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Name That Cub!

By bullpenbrian - August 30, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 starts.
During this streak he’s batting .296.
Went 9-for-22 on the recent road trip.
But batted .136 for the month of July.
Has started at three different positions this season.
Name that Cub!


Xavier Nady To Clear Waivers

By bullpenbrian - August 9, 2010 - 2:03 am Leave a comment.

Unless the Cubs trade or resign Xavier Nady this offseason, it seems Jim Hendry’s $3.3M contract offer to rehab the 31-year-old from Tommy John surgery has been a waste.

Granted Nandy was scheduled for limited action early on, he’s still managed to play in 72 games, which is respectable, but only 35 of those were starts, due in large part to his hobbled right arm.

After posting a .136 average for the month of July, Nady’s average through his last 24 games has actually slipped to .125, making his trade value almost non-existent.

Nady’s career numbers, however, show he shouldn’t stay down for long–.276, 20 HR, 74 RBI. Which begs the question: should the Cubs resign Xavier Nady or let another club take a gamble on Nady’s comeback?

Given both the amount of time and money invested in Nady’s rehab, I’d take the chance of bringing Nady back for another year, if possible contractually, especially given his successful past.

Marlon Byrd can’t do it alone, Soriano isn’t likely to stay healthy, and despite a bright start, Tyler Colvin is simply inconsistent.

At the very least, a healthy and productive Nady would be a prized trading piece come next July, whether our Cubbies are buyers or sellers!


Latest On Lee, Lilly & Nady Trades

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

Tough first half of the season.
11 games below .500…9.5 back of the division lead.
This isn’t the ‘Way of Life’ Tom Ricketts is talking about, right?

Besdies Zambrano’s fit-throwing, did any Cubs fans anticipated this…
an offense that doesn’t score, and a soon-to-be fire sale in mid-July?

Whoever thought Carlos Silva would be this good, or Aramis this bad?
And what on earth has happened to Derrek Lee and Randy Wells?

Then there’s Marlon Byrd the All Star…Soriano leading the lineup from the six-hole, and the breakout performance of Tyler Colvin.
Weird, weird and weird.

Things, however, will get interesting again following the break.
I’m not talking about a second half resurgence. That’s simply Not.Gonna.Happen.
Rather, the Cubs will embark on a selling spree that will reshape the roster for years to come.

Latest rumors I’m hearing:

D-Lee to the Angles.
Ted Lilly to New York.
Xavier Nady to Texas.
Theriot, Fontenot and Fukudome are all on the block, too.

Never would have thought it, but the second half of the season might be tougher to watch than the first.
If the trades pan out, however, next July could be a real treat!


Xavier Nady A Chicago Cub

By bullpenbrian - January 27, 2010 - 12:45 am Leave a comment.

Signing Xavier Nady is a smart short-term risk for the Cubs.

One-year, $3.3M with incentives is a little pricier than signing Johnny Gomes or re-signing Reed Johnson, but Nady’s a solid all-around ballplayer, well above average coming off the bench, and durable enough to start if need be.


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