Ramirez sticking to his no-trade guns, teams want Marlon Byrd but the Cubs aren’t sure about moving him, Carlos Pena could fit with the Pirates, Phil Rogers is hypothesizing, and Paul Sullivan and Carrie Muskat break out the mailbags.
Month: July 2011
The Chicago Cubs’ right fielder could serve as a decent starting outfielder against right-handers, as well as a good bench bat and defensive replacement.
Source: Chicago Cubs Would Eat a “High Percentage” of Money Remaining on Alfonso Soriano’s Deal to Move Him
Another hurdle to trading Soriano falls. Now he just needs to hit a little bit.
Yes, he’s the son of that Gretzky. More importantly, he was thought to be very hard to sign.
It sure seems like the answer is an obvious “NOOOOO! GOD NO!!!!!” But Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times writes otherwise. I’m not sure that he actually believes it. But he’s written it, and it must be destroyed.
Because now, officially, I’m bracing myself. This could be fun, terrifying, draining, informative, and absurd, all at once.
Seriously. He said that, without the least bit of a sense of irony. Randy Wells’ rotation spot might be jeopardy, Tom Ricketts might not yet be allowed to speak with Pat Gillick, Phil Rogers and Bruce Levine are rumor mongering, and the Boys of Spring has a movie.
Spokesman Says “Reports of a Conversation” Between Cubs’ Owner Tom Ricketts and Pat Gillick Are “Unfounded”
But, to be frank, I’m not sure I believe something isn’t going on between Ricketts and Gillick.
He also criticized Darwin Barney for failing to properly communicate with Castro on a first-inning popup. You can see the video here.
So much for a series win against a good team, eh?
How steep might the return be for the big lefty? Does it even matter?
This is very, very good news, if true.
If Ramirez isn’t traded, he would “of course” consider signing an extension with the Cubs.
Hendry won’t trade Barney or Sean Marshall, the Cubs probably won’t look at Ubaldo Jiminez, the return on Jeff Baker in trade doesn’t look so great, the Tigers have an eye on Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano, and more.
Nice to know, but of course, that was probably the least of the hurdles to dealing Soriano.
Matt Garza is probably going to kill someone in the bullpen sooner or later.
It’s early, but if Jim Hendry will not be returning next year, it’s time to start laying out the candidates to replace him – and the candidates to join other positions in the Cubs’ future front office.
An uncomfortable analysis of Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s purported justification for refusing to approve a trade until August.
Ryan Dempster and his teammates still respect Mike Quade, Carlos Marmol is studying up, Aramis Ramirez can help himself, Kerry Wood is healthy, Mike Quade might not be fined, and, coming soon, the Seventh Inning Stretch presented by Home Depot.