McFail-o-Meter currently at 70%
It is the story that will not die!
First off, let me assure all the ladies, and ladies wearing men's clothing, that your darling Markie will get his 500 plate apps this year...just not all while playing second base. He will grumble a little about not having a position, but when we are winning games by manufacturing offense, Mr. DeRosa, if he is the 'gamer' I think he is, will be more than happy to play 'rover' on a team with Brian Roberts playing second base full time.
When there is smoke there is fire, somewhere close, and since every last national, local, and blogal source is expecting this trade, then there will be a trade, no matter how many times Clark Kenney or whatever the hell his name is cares to deny it.
Only problems I have with it, and they are small ones, no showstoppers, begin with the fact that the delay suggests that the Cubs must include Pie. Not apple, cherry, or even french silk, but Felix, the richest of all the flavors. I am not in agreement with them that claim that Felix Pie is Spanish for "Corey Patterson". His attitude suggests that he is open to suggestion, and someday soon he will figure this game out and dominate, perhaps as a Fonz Soriano who can actually catch fly balls. (BTW: forgive me if I ain't buyin' the "sudden pain on Monday" excuse for his recent surgery to repair the, uh, torsion. Don't you think if they are going to trade the guy, they needed to have that cleared up? I thought he HAD a surgery to correct it a few weeks ago?)
Another small problem is that it appears that Cedeno and Murton will stay. Seems McFail wants Pie, either Marshall or Gallagher (probably the latter) and a Jose Ceda-like figure, as is his right. I don't blame him for this. But I was hoping to send them the physically blessed but mentally challenged Ronny. Even though I think Murton is gonna whine about a lack of PT, because after all, DeRosa will become the defacto 4th outfielder, that is a lesser problem than having to find room for the options-free Cedeno, who never met a base he couldn't overrun.
The last teensy problem is the resultant hole left in CF. Don't even tell me Sam Fuld, or else I am gonna tell you, in return, to go back over there and play with yer Lincoln Logs or WebKins or whatever it is you kids play with these days. For various mentality reasons, I don't want Cedeno out there either, which means that either we must (my preferred option) hope for someone like Eric Patterson to grab the position, or else we trade for Coco Crisp or some other chocolatey cereal product. This would most likely mean the removal of the Marquis de Suck, which isn't the worst thing, I guess.
I'm not the biggest Crisp fan, either (the man, not the cereal, which is yummy) but if we are lookng short term 2008 style, do we want Roberts batting first, Soriano batting fifth, and Crisp batting eighth, or Soriano batting first, DeRosa batting fifth, and Pie batting eighth?
Yeah, me too.