Cubs Interested In Zack Greinke
Whether he tops out at 96 or 100 mph, there's no doubt 23 year-old Zack Greinke is an intriguing pitcher. His name helps us remember or mnemonic devices from elementary school. The man even has his own website.
Bob Dutton mentioned Greinke as a trade possibility a few days ago, and now Jeff Vorva of the Daily Southtown reports that the Cubs are interested. Vorva is quoting "broadcast reports" for this rumor; I will try to find more detail. UPDATE: The rumor is from 670 The Score out of Chicago.
Greinke would be a fine addition for the Cubs whether used as a starter or reliever. I don't believe he becomes a free agent until after 2010, though you'd have to check my math. However, Greinke is a very valuable property for Kansas City and the Cubs would have to give up something good. Maybe Dayton Moore could add some middle infield depth with Ronny Cedeno or Eric Patterson. Would that be enough for Greinke?
I would really like getting Zach. He is 4-5 with a 4.54 era. He has 61 SO in 74 innings. He is only 23 years old and would be valuable as a long relief guy since he has made 7 starts this year. Iwould trade Cedeno for Zach. That's a fair trade. But not Epatt, he could get a much better reliever.------------------------------------------------------
Derrek Lee drops appeal
By Paul Sullivan, 12:24 p.m.
Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee has dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension that was handed down following his June 16 fight with Padres pitcher Chris Young.Lee believed Young had thrown at him intentionally.
Lee was injured during Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Giants after fouling a ball off his left ankle. He expects to be out for 2-3 games, which in part lead to his decision to drop his case. A hearing on the appeal had not been scheduled.Lee will miss the rest of the Giants series and a weekend set against Arizona. The Cubs have Monday off. Lee's first game back is set for Tuesday in the first game of a series against St. Louis.
Young also received a five-game suspension and a fine, though it in effect amounted to one game because he’s a starting pitcher who works once every five games. He served it before and after the All Star break.Cubs hitting coach Gerald Perry also received three games and a fine from Major League Baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson for "aggressive actions" while trying to separate players.Padres pitcher Jake Peavy and outfielder Brian Giles were fined for their roles in the fight but were not suspended. Young and Lee were also fined.In June, sources said the Cubs argued that Lee’s history should be taken into consideration in the final decision.
They also pointed to comments by Peavy in the San Diego Union-Tribune that suggested he would have hit one of Alfonso Soriano’s teammates if he’d been pitching after watching Soriano backpedal out of the batter’s box to initiate a home-run trot during the series with the Padres.Peavy was involved in the scrum, though San Diego manager Bud Black insisted he "was just trying to pull Derrek Lee off of somebody.
If there is a good time to lose Dlee to a suspension, I guess since he is hurt this is a good as time as ever.
The cubs are taking a strong look at teams that start to become sellers. According to multiple sites the Cubs are rumored to be interested in Gagne and Lofton of the Rangers.