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3 responses to “The Cubs Aren’t Just Playing Around with James Russell as a Starter”

  1. Hogan

    I’m interested to see how much say Riggins will get in the decision, but totally agree with you on teh attitude, there was a quote from him just before spring training that conveyed the same work ethic and positive spin. I hope he does succeed, but I feel that we have better right handed options for the rotation (Wells and Cashner get 4 and 5 imho, unless Silva looks as good as he did to start last season). However, last year Marshall was the best starter in the spring, got put in the pullpen, and that move turned out, sooo…

  2. Bric

    I’m just throwing this out there, but I’d still like to see the Cubs get back to talking to the Rangers about Young. I’d give them Sori, Byrd, Samardjia, and Vitters for Young, Davis, and Derrick Holland. Wash the money and contracts out so that we’re not paying any more than what we would be now. Even give them a discount on Sori’s last year similar to what the Mariners did with Silva (or throw in Silva at a discount if they would take him). It would clear up a lot of bad blood, contracts, and lost expectations on both teams. Addition by subtraction.

    I know most people will say that automatically leaves an all lefty outfield and puts huge pressure on Jackson to make the team in ST. But Holland would be the answer as a lefty starter, Davis, Vitters, and Shark (all young) will get a change of scenery, and Young becomes the new face of the Ricketts era. I’d rather have a full roster of Reed Johnsons than Sori’s anyway. His contract is like a credit card debt. Annoying, not worth it, and always there. The worst thing is the more you ingore it, the bigger the problem gets.

  3. Jeff

    I really don’t want to say I’m rooting against any Cub, especially one with the kind of attitude that Russell has, but I haven’t seen anything from him that would make me want to move Cashner or Randy Wells out of the rotation. I might prefer Russell over Carlos Silva, but that would mean that Silva has turded out and won’t be making any contributions in exchange for that big fat paycheck he is getting. Aside from Philly, I don’t see a whole lot of teams in the NL that are loaded with lefty hitters. I have always held the belief that a solid lefty reliever that allows you to play to matchups is better than having a lefty starter one out of five games when teams can game plan and adjust lineups for your lefty in advance.