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The latest from the rumor mill, which doesn’t need a couple days to think things over …

  • “At least one club has inquired” about Alfonso Soriano, says Jon Morosi. Hooray! Except that, I mean, like every team in the league “inquires” about just about every player in the league at one point or another. “Inquiring” could mean nothing more than a phone call, “hey, you guys willing to give Soriano away for $1 million in salary relief yet? No? Kthxbye.” Soriano keeps killing the ball, so you’d like to think some interest would develop, particularly in a market almost completely devoid of right-handed power options, but it just isn’t happening. I can only assume that the Cubs have decided on a number, salary-wise, that they’re willing to eat, and it’s far lower than the amount necessary to spur interest. In that case, the Cubs will be satisfied to just hang onto Soriano for now. I would be very surprised if he were dealt at this point.
  • You know the primary story on Matt Garza: he was pulled from his start last Saturday (which he was dominating) in the 4th inning with a “right triceps cramp.” He’s at home right now awaiting the arrival of his fourth child, and he’ll throw on Friday in the hopes that he can actually make a start on Monday. If he doesn’t, it’s very hard to see the Cubs being able to trade him by Tuesday’s Trade Deadline. Indeed, Jayson Stark reports that the Cubs haven’t assured interested teams – and there are many – that Garza will pitch again before the deadline. Despite that, the Cubs remain in contact with multiple suitors about Garza, according to Morosi.
  • George Ofman says the first Cub to go could actually be Reed Johnson in a deal to the Tigers. Reed Johnson, who’s once again hitting extremely well this year and can play all over the outfield, has definite value to a number of contending teams. But, you’ve got to remember: that value is merely as a bench guy. Teams will want him, but the Cubs aren’t going to get a big-time prospect in return. In fact, I’d be pretty happy if the Cubs were able to get a prospect who checked in on the top 30 list in an average farm system.
  • Assistant GM Randy Bush says that the Cubs will at least do *something* this week.
  • ‘‘Yeah, we’ll get something done,’’ Bush told the Sun-Times about the Cubs’ pre-deadline activity. ‘‘We’re having a lot of positive talks with a lot of teams about a number of our players. We all feel confident that we’re going to be able to make a deal that helps us in the future.’’
  • The same article notes that the Dodgers remain interested in Garza, despite the injury, and that’s a complicating factor in the Ryan Dempster discussions – obviously the Dodgers would prefer to have Garza.
  • It doesn’t sound like Paul Maholm, who’s suddenly become rather valuable, particularly wants to be traded. “That’s one of the reasons I signed and gave them a [contract] option,” he said. “I finished last year hurt and everyone thought I was still hurt. They showed they believed in me and signed me, and I’m hoping to stick around for a good while. The fans are awesome.” Very few guys want to be traded in their first year with a team, so you can understand where Paul is coming from. But if a great offer comes along, I hope the Cubs won’t allow sentiment to sway the decision.
  • Bruce Levine chatted this week, and shared some thoughts: (1) In exchange for Garza and Darwin Barney, the Cubs were asking the Tigers for Nick Castellanos AND Jacob Turner AND Drew Smyly – indeed, the Cubs’ asking price on guys is astronomical right now (or, at least it was last week); (2) Bruce doesn’t see David DeJesus as a legitimate top-of-the-order option for a contending team; (3) a team would not be wise to trade for Garza until/unless they see him make one more start; (4) the Cubs would like to trade Geovany Soto now if they got the right offer, and Bruce says the Angels have been watching; (5) Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker are likely to be moved, but probably not Bryan LaHair; (6) no interest in Carlos Marmol or Alfonso Soriano right now (Bruce mentions one team calling with peripheral interest last week, but they didn’t want to take on any of his salary – perhaps that’s the “one team” Morosi referenced); (7) at some point in the past, the Royals had interest in Maholm; and (8) Bruce says that what Ryan Dempster actually told the Cubs is that there were a number of teams he would “consider going to.”
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  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    Is Twitter down for other folks, too?

    • Ogyu

      Yup. The Twitter am busted.

    • Spencer

      Yes

    • spearman

      yep!

    • TWC

      Yep. It’s hard to appreciate all the nifty Twitter integration on Mountain Lion this morning.

    • JulioZuleta

      I’m having pretty severe withdrawal.

    • MichiganGoat

      I need my twitter fix, i’m all scratchy, and insects are crawling all over me.

