Casual Friday

Dusty Baker to Finish Season….Carlos Lee Rejects Brewers Offer….Greg Maddux to New York?

With the second game of the Cubs-Cardinals series starting in a few hours and with the non-waiver trade deadline on Monday I thought it would be good to not have an article this morning but more of a free form “catch-all” if you will. There are several topics and situations that will effect this organization over the coming months and here are the lastest….

Jim Hendry Speaks Out – Whether you agree with Dusty Baker remaining the manager of the Cubs for the rest of the season or not, it was good to hear something from Jim Hendry concerning the team’s future. Hendry spoke to the press before Thursday night’s game and here are some of the highlights:

– Dusty Baker will remain with the Cubs until the end of the season and the coaching staff is “likely” to remain as well. Chris Speier was back with the Cubs on Thursday after his DUI arrest.
– The Cubs will continue to try to win games but they will be “looking at other people” and attempt to evaluate them for next season.
– With the trade deadline approaching, maybe by Monday “if a couple of guys are not here than that will open up playing time for others”.
– Dusty is “on board” for evaluating players.
– Dusty is not going to be judged on wins or losses.
– After the season is over Hendry will make a decision on Dusty’s future with the team and he said he will not discuss extensions before then.

Here is a quote from an article in Friday’s Chicago Tribune by Dave van Dyck:

“Our intent is to be very aggressive. By the end of September it will be very clear what we need. We certainly don’t want to go through this again. It has been a tough year and a half, and we have to do our best to fix it.”

Greg Maddux to New York? – According to an article in Friday’s Chicago Tribune Greg Maddux has agreed to go to a contender and the Trib thinks that the Mets could be an option, a team that has not been mentioned as a destination for Maddux. Apparently Tom Glavine is attempting to get his former teammate to join him in New York.

Phil Nevin and Todd Walker are still on the block – Several reports out of Chicago on Thursday and Friday have indicated that both Nevin and Walker are still being shopped by Hendry and both will be moved by Monday, possibly at the last minute, after the dust has started to settle.

Carlos Lee Rejects Brewers’ Offer - According to a report on FoxSports.com by Ken Rosenthal the Brewers’ slugger has rejected a 4-year, $48 million dollar offer made to Lee by the Brewers. Lee is reportedly seeking a 5-year, $65 million dollar deal and is using the contract signed last off-season by Paul Konerko as a starting point for his negotiations. Most clubs are reportedly skeptic of giving the defensively challenged Lee a contract of that size. An internet rumor from a questionable source has surfaced that the Minnesota Twins have made an offer to the Brewers for Lee that would send three Major Leaguers and two prospects to Milwaukee for Lee. Other than the Twins, the Tigers, Angels, Rangers, Cardinals, Dodgers and Astros have expressed interest in trading for Lee.

The next few days could be very interesting to watch….where will Carlos Lee and Alfonso Soriano be traded to for two months before they file for free agency?

If there are any other topics you would like to discuss, feel free….Casual Friday is just that, so any topic goes.

Quote of the Day

"What scares me is what scares you. We're all afraid of the same things." - John Carpenter

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