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Hector Villanueva

Member Since 14 Apr 2012
Offline Last Active Jul 14 2013 10:30 PM
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What could have been

04 July 2013 - 11:13 PM

Yasel Puig- outbid by Dodgers
Yu Darvish- outbid by a couple teams
Dominic Brown-did the Phillies really offer him for Soriano last offseason?
H.Ryu-outbid by Dodgers

Brown sure would look good in blue.

A review of Cubs moves by Jason Stark

31 July 2012 - 11:05 PM

" Bronze Medal: Chicago Cubs They had it all figured out, mapped out, plotted out. Unfortunately, they're still the Cubs. You won't find two brighter, more prepared people running anyone's baseball teams than Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Unfortunately, they're running the Cubs. And so, from the cosmic forces that have brought you more than a century's worth of consecutive ticker tape-free seasons, along came the 2012 trading deadline to reel insanely out of control in the most Cub-like manner possible. The Plan was to trade off Ryan Dempster early, clear the landscape to trade Matt Garza next, and, if all went well, find landing spots for Alfonso Soriano and a bunch of other extraneous parts, too. Well, The Plan was rolling along just the way it was supposed to -- for about 30 seconds. Then kaboom. Dempster turned down what looked like a tremendous deal to a team (Atlanta) he'd originally said he'd like to go to. Then Garza got hurt and, ultimately, made himself untradeable. The Dempster negotiations with the Dodgers eventually went from stalled to paralyzed. And the Cubs came within about 10 minutes of getting neither of them traded. So, in the end, the Cubs found a way to make at least a few deals: Maholm, Reed Johnson, Geovany Soto and the last-minute swap of Dempster to Texas. But what was supposed to be a perfect opportunity to assemble pieces for a brighter tomorrow yielded just one potential star-caliber prospect (former Braves right-hander Arodys Vizcaino) -- and even he just had Tommy John surgery. And how did it come to that? Not because of human blunders. Just, seemingly, because of Cubs-esque forces beyond anyone's control. "I've been in the game a long time," one veteran exec said. "And sometimes, even I can't believe the things that happen to the Cubs." So well said, we should inscribe it on their bronze medal. Nipped at the Tape: Astros, Orioles and Diamondbacks.

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