Not just Ted, but perhaps other Cubs. Jim Hendry was asked if the Cubs are open for business:
"I guess that's quite possible," said Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who already has been shopping Kosuke Fukudome and is expected to try to move multiple players with an eye toward paring payroll and clearing playing opportunities for touted young players as the Cubs renovate for a run next year. "The industry will probably be fairly active in the next couple weeks, so I can't say that's unrealistic."
Obviously, some of the Cubs' deals may not be tradeable due to dollars (Carlos Zambrano) or performance (Derrek Lee), but if the Cubs can trade Fukudome somewhere and get even some salary relief, you can bet that will happen. Ted Lilly, who we all love despite last night's bad outing and who would probably love to remain a Cub, may be the most tradeable commodity. George Castle says the White Sox might be one of the suitors, especially now with Jake Peavy out.The Cubs may even get some calls about Carlos Silva, who may not be able to pitch tomorrow, says Bruce Miles:
Lou says Carlos Silva is questionable for his scheduled start Sunday because of pain behind his right knee. If Silva can’t go, it looks like Mitch Atkins would get the start. UPDATE: With Atkins working 1.1 innings tonight, Lou said they'd see how Silva is tomorrow. If Silva can't go, he said the Cubs may have to go to the minor leagues to get a pitcher. I would not be surprised if it were Thomas Diamond, who is enjoying an all-star season at Class AAA Iowa.
Diamond is not currently on the 40-man roster, so he'd have to be added. The 40-man stands at 39 players (with Z on the restricted list, he doesn't count against the 40-man limit).
In any case, Bruce Miles also writes that no matter what deals are made, Hendry says a total rebuild is out of the question:
"Anything we will do, we'll try to set us up better for the future," Hendry said. "Like I told everybody the other day, we're not ever going to go into a season thinking we're not going to contend. In my mind, we should have been right in the thick of contention now. We just didn't get it done.
"That being said, we're starting to get better young players coming up in the system. A lot more of those guys are going to be coming in two or three years. But we're not going overhaul the program and think, 'Oh, we're going to be young for a couple years and can't win.' We're going to go into it to get ready for next season thinking we're going to contend again just having the ability of having some of our young guys come up and be part of that."
That's exactly right. This franchise can't afford to NOT do that, not with the fanbase they have and the dollars they are charging to see the product. It will be an interesting next three weeks.
|Today's Starting Pitchers
|2010 - Tom Gorzelanny
|2010 - John Ely
John Ely gave the Cubs only one run and four hits on May 27 at Wrigley Field, but the Cubs won because Ted Lilly (with help from Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol) was better that day. Since that game, the league appears to have figured him out; in seven starts since then, he's 1-4, 5.17 with a 1.77 WHIP and six HR allowed in 38.1 innings. His last outing against the Marlins was his worst of the year, giving up nine hits and five earned runs in 2.2 innings. We could use some of that today.
Tom Gorzelanny had one of his worst outings vs. the Dodgers on May 26 at Wrigley Field, but he threw pretty well in Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2009; he left the game tied 2-2 and the bullpen blew it. Rafael Furcal, a noted Cub-killer, is 6-for-12 lifetime vs. Gorz.
Today's game is on Fox. I don't have a precise coverage map, but the other games are Braves/Mets and Twins/Tigers; the Cubs game likely goes to the entire West Coast (except the Bay Area, where they usually don't cover Dodger games), and the Midwest except for Tigers & Twins territory. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Today's first pitch thread will be up at 3 pm CDT, and the overflows will post at 4:15 pm, 5:15 pm and 6 pm CDT.
Discuss amongst yourselves.