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   1. 100 Years is Nothing Posted: June 27, 2006 at 07:09 PM (#2077836)
Since we are in the "earn it" business, I don't see either coming up very soon unless the dustbag is heaved. You don't want to make Neif-ee unhappy because his at bat clause doesn't kick in, and besides, he is the team MVP.
   2. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: June 27, 2006 at 08:07 PM (#2077884)
There is no possible way Fontenot will get a shot at playing 2B this year. None. With Neifi and Womack on the roster, he'll just die on the vine at the end of the bench. It's a nice thought, and probably something that other teams would give a chance, but these are Dusty's Cubs. After all, we went out and signed Womack after he was released by the Reds - obviously because we thought he was a better option than Fontenot.

He and Hill and Wuertz and anyone else sitting down at AAA having a good season, they might as well just get comfortable. They'll be there until September, and then they'll come to Chicago, get the usual 4 PA tryout (or 3 innings thrown in a couple of blowouts), and the Cubs will plan for 2007 without them.

I mean, you can't really plan to use someone who hasn't proven he belongs in the big leagues, and there's really no time to try these guys out now to see if they do belong. Not when we're in such a tight pennant race and every position on the team is already manned by All-Stars playing at the top of their games. Plus, as Dusty's pointed out before, games in September really don't count for player evaluation. Neither do games in the spring, or games in April. I think there's a game in July that would have counted, but the Cubs have an offday this year on that date. Maybe next year we can evaluate someone.
   3. Shaun Payne Posted: June 27, 2006 at 10:22 PM (#2077999)
On my fantasy team I just traded Mark Prior for Dan Johnson. Can any Cubs fans tell me this is a good move? I'm in last place and my pitching staff is stacked, but I'm still getting killed for making this trade on our message board. The way I see it, the Cubs have no incentive to keep Prior active if he starts hurting and he probably will. And Dan Johnson is going to produce.
   4. Meatwad Posted: June 27, 2006 at 10:38 PM (#2078016)
smart move
   5. Walt Davis Posted: June 28, 2006 at 06:57 AM (#2079136)
Saw a lovely stat yesterday ... Prince Fielder has 4 HRs at Wrigley this year. That's more than any Cub except Jones.

On my fantasy team I just traded Mark Prior for Dan Johnson.

What stats matter? Keeper league? I'd have thought you could get more than Johnson (and the league's annoyance with you suggests they might have given you more), but Prior's certainly not gonna get many wins and yes there's a pretty good chance he doesn't make more than 10-12 starts. His two starts to date certainly don't make you think "yep, he's back, about to start dominating now." So if it's not a keeper league, I'd still probably be annoyed with you too just because it just looks so bad (and the other guy's upside is WAY higher), but it's far from indefensible.

Can't imagine Dan Johnson is gonna vault you from worst to first either.
   6. LSR Posted: June 28, 2006 at 07:29 AM (#2079146)
I had Prior on the DL in a league and forgot to release someone in time to make room on the roster for his first start ... heh, heh.
   7. MM1f Posted: June 28, 2006 at 07:40 AM (#2079147)
The Cubs have 3 former LSU infielders and they've all been to Omaha and im pretty sure they all won it all while they were there.

Fontenot has always sorta seemed "poor mans Todd Walker" to me. ITs not a perfect comp as Fontenot probably wont hit the HRs Walker did and there are other differences in their games but in general i think he could be a solid 2b in that mold.
   8. MM1f Posted: June 28, 2006 at 07:43 AM (#2079148)
Why the crap is Wuertz in Iowa to begin with? 3 bad innings to start the year? He was a pretty solid guy last year and ate a bunch of pen innings too
   9. NTNgod Posted: June 28, 2006 at 07:53 AM (#2079150)
Prince Fielder has 4 HRs at Wrigley this year. That's more than any Cub except Jones.

Carlos Lee hit his 4th of the year at Wrigley Tuesday night, as did Aramis Ramirez.

