Cubs Break Camp with a Win – Cubs 5, Brewers 3

Spring Game Thirty-Five – Cubs 5, Brewers (SS) 3
WP – Travis Wood (2-2) LP – Kyle Heckathorn (0-1) Save – Shawn Camp (1)

wflag.jpgThe Cubs long journey through the Cactus League ended rather quickly Tuesday afternoon at HoHoKam Park. The Cubs and a bunch of minor leaguers including Javier Baez and Jeimer Candelario topped Nyjer Morgan, Jonathan Lucroy, Mat Gamel and the Huntsville Stars in an exhibition game that lasted only two hours and 14 minutes, by far the shortest contest of the spring.

The Cubs offense jumped on Double-A pitcher, Kyle Heckathron in the first inning with the big hit coming off the bat of Starlin Castro (1-for-2 with a home run a two RBI). Castro launched a 1-0 offering from Heckathorn that sailed over the wall in left and hit near the top of the scoreboard beyond the left field wall.

The Cubs tacked on two more runs in the second and Alfredo Amezaga hit his first dinger of the spring in fifth that accounted for the Cubs’ fifth and final run of the game.

The Cubs offense managed just eight hits before Dale Sveum went with a minor league lineup over the last four innings of the game. David DeJesus (1-for-1 with a double and a run scored) doubled in his only at bat Tuesday and scored on Castro’s blast. Darwin Barney (1-for-2 with a RBI) drove in his 15th run of the spring and Joe Mather (1-for-2 with a double, a RBI and a run scored) finished his pre-season the way it started, with an extra base hit.

Travis Wood clearly had his best outing of the spring. Wood allowed one run on six hits over six innings of work Wood walked one and struck out four. The only run he allowed came via a solo homer in the second by Andy Gonzalez. Wood threw strikes Tuesday against the watered-down Brewers’ offense.

Rafael Dolis struggled through his one inning of work Tuesday afternoon. Dolis surrendered a run on one hit, two walks and his own error. Dolis struck out the final batter he faced looking in the seventh. The run scored by the Huntsville Stars, a team familiar with Dolis, was the only run allowed by the Cubs’ right hander this spring.

Nate Robertson made his Cubs debut. The veteran lefty spent the day with the big league club up from minor league camp. Robertson allowed a run on three hits with two strikeouts and no walks in the eighth. Shawn Camp closed out the game with a scoreless ninth. Camp surrendered a hit and struck out a batter but pitched from behind in the count throughout the inning.

Dale Sveum finished his first Spring Training as a big league manager with a 17-16-2 record …

Not to take anything away from the minor leaguers that played in Tuesday’s Cactus League finale, but the game really ended just after it started. It was a typical end to a long Spring Training.

Dale Sveum removed his regulars after one or two at bats, with the exception of Blake DeWitt, and turned the game over to back-ups and players up for the day from minor league camp. Tuesday’s exhibition featured several of the system’s top prospects: Oliver Zapata (RF – 0-for-1), Javier Baez (2B – 0-for-2), Trey Martin (LF – 0-for-2), Jeimer Candelario (3B – 0-for-2), Wilson Contreras (C – 0-for-1) and Xavier Batista (DH – 0-for-1).

The Cubs scored in the bottom of the first after Travis Wood worked out of a first and second no out jam to start the game without allowing a run.

David DeJesus led off the bottom of the first with a double to the right field corner. Barney grounded out to short, DeJesus advanced to second and trotted home on Starlin Castro’s two-run blast (Keith Moreland is still wondering if the ball landed and Pat Hughes said Castro’s homer was one of the longest he’d ever seen hit at HoHoKam Park).

Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging on three pitches following Castro’s homer. Ian Stewart walked and Geovany Soto smacked the first pitch he saw into center. With runners on first and second with two down, Marlon Byrd looked at strike three to end the inning.

After Travis Wood surrendered the solo homer to Andy Gonzalez in the top of the second, the Cubs went back to work against Kyle Heckathorn in the home half of the second frame.

Blake DeWitt struck out swinging to start the inning. Reed Johnson reached on an infield single off the third baseman’s glove. Joe Mather hit for David DeJesus and ripped a 0-1 pitch down the left field line. Johnson scored all the way from first … 3-1 Cubs. Darwin Barney singled to center on a 0-2 pitch. Mather scored and the Cubs took a 4-1 lead.

