Friday, December 29, 2006
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Mets and Cubs have made strong offers to Dave Newhan. Newhan, who was not tendered by the Orioles, has a great chance to make both clubs, but will probably have to accept a minor league deal. If he were to join the Cubs, he would could make the roster if they decide to send Ronny Cedeno to Triple A Iowa to play regularly. Although, he is almost guaranteed a spot on the Mets roster, assuming the Mets look to trading for a pitcher. Newhan, who batted .252 with 4 HR and 18 RBI will most likely decide after the New Year.
This is curious to me. But of course if he is just signed to a minor league deal with the chance to make it to the big leagues I really dont have a problem with it. He is a lefty bat, but not a stolen base threat or a HR threat. Im not sure why we do have intrest unless we get him for really cheap and he doesnt have a guareented spot on the ML team. He looked good in 04 but anything before or after wasent a big deal. If they start him in center over Pie or Jones I will be pissed!
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The Cubs are reviewing Cliff Floyd's medical records one last time before finalizing a one year, incentive base contract. A deal is most likely to be finalized this weekend. Floyd batted .244 with 11 HR and 44 RBI. He will most likely platoon with Matt Murton in left field.
This is really nothing new, they have been reviewing his medical record for weeks now. I hope he signs soon, he would be a great player off the bench and could be good in case the Murton project doesnt work out. He is a great gamble, he could put up .285 with 20-25 hr next year if heathy. A 1 year with 6 million dollar contract and 3 million being incentives would be reasonable. Either way I like the idea of Floyd being a cub.
Monday, December 25, 2006
1. Juan Rivera gets his leg broken in winter ball, there is alot of rumors going around that he wont be ready for the season, so the angels are looking for a corner outfielder to put up like numbers with Rivera... Can anyone say Jones??? This has been emailed to me 3 times in 2 days and is getting alot of hype on the message boards.. One said that Figgins for Jones( I would do that in a heartbeat!!) The other said Figgins for Jones and Guzman( which i would also do in a heartbeat!!) These trades make alot of sense on both sides, the Angels need a power hitting outfielder and the cubs have a displeased Dusty supporter who wants out of town.. Not to mention he only makes like 4 mill next year.. The cubs in turn need a defensive minded Cf who is a lefty, has speed and can hit in the #2 hole and Figgins fits that perfectly.. but why would the Angels give up Figgins, well they cant use him in left field. he doesnt have enough power and he cant play center because they just paid Matthews 10 mil a year to play there.. so this trade would make perfect sense.. now does it to the GMs??? who knows..
2. This one im putting in here for pure enjoyment.. some one said Griffey for Prior and Marshall.. Thats to funny!!! trade one DL for another DL and a young pitcher???? i dont think so!!!
3. Finally the last one.. This came out of nowhere.. This unknown person says Pie, Marmol, and Moore fo Raul Ibanez.. he is a great player and i wouldnt mind this trade if they took out Pie and inserted Jones... check out his stats-http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5665... i have always loved Ibanez.. good defender.. and a power lefty bat... If Jim pulled that off it would be a unreal
That does it for this addition of my unfound rumors.. i hoped you enjoyed it!!!!!!!
Sunday, December 24, 2006
No new updates but will try to update if i hear anything!!!
Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Go Cubs!!!!!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The roster and things will be adjusted at the last minute just like last year so you have the most up to date rosters... But once you click on the link, scroll down and clickon the picture that says video interview.. its about ten minutes. Great new features! So enjoy!!!!
Soriano- .280 42 hr 90rbi 45 sb
Murton- .295 18 hr 70 rbi 5 sb
Dlee- .310 36 hr 99 rbi 20 sb
Aram- .290 36 hr 105 rbi 3 sb
Jones- .275 24 hr 70 rbi 10 sb Pie- .275 12hr 60rbi 19 sb
Barrett- .299 15 hr 50 rbi 4 sb
Izzy- .270 3 hr 45 rbi 18 sb
Derosa- .280 12 hr 65rbi 1 sb
Blanco- .256 3 hr 25 rbi 0 sb
Pagan- .265 4 hr 15 rbi 5 sb
Theriot- .300 2 hr 16 rbi 8 sb
Ward- .290 6hr 26 rbi 1 sb
Floyd????- .275 12 hr 30 rbi 1sb
Cedeno????-.250 2 hr 12 rbi 4 sb
theres my Projections.. i added floyd and cedeno in case somehow they are one the team just to give you an idea.
Its a 3 year deal worth 20 mil... Like I have said numerous times I like this signing... He is an inning eater and you know what you get when you sign him.. He wont be like an Adam Eaton, He wins alot of games and loses alot of games but alot of that can be explained with Tony leaving him in to get hammer to save his pen.. I look to him winning 12 to 15 games this season and to have his era drop around 4 to 4.50.. Im glad Marquis is a cub!!!!
Monday, December 18, 2006
With little available in the free-agent market, the Cubs might elect to sign a veteran, defensive-minded outfielder who can play center field in case Felix Pie doesn't prove in spring training he's ready to become an everyday player.Alfonso Soriano also can move to center, though the Cubs would prefer him on a corner. First they would have to move Jacque Jones, but they won't do it unless they can get some value in return.
"In a perfect world you'd like to put [Soriano] in one spot and leave him there all year," general manager Jim Hendry said."But it's something where we'll just have to see what becomes available the next couple of weeks or the next month and let [manager Lou Piniella] figure it out in spring training."The Cubs still are concerned about Pie's free-swinging tendencies, and they haven't forgotten how Corey Patterson put too much pressure on himself in 2005.If Jones is traded, the Cubs could move Mark DeRosa to the outfield and play Ryan Theriot at second base, though they've already announced that DeRosa is their starting second baseman.
He brings up alot of good points.. I do believe Sori will be in right field next season and Murton and Floyd(if we ever sign him) platooning with him.. This is a good start but where does that leave JJ.. He could definitly man center for the cubs( he was orginally brought up at center) but he defense is suspect... the other option is to have Pie start in center and use Jones as trade bait, but I am with Jim, he wont come cheap. The best bet is to have no center fielder to start Spring Training, let Pie and Jones fight for it.. Pie is such a good defender it might be worth the risk of him hitting .250 to get that defense, on the other hand you have JJ who had a career year last year and could put up simular numbers.. Its a tough decision that Lou and Jim will have to make.. but no rush to do it now.. Spring Training is still a ways away.. Lets see who wants it more.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Toronto's signing of Vernon Wells ($126-million, seven years) has to make Rocco Baldelli even more valuable and more sought-after. The Braves, Cubs, White Sox and Rangers would seem good fits. .
Rocco is a very good hitter and decent hitter when heathy... He is a favorite with Lou and would be extremely expensive as far as prospects are concerned.. This move really makes no sense to me at all, and heres why
1. He is a right handed bat, we need lefty outfielder if anything
2. He has injury problems, his games since 2003 have gone 156 in 03, 136 in 04, and 92 in 06
3. strike outs are high 128 in 03, 88 in 04, and 70 in 06
4. he will cost alot for a stop gap for Pie
I just rather see Jones or Pie in center than him
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Not a bad player and he is a Lefty!!!! cubs should offer Guzman and Cedeno and see if they can get him!!!
