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LaHair and Rizzo in the same lineup? Maybe.

LaHair and Rizzo in the same lineup?  Maybe.

Concerned with their lack of power, the Cubs are having internal discussions about how to get both Bryan LaHair and Anthony Rizzo in the lineup, according to Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Sun-Times.

‘‘When you’re sitting there discussing your projected lineup, you’ve got to figure out some kind of way to get two power-hitting left-handed bats in the lineup,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘You can just look across at the other locker room, and you see the advantages of Votto and Bruce. It’s a huge asset to have that in the lineup. Especially in the National League Central, where there’s no left-handed pitching, really.’’

This isn't something we've heard previously.  All indications were that Bryan LaHair was only going to play first.   He hasn't played the OF all year, including spring training.

But as LaHair noted himself,

‘‘I wouldn’t even look at it as a position change for me.  I’ve been playing the outfield my whole life. I’m very comfortable in the outfield. I mean, I want to be the first baseman, but if it helps for him to be at first, it is what it is.’’

There seems to be little question that it would help the Cubs and it may even ease some of the pressure on Anthony Rizzo, who wouldn't have the burden of being the team's lone LH power source.  It would allow him to start a little bit lower in the order as well.

There is one obstacle that looms, however, and that's Alfonso Soriano and his big contract in LF, the position LaHair would most likely play.  Ironically, Soriano is the Cubs only RH power source, though you wouldn't know that by looking at this year's numbers.  The Cubs only RH hitters with some power would be Starlin Castro and Geovany Soto, but Castro is more of a line drive hitter and Soto isn't hitting at all.

The idea of the Cubs having one, much less two LH power hitters in the lineup is a foreign one to most fans, but it could go a long way toward jump starting an offense that relies on Campana's legs and Castro's bat as it's only real consistent offense.

The Cubs may also soon face a problem that nobody would have imagined just one year ago.  Too many lefties.  The Cubs could conceivably have 5 lefties in their everyday lineup by August: David DeJesus, Brett Jackson, Bryan LaHair, Anthony Rizzo, and  Ian Stewart --- and that's not even considering current starter Tony Campana, current rookie C Steve Clevenger and 2B prospect Adrian Cardenas, who could push for playing time in the near future.

The Cubs added two lefty bats in the offseason, David DeJesus and Ian Stewart.  DeJesus is more of a stop gap solution while the Cubs took a flyer on Stewart to see if he could realize the tremendous promise he showed as a top Rockies prospect a few years back.  It's early, but I don't expect either to be a long-term solution at this point.  Barring the somewhat unlikely event that  the Cubs find a keeper among Josh Vitters, Joe Mather, or Junior Lake for 3B for 2013, they may once again be on the market for a 3B, although this time it may end up being a RH hitter.  One interesting idea would be a short term deal for former Red Sox Kevin Youkilis.  It's obviously a player that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would be familiar with and the Red Sox have two top 3B prospects in Will Middlebrooks, who just got the call to Boston, and Xander Bogaerts who is close to being MLB ready.

It all starts with a potential LaHair move to the OF and a Rizzo promotion, but there are many things to consider in their internal conversations.  The moves, if they were to be made, wouldn't be considered until at least June and probably not until after the all-star break, so that does give the Cubs some time to figure things out.

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  • Hmmm. Not sure, but it appears that the one option is to move Soriano to RF if you cannot move his contract now, which then puts DeJesus in a backup/platoon role with Campana.

    I think that some other roster change may be required if the Cubs elect to pull the string on Rizzo now.

  • In reply to JK1969:

    Agreed. I see a few roster moves coming this summer. It'll be a very different team by the end of the year.

  • I'm all for it. The Cubs are not a playoff team this year; so what a great opportunity to see what you have moving forward. I understand there are variables the front office must consider when looking to bring Rizzo up this season-but I am anxious to see these two guys in the line-up together. There has been some blogger speculation regarding moving LaHair or Rizzo this year(especially with LaHair so hot and possessing some trade value). Why not take this year to see if LaHair can play OF; if Rizzo can adjust to ML pitching this time around; this will help answer many questions we have now. With that said; as for Soriano...