So the faux-leaderboard would do:

6 - J. Jones (107 AB)
4 - P. Fielder (20 AB)
4 - C. Lee (21 AB)
4 - A. Ramirez (114 AB)
   10. NTNgod Posted: June 28, 2006 at 07:57 AM (#2079151)
Checking out ALL MLB players in 2006, Wrigley Field HR leaders are:

6 - J. Jones (107 AB)
4 - P. Fielder (MIL) (20 AB)
4 - C. Lee (MIL) (21 AB)
4 - A. Dunn (CIN) (22 AB)
4 - A. Ramirez (114 AB)
3 - M. Barrett (80 AB)
   11. McCoy Posted: June 28, 2006 at 03:34 PM (#2079286)
They should all be up. Restovich, Hill, Williams, Fontenot, Theriot, and probably one or two more (Wuertz). Toss or trade Mabry, Maddux, Pierre, Perez, Williamson, Walker, and Nevin to make room for them. All will probably not be back next year (except Perez), and we probably wouldn't want them back next year either. So there is no real point to playing them above players that might be able to help you out next year.

Is Walker going to take a one year contract? Is Maddux? Would Nevin take a 1 year bench contract? I doubit it.
   12. Kiko Sakata Posted: June 28, 2006 at 03:44 PM (#2079290)
That list in #10 is hysterical. I think the best part of this season is discovering the amazing number of ways to document the pure suckitude that is the Cubs, from the obvious down to the trivial.
   13. Andere Richtingen Posted: June 28, 2006 at 05:00 PM (#2079364)
All I have to say is that if the AAA success of Fontenot, Wuertz and Hill is the most positive news we can come up with, this team is in big trouble.
   14. And You Thought Zonk Was Terminated? Posted: June 28, 2006 at 05:05 PM (#2079370)
After last night - I am now actively rooting against my favorite team.
   15. McCoy Posted: June 28, 2006 at 05:22 PM (#2079402)
All I have to say is that if the AAA success of Fontenot, Wuertz and Hill is the most positive news we can come up with, this team is in big trouble.


You think?
   16. And You Thought Zonk Was Terminated? Posted: June 28, 2006 at 06:52 PM (#2079561)
this team is in big trouble.

What's worse than 'big trouble'?

I think we blew right past 'big trouble' around the time Todd Walker was playing 1B and hitting 3rd/cleanup.
   17. McCoy Posted: June 28, 2006 at 08:50 PM (#2079884)
Nah we went past big trouble right around spring training time when Neifi got his multi-year, Grissom got invited to camp, we found out that Prior will be slow to start because he was "ill" over the winter, and Wood was "coming along".
   18. Kiko Sakata Posted: June 28, 2006 at 09:10 PM (#2079947)
The sad thing is that Neifi got his multi-year back in November. It was like the first thing Hendry did this offseason. I think his first three moves were signing Neifi, Rusch, and Mabry. Should anybody be surprised that moves like that translate into 20 games below .500.
   19. And You Thought Zonk Was Terminated? Posted: June 30, 2006 at 05:40 PM (#2082429)
Rejoice, dear friends, rejoice!

CBS Sportsline is reporting that Woehack has been DFA'ed
   20. KB JBAR (trhn) Posted: July 05, 2006 at 12:47 PM (#2087802)
The Cubs recently signed their 11th round pick Steve Huseby to a $1.5M contract. They also signed pre-season HS All-American and 14th round pick Drew Rundle to a $500K contract. On the international market, the Cubs signed Venezuelan RHP Larry Suarez, ranked the 6th best international free agent by ESPN Deportes. All in all, it's good to see the Cubs flexing their financial muscle on the prospect market.

The Colvin pick might have been a bad pick in terms of talent or player evaluation, but I'm becoming convinced that they didn't pick him just to save money in the first round. To me, the Cubs have proven their commitment to signing prospects.
   21. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: July 05, 2006 at 02:29 PM (#2087857)
Since this is becoming a catch-all thread:

Wade Miller's best fastball was clocked at 85 m.p.h. in his rehab outing Monday at Class A Peoria, leading to doubts over whether he ever will pitch for the Cubs.

