Time for the Cubs to Sell, Sell, Sell

With the 83rd Mid-Summer Classic in the rearview mirror, the focus throughout the game will turn to the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month. While the new CBA might have thrown the Cubs for a loop with the draft, the new playoff format could end up benefiting the organization.

The Cubs have several players that could help teams fighting for a division crown … or for one of the now four wild card spots. During a recent interview on MLB Network Radio, Jed Hoyer said under the new format teams will do everything they can to win their respective division and avoid the play-in game.

While the pieces have not fit together, players such as Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker could be good role players on contending teams and there are several arms on the Cubs’ current staff that will help teams. Ryan Dempster figures to be the first pitcher traded and Matt Garza could not far behind him … then there is Paul Maholm. Teams have started asking about Maholm to help with the backend of their rotation.

Ryan Dempster
According to a report from Bruce Levine upwards of ten teams will be on hand Saturday for Ryan Dempster’s start against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers, Braves and Indians have shown the most interest in Dempster to this point … and both the Braves and Indians could offer a better package for Dempster than the Dodgers. The White Sox are also in the mix and Paul Konerko wouldn’t mind Dempster pitching on the South Side of Chicago.

According to Levine, the Cubs are looking for “impact young pitching that can be projected for 2014 and beyond” and third base is “also a position that is high on the Cubs’ wish list.”

During a spot on ESPN 1000 on Tuesday afternoon, Levine reported that if all goes well on Saturday that Dempster could be dealt over the next week. Levine acknowledged that the White Sox are one of the teams interested in trading for Dempster and it could take a package that would include Nestor Molina to get a deal done with the Cubs.

Matt Garza
The Cubs are listening to offers for Matt Garza, and they have been since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over the organization. According to Bruce Levine, Garza should be traded a couple of weeks after Ryan Dempster … which would be right before the trade deadline. Numerous teams, including the Tigers, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Braves, Rangers, Yankees and Red Sox, have been linked to Matt Garza.

According to a report from the Boston Herald, the Cubs are believed to be one possible destination for outfielder Ryan Sweeney and Sweeney could be in the talks with the Cubs for either Matt Garza or Ryan Dempster. The report from the Herald correctly pointed out that “Sweeney would have to be part of a much larger package if either of those pitchers (Garza or Dempster), particularly Garza, went to the Red Sox.” Reports from Jon Heyman and Nick Cafardo during the All-Star game indicated that Ryan Sweeney could be dealt in order to activate Jacoby Ellsbury from the DL on Friday.

More Rumors
During his weekly chat, Bruce Levine said there is a good chance that Paul Maholm will be traded. Levine sees Maholm as “underrated player as far as trade talk goes.”

According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs would like to keep Jeff Samardzija and develop him.

There are a couple teams interested in Reed Johnson. According to Bruce Levine, Johnson would be a nice addition to the White Sox.

Darwin Barney is drawing interest from teams but the Cubs will not move him unless they receive a young second base prospect back in the deal.

News and Notes
The Cubs have not made the Albert Almora signing official yet but Albert Almora has. Almora tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he was officially a Cub and his professional career starts on Wednesday.

Ian Stewart said the surgery on his left wrist was a success. Stewart admitted that his season is likely done … and possibly his Cubs’ career as well. During one of his nightly Twitter sessions, Stewart mentioned there is a chance he will not be back with the Cubs next season.

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  • Zonk

    As far as the other guys, Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker won’t net much in return, but they are both players that other teams could use. The Nats in particular are crying for OF’ers. We can probably get a low-level prospect for either one.

    • John_CC

      They are both deal “sweeteners” that will go with Dempster and/or Garza.

      Dempster and Reed to the White Sox is intriguing. While I hate the Sox, they would both fit in well there and probably would love to stay in Chicago.

      What do the Sox have to satisfy the demand for Demp? I am uneducated on their system.