Now having said that... if he is at all expensive then just give jones or pie the job in center.. i think both would do a decent job.. more jones offensivly and pie for the defense!!!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Jeff Suppan, RHSP--St. Louis Cardinals
Yankees, Phillies, Pirates, Royals, Mariners, Astros and Giants are among a dozen teams interested in him. The Cardinals are offering a 3-year, $20M deal, but are not pursuing him aggressively. The Astros and Cubs (and possibly the Giants) are offering 3-year, $30Mish deals. He is seeking 4-years, $32-40M. The Pirates are unwilling to meet his asking price, but have a made a competitive offer. Jays and Mets have mild interest. He does not planning on signing until Zito is off the market....This rumor was last updated on 04:15 PM - Dec 13, 06.
How great would be our rotation then!!! if you can get Suppan for 10 or 11 mil would be a steal in my opinion... I have always like Suppan and he is right around the plate.. Just a good pitcher.. That then gives you the option to trade Prior or let him get heathy... or even trade Hill(which i dont want to) for a center fielder(crawford please!!!).. but here would be our rotation
Thats a tough rotation!!!!
heres a link to his stats
From ESPN.com rumor central:Close with CubsDec 14 - Cliff Floyd continues to move closer to a deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.Floyd, a Chicago native, has made no secret of his desire to play for the Cubs. He has previous ties to general manager Jim Hendry (who recruited him at Creighton University) and special assistant Gary Hughes (who drafted him in Montreal in 1991).The Seattle Mariners had an interest in Floyd, who hit .244 with 11 homers in 97 games for the Mets last season, but filled their left-handed DH void when they acquired Jose Vidro in a trade with Washngton.
I really want to see Floyd in a cubbie uniform.. doing this gives you great power off the bench and the option to platoon with Murton or trade Jones.. This is a great move, now all we have to do is wait til its official!
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The Astros have acquired right-hander Jason Jennings from the Rockies, FOXSports.com has learned.The Rockies will receive center fielder Willy Taveras and right-handers Jason Hirsh and Taylor Buchholz for Jennings and right-hander Miguel Asencio, major-league sources said.Jennings, 28, will replace left-hander Andy Pettitte in the Astros' rotation. Pettitte, 34, signed a two-year, $32 million free-agent contract with the Yankees last Friday.
The Astros, who still could re-sign free-agent right-hander Roger Clemens, paid a steep price for Jennings, a pitcher with a 4.74 career ERA and only one season of more than 12 wins.The package is similar to the one that the Astros discussed last week with the White Sox in a proposed trade for right-hander Jon Garland.The quality of the players going to the Rockies will increase the pressure on the Astros to sign Jennings — a free agent at the end of next season — to a long-term contract.
Taveras, Hirsh and Buchholz for him?? Thats not worth someone who won only more than 12 games once.. im glad we didnt try that hard to get him...
The cubs still havent made a move for center but it looks more and more like Jones or Pie will be in center for us in 07... Some other options have been mentioned such as Rowand, Church, Rocco, Finley, and Coco... Names that are availiable but expensive are AJones, Wells, and Crawford.. Names not really thrown around yet but look for them to start coming up like Bernie Williams, Wille Taveras, and Eric Byrnes... I dont know who will be our center fielder but Hendry just says he wants a stop gap until Pie is ready and that left when Lofton signed so the only players left to do that stop gap are Wells, Williams and Finley... The rest have years on there contract or are young and would block Pie... They only player i would trade for out of the bunch would be Crawford.. He is young and cheap, hits 300 avg, decent power 20hr, 30 SB, and a great glove... I would take him over the rent a players of Wells and Jones... Plus this way you could trade Pie in that deal and not have to wonder if he is ready.. or if he is not.. or is he gonna be great or is he gonna be a bust.. Having said that none of these players will come cheap especially Jones, Crawford, and Wells..
It will be intresting how all this plays out..
Monday, December 11, 2006
The Cubs are expected to announce the signings of Ted Lilly, Jason Marquis and Daryle Ward this week before turning to the outfield. Free agent Cliff Floyd appears to be a likely target for left field, though center remains a guessing game.
It also says that we are pursing a trade that will not block pie next.. Aaron Rowand, Brady Clark and Rocco Baldelli.. All are decent players but have downfalls, Clark had a down year and didnt look like the guy they had in 04 05, Rowand is a good choice but he and Rocco are right handed bats.. That makes no sense... I rather just get Crawford lol but he is not gonna be traded.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
I think we are in for a suprise.. Jim has to have some plan for a trade of some sort.. we have young pitching to give and bullpen so lets just see what Jim has planned
The sun-times has some intresting info this afternoon-
Once the Marquis signing is complete, the Cubs will turn their attention toward acquiring a center fielder to keep the job warm until prospect Felix Pie is ready by midseason or 2008. New manager Lou Piniella still wants more help on his bench, and free-agent outfielder Cliff Floyd remains a strong possibility.
Im still glad we are pursing floyd.. He would be valubale off the bench and provide nothing but help to this team not to mention if heathy can belt 25 hr!!! The cubs are still working minor details out with Marquis but it is basically a done deal.. If the cubs are looking for a center fielder i vote Lofton(which is a favorite) or via trade Church.. My dream would be Crawford but that will cost too much
Right fielder Jacque Jones has indicated a desire to be traded, and the Cubs will look for a deal that makes sense. If Jones is dealt, the Cubs are expected to sign Floyd.
Jones obviously doesnt want to be in chicago.. He complains about fans and wanted Dusty to stay... Now saying that we shouldnt just give him away.. He has alot of trade value with the numbers he put up.. I say give the Rays a call and see if they want Jones along with young pitching for Crawford.. It couldnt hurt to ask.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
The cubs have signed Marquis to a 3 year estimating 20 million sources have learned.. Thats much better than 3years 28million.. Before everyone bashes this signing lets wait to see the lay out of it.. could be 5mill a year with incetives or has an option attached to it.. Lets wait for the details, but you have to admit it Eaton can get 3 year 24 mill for arm troubles.. 3year 20 mill is about the right deal for this market...
Ill say it again.. i like Marquis!
While i believe that we have signed him or close to it , i dont think its for that much.. I think its just Cards Nation trying to get Cubs Nation up in arms... Heres a snipit from Bruce Miles
Bruce Miles in his column over at the Daily Harold is reporting that there is a DEAL on the table for Marquis. The more accurate deal is 1 yr $4 mill with a vesting option for 2008.
I think St. Louis is just a little jealous about all the move we have been making this offseason..They want us to make a bad deal or overpay for a medicore player.. If i were them i would be pissed too.. Giving Kennedy a deal when there were 2nd baseman out there like Lorretta, Belliard, and Giles via trade... Giving a Relief pitcher in Wheeler a deal to serve up HR to us.. There most significant signing is Wells who at best is a #4 starter, and now they are after Batista.. thats alot of #5 starters in our 5 man rotation.. They still have Pujols, Carpenter, Eckstien, Edmonds and Rolen which are great ball players but having Juan and Duncun starting in there outfield?? thats sad.. im just gonna be happy when were hitting Bombs off there young pitching and 2 #5 starters, hitting routine balls at Rolen and Duncun and having them boot them, and sending them home saying " but we are suppose to be defending world champs"
Thats what i think tho, i could be wrong.
Hendry still is trying to find another free-agent starter, and trying to sign outfielder Cliff Floyd, the former Thornwood star he once recruited as baseball coach at Creighton. But McDonough will ask Hendry to curtail his duties a bit so he can be fully recovered by the start of spring training.
Im glad to see we are still after the chicago native!! One thing that worries me in this article is how everyone want Hendry to relax til spring training.. thats nuts and i doubt Jim does that.. i can see him taking some days off but not that long, you have to be on your game to get the players you want.. I want Jim to get better and the time off is needed, but not til sporing training.. I want Pac-man out there wheeling and dealing!!