With Castro at the plate, Barney stole second and advanced to third when Castro grounded out to short. Alfonso Soriano flied out to center to end the inning.

The exhibition game remained 4-1 until the bottom of the fifth.

Alfredo Amezaga led off the inning by pulling Heckathorn’s first offering over the wall in right and into the Cubs’ pen. Trey Martin and Jeimer Candelario made two quick outs ahead of a double to left center off the bat of Steve Clevenger. Tony Campana grounded out to short to end the inning.

Steve Clevenger’s two-out double was the Cubs’ last hit of the game.

The Brewers (Stars) started chipping away at the Cubs’ four-run lead in the seventh.

Rafael Dolis walked Andy Gonzalez to start the inning. Domnit Bolivar lined out to Javier Baez at second for the first out. Dolis tried to pick Gonzalez off first. The ball got past DeWitt, Gonzalez ended up at second and took third with Lee Haydel grounded out to first. Dolis issued his second free pass of the inning to Michael Reed.

With runners on first and third with two down, Scooter Gennett doubled to right. Gonzalez scored, Reed advanced to third but both runners were strand when Rafael Dolis struck out Anderson De La Rosa looking to end the inning.

The final run of the game came in the eighth against Nate Robertson. After Hunter Morris tapped back to the mound, Jalen Harris singled to right. Robertson struck out Khris Davis swinging but Andy Gonzalez singled to left off Jeimer Candelario’s glove. Harris stopped at second with two down.

Orlando Arcia singled to right and drove in Harris scored, 5-3 Cubs. Robertson struck out Haydel swinging to end the inning.

Michael Reed led off the ninth with a single to center off Shawn Camp. Scooter Gennett grounded into a 6-4-3 double play (Amezaga-to-Baez-to-DeWitt) and Camp struck out De La Rosa swinging … exhibition season over.

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The Cubs left for Chicago following Tuesday’s game. Dale Sveum’s has a work out scheduled for 3:00pm at Wrigley on Wednesday afternoon.

The Cubs open the season Thursday afternoon against the Washington Nationals … Ryan Dempster and Stephen Strasburg on Opening Day.

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  • cubs1967

    theo had a baseball clinic for re-building this year; so says another poster.
    here’s a clinic:
    sign 2 over 30 yr olds; 1 dejesus coming off his worst year (at least bryd was coming off his best year) and the other maholm finished the 2011 yr on the DL & was a pirate no less.

    bring back this group of superstar bench players:
    baker-over 30
    reed-same
    rod lopez-same
    dewitt-who was released yet kept for 3 times a rookie salary

    trade a 25 yr pitcher who throws 102 mph for man-crush 1B (who plays the same position as our high draft pick from last year)
    lose a 27 yr old pitcher for a GM; never before has such a talent been lost for a GM(owners fault)
    trade a 29 yr old lefty; with the 2nd highest WAR last yr in relief for 3 minor leaguers; one-saffelt was SO good he could not beat out a 31 yr old released last chance OF-IF in joe mather OR beat out over 30 baker or reed or released dewitt.

    almost trade another under 30 SP in garza; that would be 4 under 30 pitchers traded for a team in NEED or rebuilding.

    leave the worst defenese in baseball in 2011 no better (stewart-yes-lahair-worse making castro potentially worse-dejesus-same-rest the same)
    weakening a bullpen bigtime (smardz to rotation-casher-traded-carp-traded-marshal-traded)
    losing a sliver slugger 3B/gold-glove 1B with 54 homers last year for new 1b/3b with NO awards and 2 dingers in 2011.

    this is a clinic…………..but NOT a rebuilding clinic or making a team better clinic……..but how to take a bad team and make it worse.

    i was excited about theo; but after 44 yrs of disappointment smart enough to ask” what have you done for me lately”. theo has done zilch.
    no playoffs in last 2 yrs.
    never re-build a team; the red sawx were a 93 win team when he took over
    GM of the worse collapse in baseball history
    GM jed has never re-build a team
    GM jed was a GM before; team finished last.
    team theo has done zilch for the 2012 team; even 2013 it’s so bad.

    cubs have a payroll of 107M; yet only 85M is on the field>(pena-big Z-silva monies) aren’t on team; yet the MLB avg is 90M and cubs draw top 10 attendance every year in the 3rd highest market……..payroll is down 40M from when pk mccaskey and family took over.

    let’s hope team theo brings a World Series; but to blindly hope has taught cubs fans 103 yrs of NO championships & should of taught us to think before we jump.  dont’ beleive me; go ask your grandfather or great-grandfather how is was last time cubs won a WS; ………….yep-ya can’t…………no one is around from 1908.

    theo should be graded on what he has done for the cubs; NOT what he did do for another team………so far that ain’t much.

