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“Fix this team: Chicago Cubs/ Orioles/Giants”

Posted on: December 23, 2008 10:34 am
I'm tired of hearing that the Cubs are close. It's time to get rid of the old contracts and build around Rich Harden and Carlos Zambrano with defense, hustle and enthusiasm. Call it the Ryan Theriot / Mike Fontenot era.

1st I love the acquisition of Joey Gathwright. He's actually hit at every level he's been used at. I mean 3 AB's per game not just as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement. He also had very good numbers for assists in the minors. He'll never hit for power but start him. While he's starting think about how Bobby Dernier changed the cubs.

2nd Its time for the 3 Amigos to move on. Aramis Ramirez, Derrek Lee and Alfonzo Soriano are the big name big dollar guys that have actually forced me to watch the hustling Tampa Rays instead of the swing for the fences and miss Cubs. I'd move all 3.

I'd send Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez, while eating a portion of those contracts, to Baltimore. Brian Roberts ? No thanks. More big money. Nice Player but so are Fontenot and Theriot. Let's keep those guys hustling.

Lee and Ramirez to Baltimore for A bag of magic beans works for me, but I'd rather have 4 prospects/ suspects.

1. Little Lefty Troy Patton who could fit nicely between the big righties and become the next Jamie Moyer. Patton is 23.

2. 3B Tyler Henson, who strikes out too much but has power and speed potential. He's 21.

3. LF Luis Montanez, a former Cub Farm hand who it seemed to click for last season at Bowie. He's 27 and finally had a break out year.

4. and AA Right Hand starter - the big name- Chris Tillman, only 20, Tillman dominated at Bowie last year. Going 11-4 with 154 k's.

Baltimore signed Isturiz to play SS next to Roberts, They have Left Handed Power in Scott, Markakis, and Huff, a good looking young kid in Adam Jones in CF, but they have an aging 3B in Melvin Mora and no one at 1st base. If Matt Weiters is what they think he is - Lee and Ramirez in the cozy Camden Yards (I've been to Wrigley and Camden Yards are the better hitters park) is a good fit. They have young pitching in Liz, Olson, Guthrie, Burres, and rookies Matusz and Hernandez. So giving up some kids is do-able and it clears space and helps the cubs long term.

At 1b - I'd look hard at Tampa Bay's Eric Hinske as a short-term and possibly surprising long term replacement. Hinkse grew up a cub fan. Started his career in the cubs minor league system and brings a solid left-handed bat to battle it out with Micah Hoffpair. Hinske can play 4 spots.

At 3B - The short term place holder should be Ty Wiggington an under-rated RH power bat. Josh Vitters eventually takes the role but Wiggington can play baseball and 5 positions. Hinske can play here too, against Righties.

At 2B - Fontenot Both Backed by DeRosa

At SS - Theriot With Ronny Cedeno back

In CF - Gathwright With Reed Johnson in Reserve

In LF - Montanez With DeRosa in Reserve

Which brings me to my next cap clearing trade Rafeal Soriano, can go to a team more tolerant of players that can't touch a curve ball. I'm thinking mutual salary dump here- Soriano and Fukudome to San Francisco for Barry Zito and Nate Schierholtz. Sure Zito took some raps but he started out 0-8 and finished with 4 quality starts in 5 games. With Lincecum, Lowry, Cain, Sanchez as the big four the Giants can afford this. Schierholtz could be a future all-star but Soriano and Fukudome already are and Fukudome's Japanese Heritage would play well in San Fran.

In RF - Schierholtz

Catching - Soto. And Koyie Hill.

Zambrano, Zito, Harden, Ted Lilly and Ryan Dempster make a very expensive Starting Rotation and they also leave Rich Hill and Jason Marquis to move for prospects.

The Bullpen. Gosh I wish they'd have kept Kerry Wood -

but Guzman, Samardzija, Marmol and Gregg from the Right Side all have closer potential. Gaudin is solid in the middle.

and Cotts, and Sean Marshall man the Left Side.

So the Lineup is -

1. CF Joey Gathwright - the next Willie Wilson/ Bobby Dernier

2. SS Theriot

3. RF Schierholz

4. C Soto

5. 1B Hinske / Hoffpair

6. 3B Wiggington

7. LF Montanez or DeRosa

8. 2B Fontenot

If Free Agent Adam Dunn comes cheap enough he could play RF with Montanez moving to the bench.

But we added speed in CF, kept the defense strong up the middle, added Left Handed power, reduced the clutch strike outs by moving Soriano, added another veteran lefty who has a much different arm angle than Ted Lilly. Kept a youthful bullpen in place. and Added - potential future rotation pieces in Patton and Tillman and a potential future stick in Henson. Not too mention getting younger with Schierholtz, Montanez, Gathwright representing the future core with Hoffpair and Vetters and Soto.

Marquis would move to the Rockies or Mets.

Hill would be a nice addition with the Yankees.

Maybe you'd move Cedeno, a reliever, and Reed Johnson or Felix Pie for the right bag of prospects.

But this team would be capable of winning, fun to watch, and capable of sustaining winning with guys like Pie (who I think strikes out too much), Colvin, Henson, Vetters, Tillman and Patton coming on.

It also leaves Zito and Lilly as lefties over 30 and puts a lineup in place with only Wiggington at 3rd over 30 at 31.

The bench is veteran and flexible with Hinske at 3B/1b/RF/LF, DeRosa- if not starting- capable at SS, 3B, 1b, LF and RF, Reed Johnson who can play all 3 outfield positions, Ronnie Cedeno in the middle of the Infield and Koyie Hill as the back-up catcher.