In the Daily Herald they had some intresting thoughts.. They still say the cubs #1 project is to get Marquis to fill out the 5th spot in the rotation.. They also say they may entertain a trade for ex-cub Jon Lieber or Brad Penny, if the teams do in fact want to trade them.. I say Jim if i had to pick between those HMM! I think the cubs could put a very attractive package together for Penny.. Maybe a Jones package could do it.. They need a corner outfielder with power and he had a great year last year, not to mention that would give us a great rotation of
Yeah i like that!
Friday, December 08, 2006
Like i said I am one of the few that like Marquis... if your intrested why read my other post I wrote on him.
Time To Think About Carlos Zambrano
By waiting until after the season to work out an extension for third baseman Aramis Ramirez, the Cubs probably cost themselves millions of dollars. Luckily, they still got him for less than the going rate in the end.
Surely Jim Hendry and Co. are wary of a similar scenario occurring with staff ace Carlos Zambrano. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes:
"Talks have yet to begin on Zambrano's extension, and probably won't get serious until the start of spring training if the past is any indication."
While some feel that Zambrano's price rose to over $100 million because of recent free agent signings, I would counter that it was $100 million all along. Compare Zambrano to Barry Zito as the Tribune did.
1. Zambrano is a full three years younger than Zito.2. Zito has six straight seasons of 200+ innings; Zambrano has four.3. In their careers, Zambrano has been tougher to hit, better at home run prevention, and has a significantly better strikeout rate.4. In peripheral stats, Zito's only advantage is mildly better control.
Say for the sake of argument that Zito gets six years, $100MM. In my mind that makes Zambrano in line for at least a seven year, $130MM deal. That would be $18.5MM annually. Barry Rozner of the Daily Herald even suggests Zambrano could be a $20MM player.
Perhaps the Cubs should move to sign Zambrano before Zito signs, as Zito's contract could be a point of reference for agent Barry Praver. At least Jim Hendry can be relieved that Zambrano fired Scott Boras at the beginning of this year.
I truly think Jim will get a deal done with Zambrano before seasons start... I do think this because he wont make the same mistake he did with Aram this year, if in fact he waits till seasons end that could blow up in his face almost like the Aram situation... Lets say Zambrano wins 15 to 20 games next year, which he will.. his asking price will go upward even more than it was before the season started.. He will be more affordable now than later.. i say give him a 6 year with an option for a 7th... a full no trade clause for the first 5 years... give him alot of incentives( cy young, lead leagues in wins, era, strikeouts etc, mvp, etc). With all incentives the price tag should be 7 years and to make a possiable 130 million... about 17.5 to 18.5 mill a year.. Thats an extremely fair deal considering Clemens got 22 mill for 2/3 the season.. It would be a huge blow to loose him and you know everyone want him and if he did hit the market it would go beyond 18 mill a year!!!
"Options for the Cubs, and the many other teams desperate for starters, have narrowed to a handful, headed by Oakland's Barry Zito, who is probably out of the Cubs' price range, and the Cardinals' trio of Jeff Suppan, Jeff Weaver and Jason Marquis."
I will take any of those pitchers.. I would love to get Zito or Suppan... but both might be headed elsewhere..
Accordinig to many articles(suntimes, Washingtion post etc.)-
The cubs could part with Sean Marshall to get Ryan Church.. he is a very patient hitter and is good defensivly. left handed bat, young only 28, could in fact have a break out season... .366 ObP last year.. i like him and for marshall thats a equall trade... here is a link to his stats-
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Mark HendricksonDodgers willing to move him. The Cubs, Jays, and Astros could have some interest
I dont quite understand why we would have intrest in him, how bout penny? Here is his stats thanks to foxsports.com
According to Mlb4u.com-
Jason Marquis, RHSP--St. Louis Cardinals
He appears set to sign a 3-year, $27-30M deal with the Cubs. The Pirates had also expressed interest. He had been seeking 3-years, $30M to 4-years, $36M.
Not a bad deal at all, he is a work horse.. He gives you alot of innings and could battle for the 4th or 5th spot in the rotation.. Alot of fans dont like him but i do and here is why-
He pitched 194.1 innings last year.. we need that on our team.. He has alot of decisions which means he at least keeps your team in games and doesnt loose things bad.. He went 14-16 last year.. That would have been 2nd on our team in wins!!! He has a career 56-52 with a 4.55 Era which is better than alot of free agents on the market. He had 33 GS and 30 decisions. He is only 28 years old and for 3 years 27 million is a deal in my opinion. Oh and he is 21 and 13 in day games.. favor Wrigley.. I like him and thats why i wouldnt mind him to be in cubbie blue.
Hendry also was close to reaching a deal with free agent Daryle Ward, which would give the Cubs some backup at first base and in the outfield and provide a key left-handed bat off the bench. Ward hit .308 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs in 98 games for the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves last season.
This is a key move, Ward kills Rhp and is more of a first baseman than outfield so there is still hope for you Floyd lovers out there like myself..
We've had a lot of discussions with a lot of people over a lot of players," Hughes said. "There's more stuff that has to be done. Knowing Jim, it usually happens sooner rather than later."
I just love this quote and you gotta love Pac-man.
They dealt outfielder Freddie Bynum to the Orioles for Minor League right-hander Kevin Hart.
Dont know much on Hart but he is that PTBNL we got from the O's.
Good overall winter meetings... Get well Jim!
Jim Hendry said all along he wanted to acquire two, or even three starters this winter. True to his word, the Cubs are still pursuing Gil Meche after inking Ted Lilly. (By the way, Hendry is said to be fine and should be out of the hospital Thursday morning).
Keep in mind that Alfonso Soriano's contract is backloaded. Sori makes only $9MM in 2007, meaning the Cubs still have money to burn for Meche (note: I am unsure how Sori's $8MM signing bonus is paid out). Hendry would probably have no problem tossing another $5MM to Cliff Floyd for old times' sake, too. Hell, maybe the Cubs even go out and sign a third free agent starter to really cover themselves. It's not like Lilly and Meche are horses.
Additionally, CubDumb spoke to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune today. Seems that the Cubs were going to get Lilly, no matter what it took.
UPDATE: MECHE DECIDES TO SIGN WITH ROYALS.. ACCORDING TO FOXSPORTS.COM
THE ROYALS??? WHAT??? THAT MAKES NO SINCE UNLESS WE STOPPED GOING AFTER HIM BECAUSE OF THE SIGNING OF LILLY
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was hospitalized Wednesday for observation after feeling ill, team officials said.
Hendry, 51, had gone into a local hospital for observation and Cubs team physician Dr. Stephen Adams recommended that he be kept overnight for observation and further tests.
Team officials would not reveal any other details..
I have heard reports on the radio its Flu like symptoms and Indigestion... He has been a busy man and it looks like on the way to the hospital he got the deal with Lilly done.. lol way to go Hendry.. Get Well
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Cubs continued their off-season spending spree Wednesday, reaching preliminary agreement with free-agent left-hander Ted Lilly on a four-year, $40 million contract, FOXSports.com has learned.
Lilly, who turns 31 on Jan. 4, becomes the Cubs' first major pitching acquisition. The team has now signed seven free agents for a total of $272.5 million, spending $251 million alone on Lilly, third baseman Aramis Ramirez and outfielder Alfonso Soriano.
The Blue Jays badly wanted to retain Lilly, who went 15-13 last season with a 4.31 ERA. They are now battling with the Cubs over right-hander Gil Meche. Both teams entered Wednesday with the goal of signing both pitchers.
