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#43800 Tony Campana

Posted by Rated Rookie on 28 April 2013 - 07:12 PM

Nobody ever questioned his base running skills. Just his inability to get on base that nullified them.

#43786 Tony Campana

Posted by Rated Rookie on 28 April 2013 - 01:15 PM

It saddens me that there are people out there who sincerely believe that.

#43702 Trade Possibilities

Posted by Rated Rookie on 27 April 2013 - 09:19 AM

DeJesus almost certain. He's 32, and we have Schierholtz, Sweeney, and Borbon as younger LH OF options. Aside from slugging, his number really arent that off from his career averages. As with Maholm last year, his 6.5MM team option makes him that much more attractive.


Expected return; 1 of somebody's top 5-10 prospects plus 1-2 lottery tickets. If we're incredibly lucky, a back end top 100 prospect.


Garza's a doozy. His injury screwed us hard. I could see us trading him while on the DL, depending on other teams desperation. The Yankees and Dodgers are 2 teams that have already lost some of their starting pitching. I've heard people use Peavy being traded when injured as a comparison, but Peavy was under contractfor a few more years at the time, and Garza's a free agent after this season. If we're not contending and don't plan on an extension, my guess is that we get what we can for him, which will depend on how desperate potetnial partners are, how many potential partners there are, and which alternatives are on the market. If he comes back in mid-late May, and looks strong through July, teams may view him as any other 2 month rental. If not, we might want to wait until August's waiver deadline.


Expected return: Anything from a top 50 prospect and then some to a fistfull of lottery tickets and fringe prospects. If there's no hope to re-sign him, he's a chip that must be cashed in. All depends on the market. This holds true for all players, but especially a 2 month rental coming off an injury.


As was the case last year, Soriano will depend on where he's willing to go. As I've been saying for 2 years, it should be about getting back the best possible player/prospect package more so than salary relief.


Expected Return: Maybe someone gives us something like a Dom Brown or Zach Britton, a one time top prospect with a falling star, but I'd take something like the DeRosa package; a pair of upper level fringe guys and one high ceiling, lower level guy.


Feldman is a possiblity. When the summer rolls around, as many teams tend to be looking for back of the rotation innings eaters than front end guys. Obviously Feldman wouldn't generate much of a return, but he could be packaged with someone else.


Expected return; If he's absolutely lights out over the next few months,maybe we spin him into another broken top 100 guy ala Vizcaino, but even then we'd have to add something to the pot.


Marmol, Gregg, Camp; Any of these 3 are possibilities. With the possible exception of Marmol, any of them would likely be part of bigger packages to generate significant interest. I doubt that anybody would acquire them as a closer. Any team desperate enough for a closer that they'd try one of them likely isn't contendong, but like back end innings eaters, many teams are as much in the hunt for reliable, veteran middle relief as they are for late inning guys.


Expected return; If Marmol can dominate, maybe someone would come out of one of their top 10-15 prospects for the rental if not a high-ish ceiling low level plus a quasi-useful fringe prospect. Alone, Gregg and Camp likely don't fetch more than a PTBNL each, but we seem to have gotten some pretty solid PTBNLs last year, notably Carillo and Loux.


Other Possibilites;

Barney; The organization seems to value defense more than they once did, not that that's a bad thing, so they might prefer to hold on to him as a cost effective building block, especially since it now seems as though we don't have buckets of money that we're ready to spend in the next 2 years. For the same reason, I now think they'll hang on to Travis Wood though befoe Theo's bombshell I saw him as a perfect trade chip.


Someone would have to overpay in terms of prospects for either due to their being under team control for several years and potentially valuable building blocks.




Villanueva; It's only a matter of time before he comes down to Earth, but it might not be as hard of a crash as you'd think. He's a guy who has always been a swing man/spot starter. If given an opportunity to start full time, he could wind up a very productive 3-4 starter. This being said, we might want to hang on to him until we get a better idea what we have as far as our pitching prospects go.



Vogelbach; ever since we drafted him, my take has been if he really can't play serviceable defense, he could be traded to an AL team, perhaps for a pitching prospect.


Vitters: If the organization truely has given up on him, and I havn't, I'd be interested in seeing if we could swap him for something similar from another organization, say a one time top prospect that hasn't quite worked out and they're ready to move on, but is still young enough that there's hope. Phil Aumont, Dom Brown, Jake Arrieta, and Zach Britton are a few names that come to mind. We forget that Vitters is 23 and doesn't turn 24 until August, making him younger than each of the guys listed. While fans tend to over-value their own prospects, they also have a habit of under valuing those that havn't quite panned out.


