GMs In Favor Of Reruns

  • The GMs have voted 25-5 in support of limited use of video replay. A proposal will now be forwarded to the Commissioner, who will involve representatives of the Players and Umpires unions in evaluating the proposal. Jimmie Lee Solomon, MLB's VP of Baseball Operations, says he does not expect the proposal to become a rule in time for the 2008 season.
  • Curt Schilling is now officially no longer a free agent, but rather, Red Sox property for the upcoming season, his last in the big leagues. It seemed like just the other day he was listing 12 teams in addition to the BoSox that he would be willing to play for. I'm going to assume the Cubs came in second.
    • Rob mentioned this earlier in the comments: Glendon Rusch has apparently recovered from the life-threatening blood clot that ended his '06 season prematurely. Last week, he threw a 60-pitch audition for scouts from nine Major League clubs, the Cubs not among them. The session included breaking balls, change-ups and 86-87 mph fastballs. He is hoping/expecting to get a Spring Training invitation...from somebody.


    Gee, if the umping didn't totally fucking blow this year, maybe they wouldn't have taken such drastic measures.

    Kuroda would prefer to play in a warm-weather city...

    supposed words from Lou on WGN Radio

    Pie to choke up, bunt more
    Wood needs to be able to pitch 3 days in a row to be closer
    no talks about $$$ during meetings except about Arod
    need best possible lefty outfielder
    Would like to add Starting pitching and speed on the bench w/ OBP...

    more on Dempster...

    let's not forget he was pushing to get back into the rotation and Lou seemed to have the final say or at least gave him the "green light".

    Bullpen don't need him and if he's beaten out by anyone, well he can be moved back to the pen.

    Hopefully he's just traded...

    Pie to choke up, bunt more


    I don't want Felix Pie to turn into Juan Pierre. I want him to turn into Andruw Jones or something. For cripes flippin' sakes, didn't we learn anything with Corey Patterson?


    RYNO: I agree! THis past year was the single worst umpiring I can ever remember, and I just turned 50.

    Joe West's shit-ass call in Cinci on Sori's HR was one of many blown calls. Also, taking it further, the home plate umps strike zones are absurd. Very little consistency. Enough!

    felix pie choking up will shorten his zone and cause him to think a little more before he lets loose his bat.

    however, this may take away how quickly he can move the bat through the zone with his arms extended for power contact. then again, it could help him develop inside power, too.

    it all depends on how well he adapts and how it screws with his natural swing. he's a "wild swinger" when it comes to pitch selection, but most of his actual swings (whether they connect or not) are pretty powerful and nice looking efforts.

    he definitely needs some kind of pause for thought about what he's swinging at...hopefully this helps him attack stuff he can hit better rather than making an attempt to hit everything.

    Not only was the umpiring far worse than usual, their over - the - top arrogance increased with their ineptitude. I still remember the game in Atlanta when Lou was miked up and the home plate ump (?) threw him out after Lilly threw an alleged retaliatory pitch high and tight. They've forgotten that the game's not supposed to be about them.

    i gotta general question about a near-total nobody...

    k...i got a question about pete laforest...DRays washup, canadian, and overall "who cares" kinda player.

    what happened here?

    June 1, 1995: Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 16th round of the 1995 amateur draft. Player signed June 5, 1995.

    August 15, 1995: Granted Free Agency. and a friend been picking that question over for a while and it popped up in my head while checking stats tonite.

    injury? language problems? (he only spoke french when he was drafted..maybe that's why he quit baseball (that's for you, chad))

    why he go back to college just to go to community college...and was it to learn english?

    btw...i know he learned english while in CC, but we cant figure out why he went back to college, why it was a CC, and why he quit baseball to do it.

    More Cubs intrest in Japanese players:

    This time Kaz Matsui. For a Derosa type deal he wouldnt be a bad option at SS.


