded Kolb to the Cubs for Hawkins and Wuertz, and indicates that the Brewers think Hawkins is a bargain. How about Hawkins to Milwaukee for Mike Maddux and Jorge de la Rosa?
    DC Tom 13 years 9 months ago
  • Whip: GREAT post! (you got the style down perfect) Boats: its you continue to miss the point, there was no way Dusty was going to even consider pinch hitting for Blanco even if he had 10 people left on the bench, not without another healthy catcher to take his place. Anyone who's followed baseball for more than 2 months would make the same decision.
    Bleeding Blue 13 years 9 months ago
  • Mr. Whipple... Huh?
    Bryan W 13 years 9 months ago
  • i got nothing against brenley...im just saying wanting brenley over dusty isnt gonna make a lotta people happy if the reasons they hate dusty for are true. and speaking of winning...bobby cox...some of you have no idea how similar dusty/bobby are. theyre just managers...you gotta go outta your way to just absolutely suck. psst...look over in cincinatti if you wanna see a manager who has no idea what his personel can and cannot do.
    crunch 13 years 9 months ago
  • All you Brenly haters are totally just looking for reasons to hate him. He may manage with his gut, but it was pure genius to leave Randy Johnson in in game 6 with a 15-0 lead. Kim was young and SUCKED!! Brenley wasn't to blame for his meltdown in games 3 and 4, not matter how many pitches he left him in for. Today's pitchers are just babies and pitch counts are totally arbitrary! All you Brenly haters can just suck it up because Brenly won the world series.
    mr. whipple 13 years 9 months ago
  • It's a shame we don't have a threaded discussion. There's a lot of really bizarre troll-like comments above that ignore and purposely confuse the point I was making, i.e. that Dusty Baker screwed up and actually had run out of position players before the game was over forcing him to let Blanco hit with 2 on, 2out, and 2 down in the ninth instead of a pinch hitter. There was no way that he was going to use Barrett and so he didn't. When he pinch ran Macias for Grieve he was completely out of pinch hitting position players.
    bluewater boats 13 years 9 months ago
  • "the addition of the old reliable and very good version of Mark Mulder" I don't know if I'd call him reliable just yet...despite some very, very good outings, he's still oscillating between being lights out and getting tagged for 4-6 runs and giving up 7-10 hits. Still, 4-6 runs is nothing to the Cardinals offense. Should we start keeping track of the wild card race now? (shameless self-promotion: read my interview with Len Kasper at Old Style Cubs, http://oldstylecubs.blogspot.com)
    MikeJ 13 years 9 months ago
  • John, your review demonstrates how weak this division really is. The Division's Pythaganport record is 121-133. If Obermueller stays at this level and Capuano continues to improve, the Brewers might be able to make regular appearances at the .500 mark. And if JJ Hardy turns into something special, and Prince Fielder is as advertised, they keep their effective and inexpensive bullpen, and make a targeted signing or two, they could contend as soon as next year. (If I were them, I'd look seriously at moving Overbay once they drop out of the running this year and signing a big-time offensive corner outfielder. But will the new owners pony up?) The emergence of the Brewers and the young pitching of the Cardinals makes it look like the Cubs's window is closing rapidly.
    DC Tom 13 years 9 months ago
  • Bob Brenley for manager? i seriously dont understand some of you dusty haters...bob is guilty of many of the same things people bitch about dusty for. and if dusty did what brenley did during the WS the dbacks won, you'd want his head before inning 9, game 7 was even over. its just a manager...this team is not a 100 win team with another manager or a 60 win team with dusty. you wanna complain about something that matters...how about that bullpen...how about hendry signing macias/blanco? real things...real impact players... when we get these mid-season manager firings/quiting/etc...very very very rarely do teams improve in any noticable amount. for every mckeon you got many more no impacts. its a manager...until they throw 50+ip a year or gets 200+ ab's...he's an overpaid babysitter who fills out lineup cards and makes substitutions while keeping the clubhouse frustration-free as possible. dusty's done almost EVERY suggestion this board has brought up that would "otally save this team"...and its pretty much all failed... dubois is starting, and sucking it up...the bullpen has played closer/setup/long role reversal for weeks, and sucking it up...its just not clicking and i dont see a lot of dusty out there screwing it up, i see players not coming through...i see a bullpen that cant get anything done with consistancy. the "troops" are giving it their all, theyre happy, theyre not in revolt...losses dont always mean a sinking ship.
    crunch 13 years 9 months ago
  • Tbone: "Yeah, those pitchers who win 15 games are a drag. Strikeout totals from two years ago are what's going to win the Central Division this year." Despite Wood having Tommy John surgery in 1999 he still has six years experience where he's started more than 20 starts every year, more than 26 starts in 4 of the six years, and more than 32 starts in two of the years. Wood carried this ballclub in 2002 and 2003, where he pitched 452 1/3 IP (regular season and playoffs). Dusty just pitched his arm off in 2003. Wood went 120-plus in 14 of 35 starts, including five of six starts late in the year. He also had a 141 pitch outing over seven innings against St. Louis in May. Including the playoffs, Wood threw 4,007 pitches in 2003, the most in the majors. Prior averaged 114.2 pitches per start, the most in the majors (Wood was second at 111.3). In Kerry's 169 career starts, he's left the game with the lead (men on or off base) in 98 times. He got the win in 68 of those 98, and got the loss in 7 of those games. The bullpen has blown 30 leads of Kerry Wood, since he's been called up!! Sure the bullpen is going to blow saves, but come on 18% of Kerry's starts have been blown in his career. 31% of the games he left with the led, the bullpen has blown. So on a team with a good bullpen Kerry very well could be 85-45, instead of 68-51 with a lower ERA (due to inherited runners scoring off of the bullpen) than his current baudy 3.69 career ERA. Wood already has 1000 IP logged under his belt and 11 complete games. He's the quickest pitcher to 1000 strikeouts and the quickest pitcher to 50 starts of 10+ strikeouts. In perspective of baseball history, Wood has the second highest K/IP, trailing only Randy Johnson. In regards to active leaders in Hits/IP, Wood has the second lowest, trailing only Pedro Martinez. Yes Wood has had his injury problems with the majority associated with his surgically repaired elbow. Yet despite that, in Kerry's 6 MLB seasons, he's logged 160+ IP in four seasons, two being 200+ IP. Collecting 200+ strikeouts in four seasons, and having an ERA under 3.75 in five seasons. In 2003 (season and playoffs), Kerry pitched 238 2/3 IP in 36 starts, giving up 173 hits, 88 earned runs, 114 walks, 297 strikeouts. His total record was 16-12 with a 3.32 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and .210 BAA.
    Bob 13 years 9 months ago

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