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What To Do When You are Out of Options

Posted on: January 4, 2009 1:23 am

The Cubs roster is starting to take shape.  The Team has made several moves (some good, some not-so-good, some debatable) and has a big one left to make (Milton Bradley).  My question is, what are we going to do with all of the guys we have that are out of minor league options?
Felix Pie has been a hot topic for years now.  However, if the cubs do in fact add Milton Bradley, it will give us 974 outfielders.  Bradley, Kosuke Fukudome, Alfonso Soriano, Reed Johnson, Joey Gathright, Micah Hoffpauir, etc...  Where exactly does Felix Pie fit?  If you answered nowhere you are the 64 thousand dollar winner.  So, what do the cubs do with him?  Well, they have to trade him right, but to where and for who?  Are we going to have to trade him to the Orioles for Garrett Olsen straight up because we have no other options? 
What about Rich Hill?  He is the next Erik Bedard, or at least that is what we all thought in the spring of 08.  He is also out of options.  Can we even move this guy, much less afford to keep him on our major league roster.  I dont think he gotten bad enough to clear waivers so that we can assign him back to the minor leagues.
Ronny Cedeno?  What to do with poor Ronny?  He could make the team, actually he has a way better shot than the other two listed above. These are a couple of questions the team has to be thinking of addressing in the next couple of weeks.

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Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2009 2:22 pm

What To Do When You are Out of Options

Well... IF we sign Milton Bradley like you seem to favor then there will be about a half seasons worth of games to be filled in.  That would mean Kosuke Fukudome move's back to RF and then you have Felix Pie & Reed Johnson splitting time in CF.  That figures to give Pie about 200 ab's or so and should tell us whether or not he has a future with us.

Rich Hill will hopfully get comfy with Sean Marshall & Chad Gaudin at his side to help ease him back into shape as a potential starter or long reliever.  His stuff I am sure is still filthy as ever he just needs to get his commmand in check & regain confidence.

Ronny Cedeno became obsolete when he remebered he couldn't hit & the Cubs signed Aaron Miles.  It has been real, it has been fun, but it hasn't been real fun.  Good luck elsewhere!  Luis Figueroa or Bobby Scales at Iowa can come and do the same or better than Ronny IF we needed an emergency infielder.

Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2009 12:40 am

What To Do When You are Out of Options

i'm not a big Ronnie Cedeno fan. I thought maybe he'd turned a corner early in the year with his hitting but he came right back to earth.

I like Pie and Hoffpauir, and actually i like Hill but not if he can't get the ball anywhere near the plate.  I hope they find a place at least for Hoffpauir. Pie may make it someday, but i'm not sure he's ready to make it yet. someone will pick him up if he doesn't make the big club. and i'm sure someone will pick up Hill too... that might be a good thing for him.. i think maybe a change of scenery would do him some good.. in a new system with new people telling him the same things the Cubs people are telling him already. 

I wouldn't mind seeing some young guys packaged for Peavy or Roberts/



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2009 5:24 pm

What To Do When You are Out of Options

I would love for the Orioles to dump Garret Olsen and his 87 mph fluffball in exchange for  Felix Pie. The Cubs would likey kill any chance of that deal happening because there's alway room for Pie.

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