  • PATIENCE,PATIENCE...,where's all that patience we were going to have. Listen, many of us saidthe Cubs weaknesses were corner power and bullpen. lets wait and see if Stewart (and Soriano) start to hit in the warmer weather..,and Carrie Wood and Bowman start to anchor the bullpen. If Stewart alone could have hit a strong .260, we could be much nearer .500 for the season.
    COMMENTS?

  • In reply to rakmessiah:

    rak: I hear what you are saying about Stewart; but how much patience do any of us have left with respect to Soriano?! Let's say we continue to trot Soriano out there; waiting/hoping for that trade value to improve-there is still a strong likelihood we can't move him anyway. I am not advocating to bring Rizzo up today; be cognizant of the time clock for him and let him continue to develop right now. However, my suggestion of going with Rizzo and LaHair doesn't necessarily equate to lacking patience-it depends on ones perspective of patience. What is wrong with exhibiting patience with Rizzo once he does arrive(John's article touches upon this in terms of some of Rizzo's burden being lifted by working with LaHair). Here's what it boils down to; who is going to drive this organization moving forward; is it guys like Soriano and Soto; or players such as Stewart(let's see what he has over the course of a season), LaHair and eventually this summer Rizzo.

  • In reply to Upstate NY Cubs Fan:

    Upstate, your DRIVING FORWARD point is a good one...,I can't wait to see it happen. All I want from Soriano is some power to take some pressure off guys like LeHair and Stewart.
    Some Power can buy us some patience and give us some hope in games where we fall behind. If Soriano cant do that for us, we're totally f..... this year.

  • In reply to rakmessiah:

    It's still patience. I said at the end, that this will happen in June at the earliest.

  • As related earlier today, I come from the dallas green GM school. Yes we can wait, but Rizzo is a piece of the l/t future and LaHair appears to have value. No, he will not continue to hit as he has, but he has demonstrated that he deserves a longer look.

    Soriano is a sunk cost, and he will recover from his awful start, but he is not part of the future, so what we do with him is a secondary matter. If he does not like a move to RF, so what? His services are owned by the Chic Cubs, and if its in the teams best interest to make a position change, they should make it.

    Getting Rizzo and Lahair in the same lineup sooner allows for r/t evaluation of how the puzzle may be assembled in the future.

    I do not see a large downside if the clock is pushed up by 2 months on Rizzo being back in the bigs.

  • In reply to JK1969:

    I think Soriano in RF is a scary proposition. Not sure I wouldn't rather put LaHair out there, but I think having both out in the OF is kind of scary. Tony Campana will have to cover a ton of ground out there.

    I'd rather they just end the Soriano era. Pay his salary and see if they can't get him to an AL team for whatever they can get.

  • In reply to JK1969:

    2 months earlier means he becomes a free agent one year earlier when it really matters. It would be a short-sighted move. That sounds more like Jim Hendry than Dallas Green. There's plenty of time to evaluate from July to September.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    If they move LaHair off 1st, it can only be to LF. Soriano or LaHair in RF at Wrigley would be a disaster. In my opinion, have to either cut Soriano (anybody else notice his well-hit balls don't even make it to the warning track?), or platoon him with LaHair in LF based on pitching matchups....which would mean LaHair should play 3 out of 4 games.

    Funny to think that Rizzo would accelerate Soriano's departure, not LaHair's....but at least someone is. Soriano has taken his share of undue grief in Chicago, but it's time to go. Can't feel too bad for a guy making that kind of money no matter how poorly he performs.

    Also can't argue with waiting until July. No brainer for Rizzo's service time and we can still hold out hope that Soriano gets hot and they can at least get a small break on the money owed or get a ho-hum prospect in return.

  • In reply to Cubswin4harry:

    Agreed. Having both of those guys in the OF is a recipe for disaster defensively. The Cubs will carry DeJesus and Campana for now (Jackson long term) if they're going to carry LaHair in LF.

    The fact that it's July on service time for Rizzo makes it easier to swallow. If it were September then I'd say that's too long, but July is just two months away. I think it's worth the wait.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Why is it ine earlier?

    What is so magical and forwrd thinking about bringing a player up when he is ready, especially if he makes the team better and allows for the evaluation process to move to the next phase?

    Not sure why an orgn like the Chi Cubs is concerned about starting the "clock" now vs next year.

    there are creative ways to secure his services prior to FA, if he turns out to be an impact player.