    • RickinMSP

      I hate to quibble with your newest two minutes of hate against team Theo and those who are hopeful for the future, but I have to disagree with your statement about the Red Sox having the worst collapse in history.  I think an arguemnt could be made for the 1964 Phillies.

      • cubs1967

        nothing but the facts………that is the roster of JH leftovers and plus 30 yr old additions.
        those are facts of theo’s resume.
        and jed’s.
        same for 103 yrs and nothing.
        and the defense
        and the 1b/3b
        just cuz I admit it…………

        • RickinMSP

          Look, I don’t even disagree with you (except of the Phillies thing),  I just get weary of your constant hatred for those who remain blindly optimistic.  I know, I could just skip your diatribes, but half or more of the postings are you and responses to you.  I pretty much would have to quit coming to the site to avoid it and I’m not ready to give up yet.  By the way, you can just ingore the optimists just as easily as they could ignore you.  Anyway, have a great evening and I’ll still be reading you tomorrow.

          • Hoosierboy3423

            unfortuntately we cannot skip his comments all the time, we have to reblock them with every thread. Wish i could just read this site without his comments all together.

        • Ryjo723

          You just post the same stuff over and over again; when someone tries to have a discussion with you, you just restate your exact same points but ask for specifics. If the said poster replies again with specific arguments, you abandon the topic to complain about things on another thread.

          I’ve already quantified why the maholm and DDJ signings benefit the team, how the Cashner trade is a clear win for the Cubs, and how the FO has been successful so far in implementing their strategy. Still waiting on two other threads for you to give a rebuttal otr explain your plan to make the team a perennial contender. But youll just keep whining.

      • Aaron

        …or 1969 Cubs

        • paulcatanese

          Thanks Aaron, I forgot that and too lazy to look it up, but knew it was there.

        • http://twitter.com/Golfnut70Bob OttawaBob

          Aaron, remember tho the Mets did play out their feakin ass down the stretch!!!   How about the 51 Dodgers… 13 game lead on August 11.

        • John G

          I remember it well. BUT they did win 92 games. So as much as it hurts, we gotta give the Mets some credit. They won 100 games that year. If there had been a Wild Card, who knows what might have happened.

    • Tony_Hall

      Didn’t even waste my team reading your over the top negativity, after I read the line ”
      at least bryd was coming off his best year)”  

      This just proves the point, that most fans want and favor Buy High and Sell Low.   Buy up guys after career years, and most fans like the move.  Sell off  guys after they are bad, and most fans like the move.  

      It’s hard to Buy low and sell high and keep the fans happy, that is why most GM’s, Buy High and Sell Low.

      • cubtex

        Use a little common sense here. Almost always a team with a big payroll who hopes to be competing for a division…..is more concerned about finding the BEST starting 8 than buying low. Do you think the Yankees,Angels,Rangers etc…. thought for a minute “Hey, DeJesus had a brutal year…we can get him for 5 mil and hope he has a good year.” It could backfire and cost our team wins and ultimately a division. That is why the Melky Cabreras go to KC… This is the bible for the A’s, Pirates etc. Not a big market team!

        • Ripsnorter1

          Cubtex,
          Do you always have to talk good sense? Why do you loathe blue kool-aid? Can’t you just get drunk on Team Theo speak, just once?

          LOL

          • cubtex

            Haha. I really wish I could get some of what Tony is drinking:) I just can’t get excited with what Theo has done yet. I think Rizzo will be good but who else has he gotten do you feel can be assets for 2012 or 2013? When Theo gives me something to be optimistic about I will be drinking my Kool Aid and wearing my Cubbie rose colored glasses(hopefully sooner than later:)

        • Tony_Hall

          You are right, but it is not just big payroll teams, it is playoff bound teams, that abandon the buy low, sell high teams.  The big payroll teams can do it, and have the payroll to over come the mistakes.  But a team that is in need of rebuilding, that is just plain bad, needs to buy low and sell high on as many as possible.  Once they have rebuilt a foundation, they can take the chances on the FA market and buy the best players available, trade away the prospects for vets, all of that to put the team over the top.  Just like last year, this is not the year to do that.  This is the year to have thrown a lot of crap at the wall and see if anything sticks.  

