Rambling While Waiting on Anibal

Christmas is ten days away, the stove is boiling and I am toiling. The signing of Josh Hamilton appears to have amped up the heat this winter and those waiting to sign are going to get it moving soon.

So, let’s just get down to the BRASS TACKS and go on a little rambling adventure … or just make a flurry of disjointed, yet hopefully timely remarks.

  • It is currently 7:21 CST Thursday evening. In the past two hours I have been totally sure that Anibal Sanchez had both signed with the Cubs and not signed with the Cubs.
  • My best pal made this comment recently, but it rings true yet again … “Why does it always seem like the Cubs impending signings and trades never actually happen?”
  • This is eerily similar to the Marmol for Haren report. Everyone was sure that would happen, and they reported as such. It didn’t happen.
  • And this is not the journalists’ fault. Most of the transactions they report actually happen. The Cubs seems to have their own way. So be it.
  • The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles should have very good baseball teams.
  • Marmol for Bourjos. Sure. Of course. Marmol for Trumbo. Sure. Marmol for … sure. Trumbo is not being dealt, but I would welcome Bourjos to the Cubs.
  • Your thoughts on Bourjos? Please let us know below.
  • Side note: Pay very close attention to the CCO in the coming days, as you should every day, but even more so in the coming days. Cool things ahead, my friends of the Faithful.
  • I am totally fine if they don’t trade the ‘Fonz. As Heyman tweeted Thursday, they are willing to pay $26 of the $36 million, but they need a reputable prospect in return. If they don’t get one, don’t throw away the money.
  • I believe it was Olney that tweeted this, but the Astros are going to have a ROUGH time in the AL West. They could lose 14 of 15 to the Angels.
  • The Rangers just lost Josh Hamilton and the Soto was named the everyday catcher. Tough day in Arlington. Though, somehow, I am sure they will end up in the Series again. Geo will have 32 jacks.
  • Ryan Dempster is ageless. Another $26.5 million for him. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
  • I now apologize to everyone who was subjected to reading that old, expired and irrelevant saying. I am really not sure I can truly convey how sorry I really am.
  • The Cubs signed a Korean pitcher with 18 years of experience who won’t play until 2014 because of elbow problems.
  • Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Juliette Lewis in “Old Navy” commercials with the “Christmas Vacation” angle … Speechless. And in a sad way.
  • Anibal wants to stay in Detroit. The Cubs are getting played. So be it. These things happen, and I find it hard to fault McThoyer. Hard to avoid.
  • Going after Anibal at that price shows they are not completely against signing quality players and spending money. Win or lose on Sanchez, fine, but there seems to be a little more life in the Front Office right now than I thought.
  • And more than a lot of people thought.
  • Beyond all of the free agent mess, here is the question for discussion, among so many other things, but I want to know:
  • Who is your “step-up” Cubs player of next season? Not necessarily a surprise, but who steps up? Like Darwin did this year. Is there anyone on this team that can do it next year? I say Castillo. What say you?

And that is it for another session of ramblings. Hopefully these are the impetus for some great discussion on a Friday.

Most importantly, I want to wish you and yours a happy, enjoyable and safe holiday season.

Cheers … and until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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  • gary3411

    Brett Jackson

    • lou brock

      Travis Wood wins 12 games

  • Tom U

    Dave Sappelt is having a monster season in the winter leagues, so is Junior Lake. They are two candidates.

    • Darrell

      Sappelt may be the guy for outfield, I was impressed with his play in Sept.

    • Dorasaga

      Perhaps time to trade Lake? Can’t be more valuable than now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

    I’d take Bourjos in CF for the Cubs. They won’t get him for Marmol, though. As for Sanchez, only the Cubs are involved in situations like this. First Dempster, then Marmol, now Sanchez.

