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That’s a picture of Eddie Vedder, Theo Epstein, and Chris Chelios at a Cubs’ fantasy camp from Vine Line. I want to go to there.

  • Baseball America’s John Manuel says if the Cubs managed to land both Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler (something he calls “a good fantasy” (it’s unlikely, by virtue of the number of suitors, but don’t let that response fool you – the Cubs absolutely want to try and get both)), he would put Cespedes as the team’s top prospect, and would put Soler in at number five, behind Cespedes, Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez.
  • Speaking of Rizzo, Keith Law says drawing any conclusions about his hitting ability from a short stint in the bigs last year as a 21-year-old is “pretty damn silly.” And, speaking of Jackson, Law subscribes to the theory that Jackson’s high K rate is going to be a problem for him in the bigs.
  • Buster Olney discusses yet another consequence of the new CBA, which, by limited the dollars teams can spend on the amateur side, necessarily shifts dollars to the big league payroll: small market home-grown talent is less likely to sign a team-friendly long-term extension early, instead preferring to take their chance of getting big bucks in free agency. With a further skewing of what big markets can pay versus what small markets can pay, young players may be more willing to forgo security, and take their chances.
  • NESN’s Didier Morals is asked about whether the Red Sox might get Starlin Castro or another big-time shortstop from the Cubs as compensation for Theo Epstein. To his credit, Morals says Castro isn’t going to happen (but then founders his credibility by saying, “I’m not sure the Red Sox would want to inherit Starlin Castro’s baggage as he deals with sexual assault allegations” (yes, I’m sure the Red Sox would pass on a FREE STARLIN CASTRO)), and doesn’t think someone of Javier Baez’s caliber would happen either. You’re right, Morals. Well done.
  • Former Cubs minor leaguer Smaily Borges has been suspended for 50 games after refusing to take a drug test, and there are certain presumptions that follow from there. Why did you do it, Smaily?! You had the name to be a star. You had everything.
  • Tony Campana was interviewed by FanGraphs, and, while most of it is fluffy, I loved this answer by Campana to a question about the nature of Wrigley Field: “I think that Wrigley is actually kind of a horrible hitter’s park. I bet that on seven days out of ten, the wind is blowing in. When the wind is blowing out, it’s unbelievable. You can hit a home run on a pop fly. But most of the time the wind is blowing in, so you have to keep the ball out of the air. I think it’s a ballpark more conducive to the speed game.” I loved the answer not necessarily because I agree with it (I like lefty power plays quite well at Wrigley), but because Campana clearly has a future in politics. Dude knows how to steer a discussion in his favor.
  • cjdubbya

    FREE STARLIN CASTRO. I fully expect to see this phrase on a T-shirt hocked by the vendors outside Wrigley this summer when my wife and I make our annual pilgrimage. Hopefully they’re cutting you in on the profits, Brett…though I doubt it.

    And I think I’ve officially added something to my bucket list – Cubs fantasy camp. Can’t imagine it comes cheap, but being able to photobomb a picture such as the one above would be priceless.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I would send it to everyone…

    • cls

      Let’s just hope it’s not “Free Starlin Castro” as in free him from jail…

      • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

        If the Chicago PD had a strong enough of a case to lead to an arrest the official filing of charges, I’d think they’d have done it by now. It’s been months since the initial report, and weeks since they’ve interviewed Castro. As far as I’ve heard, not much has happened since then. That doesn’t mean its over, by any means, but it thing do seem to be moving very slowly.

  • Kyle

    I love how Tony Campana talks about hitting home runs on days when the wind is blowing out, as if that ever actually happened or is likely to ever happen. I’m sure the wind really made a difference on his one, inside-the-park home run.

    Might as well ask Ian Stewart about what it was like to hit a home run in the big leagues last year…

    • CubFan Paul

      campana should be thanking Yonder Alonso for his inside the park HR fame

      • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

        I’d love to see what Campana could do in some of the bigger ballparks. Imagine his speed in a some place like Petco. He could have three or four in side the parks jobs a year if he could manage to get the ball rattling around in the acreage of that outfield.

        I’m not sure he could hit it that far consistently enough to make that happen, but it’s fun to think about.

        • TWC

          As long as Camapna’s inside-the-park HRs don’t resemble Ryan Braun’s, I’m fine with that.

