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The Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks look like good trade partners

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Saturday 31 October 2009 at 1:23 pm

The Arizona Diamondbacks need a 2B while the Cubs could be in the market for a corner outfielder with pop. So I propose that the Cubs offer Mike Fontenot to the D-Backs for Conor Jackson. Fontenot would likely start at 2B for the D-Backs while Jackson would likely back up at LF, RF and 1B for the Cubs next season. It is a win/win trade for both teams so it makes too much sense to really happen.

Rumors swirl around the Chicago Cubs and the Toronto Blue Jays

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Saturday 31 October 2009 at 1:19 pm

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/UoVfw77oz2Y" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]The Cubs and Blue Jays are reportedly considering a deal that would sent Milton Bradley to the Blue Jays for 30-year old righty swinging center fielder Vernon Wells. The Cubs want the Blue Jays to split the difference on the contracts meaning that they would send $43 million bucks to the Cubs along with Wells. The Cubs should jump at making this deal as Milton Bradley is a pain in the butt for team management and the fans really don’t like him either. Wells played in 158 games for the Blue Jays last season and he was 164 for 630 (.260 avg, .711 OPS) with 84 runs scored, 15 homers, 66 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. That was a pretty bad year for him so it’s possible that the slide will continue. Or, he could be tired of losing on the Blue Jays and coming to the Cubs might revive his bat. Wells has now played in 1,236 games in his major league career and he is 1,368 for 4,880 (.280 avg, .799 OPS) with 710 runs scored, 192 homers, 725 RBIs and 84 stolen bases. Wells would also give the Cubs a legit defensive center fielder so they should really consider making this deal.

The Chicago Cubs will be busy this winter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 22 October 2009 at 4:49 pm

The Cubs have four free agents going into the winter but they will likely try to bring back only two of them (Reed Johnson, John Grabow) while likely letting Rich Harden and Kevin Gregg leave. The Cubs have a big need to bring in a big bat to play the corner outfield with Milton Bradley likely on his way out of Chicago. Bobby Abreu, Jermaine Dye, Marlon Byrd and Johnny Damon are likely targets for the Cubs in the outfield. The Cubs also need a full time 2B that they can trust and a lot of them will likely be available in free agency. Ronnie Belliard, Orlando Hudson, Akinori Iwamura, Adam Kennedy, Felipe Lopez, Placido Polanco, Freddy Sanchez (if the Giants let him go) and Juan Uribe would all be upgrades at 2B for the Cubs. The Cubs also need a upgrade at back up catcher as Koyie Hill is not that good. Rod Barajas, Henry Blanco, Jason Kendall, Jose Molina, Miguel Olivo, Mike Redmond, Brian Schneider, Yorvit Torrealba and Gregg Zaun. The thing that drove Lou Piniella batty last season was the weakness of the bullpen and they will likely address that this winter. From the left side look for Mike Gonzalez, Joe Beimel, Scott Eyre, Ron Mahay, Darren Oliver and Brian Shouse will interest the Cubs. From the right side look for Danys Baez, David Weathers, Rafael Betancourt (if the Rockies let him go), Octavio Dotel, LaTroy Hawkins, Bobby Howry and Brandon Lyon. The Cubs will be busy this winter as they need to improve the team a bit to compete with the Cardinals.

The Chicago Cubs release outfielder So Taguchi

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 17 October 2009 at 2:16 pm

The Cubs have released 40-year old righty swinging outfielder So Taguchi. Taguchi played in 6 games for the Cubs last season and he was 3 for 11 (.273 avg, .697 OPS) with a double and a run scored. He also played in 85 games in AAA-ball last season for the Cubs and he was 64 for 258 (.248 avg, .680 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 4 homers, 29 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The Cubs should be able to find a better backup outfielder than Taguchi over the winter.

The Chicago Cubs are ready to deal Milton Bradley

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Thursday 8 October 2009 at 8:30 pm

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZR5y4lTdDII" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]The Cubs want to get Milton Bradley out of the Windy City as quick as possible. The hot rumor around town is that the Cubs would like to trade Milton Bradley and cash to the Rays for Pat Burrell who struggled as a DH in Tampa. Bradley played in 124 games for the Cubs last season and he was 101 for 393 (.257 avg, .775 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 12 homers and 40 RBIs. Those numbers are certainly not worth $10 million bucks per season. The Rays might hold the Cubs’ feet to the flame and try to extract a pitcher from them like right reliever Angel Guzman. Guzman pitched in 55 games out of the bullpen for the Cubs last season and he was 3-3 with 1 save, a 2.95 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Even if they had to throw in Guzman and cash to get Bradley out of town the Cubs need to do it! 33-year old righty swinging Pat Burrell would likely start in LF for the Cubs who would have to move Alfonso Soriano to CF with Fukudome (if he’s still in town in RF). Burrell played in 122 games for the Rays last season and he was 91 for 412 (.221 avg, .682 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 14 homers and 64 RBIs. He whiffed 119 times last season as he looked very uncomfortable as a DH. A return to the field would likely do him a lot of good. He has played in 1,428 games in his 10-year major league career and he is 1,257 for 4,947 (.254 avg, .838 OPS) with 700 runs scored, 265 homers and 891 RBIs.

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