    Keeping him in the minors longer than is necessary is not the route I would recommend.

    The economics cannot be the discriminating factor in my book.

    ML production and moving to the next phase is more important to me.

  • In reply to JK1969:

    Even if two months of waiting saves $8mm?? Hard to peg what that lost year of control will cost, as it will depend on how well he performs. But waiting two months doesn't seem like a big deal. The evaluation will be valid whether it takes place July - September, or May - September. Remember, he was in the bigs just last September and struggled. Getting him warm at Iowa and then giving him 200-250 Big-League AB's in the second half seems like a viable plan, to me at least.

    If the Cubs were one LH power slugger away from contending this year, I could see how it would be a more debatable point.

  • In reply to JK1969:

    You want to call him up now so he becomes arb eligible and a free agent an entire year earlier?

    There is little to be gained in terms of development in 2 months in the majors as opposed to 2 months in Iowa....but you get a whole extra year of control when he is in his prime -- and the Cubs should actually be contending.

    Patience and making prudent decisions is how the Cubs are going to get back to respectability. They're not going to do it by repeating their mistakes of the past. They have to look at the big picture.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John,

    I will tell you that I have no ax to grind with you, but patience and making prudent decisiosn sounds more like an accountant to me than a ML GM.

    As i have said before, we are always operating with less than perfect info. If a guy is producing better than someone playing a the ML level, then mgmt has a decision to make.

    I just happen to beleive that decision should be to promote the guy and award him playing time, and sit the guy who is not producing, especially if player 1 is part ofthe future and player 2 is not.

    I believe the Cubs can afford to make this move today. The economics are secondary, given that they play in a big market and get away with charging the prices that the Cubs do.

  • In reply to JK1969:

    I didn't think so JK, just a friendly debate from two different perspectives as far as I'm concerned.

    We'll just agree to disagree on this. I just don't think one months production numbers from anyone is enough to warrant losing a year of control. I'd much rather wait out 2 months than have to worry about free agency a year earlier than we need to, especially when this year's record doesn't mean much in the long run.

  • Apparently, we fans are not the only ones losing patience. I like that Sori is trying to go the other way, but he should have started that years ago. Stewart gets good at bats without the results so far. The cold hard truth is that Soriano, good guy or not, is in the way. Baker and Mather are here, righthanded, have some power, and play multiple positions. Bite the bullet and take one more step forward.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Soriano is in the way, but unloading him is easier said than done. If it were his last year (thanks Crane Kenney/John McDonough for adding those 2 extra years!)

    I'm okay with dumping Soriano, but I'm willing to wait until they're ready to call up Rizzo, Jackson, etc. I'm not eager to do it over Jeff Baker or Joe Mather.

  • LaHair and Rizzo in the same line up is going to be exciting come July/August. Especially if LaHair is still hitting the way he has been. No reason to bring Rizzo up now, unless they are planning to move some one out. And even then it's probably still too soon. Being locked into that Soriano deal really sucks, but it's all about patience right now. We know they aren't contending in 2012, so why rush?! What they really need to do is revamp that bullpen.

  • In reply to lokeey:

    I'm looking forward to it, but totally agree about not needing to rush this.

  • I've maintained that the Cubs should continue to send Soriano out there ONLY until he is blocking a younger, cheaper, more productive player. LaHair is all of those things right now. I don't think the Cubs should rush Rizzo because of his performance at the major league level last year, not to mention Super Two concerns. However, once they promote Rizzo, it's time to give Soriano away for nothing, or cut him. He'll no longer have a place on this club at that point.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    I can agree with this. I want to move Soriano as much as the next guy and if someone offered a deal today that was worthwhile, I'd take it.

    At the same time, I'm fine with keeping him until the Cubs are ready to bring in long term players like Rizzo and Jackson.

  • I'm trying to think of the LH Cub power hitters in the modern era, but the only one I can think of is Henry Rodriguez. Unless you count Carlos Pena. Surely, I'm forgetting some?

    Anyway, this seems like something that will work itself out by the end of the month. If Soriano has found his home run stroke, then he's built value and we can wait till we find a suitor for him. If not, then you give up on Soriano and bring up Rizzo, with LaHair moving over to left. We may lose a bunch of games in between, but so be it.

