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Monday Headlines: We Need Another Christmas Miracle



Kerry Wood officially signed on Friday, and the Brewers spent the weekend trying to upstage the Cubs. They managed to do so by trading for Zack Greinke

 

 

The Royals acquired shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and right-handed pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress from the Brewers in exchange for Greinke, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and cash considerations.

So, Crazy Uncle Phil, should we be fearful of the Brew Crew?

Because of general manager Doug Melvin's acquisition of Greinke from the Royals on Sunday, the Brew Crew could upset the Cardinals and Reds to win the National League Central next season and possibly contend for future titles. The latter is true if free agency doesn't limit them to a short window, as it did after Melvin traded for CC Sabathia in 2008.

There's a huge upside here, so I really want to like what Melvin calls a "now'' trade. But when teams trade their best prospects for veterans, they are chasing -- that is, acting like a gambler who loses money on an NFL Sunday, so he digs even deeper into his wallet Monday night -- and the results are often hide-your-eyes ugly.

I feel much better after that astute analysis of the trade.


Another Cubs legend passed away over the weekend. Phil Cavaretta, who led the Cubs to their last world series, died at age 94 on Saturday.

Phil Cavarretta, who went from Lane Tech to playing for the Cubs at age 18 and holds the franchise record for longevity with 20 seasons, died Saturday in Lilburn, Ga. He was 94.

The first baseman and outfielder, who was the National League's Most Valuable Player and led the Cubs to their last World Series appearance in 1945, played his final 77 games for the White Sox.

Cavarretta holds the Cubs' record for single-season batting average by a left-handed hitter at .355 in his MVP season. He ranks in the top 10 in most offensive categories for the Cubs.

Carrie Muskat interviewed Cavaretta who always remained a Cubs fan.

When I interviewed Phil Cavarretta for my book, "Banks to Sandberg to Grace," I asked him if he still watches the Cubs. "I sit there and second-guess the hell out of them," he said. Cavarretta died Saturday at the age of 94. At the age of 18 he homered in his first Major League at-bat and his best season was 1945 when he won MVP honors and helped the Cubs get to the World Series.


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jarowcliffe said:

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We need more than one Christmas Miracle...

JulieDiCaro said:

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As I pointed out on Friday: Santo, Feller, and Cavarretta makes 3.

HackWilson09 said:

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You forgot Enrico Palazzo. That makes 4.

Doc said:

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and Carlos Silva makes 5.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I guess we'll find out shortly if the front office really expects this team to compete this season. If they go hard after Garza or someone comparable, while keeping Z and Marmol, they do. If they start trading for prospects, they don't.

plamorte said:

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With Brewers getting Greinke, the Cubs needs to make a push for Garza. Crossing your fingers with Webb isn't enough.

JulieDiCaro said:

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only if they think the Cubs can compete this year. Frankly, unless Aramis, Soto, and Soriano have big seasons, I don't think we can.

Who's playing 2B, anyway? Baker? UGH.

jarowcliffe said:

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Remember Blake Dewitt?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh right Do we still have that guy?

Doc said:

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The Cubs can push all they want for Garza...the Ray's ain't trading him.

sloan peterson said:

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I should be more worried about the lack of trades, but I'm brushing up on my ark-building skills. Every other state must be laughing at CA worrying about 3.2 inches in one day, but we've had fires the last 3 years and not much has grown back. We've had 7 inches since Thursday and expect 7-13 inches in the next 3 days...

JulieDiCaro said:

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LOHO should invest in ocean-front property in Utah.

sloan peterson said:

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Looks like all the department stores should not have marked all their rainboots 50% off...:)I'm ok I have Sperry Topsiders that have stood me through 8 inches of rain so far....

