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Monday Headlines: Waiting for Scraps

circa 1955:  Domesticated boar, 'Ginger', hangs around the family dining table at meal times for scraps and treats.  (Photo by John Titchen/Three Lions/Getty Images)




I didn't expect it to happen like this already, but here we are, waiting by the table like the boar in the picture, waiting for any little scrap of information about the Cubs to be handed or dropped to us. Today's headlines will be full of little bits of information I could find anywhere about our beloved/reviled Cubs. We'll open today with a final goodbye to Ted Lilly.

7:35pm: Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times reports (via Twitter) that the two sides have agreed to terms, and the only thing left is a physical.

7:25pm: The Dodgers and Ted Lilly are close to agreeing on a three-year contract, tweetsKen Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. An announcement could come as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

Los Angeles acquired Lilly from the Cubs at the trade deadline this summer, and watched him post a 3.52 ERA with 9.0 K/9 and 1.8 BB/9 in dozen starts (76.2 innings). He also threw his first complete game shutout since 2004 while in a Dodgers' uniform. Lilly just wrapped up the four year, $40MM contract he signed with Chicago before the 2007 season. 


I'll continue to miss Ted Lilly, but I'm glad it's not the Cubs giving out three-year deals to 35 year old pitchers. Yet.


Sticking with the "aging free agents traded away by the Cubs this year" theme, MLBTR takes a look at what Derrek Lee might expect this offseason.

Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko highlight the free agent first base crop, but Lee is about as good of a stopgap option as you'll find. He's a solid all-around player despite declining some in recent years, and his track record is both better and longer than other free agents like Lyle Overbay and Carlos Pena. Teams looking to solidify the first base position for a year or two while they wait for a prospect (or just want to avoid a long commitment) figure to show the most interest. That includes clubs like the Mariners, Orioles, Nationals (assuming Dunn leaves), Rangers, Rays, and maybe even the Cubs again.

Now there's a novel idea. Bring back Lee under a one-year deal until Adrian Gonzalez becomes a Cub. What do you think? Of course, the Cubs might not even need Adrian Gonzalez after Josh Vitters installs himself as the first baseman of the future.

One of the reasons the Cubs wanted Josh Vitters to play in the Arizona Fall League was to make up for time he missed after breaking his hand when he was hit by a pitch in July. The Cubs also are testing him at first base. Vitters, who was a third baseman when the team selected him first in the 2007 Draft, started Wednesday night at first for the Mesa Solar Sox. Last year, playing third at Class A Daytona, he made five errors in 28 games, and at Double-A Tennessee, committed 13 in 63 games. 

From news of a Cubs prospect we're not likely to see at Wrigley, we'll travel to news of a Cub pitcher we're not likely to see back at Wrigley. But Angel Guzman is rehabbing.

Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman, who has undergone two surgeries on his right shoulder and Tommy John procedure on his elbow, started playing catch this week in Mesa, Ariz. It's the first time he's been allowed to throw since having a procedure on his shoulder in March. When he began the workout, Guzman didn't hesitate for fear of pain in his shoulder.

"I'm not scared of throwing," Guzman said. "I've been throwing a baseball my entire life."

The only problem may be holding him back. After his session Monday, Guzman said he felt as if he could have thrown harder and longer.

"That's my 15 minutes of happiness," he said as he came off the field from the light session at Fitch Park.

OK. That's enough snippet fun for today. If I post any more, I won't have anything for tomorrow. 

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JulieDiCaro said:

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If you missed my big NYT debut on Friday, here you go:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/16/sports/16espnw.html

;)

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Congrats!! NYT and the next thing we know, you will be a highly touted free-agent leaving CN for bigger and better things.

MillsChC said:

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Wow.. the comments section to that article may be the most bland, milk-toast, non-entertaining comments section to an internet article I've ever read.

NYT readers seem to be a bunch of bores.

But, congrats.

sloan peterson said:

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Congratulations!! I read the story last night, and attempted to comment, but it was never posted-wonder why?NYT comments are usually polite but occasionally straty into USATODAY rudeness, usually in the Opinions section.....

JulieDiCaro said:

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Uhhhh, how do I get that Bill Brady ad off my site?

AndCounting said:

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A candidate for Illinois governor isn't going to remove that ad easily. It's effing golden. He's not going to give it up for effing nothing.

flyball said:

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don't worry, I can't see it

Doc said:

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hmmmm...very interesting ad. I think I will vote for this Brady guy.

sloan peterson said:

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It's blocked for me of course, with the usual "inappropriate/porn" warning.What is that guy promising?

