The Girardi Watch and Rumor Rumblings

The Cubs are gearing up for an off-season like no other; change is inevitable, in the dugout and on the field. The CCO will do its best throughout the off-season to keep the Cubs Faithful informed on every trade, signing and rumor (from reliable sources). So while the season may end on October 1st, the Cubs and baseball is 365 days a year, just ask the guys on ESPN 1000 in Chicago.

Here is the latest on Joe Girardi, Fredi Gonzalez, Dusty Baker, Juan Pierre, Carlos Lee and Alex Rodriguez,

Joe Girardi – The rift between Marlins’ owner, Jeffrey Loria, and Joe Girardi is growing as everyday passes. According to several reports it is looking less likely that Girardi will remain in Florida next season to manage the Marlins. The Associated Press reported the two may soon part company on Monday after this quote from Loria:

“Everything is, you know, it’s fine,” Loria said on Saturday….before the Marlins beat the Brewers 7-2. “But I don’t want to talk about it.”

Loria will not give credit to Girardi for the Marlins performance on the field and has stated that more credit should be given to the Marlins’ GM and front office than Girardi. The Marlins are just 2 1/2 games out of the NL Wild Card and Loria refuses to acknowledge the job he has done. Girardi is the leading candidate to win the NL Manager of the year. The Marlins started the season 11-31 and they are 52-35 since May 22nd, the second best record in the NL (New York Mets). The Marlins’ rookie pitchers are responsible for 41 or their 63 wins on the season.

The Marlins have started to leak negative information about Girardi and it does not matter if the information is true or not, this situation is likely to be over soon and that could benefit the Cubs. There are many reliable sources that feel Girardi could be managing the Cubs in 2007.

Fredi Gonzalez – With the Marlins and Girardi looking like the partnership is coming to and end, Fredi Gonzalez has been mentioned as a possible successor to Girardi in Florida.

Dusty Baker – According to the Rocky Mountain News, Dusty Baker’s name has been mentioned as a possible successor to Mike Hargrove in Seattle. The same report mentions that Dusty is looking to go back to the West Coast.

Juan Pierre – The Phillies talked to the Cubs about the availability of Juan Pierre according to the Newark-Star Ledger. The Phillies recently traded for Jeff Conine so the possibility of them trading for Pierre is diminishing as everyday passes. The Cubs must look at moving John Mabry, Phil Nevin and Glendon Rusch before the August 31st deadline. The Mets had been reported to have interest in Rusch but with the way he has pitched in his last two outings, that move is likely not going to be made.

Carlos Lee – After a report surfaced recently that Carlos Lee had signed with Scott Boras, the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets have recently reported that Lee has decided to stay with his current agent Adam Katz. The Rangers and Astros are rumored to be among the teams that will be looking to add Carlos Lee in the off-season.

Alex Gonzalez – Mike Lupica from the New York Daily News mentioned recently, “Could you move Alex Rodriguez? One-front office guy said to me not long ago. ‘Yeah, you could. It would probably have to be to another big city, like one of the Chicago teams or Los Angeles.” This is not the first report from the mainstream media that mentioned Chicago and Alex Rodriguez in the same sentence.

Well, that’s the news and I’m sticking to it!!!!

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