Lilly, 59-58 lifetime with a 4.60 ERA, will join a Cubs' rotation that already includes right-hander Carlos Zambrano and left-hander Rich Hill. The Cubs are not counting on right-hander Mark Prior, figuring that if healthy, he would be a bonus.
Good move in my opinion, 4 years 40 mill is gonna be adverage for a #3 or 4 pitcher these days.. One thing is stated is that we are still actively pursing Meche, who im a huge fan of... I think Lilly will do good in the adverage hitting central compared to the Beefy AL teams.. decent pick up!!!!! Next on the list please...
Rosenthal's Latest Update
Ken Rosenthal has some fresh hot stove for us.
He says that the Cubs are still going after both Ted Lilly and Gil Meche. They are also looking into outfielders Kenny Lofton, Cliff Floyd, and Ryan Church. It's a little early in Matt Murton's career to be platooning him, yes?
Rosenthal adds the Mariners to the Miguel Batista suitors. The Cards and Royals and also still in the mix.
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It was in the papers this mornining and we have heard these names alot this week and some in the past months... but i thought to post it because it was from Rosenthal..
The cubs and yanks are the two remanding teams standing in the Lilly race.. There meeting with the Yanks tonight and an announcement could be made as soon as tonight.. I hope he lands with the cubs!!!
Also according to the dallas star-
The cubs and Rangers are the only teams activly talking to Kenny Lofton
Accoarding to the daily Hearld-
Many observers believed the Cubs could add either one top-drawer name such as Schmidt or two midlevel free agents such as Meche and Lilly. Hendry wouldn’t differentiate Tuesday.
“I could see a scenario where two pitchers could be added,” was all he offered.
This blurb from Jim says alot. I bet we sign or have to pitchers added by Sunday at the latest..
Cliff coming? Jim Hendry acknowledged that he has taken the next step toward procuring free-agent outfielder Cliff Floyd. Hendry said he has requested the medical reports on Floyd, who underwent Achilles’ tendon surgery after his season with the New York Mets
I love Floyd, he would be a great platoon and good at first when Lee needs a break..
Cubs sources also confirmed the club has interest in Washington outfielder Ryan Church and free-agent outfielder-infielder Daryle Ward. Both bat left-handed.
I liked Ward when he was with the Pirates and Church is a good player, i see these being worked out if Floyd doesnt come or if Hendry doesnt think Bynum is ready or mybe just a replacement for John Mabry.
The Cubs are closing in on a multiyear contract for free-agent right-hander Gil Meche and have emerged as the front-runners for free-agent left-hander Ted Lilly, who might make a decision by today.
''I've talked to Gil Meche over the weekend in New York,'' Piniella said. ''I had a nice conversation with him and told him about the fact that Chicago will be a wonderful place for him to pitch, we are familiar with him there and that we really liked him.
If we landed both Meche and Lilly it would be 2 of the top 6 pitchers on the market, adding to landing Sori and Aram the 2 top postion players on the market!!! If Hendry gets this done, no matter the cost, you cant complain and say he is settling for Medicore talent.. Get it done Jim!!!!!!
Hopefully we get a cubs news rather than rumors today.. Come on Jim get us our pitching!!!
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
from espn.com Winter Meeting Whispers Day 2
Aaron Rowand of the Phils could be a target for the Cubs,who are seeking a centerfielder.
I would love to see Rowand out there.. He would be a great cf for us and you gotta believe he would give us some highlights out there.. How bout Jones and young pitcher for Rowand? See if this rumor get legs.
The Cubs have moved to the front of the line for Ted Lilly's services, according to his agent:"Our talks with the Cubs are becoming more advanced," agent Larry O'Brien told a throng of reporters. "They've indictated that they're willing to pay what needs to be paid."If we have learned nothing else this week, we have learned that Ted Lilly has a very talkative agent.
Sounds like Lilly might be ready to sign on the line and play with the cubs according to this.. gotta say this is a decent move.. lefty pitching is always good and the cubs will get there #3 or #4 starter.. Jim has been very aggressive this offseason and i wouldnt be suprised if he gets his rotation set up by Sunday!!
according to cubs.com
Interesting news from the Southtown-
ESPN reported Monday that the Cubs were close to signing Ted Lilly to a four-year deal, and there was buzz around the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resort, where the meetings are being held, that the deal was done.
Hendry said "that was not true at all." He said he had not talked with Lilly's agent, Larry O'Brien, on Monday.
Cubs general manager Jim Hendry spoke with representatives for Jason Schmidt on Monday and "left the communications open."
I dont buy what Hendry is saying here.. I do think the cubs and Lilly are close to a deal but Lillys agent is just going back for counter offers from other teams today. My feeling is you will hear today or tomarrow that Lilly has signed with the cubs, just my feelings tho, i have been wrong..
Its nice to know Hendry is still keeping tabs on Schmidt, My thought is he wont be coming here and will stay on the west coast but Hendry always seems to suprise us doesnt he?
Chicago Tribune (registration required): "The Cubs are one of the finalists for free-agent left-hander Ted Lilly, having offered a four-year deal worth an estimated $40 million, major-league sources said Monday on the opening day of baseball's winter meetings... The Cubs also have had discussions with free-agent right-handers Jason Schmidt and Gil Meche, who reportedly has the Cubs at the top of his wish list."
Why dont we just get all three lol.. I like how aggressive Hendry is being!!! I have a strong feeling he is not gonna leave the Meetings without his rotation set.
Intresting idea from mlbtraderumors.com
Calm down, this is a family trade rumor site. I am referring to Steve Phillip's latest, found via RotoWorld.
The idea: Jason Jennings to the Cubs; Jacque Jones, Carlos Marmol, Paul Maholm to the Rockies; Brad Hawpe to the Pirates.
If this one is legit, Dan O'Dowd lied to Brad Hawpe's agent.
I would do this one in a heart beat.. especially if we decide to get another left handed bat plus lets face it we need pitching
The next rumor is from the Daily Herald-
One of the more interesting whispers around the winter meetings was that the Giants may be willing to deal lefty Noah Lowry, who was 7-10 this year but is 26-23 lifetime. If so, Lowry will draw big interest around baseball.
The Giants already may lose Jason Schmidt to free agency, so they no doubt will be looking for a lot in return for Lowry.
As of now, it’s doubtful Julio Lugo will be coming to the Cubs. Lugo seemingly would prefer to play shortstop, and Cubs officials believe he’ll get an offer to start at short from another club. The Cubs would envision Lugo as a center fielder, with Alfonso Soriano playing right. However, Lugo bats right-handed, and the Cubs are desperate for left-handed bats.
I have mixed emotions about Lowry, no Doubt the Giants would want the world, im glad the lugo rumor are going away the whole thing just never made since to me.
Washington Post: "But as baseball's winter meetings began Monday, the Nationals were trying to drum up a market for Church, hoping to find a team willing to part with a prospect -- preferably a pitcher -- in return for the 28-year-old who has only 527 major league at-bats. Potential suitors include Detroit, Pittsburgh, Houston and the Chicago Cubs."
I think Ryan Church is going to be a soild outfielder but he doesnt fit into our win now attitude, would be good off the bench tho.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
"Kenny Lofton, who has been with eight teams the last six seasons, could be coming back for a second stint with the Cubs. A major-league source indicated Saturday the Cubs are working to sign him. Lofton is 39 but helped the Dodgers reach the playoffs last year, hitting .301 and stealing 32 bases"
I think this would be one of the smartest things Hendry does this offseason if it comes true.. I have always been a huge Lofton fan.. Last year he put up better numbers than Pierre over all, he had less stolen bases but with fewer chances.. He is a perfect stop gap for us until Pie is ready to take over center.. He is cheap, he hustles, and he hits well at Wrigley.. This would be a favorite move for me and I think greatly improves this team!!
