A spark in the hot stove?
It sure has been a slow off season. So ... so slow. Boring. Falling ... asleep.
Wait! There are trade rumors! Apparently, the Cubs are pursuing Jake Peavy, and they might be the only show left in town. And actually, Goat Reader thunderbird1245 made an interesting suggestion ... what if the Cubs dealt Rich Harden in their pursuit for a lefty bat?
Let's take it a couple of steps further and suggest this kind of move ...
Step One: The Cubs trade for Jake Peavy, dismantling their weak-ass farm system in the process.
Step Two: The Cubs deal Harden and Mark DeRosa to the Yankees for Robinson Cano and Ian Kennedy. Or hell, they could even do this one first, finagle it to get more than just Cano and Kennedy, and deal whatever prospects they get from the Yankees for Peavy as well.
Step Three: Profit.
Now, Felzz thinks this is a bad idea. Maybe he's right. Kennedy was ugly last year, going 0-4 with an 8+ ERA. The only problem was that it wasn't entirely because of his lack of ability - he suffered a whack of injuries, including a strained right lat muscle (whatever the hell that is), and being diagnosed with bursitis behind the scapular. Hmm, lat muscle? The scapular? Okay, maybe I'm going to change my mind ... it sounds to me like he was making stuff up. What's next, he busted his quadingle? He strained his laisen? Riiiight.
That said, maybe the injuries had nothing to do with it, but Kennedy was a highly rated prospect before 2008 and his age would definitely make him an enticing player to pick up. Then the Cubs can move onto Step Four: abandoning Marquis at the airport, and they'll be good to roll.
It's just a thought, it seems unlikely to me that the Yankees would make that trade, although they might be just desperate enough for pitching to consider it.
Haight reports that Len Kasper had his contract extended. That's great news, as we love Len here at GROTA. In the past we've interviewed him, but I foolishly lost his EMail address after I switched computers last year. I might dig out my old one, find his contact info, and set up another round of GROTA interviewing.
And with that, I leave to watch The Mentalist and Pushing Daisies. Have a good night.