Jim Hendry Close to Extension with Cubs

The sale of the Cubs is still up in the air, delayed due to the economic crisis and Joe the Plumber trying to figure out what net income means. That isn't stopping the Cubs from doing business though. They already extended Piniella before the playoffs started and it looks like Jim Hendry might get three more years or at least three more years worth of paychecks from the Chicago Cubs.

Kenney has previously said only that he would put his recommendation of
a Hendry extension "on a tee'' for new ownership. But sources indicate
that position has changed, possibly because the worldwide financial
crisis may have devalued the franchise while making it highly unlikely
the team will be under new ownership before the start of the 2009
season.

One source indicated that a three-year extension is being discussed and could be completed soon.

Nothing is official yet, but the link above goes on to say the Mariners, the only team searching for a GM this offseason, asked the Cubs for permission to speak to Hendry about their vacancy and were turned down. Hendry had a an option he could exercise for 2009, but was a little weary of being a lame-duck GM with the pending ownership change. 

The Cubs being in a state of prosperity on the field and I'm sure on the accounting books, probably couldn't be happier with Hendry right now, thus the extension. 

I know Hendry has his enemies around here, I mean 2005 and 2006 were bloody awful, but I'm all for the extension. He didn't hit every ball out of the park the last two years, but
under his watch and with the people that he's surrounded himself with, he's responsible for the  best Cubs team most of us have ever seen
and the best team in the NL in 2008...at least on paper. And while that seems like a hollow achievement, it's actually the one every GM should strive to accomplish - to put together the best team out there year after year and make the playoffs. As the playoffs taught us all this year, anyone can win or lose a 5-game series, no matter the tremendous difference in talent, so just get there and hope the cards flip the right way for you. The Cubs are now in that position and a large part of that is due to who Jim Hendry has traded for, signed, listened to and hired. 

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Cubs. They always have liked Peavy, but probably would enter the discussions only if they lost right-hander Ryan Dempster as a free agent, which is unlikely. Even then, the Cubs might not match up with the Padres.

Jeremy Hermida might be available in trade talks.

Talk about declining plate discipline...I thought he was supposed to be a 100 BB guy. What's made the Marlins sour on Gregg? He could replace Howry as our designated 7th inning and we sort of want to win guy.

Too bad we waited a year too long to snap up Aubrey Huff. I guess it wasn't steroids after all.

Rays in the series... one more kick in the balls for Cubs fans. What happens next year, Rockies or Astros win it?

Are you kidding me? The Devil Rays win the pennant.

I mean good for them, but today is yet another crappy day to be a Cubs fan.

So there is this old joke:

So for to decide some squabble a guy says to the other guy, let's do it they way they do it from where i'm from.

First i kick you in the nuts then you kick me in the nuts. We keep going until one of us quits.

Other guy say sure.

First guy rears back, kicks the second guy in the nuts. The second guy drops down on the ground in extreme pain. writhing on the ground holding his crotch. it goes on for minutes. finally the guy pulls himself up, straightens up and says. "Ok, now it's my turn"

The first guy looks at hte second guy and says, "meh, nevermind. you win" and walks away

we are always the second guy.

I like Hendry as he has changed the culture of Cubdom since mid-2002. But with the Rays now going to the Series, that means that all 4 expansion teams since 1993 have all won a pennant. So between the Marlins, Rockies, Rays, and D-backs, that's 5 WS appearances and 3 WS champs- with a possible 4th on the way. WTF?

Hendry's gonna have to get creative and not be afraid to move guys that are "fan favorites" in order to open up this team's success in the playoffs. I wouldn't mind seeing him move a DLee, Aram, Wood, or Dempster, etc. to free up some room for guys that can get the job done in regular AND postseason.

Hot stove here we come...

(Psst, Wood has a 1.85 ERA in divisional series, I think Marmol is the guy you were thinking of)

Nazey, that's actually a very good list of tradeable Cubs, the best I've seen around here, because (a) the first three, unlike Pie and Cedeno, have real trade value and (b) the first three have understudies who can step right into their shoes.

Dempster is a free agent and not tradeable.

DeRosa is the guy who could step into Aramis's position. We would gain defense, lose pop. It would be a net loss but could be outweighed by the return on the trade.

This will inevitably be interpreted as a criticism of Lee, Ramirez and Wood, and it isn't intended to be. I've never criticized Ramirez, or Lee very much. Wood I criticized early in September but I later repented (at least privately). It's just a sensible look at the depth chart for the various positions.

I'm becoming a fan of DeRosa's, but he's also a good trading chip, unless he's your right fielder or third baseman.

I'm not sure Hill or Marshall or any other current Cub standbys could pull Dempster's weight, so sign him.

You know it doesn't matter how many games the Cubs win in the regular season, we will always be the underdogs in the playoffs until we actually win another pennant.

This is what happens when the Cubs season ends much too early: TCR becomes a socio-political blog. Bleccch!

Four-year deal for Manny's favorite GM:

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/12314...

Those sure are some good quotes, I assumed they were prepared. To me the only real weakness in the organization is the minor league development staff. I wonder what the opinion around baseball is on the Cubs minor league coaches.

I would love to have Jim Hendry answer this question?

Why havent the following draft picks seen the light of MLB as Cubs?

Luis Montanez (2000)
Ryan Harvey (2003)
Mark Pawalek (2005)
Bobby Brownlie (2002)
Chad Blasko (2002)
Luke Hagerty (2002)
Matt Clanton (2002)

Is it really possible you could be wrong that many times in 4 of 5 years of #1 Draft Picks?

Mark Prior was the only that made it.

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  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 10 min 31 sec ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 12 min 20 sec ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 34 min 39 sec ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 35 min 7 sec ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 43 min 56 sec ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 4 min ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 41 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 2 hours 3 min ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 2 hours 6 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 9 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 2 hours 11 min ago view
  • Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 18 min ago view
  • Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout)  he was seen as a long-term project.  

    I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 26 min ago view