      • Aaron

        Not sure I agree with that Tony. 

        For instance, had the Cubs dealt Sosa, they could’ve had Soriano (when he was in his prime), Ledee, Melian, and Westbrook, but the Cubs evidently demanded Alex Graman too and the Yankees focused on David Justice instead. I don’t think even at that time you would’ve received much push-back from Cubs fans, considering his “me-first” attitude that was wearing thin on just about everyone attached to the club.

        Then, if you look at the likes of Derrek Lee, Zambrano, etc. who were extended after career years, you could’ve made the case that the Cubs would’ve been better off without them, even at the time, considering the extensions came during losing seasons.

        I would make the case for Dempster too, but his extension came after 2008, a season that ended in the playoffs and a career year for him too..so you could argue that the Cubs did the right thing there. But there were too many cases where you saw the Cubs going nowhere, and they had the opportunity to trade guys at their peak, and they just sat idly by and did nothing.

        About the only guy on this team you would not want to do a “sell high” move with is Castro, because he’s only got 2 years in the league and has many more to come. 

        Guys in their late 20’s, early 30’s, you do that move in a heartbeat if you get 2-3 players you can plug-in the near future that might be better than the player you’re replacing…or at least even.

        • Hoosierboy3423

          I agree with you about the Dlee and Z situations, i mean why would you extend players for big money after losing season unless you really have the pieces in place to win the next season.  This is where they have always fallen short in the rebuilding process. I honestly in my 30 years of being a Cubs fan cannot remember a time other then 89 where more then one rookie contributed in a major way to the team.  Hendry was too content in feeling that the guys he brought in or already had, were the right ones rather then moving on at the right point.

          Now many may have a beef with the moves Thoyer have made so far. But they are still tryin to figure out what they have, and they havent let go of anyone who is thought to be a major contributor for the future of this team.  Trading Garza only if the deal was right, IE a move to Texas for the likes of Olt, Profar or Perez, would be considered such a move but could also produce multiple contributors to our future.  As much as people wanna talk about NOW, this whole process will take time, and everyone really needs to realize that coughCubs1967cough.  Rome wasnt built in a day and neither will the dynasty of us as the “Wonderful Winners” that all of us want so bad.  Quit the griping for the time being and lets just see what transpires.

        • Tony_Hall

          That is why I said most fans.  I also don’t think Castro is at his high point yet.

          As we have talked on here for many years, the Cubs always missed their opportunity to Sell High on players, instead choosing to extend the player.

          This season and next off-season, needs to be about turning over the roster of most of the late 20’s and early 30’s guys to get those 2-3 players like you talk about.

    • Ryjo723

      For the record, AGAIN, Vogelbach is nowhere close to ready. He just finished HS. Yet again, youre wrong. But don’t let that stop you. Keep on trollin:)

  • cubs1967

    there is an article at st pete times that states matt bush; he the driver of a dodge durango with a .18 blood-alcohol level; was actually driving brandon guyer’s SUV. and both are being sued for 5M each for the injuries done to a 72 yr old in ICU. guyer is not on the opening day roster.
    fuld is out 4-5 mos with wrist surgery.
    chinirios is not the back-up C.
    lee will begin the year at AA.
    archer at AAA.

    garza is on the MLB roster.

    before everyone jumps up and down about the marshal trade;look at what the rays will be getting in year 2 at the mlb level; ZILCH>
    and lee and archer are enormously better than anything the cubs got back by far.

    suspects are suspects……..until proven otherwise.

    theo did make a team better………..the REDS…….he basically saved their season; all in season, by trading them their closer.

    • Hoosierboy3423

      you havent given the trade year one or year two like you are doing for the rays trade, and youre still saying they got zilch, what exactly is your comparison here? You say lee and archer are better then what? what they got back for marshall well that will be what at least 3 years after the fact. in 2014 lets see where Ronald Torreyes is at, and i bet at that point hes the 2b we are saying lets play him now instead of waiting for 2015 which is ideal for him. Oh and by the way 3 years after the Marshall deal like you are trying to compare to the Garza deal. Come on apples and oranges, do you even pay attention to the words you post.

      • GaryLeeT

         If you have to wait 3 years to feel the impact of a trade, then you don’t have to wait, to say it stunk.