  • cubs1967

    well for 10 minutes I thought the beloved was an actual MLB team again signing a desirable under 30 FA……….but when you are a major market team playing this “we are gonna lose on purpose” under the guise of “rebuilding” and everyone knows it; the GM needs to be smart enought to know some agent will “play” them……..like it appears has happened now.(in other words this poorly designed plan created this mess). But, I bet there is a Brazilian pitcher with 3 TJ surgeries Jed could scout.

  • DWalker

    it was nice while it lasted, but every team on occasion gets used as a lever against another team. A little dirty by the agent to not let teams know the tigers had the last shot, but it can and will happen to any team.

    this whole signed, not signed thing is annoying; but in the age of instant communication and reporters trying to somehow justify their jobs when everyone is a reporter, they are going to jump the gun.

    Step ups, I like toms answer. Stewart I hold out hope for as well and I think one of the young pitchers in the minors is going to break through.

  • Cloycub13

    OK so that was a tease… Use the money you would have overpaid for Anibal and sign Liriano and Bourn. Liriano to a make good contract, he can be really good if healthy and focused, and sign Bourn to a 3-4 year deal.
    This would allow another rotation arm, flexibility with a Wood, Feldman, Baker and a Lefty starter who when good can be flipped.
    Bourn would solidify the defense, provide a true leadoff threat, moving Castro to 2, and provide a steady CF. The middle would be nearly set with Castillo (Provided he plays to potential) Barney, Castro and Bourn… It’s a start.
    I agree that next offseason is gonna be fun, and I don’t even want to start teasing myself with the likes of David Price. But I see the plan, and I personally see how Liriano and Bourn fit. They would improve the team, and like they always say… you just never know.
    Bourn leading off would be solid and fast. Castro can get 200 hits and hopefully increase his power. Rizzo should continue to progress, Soriano (If not dealt) provides pop. That is a solid 1-4 in the lineup.
    PS I would also like to see a Mike Adams signing.
    Merry Christmas to all. I have been busy lately with a 3 month old, but I read everyday and applaud Neil for another CCO news filled “Break”. Keep it up, this site ROCKS!

  • coachdon

    I predict Josh Vitters is your surprise breakout guy. I think Stewart will suck again/get hurt again and they’ll need someone to come up from Iowa. Vitters will be hitting .300 at Iowa and they will bring him up and he will hit this time around.

  • DWalker

    So, Hamilton to LA. Think he can hack it? numbers were down the end of the year, he’s going to have to start all over with a support structure and LA is going to have plenty of temptation. if He and Pujols are both on, things could be interesting, but I have a feeling this is not going to be a match made in heaven.

  • Dorasaga

    The loss of a bid is a blessing in disguise. Let’s think about what else the Cubs can do with 80 Million USD in five years?

    They can build a triangle-bldg. in front of Wrigley Field.

    They can wait for either phenoms from Japan, Saito or Otani, teammates, be posted by their Hokkaido club that also sells ham, so they can drop that little paper for a blind bid.

    Cuba-US relationship might be normalized, and they can now open the first Cuban Academy to train their next age-16 signees.

    There are a lot that they can do. They can fail to bid. They can fall by little reward from a big signing. But professional baseball has become a big global operation*. It’s transcontinental. They can pick up their “win” or reward somewhere else.

    *It’s really cool if we think about it. How many people around us can we say are working for a day-to-day international operation? Not a lot of business or organization actually has a base somewhere other than one country. Not even most people who serve the US military or Royal forces of UK. I mean, most will stay a few years in Afghanistan then come back, then go back, but they don’t just fly around operating around the world.

    The Cubs have four countries with operations: Dominica of the Caribbean, Mexico, Venezuela, and USA. They have seven operations in USA alone (and two in Mexico, right?). It’s quite impressive, for the big scouts, managers, their other baseball or business colleagues within the organization.

    They fly around every year just to know more about young athletes, or work with the facilities that will make better young athletes. It’s quite a privilege for these young men from around the world to get so much attention.