Randy Wells had another successful start and was in line for a win, which he watched evaporate from the bench. Kerry Wood played villain today – alternatingly striking guys out and throwing meatballs in a four-run 8th.

Fortunately the Cubs came back in the top of the 9th (almost squandering a second and third with nobody out situation), and Aramis Ramirez came through with a two-out, two-run single. Carlos Marmol locked it down, and the Cubs win. Swell.

  • die hard

    There should be somebody on this list of potential free agents who can help us

    Potential Free Agents for 2012
    The following players have contracts expiring or should have the six years of service necessary to become free agents after the 2011 season.

    * – player whose current contract includes 2012 option

    Player Club
    First Basemen
    Lance Berkman STL
    Russell Branyan LAA
    Jorge Cantu SD
    Prince Fielder MIL
    Brad Hawpe SD
    Eric Hinske ATL *
    Ross Gload PHI
    Nick Johnson CLE
    Derrek Lee BAL
    Xavier Nady ARI
    David Ortiz BOS
    Lyle Overbay PIT
    Carlos Pena CHC
    Albert Pujols STL
    Jim Thome MIN

    Second Basemen
    Clint Barmes HOU
    Willie Bloomquist ARI *
    Orlando Cabrera CLE
    Robinson Cano NYY *
    Jamey Carroll LAD
    Luis Castillo NYM
    Alex Cora WAS
    Craig Counsell MIL
    Mark Ellis OAK
    Carlos Guillen DET
    Jerry Hairston Jr. WAS
    Aaron Hill TOR *
    Omar Infante FLA
    Joe Inglett HOU
    Kelly Johnson ARI
    Adam Kennedy SEA
    Felipe Lopez TB
    Jose Lopez FLA
    Aaron Miles LAD
    Brandon Phillips CIN *

    Yuniesky Betancourt MIL *
    Ronny Cedeno PIT
    Adam Everett CLE
    Rafael Furcal LAD
    Alex Gonzalez ATL
    J.J. Hardy BAL
    Cesar Izturis BAL
    John McDonald TOR
    Augie Ojeda ARI
    Jose Reyes NYM
    Nick Punto STL
    Edgar Renteria CIN
    Jose Reyes NYM
    Jimmy Rollins PHI
    Ramon Santiago DET
    Marco Scutaro BOS *
    Jack Wilson SEA

    Third Basemen
    Wilson Betemit KC
    Casey Blake LAD *
    Eric Chavez NYY
    Mark DeRosa SF
    Greg Dobbs PHI
    Edwin Encarnacion TOR *
    Wes Helms FLA
    Melvin Mora ARI
    Aramis Ramirez CHC
    Miguel Tejada SF
    Omar Vizquel CWS

    Rod Barajas LAD
    Henry Blanco ARI
    Ramon Castro CWS
    Ryan Doumit PIT
    Ramon Hernandez CIN
    Jason Kendall KC
    Gerald Laird STL
    Jose Molina TOR
    Yadier Molina STL *
    Dioner Navarro LAD
    Jorge Posada NYY
    Ivan Rodriguez WAS
    Brian Schneider PHI
    Kelly Shoppach TB *
    Chris Snyder PIT *
    Matt Treanor KC
    Jason Varitek BOS

    Bobby Abreu LAA *
    Rick Ankiel WAS
    Carlos Beltran NYM
    Milton Bradley SEA
    Pat Burrell SF
    Mike Cameron BOS
    Coco Crisp OAK
    Michael Cuddyer MIN
    Jack Cust SEA
    Johnny Damon TB
    David DeJesus OAK
    J.D. Drew BOS
    Kosuke Fukudome CHC
    Jonny Gomes CIN
    Gabe Gross OAK
    Vladimir Guerrero BAL
    Scott Hairston NYM
    Willie Harris NYM
    Raul Ibanez PHI
    Conor Jackson OAK
    Andruw Jones NYY
    Austin Kearns CLE
    Jason Kubel MIN
    Ryan Ludwick SD
    Hideki Matsui OAK
    Nate McLouth ATL *
    Jason Michaels HOU
    Laynce Nix WAS
    Magglio Ordonez DET
    Juan Pierre CWS
    Juan Rivera TOR
    Cody Ross SF
    Grady Sizemore CLE *
    Matt Stairs WAS
    Nick Swisher NYY *
    Marcus Thames LAD
    Josh Willingham OAK

    Starting Pitchers
    Mark Buehrle CWS
    Chris Carpenter STL *
    Bruce Chen KC
    Aaron Cook COL *
    Kyle Davies KC
    Ryan Dempster CHC *
    Justin Duchscherer OAK
    Zach Duke ARI *
    Jeff Francis KC
    Freddy Garcia NYY
    Jon Garland LAD *
    Aaron Harang SD
    Rich Harden OAK
    Livan Hernandez WAS
    Edwin Jackson CWS
    Kenshin Kawakami ATL
    Scott Kazmir LAA
    Hiroki Kuroda LAD
    Rodrigo Lopez CHC
    Paul Maholm PIT
    John Maine COL
    Jason Marquis WAS
    Kevin Millwood NYY
    Scott Olsen PIT *
    Roy Oswalt PHI *
    Brad Penny DET
    Oliver Perez NYM
    Joel Pineiro LAA
    CC Sabathia NYY (may opt out)
    Carlos Silva NYY
    Javier Vazquez FLA
    Adam Wainwright STL *
    Tim Wakefield BOS
    Chien-Ming Wang WAS
    Brandon Webb ARI
    C.J. Wilson TEX
    Chris Young NYM