        • Ryjo723

          That doesn’t even slightly resemble logic..you realize this, right? The main piece in the trade was a prospect who will need a couple years to be ready. So, in a cpl years, we can evaluate the trade…

          • GaryLeeT

            It would make perfect sense, if you had the ability to see more points of view than your own. I would take 3 years of Marshall’s production during the time you have to wait on a prospect that has a 10% chance of making it to the Majors. I don’t like it when the Cubs trade proven talent, for potential. There is nothing illogical about that preference.

          • Ryjo723

            I absolutely can look at other viewpoints…luckily I also know how to throw away irrational and illogical blanket statements like the one you made regarding the trade and trades in general. Your personal preference is just that, and youre entitled to it.But to say a trade stinks because the centerpiece of the deal is a couple years away is asinine. Maybe you should be a bit more open-minded…?

          • GaryLeeT

            You can puff out your chest with a punk attitude all you want, but it still won’t make Torreyes a valuable MLB player, like Marshall already is.

          • Ryjo723

            Nobody is puffing their chest out, keyboard warrior. You made a very asinine blanket statement, I pointed out how asinine it was, and your retort is to try throwing out insults. Your inability to come up with an intelligent argument to back up your ridiculous comment makes me think you know youre wrong.

            Also, there is no reason to think Torreyes won’t be a solid contributor. So again, the trade needs a couple years before it can be accurately assessed. If you have an intelligent argument to dispute that, by all means, post it. If all you have are childish insults while you sit behind your computer screen, save it.

          • GaryLeeT

            Oh yes, nobody else on this planet thinks the Marshall trade was a bad one. Marshall’s numbers speak for himself, and as to why MOST fans didn’t like it. Like yesterday’s game would have turned out differently if Marshall had pitched the 8th. See what I mean my obtuse friend? Of course you don’t. You are more worried about insulting me than than tapping into that miniscule amount of cognitive ability, diverting from the fact that you never gave a reason as why it was good trade.

          • Ryjo723

            And yet again, you fail to address the issue. For starters, I never said it was a good trade; I said fans need to wait a couple years to judge the trade. That was in response to your claim that “if you have to wait 3 years to feel the impact of a trade, then you dont have to wait, to say it stunk.” Those are your exact words. It’s a blanket statement, and an asinine one at that. I personally am going to wait a couple years to judge the trade, since the most promising piece is a few years away. Of course, if Wood puts it all together and realizes his potential, the trade swings in favor of the Cubs.

            As far as yesterday is concerned, again, asinine blanket statement. There is no guarantee Marshall would have even pitched, let alone succeeded. He may, and then again, maybe not.

            As far as everything else, I dont think I’ve made any insults to you; I stand by my statement that your comment is illogical and asinine, and you have yet to make a valid argument supporting it. I’m not saying this to be mean, but if it hurts your feelings every time someone disagrees with your opinion-especially when it’s a blanket statement, I pity you. I’ve seen you make some intelligent posts, but in this case youre acting in a very defensive and puerile manner. So again, if you want to defend your statement about trades without using personal insults, by all means, go ahead. If not, have a nice day.

          • GaryLeeT

            I am going to try one last time. My premise is simple. Marshal would make the Cubs a better team right now, and during the time that that we have to wait, and see if Torreyes MIGHT make the team better in the future. You see, one is for sure, the other is MIGHT. I will always take the sure thing. A bird in the hand is always worth more than one in the bush. There is nothing illogical about that. However, if it would help you better understand my simple concept, I could draw you a picture with crayons.

          • Ryjo723

            Thats a very silly and illogical argument. Every player in the bigs starts off as a prospect, and is therefore, to some extent, an unknown commodity. So again, your condemnation of any trade wherein the central piece of the trade requires time to develop is short-sighted and asinine. By that very logic the Cubs made a great trade by getting Alfonseca for Willis. It was also apparently stupid to acquire some unproven guy named Ryne.

            Marshall has proven to be an immensely valuable set up man-thats not the argument. The argument is whether or not they acquired valuable enough players in return. Since the perceived gem of trade coming to the Cubs is Torreyes, and since he is a couple years away, the trade cannot be fairly assessed for a few years (unless Wood rebounds and can become a consistent, effective starter for the team at the ML level). Are you trying to insinuate Marshalls role on this 2012 team (which had little prayer of sniffing .500 with him on the team) is more valuable than several years of a starting second baseman, a solid bench player, and a starting pitcher? Because thats conceivably what the return may end up being. Nobody will know until a few years from now.

