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Chicago Cubs Friday Headlines: Just Make a Trade Already

Jul 9, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly (30) pitches during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Photo via Newscom
Whither Ted goest?


We've got one day left before the deadline, and every other major league team has made at least four trades. The Cubs have made none. But we do have a new rumor.

The Dodgers are talking to the Cubs about a trade for both left-hander Ted Lilly and second baseman Ryan Theriot, according to a major-league source.

It is not known whether a deal is close. The Cubs almost certainly would need to include cash to cover part of the nearly $5 million combined that Lilly and Theriot are owed for the rest of the season.

I hope Ted doesn't have to go with Theriot. It's probably the most appealing thing about leaving the Cubs (other than not playing for a horrible team). As of now, this looks to be the most likely scenario, as the Twins, Tigers and Mets appear to be out on Lilly.



Gordon Wittenmyer, fearful of a lack of quotes from players, is doing his best to make sure other teams know how horrible Theriot is.

Just since the start of spring training, his year has included losing his arbitration case to the team, getting bumped over to second when rookie Starlin Castro was installed as the starting shortstop May 7, getting moved from leadoff to eighth and getting linked to trade rumors for the first time in his career.

''I don't think I'm going to get traded,'' he said, ''but you never know.''

On the bright side, his bobblehead (complete with fishing hat and yellow boat) promotion last month was a hit.

''Yeah, sweet bobblehead,'' he said.

Are there any readers here from Colorado who can sneak into the Cubs' clubhouse this afternoon? I'd like a report on the special Zambrano apology.

The bigger issue Zambrano's return prompts is a team meeting Friday afternoon. Piniella is calling it to give Zambrano a forum to discuss the June 25 dugout eruption that led to him entering an anger management program -- an idea, by the way, Piniella shrugged off when a reporter asked about it a few hours after Zambrano had been sent home.

At the time, Piniella said the Cubs already had tried everything with the combustible Zambrano. But the latest program no doubt will be advertised as something new promising a breakthrough.

"I think he'll be fine,'' Piniella said. "I think the sessions that he has had will help him. I look forward to having him back and helping us win some games down the stretch."

Crazy Uncle Phil then goes on to project what he would do in such a meeting onto the Cubs' players.

Expect many rolled eyes in the clubhouse when Zambrano speaks.

"It will be good to put this behind us,'' Derrek Lee said.

He was talking about the Zambrano affair. But his words work for a range of uncertainties.

Bruce Miles discovered an interesting parallel between Derrek Lee and one Cub legend

A popular member of the Chicago Cubs vetoed a trade to the Angels.

He invoked his 10-and-5 rights and cited family reasons.

Derrek Lee? Yep.

Ron Santo, too.

The story this week of first baseman Derrek Lee turning down a trade to the Los Angeles Angels brought back memories of Santo doing the same thing in December 1973.

At the time, the Cubs were beginning a rebuilding phase, and they sought to ship Santo to the then-California Angels for a pair of pitchers.

But Santo turned down the deal, becoming the first player to exercise the so-called 10-and-5 rights, which enable a player with at least 10 years of major-league service and the last five with the same team to veto any trade involving him. The right was won in the hard-fought 1972 collective-bargaining agreement.



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plamorte said:

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come onnnnn. If it means getting rid of Riot, pay what the Dodgers want you too Hendry!

sloan peterson said:

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Perhaps if the Cubs throw in a tank of gas, or free carwash, the Dodgers will take Lilly +Bobblehead Boy....

JulieDiCaro said:

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a) of coure, i leave for vacation and all hell is rumored to break loose. this is like the time i went to NYC and the Cubs traded for Nomar while i was walking around Central Park with no cell phone reception!

b) We should pay any time who is remotely interested in Theriot HANDSOMELY to take him off our hands.

c) once theriot is gone, the value of those bobbleheads is going to go sky-high. kind of like when an artist dies. i MUST have one!

d) don't miss Wrigley Talk Friday today at noon. next week we have Doug Glanville!

berselius said:

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Wow!!!! That's awesome about Glanville. How did you guys get him?!

JulieDiCaro said:

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he was looking for me on twitter one day, so i just asked him.

JulieDiCaro said:

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whoops--of course, WTF is on every friday at 1:00 pm. today, i'll tell you about my mystery lunch date at Wrigley.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Julie, is WTF available online? I'm curious about your mystery lunch!!

Doc said:

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You all are going to be really disappointed when you find out she had lunch with Ronnie Woo Woo.

