Chat with Bruce Levine, Doug Padilla
Welcome to ESPNChicago.com! Baseball beat reporters Bruce Levine and Doug Padilla stop by Tuesday to chat.
Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000. Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.
Send your questions now and join the chat Tuesday at noon CT/1 p.m. ET!
Bruce Levine (1:02 PM)
I'm enjoying being a part of Theo and Co.'s interview process. However I'm upset that they haven't asked me my opinion of any of the candidates so far. Mike Maddux Wednesday, maybe Alomar Jr. next. Welcome ...
Do you think Sandberg has a chance to be added to the Cubs coaching staff, if he doesn't get a manager job this years?
Bruce Levine (1:04 PM)
To me it wouldn't make any sense. He certainly deserves a coaching job, but the first time a new manager goes through a losing streak the fan base will be clamoring for Ryno. You don't want to do that to your manager. I'm hearing Sandberg has a good shot at the Phillies coaching staff if Mackanin gets a job.
Kyle (Chicago, IL)
Seeing as the Cubs need pitching, what are the chances that the Cubs sign Buehrle, then make a trade for Atlanta's Jurrjens who is on the market? A rotation of Buehrle, Jurrjens, Garza, Dempster, and maybe McNutt or Cashner seems pretty solid to me without spending big cash.
ESPN Chicago (1:06 PM)
Bruce had to take a call. He'll be right back
What do you make of the whole Mike Maddux situation? Is there more to the Sox story that we dont know? Seems wierd Boston is too far away but Boston isnt.
Bruce Levine (1:20 PM)
The Maddux family is more of a Midwest group. Nobody would really turn down the Red Sox arbitrarilly. They are too good of an organization to just say no to. It's really the distance for his family between Dallas and Boston. Keep in mind he hasn't take the Cubs job so even if it's offered he might say no.
Aaron (Oak Park)
I would really like to see Alomar Jr. get the job. Does he have any chance?
Bruce Levine (1:21 PM)
I think he does. There's a good chance he will be interviewed some time soon after he interviews with Boston Wednesday. He's a great baseball guy with a terrific pedigree. the fact that he is fluent in English and Spanish doesn't hurt either.
Rumors are swirling that the Royals might also be interested in Big Z, where is he more likely to end up with them or the Marlins?
Bruce Levine (1:23 PM)
I don't know about Z and KC. Zambrano can say no to anyplace. He has total veto power. I still think the Marlins would be the best fit for him. But I also feel that there is going to be more interest for him than people imagine. The $19.4 million option kicks in in 2013 for Z if he is in the top four in Cy Young voting next year.
JJ (carol stream Il)
Do u see the cubs going after D.Wright in a trade and if they do what do u think they have to give up
Bruce Levine (1:24 PM)
The latest is that he is not going to be traded. I don't feel the Cubs have a lot to trade unless they move some of their really good farm system players and why would you want to do that?
Sam Donets (Carbondale, IL)
What do you think are the chances of the Cubs trading for Baltimore Orioles Mark Reynolds? Yes his strike out rate is high, but he can flat out crush the ball when he makes contact.
Bruce Levine (1:24 PM)
It doesn't fall into the Theo-ology. They don't look for players who strike out 230 times. That's not their M.O.
Paul (Denver, CO)
Bruce, if the Cubs hire Dale Sveum, do you see the Cubs chances of landing Prince Fielder increasing?
Bruce Levine (1:26 PM)
Having a comfort zone for Fielder is a nice idea. But Scott Boras is probably more interested in net dollars and the ability to market the player. Chicago, Washington, L.A. will be on Boras' mind.
What are the chances that the Cubs land Yoenis Cespedes?Does Theo take the Risk?
Bruce Levine (1:27 PM)
The Cuban player is being touted right now. Supposedly the Marlins are ready to make a big pitch. The Cubs will go heavily into international markets, but not sure if he is one of them.
Bill (N Side)
Could Marlon Byrd or Geo Soto bring a Jonathan Sanchez type pitcher in return?
Bruce Levine (1:29 PM)
If you trade Soto you are trading your only veteran catcher. I'm not saying I wouldn't do it but you have to get yourself a heck of a pitcher if you're trading a starting catcher. After Byrd's season in 2011, he will not bring a top-flight pitcher by himself. My gut tells me that the Cubs will go after Buehrle and/or Wilson as a priority.
Dave (Normal, IL)
Since Theo and the BoSox are interviewing the same candidates, do you think the Cubs will make a decision sooner rather than later so Boston doesn't get their guy 1st?
Bruce Levine (1:30 PM)
I think they will do their due dilligence. I don't think they have any preconceived ideas about the process. But I'm sure they will have a good idea who they want by this weekend. At that time they will probably have interviewed four candidates.
Bruce Levine (1:31 PM)
Sorry for the short chat. I was just talking to one of the candidates. Hopefully I will be able to give some more insight in my blog as well as ESPNChiCubs on Twitter. So long ...