  • ShootTheGoat

    The more I hear of articles regarding potential compensation, albeit mostly from Boston media, I tend to get a little nervous.  Just thinking of a worst case scenario, involving Selig choosing one of our top minor leaguers, has me really wishing this was all over.  So then I can tell myself what a idiot I was to think that the Sawx were EVER going to get more than a 25-30th ranked prospect. Hopefully less…

  • EQ76

    That may be the dorkiest pic of Eddie Vedder I’ve ever seen.. but I love it!!!!

  • WGNstatic

    I am not sure that I agree with Olney on his conclusion that players will be less likely to take a “team friendly” extension.

    While it is certainly true that the new CBA will shift $ to the big league payroll (in general), there are other factors he seems to be ignoring. Perhaps most importantly, if these guys are getting smaller signing bonuses etc, they may actually be MORE likely to take an extension early on. I imagine it would be easier to hold out for the big pay day if you already have a few million in the bank account from your signing bonus.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      A very interesting counter.

  • Cedlandrum

    I wonder if the Sox are angling for Barney. We heard significant compensation, then it seemed to wane to low level prospect, and now we are hearing they want significant compensation. Which to me says they want someone who can help right away. Now I don’t think Barney is significant so to speak, but I don’t think he is what they should get. Should be interesting.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’ve been wondering that myself, Ced.

    • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

      They can get non-significant and immediate help. Chris Carpenter + Rebel Ridling. They get a potential closer (with some control issues) and a right handed bat that could come off the bench and put dents in the Green Monster in a year or so.

      Or if they want an infielder, replace Ridling with Marquez Smith. He’s probably better defensively than any infielder on Boston’s roster right now. He might even hit his weight.

      Either of those deals would be more valuable to Boston than Barney would be. If Boston was willing to take an reasonable deal, I think this would be settled already. I doubt Boston ever backed off their “ask for the moon” strategy.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I’d *almost* (just almost) rather keep Carpenter.

        • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

          I can see that. I wouldn’t be happy about losing Carpenter, but I doubt I’ll be happy no matter who Boston gets.

      • Brian

        They won’t get two players. I imagine that is a precedent Sielig won’t set.

    • http://bleachernation ferris

      yeah that worries me why weve signed a cpl guys to minor league deals for infield depth as they say…i gotta think that barney,dewitt,or baker are targets

      • rcleven

        As far as i am concerned they can have any one of the three. Will it happen? I doubt it. It would be setting too high a president locking out small market teams from better FO personnel.

  • ferrets_bueller

    I honestly don’t think Bud can just ‘choose’ a minor leaguer.  IMO, he either has to come up with a list for the Cubs to choose from, or just decide on a cash value.

  • ferrets_bueller

    I still remember the day Chelios was traded.  Dark day for chicago.

  • Kevin

    I say give Boston $500K, over and done, period!

  • OlderStyle

    On this day in 1982 Ivan DeJesus is traded for Larry Bowa and some kid named Ryne Sandberg.

    • Dave H

      I wonder what happened to that kid…………

      • OlderStyle

        I was kind of upset at the time since DeJesus was one of my favorite players as a kid. I got over it quickly, though.

      • rcleven

        Still stuck in minors I think.

      • DocWimsey

        Mostly he reminded everybody of Donny Osmond. But then he (the ballplayer) lost his hair. Some other stuff happened, too….

  • OlderStyle

    Brett,
    Any word out there about who’s signing the Cuban pitcher-Concepcion?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Lukewarm Stove on the way … but, no. Nothing new, anyway. Cubs are in there, but so are many teams. Resolution could come very soon.

  • rbreeze

    Just give Boston cash (Epsteins last years salary) and a minor league prospect and lets move on already.  If the Cubs (Crane Kenney) promised one of our best players as compensation then lets set up the gallows at Daley Center ASAP.  I don’t think they (he) did but its Boston trying to create any kind of leverage that they can muster. 

    Lets get a couple of Cubans and start playing ball!!!

    • Toosh

      Si!

  • die hard

    Cant believe this compensation issue is still over shadowing front office….. One would have hoped that Mr. Ricketts thought this through more carefully before raiding other teams…..As stated before, a fair resolution for Boston would have them be satisfied they avoided the last year of Theo’s contract meaning that for the Cubs to be required to give up $$$ or players should be rejected by Mr. Ricketts…or have compensation tied to success of Cubs over term of Theo’s contract which would have effect of postponing decision and at least give some breathing room to concentrate on fixing team.

