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Monday Headlines: Jerkface Red Sox Steal Adrian Gonzalez from Cubs

San Diego Padres First Baseman Adrian Gonzalez works out before the game with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park in San Diego on August 24, 2010. The Padres beat the Diamondbacks 5-0. UPI/Roger Williams Photo via Newscom

It appears as though an Adrian Gonzalez to Boston trade is all but done, meaning the Cubs have little-to-no options at first base. Or, shall we say, palatable options. The Cubs continue to think they need to sign a starting pitcher whose arm is barely attached. Their biggest fan died last week. So what's not to love about the start of the Winter Meetings?
Would-be targets Adrian Gonzalez (all but traded from the Padres to the Red Sox), Lance Berkman (signed by the Cardinals), Jake Westbrook (re-signed by the Cardinals) and Javier Vazquez (signed by the Marlins) are off the board. The Cubs either were unable to compete as aggressively dollar-for-dollar or unwilling to compete as aggressively prospect-for-prospect as the teams that landed those players.

So, what are we to expect this week?

Will free agent Carlos Pena be as good as it gets in replacing Lee at first base? Is a former Cy Young winner with a rehabbing shoulder -- Brandon Webb -- exciting enough for you?

Hendry has said that he doesn't believe he needs to make a splash. Without a lot of room to work under his payroll ceiling, he might not have a choice.


But Hendry's at his best when he's talking trade. And while Gonzalez no longer is on the market, look for Hendry to talk to as many GMs about trades as he does player agents about their clients.


Oh, good. All we have to do is hope that Hendry can make one of his miracle trades! Please let it be more Derrek Lee than Juan Pierre.

Also in Orlando this week is Lou Piniella. Paul Sullivan caught up with him as he prepares to be honored by MLB. Lou has no regrets about leaving when he did.

Asked if dealing with the Chicago media made the job more difficult than he imagined, Piniella laughed.

"No, it was the wins and losses," he said. "The rest of it, I can handle."

The Cubs finished 5-20 in Piniella's final 25 games but went 24-13 after Quade took over.

"I think leaving two to three times and telling them halfway through I was not coming back took sails out of their balloons," Piniella said. "My mom needed me. She's 91 and has been back and forth to the hospital. I made the right move."

And shared his sadness at the passing of Ron Santo.

"He lived and died with these Cubs wins and losses," he said. "I mean, I was the manager, and I had to pick him up."



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Doc said:

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Ok...

Carlos Pena or Adam LaRoche

Pick your poison.

gravedigger said:

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can we just sign mark prior and kerry wood? then we don't have to worry about anything anymore.

Doc said:

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While we're at it, we need a first baseman...just bring back Derrek Lee.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Bring back Eric Karros!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Seriously. We'd be right back where we were before, but at least we'd be home.

Doc said:

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But our home is a run-down little shack.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Don't you love our run-down little shack?

JulieDiCaro said:

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but it's a run-down shack with desperately disappointing players that we KNOW. I can't take any more NEW desperately disappointing players.

sloan peterson said:

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But is the shack a funky old shack?

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Funky, yes. Thanks to the bathrooms.

Doc said:

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and a rusted, tin roof.

sloan peterson said:

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I know! RuPaul can play first base!(she was in the video after all)

sloan peterson said:

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Correction: our home is a van down by the river....

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Would that make Hendry Matt Foley?

sloan peterson said:

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close enough....

flyball said:

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can Prior play first? because I'd be good with that

AndCounting said:

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Someone somewhere joked about Zambrano playing 1B. I say let's try it.

Doc said:

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Heck...a switch hitting first baseman...who it actually pretty athletic and tall...why not?

flyball said:

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they should trade for Youkilis? that would be fun

Doc said:

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fun for who?

flyball said:

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it would be funny for me, and really isn't that what this is about?

flyball said:

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Red Sox player

AndCounting said:

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Love this line, Carl: Please let it be more Derrek Lee than Juan Pierre.

It almost sounds like the Osmonds could have sung it.

"I'm a little bit Derrek Lee. I'm a little bit Juan Pierre."

Doc said:

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So...I've been wondering if we are being a little impatient....

Just before Christmas last year, Jim Hendry got the Mariners to give us cash for Milton Bradley....

So I now am expecting another Christmas miracle this year...Maybe a trade for Albert Pujols and $9 million in exchange for Jeff Baker or something like that.

Right?

JulieDiCaro said:

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MLBTR reporting that Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Cubs have inquired about Dodger 1B James Loney. WOW have his stats fallen off a cliff, but he's the best option mentioned so far (if you don't count AGon).

AndCounting said:

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He suffered a hamstring injury in the summer that I don't think he ever fully recovered from. After July is when his OPS dropped like acid. Overall, Dodger Stadium has killed him. His career OPS is 143 points higher on the road than at home. I'd definitely take him.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I don't want any more guys with unhealed hamstring injuries! See, e.g., Ramirez, Aramis; Soriano, Alfonso.

