Man, it's after 2:00 and still no post on the Cubs' trade? The first piece of real news in weeks and we're dropping the ball here. But, never fear, analysis is here!
Did I really just say "never fear, analysis is here!"? That is about the tenth lamest thing I've ever heard. Strike that from your memories please, and I promise the rest of this post will be totally awesome.
...or at least readable.
So, as you may have heard, the Cubs have sent Jason DuBois to Cleveland for Jody Gerut. This seems to be a pretty even trade. One has power, the other on base skills. One can play defense, the other shares my first name. And with each, I will start off mispronouncing his name...unless someone has an idea how to pronounce Gerut? Does it rhyme with Beirut? Or carrot? Or maybe The Rut? I don't know, and that's what makes this game of baseball so darn exciting.
As far as hard hitting analysis goes, I think this is a fine trade for the Cubs. DuBois had little use for the Cubs in 2005 (and probably 2006 as well) and so there was no reason not to spin him for a more useful part. That more useful part turns out to be a lefty outfielder with a solid defensive reputation. Works for me...assuming he is used in the manner that I see fit (no problem there, I'm sure). He would make an excellent platoon partner with Murton (he has an OPS of around .850 against lefties) and occasional replacement for Hairston, thereby thrusting Holly to the bench where he is best suited. But, if he just rots on the bench behind Hollandsworth, then I really don't see the point of the trade.
So, all in all, I'm calling this trade a draw.
In other encouraging news, Scott Williamson should be on his way back to the majors after a brief stint at AAA. Who is Scott Williamson, you might ask? (if, for example, you didn't know who Scott Williamson was) Why, he is the Tommy John patient the Cubs signed in the off-season in the hopes that he would recover in time to help the big league club. And it is looking like he just might. I've always like Williamson. He has an absolutely devastating slider and, when healthy, throws hard. He doesn't seem to think that he will be throwing much over 94-95 this year, but if his slider is anything like it was pre-surgery, then the Cubs have their new setup man. He can't really be much worse than what they have right now, that much I'm sure of.
That's all the Cub news that's fit to print. Does anyone have a clue what the next trade will be? Apparently Kearns and Dunn are both off the table, so I don't have any idea who'd left.