      • paulcatanese

        John, for both that would be a perfect fit. I as well don’t know what their system has in the way of prospects, as their are just so many Rizzo’s around.
        Have to believe they would get somthing back or why let them go?
        This something for nothing has got to end.

      • Zonk

        The White Sox, though, have almost no prospects. Ranked dead last by Baseball America, and that was counting Chris Sale. Outside of Nestor Molina, it’s an empty cupboard.
        Not sure the White Sox have what we need.

        • SuzyS

          For the white Sox to do ANY deal with us…I believe it would have to involve a 3rd team with better prospects to return to the Cubs. I’m not sure the WS match well with any third team either…unless they start trading from their mlb roster.

  • ChadAudio

    Why would we want Ryan Sweeney? Isn’t he just another left-handed hitting backup OF (with no speed or power)?

    • Zonk

      We don’t need him. He would be a toss-in; with Ellsbury and Pedroia coming back, Red Sox are about to have a 25-man roster crunch, and Sweeney figures to be odd man out. He isn’t great, but he isn’t worthless either.

      • ChadAudio

        I guess I don’t know that much about him… but it seems like I would rather have LaHair and Reed Johnson then Sweeney. What does he have to offer? Is he a crazy good defensive OF?

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’s Funko. He’s David DeJesus.

      So why wouldn’t Team Theo want him? They collect OFs with no speed and no power. He’s a good fit on a last place team.

      • ChadAudio

        I guess my confusion stems from the fact that we already have a bunch of OF’s… like we probably need to trade one or two of them away ourselves.

        And, we seem to have plenty of lefthanded bats in the lineup.

        That being said, DeJesus is a decent leadoff option, hits lefthanded and plays solid defense in RF and CF. I’m actually OK with DeJesus… just don’t think we need two of them.

        • triple

          I don’t think its so bad that we appear to have many OF prospects. It means we may actually have really good OF depth in 3 or 4 years. Out of Almora, Soler, Jackson, Szczur, and Golden, I think we’d be lucky if 2 of them become everyday players with the Cubs, especially if one of them lives up to their potential and becomes an impact player. If 3 or more of them develop into MLB caliber players, then we actually would have great trade bait to fill other needs as well.

          • ChadAudio

            But Sweeney isn’t a prospect. He is a 27 year old who I think is out of minor league options. He just doesn’t seem to fit at all. We already have a surplus of those kind of guys.

          • cubtex

            Exactly. Having Sweeney in the deal is Theo doing a favor to his old buddy. Deal with a different team! I don’t want a Theo/Cherrington deal.

          • John_CC

            Maybe I missed something but Theo has not traded for Sweeney. Classic! Berate and criticize and then make judgements on a person based on a freaking tweeted rumor!!

          • John_CC

            Maybe I missed something but Theo has not traded for Sweeney. Classic! Berate and criticize and then make judgements on a person based on a freaking tweeted rumor!!

          • cubtex

            Of course it is just a rumor. I am just pointing out if it does happen it is a you scratch my back……I’ll scratch yours. The Cubs do not need Ryan Sweeney short term or long term.

          • John_CC

            Right, thanks for pointing that out. Except you didn’t say “if this happens” or anything like that, simply “having Sweeney in this deal…” and what deal exactly is this?

            So I am just pointing out that if the deal (whatever the deal is) does not happen and Sweeney is not part of it, then this is folly and yet one more lame excuse to try to belittle Epstein though nothing has happened to justify it.

            Finally, IF Sweeney were included in a trade for Demp or Garza, he would be a throw in as a depth player to add to another trade, certainly not a center piece or even considered as an important piece.