      • TWC

        It’s back

        • JulioZuleta

          Not for me.

        • MichiganGoat

          ahhhh that hit the spot

  • Edgar

    Yea its down. But damn are they aiming high!

  • Smitty

    Would be interesting to see what kind of package Maholm would bring in. He has been great and considering how reasonably priced he is, I have not problem keeping him.

    Brett, what type of prospect would you think is fair in a trade of Paul?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I think the Cubs could/should be able to get a top 10 (average system) prospect and a top 20 for Maholm.

      Maybe more.

      • Smitty

        Really? That is a decent return considering his history. I am all for them trading him if that is the type of return they could get.

      • abe

        why trade him for a bad prospect? He is decent and if we keep him we could be decent next year

  • 2much2say

    Leona’s best Pizza and Garlic Bread
    Very close to Wrigley

    (773) 327-8861
    3215 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL

    • andrew

      spam?

      • TWC

        No, just a misplaced reply, I think. We were talking about Wrigleyville pizza earlier this morning.

      • Caleb

        Not spam- pizza.

        • MichiganGoat

          hmmm spam pizza i think I did that in college once

  • Cubbie Blues

    Soriano keeps killing the ball

    You do realize that Soriano plays baseball and you are the one that kicks the ball right? :P

  • Cerambam

    Nope

  • clark addison

    I can’t understand trading Reed Johnson for a low level prospect. That would be stupid.

    Same goes for Soriano.

    • Sandberg

      I fail to see how trading Reed Johnson is stupid in any realistic scenario.

      • TWC

        Well, we’d be less scrappy without him. That’s always a drag.

        • Sandberg

          Oh yeah, I forgot about our scrappy quotient. I take it back.

          • MichiganGoat

            Without out the grizzled snappiness that is Reed the walls of Wrigley would crumble

            • baldtaxguy

              I agree, a range of scrappiness must be maintained – from fledgling to grizzled.

        • stillmisskennyhubbs

          Talk to the Twins. Gardy hearts “scrappy”. His #1 rule: Scrappy second baseman must hit second, be scrappy, good glove, no hit but scrappy at the plate. If not, he will be replaced by “Gritty”.
          They’re still missing Punto up dere.

      • cubs217

        Might as well get something for him rather than let his contract expire.

    • ncsujuri

      Reed has little value to a not very good baseball team other than that fans like him based on how he plays. A prospect (even a marginal one) has slightly more value to a not very good farm system. Therefore if you can, you trade him, m’kay?

    • josh2

      i would agree with you if Johnson were 26 yrs old. His value is gone only because of his age. Has nothing to do with his game.

  • MightyBear

    If the Cubs keep Maholm, that would be fine. He’s pitching well, he’s a left handed starter and is reasonably priced. Also, he would still be at a good age when the Cubs are ready to contend so if they keep him, that would be great. If they trade him and get a good return, that’s great too. I feel the same way about Garza. I do feel they have to move Dempster.

    • Frank

      Agreed.

    • Oswego chris

      I agree….I really don’t think you would get value for value for Maholm…he is an innings eater who can at times be dominant, he is a lefty, he only makes 6.5 next year…I think he is a legitimate number four on a Good team…

      And would be an ace if Dave Duncan was coaching him…

    • Njriv

      I agree, if they keep Maholm and Garza I think the Cubs are just a #1 starter away from a respectable rotation.

      • willis

        Yep. And not even a #1 really. Even a #3 added would make this rotation one of the better ones in the central. Garza, Shark, #3, Maholm and Wood. That’s not too terrible. And gives the club 2-3 years to prime the young arms into being ML ready. Smart.

        • Njriv

          True, but I think they’ll need a true #1 to out them over the top. To me Garza is not a true #1, I see him more as a #2, but since the Cubs probably wont go after an ace for a couple more years when they’re competitive, I wouldn’t mind keeping Garza as the team’s #1 for now and sign a A. Sanchez or a McCarthy , I would be totally fine with that.

          • Whiteflag

            I would be happy if they signed McCarthy.

  • Cerambam

    I know it wasn’t an actual option but I am drooling just reading turner, cast, and smyl what an insane return that would be

    • rcleven

      That’s why it didn’t happen.

  • TWC

    Assistant GM Randy Bush says that the Cubs will at least do *something* this week.

    Hopefully, that “something” involves firing Randy Bush.