Doug Padilla (1:33 PM)
Time to get going with some White Sox chat. Here we go ...
Tony (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Who do you see starting in the White Sox OF in 2012? Also, what will Sox rotation look like? Thanks!
Doug Padilla (1:34 PM)
As of now the OF looks like De Aza in left, Rios in center and Viciedo in right. That assumes Quentin is dealt. As for the rotation: Danks, Peavy, Humber, Sale and Floyd. Yes, I'm of the mind that Buehrle doesn't return.
Will (35th and Shields)
What was the point of accepting Frasor's option? That 3.5 mil could have gone to Buehrle!
Doug Padilla (1:36 PM)
Frasor's past results suggest he's much better than what he showed after the trade. And his price tag was about as low as you can get for somebody with his experience. You can't have the Buehrle negotiations old up everything else. If you can solidify your pen you do it. We shall see if Frasor was the right choice.
Matt (Los Angeles)
Does Ozzie really have a chance of signing Buehrle?
Doug Padilla (1:38 PM)
I think the Marlins have an excellent chance of offering Buehrle one of the better deals he will receive on the market. They have money to spend this winter and want a lefty starter. Whether Buehrle wants to go there is another question.
With two years of offensive struggles, will Gordon B. be on a short leash?
Doug Padilla (1:41 PM)
I think he has to be. Unfortunately there isn't much behind him in the organization to push him or replace him with if the struggles continue. No doubt, though, that all eyes will be on Beckham. We know he has the talent. They rusults haven't matched it. It's one of the many challenges for the new hitting coach. (Brandon, we might get to your other question later. You know the one.)
Doug, GM's meetings coming up soon, do you think Kenny will be inclined to make some trades at that time or do you expect him to wait until the winter meetings?
Doug Padilla (1:43 PM)
The GM meetings is usually the time to do the groundwork for the winter meetings. But this year is different. Everybody knows Quentin is available for the right price, not that the White Sox are actively shopping him. I think KW checks out the interest level, but he's in no hurry to grab just any deal now.
Seems to me that either Danks or Floyd will be gone before Spring Training, do you expect both to be back?
Doug Padilla (1:45 PM)
Tough to say. I'm more inclined to say Buehrle and Quenton won't be back. As for Danks and Floyd, they would seem to be available for the right price. But the White Sox would have to get a great offer to move one of these guys and also have a rotation replacement figured out.
Devale (South Side)
If you were g.m. and dealt Quentin what would you want in return?
Doug Padilla (1:48 PM)
If I were just any GM I'd want talented pitching of any kind. If I were the White Sox I'd want a young middle-of-the rotation guy who has a big upside and is still affordable (under team control or early arbitration). Wishful thinking perhaps, but Quentin was an All-Star. The problem is that teams know the White Sox need to move him.
Steve B (Northbrook)
DeAza is a MUCH better CF than Rios is; why not flip-flop them?
Doug Padilla (1:50 PM)
Not the worst idea, I suppose. I would feel more comfortable with De Aza there. Unfortunately Rios probably projcts as a better right fielder. But yes, there are probably a lot of guys who are a much better defensive CF than Rios.
As 2012 is shaping up, how short do you think the lines will be for concessions at the Cell next year?
Doug Padilla (1:52 PM)
I know this is meant as a dig from a disappointed fan, but we will answer anyway. If attendance was bad last year with decent expectations, it's hard to imagine what it could drop to in 2012. The one silver lining I could think of: Konerko says the White Sox have always done better when expectations were reduced and 2005 confirms that.
Ken (Tinley Park)
Doug, will DV be an "every day guy" next year? And if so, this means Quentin is gone, right?
Doug Padilla (1:54 PM)
Yeah, it seems that Viciedo needs to get consistent at-bats in some way, shape or form. He shouldn't be expected to carry the club, but he should give decent production. I don't think 18 home runs and 80 RBI would be too much to expect. As for Q, see previous answers in this chat and prior ones.
potential return for Quentin?
Doug Padilla (1:59 PM)
We kind of covered this by saying "affordable pitching." But another option could be a young leadoff type than can play the OF. The leadoff spot still remains unresolved. De Aza could probably do it and seems to be the best in-house candidate, but the White Sox figure to be looking for other options.
If the White Sox decide to go the Red Sox route (beer and chicken), what northwest microbrew do you recommend they indulge in? Deschuetes? Widmer? :)
Doug Padilla (2:01 PM)
OK, we're runnning low on questions so we will depart by giving this one a shot. If the pitchers were crazy enough to copy the Red Sox's blunder, I'm kind of partial to Ninkasi or Hair of the Dog myself. Enjoy.
Doug Padilla (2:02 PM)
Thanks for the questions. Talk to everybody next week when the GM meetings will be going down in Milwaukee.