Doc said:

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free porn for everyone.

sloan peterson said:

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Figures....

Doc said:

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Season ticket renewal came 1 1/2 months early.

Ugh. Decision time.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Use the force, Doc!!

Doc said:

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The decision is a little more difficult than in years past. I thought it was a slam dunk that I would renew, but just looking at finances, it's going to be quite a stretch this year. I really wish I had an extra month before I had to decide. Things would be much clearer.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Completely understand. Finances are ridiculous, especially with upcoming student loan payments!!

gravedigger said:

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Finances wouldn't even be the key for me. Not giving a wheelbarrow full of my god damned hard earned money to this joke of a franchise thats only going to piss it away and make my life miserable would be at the forefront of my decision making.

Doc said:

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Honestly, win or lose, I love going to the ballpark. I love baseball. For a while, going to games was a bit of a chore, but I find going to the ballpark to be a stress reliever for me now. In fact, my wife really loves it when I go because I'm almost always in a good mood when I get home. I have so little other hobbies or diversions in my life right now that my time at the ballpark is important.

I would have to replace the Cubs games with something else in my life...and I really don't know what that would be.

sloan peterson said:

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Yoga,pedicures,softball-oh, I'm sorry I'm confusing your options with the proposed Ladies ESPN...Sorry.
On second thought, you could headline the drive to get Styx into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with your extra time....

baturkey said:

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a joke. Rush has not been inducted either.

berselius said:

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Bah, let the Canadian HOF induct them

Doc said:

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Yoga may not be out of the question. One of my best friends happens to be a yoga instructor (but he's also a Reds fan...so...um...).

As far as Styx in the R&R HOF, well, I've given up hope on that one. First band ever to sell 4 consecutive platinum records including top 10 hits in 3 decades...and they sponsored and helped raise tons of money for the R&R HOF too, and they've never even been considered for induction. Lame.

gravedigger said:

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Funny, watching this team usually invites more stress to my life.

I'd just go watch little league. They might not be any good, but at least they look like they want to play.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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I totally agree, Gravedigger. Little League is funny as hell, but they enjoy themselves and play hard.

Edelweiss said:

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I'm willing to let mine go for a very reasonable price, as the Cubs hold very little interest for me.

Teebob2000 said:

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I thought it was funny that we exported our primary E4/E5 player to SF and he was charged with an E last night as well! HA!

sloan peterson said:

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Fontenot provided much amusement last night: my mom_" I thought he was a GOOD player? Me: "No". Mom:"So why did the Giants pick him up?" Me:" No idea".

Edelweiss said:

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The announcers on MLB talked for over an hour about how good a player Brooks Conrad is.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Nice title headline title, Carl!! That's how I feel right now. Name a manager already!!

flyball said:

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but the, after about 2 days, we'll still have nothing to talk about

Cubs Psychologist said:

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True, but that when the blind optimism begins!!

sloan peterson said:

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I'd rather speculate on the Cubs-it's a good distraction from all the stupid CA election ads....

JulieDiCaro said:

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Just you wait until mid-january.

flyball said:

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you mean when we just wander around, freezing, mumbling "is baseball on yet?"

or Cubs Convention

sloan peterson said:

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At least you could physically confront Ricketts and the gang, if they make a lame/horrible choice. Me, I'll have to do it from afar...:)

sloan peterson said:

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"Waiting for Scraps: A Cub's Fan's Life"- starring Justin Bieber, coming soon to a theatre near you....

JulieDiCaro said:

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i want to make fun of Will Carroll, but my Brenely-to-manage-the-Brewers source was just as wrong.

gravedigger said:

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has this been officially discredited?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Happy Birthday to our very own TeeBoob today!

baturkey said:

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Happy birthday!

sloan peterson said:

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Happy Birthday TeeBob!!

Teebob2000 said:

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*blushing* Aw, knock if you guys, will ya???

plamorte said:

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If anyone wants a D-Lee Cubs fathead, on clearance for $5.99!
http://www.fathead.com/clearance/

Doc said:

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I think I'll pass. That will be $5.99 that I won't be able to use on tickets for next season.

Dmband said:

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Kudos on the NYT recognition CJ.

Although I disagree that the blog was a "departure" from your typical posts.

Tell them there is nothing TYPICAL about LOHO. If you type it...they will come...

sloan peterson said:

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Girardi just made a series of poor decisions regarding pitchers-Texas ahead 9-0. Perhaps Girardi is planning to be the next Cubs manager?

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