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Colvin Camp will pump you up!

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Hak-Ju Lee is doing "Hakky Camp" in Korea and will also get super buff for next season!

"9:54pm: The Cubs and Rays met again to talk about a potential trade that would send Garza to...

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"9:54pm: The Cubs and Rays met again to talk about a potential trade that would send Garza to Chicago for prospects, according to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com. The Brewers and Rangers have also met with the Rays about Garza, but the Cubs have the strongest current bid, according to Levine. However, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hears that talks between the Rays and Brewers did not progress (Twitter link)." I'm eh on this deal depending on who we give up. Anyone want to speculate? He has the potenital to take this rotation up a notch, but he's also like Z with his temper. If we could do this, trade Gorz, do the trade with Texas, and sign Webb i'd consider it a pretty good offseason. Z, Demp, Garza, and Webb could give us a potentially great rotation, not to mention I like Chris Davis.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

Carl Crawford joins Bo-Sox

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7 year, $142 million dollars. Take it for what it's worth, now I know my dream last night of him in a Cubs jersey is all for naught lol

OT: Wilbon joins ESPN FT

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I realize espn is incredibly frustrating (Favre, Heat, East Coast stuff, repeat) and I may be one of the few here who still go to espn.com for sporting news, but I was certainly pleased to see Wilbon now doing articles and full time work for ESPN. In this article, he acknowledges the East Coast Bias and promises to deliver a midwestern slant to his writing. NIce move for ESPN. And being a Midwestern guy, I'm excited to see ESPN address a glaring weakness. Wojo isn't enough.

Did Hendry inquire about Michael Young?

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Woah, woah, woah...what? This hardly makes any sense, unless we were trying to dump Ramirez and Fukudome on them, which I don't see happening. Probably just twitter talk...

Fangraphs' View of the Cubs after the Carlos Pena Deal

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More optimistic than I would have expected on the Cubs for 2011. "Even if Pena produces something between what he did in 2009 and 2010, he could produce value somewhere close to his $10 million salary. In 2008, when he produced a .374 wOBA and a positive UZR, he was worth $18.1 million in the WAR-to-dollars conversion. Even when his UZR turned negative in 2009 (and he produced the same .374 wOBA), he was worth $12.6 million. With a wOBA in the .350 range and some quality defense at first base, Pena could again cross that $10 million mark. But, again, the Cubs are gambling that he’ll be closer to that .374 mark with good defense. While the downside is considerable — Pena was worth just over $4 million in 2010 — even a modest bounce back could mean the Cubs getting even value. A full offensive recovery could lead to considerable surplus value. If Pena does recover, the Cubs could be just a few breaks away from contention in 2011. A healthy, powerful Pena, along with a recovered Ramirez, could help fuel the team’s offense. The pitching staff could also see some improvements in 2011. Each of the team’s five presumptive starters — Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Silva, Tom Gorzelanny, Randy Wells, and Ryan Dempster, had a FIP under 4.00 in 2010. These combined could lead the Cubs back into the picture for a relatively weak NL Central."

Matt Garza

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Bruce Levine on ESPN 1000 in Chicago this morning said the Cubs are one of 3 teams looking to trade for Garza. They would send prospects in a deal.

How Mike Quade Spends His Offseason

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Sounds like a genuinely good, down-to-earth guy.

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