AndCounting said:

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But that's a stretch of two months. And he didn't miss significant time. I'd be shocked if he's not 100% by ST.

sloan peterson said:

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If the Cubs get Loney,they get a big,heaping, side of attitude that makes Bradley look good. Currently, Loney's agent is doing all the talking to LA media, because Dodgers management hurt his clients feelings by telling him to play like he cared. That's why the Dodgers got Lopes for 3rd base coach; he's Lonely's babysitter/mentor.....

Edelweiss said:

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How about a .350 hitter, with 40 HR and 120 RBIs, who can play all 8 positions with Golden Glove ability, but who has a virulent case of jock itch and butt fungus?

Cubs Psychologist said:

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That would be lovely!! I like the idea of Z at first. No worse than Hufflepuff (May he safely reside in Japan).

gravedigger said:

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I've never heard of him.

Doc said:

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he's never heard of you.

JulieDiCaro said:

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DBacks sign Melvin Mora. Um . . okay.

Doc said:

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Mora is an idiot...

He got 2 years/$4 million from the D-Backs...

If he would have held out Jim Hendry would have given him twice that amount and added a 3 year on to it with a full no-trade clause.

Some ballplayers are so stupid.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Sigh. . . the "real" job beckons. Keep an eye on MLBTR, someone!

Doc said:

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why? The only news that comes off that site is depressing.

plamorte said:

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this is the most depressing offseason in a while.

Doc said:

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It's kinda hard to say...there is so much press coverage now compared to like the 90's...

But if I had to compare this offseason to another...it would probably be the year when Maddux won the Cy Young and then bolted for Atlanta.

plamorte said:

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thankfully i was too young to even know what was going on then. Just crazy to me the roster is completely on the backburner of the owners agenda

HackWilson09 said:

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I posted my declaration at the same time as yours.

It's a week into December and the only news has been terrible. I do like the fact that Quade earned this job, but they're supporting him with in-house schwag. But the fact that NO moves have been made yet -- it's just ugly.

We had to wait just as long last year for anything to happen, with the lame-ass excuse that nothing could happen until Bradley was off the books. All this means is that Jim Hendry has ZERO creativity, and ZERO willingness to deal from a pool of players that has infinite value only to himself.

One time, Hendry was given a blank check. He used it to give Alfonso Soriano a 9-figure salary for the rest of his natural life, and oh, yeah - he gave $21 million to a pitcher with an era of 6. We all knew these moves were stupid. Why didn't he? And he gave away Josh Hamilton for nothing. Why? For all that, the guy gets to keep his job.

Jim Hendry is a bad GM. Bad, bad, bad. End of story.

And this new organization sucks more than the last one, even.

JulieDiCaro said:

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actually, this off-season is exactly like last year's off-season. Remember watching all the good CFers get picked off one by one?

jarowcliffe said:

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we did get byrd last year...I think we can all agree that was not a bad thing.

JulieDiCaro said:

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in the end. at the time, we were pretty disgusted.

Doc said:

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Not me. Remember? I was comparing his signing to Mark DeRosa.

jarowcliffe said:

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yeah I dont think I really minded either. I think I thought it might have a slight overpay but I was generally happy with the deal.

I'm still not totally against the Chris Davis idea...cheap, has upside.

Its not like Adrian Gonzalez was going to make this team a contender anyway!

HackWilson09 said:

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This is the worst offseason of my adult life.

Jim Hendry has nothing left. He avoided grabbing Gonzalez in order to protect his bumper crop of prospects that never pan out anyway. He does this every year. Aside from Castro and Brett Jackson, who is honestly worth protecting? Any superstars down there? Any aces? No!

Can't wait to hear Lester Strode announced as pitching coach. First base is just Jeff Baker's job to lose. Maybe LaHair can win the job. Or LaCock. Or LaCockHair.

Doc said:

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Mark Riggins to be promote to Cubs pitching coach today.

Please try to keep your enthusiasm to a moderate level.

plamorte said:

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Riggins was a longtime minor league pitching coordinator for the Cardinals, maybe some of Duncan's skills rubbed off on him. But he might have a mustache, which might cause some jealousy from Quade. Trouble is a-brewin'...

HackWilson09 said:

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I was in an elevator with Michael Jordan once. Only his baldness seems to have rubbed off on me.

gravedigger said:

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I hate to sound like a broken record, but I never heard of that guy.

Doc said:

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Honestly, this was the cheap choice. The Cubs have spent a lot of money on managers and coaches over the last few years...they are going cheap on management like they are on player payroll.

Riggens has been doing this sort of stuff for a long time...but, honestly, I really haven't been all that impressed with the results we've seen from him in the minor leagues. Most of the players that the Cubs have brought up in the last few years have arrived with rather low expectations (except Cashner and Samarasdrfajdkaja) and the ones that have succeeded have done so under the guidance of Rothschild.

jarowcliffe said:

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MLBTR has that the Cubs were a finalist for Gonzo with a major league player involved...interesting

plamorte said:

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Cashman i bet

plamorte said:

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ugh long offseason....Cashner

JulieDiCaro said:

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I was so confused.

sloan peterson said:

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The way the year is going the Cubs could sign Brian Cashman-he wouldn't have to tell them anything until the spring...

HackWilson09 said:

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Tyler Colvin.

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