            I fully understand what youre saying; it’s just extremely myopic, asinine, and illogical to condemn all trades that involve high upside prospects for veteran players. Especially when talking about a reliever in his last year on a rebuilding team…

          • GaryLeeT

            My statement is illogical if prospects can only be gotten by trading proven quality players. I could give a rat’s ass if Torreyes turns out to be the next Jeter. A quality organization is the one drafting native players, and signing international talent that can either become their future Jeters, or exchanging prospects for other team’s prospects to fill each other’s holes. THAT’S where the players like Torreyes should come from. I know the farm system is empty, but I will wait for team genius to fill it that way, rather than watch them trade away proven talent, which is very hard to come by. Only the teams like the Pirates and Royals should trade proven talent for prospects, because they don’t have enough money for the contracts needed to get them to stay. There is no excuse for a big market team like the Cubs, to trade proven talent for prospects. The only exception to the rule is if there is a log jam at a certain position, other than that, Torreyes is nothing more than a stupid lottery ticket. Here is a little exercise for you. Name the last time the Yankees traded away a player as good as Marshall, for prospects. My argument is solid. I mean, look how far back you had to go for your extremely rare (which is my point)examples that are contrary to my argument.

          • Ryjo723

            The obvious inherent flaw to that argument is that the Cubs aren’t the Yankees and likely never will ob operate under those rules. Teams trade away proven veterans for prospects every year, for a variety of reasons. Hell, we technically traded a proven bullpen arm for a first base prospect in the ogg season. I think that deal will clearly work for the Cubs. The Yanks have their share of bad trades, but most of them I can think of off-hand involve them giving up great prospects. Because of their astronomical payroll every year, it hurts them less than other teams to operate in that manner. IMO, trying to buy a championship can be a bigger crapshoot than developing from within and making smart trades…

            I think were basically in an “agree to disagree” scenario.

    • cubtex

      Of course you know I agree 100% on the Garza deal. Garza was a 15 game in the AL East and you gave up a AA pitcher and A ball shortstop along with Sam Fuld(who was never going to play) Guyer( a 4th or 5th outfielder) and a backup catcher. The more I see Lee…he reminds me of Mike Caruso. Light hitting ss for the White Sox who had a 3 year mlb career. Light hitting shortstops usually do not have long careers. Archer will never be come close to Garza’s career…..so this trade was, is, and will always beva steal for the Cubs.

      • GaryLeeT

         Until he’s traded in July, for more suspects.

  • Tom U

    Tennessee Smokies announce their roster

    http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120403&content_id=27885622&vkey=news_t553&fext=.jsp&sid=t553 

    Iowa hasn’t announced their roster yet, but it looks like Junior Lake will be opening in Triple-A.

    • GaryLeeT

       A well deserved promotion for Brenly.

  • Anthony

    we can’t keep him
    why
    we’ll look bad
    why, isn’t it about winning
    yes, but with guys we paid money for
    how would it look having a star afterthought player
    well, somebody would look silly
    we could like geniuses
    what do you think
    I say don’t take chances
    you sure
    ask O.F.
    I don’t want to look like a dufus
    we are OK, signed a older backup, paid cash

    • John_CC

       Studs? Is that you?

  • Zonk

    The problem with many of these critical posts is that they go on and on, line after line, with not a single idea about alternative moves or an idea on how to make the team better.  Or a move they would do.  Just vitriol and “the GM sucks”. 

    No ideas, no suggestions, no insight, no questions, just bile.  It’s boring, frankly. 

    • SuzyS.

      Zonk…I agree.

    • John_CC

       Incredibly boring. And frankly, exhausting. I am close to being done with reading the comments. And I already do skip past the usual suspects.

  • Anonymous47701

    Anyone willing to take a Byrd-for-Lannan trade? The Cubs could use another lefty in their staff.

    • Anonymous47701

      And callup Dave Sappelt to be interim Center Fielder?

    • Zonk

      Are the Nats up for that?  Lannan isn’t bad, and the Nats can use Byrd, but I would think a AA prospect would be a better fit on both sides.  I think the Nats don’t want to give up a serviceable starting pitcher, and think they can contend this year. 

      Lannan is under club control through 2013, so I guess it would give us another year there. 

      The other thing is that average starting pitching is probably the one thing we don’t need right now; we have a ton of 4-5 starters