Friday, August 13, 2010

Fonty Out, Barney In... More to Come...

- Mike Fontenot is now a San Francisco Giant. He was traded to the Giants before Weds. game. The Cubs received a 22 year old speedster outfielder by the name of Evan Crawford. More on him here. The Cubs then called up Darwin Barney to take Mike Fontenot's spot on the team.

- Rumor has it that Xavier Nady is likely to be the next out the door with the possibility that Jeff Baker could follow. The Cubs will also try to deal Fukudome but that is less likely with the amount he is owed and he will look like a more attractive pick up this winter rather than now.

- Joe Girardi could be the guy according to reports. David Kaplan said he feels even more confident today than he did a week ago when asked about Joe Girardi becoming the Cubs next manager. He says those close to him say Joe views the Cubs job as his "dream job." He went to Cubs games with his Dad as a child, grew up a Cubs fan, born in Peoria, went to Northwestern, came up through the Cubs organization, and played as a Chicago Cub. All those signs point out the rumor maybe closer to truth than we think. Here are some quotes from Joe in the NY Daily News-

"I have a responsibility to this club and the guys in that room, and that's my concern. People can speculate all they want, but that's not my concern right now. I don't really think much about it."

"I love it here. I've loved my time here," Girardi said. "I put my kids in school here and they're enrolled to go to school here next fall. There's going to be talk - I grew up there, I grew up a Cubs fan, I went to Northwestern, I lived in Chicago. But my concern is right now."

Not an outright No or Yes.... He should be a politician.

Until Next Time...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


The Cubs have placed Derrek Lee on the bereavement list and Geovany Soto on the 15 day DL with shoulder issues. The Cubs have called up Micah Hoffpauir and Welington Castillo. I am surprised the Cubs have not called on Bryan LaHair to replace Lee.

- has an interesting thought about a possible Mets/Cubs trade. The Cubs would receive Oliver Perez (12million), Carlos Beltran (18.5 million), and Luis Castillo (6 million) for Carlos Zambrano (36 million). There contracts are basically a wash and the other thing that would benefit the Cubs is the three players the Cubs would received would be in the last year of there contracts, which would free up money for the 2011 free agency class. While the Mets could subtract three overpaid players and fill those positions with internal or free agent players. Carlos Zambrano seems to need a change of scenery and the Mets could be getting an ace if he returns to form like many think he would if he left Chicago. The Cubs could then in turn start Beltran in RF, Castillo as an utility guy, and Perez as a starter or reliever. The Cubs could put Colvin at 1st or use him as there 4 outfielder but they need to trade Fukudome first. Right now it is just a thought but makes a ton of sense for both clubs.

- No word yet on who has been put on wiavers and if anyone has been claimed yet. I will keep you updated.

Until Next Time…