    • Smitty

      I have found it interesting that this FO is keeping him around. Anyone know the benefits they might see in keeping him?

      I get why they kept Oneri, but Randy not so much.

      • Aaron

        Maybe they didn’t want to get rid of everyone right off the bat. Keeping an old hand around (one without the ability to actually make any decisions) could be beneficial.

    • AB

      Don’t get the hate for Bush.

      I think Bush took over Gary Hughes responsibilities of scouting when Gary retired. People forget the FO under Hendry was one of the smallest in the league, it was not a 100% certainty that everybody was going to be replaced.

      • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

        Exactly, I think people need to get out o fthe idea that everything Hendry did or the people he got were bad. The problem with Hendry was their absolute scorn for objective analysis, but Hendry got a lot of highly regarded people within the scouting community. Having a guy like Bush around in addition to everyone Theo has added is a good thing.

        • TWC

          I blame Hendry for all those people who hate Hendry.

  • ColoCubFan

    If that’s the kind of return the actually expect for players, they’ll get very little interest except from teams that are desperate. What a pipe dream.

  • Fishin Phil

    My puppet senses are tingling, I feel something is going to happen today!

    Either that, or I have termites again.

    • MichiganGoat

      that or I’m hungry

    • stillmisskennyhubbs

      Ah, you subtly bring up “Puppets” on Fidel Castro’s birthday/Cuban Independence Day.

      • Fishin Phil

        I could go for a nice Cuban sandwich right now.

  • cubs2310

    why give our players away for nothing or marginal players at best. The cubs have been better this year than I expected and our kids in A and AA ball should make an impact in a coule of years. we are short on top pitching prospects why not keep Garza and Maholm unless we get a great return.

    • Sandberg

      I totally agree with this for anyone who is under contract for next year. But if a contract is expiring, I’d much prefer a Theo/Jed lottery ticket no matter how long the odds.

  • Njriv

    Here’s a thought, given how recent events have unfolded, The Dempster fiasco and the Garza injury, what if the Cubs trade one or none of Demp, Garza or Maholm but they are able to trade Soriano? What would you think of the Cubs FO?

    • cubs217

      Im hesitant to trade Soriano for nothing. Sure he has not lived up to the contract he signed, but that is not his fault as much as the people who gave it to him. It seems silly to me to trade away out leader in HR’s and RBI’s for nothing at all. If we can get a decent return then I am all for it, but a few million in salary relief for his production does not seem to line up to me.

      • HuskerCub

        I agree. Early in the year I would have said trade him for whatever you can get and eat all his salary, but he has played pretty well and he is not blocking anyone at the moment, I am shocked some of the AL teams do not want him as a DH.

      • baldtaxguy

        He protects RizzOMG and vice versa – for this year at least, this could be very helpful for “Tone.”

        I’d actually like to see Sori stick around anyway, he’s drinking the Sveum kool-aid and busting his butt. That’s a good thing for youngsters to see, players and fans alike.

    • dob2812

      I would think they are really good at what they do and that opinion would not have changed in, oh, a few years now. Let’s not put too much emphasis on one unfortunate incident. They did negotiate a deal for Randall Delgado in exchange for two months of Ryan Dempster after all.

      • cubmig

        Teams may be reluctant to acquire Soriano because they are looking at their team’s future (just as Theo&Co are doing), and don’t trust Soriano will replicate what his “now” performance shows. Too, Soriano’s legs could go at any time. We’ve seen how he’s favored one side. Yes, I know the selling point is that he’d make a good DH for a contender, but as I see Soriano, he needs what playing regularly does to keeping him in shape. In short, Soriano is going to be a tough sell, no matter what numbers he’s putting up this season.

  • Kurt

    Already think highly of the Front office. They’re not kowtowing to the drooling idiot cubbie press.

    Demp has burned his bridges. If he stays and we get a comp pick, fine. Pitch him till his arm falls off for all I care.

    No problem with keeping Garza or Maholm.

    Actually would rather keep Sori if they’re just going to give him away and eat his dollars at the same time.

    I’m sick of the knee-jerk reaction that sunk costs should be given away….and oh by the way, open the purse strings some more.

    • Wilbur

      Agree with your total assessment.

      As for your final point about sunk costs, I agree with very strongly. You can justify losing an asset you’re stuck paying for when you have something in inventory that will produce greater value.

