News: November 2008 Archives

The countdown is on.....business is about to pick up in the world of free agency!! Teams have until midnight (EST) to offer arbitration to any of the Type A or B free agents in order to get compensation draft picks if they sign elsewhere, and also to offer arbitration to players not under contract and not eligible for free agency.

Once offered arbitration, players have until December 7th to accept or decline the offer.

Not so coincidentally, the winter meetings begin on December 8th....the day after all of the arbitration matters sort themselves out. Teams will know who has accepted the offer of arbitration and thus will be back with the team, and who is certain to leave.

The horrible economy is making things quite interesting this year. Players may be willing to accept one year deals with their old team, putting off a long-term deal until next season when the economy hopefully will be better and the market a bit looser.

Typically, not many ranke ...

Winter ball hasn't proven a cure for Rich Hill's wildness. The Cubs lefty appears on the verge of a release from Aragua (Venezuela) after walking 19 in 191/3 innings, resulting in a 7.45 ERA. ... If the Dodgers opt out of signing Manny Ramirez, it will be very interesting to see what market agent Scott Boras can build for the eccentric run producer. He would fit on the Cubs only if Alfonso Soriano somehow were traded. The White Sox seem interested in dealing Jermaine Dye, which would clear a hole, if not payroll. ... Cricket players Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, whom the Pirates signed as pitchers after they appeared on reality TV in India, were recommended by scout Ray Poitevint, whose stay with the Sox delivered few strong prospects. ...

The Cubs' Ryan Theriot was the only major-leaguer to reach double figures in errors (14), grounded into double plays (19) and caught stealing (13) last season. ... While the Cubs' Derrek Lee grounded into the second-most double plays in th ...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all the CCO faithful!! It'e been a pleasure sharing thoughts amongst fellow Cubs fans....whether we disagree or agree! The one thing we all agree is on we love our CUBS!!!

I wanted to share an article that is not baseball related. It is actually related to me. The Orange County Regsiter did a story on me after I helped recently during their wildfires....it's kind of cool......

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/spencer-help-pillows-2241384-brea-shelter

Everyone have a safe Turkey Day.....enjoy football.....and of course dreaming of the Cubs!!

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Hall of Fame Game Will Continue

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The Cubs and Padres were scheduled to play in the last Hall of Fame game this past summer, but the annual tradition was rained out and due to scheduling conflicts was not able to be rescheduled. Many thought the long-standing tradition would not return. After 68 years, teams no longer liked playing in the game for many reasons and most complaints centered on the difficulty of traveling to Cooperstown.

On Monday Major League Baseball announced the Hall of Fame Game has been changed to the Hall of Fame Classic and will now feature legends and old-timers of the game instead of current teams.

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According to multiple reports on Monday afternoon, the Cubs will play two exhibition games at the new Yankee Stadium next April. The Cubs have agreed to play on back-to-back days in the Bronx in the first games at the new stadium. The Cubs have finished their exhibition (Spring Training) schedule the past four seasons in Las Vegas but this coming spring will conclude the spring on the East Coast.

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Cubs Say Goodbye to Kid-K

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If the trade for Florida Marlins closer Kevin Gregg were not enough of a sign, the Chicago Tribune reports that Cubs GM Jim Hendry says the Cubs and Kerry Wood are parting ways.

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2008/11/kerry-wood-and-cubs-split.html

Although I was ok with Kerry leaving. I CERTAINLY expected an upgrade at the closer spot and not a downgrade. I'm hoping that Gregg was acquired to go to the Padres in the trade for Peavy, although he was probably acquired as insurance if Marmol is not ready for the job.

Time will tell......In any event thanks for the memories Kerry. Your rookie year and the 20 strikeout game will never be forgotten!

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Eyre Resigns with Phillies

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Former Cub, Scott Eyre signed a 1-year, $2 million dollar contract, plus incentives, to remain with the Phillies for the 2009 season. Eyre was 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in 19 games for the World Champions after being released and traded from the Cubs on August 7th. The former Stevie Ire told Dave Kaplan on Sports Central after the completion of the World Series that he wanted to pitch one more year in the majors and for the Phillies....one of the good guys in the game got his wish.

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Holliday Traded to Oakland?

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According to a report by Ken Rosenthal, the Rockies likely will trade Matt Holliday to the Oakland A's in the next 48 hours. The deal and the players have not been finalized but the two teams discussed sending outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and southpaw Greg Smith (both acquired in the Dan Haren deal last winter from the Diamondbacks) along with Huston Street.

The official announcement will not be made until the players pass their physicals. The A's are planning on increasing their payroll into the $80 million dollar range and do not consider Holliday a one-year rental.

The Cardinals were rumored to be on the cusp of landing Holliday over the weekend for a package of players that included Ryan Ludwick.

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I was just reading a report in the Chicago Tribune that talks about baseball perhaps changing the tie-breaking game procedure which determines the home team by the flip of a coin. Owners want to determine the home team by head-to-head record during the season. This in part stems from this years tie-breaking game between the Twins and the White Sox which had the Sox as the home team as the result of a coin-flip despite the Twins having won the season series against the Sox, 10-8. Nice job thinking outside the box, boys! Always good to stay ahead of the curve.

That brings me to another issue that MLB just can't seem to figure out. Instant Replay. We have obviously entered an age that allows us to utlize modern technology. The other sports have long figured out how to effectively use instant replay. Finally this year MLB jumped in with a limited use of replay, only for disputed home run calls. What? There are so many other ways that replay could be utilized in basebal ...

Japanese Pitcher a Possibility

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Could a young 22 year old Japanese Pitcher be in our future? Junichi Tazawa a 22 year old hard throwing right hander wants to come to the USA.

Tazawa pitched for a company team in Japan but hasn't played professionally in his native country, so there would be no costly compensation to Japan as with previous players. He notified teams several months ago that he wished to play in North America and didn't want to be drafted. Nippon Professional Baseball complied.

The Sox have been the most aggressive team with regard to Tazawa, who is also being courted by the Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins and our Cubs, among others. Tazawa throws a mid-90s fastball, a 12-6 overhand curveball and a split-finger fastball as part of his repertoire.

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