JulieDiCaro said:

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Looks like the Cubs could have had DLee back for $8-10 million. If they could have convinced him take a one-year deal, that would have been a better way to go.

gravedigger said:

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Not sure I agree with that.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I don't think Pena is very good, and Lee would give Starlin another year of balls dug out of the dirt to help improve his confidence, defensively.

berselius said:

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Pena is as good if not better defensively than Lee. Just sayin'.

JulieDiCaro said:

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For real and for true?

all right--I'll give the guy a chance. it's hard to imagine anyone else can snag some of the throws Lee does with those loooooong arms.

Doc said:

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I believe Peña isn't as good defensively as many have stated him to be...but I also felt similarly about Derrek Lee's defense. It's probably a wash between the two.

Doc said:

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Offensively, Lee adds as much to the offense as a right handed hitter as Peña does as a lefty.

In the end, with the good vibes of bringing Kerry Wood back, I think I would have been ok with Lee coming back in a similar fashion. This team isn't going to be very good, so why not at least put players on the field that people like?

HackWilson09 said:

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I don't like Derrek Lee. The untold story of last year was DLee not bothering to do his job anymore. He didn't catch a ground ball unless it was close enough to fall on! And he stoppped bothering with his fundamentals around cutoffs.

I daresay, Carlos Zambrano was right to lay into him that day - he just picked about the worst timing ever.

Good riddance to DLee. Two of those years were great! The rest were not.

gravedigger said:

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Agree, agree, agree.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Favre just upgraded from "out" to "questionable" for tonight's game.

HEADDESK

Doc said:

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BAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

JulieDiCaro said:

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MLBTR reported that the Cubs and Giants have discussed Fukudome-for-Rowand swap. Jerry Crasnick says it's a longshot. What say you?

secdelahc said:

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I say why not? Fukudome is only good the first couple months of the season, and Rowand can't be much worse.

JulieDiCaro said:

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How many years did we give Fukudome? Rowand has 2 years left at $12 million per. Gross. And he hit .230 last year.

JulieDiCaro said:

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GAH. We gave Fukudome 4 years? WTF?

"Rowand will earn $24MM through 2012 and Fukudome will become a free agent after earning $13.5MM in 2011, so the contracts are not perfect matches. Rowand has a limited no-trade clause and Fukudome has no-trade protection, so a potential deal could require the players' approval."

jarowcliffe said:

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I honestly dont think the Fuk signing was really that bad...hindsight, yes it was an awful deal but the Cubs werent the only team offering that kind of money to him. It was a gamble that Hendry lost his ass on.

Rowand is not the answer, where does he fit? Where would he play? We still have a ton of outfielders and only 1 open spot.

If Fuk gets traded it better be for a different position.

We still need a first baseman! We have NOBODY to back up Pena!

Doc said:

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Jeff Baker is Peña's backup on the 25 man roster with Bryan LaHair as the back-up in the minor leagues right now.

jarowcliffe said:

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and you are comfortable with that?

berselius said:

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I like Baker as a backup 1b. He demolishes LHP, which Pena struggles against.

berselius said:

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Baker's career slash line vs LHP:

.308/.363/.545

I'll take it

Doc said:

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I'm not all the comfortable with Peña at 1B in the first place.

jarowcliffe said:

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I dont have a problem with Peña(I figured it out) at 1b. I do, however, have a problem with him making $10 million.

Doc said:

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We all have a problem with that.

HackWilson09 said:

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Why take on an extra year of a different player who can't get it done?

I think Fukudome should give us his stellar April and May and THEN trade him.

The guy to dump right now has to be Soriano.

JulieDiCaro said:

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who's going to be stupid enough to take Soriano?

the Orioles are completely distracted going after Adam LaRoche.

Doc said:

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Soriano will not be able to be traded until between his 6th and 7th years on that stupid contract. There is just way too much money on the table at this point. Once the remaining $ on that contract get below $40 million, the Cubs might be able to find a taker while only having to eat $20 million of the remainder.

jarowcliffe said:

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I say "I REALLY hope it is a longshot!"