      The Cubs don’t have anyone on the team, let alone a left fielder, that can produce the power and RBIs that Sori is providing. Trading him for anything less than his value to the Cubs is increasing the Cub’s expense and reducing the value received. Even for a poor performing team looking beyond the immediate season or next don’t make bad business decisions just to make a decision. Get your short term value and invest elsewhere …

  • Ben in Nebraska

    Well, I guess I can stop shutting my phone off and on hoping to get Twitter working now… glad it’s not just me!!

  • rbreeze

    The way Soriano is playing right now he may be worth keeping. But I like Maholm. A solid lefty is always tough to find. I don’t recall the details but on Comcast the other night after Maholm’s game, it was said that in his last 5 outings he has the best pitching performance stats by a lefty for the Cubs since 1917 or something like that. Better numbers than Holtzman ever had for 5 games.
    As for the Dempster thing, I am over it. Its a business. And I am glad that the FO is keeping things pretty hush hush. It beats the previous regime.

  • Shawon O’Meter

    I’m starting to think that Ryan Dempster has something to do with the Twitter outage…just sayin’

  • Njriv

    Maybe Theo shut it down to avoid another media leak, and when it goes back on we will find out 3/4 of the Cubs team has been traded.

    • Shawon O’Meter

      LOVE IT!!! Sell, sell sell.

  • WGNstatic

    I have a question about compensation picks under the new CBA.

    If the Cubs do make a qualifying offer to Dempster, and he declines and signs elsewhere, the Cubs get draft compensation for his departure… But how much?

    Would it be the equivalent to the old “Type A” free agent where the Cubs would get a pick from the team that signs him and a sandwich round pick? Or, would it be like a “Type B” free agent where the Cubs would just get a sandwich pick?

    Obviously this makes a pretty big difference in terms of Dempster’s current value to the Cubs.

    Thanks for any informed responses!

    • rcleven

      Pick would be a sandwich pick between 1st and 2nd rounds.

  • Mak

    If I were a GM, I’d make an offer on Soto. An above average defensive catcher, under team control, with a career OPS of 785. Obviously a down year, but his BABIP is way below his historic levels. Doesnt seem like the asking price is too high. What’s the catch? He’s at least in the top 15 catchers in the league (overall) right? I’d love to steal him if I were the Angels, Yankees, etc.

    As a cubs fan, always felt like we could snatch a top 5-7 prospect of an org. Clearly the league sees something else.

  • G_Racin

    Conspiracy Theory: Maybe Theo decided that every time he is getting close to completing a trade twitter should inexplicably go down.

    • MaxM1908

      Awesome. Revenge of the Cubs’ FO. Their desire to control the flow of information regarding their actions knows NO bounds. Twitter? Not a problem if you have connections in the EMP field of advance weaponry. They’ll send us back to the dark ages if necessary to advance Theo’s rebuilding plans. All hail Theoyerstein!

    • spearman

      it’s back!

      • MaxM1908

        Twitter is? Mine’s not.

        • spearman

          yep. They’re starting to roll on in. Most stuff on Alabama’s defensive tackle that benched 600 pounds today & USC trying to get Silas Redd.

  • calicubsfan007

    I just want something to happen in terms of a trade for us. I don’t care if someone on the Cubs just trades phone numbers with a hottie at a bar, I will be happy that there was a trade.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com ichabod

    i dont think any teams are scared about garzas minor injury. they are just using it as an excuse to sway a better deal for their respected teams.. also garza isnt that hurt and under team control for next year. right? so his value should be as it always has been. a quality 1 or 2 guy that competes his ass off and is a solid teammate. oh yeah, he also possesses the ability to throw some nasty shit.

  • Whiteflag

    What about Garza to the Dodgers for Webster, Reed, and Kyle Russell? If we trade Garza to the dodgers maybe Dempster he isn’t going there, and accept a trade to the braves.

    • dudeski

      garza’s only going to the dodgers if lee is involved

    • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

      If Lee’s in that deal I’d do it in a heartbeat. One reason for that. It goes perfectly with what Theo wants… WAVES of pitching. Lee, Webster, and Reed alone would definitely fit that description.

      • Whiteflag

        Will the dodgers give up that much pitching though? That’s why I threw Russell in there instead of another low level pitcher. Also, I left out Lee cause I don’t think the Dodgers are will to give him up even for Garza. Can the Dodgers put a package together that doesn’t include Lee anyone would accept?

