Spooky Tuesday

Happy Halloween from everyone here at the CCO!!!

More from the Rumor Mill and Aramis Ramirez had a No-Trade Clause
Updated – 7:41am C.T. – With Info on Alfonso Soriano

When the 2005 season ended most thought the Cubs were entering the most important off-season in the club’s storied history….well, little did anyone know that there would be so much change on the horizon just a year later. When Andy MacPhail resigned on October 1st there was a renewed excitement about the future of the Cubs. John McDonough was given the title of interim President, said all of the right things, and Dusty Baker’s contract was not renewed a day later.

At the surprise of many Lou Piniella was hired and he has starting filing out his coaching staff, then the Cardinals….those (insert expletive here) Cardinals won the (insert expletive here) World Series and the free agent filing period began. The Faithful have seen a lot of in activity out of Jim Hendry’s office and no one is answering those very important questions….mainly, who is going to be on the field come opening day 2007?

Look anyone that thought Aramis Ramirez was not going to file for free agency was kidding themselves….it was going to happen and guess what it did. Any agent with half a brain would have had his client do that regardless of his intentions. Will Ramirez leave, who knows at this point and with the organizational meetings still a week away, November 7 – November 10, and with the fact they still have EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO NEGOTIATE with him until November 11th, it may be another week before an official announcement is made. The Cubs gave him the out and you know what he took advantage of it. Ramirez and his agent, Paul Kinzer, have the Cubs exactly where they want them….between a rock and a very weak free-agent class and a Minor League system void of tradable parts. And apparently he DID HAVE a no-trade clause for the first 2-years of his contract anyway and said he did not want to leave Chicago in 2006 no matter how bad it got….talking about a great contract!!! Who negotiated that one?

Juan Pierre is more of the same….he has never been a free agent and this is probably a very exciting time for him, like Ramirez, he was going to file….Pierre’s agent has been saying so since May.

The Cubs will overpay for talent….book it!!! And here is a list of the 122 players, of the possible 200, that have filed for free agency to this point….courtesy of FoxSports.com.

American League

Baltimore – Chris Gomez (SS), LaTroy Hawkins (RHP), Kevin Millar (1B), Russ Ortiz (RHP), Chris Widger (C)

Boston – Alex Gonzalez (SS), Gabe Kapler (OF), Mark Loretta (IF), Doug Mirabelli (C), Trot Nixon (OF)

White Sox – Sandy Alomar, Jr. (C), David Riske (RHP)

Detroit – Matt Stairs (OF), Jamie Walker (LHP)

Kansas City – Paul Bako (C), Doug Mientkiewicz (1B)

L.A. Angels – Darin Erstad (C), Adam Kennedy (2B), J.C. Romero (LHP)

Minnesota – Phil Nevin (1B/OF), Shannon Stewart (OF), Rondell White (OF)

N.Y. Yankees – Miguel Cairo (IF), Octavio Dotel (RHP), Tanyon Sturtze (RHP), Craig Wilson (1B/OF)

Oakland – Frank Thomas (1B/DH), Jay Payton (OF)

Seattle – Gil Meche (RHP)

Texas – Rod Barajas (C), Mark DeRosa (IF/OF), Adam Eaton (RHP), Carlos Lee (OF), Gary Matthews, Jr. (OF), Vicente Padilla (RHP), Eric Young (2B)

National League

Arizona – Miguel Batista (RHP), Craig Counsel (2B), Damion Easley (2B), Luis Gonzalez (OF)

Atlanta – Danys Baez (RHP), Todd Pratt (C), John Thompson (RHP), Daryle Ward (1B)

Cubs – Henry Blanco, Wade Miller, Juan Pierre, Kerry Wood, Aramis Ramirez

Cincinnati – Royce Clayton (SS), Ryan Franklin (RHP), Todd Hollandsworth (OF), Jason Johnson (RHP), David Weathers (RHP), Paul Wilson (RHP)

Colorado – Ray King (LHP), Tom Martin (LHP)

Florida – Joe Borowski (RHP), Wes Helms (3B), Matt Herges (RHP), Brian Moehler (RHP)

Houston – Aubrey Huff (IF/OF), Russ Springer (RHP)

L.A. Dodgers – Einar Diaz (C), Nomar Garciaparra (IF), Julio Lugo (IF), Ramon E. Martinez (IF), Aaron Sele (RHP)

Milwaukee – David Bell (3B), Jeff Cirilo (3B), Tony Graffanino (2B), Rick Helling (RHP), Tomo Ohka (RHP)

N.Y. Mets – Chad Bradford (RHP), Cliff Floyd (OF), Orlando Hernandez (RHP), Roberto Hernandez (RHP), Yusaku Iriki (RHP), Ricky Leedee (OF), Guillermo Mota (RHP), Steve Trachsel (RHP), Michael Tucker (OF), Jose Valentin (2B), Chris Woodward (SS)

Philadelphia – Aaron Fultz (LHP), Mike Lieberthal (C), Arthur Rhodes (LHP), Rick White (RHP), Randy Wolf (LHP)

Pittsburgh – Joe Randa (3B)

St. Louis – Ronnie Belliard (2B), Gary Bennett (C), Jason Marquis (RHP), Scott Spiezio (IF/OF), Jose Vizcaino (SS)

San Diego – Geoff Blum (3B), Doug Brocail (RHP), Alan Embree (LHP), Shawn Estes (LHP), Dave Roberts (OF), Rudy Seanez (RHP), Todd Walker (IF), Woody Williams (RHP)

San Francisco – Moises Alou (OF), Barry Bonds (OF), Ray Durham (2B), Todd Greene (C), Shea Hillenbrand (1B), Steve Kline (LHP), Jason Schmidt (RHP), Mike Stanton (LHP)

Washington – Tony Aramas, Jr. (RHP), Robert Fick (1B), Jose Guillen (OF), Alfonso Soriano (OF/2B)

So to over use today’s theme, it is a scary time to be a fan of the Chicago Cubs, it is the fear of the unknown and it is the unpredictably of baseball that makes the game so much fun.

From the Rumor Mill….

According to a report in Newsday, a deal is in place for Brian Cashman in regards to Gary Sheffield and the Cubs are one of his possible destinations. And it could happen soon, Yankees must decide by Sunday night if they are going to pick up his $13 million dollar option and Newsday thinks the Yankees will pick up as much as $4.5 million of it.

John McDonough may be interim president all season long, according to the Detroit Free Press.

And where will Aramis go? West according to the LA Times. They think for 5-6 years at $14 million dollars a year.

Update on SorianoAccording to a report in the Washington Post, Alfonso Soriano is looking for a 7-year, $119 million dollar contract and is comparing himself to Carlos Beltran.

So to over use today’s theme, it is a scary time to be a fan of the Chicago Cubs, it is the fear of the unknown and it is the unpredictably of baseball that makes the game so much fun.

That’s the news and I’m sticking to it!!!

Quote of the Day

"And if I have my choice between a pennant and a triple crown, I'll take the pennant every time." - Carl Yastrzemski
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