Brett Jackson I personally see Brett as a possible Chris Young type. Certainly not a guy that you rely on to be the cornerstone of your organization, but a great building block to work with. He still has a higher ceiling than Szczur, and rather than sell low on him, I'd rather give him another year in AAA while Borbon and Sweeney get their cracks at center in 2014 while Jackson, Szczur, and Ha compete for the coveted bridge to Almora gig.


Edited due to the insane amount of spelling and grammar typos. I'm normally not one to care too much about that type of thing, but fuck, that was a mess. Cursed board not offering red squiggles under such snafus.

#43104 Concepcion

Posted by Rated Rookie on 23 April 2013 - 10:20 AM

I'm pretty sure he was a swallowed the cat to catch the dog signing in order to reel in his buddy Jorge Soler.

#32676 The 2013 Cubs don't have to be awful.

Posted by Rated Rookie on 11 October 2012 - 03:22 PM

I'm very confident that if enough went well, the above team would have an outside chance at winning 75 games.

#31725 The All "He Was a Cub?" Team

Posted by Rated Rookie on 29 August 2012 - 03:36 PM

An All Star Team dedicated to notable players who played less than one forgettable season for the Cubs, and many forget that they ever were Cubs. Jim Edmonds and Kenny Lofton are left out, because their time with the Cubs was very memorable.

1B. Phil Nevin (2006): last ditch effort to save the 2006 season after the D Lee injury. Fucking Furcal. Actually posted a solid line of .274/.335/.497 in his time as a Cub, but this was 2006, and he was traded to the Twins in August.
2B. Lenny Harris (2003)-not a true 2B, but I can't find one, so why not the consummate journemyan?
SS. Rey Ordonez (2004): Cubs needed a Short Stop because someone was injured, and we had yet to acquire Nomar
3B: Corey Koskie (2009) never made it past spring training, but was a very productive player in his day.
LF: Ben Grieve (2004-2005): Played part of 2 seasons, but only a cumulative 38 games and 36 at bats, many, many years after being an Oakland A's mega prospect turned rookie of the year turned forgettable 4th outfielder.
CF: Marquis Grissom (2006) Another sprig training invitee who didn't quite make it. He actually called it quits before being cut.
RF: Matt Lawton (2005) Remember Matt Lawton's time with the Cubs in 2005? Me neither, but it happened in July of 2005. In August of 2005, he was then dispatched to the Yankees for minor league reliever Justin Berg, who's still floatng around the Cubs farm system after a few forgettable big league stints.
C. Jason Kendall (2008) Top prospect Geovany Soto was doing very well , but Ole Jim Hendry opted to go for the gritty, tough as nails veteran who ate nails for breakfast, shat them out, and ate them again.
DH (yes, we have a DH) Craig Monroe (2007) In August of 2007, Sweet Lou wanted another big bat for the home stretch. Instead, he got Craig Monroe.
SP: Doug Davis (2011) Remember that one start in which Davis shut down the Yankees? I do. Remember Doug Davis' other 8 starts? I don't.
CL: Manny Corpas (2012) One of the many unemployed veterans scraped off the pavement by Jed and Theo this past spring, Corpas was one of the few who actually made the big league roster. While he is still a member of the team, he's already fading from memory.

#27720 Trade Near Completion?

Posted by Rated Rookie on 29 June 2012 - 12:00 PM

Randy Wells to the Yankees for an autographed poster of Kevin Maas.

#25022 Ryan Dempster

Posted by Rated Rookie on 12 June 2012 - 07:32 AM

@Rotoworld_BB: Morrow's oblique injury called 'substantial' http://t.co/DjVeh87J

A contender in baseballs toughest division loses it's best pitcher huh. Anyone else smell opportunity?

#24764 Cubs v. Twins - June 8, 2012 (TV: WGN)

Posted by Rated Rookie on 08 June 2012 - 08:48 PM

Soler or Almora sign yet? Need some positive news right about now.

I just saved money on my car insurance by switching to Geico.

#23771 Soler Declared FA

Posted by Rated Rookie on 02 June 2012 - 12:42 PM

Looking at the amount of payroll freed up after last season that has not been used, we virtually need to get Soler. He'd be the cornerstone of the Epstein Era, and is exactly what the organization needs going forward. As a big market team with financial flexibility, even if they went nuts with a 30+MM offer, it would have a huge impact on the future plans. The previous offer that The Cubs may or may not have made in March was I believe 22-27 mil. Since then, a good chunk of Kerry Wood's 3 mil salary is off the books. Not sure if they got any cash back in the Byrd trade, but if so, tack that on as well. As for freeing up a spot on the 40 man, there is no shortage of options. We could easily trade Baker or Johnson for a PTBNL. Make Koyie Hell mercifully go away. Let the Phillies have back what's his name that can't throw strikes. Jairo Asecio could be an easy come easy go. Much like Old Gil, we need this.

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