    Relief Pitchers
    Danys Baez PHI
    Miguel Batista STL
    Matt Belisle COL
    Heath Bell SD
    Rafael Betancourt COL
    Blaine Boyer
    Jonathan Broxton LAD
    Tim Byrdak HOU
    Shawn Camp TOR
    Matt Capps MIN
    Todd Coffey MIL
    Clay Condrey MIN
    Francisco Cordero CIN *
    Lance Cormier TB
    Juan Cruz TB
    Octavio Dotel TOR *
    Kyle Farnsworth TB *
    Randy Flores NYY
    Frank Francisco TOR
    Ryan Franklin STL
    Jason Frasor TOR *
    Chad Gaudin WAS
    Mike Gonzalez BAL
    John Grabow CHC
    LaTroy Hawkins MIL
    Brad Lidge PHI *
    Scott Linebrink ATL
    Javier Lopez SF
    Ryan Madson PHI
    Damaso Marte NYY *
    Sergio Mitre NYY
    Joe Nathan MIN *
    Hideki Okajima BOS
    Darren Oliver TEX
    Jonathan Papelbon BOS
    Joel Peralta TB
    Chad Qualls SD *
    Jon Rauch TOR *
    Chris Ray TEX
    Dennys Reyes BOS
    Arthur Rhodes TEX *
    Fernando Rodney LAA
    Francisco Rodriguez NYM *
    George Sherrill ATL
    Rafael Soriano NYY (may opt out)
    Brian Tallet STL
    Koji Uehara BAL *
    Jose Valverde DET
    Tyler Walker WAS
    Kerry Wood CHC
    Jamey Wright SEA
    Michael Wuertz OAK
    Joel Zumaya DET

  • Cheryl

    I am probably not as up on these players as I should be but for third base – Encarcion; outfielders, Cuddyer, Ludwig, Swisher; for pitchers, Maholm, Chris Young, C. J. Wilson and Harang; and for relief pitchers Mitre and Bell. What do the rest of you think of them? If LaHair continues as he has been, he may take over at first base. I can’t see a big investment in first when the pitching needs to be shorn up.

  • TheMagicMan

    encarncion has put up good numbers this year. .276/.331/.464 with 122 hits, 67 runs, 35 doubles, 16 homers, 50 rbi, and 7 sb. Those arent bad numbers, you could do alot worse at third.

  • philoe beddoe

    Brett…do you(or your sources) have any idea why the media and sports talk radio continues to hammer Ricketts for extending Oneiri Flieta?…I have a hard time believing that would deter ANYONE from coming here…are they just trying to make news or do they have a hard-on for Ricketts?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I think it’s largely the latter two (depending on the member of the media – some hate Ricketts, some just like to make waves). I also think it’s a matter of some folks getting married to a position and then refusing to acknowledge, in the face of mounting evidence, that they were wrong. My initial reaction to the signing was that it might have ruled out a few long-shot GM options. Since then, I’m not sure I think that anymore. Folks in the media hate to step back like that.

      • hansman1982

        I have said this elsewhere…

        Any GM candidate that says NO because of this was going to find something, somewhere to say no to.

        At the end of the day, my money is on Beane being the next GM

  • die hard

    Kuroda? Capps? Crisp? Kubel? Willingham? All second tier but may add to club if Johnson, Wood, Grabow, Byrd, Pena gone

  • Mike

    I tend to believe the whole thing is overblown and the analysis that the media is overreacting is probably fair. That said, I also think it’s fair to criticize Ricketts if prior to finding a GM he continues to extend people. Fieta is an exception, but I’m less certain on Wilkens. Fieta is pretty unique and well respected through out baseball, but if they extend Wilkins, it becomes more obvious that Ricketts wants to butt in to the GM’s role and more difficult even with the outs that they can be reassigned. It would not be a certainty that a great candidate would just walk away because of that, but egos are involved here more than we credit.

    I think the one thing to watch, is how far he goes and if this is actually a trend. Like I say Fieta is an exception, if he starts extending scouting and baseball operations people and worse yet coaching staffs or gives voted of confidence to Quade and his staff, hell yes the media would have point.

    One more thing, for such a high profile gm job we know very little. I continue to think Beane is the best available for the job with the added benefit if you don’t get him, by interviewing you at least get to pick his brain and gain his insight. Epstein isn’t going to come to Chicago, I don’t think it has anything to do with Ricketts or this move. It makes zero sense to me that Cashman would come. He’s with a storied franchise, They spend more money than God and honestly what would the attraction be, to lift the curse?Don’t see it. So once you get beyond the premier guys of which there are others, what do we really know. To me this will be the key, is the guy fitting his profile? Or conversely is an idiot flag going up like he’s a Chicago guy or a former pr guy. I really think he can get the right guy or the next Billy Beane Theo Epstein, but I guess like the media I fear he might settle for a Ned Collletii type.