Sunday, February 3, 2008

In the News

The Cubs are trying to trade Jason Marquis
I'm a little surprised the Cubs are so comfortable with the back end of their rotation. Zambrano, Lily and Hill will make a strong front three (though likely not as strong as last season) and they do have a number of guys they could use in the last two spots (Marshall, Gallagher, Dempster and Lieber), but Marquis seems like the most stable of all of those options. He's pitched more than 190 innings in four straight seasons and has a career ERA of 4.56. He's not flashy and his second halves are much worse than his first halves usually, but he'd be a more-than-serviceable number five starter. Dempster has already failed as a starter. Lieber is old and simply will not be available all season. And Marshall and Gallagher are too young to know what to expect from on the big league level. If the Cubs trade one or more of those players in a Brian Roberts deal (as is still being rumored) and also trade Marquis, their relative surplus of options for starters takes a huge hit (even if they are not outstanding options) and they will not be prepared for injury/bad performance. It seems foolish to me that the Cubs are looking to trade a "known" quantity in Marquis with those questions looming.

Talking Brewers with Jim Powell
The first Talking Brewers show of the year took place this weekend. The audio is available online thanks to brewers19 at Part 1 and Part 2.

Arms buildup in Milwaukee
Here's another reason the Brewers are likely to win the NL Central: They have a surplus of starting pitching. So much so, GM Doug Melvin is likely to entertain trade offers during spring training, barring injuries, of course. The Brewers will give starting spots to Ben Sheets, Jeff Suppan, and Yovani Gallardo, for sure. Then you have Claudio Vargas, Carlos Villanueva, Dave Bush, and Manny Parra, who will likely start the year in Triple A. That's pretty deep. And it's not as if the Brewers can shift a couple of starters to the bullpen, where Melvin loaded up with Eric Gagné, Derrick Turnbow, David Riske, Salomon Torres, Guillermo Mota, and Brian Shouse. "It's going to be challenging," Melvin said. "We're certainly open to possible trades."

Again, I'd be surprised if he ever runs onto a MLB field again, but I wish him the best and I hope he at least makes a full recovery in everyday life. It's been a tough battle for him.

Former Manatees GM Buck Rogers moving to Huntsville to take on same role.

Haudricourt talks about top Brewers' prospects
Journal-Sentinel Brewers' reporter Tom Haudricourt lists the Baseball America Top 30 prospects list, which he helped compile, and gives some analysis.


Blogger Tyler said...

The Boston Globe link isn't working for me, but the quote you pasted doesn't even mention Capuano. Thats odd to me, being that he's from that area and is a mere one season removed from an All-Star nod.

It's good to hear Melvin is willing to listen to offers. Let's hope we shed one of these arms and, furthermore, his name is Claudio. I feel Bush is a better bullpen-type.

Assuming Parra starts in Nashville, we need Cappy around as our sole lefty starter.

February 3, 2008 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Cubs should be able to find someone who can put up two good months and four poor ones like Marquis for much less than $6.5 million.

February 3, 2008 11:56 PM  

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