Wednesday Odds and Ends, Keystone Cops Edition
I don’t want to talk about Rich Hill. You don’t want to read about Rich Hill. In case you don’t believe me, you can do so here. Please don’t click that link.
I don’t want to talk about this, either, but I feel compelled. I saw the most absurd sequence of plays last night. Here’s how it went: with Howry on the mound, Ray Durham.... oh, what the hell, Ray Durham pops it up back of third base. Theriot and Fontenot go back on it, Edmonds comes in on it, none of them actually catch the ball. Drops right in between the three of them. Edmonds gets the ball back into the infield... only nobody is covering second and Durham is in with a double.
Then - then! - Howry and DeRosa are standing there at second, Howry has the ball, and who's on third? Ray Durham starts to think that he should be, because nobody's there to stop him. Howry starts to try and chase him down, Durham gets back to the bag before Howry can tag him out.
Just, wow. I bring it up because none of the postgame recaps do, and I thought it important.
Expect Dome to move into the 2 spot in the lineup when Soriano returns. Edmonds moves to fifth, Theriot presumably moves down to seventh or eighth.
Finally, some Sabathia dirt. Rosenthal: "The prevailing wisdom is that the Cubs' farm system isn't deep enough for them to land a pitcher such as Sabathia, but rating prospects often is tricky." The Cubs do have a top prospect they could deal, but the only other team Soto's going to is the All-Star team.
Gammons has a lot more dirt. He also mentions that the Cubs don't think they have the prospects to make a Sabathia deal. Other options the Cubs are looking at include Rich Harden, Randy Wolf, Greg Maddux, Erik Bedard, A.J. Burnett, Bronson Arroyo and Kevin Millwood. Bedard has "makeup issues" but I still think he's the best option on that list (Harden could end up requiring more prospects than Sabathia, Burnett has a horrible contract, Randy Wolf hasn't actually pitched well at all.)
The Padres and the Rays are both interested in Matt Murton, he adds.