Goatriders of the Apocalypse

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.

Soto still can't believe he's an All-Star.

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.

What the hell, why not?

Murton for Maddux!?

Maddux may decide not to waive his no-trade clause.

He likes living on the West Coast.

Yeah, well, I think the Cubs

Yeah, well, I think the Cubs would be one team he would consider.

Isn't Burnett's contract worth a WS win?

If he's healthy and pitching well (which he seems to be doing, of late), isn't he exactly the kind of guy you want to go into battle with in a short series? Power pitcher, lots of strikeouts, battle tested with a WS ring? Plus, isn't he likely to opt out at the end of the season anyway?

You give them Murton and Cedeno (two guys that can be reasonably expected to show some pop with regular ABs, which is what Toronto was looking for last time I checked), try desperately to talk them into taking Marquis' contract off your hands or eating some of A.J.'s contract, and they get rid of a guy who is talking openly about wanting to leave.

Mix this with the fact that Riccardi isn't particularly bright....I dunno.

Pretty much any move would be worth a WS win.

But you can't guarantee a World Series victory if you get Burnett, or whatever the flavor-of-the-month is. You can just shift the probabilities a bit closer to being in your favor.

And Burnett's only going to opt out if he has a good year. If he stinks up the joint - and right now he has a 4.74 ERA - he'll probably opt to stay with the team, and that's $24 million over the next two seasons.

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