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Thursday Headlines: Headlines as We Go!

Heinz-Christian Strache, head and top candidate of Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) yawns next to Michael Haeupl, Vienna's Social Democrats (SPOe) provincial governor and top candidate during a television interview after provincial elections in Vienna October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (AUSTRIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
These guys look like I feel. Thanks for letting me sleep in.

We'll start today with a look at Bruce Miles' continuing series on the Cubs roster. Today's bit is on fan favorite Carlos Silva. He had quite the year, coming to a new team, having his mother in the US for the first time, and some other stuff.
From the very beginning, things were interesting. Lou appeared miffed at the beginning of spring training when Silva showed up in what Lou deemed to be not the best of shape. Silva soon rounded (bad choice of words, I know) into shape and began the season 8-0 with a 2.93 ERA through June 7. At the time, there was serious talk that Silva belonged on the NL all-star team (he didn't make it).

The ride ended with Silva finishing at 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP, with 113 innings pitched. He had 13 quality starts. Seventeen of Silva's 21 starts came before the all-star break.

The good news for the Cubs this year is that it's the final year of Silva's contract. Maybe he'll start strong again, then Hendry can trade him before his regression to the mean. 

0Another bit of eye candy went by the wayside yesterday, as the Cubs waived Brad Snyder

Outfielder Brad Snyder cleared waivers and was outrighted off the Cubs' 40-man roster. He is now a free agent. The Cubs' 40-man roster is now at 36 players. Snyder, 28, appeared in 12 games with the Cubs, and batted .185 with five RBIs.

As far as AAAA sluggers go, he was pretty hunky. But redundant.

Chicago Cubs right fielder Brad Snyder dives to make the out on a ball hit by San Diego Padres Chris Denorfia during their MLB National League baseball game in San Diego, California September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Maybe you weren't ready to buy Ted Lilly's Chicago house for $2.4 million. Maybe you will change your mind now.
Former Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly has cut the asking price of his five-bedroom, 5,400-square-foot house just west of Wrigley Field from $2.4 million to $2.1 million.

Lilly, 34, was traded by the Cubs to the Los Angeles Dodgers in late July.

In September, Lilly informally placed the home on the market for $2.4 million. On Tuesday, however, Lilly both reduced its asking price and for the first time placed it in the multiple listing service at the new, lower price.
And, to round things out, something we weren't expecting to hear (via MLBTR). Jon Heyman says the Cubs might be in on Cliff Lee.

#astros may make a run at cliff lee.#yankees remain obvious favorite. other suitors include cubs, bosox, angels, dodgers, phils



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Doc said:


As I posted on Twitter yesterday upon hearing the news...

I'm fairly sure the Cubs offer of $50 and a couple of hot dogs probably won't seal the deal with Cliff Lee.

(But it might if they offer him a no-trade clause with it.)

JulieDiCaro said:


This is the kind of "article" that drives me nuts:


No analysis, no cost-benefit calculation, no expounding on his point, just four paragraphs that say basically nothing.

This coming from someone who writes for a major media outlet and posted on FB by The Score. Yet I can't make the jump from lawyering to sports writing.


Doc said:


Wow...that's about as good of an article as what I write. I think I should be paid more.

Doc said:


Actually...looking at that, I didn't think Mark Grote was anything more than a traffic guy. What's he doing writing?

JulieDiCaro said:


I dunno--The Score just posted it on FB.

Doc said:


It's quite quiet around here today...

Some serious jaw dropping news about Wrigley renovations today.

Ricketts to ask for $200 million from the state.

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