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‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the blog, not a rumor was stirring, not even one about freaking Jake Peavy or Brian Roberts.

The stockings were hung by the center field ivy with care, in the hopes that Curtis Granderson Mike Cameron Coco Crisp any-freaking-body soon would be there.

Ok, that’s all I got. Merry Christmas, friends. You can expect limited posting for the rest of the day and tomorrow. Obviously, if news breaks, we’ll have it here, but I’m not likely to finishing penning that scintillating Cubs Caravan piece until Sunday or so.

In the interim, enjoy some Cubs holiday parody news pieces – written by yours truly in another life – from the Cubs Brickyard.

Randy Wells Concerned to Learn that Carlos Zambrano is His Secret Santa

Lou Piniella: Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present OK, Ghost of Christmas Future “Kind of a dick”

Pie and Soriano on Surprise Christmas Party Makeout Session: “It was the Mistletoe!”

Jim Hendry Asks for Jake Peavy for Christmas – Result is Humorous, Disastrous

New Children’s Book “Where’s Soriano” Not Exactly This Year’s Tickle Me Elmo

  • Kevin Gallo

    Merry Christmas too everyone.

  • Kevin Gallo

    My wish for the Cubs is a Centerfielder, 2nd baseman, leadoff man and #1 starter (that one was for Ace, Merry Christmas :)).

    • Ace

      Thanks, Kevin. I’d totally take a number one starter for the Cubs. Then they’d have two. :)

      Merry Christmas.

  • Hawkboy64

    All I heard fr weeks was that Bradley being traded didn’t hold up the cubs from making moves. And nothing happened then all I heard was tht Bradley nt being traded was holding the moves up he’s been traded and still nothing while most of the quality options are being snapped up by other teams cmon hendry do something go to ricketts who says he wants to win well spend the money ANd prove it 100+ years and counting

  • DaveB

    To me, signing Byrd/Pod/Ankiel is NOT proof that Ricketts wants to win.
    I can live with Baker at 2nd platooning with someone, but I feel we need a legitimate outfielder for this team or else we’re fucked. Anyone who thinks Fuld will cut it is just not thinking clearly, and although I love Reed, even seeing him as a full-time platoon player is a stretch based on his performance last year.
    Because there are no more legitmate FA options available for the outfield, the only way this is going to happen is via trade.
    It doesn’t seem like Hendry is interested in getting an outfielder via trade however, so it looks like 2010 = just another miserable season.

    Merry Christmas to Ace and everybody!
    (And btw Ace, you’re completely right regarding the whole Hendry/Epstein/comparision debate on the forums)

    • Ace

      I don’t know Dave – in Reed’s at bats against lefties last year, he hit very well. Defensively, he’s solid. It sucks though, as you note, that there just isn’t a good CF option available right now.

      Merry Christmas, Dave. And thanks.

      • Hawkboy64

        ace yr right not very
        many options left but where was hendry when granderson was there and if Cameron was an option why did Jim just sit on it. Way it looks to me the window to win is closing fast and so is hendrys job security

        • Ace

          Cameron got way too much money, so I’m not too irked about that one. But I was pushing Granderson from day one. If the Cubs didn’t make a serious play for him, it was a huge, huge mistake. If, on the other hand, the Yankees simply offered more than the Cubs could, what can you do?

          • Hawkboy64

            Yu might be right butwhen u haven’t woninover 100 years don’t you hve to dowhat it takes they are doing nothing. Every 1 of hendrys moves failed last year either make a move for Byrd r mAke a trade r bring back Johnson and platoon him with fuld but were the joke of MLB. And every 1 knows tht Jim is desperate just do something

            • Ace

              I’m not a grammar Nazi – and the last thing I want to do is alienate a reader – but when the various issues make it impossible to understand what you’re saying, it might be worth using full words/sentences/punctuation.

              • Hawkboy64

                All i’m saying is that when yu haven’t won anything inover a century don’t yu have to do what ever it takes to win and tht hendry is doing nothing and the options are getting worse by the day to accomplish something so either get Byrd or bring johnson back and platoon him but do something before ankiel. Or pods is all u have left

  • Kevin G

    Ace I have a question for you do you think That Brandon Webb (if the D-Back are out of it), Josh Beckett (if the sox feel they cant sign him), Cain (if the giants are out of it) and maybe Oswalt will be available at trade deadline? I know that alot of if but I think it possible.

    • Ace

      All are possibilities, however remote. Cain and Oswalt have been bounced around recently, but both are wildly popular in their respective cities. Webb is a strong possibility. Beckett is a very unlikely one, because even if the Red Sox feel like they can’t resign him, there’s no way they’ll be out of it by the deadline – so they’ll just let him pitch out the year, offer him arbitration, and move on.

  • Kevin G

    Hope u had a merry christmas

  • DaveB

    I have a hard time believing the Red Sox would ever trade someone because they ‘feel they can’t resign him’, that hasn’t really been Theo’s MO. Especially when it comes to a player like Beckett, the Red Sox will ALWAYS be capable of throwing as much money at a player as anyone else.
    I don’t see the Giants trading Cain. With Lincecum thats a damn good 1-2 punch that would be kind of foolish to break up.
    Brandon Webb and Oswalt have had injury issues, i don’t see it worth the risk to give up the farm in return for players who might not be in the top form they always have been.
    The Cubs could definitely use another solid SP but they have more pressing needs. I don’t see them using up their resources to trade for another team’s ace when they could use those resources to fill other more glaring needs and still get a solid middle-of-the-rotation-pitcher who would not come at such a high cost.

  • Kevin G

    Ace have you heard any rumor about a center fielder called fernando Perez? I dont even know who this guys is or who he plays for the only Fernando Perez I found was with Tampa and if it him. He has great speed (95 out of 100) but a big hole is his bat (batting 25 out of 100). I do love speed butas you have said before they need to get on base. By the way Brett Gardner had a 78 out of 100 for batting.

    • Ace

      I’ve heard of the guy, but not heard anything about him being moved. He seems like he’s in the same mold as a lot of guys we’ve discussed – 25, 26 years old, very fast, good defense. But Perez has not yet had success at the ML level. Also, he’s so cheap, I don’t see why the Rays would trade him any time soon unless they were having a roster crunch.

  • DaveB

    Are you going by video game rating?

    • Ace

      I think those are the “scouting” ratings.

  • Kevin G

    Yes the are from scouting reports. I am a former high school baseball coach, before I joined the military after 9/11. I dont rely on video games for my info.

    • Ace

      And your numbers are based on the “scouting” scale, right? I don’t know much about it, but it’s like 30 to 100, or something like that?

  • Kevin G

    I got it off cube scouting which is a 0-100 because that was the only place I could find him for a scouting report. I normally like using america baseball scouting which is 20-80 scale.

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