          • cubtex

            Get over yourself! Sweeney is useless and if he is inserted in the deal instead of a useful prospect. I will belittle Theo when it is justified. Gerardo Concepcion, Ian Stewart,Chris Volstad,having Andy Sonnanstine on the 40 man roster, not addressing the bullpen this offseason, putting a crappy product on the field this year, trading Marlon Byrd and his entire salary for a DFA’s player…wow. and that is only for a couple of months??? hahahaha

          • triple

            Sweeney is a guy that Theo traded for to get in Boston, and for some reason maybe he likes him and thinks he could do some damage in Wrigley. Maybe he sees Sweeney as a good defensive stopgap for the rest of this season and next (which he will be a free agent in 2014) at low cost and “high value” if he achieves his potential suddenly and can become a bargaining chip a year from now. And yes, it is all just speculation at this point. He’s nobody that blows me away thinking he’ll make a difference. Perhaps Soriano and maybe LaHair won’t be here much longer and he can easily be plugged in to fill the gap until more of our prospects are ready. And further, I think if a deal does go down with Boston and Sweeney is included, at least Theo knows what he can get out of their players, and probably doesn’t think Campana is worthy of being on the big league club (which I know will piss others off here too).

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        C’mon rip. It’s hard to generalize Team Theo after only 5 months on the job. They really don’t have a viable track record with the Cubs as of yet. It’s clear you don’t like their moves but it’s hard to say 5 months in it’s a pattern.

        Personally, I think they’ve been getting it done as of late. Rizzo is a hit so far and the farm system is looking better almost every day. With Almora and Soler coming aboard I’d say they’re kind of kicking butt lately.

        If they get some solid return for the vets I’ll be thrilled. I don’t care if we win another game all season. We’re not going to the playoffs so let’s load up the farm system with talent at the expense of every veteran we can unload.

        • John_CC

          C’mon boardrider, it’s incredibly easy to generalize after just 5 months on the job!! There isn’t a track record to base anything on!

      • RynoTiger

        I’d rather have Team Theo than Team Ripsnorter. Oh I’m sure you have the obvious qualifications to do the job since you post on fanboard and I’m sure you have all the connections needs to make things happen…I’m sure you do. Don’t doubt it at all.
        but I’ll take Team Theo.

      • John_CC

        Let’s all get reactionary over a rumored move!

  • Aaron

    In rebuilding this team, I’m not sure the Cubs want to touch the Dodgers’ prospects with a 10 foot pole…they just don’t have very many strong prospects, which is unusual for that team.

    The top prospect being mentioned, Zach Lee, doesn’t have stats even remotely worthy of top prospect consideration. In fact, his stats are more McNutt-esque than anything, and McNutt very well might land outside of the Top 20 prospects.

    As I’ve said before, if the Cubs can somehow get the D’Backs, Jays, and Rangers involved in any conversations, then they’d have a lot of above average prospects to choose from.

    And while I believe the Braves have a dearth of high end prospects right now for the first time–it seems–in recent memory, they still have guys like Delgado, Teheran, and Minor that would be intriguing, and BETTER options than anything the Dodgers could offer.

    You look at contenders, and the teams you really don’t want to deal with in terms of prospects are the White Sox, Tigers, and Dodgers. Does that mean they have no good prospects? No…Castellanos and Turner would represent good ones. Jared Mitchell of the White Sox might be another…

    I could give a rundown again of where these veterans should go, and what prospects we should get in return, but the bottom line is this….they MUST get this right….we can no longer afford Jim Hendry-esque “favor” trades to buddies, such as the Maddux to Dodgers or Lilly to Dodgers returns that didn’t even net a single top prospect.

    • John_CC

      Any one of Minor, Teheran or Delgado would be put right into the Cubs rotation, no? Minor obviously.

      I would appreciate reading a list of the prospects available for the rumored teams. You don’t have to go so far as listing your entire trade proposals, just the the top 3-4 guys from each of the teams. That would great to see!

      • paulcatanese

        LaRussa, boy am I upset with him.
        He showed what he thinks of the Cubs. Forcal almost played the whole game, limiting time for Castro, obviously LaRussa dosent think much of Castro.
        And LaHair, how may ways can he be insulted?
        LaRussa has Freese play first, with LaHairs glove? Give me a break. As the old story goes, take my wife, but leave my bowling ball alone. What an insult, the class here were the Cub players,
        not LaRussa.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I do not understand what you are angry about. LaRussa is a hall of fame manager. He’s an excellent judge of baseball talent. HE WON THE GAME FOR US.

