Thursday, July 02, 2009

Jeff Baker the New Cub and Other Notes....

- Jeff Baker was traded to the Cubs today for a minor league pitcher named Al Alburquerque. To make room for him on roster they DFA Ryan Freel. Freel did not do well for the Cubs, neither did Joey Gathright for that matter. Lets hope Baker is the answer for the Cubs super utility man. Last season Jeff Baker hit .268 with 22 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs and 48 RBIs in 104 games. I think Baker is a good addition for the Cubs. I wanted to trade him for Angel Guzman earlier this year but I glad they waited! That would have been a mistake.

- The Cubs are expected to have Aramis Ramirez in their starting lineup on Monday if everything goes well in his rehab at bats. Angel Guzman and Reed Johnson is also due back on Monday. I expect some interesting moves to be made. I expect Hart, Fuld, and Fox to be sent to AAA unless for some reason a trade happens.

- Arangure Jr. says the Cubs may have signed Wilson Contreras for 850K.

- The Cubs are looking to bolster the bullpen and are looking at Pirates' closer Matt Capps and Padres' righty Cla Meredith.

- David Kaplan had an interesting tidbit on the radio the other day. Some Cubs execs are open the idea to move Theriot to 2b and acquiring an above average or big named shortstop. The only names that come to mind is Hanley Ramirez ( I wish), Stephen Drew, Cristian Guzman, and
Jhonny Peralta (who needs a change of scenery). Other than that I do not see a fit.

That is it for now, more to come!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

DeRosa to Cards, Teahen on Cubs List?

With Mark DeRosa traded to the Cards yesterday (which burned me bad) and the Cubs are not getting the production they need from Bradley and as well as 2nd base. They will now turn to utility guy Mark Teahen. Teahen has played all over the diamond for the Royals and could be the next best option to DeRosa. Teahen not only would provide power and good defense but versatility because he can play 1st, 2nd, 3rd, some short, and the corner spots in the outfield. Peter Gammons tweeted about this yesterday saying the Cubs as possible suitors.

It is about time the Cubs start shaking things up and making deals. Get on it Jim!