  • In reply to Taft:

    I guess it depends on what you mean by modern era. There was Leon Durham in my younger days. Some readers remember Billy Williams...but no doubt it's slim pickins.

    Great point too, things will work themselves out over the next month or two. Either these guys start hitting and you trade them or they don't and you dump them.

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    In reply to Taft:

    Rafael Palmeiro had one good year. Wow, there really haven't been hardly any.

  • Soriano will be a giveaway, regardless of what he does from here on out.

    he is a sunk cost and the cubs will be paying the bill regardless of what uniform he wears.

  • In reply to JK1969:

    Probably, but we thought the same thing about Zambrano and Byrd and we got two solid young arms out of it.

  • Here is a list of the Cubs LH hitters that have put up 20+ HRs since 1980. A veritable who's who list of professional hitters (/sarcasm).

    2005: Jeromy Burnitz (24)
    2004: Corey Patterson (24)
    2002: Fred McGriff (30)
    1999: Henry Rodriguez (26)
    1998: Henry Rodriguez (31)
    1993: Rick Wilkins (30)
    1987: Leon Durham (27)
    1986: Leon Durham (20)
    1985: Leon Durham (21)
    1984: Leon Durham (23)
    1982: Leon Durham (22)

    I guess it's officially safe to say it: here's hoping Anthony Rizzo becomes the Cubs' best LH power hitter since Leon Durham!

  • In reply to Steve4cash:

    Only the Bull was a consistent threat in the Tribune era. Wow. And he didn't quite live up to expectations.

  • In reply to Steve4cash:

    Yeesh! So we've been essentially renting lefty home-run hitters (Rodriguez, McGriff, Burnitz, Pena) for the last 15 years, with pretty mediocre results. And the ones we've tried to bring up through the farm (Wilkins, Patterson, Colvin) couldn't make adjustments after the league had figured them out.

    It reminds me of the Bears' troubles finding a good QB. I can't imagine another team that has had such a hard time finding LH power.

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    It seems like this hasn't been touched on a whole lot but who do we see as the long term RF'er? Once Colvin was traded away (hitting over .300 in limited time for colorado btw) I dont see a single guy in our system who profiles as a legit RF'er. the best I see is Reggie Golden and the chances of him flopping are just as high as him succeeding. Am I missing something here guys? Is this why everyone is clamoring for Soler?

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    He's .300 now, but it won't last. He's not that kind of hitter. Discouraging stat for him is 1 walk and 16Ks.

    As for future guy, who knows. Could be Golden or Soler. Maybe a guy they sign later on or changes positions. There's no sure fire answer right now.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I figured, hopefully we find an answer soon because Dejesus seems like a 2 year stop-gap. Do you think one of the many 3rd baseman in our system one of them could make a just to right? maybe Baez, Lake or Candelireo(SP), etc

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Certainly Baez. Lake could play it defensively and with his arm strength, but I'm not sure he would hit as much as you would like from a RFer.

  • Left one off:

    2011: Carlos Pena (28)

    It was unintentional, but I think it's because I've tried to block out the past couple of years altogether...

  • When the FO believes the time is right, bring up Rizzo and use LaHair and Soriano in a straight platoon in left. Soriano's "value" is not going to go up whether he plays every day and gets "hot" or go down if he's platooned. Eventually, the Cubs are going to have to play him less or bench him or release him or pick up most, or all, of his contract and trade him for little or nothing.

  • Maybe a platoon, but if they're going to bench him, I'd just as soon release him. He has almost no value as a bench player.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I believe he has almost no value at all. Regular LFer, part of a platoon or pinch-hitter.

  • That's true too. His only value is HR power and maybe that good arm, but we haven't seen the power yet.

  • Why doesnt the organization just play hardball with soriano. If they cant trade him tell him he can either play out the rest of his contract as a bench player or come to an agreement on a buyout that saves the organization $6-8 million or more if thats possible. Hes a very proud player and I doubt hed be willing to be a bench player

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    That will never fly with the union. You can bench him, but not as a way of extorting him to take a buyout.

    And once you bench him, you may as well eat the contract.

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    It didn't get a lot of attention from anyone, but Tom Ricketts recently reminded the media that Theo Epstein has the freedom to do whatever he deems necessary to improve the team. When asked if that included eating bad contracts, his reply was an emphatic, "Yes!" He was then asked, if it came to that, would the Cubs still have room to add payroll if it would help the team. His reply was also an emphatic, "Yes!"

