Walking Contradiction

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an archive by: Davood Dehnavifar (Denavi)

Play Ball: Let the Fire Sale Begin

Ok so maybe its not exactly a fire sale yet. But the first victim of the 2011 Chicago Cubs poor play is Kosuke Fukudome who was traded yesterday before the Cubs were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Cleveland Indians. I don’t really remember much from his time here except for that homerun he hit back on opening day 2008 to tie the game and send it to extra innings. I had left early because it was cold and rainy but I was right out side on the Addison redline platform when he hit it and will never forget that moment and all of the jokes that were flying amongst the fans on the platform and later on the train (oh fuk-u-do-me, why’d I leave before it was over). In any event I think the deal is good for the Cubs because they weren’t going to bring him back next year so the did the right thing by trading him for prospects. This trade season won’t become a fire sale for the Cubs until a big name like Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd, Carlos Zambrano, or Carlos Marmol.

I first victim, of any fire sale that takes place, is sure to be either Alfonso Soriano or Carlos Zambrano and if I had to pick one or the other I think it would be the latter not the former. I think Zambrano is headed to the AL. Likely the NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox, or Anaheim Angels. Why you ask? Well of course the obvious reason, money. But also I think the Cubs want to send him to a team that will give him an extension because they don’t want to have to deal with him being in the NL. He has the potential to be really good in the right situation. I think the best situation for him is New York where he would be the third, fourth, or even starter behind CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Bartolo Colon or Freddie Garcia, and Pat Hughes. You ask why is New York a better situation for him? It simple. Even though he is the second starter in Chicago behind ace Ryan Dempster, he still feels the pressure from the fans following 2003 to get the Cubs back to within 5 outs of a World Series appearance. My take on the situation with Zambrano is he likely won’t be traded until the offseason.

I also think that the other guys I mentioned, Soriano, Byrd, Marmol, and Ramirez will stay put for now. In the cases of Soriano, Byrd, and Ramirez two of them will be back next year. The only one of these three likely to be back is Soriano because he has 3 years left on that monstrous 8 year deal he signed back before the 2007 season. In the case of Ramirez, I could see the Cubs buying the last year of his deal out and bringing him back on a 2-or-3 year dea at 10-12 million per year with bonuses. He is a team player and I feel like he feels an obligation to the organization after 2003. By the way, currently there are only three players on the team from that Penant-run. Kerry Wood, Aramis Ramirez, and Carlos Zambrano. Finally, in the case of Marmol, I just don’t see the Cubs trading him unless they get a lot in return. He is still young and has a lot of potential to turn into the next Mariano Rivera.

Thats all I got for now. I am sure there will be a lot of rumors flying the next couple days, I will post again if a deal is made or if I see a need to share my opinion on rumors.