  • die hard

    Cant believe this compensation issue is still over shadowing front office….. One would have hoped that Mr. Ricketts thought this through more carefully before raiding other teams….. have compensation tied to success of Cubs over term of Theo’s contract which would have effect of postponing decision and at least give some breathing room to concentrate on fixing team.

    • Brian

      We all know you would rather have Jim H. back and the crap hole he put this team in, but, isn’t it possible Crane Kenny made promises without the owners knowing what he was promising after they gave him the green light to seek permission to talk to Theo?
      Or, maybe the new owners, said get Theo at any cost and we, the fans will deal with it. Either way, I for one am ok with this whole new front office, even if it cost a Starlin Castro!

      • die hard

        Hendry not responsible for Soriano unless you argue he should have traded him 2 yrs ago which could be valid point….. The direction this team is going is unclear and wont be clear until Spring 2013….Until then its jump ball

  • http://bleachnation.com DL Huyck

    Compensation Junior Lake and 50k and its settled.

    • Kyle

      I’m not as high on Junior Lake as many, but that’s still too much.

    • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

      It may wind up being Lake, but I think that would be too high. Lake is a Top 10 system guy, and precedent pretty strongly suggests someone in the 20 or lower range.

      • Cedlandrum

        I’m actually pretty high on Lake. He has things to work on, but he is exactly the high upside kind of kid that you hold on to and see if you can develop. He took major steps this past year. So in other words I would not be in favor of that.

        • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

          I love the potential, but unless that strike out rate comes down I’m not going to get my hopes up. He has a sky high ceiling, but he has an ocean deep basement as well. He’s young, though, and still has some time to cut back on the strikeouts.

  • ogyu

    “You’re right, Morals. Well done.”

    Brett, you really shouldn’t make fun of mentally disabled people like that…

  • Travis

    Does Soler have residency yet? If not when’s he going to?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      There was a suggestion that Cespedes’ came as “quickly” as it did because he played some games in the DR. If that’s true, Soler’s could still be a little while. It matters a little less, because there’s not quite the same urgency to get him into Spring camp.

  • Idaho Razorback

    What Selig should do is get a list of the Cubs 30 top minor league prospects from some top minor league experts and tell the Red Sox you can have any one Cubs minor leaguer NOT on this list. We all know what we gave up for McPhail in 1994 with Hector Trinidad who was our 25th or so rated prospect at the time. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays gave up Randy Wynn who was a nothing for Lou Piniella when Piniella was still under contract with the Mariners and even though Wynn at the time was a current major leaguer. The Mariners were desprite for a center fielder at the time and were very content on taking a .250 hitter with no power and a decent glove.

    • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

      we have five draft picks comming in the first 2 rounds… why not deal with compensation in that way. we dont give up anyone we like and boston has the potential to pick up a prospect that could have impact if they do they’re homework. you want significant comp? then do your homework and draft well heres your pick use it wisely… right? sound about right?

      • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

        I don’t think the commissioner can bend the rules to that degree. With a very small exception for a select few picks created in the new CBA, draft picks are not eligible for trade, and this would be a de-facto trade.

        Also, a draft pick in the first two rounds would be a fairly significant price to pay for the Cubs. I suspect that’s beyond the level of precedent that Selig would be willing to set. Remember, last year the Cubs turned their second round pick in to Vogelbach. Vogelbach is probably a little too good to be handed over in this type of deal.

        And unless I’m forgetting something, the Cubs only have four picks in the first two rounds.
        1. First round pick
        2. Comp for Ramirez
        3. Comp for Pena
        4. Second round pick.

        Am I forgetting someone?

        • http://bleachernation.com loyal100more

          no your not forgeting anyone. it seems that somewhere i may have picked up the wrong number… but your calculations look accurate. anyhow seeing as this is a retro active deal, im sure you fallow my meaning, maybe it gets dealt with in a way that worked prior to the new CBA. i personaly NEVER like to see draft picks slip out of our hands and yes last years 2nd round pick is not anyone i would like to see leave in comp. however when its a pick rather than a player the potential for it to be good is there as well as the potential for it to be a bust. anyway you look at it boston is coming high and we are coming low just the nature of the biz right? a draft pick is the perfect medium ground in its potential to go either way. who knows thogh the NEW law is in place and the picks as you say cant be used as trade piece.