This is according to New York Daily News-
According to insiders, the Cubs haven’t shown much interest to date in Nixon, a right fielder with the Red Sox. But that could change if they don’t like the medical reports on Floyd.
The Cubs have an abundance of bullpen arms to dangle as trade bait. They also could send out feelers on right fielder Jacque Jones, who has two years left on his contract.
His name has been linked to Colorado Rockies pitcher Jason Jennings. Like Floyd and Nixon, Jones is a left-handed hitter, and he hit 27 homers this year.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Cliff Floyd-There is mutual interest with Baltimore. Mets have made him an offer to re-sign and he is mulling it over. Tigers, Athletics, Dodgers, Mariners are all interested. Cubs have made him offer and were believed to be his most likely suitor. The Athletics are in serious talks with him and he could sign a deal with them at the Meetings.... The source of this rumor was Ken Rosenthal.
This is a good signing, as said in my previous post the cubs will need to to get a back up 1st baseman and a lefty, who better than Floyd, i have always liked floyd and when heathy he is a great hitter.. In my opinion the only way he wouldnt come to chicago is because of money or if we in fact didnt offer him a deal... he is a Chicago native and would love to play for the cubs he has stated.. I know i would welcome him with open arms.. great platoon for murton!!!
Jim Hendry decided it would be nice to get to Orlando a day early, this according to Bruce Levine.. He arrived in Flordia this afternoon, hopefully to get his ducks in a row.
The spectulation is to talk to Lilly's agent before the Winter Meetings actually start.. This to me is pretty curious.. could Hendry pull off another big signing and/or possiable trade before the meetings even start??? or maybe he just wanted to get there early to set up his plan.. who really knows... My gut feeling is something will be announced tomarrow, either a trade or signing of some sort.. but thats my feelings, i could be wrong.
Friday, December 01, 2006
The Cubs have discussed acquiring Rockies right-hander Jason Jennings for right fielder Jacque Jones, who would play center in Colorado. Such a move could lead to the Cubs' signing of free agent Julio Lugo to play center. Alfonso Soriano presumably would play left, and the Cubs would need to figure out right.
The Cubs have maintained interest in signing Lugo to a multi-year deal even while increasing their pursuit of starting pitchers. Lugo likely would return to the infield in 2008 to clear a spot for top outfield prospect Felix Pie. The Cubs have an option on shortstop Cesar Izturis for '08. Second baseman Mark DeRosa, who recently signed a three-year deal, can play other positions.
I have a strong feeling that Murton will be in our oufield next season, but i guess sports writers dont consider him an everyday player.. Jennings would be a good fit for Jones and a pitcher like marshall or guzman but none of our good prospects like veal, hill, or pie etc... Its good Hendry has alot of intrest in different players, i like the multi-tasking!
It looks as though the BlueJays will not be able to resign starting pitcher TedLilly. Sources have told Metro that the free-agent left-hander is on the verge of agreeing to a four-year deal worth $37.5- million US with the Chicago Cubs. Baseball owners have lost their minds.
Might be a little much for a pitcher that has injury problems but he has good stuff and would be a good #4 starter for the cubs... I just hope this is close to becoming offical and its not like the whole Schmidt rumor.. We should see in ht next couple of days.
Cubs and Pirates interested. Buster Olney believes some team has made Marquis a 3-year offer....
Can you believe that the cubs would offer him 3 year contract?? That would be intresting to see who did and if he takes it.. you gotta think he would take that deal.. He would be decent to compete for the number 5 spot, but offering him a 3 year deal is a little much.. But thats my opinion..
While the Cubs met almost all of Soriano's demands, they are unwilling to go along with his wish to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic to give his hometown fans a chance to watch him play."I told him I would prefer he not play, and he was agreeable to that," Hendry said.Hendry didn't explain his rationale, but there are easily 136 million reasons he could come up with.
Meanwhile Hendry heads to next week's winter meetings in Orlando with a shopping list of potential starting pitchers and wad of cash to spend.He said Thursday he has not yet had any discussions about bringing back Greg Maddux and reiterated he has made no offer to Jason Schmidt, who heads a list the Cubs are interested in, along with Ted Lilly, Gil Meche and Vicente Padilla.
Hendry also will be scouring the transactions list this weekend to see if any arbitration-eligible players are not tendered contracts.The Cubs will offer arbitration to Carlos Zambrano and Mark Prior and likely will include Will Ohman on that list, even if they decide to trade him.
I love the three pitchers Jim is intrested in.. I hope they get one of them and Westbrook, if that deal is even out there.. Also good news about Sori, im glad Jim said no winter ball! we dont need our new investment to get hurt.. That would kill the cubs!! Good job Jimbo!
Newsday also reports this-
"On the positive side, as concerns loom that Glavine will return to the Braves, the Mets' chances of landing Barry Zito have only increased in recent weeks. The Mets, Cubs and Rangers are considered the primary suitors for Zito, the free-agent lefthander, and friends of Zito believe the 28-year-old would greatly prefer to pitch in New York over Chicago or Arlington, Texas."
I still cant believe were considered suitors for Zito.. I think he is out of reach and he will probly become a met.. they will sign him to a large 7 year 105 mil contract but only if they lose Glavine.. which seems certain he will go to the Braves.
The Dever post says that the cubs are intrested in Jennings-
"If a deal can't be reached for Jennings, it increases the likelihood he will be traded at the winter meetings to address multiple needs. The Cardinals, Cubs, Astros, Twins and both New York teams - Mets could dangle Brian Bannister - are among those that have expressed interest."
I thought we were out of the running for his when they ask for pie or hill but maybe the price will go down?? One curious note, if the mets dangle Bannister then i dont see any reason why Jennings would be in a mets uniform.. Now having said that if they land Zito, probably no reason to trade for Jennings.
Another intresting tidbit is in the Rocky Mountain News-
"Chicago Cubs right-handed pitcher Mark Prior, an Arizona neighbor of Jason Schmidt is trying to persuade the free-agent right-hander to sign with the Cubs..
If this is indeed true, I say thank you to Prior... He my be injury pron but at least he is trying to make this rotation better and stronger without relying on him or wood!!!
With the winter meetings starting you gotta believe there will be alot of signings and wheeling and dealing going on right out of the gate!!!
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Ted Lilly, LHSP--Toronto Blue Jays
His price has risen too high for the Jays to re-sign him, but talks are continuing. The Jays are willing to offer a 4-year deal and have asked to be given the chance to match any offer before Lilly signs, but his agent has not promised that. Cubs, Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox and the NL West are among interested parties. Mets have yet to express any interest. About a dozen teams in total have expressed interest with at least a pair of them willing to make 4-year offers. He will also seek a limited no-trade clause and will not sign with a non-contender. He is seeking 4-years, $36M with several teams willing to offer at least 4-years, $34M. The Yankees will no longer be interested after adding Kei Igawa....
Lilly is a decent pitcher and for 4/36 he is one of best pitchers on the market for the money..He says he would like to stay on the west coast but hasent ruled anything out.. there's a good chance he could sign with the cubs or sox in my opinion considering the yanks are out, and the O's are not gonna be a contender next year so rule them out.. So that leaves the cubs, Rsox. and the west teams.
Gil Meche, RHSP--Seattle Mariners
Does not want to talk with the M's until he tests the market. He has received from more than 15 teams, including the Yankees, Royals, Red Sox, Jays, Cubs, Orioles, Twins and Mets. He is reportedly among the top choices for a dozen teams, though he could command as high as 4-years, $36M. Cubs have ramped up their efforts to sign him. Jays have been recruiting him...