    According to this article the Expos cut him him due to a disk problem in his back:

    Mike Wellman's most recent entry at "Road to Wrigley" had this little gem --

    Any discussion of appearance/autograph fees always brings Bob Feller to mind. He has a ‘museum’ in his hometown of Van Meter, just a short drive west of Des Moines. I’ve never been there, but it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that the place has pay toilets. There’s nothing ‘Bullet Bob’ won’t do for money and very little that he’ll do for nothing. At this stage of his game, the nickname should be ‘Bitter Bob’.

    I've driven by Van Meter on I-80 many times over the years & saw the sign mentioning it was Feller's hometown but never stopped. I'm feeling good about that choice now...

    I think the Dempster switch is a trade tatic. If Hendry is going to try to peddle him as a starter to teams in need, he needs to show some confidence in him as a starter. If they sign Wood to close before they annouce him as a starter it looks like were shopping a 5.5 million middle reliever.

    I agree with Chifan. This is marketing positioning as it is anything else. We did it before in one of our favorite trades-the trade of Julian Tavarez for Matt Clement and Antonio Alfonseca. We had Baylor telling everyone that Tavarez was his #4. I can't remember who the other player we gave the Marlins, however...

    thanx chifan!

    I want to re-sign Wood too but we already have a Dempster replacement named Zeus. That Howry guy got the job done OK too. Bring back Woody but why make him the closer? Maybe our leadoff hitter told Kerry to just ask for whatever he wants.

    am i the only person who likes this move for the dumpster?

    the quality righties in the pen is adequate without dumpster, imo. hell, i wouldnt be surprised to see another "quality" pen arm added to compliment this move given there are actually a few on the market worth having.

    you got (if no trades happen) marquis, marshall, and dumpster fighting for 2 SP slots. there's gallagher/hart hovering around (and juan "hell no" mateo).

    its not like giving him a shot means the cubs miss out on signing anything out of the FA market that's worth having, imo...

    its also not on par with "counting on wood/prior" or counting on the dumpster to fit into the 1/2/3 slots in the rotation.

    ...speaking of they gonna do with him?

    *More Cubs intrest in Japanese players:

    This time Kaz Matsui. For a Derosa type deal he wouldnt be a bad option at SS.*

    That's a lot of money to sit behind A-Rod 155 times a year.

    I don't hate taking Dempster out of the bullpen, crunch. I think what we've got down there is good w/o him.

    I do hate puttng him the rotation, though. I just want him to kinda go away.

    Jose Macias

    lol wtf... stupid html rules... Anyways, here's what I really said...

    Jose Macias (is less than) Kaz Matsui (is less than) Derosa


    "More Cubs intrest in Japanese players:"

    I posted this around 8 AM already, today.

    just as much bs the 2nd time around.

    Maybe the Cubs are thinking about moving DeRosa to short, getting a new second basemen, moving Theriot to PR/UIF and sending The Fontenaught and Cedeno on their merry ways. Agree with the consensus that Matsui isn't the guy to bring in, even if that's the case.

    well it looks like pie is in the plans for CF since hendry said pie will have every chance to win it...doubtful he'd say that if he was out shopping for a CF. that pretty much makes RF jones/murton at this point and one of 2 points of batting upgrade along with a middle-IF slot. everything else seems to be spoken for.

    also seems the cubs are outta the FA SP market with what's being done with dumpster.

    RF upgrade? 2nd/SS upgrade? dump the extra loot into pen/closer?

    from phil rogers' article:

    "Hendry does not preclude the Cubs' making a run at a free-agent starter but says the priority is adding a left-handed hitter, hopefully to move into a regular's role in right field."

    and on the subject of marmol closing...

    "Woody could be very effective in the late mix," Hendry said. "Howry could also close out games. Ideally, I think you'd like to give Marmol another year doing what he did last year, when he could maybe come in and give you two innings at a time and get a little more experience. But that's something Lou can figure out in camp."