        • dudeski

          no, because other teams can match and beat that offer if lee isn’t in it

        • Jack Weiland

          Keep in mind this new ownership group in LA has been sort of eratic, and very much in the “win now” philosphy. I don’t think all teams would give up that much, but if anyone would LA might.

        • Jack Weiland

          As for the non-Lee package … for Garza? Nope. At that point keep him.

          • Whiteflag

            I’m over Garza at this point. I’m not sure what the turning point was, but I’d give up Garza for a package that didn’t include Lee.

            • dudeski

              thankfully you’re not GM

              • Whiteflag

                True. I guess you should expect high value for all your players.

    • Sosa23

      dodgers arent giving up that much pitching for garza

    • Can’t think of a cool name

      That would be so awesome. Stick it to Dempster, LA no longer interested, they just acquired your teammate.

  • quintz

    Try and screw us now Bowman! Makes it a little harder w/o Twitter.

  • Sosa23

    Its simple.. trade Garza to dodgers. Piss dempster off. Trade soriano for a bag of balls because hes the man who never was and drops fly balls. And trade maholm to the braves for delgado. Possibly trade soto as well.

    • AB

      Braves can get a lot better than Maholm for Delgado

  • EB

    Dodgers have made offers on Shields

  • Mysterious4th

    -id love to see us extend Garza. I know he would bring a huge return but he is a player thatwe would need with a lot of youth coming up thru the system

    -I also do not think dempster will be re-signed unless its a kerry wood type discount. I think next year he wouldn’t be that effective and he would have a number of injuries (just a feeling I have)

    -if we can get anything for baker and johnson, I saw do it! Even if it is a bucket of batting practice balls

    -soriano isn’t going anywhere. Especially since LaHair isn’t producing. And he’s actually being non soriano like.

    • Sosa23

      you have it all wrong. believe it or not reed is the nucleus of the team, great guy hard ball player, getting rid of him would be ridiculous.

      • Richard Nose

        “nucleus of the team”…

        • Sosa23

          Thats what I said…

      • AB

        that seals it for me. Sosa23 has to be a joke account.

        • Sosa23

          No this is not a joke account. Who goes out there and busts it everynight more then him. Maybe rizzo or barney but hes right up there hes a great clubhouse guy too along with rizzo and barney.

          • Richard Nose

            But the thing is he doesn’t get to go out there “everynight”. I agree he’s much more valuable than just his numbers, good leader, good model for young guys. Buuuuuuuut he’s a bench play, not a regular, a reserve. He’s proven in the past that he’s better when he plays less frequently. That’s not a model I’d want to follow. “the nucleus of the team”…no. I’d move him if an opportunity was worth it.

          • AB

            hilarious

            • Sosa23

              So hilarious right, I’m on here speaking my mind not offending anyone in anyway nothing wrong at all and all I get is ignorence for a comment. Some people on here I tell ya…

              • Kurt

                “ignorence”

                I think I know part of the reason.

          • TWC

            Yeah, great, he busts his ass. That’s swell. That doesn’t mean he’s any good.

            • Sosa23

              Who else is going to make plays like he does in the outfield for the cubs? He runs out every hit as hard as he cans. Soriano trots down the line when he hits a ground ball like a wimp. Reed always finds a way to get on base and hustles in every aspect. I’m sorry but if you have ever played baseball at any level other then pony league, you would know, hustle and defense wins ball games.

              • Sosa23

                For position players*

              • TWC

                hustle and defense wins ball games.

                Actually, I’m pretty sure that talent and skills win ball games.

                I’m sorry but if you have ever played baseball at any level other then pony league

                Don’t patronize me, kid. If Reed was as glorious as you say, he’d be starting — somewhere. He “hustles” to all those balls because he doesn’t get particularly good read on them, doesn’t pick particularly good routes to get to them, and thus has to run his ass off.

                I mean, I’m happy you have a favorite player. That’s great. But he’d just not that good.

                • Sosa23

                  Listen all you are is an arogant person who sits behind a computer screen and gets gratification and a self-righteous feeling for putting down other people’s comments. All i said is hustle wins ball games and Reed is a great clubhouse guy and really helps the cubs chances of winning when he’s in the lineup. And if hustle doesnt win ball games how come one of the greatest players ever was nicknamed ” charlie hustle” .. dumbass

                  • Whiteflag

                    Actually you said

                    you have it all wrong. believe it or not reed is the nucleus of the team, great guy hard ball player, getting rid of him would be ridiculous.