I have always like Meche.. He is a soild right hander, young, and I think will be a dominate pitcher next year.. For the same price as Lilly, but you dont get the possiable head case as Lilly and you can get him back together will Lou!!!
Jason Jennings, RHSP--Colorado Rockies
Rockies shopping him, though they are leaning toward holding onto him until mid-season when he will likely have more value. Rockies also discussing a long-term contract extension with him and have offered a 2-year, $16M deal and a 3-year, $21M deal, but he is seeking more than 3-years, $30M. Talks are not progressing. Astros interested and the Rockies covet Chris Burke. Twins (Jesse Crain), Cubs (Michael Wuertz and Felix Pie) and Rangers (C.J. Wilson) interested. Mariners, Cardinals, Yankees and Mets also interested. Cubs are unwilling to move Rich Hill, whom the Rockies covet, for him....
He is a good pitcher but im skeptical that he is even worth Pie straight across.. I would do a deal like Coats and weurtz for him or Marshall and Weurtz but no Pie or Hill..
Luis Gonzalez, LF--Arizona Diamondbacks
Cleveland, the Dodgers, Padres, Cardinals, Cubs, Baltimore, Texas, Cincinnati and San Francisco are among the dozen teams that have expressed interest. Indians have met with him in person. Prior to hitting the market, he was said to be leaning toward signing a 1-year deal with the Cards, but now he is leaning toward signing with the Dodgers. The Cards and Orioles are also serious bidders....
This is the first I have heard of the cubs being intresting in.. i guess it makes sense tho.. He could platoon with Murton in Left or Come off the bench.. But if we are gonna do that why not sign Floyd???
Its nice to know we are keeping our options open.. I cant wait til we find out when what rumors become news!!!
Barry Zito, LHSP--Oakland Athletics
The Yankees, Cubs, Rangers, Dodgers, Cardinals, Angels, Padres, Mets and Red Sox are among 12-15 teams that are interested. The Dodgers say they will not pursue him. He is interested in playing for 8 of those teams, including the LA teams and the Padres. Mets have made him their top target. He is seeking 7-years, $105M. Rangers will be willing to give him $75M. Angels have made an offer....
I dont see the cubs shelling that much out for a fly ball pitcher.. He is good dont get me wrong and if he signed i would welcome him with open arms.. I just feel we need more than one pitcher in our rotation.
An Internet report that the Cubs were offering San Francisco free-agent pitcher Jason Schmidt as much as $45 million for three years is unfounded, sources said Tuesday night.
Officals say in the Tribune along with the Suntimes that this rumor is unfounded.. Its amazing how this rumor got legs so fast!! Now having saying that who say the Cubs officals arnt telling the whole truth or the deal could be a complete lie.. we will know in a week i would have to think.
Despite a flurry of national reports Tuesday, Cubs insiders vehemently deny they’ve offered free-agent pitcher Jason Schmidt a three-year, $45 million deal.
That doesn’t mean the Cubs aren’t interested in Schmidt or that they won’t make an offer. But they need two starting pitchers, and it’s more likely they’ll come from a pool that includes Gil Meche, Vicente Padilla, Jake Westbrook and Jason Marquis.
The Schmidt deal appears false in the paper but cub fans keep you head up.. I tell you what, with a runner up prize of a maybe a combination of Meche, Padilla, Westbrook, or Marquis you cant be mad... I like the thought of Westbrook and Padilla or Meche in our rotation.. i expect Jimbo to get alot accomplished in the next 2 weeks( rotation and centerfielder)
Alot of noise is starting, and i will do my best to keep everyone updated on Cubbie Rumors!!!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Also the yanks have won the bid to talk to Kei Igawa.. 25 million to talk to him.. Wow! I guess the yanks wanted to show the Red Sox that they arnt the only ones throwing money around on Japan's players..
According to SI.com, the winning bid for Japanese left-hander Kei Igawa was for about $25 million.
Incredible. Igawa's stuff has drawn mixed reviews, and while he might be well ahead of MLB hitters in his first season in the U.S., it seems unlikely that he'll settle in as more than a third or fourth starter. If it costs a total of $40 million to bring him in for three years, we have a new candidate for the biggest bust of the winter. It's expected that we'll know tonight who won the bidding for Igawa. Nov. 28 - 1:57 pm et
The Chicago Cubs have talked to the Cleveland Indians about a deal for pitcher Jake Westbrook, according to baseball moles. The Tribe would get pitcher Ryan Dempster among others in return for Westbrook (15-10 4.17era).
I believe this would be a steal as long as they dont ask for the world with him... I would sending them Marshall, Guzman, and Dempster for Jake!! With Dempster as the center piece of the trade i wouldnt mind a package including any reliever besides Eyre, Howry, or Cotts... or give them one of our young pitchers not named Veal or Hill.. This would be big... Gotta love Westbrook for that package!!!!
It's in the last paragraph.
Briefly: All has been quiet on Jason Schmidt's potential return to San Francisco, and this might be why: According to one source, the Cubs have offered Schmidt a three-year deal worth $44 million. ... The Giants reportedly did not bid by Monday's 2 p.m. PST deadline for the rights to Hanshin Tigers left-hander Kei Igawa, who did not excite Giants scouts. . ... General manager Brian Sabean spent part of the weekend in San Diego helping arrange funeral services for Giants scout Pat Dobson, who died Wednesday. A memorial will be held in San Diego after the winter meetings, which run from Sunday through Dec. 7 in Orlando. The family requests donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 9150 Chesapeake Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92123.
I wonder what source they have that the Tribune didnt pick up... well just thought i would post it... That deal should bring him to chicago!!
The Cubs have reportedly talked with Jason Schmidt's agent more than once since the right-hander became a free agent.The Mariners remain the favorites to sign Schmidt, whose market has been slow to develop so far. The rumors regarding him and Barry Zito may begin to run fast and furious at the winter meetings next week.
It would be amazing if the cubs landed Schmidt! I always thought he wanted to stay on the west coast but money talks and the cubs might just have enough to get the guy in cubbie blue!!
To confuse my previous post, there is this article in the Tribune-
Though they have talked to representatives of almost all available starting pitchers—including Jason Schmidt's more than once—the Cubs seem willing to wait until next week's winter meetings to see where the market is headed.
It doesn't appear the Cubs will be signing Schmidt or Barry Zito, the big two in the free-agent market, before next week's meetings. Agents for those players seem to be waiting to see who the Yankees want and what the current market price is, which the Yanks normally set.
From the article it sounds good that were gonna address our pitching needs during the winter meetings rather than later!!!
A Cubs source e-mailed that Chicago has offered Matt Murton, Bob Howry, Sean Gallagher and Donald Veal, and that Felix Pie hasn't come up. That sounds like not quite enough, but if the Red Sox trade Manny, then turn around and sign J.D. Drew and Julio Lugo, the need for impact-quality major-league talent (say, Michael Young) is lessened. The same source indicates that the Mets and Braves are also interested.
Not quiet sure why this wouldnt work except the sox are looking for relief arms and a short stop... Take Veal and Howry and replace them with izzy, Weurtz, and Marshall and i think you could have a deal... I would love the top of our lineup!!!
Most feared lineup in baseball!!! Now having said that this could be all BS but it is a rumor!
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Cubs and Pirates interested...This rumor was last updated on 02:09 PM - Nov 26, 06. The source of this rumor was Chicago Tribune.