    Real Neal,

    If they were switching Dero to short, I'd imagine they would be targeting Iguchi to play 2b and not Matsui.

    DeRosa..not so good at SS.

    I agree with Wes, I'd just like to see Dempster go away. It's not like he had even average success as a starter before his surgery. His best value to the Cubs is saving 80-85% of his opportunities. If that's not how you're going to use him, then trade him to some team desperate for a 4th/5th starter. I'd rather see Marquis and Hart if they can't get Kuroda.

    I agree with a few other posters, trade Demspter. If he has such a great, affordable, below market contract as some seem to be saying he should be easy to trade and we should actually be able to get something for him. Unfortunately, there were people saying JJ and Todd Walker were easily tradeable because of their contracts/output, and we see that wasn't the case.

    Still pounding the untrue thinking of "If they arent traded they must be worthless" gimmick? You have been slapped up and down dozens of times on this Manny yet you keep saying it. Much like your Hendry Donut jokes.

    It depends on what teams are seeking in return for the players they have. Everyone is easily tradeable if you give them away for nothing.

    The Cubs want a legit #3 righty starter to spit lefties Lilly and Hill/Marshall. The only problem is that neither Marquis or Dempster qualify as legit #3 starters. And the competition for Kuroda looks to be very intense, which significantly reduces our chances of signing him.

    So I look for Hendry to deal either Hill or Marshall, and either Marquis or Dempster in order to upgrade the #3 spot. The 2008 rotation would look like Z, Lilly, (new acquisition), the survivor of Hill and Marshall at #4, and the survivor of Marquis and Dempster at #5. Hart becomes the swingman they sought all of last year.

    If Pie has the first shot at CF, then Murton and Jones are definitely out in RF, as Hendry will look to add his high-OBP/lefty hitting OF in RF.

    Kaz Matsui definitely adds the speed at 2B that the Cubs reportedly seek, which would push DeRosa to a utility role (allowing the Cubs to rest ARam and his chronic leg problems.)

    "Still pounding the untrue thinking of “If they arent traded they must be worthless” gimmick? You have been slapped up and down dozens of times on this Manny yet you keep saying it. Much like your Hendry Donut jokes."

    Man wasn't it nice with no MikeC around trying to bully people? Oh well...

    But I do agree everyone is tradeable if given away, it just seems that Hendry was not willing to do so for JJ and/or Walker.

    Of course FELIX PIE will have a "chance" to win the job in center because if he flops next year he's pretty much reached the end of the line. Corey Patterson was already our everyday CF at his age.
    My guess is, we may see JJ back there after Pie's spring training numbers (.360 .396 .510 career) inevitably fade away in April. And even if JJ's power really is gone he still showed more than Pie did last year...or any year. Pie has a total of 2 HR in 277 AB's combined ST and regular season with the Cubs. Go Pie!

    As for Ryan Dempster, doe he not remember that starting means he'll find himself in a NON-SAVE SITUATION every outing?!

    Ha ha...doughnuts. Hendry's fat.

    Hopefully this doesn't negatively impact anyone.

    The Joe:
    "Ha ha…doughnuts.:

    "Hendry’s fat."

    He is pleasantly plump...:)

    "Hopefully this doesn’t negatively impact anyone."

    Screw. Does this mean my Kerry Wood game won't work anymore? That's a shit.

    White Sox take step in right direction to get back to WS by reupping Juan Uribe today.


    I wish the Cubs could get to the WS...

    Bruce Levine reported earlier today on ESPN 1000 that he is hearing from his "sources" that the Cubs have about 25 million to spend, pushing the payroll into the 125-30 million area.

    That can't be bad news...

    That's a lot of donuts.

    How is Matsui - especially if it costs $3 million a year on a multi-year contract - any better than Eric Patterson?

    Matsui hit 81 points higher at Coors than on the road.

