Wednesday, December 21, 2005

I've Got Wood For Jose

The Vidro to the Cubs for Kerry Wood rumor has a life of its own. One intrepid blogger listened to 980-AM today and says that Paul White of USA Today, who is usually pretty reliable, reported that the Cubs are interested in the deal. I didn't hear the report. Is that an accurate assessment of what went on?

For what it's worth nationals.com's own beloved Rocket Bill blasts that one out of the sky. And has the anonymous source to back it up!
According to a baseball source, there is no truth to the story in the Washington Examiner that the Nationals are talking to the Cubs about a trade that would bring Kerry Wood to the Nationals in exchange for second baseman Jose Vidro and outfielder Ryan Church.

Poynter-type question here.... what's the rationale for hiding behind an anonymous quote here? Why can't Bowden or Boone or Siegle or even a farkin' usher say that? It's not tampering if you deny interest in a player, right?

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Incidentally, if the Cubs would do this, I'd personally drive to Chicago to escort Mr. Wood. It's not that I particularly like him; it's that I don't want to pay a hobbling second baseman eleventy billion dollars in 2008.

Your Kerry Wood Fun Fact O' The Day: Two of his top-10 most similar pitchers by age have served in Congress. Him coming to DC is a natural fit, eh?

11 Comments:

  • It was a dumb rumor yesterday, and it's a dumb rumor today.

    As I linked to in my post last night, both SI and TSN mentioned it yesterday. Just because Paul White did today doesn't give it an iota more credence. Remember, no trade clause + one viable starting OF remaining = no way.

    As for Rocket Bill, the guy likes his baseball sources. It's hard to explain, but many things are---Jim Rome's popularity, for one.

    By Blogger Basil, at 12/21/2005 9:42 PM  

  • No trade clauses are made to be bought out. Every one has a price.

    Even though he makes more money, there's still probably just enough room in the budget for Encarnacion to play left.

    What interested me in this was his report that the CUBS were the ones initiating it. If that's true, it's interesting. Still unlikely, but more than just something that flashed across Jim Williams' Emmy-winning brain when he huffed too much fake pine tree scent over the weekend.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 12/21/2005 9:46 PM  

  • I heard the show, and White did mention the rumor. He sounded kind of skeptical. Not Basil-type skeptical, though.

    By Blogger Ryan, at 12/21/2005 9:49 PM  

  • Well done, internet journalist! Could a Cardinals fan root for an ex-Cub?

    We're getting ahead of ourselves though. But the thought of unloading Vidro's contract makes me drool.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 12/21/2005 9:52 PM  

  • No friggin' way the Cubs initiated it, unless it's an old rumor. They just signed Jacque Jones yesterday.

    It doesn't make any sense. It's a stupid rumor. Don't believe, then don't believe me. But it's stoopid. ;-)

    By Blogger Basil, at 12/21/2005 10:12 PM  

  • Why would I worry about an ex-Cub? They're about as much threat as the Zephyrs.

    By Blogger Ryan, at 12/21/2005 10:26 PM  

  • I can't tell.... is that a Greek joke?

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 12/21/2005 10:30 PM  

  • Alright, I'm in. This sounds really viable! ;-)

    By Blogger Basil, at 12/21/2005 10:35 PM  

  • I meant the New Orleans Zephyrs. I fear the Greeks even when they bear gifts.

    By Blogger Ryan, at 12/21/2005 11:07 PM  

  • Wood for Vidro? Hmmm, gotta say that's an attractive offer, but I'd be hard pressed to believe the Cubs will part with Wood. The only problem with Wood is that he's always hurt, just a huge injury risk. But Wood in the rotation, even if he missed 5-10 starts is probably more valuable that Vidro at second. And now we have Soriano.

    By Anonymous TC, at 12/22/2005 1:45 AM  

  • I can't say that I think it's likely, but with the way things have gone this offseason, we've gotta grasp on to the stupidest things just to keep our sanity!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 12/22/2005 8:38 AM  

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