          So what’s your complaint? LaHair has no glove at 1B or anywhere else. Castro has a weak glove at SS, too.

          • paulcatanese

            Just my nature to complain, I’m really upset that Campana wasn’t selected and leading off. Would have loved seeing him in those powder blue shoes, you know,”the blue flash”:):)

          • Ripsnorter1

            You are going to be really steamed when Team Theo [they never make mistakes] trades away Tony or sends Campana back to rot in AAA Iowa.

          • RynoTiger

            you’re damn right no mistakes. and don’t you forget that bub.

          • John_CC

            Right, The Genius wins his last one. Furcal playing 7 innings was BS favoritism. Same with Freese at 1B.

            Adam Dunn sitting it out so Bulter could more ABs for the home crowd was classy.

            Tony the Genius looked and sounded pretty – I’ll just say – bad, after the game.

    • paulcatanese

      Good post Aaron, you put it so more intellegently than I could, I just follow you around and agree, cant go wrong.

    • cubs1967

      i have not liked this dodger talk since it began and i’m assuming it’s bad guess work by the media, they do not have near ready SP prospects that are needed for demp or garza. no more trades like the ian stewart mess. dback-braves-jays-rangers are the teams to get involved here.

      • SuzyS

        Cubs1967…I’m with you re the Dodgers…but that talk seems to be getting louder. If you factor in that Demp wants to stay in the National league…it might limit the Cubs in their trading partners…I think Atlanta would be the best bet in the NL for a better return.
        Then again and sad to say the Pirates have plenty of prospects in their system…but I don’t think Demp would want to go there….Remember, he has to OK any trade.

  • paulcatanese

    Neil, the new shoes are the coming thing, they showed them again this morning.
    They are also the rage with the kids. Youngest Grandson who starts football this year, after pre-school football last year has told me the kids are all going to the new shoes. Ought to be very visable at night games. The Gold ones are my favorite. They just glow at night. Only thing that would make them better is if the shoes would excude little gold flecks to show where they have been.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Almora’s deal is official. He is in Mesa today for his first practice. No word yet on his next assignment

    • BosephHeyden

      Well, at least the kid realizes what’s expected of him as a first round pick and is getting right to work.

  • John_CC

    Towers has stated that Justin Upton is available. Olney “tweets” that the Brave would be a good fit and could create a package around Martin Prado. I wonder what if there is a three-way potential here with the Cubs sending a package centered on Demp/Baker with a return of J-Up + pitching prospects?

    • Dorasaga

      I would be appalled if traded for Upton. He’s overrated, easily fell into free swing mode, relied too much on power (and Chase Field). Check his minor stats compared to Bret Jackson. I don’t think, result wise, you see much difference. Bret has the reputation to play better overall-defense than young Upton, the latter a corner outfielder.

      • John_CC

        I know he has issues, and one is his motivation – which is problematic – but I don’t think he is Brett Jackson. He had 126K last year and almost 700 PA and with 30 HR that isn’t too bad. Also a .900 OPS and all the age of 23.

        I’m not arguing that the Cubs should pursue him, but I don’t think it’s far to say Jackson is the same player.

        • Dorasaga

          I guess he can contribute on a contending team, but I know DBacks will ask for a ransom. This organization has more than enough outfield prospects moving along, since been improving in every recent year. Upton will be the last addition expected. If the Cubs can pull off a creative trade, prospects are not necessary to stay competitive. Jackson still has a ton of talent; his overall performance had always been good enough to match Upton’s, methinks.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Cubs released Mike MacDougal

    • Ripsnorter1

      Does that mean Brian Fuentes is going to be a new Cub? After all, it fits our youth movement motif (Shawn Camp, Manny Corpas, Rodrigo Lopez, Frankie De La Cruz.