    "That can’t be bad news…"

    No, that is really good news. Of course, if we can't spend the money on the players we want, it doesn't help much, but at least that opens up the ability to make trades to add good palyers with bigger salaries.

    we can’t spend the money on the players we want, it doesn’t help much



    If we wanted Schilling or Kuroda (sp?), but can't get them and spend the money on Lohse or Silva, then having that extra money doesn't help as much. Having the money is nice, but we need to sign good players with it.

    $25 Million? dump some contracts and sign Arod...

    Done and Done...

    If it was only that simple, huh?

    "How is Matsui - especially if it costs $3 million a year on a multi-year contract - any better than Eric Patterson?"

    Matsui wakes up for baseball? A Japanese player on the team might sway other Japanese to sign? Matsui is a major league ballplayer? Um...he has a cool nickname? I'm out.

    ...ooh, one more: Matsui is capable of playing 2B.

    Hendry sound bite on radio yesterday -"No Soriano like contracts this off season."

    Money wise I was understanding.

    Miguel Cabrera on the block-

    The Big Lead web compared him and A-rod at same age 24-

    Basically the same.

    Eric Patterson at 2B is 'Dr. Strangeglove'.

    "$25 Million? dump some contracts and sign Arod…"

    Don't even need to dump contracts. Just back end it. He'll def take 25 mil next year on year 1 of a 350 million dollar deal.

    If we back end A-Rod too, our payroll will be outrageous in about 2011 or so.

    Yeah, I don't see enough of the "sign him and figure it out later" philosophy in the Cubs' org... I wish they would...

    At some point Aramis and Derrek's contract will expire and at some point Arod should be playing one of those positions, so it's not a terrible idea...

    But apparently one the Cubs aren't even considering..

    Regarding reruns, Mary Ann is hotter than Ginger.

    Regarding Matsui, I don't want to see anyone by that name unless he's Matt Suhey and he can hit the gap a lot faster than Cedric Benson can. And that ain't asking much.

    "If we back end A-Rod too, our payroll will be outrageous in about 2011 or so."

    Rob did cover that but who the hell cares about 2011. The AVERAGE team payroll may be over 100,000,000 by then (ok that's high)

    "But apparently one the Cubs aren’t even considering.."

    Posturing, I'm sure. Because if everything we are told is true, ARod will be playing Jai-Alai back in his native Miami.

    "If it was only that simple, huh?"

    f'real...this isnt fantasy baseball and a "good deal" for the cubs in trade usually brings a "good deal" for a dozen+ other teams and is more often than not a "good deal" for the team to not even consider moving the person in question.

    Not as hot as Mrs. Howell...

    thinking about this Kaz Matsui rumor....

    when you think of the shortstops out there, he just might be the best option.

    Cubs seems desparate to add some lefties to the lineup and some speed (32/36 in SB's).

    Defensively he was one of the best at 2nd base last year(115 Rate2) and scored above average at SS in 2004 (106) with the Mets.

    I'm not necessarily for it, but I can start to see the reasoning. If he falls on his face, he's probably better than Fontenot for a bench spot and you can go back to Theriot or Cedeno (although with Cedeno out of options I believe, he'd be traded).

    Food for thought...

    I still think his Japanese-ness is a major factor. Future Japanese would (I'd think) be more willing to sign, knowing they wouldn't be alone on the team. And Kaz offers veteran MLB presence for anyone who does eventually sign.

    I don't know if this is allowed or not...

    But Derek Smart has a good post up on CubTown (all about short stops)

    rock on,


    Kaz had a .637 OPS away from Coors.

    He'll be 32 y/o. He's not good, won't be getting better, and he's not cheap.

    In overall ability, he's not enough of an upgrade over Theriot at SS to bother.

    If you read betw Hendry's line, if Kaz played 2B, DeRosa would sometimes play RF. DeRo's value is good at 2B. It's not in RF.

    Hendry could screw up a wet dream.

    Payroll apparently going up (good)....Hendry still the one spending it (very, very bad).

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