  • rocky8263

    I’ve attended two fantasy camps and have Eddie’s cell number. People being people the only real dick from the players side was Lee Smith. Wouldn’t let you hit the ball. Had to prove he still has it. All the other guys were fantastic. Hanging in the bar every night listening to all the story’s they’ve told a thousand times.You even get your own baseball card!

  • Whytee

    Speaking of Rizzo, Keith Law says drawing any conclusions about his hitting ability from a short stint in the bigs last year as a 21-year-old is “pretty damn silly.”..Ya because Keith Law is the end all be all of sports right………..Thats just keith laws opinion……..When you struggle in April to May it’s one thing..Buit when you hit 144 in September agianst Pitchers that are september call up or agianst Pitchers that are Tired from the Year…….It means that you are not suited for the Majors…….A Career Minor Leaguer or a bench Player is what Rizzo will be…….Never an All Star in the Majors…..

    • http://CubbiesCrib.com Luke

      Actually, not writing off a player’s entire career based on his first short stint in the majors is a fairly universally accepted baseball norm. Keith Law is on relatively safe footing on this one.

      Of course, the opposite is also true. We can’t stick a player in the Hall of Fame based on his first few games in the majors, either.

  • Whytee

    Epstien hasn’t made 1 Good signing or Trade……….The Talent on the Cubs was all signed by Hendry………..Say what you want about Hendry but he signed all the talent that is on the cubs today………Epstien and Hoyer haven’t signed one good player,every one of them have been washed up used to be’e or never was…This is going to be a Great year at Wrigley I can just see it now………Every day they will just keep telling us this Lie about how the future will be better…….Ya right……….Losers……..

    • MichiganGoat

      Yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

      And please take a look here and learn how to properly use the ellipsis point (…) http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/ellipsis.aspx

      • ogyu

        Capitalizing the first letter of random words without any apparent pattern is also a highly effective rhetorical technique.

        • TWC

          I know I was certainly stunned into silence.

  • Tommy

    Man Whytee, you’re right! You’re so smart. I wish you were our GM. :(

    • KCubsfan

      So you like losing!

  • Whytee

    I’m sorry Michigan Goat is the fact that someone is calling out your Savior upsetting you……Is the Truth to hard to face……Come on Call Him the Goat Slayer agian…..Give me something to laugh about kid…..

    • Sweetjamesjones

      What are you even trying to say? People might take you seriously if you wrote in some coherent form of English.

      Or maybe the jokes on us.

  • Whytee

    I couldn’t do any worse then Hoyer and Epstien has done so far……..Atleast I would have signed atleast 1 meaningful player who can hit Major League Pitching better then 150 or 144…..They are the 2 worst GM and President in the Majors right now juding by this offseason moves……..So when you are the bottom of the barrell it’s easy to look up…..

    • KCubsfan

      That would have been the wrong move. You build from within then fill in with FA when you are ready to win. The Cubs with those players would just have a bigger payroll they would win the Central or Wildcard. More money doesnt mean better. Look at the last 2 WS champs, we had a higher payroll then both of them. The Red Sox didnt win a World Series because they spent the most money they wonbecause the spent it wisely.

  • Tommy

    Whytee – Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya and you killed my father. Prepare to die.

  • Whytee

    Come on and Tell me agian how they have This Plan thats going to turn the Cubs into Series Champs in 2014 is it…..Man I just figured it out………Ricketts and Epstien and Hoyer Love Steven Spielberg and they don’t want him to be a Liar……So they are Secretly waiting to make Miami move to the American league and so they can Win the Series in 2015 just like back to the Future 2 Promised us they would……My bad…….I should have realised this.Ofcourse it’s quite feasable to see this happening……..His Dream is awesome……….Follow this Leader,he knws what he is doing……..Ya right,please send me what you smoke..I can make a killing here

    • ogyu

      Man I just figured it out………Whytee is actually Theo making these Comments to drive down his own compensation Value to the Red Sox………He is even more Awesome than I thought………

      • Whytee

        Hey Ogyu

        That was really funny and original………Here I thought you was just a mondless drone that would do whatever Epstien told ya to do and was incapable of thinking for yourself,but you went and surprised me and came up with an Original thought.Congrats….Give yourself a pat on the back

