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Archive for September, 2011
The pre-2011 offer of nine years and $22 million per year might be the Cardinals’ maximum offer.
Cubs’ broadcaster says he “saw things that made [him] uncomfortable,” and “a lot of them came true.”
The Cubs might have to turn to someone else to close come 2012. Mike Quade with another “kids lineup,” the “kids” play dress up, Wrigley Field keeps looking for financing, and Bryan LaHair looks to return.
Once again, the Cubs’ spoiler effort was spoiled.
Soriano doesn’t like batting 7th, but is also a bright spot in the clubhouse. Aramis Ramirez wants to go to a contender now, Carlos Marmol is struggling, Rodrigo Lopez wants to come back, and Albert Pujols is going to get paid.
Can’t spoil ’em all, I suppose. Well, not when your closer can’t throw strikes, anyway.
Ah, the kind of spoiling that feels good.
Massive criticism of Theo Epstein could be the Cubs’ gain. The Cubs are probably waiting for a chance at the big boys, but they might not actually land one of them.
With Aramis Ramirez on the way out, might Pena be less interested in returning? What the Cubs could do at 3B in 2012, Mike Quade’s source of confidence, and the awesomeness of Starlin Castro.
The Tampa Bay Rays’ GM is the favorite candidate of many, and is undoubtedly being targeted by Tom Ricketts.
High praise for Neftali Rosario, Marco Hernandez, Gioskar Amaya, and Junior Lake. Concerns about Josh Vitters, Trey McNutt, Ryan Flaherty and DJ LeMahieu.
The hope was that Starlin Castro would get an extra at bat in which to go for 200 hits at home.
What’s he supposed to say? He’s not sure if Carlos Zambrano will be back, though. Instructional ball is about to get underway, Ryan Theriot is defended, and the Cubs won’t land a big free agent.
By the transitive property of baseball, the Cubs just won the NL Central!
After meeting with Cubs’ brass, Ramirez’s agent says he’ll try to get his client a three or four-year deal in free agency after the season.
You can rip on Quade’s lineup decisions only so many times. Randy Wells is better and worse than he’s shown, Casey Coleman is getting help, and Cubs’ minor leaguers are winning awards.
With Hendry out the door and a new regime coming, Hughes’ future with the Cubs was very much in doubt.
Ramirez said he might be done as a Chicago Cub, and the media tripped over itself to send out the alerts. The problem? This is not news. And it’s just Ramirez doing some crafty negotiating.