JulieDiCaro said:

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i'd rather endure this last season of Fukudome and be done.

Doc said:

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Agreed

Doc said:

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Not going to happen unless the Cubs have some other trade set up to dump Rowand.

It makes no logical sense.

Doc said:

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The more I think about this...the stupider it is. Rowand is a worse hitter and a defensive wash with K-Fuk...and besides, Rowand is going to kill himself running into that brick wall. This will end well for no one if it were to happen.

secdelahc said:

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But think about how funny it would be. Not in reality, of course, but hypothetically. It would be hilarious to watch him run into the brick wall and die. Therefore, I endorse this deal.

JulieDiCaro said:

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she's right. there would be an entertainment factor. Can you just see Rowand and Fuld trying to out-do the other by seeing who can hit the wall hardest?

I could dig that.

gravedigger said:

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I'll tell you one thing Fuld can do. And hit hard.

I could dig that.

sloan peterson said:

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That was a message from the department of TMI....

gravedigger said:

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Then I shall consider my day a success.

Doc said:

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My God...this is what we are reduced too...all we have to look forward to is our players killing themselves crashing into the outfield wall.

It's a way of life.

berselius said:

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No. Please God no.

gravedigger said:

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I say "I don't know, as I have not been privy to the discussions."

Karen said:

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How the hell did Edelweis sign in as gravedigger?

Teebob2000 said:

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I LOL'ed.

sloan peterson said:

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That is funny!!

JulieDiCaro said:

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MLBTR is reporting that the Cubs and Rangers are in the lead for Brandon Webb.

jarowcliffe said:

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I like Webb for a 1 yr deal

Doc said:

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Webb...1 year...$4 million + incentives. Anything over that would be a serious mistake.

berselius said:

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Even better if they release or otherwise get rid of Silva. In fact, I'd love it if they did that even if they don't sign Webb.

HackWilson09 said:

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No way. $2 mil tops. Hasn't pitched in two years, and that is a long time.

Doc said:

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Then the Rangers will outbid the Cubs for him...if the Cubs really want this guy, they are going to be in a bidding war for him, but they shouldn't go over $4 million for him.

sloan peterson said:

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Can the Cubs do another 1 year back-loaded deal?

Doc said:

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I don't think they need to with Webb. With Peña's deferment and Wood's contract worth practically nothing, the Cubs probably have about $5 million left for another player.

Doc said:

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I love typing the ñ in Peña's name.

jarowcliffe said:

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Ive always wondered how to do that...

Doc said:

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ññññññññ!!!!

JulieDiCaro said:

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yeah, how do you do that?

gravedigger said:

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You just type ñ.

sloan peterson said:

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The ~ or tilde as its known is accessed by using the shift key.....

Doc said:

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Ancient Chinese secret!

jarowcliffe said:

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The ñ can be typed by holding alt and typing 0241...I had to look it up but I thought I would share with the rest of the class because no one else seems to want to!

Doc said:

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You gave out my ancient chinese secret! BOO!!!!

jarowcliffe said:

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Its the holiday season...a time for sharing

Edelweiss said:

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The people on another blog don't understand how I type Edelweiß or
Cedeño, but I tried to explain it.

JulieDiCaro said:

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WGN Radio just gave Pat Hughes a 5-year contract. YAY.

gravedigger said:

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A signing I don't hate!

Doc said:

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They should just give him a lifetime deal. Simple as that. He is, in my opinion, the best in the business right now. He's not better than Uecker or Scully when they were in their prime...but he's better than they are now. I'll say it again...the best in the business.

berselius said:

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They should give him a lifetime deal for Santo's eulogy alone, without even considering the rest of his great work. Fantastic job.

sloan peterson said:

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Are they going to let Pat go solo? Or will they pair him with someone?

Doc said:

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ZONK please!!!!

Teebob2000 said:

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THAT'S the spirit, Carl... whatever it is you're referring to...

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