        • ogyu

          A mond is a terrible thing to waste…

  • Whytee

    Yes the Joke is on you……….It’s on every Cubs Fan that is alive……..We have all been sold Lies by Ricketts and Epstien who is turning this Great Franchise into a shit hole of nobodys………He is low balling our Best Player left and this is his plan………..Garza deserves 10-12 Million,to actually offer 7.5 is an insult and he thinks players don’t pay attention to this…Why would a Free Agent sign with him in the Future when they see how you have no loyalty to your 2 best Players………

    • Tommy

      Whytee, you’ve obviously come here to intelligently discuss your feelings and ideas on the Chicago Cubs organization, as well as make some new friends with similar interests. I for one am signed up, and want to be your friend! You rock, and I am DYING to hear your ideas on how to improve the Cubbies. If only they’d listen to YOU! Don’t worry about all these other folks. We know who has the REAL inside scoop. Don’t we? ;)

      I like you, do you like me? Yes No Maybe I can’t say right now

      • Whytee

        Yes Tommy……I do like ya……….Even if ya have bought into his lies.I know deep down that you just want a Series Championship so bad that you are willing to believe anyone at this point even 3 Liars……So I feel for ya……

  • Frank

    And exactly what has this team won with all that talent that was signed by Hendry? I think I’ll take my chances with a guy who’s won as many World Series championships in the last 8 years as the Cubs have in the last 105.

  • BECAREFUL

    Be careful this site is pro Epstein . The bathroom tissue that Theo uses is sacred to these fools. They worship the double talk of this divine idiot. They believe that Rizzo will develop into a maga God. They rather talk about 4 to 5 years down the line rather then the product of what is on the field. Most Cub fans laugh at this site, its like listening to a GOP debate – all bull poop.

    • Sweetjamesjones

      The trolls are out in full force!! YESSS! Can I please smell Theo’s bathroom tissue again!

      Thanks!

    • Tommy

      Yeah, what’s with all these dummies. None of these young players are going to amount to anything. We need to stick with what we know! If they woulda signed Pujols, Fielder, C.J. Wilson, and Reyes, then traded for Ramirez and D. Wright, we’d be looking at a ring. BUT NOOOOOOOO, he had to go and get rid of our Cy Young pitcher – Carlos Zambrano, then he traded a middle reliever for 3 minor leaguers! WTH! The straw that broke the camels back was not resigning Ramirez – who is going to teach the kids how to hussle without this guy around.

      Don’t worry bout the folks on this site,BECAREFUL. You, me, and Whytee – we know what’s going on. ;)

    • Whytee

      Ya becareful……..I just come on here to rile them up a bit and then I post the stuff they say on the real cubs sites and we laugh for Hours…….I am really disappointed though because the 3rd day I started doing this in November someone stole the show by calling Epstien ” The Goat Slayer” and I laughed my ass off and now no one can top it…….Please some of you kids study up and give me something better…….

      • Tommy

        BHAHAHA, that is hilarious. I’ll bet those real Cub sites really get a kick out of the comments here from all the buffoons!

        Hey, just a quick note for you though. You’ve been spelling Epstein wrong the entire time you’ve been commenting here. Better not make that mistake on the real Cub Sites – they’d be all over ya.

        Your buddy and pal – Tommy

        • Rick Vaughn

          You’re the man Tommy!

          • Tommy

            You know you’re my hero, Vaughn! Stop it, YOU’RE the man!

      • MichiganGoat

        Okay you’ve said the same thing last night, you hate Epstein and you hate fans that don’t see the gloom your predicting. Your here to get stuff to share on another blog, so maybe you should educate us about the blog that is soooo much better. We should know of this Mecca, this safe place for fans who see the real truth. Please educate us of where this place exist. I’m tired of having to believe all this BS, I need a group of fans that see the light, I need a place where English usage and standard are not necessary. PLEASE ENLIGHTEN ME!

        • Sweetjamesjones

          This site Whytee refers to, sounds like its visited by nothing but little children. So much crying over stupid stuff.

        • Whytee

          I can not tell you these cubs sites.We don’t want your kind there…….Actually we refer to him as the [Ed. - that's a big no-no] on thos sites.So no need to spell his name…But thanks for the heads up

          • TWC

            Well, that should do it for Whytee.

            Have fun at those “other” sites, kid.

