Sunday, December 03, 2006

Lofton back in cubbie blue? Filling out the rotation? Left handed bats?

Thanks to one of my poster this morning notifying me of this news/rumor-

"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",1,3816024.column?coll=cs-sports-print

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-

The Dodgers also believe they will prevail over the Mariners in the Jason Schmidt sweepstakes. There was no truth to the reports that the free-spending Cubs had made a big pitch for Schmidt. Rather, the Cubs are concentrating on upgrading their rotation with Gil Meche, who pitched for Lou Piniella in Seattle; Jason Marquis, who's said to have corrected some mechanics flaws that resulted in his disastrous season with the Cardinals and bitter falling out with Tony La Russa; and Miguel Batista, coming off his first 200-inning season.
Inserting one to two of those pitchers would benefit the cubs greatly.. I would like to see Meche and Marquis or Meche and another free agent pitcher not listed like Lilly or Padilla.
The daily Hearld says this today-
Offensively, the Cubs are a right-handed dominant club. A player such as Floyd or Nixon could share time with Matt Murton in left field.
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.
Like the thought of Floyd platooning with Murton, and Nixon wouldnt be bad either.. Nixon is better in the field that Floyd but I think Floyd is a better hitter, having said that either one would make this team better!!!


Anonymous said...

plus floyd can play 1B

cubsfan82 said...

Thats a huge plus, because how it is right now we have no one to backup lee, since we didnt offer arbitration to Mabry