Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Leading off.........

It looks like Jim Hendry has made the first move to fix the offense. I have looked around at a bunch of different sites and the reviews are mixed. I tend to agree three arms are a lot to give up for a one year rental possibly. Anyone else notice that Hendry deals with like only four teams. Dodgers, Pirates, Marlins and Red Sox are on his speed dial. There are still some conflicting info about if there are two or three pitchers. I am sure that will be finalized today.

The Marlins have tentatively agreed on a deal to send Juan Pierre to the Cubs for pitchers Sergio Mitre, Ricky Nolasco and Renyel Pinto, according to's Jayson Stark.
Not a bad deal for the Cubs. Mitre wasn't in the team's plans for 2006, and Pinto's stock has fallen quite a bit. Nolasco is the pitcher here they're most likely to regret parting with, though he's probably not ready yet. Mitre should move right into Florida's rotation. Pierre will likely start in center field and bat leadoff for the Cubs. The team still could go after Milton Bradley to play right field

One thing is Pierre gives the Cubs one guy they can slot No. 1 in the lineup. This will limit Dusty Baker using Niefi Perez or Corey Patterson at that spot.

Pierre is still young, 28, and still has decent speed. The only problem is the drop in production from 2003-2004 to his 2005 numbers. His batting average dropped 50 points in one year and thus all of his other numbers suffered.

The opening day lineup looks like this right now.

1. Pierre CF
2. Walker 2B
3. Lee 1B
4. Ramirez 3B
5. Barrett C
6. Murton LF
7. Cedeno SS
8. Patterson RF

I can't see the Cubs going into the season with an OF of Pierre, Murton and Patterson. Just not a fearful lineup. If the reports are right, then the head gamer Milton Bradley might be headed to the Cubs.
I know he is not known for his team play, but this is the thing Dusty is supposed to be good at. Getting the most of players like Bradley. If the Cubs get Bradley he would slide in at probably No. 5 in the lineup. That would slide everybody down. While, not a great lineup an addition of Bradley would be better than last season. Bradley is a quality defender and would help protect Ramirez in the lineup.

I would not be surprised if Bradley is a Cub by Wednesday night. Of course, there are many other things that could happen, but with the market like it is Bradley is probably cheaper than going after somebody else.