    I don't buy that Soriano has to play because of his contract. I also don't buy that he has to play because he is the team's only source of right-handed power. His BA and OBP are atrocious so it really doesn't matter. The only reason that Soriano is still playing is because the front office hopes to salvage something out of this situation besides a roster spot, but I think Soriano's play is making that hope fade.

    I think that, when push comes to shove, this front office has the freedom and the will to release Soriano, even with two years and $36M left. Might they try to renegotiate his deal pending his release like the Mets did when they traded Bonilla to Baltimore? It's possible, but Soriano and his agent, Diego Bentz, would have to be willing to do it, and given Ricketts' statements, I don't think he cares either way. He can certainly afford to pay Soriano the money as the contract stipulates, and he may actually prefer to do it that way just to be over and done with it. For which, I could not blame him.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    They'll eventually eat that contract. The only real question is when.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I think it will be sooner than later. Eating 2 years and $36M probably gets them less hassle from the press than 3 years and $54M. There is also the flack they would have caught, if they had released him and he had gone somewhere and put up decent numbers. Ultimately, as frustrating as it is to see, they had to find out if they could salvage something out of this mess, and now that they know they can't, they're free to act when it suits them.

  • It seems painfully obvious to me that, at this point, the right thing to do is release Soriano and call up Rizzo. It's not a lack of patience--Soriano has a sub-700 OPS over the last calendar year, and when you factor in his atrocious defense, he's not even really a replacement level player.

    No matter what happens, we are going to need to pay him, because no one will take that contract off our hands, but at least we don't have to pay him to continue to make this team worse, especially when we have multiple better options available waiting in the wings--notably Rizzo.

    There is no sense in waiting any longer. We are just hurting ourselves if we do. We have plenty of other OF solutions and backup plans in place. Soriano no longer has value.

  • In reply to SVAZCUB:

    The question is do you hurt yourself for 2 months in a season in which your team is in rebuild mode or years later when you have to re-sign him but should have had one year of control left?

    The Cubs cost themselves about $8M by being impatient with Castro even though the team was going nowhere. They'll also have to worry about re-signing him a year earlier than they should of if they'd have just waited a couple months.

    I just don't see any sound argument for calling Rizzo up early other than fans are tired or Soirano, looking for something different, can't wait to see prospects, etc. Rizzo isn't a savior.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I disagree. This is a big market team and can resign and extend guys when they need to, and I think ultimately it owes it to the fans to put the best team on the field. There's no need to run this team like it's the Royals or Pirates. The management will reap what they sow if they do.

  • In reply to SVAZCUB:

    But the question remains, what difference does 2 months make when compared to millions of dollars and risk losing him a year earlier when he's in his prime? Yes, the Cubs have the money, but why throw it away, why even risk the chance that he leaves as a free agent a year earlier?

    For holding things off for two more months, the Cubs get an extra year to evaluate whether Rizzo is worth a long term, big money deal.

    This is about rebuilding and long term thinking. We have to remember that Theo has said he will error on the side of long term thinking over short term wins.

    If it were about putting the best team on the field in 2012, the Cubs would have signed free agents this offseason, kept Andrew Cashman and Sean Marshall, they would have traded prospects for veterans. It's not about putting the best team on the field. It's about putting the best team on the field without hurting their long term goals. Bringing prospects up early would do that.

    I know it's tough, but this is what rebuilding is. It's not something we've seen since the Dallas Green era and it took him 3 years to field a winner with a veteran-laden team. But even those bad teams didn't have horrible contracts like this one. The Cubs were in such a bad state that they can't even go into rebuilding in earnest yet. They still have to clear some dead weight, but they'll do it when they're ready to bring up the replacements for good and at a time where it best serves the team's long term interests.

  • I'm going to wash that Soriano right out of my LaHair.
    It's insane that LaHair has been the best hitting first baseman in all of baseball so far. I mean it's early, but the season is 14% over so he's on quite a streak. He strikes out a lot; that is his major flaw it seems, one that will make us groan when he hits a cold streak. But he also draws walks, so he won't seem as desperate as the free swingers on the Cubs when they slump.

  • In reply to baseballet:

    At some point LaHair will slump. I'm glad it's not in April or we'd really be hearing the calls for Rizzo.