This is according to mlb4u.com.. I would like Marquis to battle for the 5th spot in the rotation. He will pitch .500 baseball and is a inning eater!!! If we can get him less than 5mill a year i think it would be a great pick up. Expect alot of rumors to be going around in the next 3 weeks with the winter meetings starting dec. 1st... Time to start up the hot stove again!!!
Saturday, November 25, 2006
I was emailed that accordian to espn 1000 David Kaplan reported that the cubs will announce by the latest monday that we signed Floyd to a 1 year 8 million dollar deal with about 3 or 4 million guaranteed and the rest incentives.. It also says Meche could be the next addition to our pitching staff!!
If true this would be huge if Floyd does a bench roll or platoon with Murton.. Adding Meche in the rotation will be much improved and it will be intresting what deal we would sign him to.
In another email i recieved we are expected to sign 2-3 pitchers and one possibally through a trade, all in the winter meetings.. It says that Hendry wants to get his rotation some what settled up by Christmas.. It also says Hendry has been in good contact with the following pitchers: Padilla, Meche, Wolf, Marquis, Lilly, and Batista.
The emailer didnt say where he got his info and i hadent heard back from him but i decided to post it anyways considering it a rumors site and i can cover myself by putting it in my Unconfirmed rumors section in my Blog.
If this emailer is correct Hendry( who i think already deserves a B so far in the offseason) deserves alot of credit!!! With these emailers info heres the lineup and rotation i have come up with( or what i would like to see anyways)
J.D. Drew-to-the-Red Sox was supposed to be a done deal but still hasn't been announced. Maybe agent Scott Boras just wants to give the Cubs more time to up the ante. ...
The Brewers would love to deal Geoff Jenkins and the Cubs are trying to build a market for Jacque Jones. Either would be a better option in left than going to arbitration to keep Podsednik. Cliff Floyd, on a one-year contract, probably is worth a look. Among the other free agents who could fit are Kenny Lofton, David Dellucci, Preston Wilson, Darin Erstad (if he's healthy) and Ray Durham (if he's willing to play the outfield).
Most of the Rogers is spectulation, but he has some intresting points.. If in fact Boras is waiting for the cubs to up the ante i say go ahead and do it. He is a good lefty bat, a rbi machine, and decent fielder. He would be great in the middle of order if stayed heathy and would make room to move Jones or Murton.. I like a 3 year 45 mill deal with an option for the fourth.. Then i think you trade Jones for pitching or bench help.. Then by dismissing Jones contract Drew's deal doesnt look that bad and with murton in right or left you dont have a big contract there either.. But who is worried about money obviously the cubs arnt!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Now I did get this off a message board, so take it will a grain of salt. But i thought I would post it cuz after all this is a rumors site. Now he stats he got an email from Kaplan, I have been fooled before on a post like this before so here is my disclaimer
THIS IS A MESSAGE BOARD RUMOR AND HAVE NOT BEEN CONFIRMED OR DENIED YET BUT HERE IT IS (YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED)
"""When I e-mailed WGN's David Kaplan last night he sent me an e-mail backand told me to expect Cliff and Gil Meche to sign contracts next week,and that Jim Hendry is working on trying to trade for apitcher, like Jake Westbrook of the Indians; that could come atthe winter meetings."""" - POSTER ON ESPN.COM
Now if this is true, way to go Jim! He got us a decent #4 pitcher and someone to platoon with murton, or come off the bench to give Dlee a break.. We will have to see what happens!!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
It states the the cubs are his first choice and would like to stay in the national league, he is also entertaining thoughts with the A's.. i say offer him a contract and platton with murton. Couldnt hurt.
''For the first time in a while, we need more pitching,'' he said. ''We need a few more position players, but we're off to a good start.''
One pitcher who's available is Vicente Padilla, who went 15-10 for Texas last season. And Padilla happens to be represented by Paul Kinzer, who also represents Ramirez.
Hes my number one choice of pitchers on the free agent market, excluding Zito and Schmidt.. Get it done Jimbo
Yet, Maddux says he’s ruled out nothing — including Chicago and the Cubs.
“No, man, I haven’t decided anything yet,’’ Maddux said Tuesday from Las Vegas, where he was driving home from his daughter’s Thanksgiving play. “I think you leave all your options open and then make a decision based on what’s best for you personally.
“Chicago was great. I mean, if you can’t have fun playing baseball in Chicago, you can’t have fun anywhere,’’ Maddux said. “I think I know where I want to go and what I want to do, but hey, somebody has to offer you a job
I in fact would love Maddux to come back to the cubs. He is great to have in the club house, he will pitch .500 baseball and is so smart about pitching.. we at least should offer him a contract!!!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Ken Rosenthal / FOXSports.com
The Cubs didn't stop pursuing free agent Julio Lugo after signing Mark DeRosa to play second base. And they haven't stopped pursuing Lugo after signing Alfonso Soriano to be a $136 million outfielder, FOXSports.com has learned.
How Lugo would fit into the Cubs' plans remains unclear. He could bat second behind Soriano or first if Soriano hit in the middle of the order. He could start out in center field, then move back to shortstop if the Cubs promoted top prospect Felix Pie and/or parted with shortstop Cesar Izturis, whose contract expires after next season.
Lugo, 31, was a favorite of new Cubs manager Lou Piniella's with the Devil Rays. His athleticism intrigues the Cubs, who could field an electrifying lineup if they added Lugo to a mix that will include Soriano, first baseman Derrek Lee and third baseman Aramis Ramirez — and eventually Pie.
The likelihood of Pie's emergence — possibly in 2007, probably no later than '08 — has caused the Cubs to back off free-agent center fielder Gary Matthews Jr., who would block Pie, 21, if he signed a long-term deal. Lugo, on the other hand, would be versatile enough to return to the infield — that is, if he doesn't sign with the Red Sox to play shortstop or the Mets to second base.
Matthews, 32, could seek a contract in excess of the five-year, $45 million deal that free-agent center fielder Juan Pierre will receive from the Dodgers. The Angels, Giants and Rangers are known to be interested in Matthews. The Phillies, Orioles, Astros, Brewers and Mariners also could be fits.
The Cubs' lineup would be heavily right-handed if they signed Lugo; right fielder Jacque Jones currently is the only accomplished left-handed hitter on their roster. The team, however, could trade for a left-handed hitter or sign one as a free agent.
In the wake of the Soriano signing, starting pitching remains the Cubs' biggest priority. They expect to add two starters, preferably one by trade. They also have the option of converting newly acquired left-hander Neal Cotts into a starter.
to be honest i dont see us getting lugo. He is good defensivly, and has a decent bat, but i dont see us getting that right handed. Unless... you get a floyd to platoon in left, or get a Drew and trade izzy and jones and have lugo play ss.. I just dont see how he makes us better than we are right now.. I say consintrate on pitching!!!
Hendry still hopes to sign or trade for three veteran players—two starting pitchers and a left-handed or switch-hitting outfielder. If he signs three of the top guys on his radar (center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. and starters Ted Lilly and Gil Meche), he could wind up with a payroll of about $125 million.
You keep hearing these names and i have to say if he can get two to three starters and another left handed outfielder payroll will be up along with the hype!!!
On the other hand, with Soriano in right, the Cubs would rather trade Jones than play him in center and find a left-handed bat elsewhere to play center, while keeping Murton in left
This is a great idea... i think if you get floyd or matthews.. you trade jones for pitching. I dont see use trading murton.. he is young, doesnt take up payroll, and mark my words he will hit .300 and 20 hr 90 rbi in the coming years... Barry is saying what i was thinking.
