Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Fouled-Off Bunts: Tepid Stove Edition

I'm torn.... is it a good thing that Jim Bowden doesn't really have a budget to purchase players in a pretty crappy free agent market? Or is that a bad thing? A blessing AND a curse, I suppose.
  • Theo Esptein rumors heat up, again, noting that he'd probably prefer Washington to LA because of the fresh slate with ownership, and because DC is closer to his home. Additionally, it reports that Fred Malek has been in contact with Theo, and that he's probably his preferred GM candidate.
  • Our friends at Sons of Sam Horn have been keeping tabs on CFers. One of them was especially interested in Brad Wilkerson but I'm bringing it up more because one of them reports that the Cubs are close to acquiring Juan Pierre, one of Bowden's objects of Marlin's lust.

    If that happens, there are several wrinkles. 1) Bowden wanted him; he'd have to find a 'new' lead-off hitter, because apparently Brad Wilkerson's superior on-base percentage isn't enough. 2)Would the Cubs then back off Rafael Furcal, increasing the chances he stays with the budget conscious Braves? 3)Would the Cubs be looking to trade the crappy Corey Patterson (AKA Wilkerson lite)? I had read that the Cubs had floated the idea of Patterson for Wilkerson, which would be a horrid deal. Patterson, in his best season, is worse than Wilkerson in his worst.
  • So, an American Citizen born in Cuba, who once resided in Costa Rica, can play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic? Why bother? Why not just draw straws and play shirts and skins?
  • Baseball America named their Nationals top-10. Hero to millions, Ian Desmond is number four. (Which is more an indictment of the farm system than Desmond's quality)


  • Do you think there's any credence to the "Brad Wilkerson for Jason Marquis" rumors originating from StL cardinals bloggers?

    Solves an OF problem for the Cards and a 3rd or 4th starter problem for the Nats...and given Brad's unhappiness at the end of the year, who knows?

    By Blogger The Munshi-South Family, at 11/15/2005 11:49 AM  

  • I haven't seen anything on that one.

    If that's just one that the fans are proposing, I'm lukewarm (at best) on that.

    Marquis' success seems like it's a function of pitching in front of a pretty damn good defensive club. At best, he's a fourth starter.

    I can't find what his contract status is, but he made $3MM last year. I'm assuming he's arb-eligible for at least this season.

    If I was GM, I'd want a prospect or two to even the trade out. Wilkerson's a damn good player.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 11/15/2005 12:20 PM  

  • Who's this Zimmerman character? Haven't heard a thing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/15/2005 5:01 PM  

  • If the Cubs trade for Pierre and sign him long-term, then Felix Pie becomes expendable. The Nats should look into that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/16/2005 9:27 AM  

  • I would assume that Mr. Pie (that's fun to say!) would be included in the trade.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 11/16/2005 9:29 AM  

  • I wouldn't be so sure cause the Marlins also have Eric Reed, who should be a starter next year.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/16/2005 9:56 AM  

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