    As it turns out, it was the best case scenario for the Cubs when it comes to having both players on a roll to start the season. Cubs usually have problems where they don't have enough talent, so this is a much nicer problem to have.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Indeed, at some point LaHair will slump, but I'm not sure it will be below replacement value when he does, which leaves the Cubs with the question of what do with him when Rizzo comes up. Indeed, it is a nice problem to have.

    His current slash line of .390/.471/.780 probably isn't going to be that on September 30th unless he sustains a season ending injury today, or he is the reincarnation of Ted Williams, but the same people who were down on him not long ago seem to be high on him now. They're talking about him as if he were a completely different player because of the added bulk, shorter swing, and better plate discipline, which he is.

    He wouldn't be as good as he is now if he had never had the talent to begin with, and that is the case with all late bloomers. For whatever reason, the talent was always there, but it took longer for it to come out.

    The only real concern I have with him offensively is the strikeouts. He is on pace to strikeout 200 times, but he is also on pace to walk 85 times. Something is going to give there. The law of averages says it has too. Either his strikeout rate is going to come down or his slash line will, and it may be some combination of both.

  • BTW, John,
    Thanks for the article and especially the quotations included. Very well done.

  • In reply to SVAZCUB:

    Thanks, Svaz...

    A lot of friendly disagreement today, but that certainly makes for entertaining discussion!

  • How come Rizzos clock didn't start when San Diego called him up last year?
    Would the Cubs be willing to trade Sorianos bad contract for another bad contract or just eat it and be done with it?

  • In reply to Larry H:

    It did start, that is why he's as close to one year's service time as he is --but it stops while he's in the minors, so Cubs are trying to keep it so they get an extra year of control.

    All indications are that the Cubs will just dump Soriano's salary for cheaper players or prospects if they can.

  • In the years that I have followed the Cubs, I never thought I would ever see a Cubs team with more power from the left side than from the right.

    It is good to see that the Cubs are actually considering playing LaHair and Rizzo together. I have been quite impressed with LaHair and would be upset/disappointed to see the clubs only current power threat and 2nd best hitter be shoved aside to make room for Rizzo.
    Moving LaHair to left is not a bad move for the next year or two, if he continues to show he can be a productive major league hitter. When you consider the type of defense that Soriano has brought to left, it is pretty hard to image that LaHair couldn't do at least as well. LaHair has played well enough to merit consideration as a possible long term asset and not just a short term filler.

  • In reply to supercapo:

    The only thing I worry about with LaHair is whether he can play LF long term. He'll probably hit, but he's a DH in the making. I like the idea of putting them both out there, but I'm not sure he's the long term answer in the outfield.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    No sense starting Rizzo's clock sooner than necessary. Wait as long as possible, and when he's ready bring him up and put him at 1B and LaHair in LF. Take the rest of the 2012 season to evaluate LaHair as an outfielder. LaHair doesn't have to a long-term solution in the OF.

  • It sure is a nice problem to have though - having too much talent. Just wish we had that problem at more than 1B!

  • I have a surreal story about a recent trip to a "somewhat" close city to me that I recently visited. It includes a former Cub who is now a minor league manager. I would like to post it where people will see it, but I would also like to talk to Mr. Arguello to make sure it is o.k. to post. Someone let me know.

  • In reply to StripClubDJ:

    It's okay by me...

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Can you e-mail me so I can tell you the story? I don't want to get in trouble...I didn't do anything wrong, in fact the hotel manager was a cull about it, which makes me wonder if it will come back on me. I know it can't for the simple reason I was honest, but can I tell you privately before I post it?

  • In reply to StripClubDJ:

    No problem...just emailed you...

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    The email on your record isn't working. Mine is arguello425@yahoo.com if you want to send it my way.

  • sent! Nothing huge, but it is interesting!

  • I don't like the idea of picking up Youkilis. I'd rather go young. I'd like to see Mather get more time there if Stewart can't turn it around.

    Also, if you need an outfield spot for LaHair, what about the idea of moving Soriano back to 2nd? (Assuming we can't deal him.) Dave McKay could help him make the transition back the same way he's helped him improve his outfield defense. I'd hate to take time away from Barney but not as much as I'd hate to take it away from LaHair.

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