Tag:Chicago Cubs
Posted on: July 27, 2010 4:00 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2010 5:09 pm

Trade deadline dash: If I were Jim Hendry...

...I would be on the phone with Detroit so fast it would make their heads spin.

There are relatively few certainties in baseball, but every once in a while, a few do come along. One is the modest silver lining that attends the dark cloud that Magglio Ordonez's broken ankle has cast on Detroit's playoff hopes. His contract is tied directly to a convoluted formula of plate appearances and starts that will not be met due to this injury. Bottom line: the Tigers have $15 million more in the bank than they thought just a week ago for the rest of this year and next year, depending on how they wish to handle the options. It's a cold look, but as they all love to say at contract and trade time, it's just a business.

Fortuitously for everyone except Ordonez, the injury comes a week before MLB's deadline for trades that do not have to clear waivers. Motown dodged a bullet with Carlos Guillen, but can they hold off both the White Sox and Twinks without Magglio's bat in the lineup for the next 6-8 weeks? Perhaps Detroit will use 3 or 4 days to assess whether the team has any hope of remaining in contention in the AL-C, but Magglio has been more than respectable with the bat this season and it won't be easy.

At the same time, the Cubs do not look good in 2010 even for eternally optimistic Cubs fans like me, they have a serious need to get younger in a hurry (something that should have started in earnest last year, IMO), and they are still on the hook for about $16 million per year for 4 more years with Alfonso Soriano. I don't know if Detroit has the young talent that would be useful in a deal -- or how open Cubs ownership is to eating part of Soriano's contract to make something happen -- but it seems to me that a couple of creative accountants could sit down and find a scenario that's to the advantage of both teams.

And there are still a few creative accountants around. Just because we've had a global financial crisis doesn't mean anyone has been jailed for it.

Posted on: February 4, 2008 12:16 pm

The time for Roberts is NOW!

OK, Brian, I want your promise. That roid thing...it was just that one time, promise? DO YOU PROMISE???

Because here's what I think is going down. Bedard is going to the M's soon for Adam Jones and 4 minor leaguers and Angelos is going to need Pie like another hole in the head. That takes care of the major sticking point among not only our organization, but all of Cubdom. Unfortunately, Angelos still has a man-crush on you, so you will not come cheap.

Nevertheless, we're coming after you. You might not have noticed, but we boast a solid pitching staff -- not spectacular but very, very solid -- and all we did is get deeper in the off-season. You might not have also noticed that we blew last year when it came to advancing runners -- not just in the playoffs, but all season long -- and all we did is go on a shopping trip in Tokyo. That's a start.

Can you get used to the idea of being one of the best leadoff guys in baseball, hitting out of the #2 hole? Because no matter what anyone might prefer, Soriano is our leadoff guy. He sorta owns us...and not the other way around...for the next five or six years. Something happens in his head when he's not in the #1 hole, but so be it. We kinda like the look on an opposing pitcher's face when he comes off the mound down 1-0 at the end of the 1st. Now the thing is he sometimes racks a few K's too, or swings at crap and hits it to somebody, but you'll notice on his way back to the dugout he's always smiling. He's a happy-go-lucky guy.

And you should be too. That's because at those times when he doesn't hit a bomb, you'll essentially be our leadoff guy! Your job will be to get on base, maybe swipe one, and let's see if D-Lee, A-Ram or Fuku-San can get you home. (You can bring your own nickname from Baltimore...we're easy).

It will probably cost us some young pitching to get you. That's OK. We have a history of developing good pitching, but being a little weak on developing good hitting. I know what you're thinking: Won't Mark DeRosa have his feelings hurt, especially after his great efforts last year. The answer is a resounding NO! He hates playing second base, and has told me personally that he was born to be an uber-utility (his italics, not mine). He can occasionally stand in for Theriot (who's electric but ran out of gas last year), A-Ram (whose knee is not getting any younger), Soriano (who should see what it's like to NOT throw someone out at home so he can count his blessings) and Fukudome (who will realize soon enough that it's hard to maintain a super-high level of concentration with all that beaudacious ta-ta strutting through Wrigley on an afternoon in June).
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