After not allowing the year to end quietly, Jim Hendry joined Casey Stern and Rob Dibble on the Show Wednesday afternoon. Hendry discussed trading Mark DeRosa, signing Aaron Miles, Alfonso Soriano, Mike Fontenot and revealed the fact he has had no talks at all this off-season with the Baltimore Orioles about Brian Roberts.
Here are a few of the highlights and the latest from the mill on New Year’s Eve…..
Stern has heard Felix Pie’s name mentioned everywhere and compared his hype to that of Lastings Milledge. Stern thinks adding Brian Roberts would be better than trading for Jake Peavy. Stern added Roberts would be a spark plug for the Cubs’ lineup. He said the Cubs’ starting rotation is 95% better than the rest of the league the way it is currently constructed and Roberts would make more of a difference to the Cubs’ success in 2009.
Jim Hendry then took center stage from his brother’s home in Louisiana. In bullet point format here’s a little of what the Cubs’ GM had to say after a busy day:
- Hendry said trading Mark DeRosa was really tough and probably the toughest trade he’s made as the Cubs GM
- With the situation the Cubs are in being so right-handed DeRosa was the only option they had to move
- Hendry is looking to add a left-handed bat or a switch hitter in the next seven to ten days
- Hendry added he’s “looking to add a little more speed, a little more switch hitting and a little more left-handed bats.“
- Stern and Dibble asked if the trade for the pitching prospects was a precursor to another deal and specifically asked about Brian Roberts. Hendry said he has had no talks at all with Baltimore this off-season. He thinks Andy MacPhail is content with keeping the player. Hendry added the Cubs went hard for the player last year. Hendry was referring to Brian Roberts but did not mention him by name.
- The Cubs will go with Mike Fontenot and Aaron Miles at second base with the season starts.
- Hendry said “hopefully we will make a couple of deals in the next couple of weeks.” Maybe add a bat in right field in next seven to ten days with maybe a pitcher after that.
- Hendry feels good about the pen going into next season. He likes Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg and mentioned Sean Marshall by name when he talked about the pen, along with Neal Cotts and Angel Guzman. He thinks Jeff Stevens will be in the mix.
- The Cubs are not concerned over Alfonso Soriano’s poor play in the post-season. Hendry referred to Soriano several times as being a “streaky guy“. Hendry said Soriano had three bad games and is just as disappointed in his play than anyone else.
- Hendry said Soriano is not going to hit for a high average and added he has played well in the second half the past two years and helped them win the two division titles.
- The ownership deal has gone on longer than anyone has thought it would. Hopefully the ownership situation will be over within a month.
- Hendry said he has a payroll number to work with until the new ownership is in place.
- Hendry said if he can make one or two more significant pieces/additions to the roster he would consider this a good off-season.
- Stern and Dibble asked Hendry about the Yankees spending spree and he responded with the fact if he had more money to spend this off-season he probably would
While Jim Hendry was telling Casey Stern and Rob Dibble that he has not spoken with the Orioles this winter about Brian Roberts, Peter Schmuck from the Baltimore Sun mentioned the Cubs could go after Roberts to replace the offense they traded to the Indians.
According to a report from Yahoo Sports, the deal for Jason Marquis to the Rockies will be completed once the players pass their physicals next week.
It appears to be just a matter of time before Milton Bradley is officially a Chicago Cub and rumors have suggested it will be a 3-year deal worth $30 million. If Bradley becomes a Cub and with the fact Jason Marquis is on the way out, could the Cubs have another right fielder with a number 21 on his back?
The talks for Jake Peavy are not over according to Gordon Wittenmyer. The Cubs beat writer joined Jim Memolo on Wednesday night and talked Cubs on Sports Central. He thinks the Cubs will go after Peavy once again.
Bruce Levine reported a deal for Peavy “is still predicated on approval by the Cubs’ next ownership.” Bruce Miles described the talks for Peavy as dormant but not dead and reinforced the fact the Cubs new ownership will have to be in place before Jim Hendry can make a deal for Jake Peavy.
Bruce Miles is the latest to mention the Cubs may flip Luis Vizcaino in another deal once they acquire him from the Rockies for Jason Marquis.
The next several weeks could and should be very interesting.
Well, that’s the latest…..and Happy New Year from the CCO.