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The chosen one. (Photo courtesy Chicago Tribune)



Of course you have. But while visions of sugarplums dance in your head, do you also have dreams of Castro making Ryan Theriot expendable?

Well not so fast, cowboy:

If the Cubs start the 2010 season with Starlin Castro at shortstop, it won't be without the prodding of hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo.

Castro isn't on the 40-man roster, but he will get a spring training invite and an opportunity to break camp with the Cubs if he has an exceptional spring.

It's a long shot, considering Castro began the season in Class A last April and doesn't turn 20 until March 24. But the Cubs are so sold on his future that they already have told incumbent shortstop Ryan Theriot he might move to second base in the not-so-distant future.

How will the Cubs weigh the decision on whether Castro is ready?

By asking their newly designated "hitting guru."



"Rudy has a great track record with hitters, and you have a young man here who has had only six to eight weeks in Double A," general manager Jim Hendry said. "So you want to make sure everybody feels he has enough experience to make the jump.

"And once he gets here, you want to let him go. You don't want to put expectations on him, that he has to be here by a certain day, that it has to be Opening Day or by the All-Star break. You let him dictate when he's ready by the way he plays, the way he carries himself and how he adjusts. No one in house is worried about it because Theriot is a real good player and we're certainly prepared to play without (Castro), with Ryan coming back after a couple of successful years."

Hmmm. This all sounds very familiar. Wasn't there a guy. .   a few years ago. . . who was deemed "untouchable" and "the future" by the Cubs. And we didn't want to "rush" him or something? His name was something to do with birthdays. . .  Cake? No, that's not it. . . well, it had something to do with dessert. . .  or something.

Just trade Castro before the rest of the world finds out he's not as good as the Cubs think. We don't develop position players. Period.

In other Cubs news, it's been a bad month for Sammy. First the epidermal tribute to Michael Jackson, now this:

Sammy Sosa is being sued for $203,000 by a businessman in the Dominican Republic who says the former Major Leaguer owes him for -- among other things -- commission on a house sale.

Carim Abu Nabaa alleges that Sosa has not paid him a commission of $150,000 on a house sale, $43,000 for a luxury watch, and $10,000 for getting Reggaeton singer Don Omar to perform at Sosa's 41st birthday party.

In legal documents obtained by The Associated Press, Sosa has been ordered to appear in a Dominican court on Dec. 2.

But don't worry. I'm fairly sure Sammy can collect $200k  in under the floor mats in whatever ridiculously ostentatiousSUV he undoubtedly drives around the DR.

Bruce Miles has the update on Milty Watch 2009:

GM Jim Hendry appears to be working steadily on trading right fielder Milton Bradley. Cubs people still express confidence Hendry will get a deal done as he continues to haggle over the price.

Even though you've read suggestions that the Cubs should trade shortstop prospect Starling Castro to the Tigers for outfielder Curtis Granderson, it simply is not going to happen. The Cubs appear to have a bona fide blue-chip prospect at a position other than pitcher, and they are not trading him for Granderson or anybody else. And no, I do not see the Cubs as a player for Roy Halladay, but you probably knew that, given their money situation.

Finally, in news that made me giggle today:

The Pirates are believed to have already made contact with Scott Boras about two of his clients, free agents Rick Ankiel and Hank Blalock, according to Dejan Kovacevic of The Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The team's preference "is for a short-term contract aimed at allowing the player a chance at full-time duty to revive their careers."

Hee! I can think of no more fitting punishment for Rich Ankiel for being a cheater and all-around douche than having to play for the Pirates.

Happy Black Friday. I'll update any Cubs rumors as they come down the pipe. 




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Doc said:


The Pirates continue to want to be bad.

Good for them.

JulieDiCaro said:


It's all about accepting yourself for who you are.

But I love that they want Rick Ankiel to be bad, too.

JulieDiCaro said:


Oh for the love of God--NO!!!!!


The Cubs plan to search for a centerfielder according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com, however the team must first unload Milton Bradley to see how much financial flexibility they'll have.

One agent who spoke to the team says that balancing out left and righthanded hitters in the lineup is not as much of a priority as last year. The Fox duo mention Curtis Granderson, Scott Podsednik, Rick Ankiel, Coco Crisp, Marlon Byrd, and Mike Cameron as potential targets.

JulieDiCaro said:


Allow me to reiterate: Scott Podsednik, Rick Ankiel, Coco Crisp, Marlon Byrd.


Doc said:


That is a huge boat-load of bad in that previous comment.

JulieDiCaro said:


No kidding. It's enough to make me slit my own throat.

JulieDiCaro said:


This Tiger Woods story just get more ridiculous by the hour:

"Tiger Woods' wife used a golf club to smash a window of his Cadillac Escalade and get her injured husband out of the SUV after he crashed into a fire hydrant and tree early Friday morning outside his Isleworth mansion, Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn said.

In addition, a call report compiled by the Orange County Sheriff's Office and obtained by the Orlando Sentinel indicated Woods was unconscious but breathing when officers arrived on the scene. Woods was unconscious for about six minutes.

Elin Nordegren Woods was in the couple's home shortly before 2:30 Friday morning when she heard the accident and came outside. She broke one of the windows and freed her husband from the SUV, Bruhn said."

In other words, they were fighting, he left his house at 2:25 am, she ran after him, he crashed, and she started beating on the windshield with a club, most likely out of rage.

Nice try, Tiger's PR people.

FrankS said:


I don't know if the whole truth will ever come out, but I'm sure we'll learn more as time goes on.

Unless a person is in danger of drowning or being burned, you don't remove them from the vehicle. I don't understand how the accident could be such that he hit something hard enough to get facial lacerations, but not deploy the air bag. Unless the facial lacerations were the result of flying glass caused by the breaking of the vehicle's windows by his wife?

FrankS said:


Oh, another bit is that the Florida Highway Patrol wanted to question Tiger this afternoon, but were told that Tiger was resting so the meeting was scheduled for Saturday. Which, of course, gives the Woodses more time to get their stories straight.

JulieDiCaro said:


Or how someone smashes the windshield to get you out of a car that presumably isn't that damaged because the air bags didn't even go off.

Gabriel David said:


We need a 2nd basemen, jeff baker doesn't cut it. I love this move, Theriot's range has always been iffy. And his double-clutching probably wont be as noticeable at 2nd base. If Starlin Castro is the real deal, then I love the thought of this.

JulieDiCaro said:


My point is that we all thought Felix Pie was the real deal, too, and he had better numbers in the minors than Castro, does.

I just don't trust the Cubs to develop position players. And I don't trust them when the start telling us someone is the next big thing.

FrankS said:


At least as a hitter, Baker is better than Theriot. Baker is even 18 months younger than the Musketeer. I wouldn't mind seeing Ryan shipped off to parts yonder when Castro takes over at shortstop.

Edelweiss said:

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Don't worry. According to someone in the Cubs organization, Baker was never meant to be a second baseman. The Cubs traded for him in case Ramirez didn't heal as expected. When they found out in August that Fontenot had been playing since April with a cracked hamate bone, Baker played second for the remainder of the season. It will probably be a platoon of Fontenot and Blanco at second, with Baker filling in at several positions. This, of course, if Castro is not yet ready for MLB.

JulieDiCaro said:


I think Baker played better at 2B than anyone expected. I'd much rather have him at 2B than any other of our options. Any platoon that includes "and Fontenot" makes me want to hurl.

Max Power said:


Maybe Sammy had the epidermis treatment to avoid this lawsuit?

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