JulieDiCaro said:

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thanks for ruining the surprise.

Doc said:

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I'm good at that.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Let the disappointment set in. Ooh, can you feel it?

JulieDiCaro said:

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According to my buddy George Ofman, Cubs wanted Dewitt and Billingsley from the Dodgers. Dodgers said "no" too Billingsley. George also says the Dodgers asked about Dempster but were told "no" by the Cubs.

JulieDiCaro said:

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okay, i guess we don't know that the Dodgers said "no" on Billingsley but I have no idea why they would make that trade. Lilly is older, more expensive, and FA at the end of the season.

berselius said:

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The only thing that makes sense would be $$ - if the divorce stuff causes them to cut payroll. Otherwise the only way the Cubs get Billingsley is if they have pictures of Jamie McCourt with Mark Grace or something

JulieDiCaro said:

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that's lovely image to go with my breakfast.

Doc said:

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That wouldn't be enough for the divorce...

The pictures of her with Ronnie Woo Woo, those are probably worth Billingsley and Furcal.

plamorte said:

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almost just photoshopped that but im too lazy

sloan peterson said:

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Actually Frank hates his wife so much, he'd print the photos and give it away as a poster for "Ex-Wife Night."

sloan peterson said:

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Or Frank with Grace....

Doc said:

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Dammit...all the Cubs are still Cubs.

Dmband said:

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CJ-

Dont you know as a baseball blogger the only time youre allowed to vaca is the week of the allstar break!

How dare you leave on the trade deadline. How dare you have a life outside of this blog.

FOR SHAME!

JulieDiCaro said:

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i know.

it's not my fault.

JulieDiCaro said:

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WGN's George Ofman joins us today on Wrigley Talk Friday to discuss the latest in Cubs trade rumors.

Doc said:

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geez...you are really lining up the celebs today.

sloan peterson said:

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D-Backs trading Edwin Jackson to the White Sox? HENDRY ARE YOU ALIVE? ARE YOU ACTUALLY GOING TO DO ANYTHING TO HELP THE CUBS?

JimHendry said:

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No, I wasn't planning on it.

Doc said:

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Obviously not...you're spending too much time playing around on dumb blogs like this. (Now Julie shoots me and puts me out of my misery.)

Dmband said:

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Speculation is Jackson will be moved to acquire either Lance Berkman or Adam Dunn

JulieDiCaro said:

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Edwin Jackson is a player I secretly covet. I wonder what it would cost us?

JulieDiCaro said:

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So now it's looking something like Lilly and Theriot to the Dodgers for a deal possibly involving John Ely. Waiting for confirmation/details.

AndCounting said:

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All hail Julie. That is all.

JulieDiCaro said:

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well yes . . . but, because???????

AndCounting said:

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If I list the reasons, it will break the internets.

Dmband said:

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Cj-

The white sox are looking to add a left handed power hitter, unfortunately so are we.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Unfortunately, they want the same left-handed power hitter I've wanted for the last two seasons.

Dmband said:

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hahahaha. Exactly...

Perhaps, we can hack in and delete Fukudome's slugging % from baseball reference.com and see if we can sneak one past them.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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I think Hendry has fallen asleep at the wheel.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Now hearing Yankees coming hard after Lilly. The plot thickens.

plamorte said:

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so many directions I can take that statement....

Doc said:

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That's very interesting since Lilly really wanted the Yankees to sign him before he decided to sign with the Cubs (while Jim Hendry was having a heart transplant).

Doc said:

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excellent job with George Ofman today. That was fun to listen to him talk.

But you all need to give up on this Joe Torre thing.

secdelahc said:

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It seems like in the past Hendry pulls off the big trades right at the last minute. I don't expect to hear anything until tomorrow about an hour before the deadline.

Doc said:

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Or maybe he just doesn't care anymore because he's too busy trying to find a new manager.

Doc said:

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I was thinking...

The White Sox are looking for a 1st baseman/DH...

Derrek Lee says he wants to stay in Chicago for his family (weak-ass excuse)...

Um...why can't this work? Will the sox only take a left hitter?

Dmband said:

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Doc-

For fear of getting reamed on this site, I was going to propose that Lilly and Lee to the White Sox makes a ton of sense.

I would be tremendously happy, although most of Cub Nation would be crying "traitors" about the team because theres a media made rivalry between the two teams that isnt real.

Sorry. Just venting.

JimHendry said:

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I just released Bob Howry. Are you guys happy yet?

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