  • paulcatanese

    The trade talk involving Barney is pretty ironic. Lots of people look for someone to take his place with the Cubs, always greener on the other side of the street.
    Everytime the talk starts up, Barney does something to quiet people down.
    It’s funny other teams have the interest in him, dosent that tell people something?
    His errorless streak, clutch hits, heads up play, he has a lot of those qualitys, and care should be excercised before moving him.
    In my opinion an upgrade replacement would not be so easy to come by, and think he stays, at least another year.

    • Tony_Hall

      Remember Paul rumors of talks can be one sided.

      Ex. – Dodgers (pick any team) have asked the Cubs about Darwin Barney – is in a story. It could be there because some asst to an asst told a beat writer, that we have asked the Cubs what it would take to trade for Barney. And after being told what it would take, moved on to the next player. The answer doesn’t matter to be able to print the rumor.

      If the Cubs could replace Barney with an equal player, they would trade him right now. If they could replace him with an upgrade, he would be gone for sure.

      • paulcatanese

        Tony an upgrade, sure, I can agree with that, but the same or less, not so sure, that would only leave the Cubs where they are at before trading him. Again though,not my decision, I just get to applaud or complain and it dosent cost me a dime, good deal:)

        • Tony_Hall

          You are missing one part, the player(s) we get back for him. If we had a player who was equal to Barney in AAA, we would trade Barney, get back prospects and promote that player to take Barney’s spot.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Boise – Jose Arias (1-0, 3.04)
    Peoria – Starling Peralta (1-4, 3.75)
    Daytona – Kyler Burke (0-2, 3.86)
    Tennessee – Zach Rosscup (0-0, 0.00)

    Iowa remains on All-Star break

    The organization did a catcher “bump” today, with Chadd Krist to Peoria, Rafael Lopez to Daytona, and Chad Noble to Tennessee. Regarding Noble, he’s a 24 year old currently hitting .198. Expect 1 or 2 further moves involving either Iowa or the parent club.

    Zach Rosscup is drawing Phil Humber in his first starting assignment in over a year.

    Gerardo Concepcion had his first lesson in taking one for the team, as he landed on the 7-day DL.

    Shawon Dunston Jr. was demoted to Mesa.

    Don’t forget, the Frontier League All-Star game tonight on

    http://www.stlsportsproductions.com/frontier-league-all-star-game.html

    • ChadAudio

      Wow. That was a lot of bad news. I think we are about to get totally embarrassed by Gerado Conception.

      Shawon Dunston Jr. demoted? How bad was he doing?

      • Tom U

        Dunston Jr. was hitting .185 with a homer and 2 RBI.

        He had been losing playing time to Trey Martin and Bijan Rademacher. Both are older than Dunston Jr., as is Izaac Garsez, who should be due up soon from the AZL.
        I don’t see this as bad news, as Dunston Jr. will be getting more AB’s at a level more suited to him.

        • ChadAudio

          Thanks Tom.

      • cubtex

        About to?

  • Tom U

    For those looking for a baseball fix today, go to

    http://www.stlsportsproductions.com/frontier-league-all-star-game.html

    to check out a live broadcast of the Frontier League All-Star game. Game starts at 6:30 CDT, and five Schaumburg Boomers, along with their coaching staff, will be participating.

  • Zonk

    I think the Cubs are limited on how many starting pitchers they can actually trade. While this season is lost, the Cubs don’t want to be completely embarrassed. For this reason, I don’t think they can trade Dempster, Garza, AND Maholm. Maybe 2 of them, but not all 3.
    After Wood and Shark, who would make those starts? Pick from this list:
    —Rusin
    —Coleman
    —Wells
    —Volstad
    —Raley
    Can you pick 3? I can’t. And if someone gets hurt, it gets extra ugly.

  • T_Leise

    It depends on who they get back in the trades. They could get some young pitchers that need a shot or some back end starters to fill in for the rest of the year.

