Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there! Lets hope the Cubs give us a win today! Here are the latest from the Hot Stove-
- Brain Roberts? I know, I know, we all thought he would be a Cub the past two years but that has not happened, but could it happen this year after he signed an extension?? Rick Dempsey thinks it is time for the club to dump over priced players and keep the youth movement going. He names players like George Sherrill (who the Cubs should look that), Jeremy Guthrie(Another guy I really like), Aubrey Huff, Melvin Mora, and yes Brain Roberts. Rick has this to say-
He is a quality position player who could draw a lot of attention from a contender and be worth a few good young prospects. Now the only reason I suggest B-Rob is because he has probably missed his window of opportunity to win with the O's and now that the nucleus is becoming much younger, having to wait two more years to contend may take Brian out of his prime and out of his value. I would hate to see him go, but it might be the best overall for the Orioles for the future.
I do realize a lot of concern with the "ownership" situation may put some limitations on players we get at the deadline. Especially since some writers think the Cubs can't add Pedro because of the money issue and he only cost 5 million. But regardless of what the writers say, Jim has said that he will do whatever deal makes the most sense for the Cubs, no if's, and's, or but's. Brian is owed 10 million over the next 4 seasons and the O's may be willing to either take on a bad contract to off set the money or pay a lot of the contract if they get quality players in return.
The Cubs have been looking for a true lead off man since they signed Soriano and they could get one in Roberts for the right price. I honestly believe that Roberts would not only provide the Cubs a switch hitting lead off hitter but the catalyst they need to push them into and through the playoffs.
I am not sure of what the O's would want in return for Roberts but you better believe they would want some good young prospects to build for the future. Guys like Randy Wells, Jake Fox (perfect for DH), Jeff Samardzija, Jose Ascanio, and others would really interest them. But to get those quality guys they would need to pay a large portion of Roberts' contract. The Cubs could also dump a large contract onto the O's but the only players worth dumping are Milton Bradley and maybe Fukudome (which I do not endorse trading) to balance the money some. But the O's already have a good young outfield that they do want to disturb so that is not a likely option.
Either way if the Orioles make Roberts available, Jim should be the first GM to call!