Welcome to another important week of Chicago baseball. The next 10 days will determine which ways your teams will be going. Welcome.
Who is the one guy that you feel Kenny will most likely go the hardest after in a trade, and who do you think Kenny will most likely be successful acquiring to step into our lineup. Thanks Bruuuuce
For impact purposes you would like to think Adrian Gonzalez. Reality tells you that Padres are not going to trade him when they have a chance to win the division. The next guy on the list is still Lance Berkman. He hasn't had a great year but he can bring a solid bat from both sides of the plate. He's still making big money.
Bruce, can the Cubs find a trading partner for Kosuke Fukudome?
Fukudome's situation is a difficult one. He's still one of two viable first and second hitters on the team. His on-base percentage is usually around .375 or .380 so he and Colvin are two different types of players. Ideally the Cubs want to add a left-handed hitter, not subtract. To answer your question, probably not. There is still a $12 million contract for 2011.
What is the White Sox take on the long term prospects of Chris Sale? Do they seem him as a frontline starter or a back of the bullpen type of guy?
He could be either. But the main commodity that the Sox need is starting pitching. They have a very veteran staff outside of Danks and Floyd so my guess is he will be developed as a starter.
Bruce are the Soxs really looking at Dunn, Berkman, and Scott? and what would be the price for them?
If you read my blog I said these are the type of players they will be going after. My piece was analytical and gave you an idea of what type of player they might be looking at. No one in the Sox organization has told me that those are the names they are going after. Although I know those are names I know they have talked about as well as 50 other names in baseball.
Are the Cubs interested in moving some of there pieces like Theriot, Fontenot, and Baker? And bring up Barney to give him a shot and see what we have in him?
Ask me that question around July 15 and I'll have a better answer. We should know in the next 10 days whether the Cubs will be adding of subtracting. Projecting a long-range plan for the cubs right now is tough due to the contracts they are tied into (Soriano, Zambrano, Ramirez, etc.) They like Barney. No one in the organization is ready to say he is an everyday player yet.
Any chance the Sox are looking for a 3rd basemen? How about a suprise move like getting Aramis from the Cubs?
That would be a real big surprise considering Ramirez has a no-trade and he's making another $15 million in 2011 with a $2 million buyout for 2012. I'm sure if the Sox were wiling to trade John Danks or Floyd the cubs would listen for a deal for Ramirez. Chicago teams are not in the habit of making each other better. There have been two big-time bad trades between the teams: Matt Karchner for Jon Garland and George Bell for Sammy Sosa. Mike Lowell is a better possibility down the line for the White Sox although no one is sure how much baseball ability he has left.
Do you believe the soap opera is over between Ozzie and KW?
Not really. I don't think it will end until the season is over and a determination is made as to whose philosophy was better suited to the roster. Meanwhile they will communicate when it comes to business.
Will the Cubs throw at me sometime this weekend?
Probably not since you're most likely to be on the bench with a chronic calf injury. There's no reason to throw at a guy who hits .220. Be well, Milton.
Bruce, what would it take to get Adam Dunne from the Nat's and what is his contarct status moving forward - is he signable if traded for?
Dunn is in the last year of a two-year, $20 million deal. That means by the All-Star break the contract will be worth $5 million. The Sox will not eat the whole contract buy they might eat a portion of it. It would be fun to watch Dunn hit the ball at the Cell. The Sox would most likely have to give up one of their top outfield prospects and I'm sure the Nats would ask for Jordan Danks. The Nats are looking to get better and one way to do that is to get somebody else's young outfielder of the future.
Are we to believe that Freddy Garcia is the answer moving into the second half? He reminds me of El Duque in the sense of good one game then bad the next.
Freddy might have some bad games but he's not afraid to go out there and pitch in big games. He's defeated Detroit twice, Minnesota once, Tampa once, the Rangers once, all first-place or near first-place teams. You can expect him to drop off in the second half, but he's still capable of a big-time game.
Am I the only one nervous that Hendry doesn't have a plan for Cashner? He was recently quoted along the lines of he will figure it out after the season. That hasn't worked too well with the likes of the Shark
The young pitchers in the organization have been getting their experience in a lot of different ways. Coming up through the bullpen is usually a pretty good idea for a young hard thrower. Cashner's stuff is different from Samardzija's. He's been pitching longer, and has more practical experience.