It moves 6 players over 30, by leaving Daryle Ward off the roster and moving Fukudome, Soriano, Lee, and Ramirez and confirming that Jason Marquis is expendable.

It also puts players behind the oldest parts of the roster and makes future moves, like trading Ted Lilly, a long term possibility but not a necessity.

This team contends - for a long time.

Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs, Giants, Orioles

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2009 7:10 pm

“Fix this team: Chicago Cubs/ Orioles/Giants”

Well that must have taken a while, but no one can fix this team but god himselfSmile

Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2009 4:25 pm

“Fix this team: Chicago Cubs/ Orioles/Giants”

This is absoloytely the dumbest thing I have ever read.  Barry Zito?  Eric Hinske?  Nate Schierholz?  Luis Montanez?  You must really be a White Sox fan and I hope this was tongue-in-cheek.  You don't dismantle a team that won 97 games.  Only Jerry Krause would do something like that -- oh, that's who you are!!!

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2009 2:23 pm

“Fix this team: Chicago Cubs/ Orioles/Giants”

My god is this a desparate blog...Cubs are on the brink of landing Peavy and just signed Gregg and Bradley...Soriano missed 49 games last year and still hit 29 home runs, scored close to 80 runs, 80 rbi's and stole over 20 bases...what more do you want from him...he is still in his prime and you want to trade him for who, The Big ZITTO?

Cubs this year will be the elite of the NL...just wait and see!

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2009 6:53 pm

“Fix this team: Chicago Cubs/ Orioles/Giants”


1. CF Joey Gathwright - the next Willie Wilson/ Bobby Dernier


2. SS Theriot


3. RF Schierholz


4. C Soto


5. 1B Hinske / Hoffpair


6. 3B Wiggington


7. LF Montanez or DeRosa


8. 2B Fontenot

This guy is a fool this lineup would win 65 games at most.......there isn't 1 all-star on this team as opposed to:

<table cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" width="100%" border="0"> <tbody> <tr class="bg2"> <td></td> <td align="right">LF</td> </tr> <tr class="bg2"> <td></td> <td align="right">2B</td> </tr> <tr class="bg2"> <td></td> <td align="right">1B</td> </tr> <tr class="bg2"> <td></td> <td align="right">3B</td> </tr> <tr class="bg2"> <td></td> <td align="right">C</td> </tr> <tr class="bg2"> <td></td> <td align="right">CF</td> </tr> <tr class="bg2"> <td></td> <td align="right">RF</td> </tr> <tr class="bg2"> <td></td> <td align="right">SS</td> </tr> <tr class="bg2"> <td></td> <td align="right">P</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

that was a ffew games away from the world series  Grow up buddy and be happy an idiot like you isn;t running the Cubs.


Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2009 11:46 am

“Fix this team: Chicago Cubs/ Orioles/Giants”

This guy is a complete moron.  Soriano for Zito??  I wouldn't trade a bucket of balls for that washed up hack, let alone the best offensive player on the team.  Not to mention, idiot, that DeRosa is no longer a Cub, so he may have a hard time batting 7th for them.  And Wigginton??  That dude has been a bum since he made it to the majors - career .270 hitter with 110 homers in 7 years.  Have you ever even seen a baseball game?  Nothing you have said here makes the slightest bit of sense.  Everyone who reads this is dumber for it, and we would all appreciate it if you would just put your helmet back on and climb back on the short bus.

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2009 2:16 pm

“Fix this team: Chicago Cubs/ Orioles/Giants”

Don't quit your day job, unless someone is looking to hire the WORST GM EVER. Who knows maybe the Yanks would consider you.


By the way just got ordered my Cubs 13 game package of tickets today. Can't wait for opening day and fantasy baseball....GO CUBS!!!!

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2009 7:15 am

“Fix this team: Chicago Cubs/ Orioles/Giants”

This article has SO many inane and idiotic points that I didn't know where to begin....then, I read other responses and realized I didn't have to say anything.....EVERYONE else tore you up....suffice it for me to say that I am extremely glad you will never have the opportunity to play Jim Hendry and, quite frankly, you shouldn't even be considered for a "GM position" in  Could you at least admit to having taken an inordinate amount of drugs in your life, thereby causing permanent mental damage and at least providing you SOME sort of excuse for writing such stupidity??

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2009 12:47 pm

“Fix this team: Chicago Cubs/ Orioles/Giants”

That might be the absolute worst idea I have ever read!  Not only did the Cubs win their division for the second straight year, but had the best record in the NL.  Why would you trade your power and experience for a few POTENTIAL future big leaguers when your best chance to win is NOW?  Jim Hendry and the Cubs are doing the right thing by adding as much talent as possible and locking up their stars to extensions.  You  MUST be an Baltimore fan to even suggest that the Cubs would consider a lopsided trade like that!  The only thing they need to do at this point is trade for Jake Peavy.  I would be more than happy to trade the whole farm system for him.  The Cubs are trying to win now, not rebuild for the future.  Again, your article is the worst I have ever read!

Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2009 4:25 pm

“Fix this team: Chicago Cubs/ Orioles/Giants”

This guy makes me laugh...Let's also move "Rafael Soriano" (the pitcher for the Braves) off of the Cubs roster for Barry Zito, who had 4 of 5 good starts at the end of the year when the games meant nothing. What constitutes a good start by a SF Giant pitcher when Lincecum isn't pitching? 

The cubs need a leadoff hitter with a high OBP, if Gathwright can do that then great. I would love for ALFONSO Soriano to be moved down in the lineup but we know that probably won't happen.

I'll be happy when Jake Peavy is a Cub before the deadline.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2009 1:20 pm

“Fix this team: Chicago Cubs/ Orioles/Giants”

Good grief.  I stopped reading after he said build around Rich Harden.

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