Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping


With just over 24 hours remaining, the 2009 Cubs remain trade free even as potential playoff opponents have gotten faster and stronger. Even worse, we have heard nothing about even the potential for a move. In the wake of the Cubs sale/bankrupcy chaos, Jim Hendry's hands appear remain tied and the Cubs look intent on trying to win the playoffs with the offensive juggernaut that is the Fontenot/Baker platoon.

For a while now we've been saying that Hendry has done a spectacular job of tying his hands. He's got expensive players with no-trade contracts, and really the only easy positions where the Cubs can upgrade are in the middle infield. But in order for that to happen, Jim would probably need to convince any potential trade partner to eat a lot of contract -- either in cast-off Cubs, or in the remaining dollars owed to any player coming to Chicago.

Not that we can expect a trade to be made -- in fact, it would probably be more than a little shocking if one did -- but teams that are selling right now include Toronto, Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City, Seattle, Oakland, Washington, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Arizona, and San Diego. I'm tempted to dig in and do some research -- to find out which team has what player that might fit the hole the Cubs are looking to be filled* -- but I really think it's pointless. If a big trade is to come, it will occur perhaps in August, with players who have cleared waivers, if by then the Cubs ownership sale fiasco has finally been resolved. Until then, your 2009 Cubs are exactly what you see on the field right now.

(*and hello to the porn-seeking Google crowd who found this site by typing in "hole looking to be filled")

On the bright side, "what you see on the field right now" is a team that's won 10 out of 13 since the All Star break, and has a July record of 17-8. This same team has gone 6-3 since I predicted that they would need to finish the month 7-5 if they wanted to be on pace to win enough games to take the division this year. So, maybe Fontenot/Baker are not the ideal second basemen, maybe Rob has a point when he suggests that Andres Blanco and his plus plus plus defense might be a better choice to play second base, but either way it would appear that the Cubs do not need 8 good hitters to compete. Hell, with all the injuries they've had, and the slumps, they've been lucky to have even 5 good hitters on any given night even during this hot streak. Imagine what happens when Geo returns. The Cubs won't be the flashiest, most spectacular team, but they might just be good enough to surprise us.

Still, a big trade would be really, really nice, even if not absolutely necessary.

Two players

Two players possibly looked at are Teahan and Hermida.

Sanchez

In my opinion Freddie Sanchez would have made a perfect fit at second and could have been plugged into the leadoff spot or the 8 hole

I too coveted the Dirty Sanchez

Somehow I think the Pirates managed to learn one lesson the past ten years - don't trade your good players to divisional opponents. So we can't count on the Buccos being our AAAA farm team anymore.

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