Miller signed a one-year, $1 million deal last winter with no option year and was expected to recover from shoulder surgery by mid-May.

Hendry called Miller a "gamer," but added: "Everything is coming back except his velocity. Obviously he's not going to be successful in the big leagues at 84-85 (m.p.h.). It wasn't a huge risk financially. I thought it was a good gamble, and it still may pay off."

Hendry said there's a "chance" Miller could be brought up in September.


It was a worthy gamble, but it looks like it's not going to come to anything.
   22. And You Thought Zonk Was Terminated? Posted: July 05, 2006 at 04:47 PM (#2087960)

It was a worthy gamble, but it looks like it's not going to come to anything.


Those shoulder/labrum issues still seem to be a career killer for anyone not named Schilling....

At this point - I don't even know if KW is worth bringing back at a discounted rate next year.

I have no children - but if I did, and one of them wanted to pitch, I'd be encouraging him to develop a 3/4 or sidearm motion....
   23. Kiko Sakata Posted: July 05, 2006 at 04:54 PM (#2087965)
I don't even know if KW is worth bringing back at a discounted rate next year.

No way. The Cubs need to make a clean break from him. The odds of Kerry Wood pitching for the next playoff-bound Cubs team is virtually nonexistent; let someone else see if he can become a Hall-of-Famer for them.

Personally, I'd be aggressively shopping Prior this offseason too. Any chance the Reds would do a Prior-for-Adam Dunn trade?
   24. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: July 10, 2006 at 04:24 AM (#2093846)
You know -- back in April we had a 3-4 week stretch without anything being posted on this blog. After several complaints both here and to the powers that be, the Gonfalon boys came back and things have been great since then.

Now, we're back to nearly two weeks without a new thread. All I can hear are the chirping crickets.
   25. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: July 10, 2006 at 04:28 AM (#2093853)
I should add that I don't mean to point a finger at Ross alone.

It's been since May 29 that we've seen anything from Mike Isaacs and over two months (since May 9) that Scott Lange has posted.
   26. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: July 10, 2006 at 04:28 AM (#2093854)
Now, we're back to nearly two weeks without a new thread. All I can hear are the chirping crickets.

There really hasn't been any news lately to speak of...

We tabled our proposal for a separate blog because traffic picked up. Apparently it's time to reconsider that decision.
   27. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: July 11, 2006 at 07:32 PM (#2095620)
Who should be gone at the trading deadline?

Guys who won't be here next year:
Maddux
Todd Walker
Phil Nevin
John Mabry
Juan Pierre?
Williamson

That's a very small amount of impending turnover for such an awful team - and there are some of the better Cubs on that list (better than the alternatives at least). It should give Cub fans pause when the tiny voice of optimism begins to well up. It seems unlikely that either Walker or Pierre will be improved upon (if not brought back) by the front office in the offseason. As for Maddux: his loss will give the Cubs even less pitching depth next year. He may be nominally replaced in the rotation next season but the lack of Kerry Wood plus Prior's increasingly unstable health equals worse pitchers than Greg likely to be getting starts.

Guys who should be DFA'ed or cut if they can't be traded
Rusch
Neifi
Womack

Sadly, two of these players are under contract for next year. Womack in AAA scares me.

Unfortunately, the Cubs see the Jones contract as a major coup. Double unfortunately, they also lack reasonable options for replacing him in 2007.

Player for whom everyone will pile on me for suggesting a trade

Aramis Ramirez

I'm not convinced he can stay at third base for much longer. The Cubs, IMHO, would be better off swapping for young talent than watching him exercise the option on the remainder of his contract.
   28. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: August 13, 2006 at 04:01 AM (#2138771)
Back to Fontenot: I like him (I like most LSU middle infielders, for some strange reason), but his range is a little iffy. That's probably the biggest reason why he hasn't gotten a fair shake at a big league role.

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