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(Miami Herald)   Not News (well...): Cubs win on a pinch-hit RBI double in the 13th inning. Fark: The pinch-hitter was pitcher Travis Wood   (miamiherald.com) divider line 18
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2014-06-18 03:43:39 AM
Was am awesome game
 
2014-06-18 03:44:19 AM
Was an awesome game
 
2014-06-18 05:29:47 AM
Was ao awesome game
 
2014-06-18 06:14:58 AM
Was so awesome game
 
2014-06-18 07:45:50 AM
Was no awesome game
 
2014-06-18 07:46:57 AM

enthralledgeishagirl: Was am awesome game


Bizarro Superman am not happy with Cubs losing game on pinch hit last night.  Am not characteristic of 24-time World Series Champion Cubs dynasty.
 
2014-06-18 07:54:00 AM
Travis Wood can rake.

//ex-Red
 
2014-06-18 08:52:54 AM
Ya know, as I mentioned in a thread about a month ago,the Cubs are showing signs of life. Why they want to trade Samardzhjia and/or Hammel now is beyond me.
 
2014-06-18 09:49:59 AM
but, but, the pitcher ALWAYS strikes out. Ask any AL fan.

/fark the DH
 
2014-06-18 09:58:10 AM
Sounds like he'll be ready for the British Open.
 
2014-06-18 10:57:17 AM

shortdarkandmeh: Ya know, as I mentioned in a thread about a month ago,the Cubs are showing signs of life. Why they want to trade Samardzhjia and/or Hammel now is beyond me.


Well, they want to trade Hammel because he's a 31-year old journeyman signed to a 1-year contract who is having (arguably) the best season of his career. He was signed in the hopes that he'd pitch well enough to be traded. I'm not sure why they'd want to move Samardzija, since he's got another year left on him, and he seems to have been the guy they are building their rotation of the future around. However, if say, Minnesota wanted to give up Byron Buxton for him, I think they'd have to at least entertain the idea. They might be dangling him out there, just to see what they can get.
 
2014-06-18 12:08:22 PM

shortdarkandmeh: Ya know, as I mentioned in a thread about a month ago,the Cubs are showing signs of life. Why they want to trade Samardzhjia and/or Hammel now is beyond me.


Word here in Canada is that the Jays asked about Samardzija a while back and got told it'd take two of Drew Hutchison, Mark Buehrle or Marcus Stroman. So either both of the Jays top pitching prospects or one and the most reliable starter in baseball. I don't think they're actively shopping him so much as letting it be known that if someone wants to make a godfather offer they'll listen.
 
2014-06-18 12:46:22 PM

shortdarkandmeh: Ya know, as I mentioned in a thread about a month ago,the Cubs are showing signs of life. Why they want to trade Samardzhjia and/or Hammel now is beyond me.


But the Cubs current signs of life is akin to being a maybe .500 club.  They want better and are willing to trade off a guy that is good but is getting a little old given the fact the cubs are stil 3-4 years away from fleshing out as a really good team.  A trade of prospects or a young 2-3 guy is in their best interest.

Rickets PR BS aside.  There is no reason that they cannot open up the payroll and buy up to a .500 team right now.  While this is a stopgap measure that will not get a WS it will keep the fanbase from fully rebeling .  The only thing this would do is slow down the Rickets payback period of the inital purchase price.
 
2014-06-18 02:13:37 PM

neon_god: two of Drew Hutchison, Mark Buehrle or Marcus Stroman


I don't know why the Cubs would ask for Buehrle. I know he's solid guy but I don't see the reason why the Cubs would want a 35-year old making $19mm next year. Maybe for trade bait next season but that is a large chunk of money to try to move.
 
2014-06-18 02:34:22 PM

markyp09: neon_god: two of Drew Hutchison, Mark Buehrle or Marcus Stroman

I don't know why the Cubs would ask for Buehrle. I know he's solid guy but I don't see the reason why the Cubs would want a 35-year old making $19mm next year. Maybe for trade bait next season but that is a large chunk of money to try to move.


I assume there would have been cash involved if the deal ever got that far. He'd take Samardzija's spot for now, and like you said be a big trade chip next year.
 
2014-06-18 02:47:40 PM

neon_god: markyp09: neon_god: two of Drew Hutchison, Mark Buehrle or Marcus Stroman

I don't know why the Cubs would ask for Buehrle. I know he's solid guy but I don't see the reason why the Cubs would want a 35-year old making $19mm next year. Maybe for trade bait next season but that is a large chunk of money to try to move.

I assume there would have been cash involved if the deal ever got that far. He'd take Samardzija's spot for now, and like you said be a big trade chip next year.


That just doesn't make sense to me. You get one top prospect and trade bait for next year in that deal. But Buerhle probably won't command a top prospect for half a season in a trade next year. Based on the fact that Samardzija is under contract 1 more year and he's only 29 (some say his arm is a "young 29" but I hate that phrase...he is what he is), he should command more than just 1 prospect and a few smaller pieces.

Oh well. I'm probably fretting over something that may not have been entirely true. I just hope they get more than that in a trade for Shark...or just re-sign him.
 
2014-06-18 03:05:47 PM

markyp09: neon_god: markyp09: neon_god: two of Drew Hutchison, Mark Buehrle or Marcus Stroman

I don't know why the Cubs would ask for Buehrle. I know he's solid guy but I don't see the reason why the Cubs would want a 35-year old making $19mm next year. Maybe for trade bait next season but that is a large chunk of money to try to move.

I assume there would have been cash involved if the deal ever got that far. He'd take Samardzija's spot for now, and like you said be a big trade chip next year.

That just doesn't make sense to me. You get one top prospect and trade bait for next year in that deal. But Buerhle probably won't command a top prospect for half a season in a trade next year. Based on the fact that Samardzija is under contract 1 more year and he's only 29 (some say his arm is a "young 29" but I hate that phrase...he is what he is), he should command more than just 1 prospect and a few smaller pieces.

Oh well. I'm probably fretting over something that may not have been entirely true. I just hope they get more than that in a trade for Shark...or just re-sign him.


I would guess they resign him. He's made it clear he wants to stay, and the Cubs can definitely afford him. It only makes sense to deal him if they either think they're more than two or three years away from contention or someone makes an offer they can't refuse.
 
2014-06-18 03:53:16 PM

wheresmypen: Travis Wood can rake.  //ex-Red


Yup.  Now that hitting has come back to historically average levels, having a starter on your bench who can hit is worth something.  There are some left-handed batters who wouldn't match Wood's career .201 line vs. lefty pitchers, and he's a good bet to pinch-hit for another pitcher in a spot where you wouldn't want to sacrifice a position player.

His minor league record backs it up, also: he hit .191 there in 111 trips to the plate.

Plus he's got good power-- 8 HR in only 233 trips to the plate.  If he played full time (~600 PA), that's a 21 HR pace.  His .566 career OPS is better than 3 Padres' starters (Gyorko, Venable, and Cabrera) this year, so maybe they can sign him and bat him #5.
 
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