An uncomfortable analysis of Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s purported justification for refusing to approve a trade until August.
Archive for July, 2011
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.
What’s up, Roy Halladay?
Ramirez may not be willing to accept a trade before August, but after that, it’s very likely. Moreover, Ramirez wants his 2012 option dropped in order to approve a trade.
The Wall Street Journal puts some color on the Chicago Cubs’ attendance problems in 2011, and it ain’t pretty.
‘Tis the season for wild rumors, but Phil Rogers seems to think this one has some legs. Soriano wouldn’t be the only player in the trade coming from the Cubs.
The Phillies come to town, covered in first place glory. The Cubs are covered in something, too.
It might seem straightforward enough, but a simple statement like that can mean innumerable things.
Blown calls and irritating comments are getting Mike Quade down. Kerry Wood, too. Randy Wells is trying to figure out his problem, and James Russell is finding success. And, we’re Cubs fans because it’s safe.
And the Marlins come to Wrigley Field and take three of four from the Cubs. So much for turning things around in the second half.
Marmol hasn’t lost his job for the long-term, Carlos Zambrano feels good, Darwin Barney is batting 8th because he’s “productive,” Chris Carpenter heads back to the minors, Dan Vogelbach is close, and Pat Gillick could be the in Cubs’ future.
That’s one hurdle to a Ramirez trade out of the way. His no-trade rights remain an issue, however.
After two straight exceedingly frustrating games, a blowout is oddly soothing.
Marmol will be given a few days to work on his mechanics and confidence. Jeff Baker is “not available” in trade, 8th round pick Taylor Dugas won’t sign with the Cubs, and another DSL Cub has tested positive for steroids.
Today’s game looked hauntingly familiar. Whew.
Bush was booted by the Rangers earlier this year.