Gregg… a waste of traded talent

Derek Lee hits a run in. Micah hits a home run and a funky infield single makes it 4 – 0 going into the top of the ninth for the Cubs. But, it’s amazing how little time it takes to take a way a win from a pitcher who’s pitched two really good games, only to have the bull pen F*CK it up in the final inning or so.

Yeah, Kevin Gregg. You are a waste of talent that we traded away for because of Kerry Wood wasn’t resigned. They have to sit your *** because of your knee. They didn’t sign WOODY because they didn’t want a long deal. (Bet you’re re-thinking that decision—as I am by the way–Mr. Hendry.)

Lou didn’t managed this game for ****. The minute Gregg gave up the home run, you should have had someone tossing in the bullpen. That way if he gave up another hit or a home run you could have yanked Gregg’s butt and throw him into the dugout. And after that third hit, I definitely would have yanked him by the shirt collar.

Heilman came out and did what he had to do to keep it from going completely out of control. And if it wasn’t for a bad throw…

Well.. just be thankful that’s still only a 1/2 game and not a game like it could have been.

R.I.P. Nick Adenhart

My sympathies to Adenhart’s friends, family and teammates.

 

Terrible news out of California this morning, where we’ve just learned that the Angels rookie Nick Adenhart was killed in an early morning hit-and-run accident in Fullerton on Thursday.

The news was first reported by TMZ and later confirmed by Yahoo! Sports baseball columnist Tim Brown.

Just 22 years old, Adenhart started for Los Angeles on Wednesday night and struck out five batters over six scoreless innings in a 6-4 loss to Oakland. It was only the fourth start of his young career and first since earning the third spot in the Angels’ rotation over spring training.

According to reports, Adenhart was driving home with three others in his silver Mitsubishi when a mini-van ran through a red light and hit Adenhart’s car, causing it to crash into a light pole. A female driver and male passenger died on the scene while Adenhart was taken to the hospital where he died undergoing surgery, according to a spokesman from the UC-Irvine Medical Center. The driver of the mini-van fled the scene, but was later apprehended by police. No other members of the Angels’ organization were involved.

This is the most tragic news you can imagine in the baseball world and our thoughts go out to Adenhart’s family and the entire Angels’ organization, which was already reeling from the death of a fan who was involved in a fight on Opening Day.

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Z finally gets a W

Carlos Zambrano finally broke is his opening day winless streak when the Cubs beat the Houston Astros Monday night 4-2. Zambrano went six plus innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out six.

Milton Bradley, Kosuke Fukodome and Derek Lee went 0-for-4. Alfonso Soriano connected lead-off home run number 50. Aramis Ramirez also hit a solo shot.  One of the not-so-big surprises was Mike Fontenot who went 3 for 4 and scoring twice.

New closer Kevin Gregg got the save after giving up a run in the bottom of the nineth.

 

Cubs Free Agents

The following former Cubs free agents remained unsigned:
Henry Blanco
Jim Edmonds
Jon Leiber
Daryel Ward

The following have signed:
Ryan Dempster (Chicago Cubs)
Chad Fox (Chicago Cubs)
Kerry Wood (Cleveland Indians)

The following free agents have signed with the Cubs:
Milton Bradley (Texas Rangers)
Joey Gathright (Kansas City Royals)
Aaron Miles (St. Louis Cardinals)

Pie to O’s for Olson

Last week, I reported that Felix Pie and Rich Hill were running out of time to plead their case to the team. Pie’s time ran out Sunday when the organization traded him to the Baltimore Orioles for left-handed starter Garrett Olson and minor league righty Henry Williamson.

Olson will get some starts in the spring with the possibility of becoming the fith starter in the Cub’s organization.

The move on Pie was in part because he was out of options if he didn’t make the team during spring training.

Hill, Pie time’s a runnin’ out

The once hearlded centerfielder Felix Pie and picther Rich Hill days are number as Chicago Cubs if they cannot pull their act together. Both players out out of options both in the bigs, and in general.

On Wednesday, Cubs GM Jim Hendry made it clear that the team will not wait for Pie and Hill to figure out how to play in the big leagues.

With the addition of Joey Gaithright, Pie’s days are numbered as a Cub.

 

Wood, DeRosa to Tribe; Bradley new Cub? Marquis days numbered

I’ve not blogged in a while due to school constraints. In case you’ve missed it, the Cleveland Indians signed Kerry Wood and the Cubs then dealt second baseman Mark DeRosa for three minor league pitchers in the month of December.

Now, reports out of Chicago are that the Cubs have signed Milton Bradley to a three-year, $30 millon deal pending a medical check up.

The Cubs website is also reporting that the deal to send to Jason Marquis to the Rockies for Luis Vizcaino will probably be finalized on Tuesday.

 

Cubs pull out Peavy deal

The Cubs have pulled out the Jake Peavy sweepstakes. Cubs GM Jim Hendry said he had more important things to work out—like getting a left handed bat.

 

DeRo for Peavy?

In looking at the latest Jake Peavy to Cubs trade news, I’m a bit confused about why people have such an attachment to Mark DeRosa. Now, don’t get me wrong. DeRo did a great job for the Cubbies in 2008, and was part of the reason why they won the division. But let’s be honest about this, despite  his career year he still had boughts when he was hot and cold.

This is the way I look at it: you need to build your team according to your needs. You have Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot who can play third and second. If you keep Cedeno, that allows you to give Theriot and Fontenot and day off. The outfield situation is a bit more precarious. You need a lefty bat in the outfield. It looks like the Cubs have set their sights on Milton Bradley. (They were also looking at him last year before they signed Fukudome.)

Hitting alone won’t get you to the World Series. The still have a weak spot in the rotation with Jason Marquis and never knowing which one is going to show up that game. You need another starting. Peavey is a good match and he wants to come Chicago and play in Chicago. Unlike Marquis who moaned and groaned all last season about playing in Chicago.

In order to get Peavy, they’re going to possibly have to give up their #1 draft pick from 2007–Josh Vitters, among other players (one of whom is Felix Pie).

 

In my book, it’s a good trade.

Disappointed, but not surprised

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