Goatriders of the Apocalypse

News Flash: Dempster to DL

Ryan Dempster has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken toe. Carlos Zambrano will be moved up to start in tonight's game, and Kevin Hart has been called up to start Game 3.

In other news: I'm pretty sure this sucks.

I'll drop in links and updates as I see them.

Update: Steve Stone has chimed in. He says via his Twitter account that Demp could be unavailable for anywhere from four to six weeks, and that the injury is believed to be non-baseball related.

Here's the link to the spot starter article we did when Z was suspended. It's a good starting point, albeit a little outdated, to figure out the Cubs' options from Iowa if need be.

Trade Deadline

With the trade deadline fast approaching and the ownership change process still 17 years from completion, I really hope the Cubs can make some moves. With Dempster out for a month (or two?), and the offense still not quite what it should be, its time to make Peavey happen. I'd also really like to see a middle-infielder with a better-than-solid bat. Its nice to have Jake Fox and Micah Hoff-Power around, but they're both fill-ins for guys who are generally better than them. It wouldn't take a whole lot to get a better 2B than what we have now.

It's too bad Font hasn't

It's too bad Font hasn't worked out. Lesson learned, one hopes.

Looking back, guys like Mark DeRosa and Orlando Hudson were going for about $5 million in the offseason. I can easily find that amount of money in wasted spending:

Aaron Miles + Chad Gaudin + Joey Gathright

Isn't that about 5? Oh well, hindsight is 20/20.

Peavey?

He is on the DL and talk has it he may-be out for the season. Just the trade we need to put us over the top.

Wow

That's what Cubs-Apathy and my faltering fantasy team has wrought. No idea Peavy was down. Ok, Halladay then Eye-wink Just please, PLEASE, Jimbo...don't bring Pedro Martinez' washed-up arse here.

I'm thinking Felipe Lopez

I'm thinking Felipe Lopez might be a better target. But what would we give up? I think this team stands pat and turns it on in the 2nd half.

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