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Former Cubs In The News

By bullpenbrian - June 23, 2010 - 1:03 am Leave a comment.

Mark DeRosa has quietly opted for season-ending surgery on his left wrist. He underwent surgery last offseason on the same wrist, but in a different area from his current nerve injury.

Because of the surgery, the Giants took much grief for signing the 35-year-old to a 2-yr, $12M deal this offseason. The criticism is sure to linger with DeRosa out after batting .194 with 1 HR and 10 RBI through 26 games.

–Gary Matthews Jr. signed with Cincinnati after the Mets cut him loose earlier this week. All indications show Dusty Baker is doing his long time friend, Gary Matthews Sr., a favor by bringing the Little Sarge aboard. The elder Matthews played four years for the Cubs (1984-87)…Matthews Jr. played two seasons on the North Side (2000-01).

–Eric Patterson, the younger brother of Corey, was DFA by Oakland this week. He was shipped to the A’s in the Rich Harden deal.

–Baltimore sent Oakland a minor league pitcher and cash to acquire former Cub Jake Fox, who was DFA by Oakland last week. If Fox rebounds to his 2008 form, .259, 11 HR, 44 RBI, it could spell the end to Garrett Atkins’ tenure with the O’s.

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Former Cub Jake Fox DFA

By bullpenbrian - June 16, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

Never thought Jake Fox would be DFA by Oakland. He appeared to have All Star potential on the North Sidebut just needed more playing time.

Jim Hendry made the right decision by giving Fox that opportunity…with a trade to Oakland in December. I figured Fox would take advantage of a starting role, even the DH spot, to become that All Star.

Turns out, that never materialized. Fox batted .214 with 2HR and 12 RBI through 39-games. Jake Fox DFA…never would’ve thunk it.

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Jake Fox, Aaron Miles Traded to A’s

By bullpenbrian - December 4, 2009 - 1:00 am 3 comments.

Jake Fox will be an All Star with Oakland. I really believe he’s that kind of player.

With the chance to play everyday, especially given the DH role, I see Fox hitting 25 HR and driving in 90-plus RBI.

Strangely, the Cubs never had a place for Fox to play, which makes little sense for a player of his talents. And for that I fault Jim Hendry. 

When you hand out bad contracts the likes of Soriano, Bradley and Miles, that’s how you end up with potential All Stars like Fox on the trading block.

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