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MLB 2011 Free Agents

By bullpenbrian - January 11, 2011 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Yahoo! sports baseball writer Jeff Passan ranked the top free-agents for this offseason.

His list begins with Cliff Lee ranked No.1 and ends with Ben Sheets at No.164.

I gathered and listed all the remaining unsigned free-agents from his list below.

I think a few of these players would look good wearing Cubbie blue. Those players are listed in bold type.

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Matt Garza Trade Poll

By bullpenbrian - January 7, 2011 - 12:27 pm Leave a comment.
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The Matt Garza File

By bullpenbrian - December 15, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

To trade or not to trade for Matt Garza? The right-hander is 27-years-old and a five-year veteran.

Last three seasons in Tampa Bay:
-(34-31), 3.86 ERA.
-Started 30,32,32 games.
-Tossed six complete games.
-Threw 200+ innings twice (’09-’10) & 184 IP in ’08.
-Struck out 467 vs. 201 walks.
-Started five playoff games going (2-1) with a 3.48 ERA.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Garza is close in similarity score to John Danks (977 out of 1,000) and Mike Pelfrey (967).

He’s similar through age 26 to Kip Wells (982), Steve Trachsel (982), Brad Penny (972), Jason Marquis (971) and Darryl Kile (970).

Is Garza worth a package of young Cub prospects? You tell me.

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Cubs Should Trade For Matt Garza

By bullpenbrian - December 14, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

I’d be willing to part with prospects to land Matt Garza in a trade. The Rays have made the 27-year-old available, and the Cubs need more starting pitching.

Garza is a decent starter, a legit No.3. His talent, however, isn’t worthy of one of the Cubs’ top prospects including Tyler Colvin, Starlin Castro or Andrew Cashner.

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What Is The BBA?

By bullpenbrian - December 10, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to take notice of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

The group, comprised of roughly 200-plus members, is a network of baseball blogs covering everything from individual teams, baseball history, minor leagues and fantasy.

It’s a terrific way to break the mundane baseball coverage from traditional news outlets, especially this time of year, in favor of strong opinions, interesting takes and my favorite, parody posts, on all the latest baseball topics!

BullpenBrian.com is a charter member of the organization, joining forces during the spring of 2009.

Check us out today!

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Cubs Hot Stove – Bonderman & Webb

By bullpenbrian - November 30, 2010 - 12:01 am 4 comments.

I like the idea of the Cubs going after Brandon Webb and Jeremy Bonderman.
Both these guys potentially give the Cubs that power-arm and innings eater they desperately need in the rotation.

Webb, 31, hasn’t pitched since Opening Day 2009 because of a shoulder injury. But his track record is brilliant having won 14, 16, 18 & 22 games since 2005. That includes the 2006 Cy Young Award and top three finishes in 2007-08.

The Cubs won’t get him on the cheap, but it’s likely Webb will sign for a short-term deal. If so, I think it’s in the Cubs favor to take a risk on a guy who could very well revert to his old form. Quite frankly, I think it’s a no-brainer.

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