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   1. Neil M Posted: August 23, 2006 at 01:22 AM (#2152953)
O'Malley's cup of coffee may already be empty. He left tonight's game in the 5th with what appeared to be a left elbow problem.
   2. SouthSideRyan Posted: August 23, 2006 at 01:39 AM (#2153012)
So this leaves us with Ryu, Williams, or a roster move to get Miller off the 60 Day DL.(Wood or Prior to the 60 day?)
   3. Clute Posted: August 23, 2006 at 01:52 PM (#2153714)
Well boys, how about this player development system our Cubbies have? Impressive hey? Beg, Borrow and Steal to get Billy Beane, otherwise all we can expect is to get lucky every 10 or 20 years and come close to being a contender.
   4. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: August 23, 2006 at 02:12 PM (#2153730)
If Billy Beane wouldn't go to Boston, with all the money they were willing to pay him and with a saber-friendly ownership, what makes you possibly think he'll come to Chicago . . . or that the Tribfolk would ask him?
   5. dcsmyth1 Posted: August 23, 2006 at 02:25 PM (#2153756)
So even after trading Jerry Hairston, Jr., Todd Walker, and Neifi Perez, the team has Ronny Cedeno, Freddie Bynum, and Ryan Theriot—all second base candidates for next season, plus Mike Fontenot down in Iowa

Is it too hard to ask that at least one of the "candidates" should be above replacement level.

Meanwhile, presuming John Mabry won’t return, the corner outfield candidates are Jacque Jones, Matt Murton, Angel Pagan, Bynum, and Coats.

Jones and Murton as starters are essentially average players. They won't hurt you, but they won't help push you towards a pennant, either. Same with Pierre. The Cubs' OF backups *will* hurt them
   6. Clute Posted: August 23, 2006 at 02:45 PM (#2153770)
I did say beg borrow or STEAL didn't I? You know what I mean though. We need a change in management towards that line of evaluating talent, otherwise it'll be more of the same. Actually I can't believe Billy Beane wouldn't like to go to a large market club if the money was right and he had a chance to turn around one of the worst organizations in baseball.
   7. Clute Posted: August 23, 2006 at 03:04 PM (#2153797)
Obviously the present plan is not working so which change is more likely if at all. Blow it all up? Well without a quality GM to shephard the trades, it might be a worse scenario than now. Spend like the Yankees? Hendry at least seems able to recognize the obvious superstars but when the Tribune is crying about fullfilling their obligation to building the parking garage because of cost overruns, do you think they would? Let's face it, the only option is to hire a GM that knows how to evaluate talent and build an organization for the long term without overpaying for every free agent. There has to be more than one Billy Beane type out there.
   8. Mike Emeigh Posted: August 23, 2006 at 04:38 PM (#2153889)
Obviously the present plan is not working


Of course it's working. The Cubs are still making money.

-- MWE
   9. MM1f Posted: August 23, 2006 at 04:59 PM (#2153917)
Coats was the SS on Stephen Drews HS rival at the same time Drew was in HS
   10. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: August 23, 2006 at 05:03 PM (#2153923)
Of course it's working. The Cubs are still making money.

I've found some comment on this site that the TV ratings have been plummeting.
   11. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: August 23, 2006 at 09:33 PM (#2154231)
The Score is reporting that the Cubs have DLed O'Malley and recalled Jae Kuk Ryu.
   12. Sweet Posted: August 23, 2006 at 10:52 PM (#2154274)
Jones and Murton as starters are essentially average players. They won't hurt you, but they won't help push you towards a pennant, either. Same with Pierre. The Cubs' OF backups *will* hurt them

Carlos Lee recently signed on with Scott Boras. I think this roughly doubles the likelihood that he ends up with the Cubs, which I'd put at something like 40% or so. Same goes for Zito.

Lee puts up gaudy counting stats, but he's not the answer. .285/.339/.493 lifetime line isn't what you want to see from your aging corner outfielder, especially not at +$10 million/year.

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