                    That’s is a pretty strong statement.They were just giving you the reasons they disagree with your opinion. You are the one threwing out the dumbass and started the if you have ever played baseball…

                    Hustle is a great thing.I love Reed too but I don’t think trading him is ridiculous. But TWC makes a great point about him not making great jumps and having to bust his ass, while other players make it look easy.

                • Mysterious4th

                  I totally agree with you! He’s a good pinch hitter, and a good bench player (well sometimes). I think the greatness goggles are a little foggy. I had to stop laughing when I read the comment about johnson. He’s a funny guy and so is baker (see their super hero costumes) a veteran in the club house, but that doesn’t deem him the “nucleus” of the team.

                  • Sosa23

                    I guess nucleus was a stretch but he really does help our chances of winning close games with his defensive skills and aggression at the plate.

                    • bbmoney

                      I like Reed Johnson, I really do. But he’s only got 65 games left with the cubs on his current contract…..maybe he adds 1 win over the guy we have play instead of him….maybe. So even optamistically that gets us to what 73 wins instead of 72? That doesn’t do us much good.

                      I’d rather we get a middle relief prospect for him that might help us win a game or two in 2014.

                • Sosa23

                  Close to all of the best the best position players ever were great at hustling and finding ways to win. So you are essentialy saying people who don’t hustle can be just as good… Right I guess if you are maybe Babe ruth.

                  • stillmisskennyhubbs

                    You’ve made your point several times. Enuff alreddy

                    • EQ76

                      just tell Sosa to “put a cork in it” ayyyyeoooo!!!

                  • Mysterious4th

                    Bbmoney is stating simply that if he wants to help us win games a trade will help us in the future instead of an extra win this season, why not get a prospect whose WAR of 1ish (which is probably what reed gives us) will help us when it matters and not during a crappy season. Youth is what the FO is going for and reed johnson isn’t young and he doesn’t fit the future plans. Maybe we bring him back as a bench player in the offseason after we trade him this year and get a B/C prospect for him and a discount when we sign him in the off season (which is a 50/50 shot IMO)

                  • Frank

                    There’s a difference between not hustling and making things look easy. My grandfather watched Joe DiMaggio play–and told me that Di Maggio almost never had to dive for a ball. Why? Great positioning and an unerringly accurate read on the ball. He made it look easy because he was superior in those aspects of the game.

                    • TWC

                      This. Exactly this.

                    • Sosa23

                      *yawn* zz

  • Steve

    I have never been through a trade season where the Cubs were in fire sale mode.

    Will someone put me down in the ” I hate this shit” column??

    • EQ76

      as stupid as this may sound, I’m still not convinced we’re in a total firesale/rebuild mode.. Here’s my few reasons why:
      1. We have the revenue/attendance & are a big market team, so no real need for fire sale unless we get some amazing prospects back.
      2. Theo/Jed are only on 4 year contracts. Yes they’ll be here longer, but I don’t think they want to wait 4 years to start being competitive.
      3. We can still build a strong minor league system while competing at the Major League Level. Lots of teams do it. We don’t have to spend 4 years building a farm system, then compete.
      4. FO will avoid bad contracts and paying for past performance.. doesn’t mean we can’t add good, young players entering their prime.
      5. We really are loaded with offensive young players (Rizzo, Castro, B Jackson, Vitters, etc) who will probably be starting next year… so in a way, a young core is already in place. Maybe we do add a FA or 2 that have impact on this team.

      • Mysterious4th

        I really want to see them sign anibal sanchez. 1) garza 2)shark 3)sanchez 4)maholm 5)wood. It would be a pretty good rotation. And add a few bullpen pieces in the off season, also get a 3rd baseman (we will bring stewart back for 1-1.5million he is the kind of risk theo/jed like to take and I thin the surgery will allow him to build the needed strenght in his wrist)we have some young guys that are gettin close to ML ready. I see next year winning 80ish games and in ’14 seeing a larger change thru deadline trades and FA possibly.

        • Cubbie Blues

          Sanchez was already traded to the Tigers.

          • EQ76

            Yeah, and he’ll be a FA at year’s end.. hence, signing him this off season.

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