More intresting quotes from the daily herald
st arting pitching will be next on Hendry’s docket. It’s still more likely the Cubs will look at a group that includes Cleveland’s Jake Westbrook (a trade candidate) and free agents Gil Meche, Ted Lilly and Vicente Padilla.
There’s virtually no chance Oakland free-agent lefty Barry Zito will land with the Cubs.
It’s a slow-moving market for pitchers, and the Cubs don’t know how much Giants free agent Jason Schmidt will command. Cubs insiders say he’s no higher or lower on the priority list than the aforementioned pitchers.
All right: Save for outfielder Jacque Jones and switch-hitting shortstop Cesar Izturis, the Cubs are a right-handed hitting team. The Cubs would like to add some left-handed hitting.
Mets free agent Cliff Floyd is an option to play part time, but the Cubs probably won’t look at him until later this off-season.
“We’ll be looking at different options and role players and maybe get a little stronger from the left side hitting wise,” Jim Hendry said. “Things can change from what you have today to what you line up with in April.”
Jim is headed in the right direction i think!!!!!
heres the entire message
This story is coming from InsideTheIvy.com (CubsTalk)
Bruce Levine on ESPN 1000 in Chicago reported on Monday the Cubs have offered Schmidt a 3-year, $45 million dollar contract. Levine said the Cubs are not interested in signing Barry Zito. And mentioned the fact free agents will want to come to Chicago after the signing of Soriano.
thanks to the poster that notified me of this!!!!!
Monday, November 20, 2006
Posted: 12:26 PM - Nov 20, 06
There is mutual interest with Baltimore. Mets have made him an offer to re-sign and he is mulling it over. Tigers may have interest. Mariners interested. Cubs would like to add him to their bench....This rumor was last updated on 12:26 PM - Nov 20, 06. The source of this rumor was Associated Press.
How big would that be? it would mean to things, jones would be delt ( which i have been reading alot on message board rumors saying that) or he will platoon with murton.. either way i think its a good deal.. all in all i wouldnt mind seeing him here next year!!!
The beauty of getting this early commitment from Soriano, a deal you could get this quickly only by blowing him away with an offer such as eight years for $136 million, is that it strengthens your hand with every other free agent you are pursuing. This includes pitchers Ted Lilly, Gil Meche and Jason Marquis, perhaps center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. and shortstop Julio Lugo.
According to Piniella, the Cubs would still like to add one more hitter and as many as three starters. Ideally the hitter should be either left-handed or a switch-hitter, which favors Matthews Jr., J.D. Drew (supposedly on his way to Boston) or even bringing back Juan Pierre
It is so amazing to me as a cub fan that we are actually spending the money to get the players we need.. I think lou has alot to do with it, and you gotta love the aggressivness they have shown!!!
Expect Hendry now to turn his attention to the starting rotation. He’ll try to obtain at least two veteran pitchers either through trades or free agency. The Cubs like Cleveland’s Jake Westbrook along with free agents Gil Meche (Seattle), Ted Lilly (Blue Jays), Jason Marquis (Cardinals) and Vicente Padilla (Rangers).
If Jim gets at least 2 sp, i give him an A++++... especially if there off this list! can you imagine Westbrook and Padilla in the rotation! wow!
Also in the sun times it says this-
"Free-agent right-hander Gil Meche, 28, tops Hendry's pitching wish list. Meche -- who earned $3.7 million while going 11-8 with a 4.48 ERA for the Seattle Mariners last season -- is said to be seeking at least $8 million annually."
I have always liked him and he would be an ideal#3 or 4 starter!!!
Go cubs! Hendry is not done yet!
Sunday, November 19, 2006
A side note Barry Zito contacted Jim Hendry Personally to let him know that he would enjoy pitching at Wrigley field and for the Chicago Cubs.
How big is today!!! I have been emailed by a "source" that says he has inside information that, this tidbit is true!
Not only that but there will be a press conferance tonight or the latest tommarrow announcing the signing of both Drew and Soriano... He also states the only way Zito will be here is if he takes less than his orginal 7 year 100 mill contract.. It is stated that now Murton/Jones will be moved to Indians for Jake Westbrook in a package deal. Check this lineup.
8 years 136MIL http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=26684657th and 8th years are option years
GREAT SIGNING BY HENDRY!!!! I GUESS PAYROLL ISNT THAT BIG OF A THING HUH!?!
BY CHRIS DE LUCA Staff ReporterNAPLES, Fla. -- Jim Hendry was among the last executives to leave the general managers meetings Saturday.
''We have a long way to go before you feel real good about anything,'' Hendry said. ''I think hiring Lou [Piniella as manager] was a very good first step. And it has been lost in all of the player acquisitions, but I'm really happy with the staff we have put together.''
Hendry knows his biggest work will come in the next several weeks. " Now we're going to concentrate on getting some pitching, some starters and maybe another nice bat in the outfield.''
Hendry had Soriano in his cross hairs long before he even sat down for an interview with Piniella.
Cubs have backed off the market on high-priced pitchers such as Barry Zito and Jason Schmidt. Give Hendry credit for acting like a man on a mission. Sources say the Cubs have been involved in talks centering on plenty of second-tier pitching talent -- Jake Westbrook, Gil Meche, Vicente Padilla and Jason Marquis.
''I like expectations,'' Piniella said. ''The more, the better. I'm looking forward to this.''
''We have hit it off from the first day,'' Hendry said. ''We have worked really well together.''
Of course, there's no pressure in November. The heat gets turned up next month when the winter meetings open Dec. 4 in Orlando.
''It has been a positive,'' Hendry said of the week spent in Naples. ''But I won't be satisfied until we have the right team in place on the field.''
Rockies shopping him, though they may hold onto him until mid-season when he may potentially have more value. Rockies also discussing a long-term contract extension with him and have offered a 3-year, $21M deal, but he is seeking a whole lot more. Astros interested and the Rockies covet Chris Burke. Twins (Jesse Crain), Cubs (Michael Wuertz and Felix Pie) and Rangers (C.J. Wilson) interested. Mariners, Yankees and Mets also interested. Cubs are unwilling to move Rich Hill, whom the Rockies covet, for him.. The source of this rumor was Denver Post.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
lugo ss or matthews jr cf
cf or ss
Cubs: Ramirez would be a perfect fit if the Cubs struck out on Soriano; general manager Jim Spendry — er, Hendry — could sign Julio Lugo or Gary Matthews Jr. to hit leadoff, and a lineup that featured Derrek Lee and both Manny and Aramis Ramirez would be obscene. The Cubs could part with shortstop Cesar Izturis and bullpen arms; and the Sox could reinvest their savings; the Cubs still would need starting pitching.
Cubs sources say Hendry has had “normal chats” with the representatives for free-agent outfielder Alfonso Soriano, who may command upward of $100 million over seven years.
J.D. Drew, the free-agent outfielder late of the Los Angeles Dodgers, isn’t on the Cubs’ front burner yet, but that could change as the market continues to take shape.
Good news that he has at least had a normal conversation twice this week with Soriano, it looks like Jim was also working overtime to maybe set up deals to get finished by saturday.. i was suprised no deal was made yesterday or a free agent signing but maybe today will be a big day!
Lou Piniella is a backer of Julio Lugo, who played shortstop for him in Tampa Bay. The presence of 2005 Gold Glover Cesar Izturis would argue that Lugo would be redundant on the Cubs, but sources indicate they are pursuing him, as is Boston.
Im with Izzy, why would we need another middle infielder? unless we plan to shop Izzy, cedeno, or Theriot. It scares me that were considering him in cf, if were considering that we better be getting Manny, Tejeda, Soriano, or any other big name to help us out with our bats!!!