What she we expect from Dayan for the foreseeable future?
I have zero idea other than the fact when he makes contact the ball will fly. Defensively, range can be a factor and we'll see if some teams try to bunt him to death. He has one tool: home run power. Hopefully we wil lsee some of that in the near future.
D Lee's lack of hitting dives everyone nuts but is his glove worth keeping around for another year with a possible young infield?
I think that's a very good question. You remind me of a young Steve Stone. For $13 million a year they are not going to keep him around just for his glove but your point is well taken.
Bruce, aside from money, give me one good reason Lou Piniella is still managing the Cubs. He has no answers? Bring in someone who will, say Ryne Sandburg. What do they have to lose?
Do you really want to give Sandberg an underachieving team? That's the question. If Sandberg is the manager of the future, I'd like him to start out with his own team in spring training. Lou is still the right guy for this job and he will have a lot of answers for you if the team goes on a six or seven-game winning streak.
Will the Sox unload Bobby Jenks and give the closer role to J.J.Putz? I cringe every time Ozzie brings in him to start the ninth.
Although Jenks has had interesting outings, I believe he only has one blown save. I don't believe the Sox are trading Jenks anytime soon unless they fall nine or 10 games out of the race.
Hey Bruce. Love your blog. What is your honest prediction for the sox the rest of the way out? Is their pitching actually coming together or are they just playing horrible teams?
That's a great question, one that won't be answered until they finish the next nine games against the Braves, Cubs and Royals. After that we will see how they do against more formidable opponents, although Atlanta is arguably the best team in the NL.
Will I make the All-Star Game?
Be prepared to pay your own way. You deserve to be there but there alre always an abundance of outfielders for the manager to choose from.
Bruce,You just mentioned that the Cubs would like to add a left handed hitter, have you heard of any names or suggestions?
Zero. It's unclear whether Hendry will have money to make those additions. That will be a Tom Ricketts decision if the team gets back to .500.
Do the sox have the money to spend on a Adam Dunn or Lance Berkman and if not what would they have to give up?
Reinsdorf has always been an outside of the box thinker. If he feels Dunn can make the Sox into a legitimate contender the rest of the way, he's liable to say yes to spending a little more money. Not a lot more. Attendance at the Cell is averaging 23,000 per night. That's not helping the Sox pay a lot of bills.
Could carlos Silva be used as a sweetener for a team to take a bad contract from the cubs?
He's going to have to continue to pitch well. I haven't heard a lot of people interested in him at this point.
I going to guess the Cubs will be "sellers"...if so who do you see being traded?
You could make a list of any number of guys but a lot of people have no-trade clauses in their contracts. Ted Lilly would be your most marketable pitcher to trade. He has a limited no-trade as well. Theriot, Lee, Nady all would be considered and all would have value.
Can we expect similar performances from Peavey like the one against the nat and why did he start his season so horrid?
Peavy has an arm situation where sometimes it feels good and sometimes it doesn't. That sometimes dictates his ability to command and have velocity. It's almost impossible to predict from start to start. But he's kind of fun to watch win, lose or draw.
At 8-3 shouldn't Freddy Garcia be a lock as Comeback Player of the year? I think Rios should be considered for MVP too. Thoughts?
What about Cy Young? Or maybe Ozzie manager of the year? Tough to give out awards after 68 games. Let's wait a little bit at least until the All-Star break. That will give you about 90 games in the books.
Is Sergio Santos getting tired or have hitters adjusted to his stuff?
It's a combination of both. I don't think Santos is tired but he really doesn't have a history of pitching, and getting used to throwing every two or three days takes awhile. He has a great arm and he seems to have very good makeup as well. The rest depends on experience.
With the Cubs heading no where this year and Aramis floundering at the plate, could we see Vitters this year?
I don't think so. I don't think he's ready. He's still a little bit of a work in progress. The Cubs are confident that he will hit in the big leagues.
What is the feeling of what the Sox will move? If they trade prospects like Flowers-Hudson-Danks, is it short sighted? Is there much in their system to like beyond that group?
They have a few players coming along. Mitchell is going to be a good player when he returns. But projecting others for the majors right now may be a little difficult.
Nice to see a lot of you White Sox fans returning the the chat room. I'm assuming some of you Cubs fans can be back if they can string together a win streak against a lousy Mariners team. As I've said many times, the White Sox are the best team in National League. See you next week.