            • Sweetjamesjones

              Wow. Thanks for playing Whytee.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              Jinx. Smart man.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            Yup, that’ll do it.

            • MichiganGoat

              And there was much rejoicing, knew that was coming soon

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                It’s funny, I was resolved to do it even before that obvious offense. I think I’m changing my stance: I’ll never boot anyone for saying things I don’t agree with, or saying them poorly (with many ellipses), or even just being an idiot. But if you’re an obvious troll who’s just trying to stir things up? I think it’s probably fair to exercise some “this is our house” banhammering.

                • Rick Vaughn

                  BANHAMMERED!!!!!!!

                  • TWC
                    Tough.  But fair.
                    • Rick Vaughn

                      Brett’s twitter is going to light up with chicks after seeing this. BAM! Most powerful man in the kingdom of Cubs blogging.

                    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                      I am without speech.

                    • Tommy

                      Brett totally looks like a superhero.

                    • gblan014

                      Ha. That picture totally just made my weekend. “Nobody f*cks with Banhammer Brett”.

                • EtotheR

                  Feels like we should at least be serving a little cake or something…

                  You brought out the HAMMER?! Well…BANG BANG, MAXWELL!

                  I’m so friggin’ proud of you I can’t even talk about it…

                  Just for edification…and so I can rally my people…he didn’t call Epstein the “J-Word”…did he?

                  And, by the way…my ellipses are staying…bitches.

            • ogyu

              Thank you, Brett. That last remark almost led me to respond in a way that would have caused you to banish me, too. Glad I held my temper.

      • ogyu

        Exactly which sites are the “real cubs sites,” Whytee? If you are representative, these sites must constitute a veritable domain of übermenschen.

        • ogyu

          Funny, when I google “whytee” and “cubs” I come up with lots of hits for bleachernation.com and not much else. Hey … wait a minute … Now I get it … Not only is Whytee actually Theo, but the mysterious “real cubs site” is actually bleachernation.com! Man, this guy is really DEEP!!!

    • KCubsfan

      Lets look at the elite teams in Baseball have players through their Farm systems that were either developed by the team or brought over by trade.

      Yankees: Cano, Gardner, Nova, Jeter, and Rivera all developed through the Yankees organization. Granderson and Pineda were brought over by trading prospects. So that 7.

      Red Sox: Lester, Ellsbury, Pedroia, Youkilis, Buchholz and Baird home grown. Bailey, Beckett and Gonzalez brought over by trading prospects. So that 9.

      Rays: Longeria, Price, Moore, Hellickson, Davis, Upton, Jenning, Sheilds and Cobb all home grown. That 9.

      Rangers Holland, Feliz, Moreland, Andrus, Kinsler, and Harrison all homegrown. HamiltonN Adams and Cruz all acquired through trade. that 9

      I could go on but I think I proved my point the key players of all of these organization were all acquire because of the Farm system and these teams have won because of that.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Anyone want to take a guess at who “BECAREFUL” is? IP addresses are a magical thing…

      • Tommy

        It’s sam, isn’t it?

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Yes.

          • Rick Vaughn

            Shocking…

            Good job Tommy

  • BECAREFUL

    Be careful we trade Soriano and eat most of his contract and then Theo signs Cespedes and the fans will not be able to tell the difference. Or in three years Theo will say it was all part of a bigger plan that did not work out oooor Theo will …………

    • KCubsfan

      Actually Cepedes is a much better fielder the Soriano from what scouts have said.

      • ogyu

        There you go trying to muddy up the discussion with facts again…

        • Whytee

          Because I do not use the name Whytee on the Real sites…..thats why you can find no Trace of Whytee there…..I go by H.N.I.C on those sites……Google that instead

          • MichiganGoat

            Classy to the last post… That needs a edit as well

          • ogyu

            Actually, I just googled “Santorum” and it led me to a perfect description of you. Thanks anyway, Whytee.

    • Tommy

      BECAREFUL – I’m willing to accept that you may be right, because unlike you, I am not an Erudite Prophet who can see into the future.

      That being said – I am very interested in hearing how you would have handled this offseason. So please, instead of us being hostile to one another, let’s enter into some civil discussion and you can share with the rest of us here what you would have done differently, and how you’d be proceeding now. What would the lineup look like tomorrow if you were the Cub’s GM?

      Whytee – feel free to answer the same question. I’m sure we’re all dying to see your intellectual response, as well.

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