  • Tony_Hall

    De La Cruz
    Lopez
    Struck
    Beeler
    Jokish

    Not sure if any of these guys are ready for a couple of starts or will excite anyone, or it is worth starting their clock on the 40 man. They could get a few of these guys 2-3 starts, just to get their feet wet. But it is likely to only trade 2 of the 3 starters, as it would be hard to pull off 3 trades for starting pitching in one season. Lopez and De La Cruz would be the easiest choices, outside of Rusin or Raley. Coleman, Wells, Volstad would just be filling in, as all should be looked at as bullpen arms at this point.

  • BosephHeyden

    I’d take the first three: Wells as a “one last chance” deal, where if he can’t at least be serviceable by the end of the season, they cut him, Coleman to see if he was just sucking because he wasn’t a starter (like how Zambrano was awful back when Lou converted him to a reliever, despite everyone knowing he could be a slow starter, and then when they brought him back to starter, he did well), and Rusin just to see what he can do against major league pitching. Best case scenario, two of the three do their jobs and we have a four and a five next season. Worst case, we know what three players won’t be on the team next season and we solidify that #1 overall pick.

  • Aaron

    I don’t like those options at all…about the only two I would want to see from that list are Rusin and Raley

  • DWalker

    Also, If shark is on an innings limit they will be down even further. IF they can get something good back for all three and not just throw in near DFA guys, I am still fine with them moving all three though. Are their any over the hill rental FA’s out there that could be picked up for half a season as fill ins if they don’t want to use volstad or wells again?

  • paulcatanese

    Embarassed? That dosent begin to tell the story. If they trade all three, my gosh why don’t they just fold it up for the season and forfeit the games?
    Whatever the plan was they have already used the crutch of the cba change to cover themselves.
    And whats the love affair with Boston?
    This is beginning to get ridculous.
    Where do they think they are going to get any kind of impact on the league with these kind of moves?

  • bphiatt723

    Bring back Jamie Moyer to finish his career as a cub.

  • paulcatanese

    Why not?Makes as much sense as what they are tryng to do?

  • BosephHeyden

    I’m with Paul: why not? Veteran starter, you know what you’re getting, and he’s at least better than Volstad.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    I think that’s a solid proposal. He could impart some wisdom on Wood and Shark too…

  • cubs1967

    dude, it’s been 103 years!!!!!!!!!! what could be more embarrasing then that. they already tanked the season so move them all if it gets talent back ,but cheap a** tommyboy had better pony up next year; one 110 loss season is enough.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Great post, Paul.

    My only disagreement with you is when you said, “this is BEGINNING to get ridiculous.”

    It’s been ridiculous for awhile now.

    “Not my cup of tea.”

  • paulcatanese

    I’m an old man and I guess it takes longer to sink in:)

  • paulcatanese

    I know, and I have been here for almost all of them:)

  • RynoTiger

    i’ll take tommyboy over crabby cheap a** cubs1967

  • gocubs

    Guys, they are not trying to just win the world series by putting the best possible team on the field right now at all costs…they are building an ENTIRE organization from the ground up that can eventually put the Cubs in a position to to get to post-season every year. They are not interested in just spending away until they have the right mix on the MLB team, that what they Cubs have always done. This is a different approach. They are doing things the right way through developing their own guys no matter how long it takes. Rickets wanted this and he is spending tons of money to enable Theo to build an entire organization that become a consistent contender, not just a MLB team that can win now. When people complain that the team is bad this year, next year, etc…its clear that you dont understand what they are doing.

  • GaryLeeT

    I do not accept your premise that multiple seasons must be sacrificed in order to “do it the right way”. Hendry’s plan was not bad, it was just poorly executed, by signing FA’s that weren’t right between the ears, and poor drafts. When he, and the Cubs went for it, I was glad they did, and I would have happily traded one World Series Championship for 10 years of mediocrity. I mean, how many World Series Championships do the “do it the right way” Atlanta Braves have? That’s right, in recent history, only one more than the Cubs. And the rest of those great teams that won 14 division titles? They went to the scrap heap of also rans, that nobody cares about.

