Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Rumors aplenty

Adding to the fire of speculation, Nick V mentioned in the shoutbox that, according to ESPN1000, Jim Hendry may also be looking at Marlins players Scott Olsen and Jeremy Hermidia.

I'd be a little surprised to see that trade happen because the Cubs probably lack the kind of prospects Florida is seeking.  However, after thinking about it I have to think that it is exactly the kind of trade that might happen.

It's typical for baseball fans to focus on the trades and acquisition of name players, if only because we already know who they are and that makes it easier to talk about.  But while a Jake Peavy trade has to be unlikely - even if Colin says it might not be - a trade for two young players who most Cub fans aren't familiar with but have a good amount of promise and talent is incredibly more likely to occur. Here's a closer look at Hermidia and Olsen:

Scott Olsen - 24 year old LHP, 8-11, 4.20 ERA, 201.2 IP, 113K, 69 BB
Olsen has never really had an outstanding season, but as a younger pitcher that can't really be held against him.  He certainly wouldn't have the same impact as a Peavy, but I have to figure he's likely to outperform Marquis next season at a fraction of the cost.

Jeremy Hermidia - 24 years old, LHB, .249 AVG, 17 HR, 61 RBI, 48 BB, 138 K, .323 OBP, .729 OPS
Hermidia didn't have a great year last season, but in 2007 he batted .296 with 47 walks and 18 homeruns in 429 at bats.  As a young lefty, he's probably ideal for what Jim Hendry is looking for while allowing Hendry to free up salary room to upgrade elsewhere.  It's conceivable that, once relocated away from the cavern in Miami, Hermidia will blossom.

Nick V failed to mention what the Cubs might surrender to acquire these two players, but Marshall and Pie seem the likeliest of candidates - assuming they aren't included in any trade for Peavy.

Why can't Marshall

get a little love? Other than his rookie season three years ago, Marshall has put up superior numbers to Olsen.

Marshall

SEASON TEAM W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HBP BB SO
2006 Chicago Cubs 6 9 5.59 24 24 0 0 0 0 125.2 132 85 78 20 7 59 77
2007 Chicago Cubs 7 8 3.92 21 19 0 0 0 0 103.1 107 52 45 13 1 35 67
2008 Chicago Cubs 3 5 3.86 34 7 0 0 1 2 65.1 60 28 28 9 4 23 58

Career Totals 16 22 4.62 79 50 0 0 1 2 294.1 299 165 151 42 12 117 202

Olsen

SEASON TEAM W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HBP BB SO
2005 Florida Marlins 1 1 3.98 5 4 0 0 0 0 20.1 21 13 9 5 0 10 21
2006 Florida Marlins 12 10 4.04 31 31 0 0 0 0 180.2 160 94 81 23 7 75 166
2007 Florida Marlins 10 15 5.81 33 33 0 0 0 0 176.2 226 134 114 29 1 85 133
2008 Florida Marlins 8 11 4.20 33 33 0 0 0 0 201.2 195 106 94 30 3 69 113

Career Totals 31 37 4.63 102 101 0 0 0 0 579.1 602 347 298 87 11 239 433

Not to mention Marshall didn't crap in his pants like Dempster this postseason.

S Marshall 2008 Post Season

ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HBP BB SO
2.70 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 2 1 1 1 0 1 5

I do like the prospects of trading with Florida for Hermidia, as he is arbitration eligible and the Cubs should have a bargaining edge because of this.

Agree

Olsen is Marshall's triplet brother (Marshall already HAS a twin).

The Hoff told me they

The Hoff told me they actually sign eachother's pictures sometimes

Trade for Olsen?

NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Olsen is a cancer in Florida's clubhouse. If you think Z is batshit crazy, Olsen is the Tawny Kitaen of the Marlins. He throws more tantrums with less talent to back it up than anyone else on the team.

I could be wrong, but I'd see him getting in Lou's doghouse pretty early, never to return a la Eyre.

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