Rumor Has It

I can't find the original "reports" this tweet is referencing, but some trade talks involving Matt Garza and Marlon Byrd with Jacoby Ellsbury coming over to the Cubs (and I presume other pieces would be involved). The other teams mentioned involved with Garza include the Blue Jays with names like Deck McGuire, Kyle Drabek, Anthony Gose and Jake Marisnick being thrown out there and the Tigers with names like Jacob Turner and Andy Oliver mentioned. The Yankees as well, although no names have been mentioned although you'd presume Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances would be at the forefront of those discussions.

In his chat the other day, Bruce Levine seemed to indicate Marlon Byrd is as good as gone suggesting it's just a matter of time before the Cubs sign Coco Crisp or trade for a center fielder from the Blue Jays. The Nationals presumambly have some interest. I'd say upgrading from Byrd to Crisp would be a goofball move, but let's see if it actually happens.


...comes this gem:

MRJManiac I get a feeling like Marlins fans are jumping on the Matt Garza bandwagon a bit too quickly. There's a good chance 2012 Garza =/= 2011 Garza

So, Garza's 2011 (we've seen the #s, 3.32 ERA, etc etc) is a bad thing for the Marlins??

Fine, fuck ya. If they're dead set on moving Garza, I want Jacob Turner anyway....

there's a good chance based on what?

it's amazing how little respect you can get pitching behind 2 phenoms in TB.

the worst, most disposable, constant sub 4.00 era/sub 1.30 whip just-turned-28-years-old pitcher ever...evidently.

he'll probably give up a few more homers, but c'mon...

So, someone (with time on their hands) needs to write an article summing up the gist of what we think the offers on the table are for Garza right now, so we can either a) predict where we think he'll go, or b) pick them apart to decide which we think is the right one.

I've seen something somewhere similar... Banuelos (NYY) vs. Turner (DET) vs. Drabek (TOR) etc...

I'm just not that smart on other teams' prospects. Turner looks badass, and so does that 3B (Castellanos?) DET has.


ESPN says that Bill and Chris Polian will not be returning to the Colts. Maybe the new George McCaskey will shitcan Angelo and bring in somebody who knows how to build a team. Back on The Bear Truth, I calculated the % hits to compare Angelo and Polian and it is absolutely no contest, at least when it comes to first and second round picks. Not very likely that anything changes, but it sure would be nice to get a Theo type into the Bears front office.

A monkey flinging his feces at the draft board would do better than Jerry Angelo

**Maybe the new George McCaskey will shitcan Angelo and bring in somebody who knows how to build a team.**

By drafting Peyton Manning?

He built an offense around Manning and got to them to the playoffs for the last 9 years, two Super Bowls with one championship.

Same time Jerry Angelo used third round pick on Garrett Wolf and traded a second round pick for a dead guy.

If you can manage to look beyond the selection of Peyton Manning, you'll find that they have had very few misses in the early rounds of the draft. Maybe that's not a big deal to you, but it's ten times better than what Angelo has done in the first two rounds.

Polian has really taken a step back in recent years. The core group that was responsible for the success is almost all 30 and older now. Rumor has it that he tells the coaches who they can and can't play. And this past year installed himself as President and his kids as the GM and Director of scouting.

Have at it Bears fans. He surely won't be missed in Indy.

Or maybe Polian can do as well with the Bears signing a backup QB has he did with the Colts?

1 year out of five playoffs isn't good enough? You are picky.

Here is what I want, and it's fairly simple. I want an offensive line. Period. Then, I want an offensive coach that doesn't piss me off on a regular basis. Fine if he does once in awhile. Then, and maybe this should be first, I want a coaching staff that adapts to its players. Look at Thibwhatever, for the bulls. Wow, has he adapted to Rose, or what? It took him a whole season, but suddenly, they are a fast break team? Maybe cuz Booz is healthy but who cares.

I used to think the problem was Virginia and her horde, but they spend money, so that's not it. They need a total rethink. Starting with Angelo, who can't draft.

Bears Fan's get their last minutes Xmas gift buried under the couch... Angelo is out...

Has anyone heard anything about Carlos Zambrano injuring himself while working out in Venezuela?

I saw a >>>rumor<<< that he busted up his knee pretty good. (Not a solid source.)

"leg discomfort" is the word so far...his replacement pitcher tonight is r.pinto (ha).

got hit on the leg while in the pen working out.

"Magallanes BBC. @elmagallanes 2m
@germancartaya: Fue un golpe en la pierna izquierda que recibió Carlos Zambrano, mientras hacia bullpen, lo que lo saca del juego."

Thanks crunch.

Lo saca, doesn't sound like the knee.

lo saca = in this case 'taken/taken out'...'taken out of the game" that Z was supposed to pitch.

also, sweaty les walrond is pitching tonight in another game in VEN...because even suck doesn't know the word "quit."


That's a blast from the past.

Chicago: 22 degrees, 18 mph wind from the NW
Pasadena: 82 degrees, 0 mph wind

now that's proper winter weather...pasadena, that is.

fwiw...via rotowurld

"Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Blue Jays are unlikely to acquire Cubs' right-hander Matt Garza."

Probably cuz TheoCorp is selling too high. It will be interesting to see what comes of this.


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