  • Zimmer the Legend

    yeah; your a piece of work………and not in a good way.
    go back to the cards website loser.

  • gary3411

    Terrific performances in the minor leagues by our better prospects tonight. Check the box scores. Sczur, Torreyes, Andreoli, Burke, Arias, Baez, Vogelbach all had good games.

    Lendy Castillo two scoreless for rookie league cubs.

  • RynoTiger

    so Cubs fans can’t disagree with each other? and if they do, one has to be fake? Nice logic.

  • Dorasaga

    Thanks for sharing. Still waiting for your Boomer sequel.

  • Dorasaga

    I cannot disagree more. Hendry made reactionary moves according to what his division rival did, especially in 2009-’10, played all his hands early. He kept the smallest front office in baseball and only his “yes men.” Then he complained about the need to clear salary burden while he signed four years and three years of Byrd et al.

    He had no idea how to build an organization. He’s as mediocre as a baseball management could be.

  • cubtex

    You’re right. Theo never made reactionary moves…John Lackey…..he never tried to counter what other teams did……Carl Crawford……he always made rational deals…..Bobby Jenks…..he was always budget conscious and signed players to short term economical deals…..JD Drew…….Dice K. Theo is the best gm in baseball and he will build a winner without reacting to the rival teams since he never ever reacted to what the Yankees did in their division.

  • John_CC

    That post was actually about Hendry, not Epstein. I’m starting to think you are the one that is obsessed with Theo…

  • Dorasaga

    I don’t know if Epstein would ever be compared to Hendry before he came to the Cubs. But if I must go through like pointers on a powerpoint:

    – I posted about Matsuzaka and Drew too many times already.
    – the Drew, DiceK, and Bobby Jenks moves all had their merits
    – were necessary to fill in holes before the season started, not “reactionary.”
    – The former two contributed in different ways,
    – ultimately made fans and owner group very, very happy from start of season to finish that World Series.

    – The content of these players showed me glass half-filled.

    Think it this way, Hendry was not missed. But Theo? How many BoSox fans and polls must we ask before sound judgement? I only need to know what he’s doing and will do for the Cubs. I’m satisfied so far that Epstein and Hoyer replaced Hendry, and reinvented a front office at par to modern baseball operations.

  • cubtex

    Boy Wonder has made countless errors….let’s be real. You are the one obsessed with defending any comment criticizing him directed at you or not. Do you have his poster on your wall in place of a tv???

  • John_CC

    Uuuh, You were the one that jumped into a thread to comment and make an unrelated criticism of Epstein. Not me. You’re obsession with Boy Wonder is unhealthy.

    Try again.

  • cubtex

    My obsession???? hahahahaha

  • Dorasaga

    I wasn’t sure where to slip in this thread, but I guess most of the time when we comment, we must disagree each other when it’s about baseball. It always happen when we care.

  • cubtex

    Lets be honest. The Red Sox are in awful shape right now…….and it is only going to get worse. Who is responsible for all those unmovable contracts. You can defend Dice K all you want. He has won 16 games combined over the last 4 years for 37 million. Theo wastes and wastes money. Gerardo Concepcion is a waste of 6 mil. Theo even went over budget on the draft :) No one even mentions that. The man has done a terrible job the last couple of years. I am critical of his moves like everyone should be. He can’t outspend everyone in the draft anymore with the new rules. He needs to make some shrewd deals. He better hit homeruns with Dempster and Garza. Theo is the most overrated gm in baseball but I hope for my sake and Cub fans sake that he doesn’t screw up this rebuild. It will work…..just like it is with the Orioles,Pirates etc. The Cubs have money to spend when the young talent is ready. Any gm can do a small market rebuild with money.

  • Dorasaga

    Are you trying to tell me that since Epstein (and Hoyer) was overrated, Hendry is a better GM? It’s not just a rebuild; it’s building something new. And how can you justify the organizational failure, over all these years, with that previous Cubbie administration? Let’s not get stuck here.