Okay, we've exhausted the Crisp and He Who Shall Not Traded For rumors, but here's a new one at the end of Phil Roger's MLB Whispers colum was this nugget:
Dodgers manager Joe Torre faces a real dilemma. Both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have played rings around No. 1 left fielder Juan Pierre this spring, but Pierre is signed for four more years at $9 million per, which makes it tough to put him on the bench. Pierre lost his center-field job with the signing of Andruw Jones and really isn't enough of a hitter to play a corner spot. He will be a defensive liability too.
Now, I'm not sure whether or not the Dodgers are willing to part with either Kemp or Ethier, but both are promising OF prospects, both have the wheels to play CF (Kemp actually logged 9 games there last season) and Kemp massacred lefties last season, posting a (likely unsustainable) .390/.432/.570/1.002 line in 100 AB vs. LHP, while Ethier posted a .279/.319/.376/.716 line in 111 AB vs. LHP. Also, both players hit well in day games, with Kemp posting a .400/.489/.589/1.010 line is day games (vs. a .310/.352/.490 line in night games) and Ethier clubbing his way to a .320/.401/.563/.964 line in day games (vs. a .270/.330/.408/.737 line in night games), making them well-suited to playing for our Cubbies.
Seems like the Dodgers would be in the market for a long man in the pen and Perhaps a 5th starter. Maybe Marshall or Marquis and a couple prospects could get the deal done.
What say you, Cub fans?