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Old Nov 4th 2008, 2:54 pm
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Cubs still looking at Peavy

Cubs still looking at Jake Peavy
If Dempster walks, another starter will be a necessity
By Dave van Dyck

Tribune reporter

10:12 PM CST, November 3, 2008

DANA POINT, Calif.

While the original off-season emphasis for the Cubs was on acquiring a left-handed-hitting outfielder, starting pitching is taking on more importance.

It appears the Cubs have taken a renewed interest in former Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy because free agent Ryan Dempster apparently will not re-sign early.

The Cubs have exclusive rights to negotiate with Dempster until Nov. 14, and then he will be free to listen to all offers. That could be bad news for the Cubs, who would like Dempster back but may not be ready to offer as many years or as much money in this pitching-thin free agent market.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, speaking on the opening day of the GM meetings, would only say, "We've made it no secret we'd like to keep Ryan."

But he did not appear as positive it would get done soon, and one source said it was no longer a "slam dunk" that Dempster would return.

As for Peavy, who has four years and at least $63 million left on his contract with San Diego, three teams are in the running now that the Padres have announced they would trade him for the right mix of young players. The teams are believed to be the Dodgers, Braves and Cubs, although it is doubtful Peavy would be traded within the West Division.

That leaves the Cubs and Braves. And one scout said the Cubs "don't have the talent it would take."

The Padres need a young starter in return, plus other young players as they reduce payroll. The Braves have better young pitching, especially considering Jeff Samardzija's deal with the Cubs includes a no-trade clause. A source said the Cubs were offering Ronny Cedeno, Felix Pie and others, but that could not be confirmed.

If Dempster were to leave and Peavy were traded to Atlanta, the Cubs might have to spend to acquire a big-time starter. The high-revenue Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, Angels and Dodgers are looking for pitching too.

Dempster, who started full-time this year for the first time since 2002, went 17-6 with a 2.96 ERA.

The Cubs also appear to have less confidence in re-signing closer Kerry Wood, who may also opt for complete free agency. But, according to one source, he might be an easier "early" signing than Dempster.

"The one thing you don't want to leave unprotected is quality pitching," Hendry said.

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Sign him. He's an upgrade
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we cant SIGN him. He is not a free agent. we would have to trade for him. and frankly, I dont think we have enough to trade for him.
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O'Brien says the Cubs offered three years, $36MM to Ryan Dempster. Most folks think he'll re-sign, but the Braves have spoken to Dempster's agent. ..... Via mlbtraderumors.com, and David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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If Demp doesn't like it, let him walk, take the two picks, and throw Vitters/Pie/Ceda and PTBNL (one of Schafer/Carpenter/Flaherty/Jackson) at SD.
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AJ Burnett opted out of his contract and is now a free agent, as well.... another option for Mr. Hendry to take in and consider.
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we cant SIGN him. He is not a free agent. we would have to trade for him. and frankly, I dont think we have enough to trade for him.
And there's our problem. To get something of quality you have to give something back. This is the time of year where we get to wait and see what happens on re-upping our own players that we want to keep and trimming some of the unwanted. Then sign a FA or 2 that fills a void. It seems like getting rid of a few would help. Problem with some of these contracts who in the heck would want them? (for what they produce) Anyone interested in a LF that can get hot for a week and cold for a month, and makes a ton of money? Or a 1st baseman who is gold glove caliber but when there are people out there to drive in... Last season he had a very rough time coming through.
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problem is our biggest contracts that some might want to get rid of, all has a no trade clause.

would we really want burnett? he is another injury prone pitcher.

Demps may have been offered 3 years, but he wants to test teh waters to see his true worth. I dont blame him. Id do the same even if I had ever intention of accepting that deal. Would be a nice ego boost.
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Anyone interested in a LF that can get hot for a week and cold for a month, and makes a ton of money? Or a 1st baseman who is gold glove caliber but when there are people out there to drive in... Last season he had a very rough time coming through.
Derrek Lee batted .308 with RISP

Judging players by BA w/RISP is extremely stupid (see Jeremy Burnitz ala 2005) but if you're going to use it, at least get it right
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I think that it's funny that during the season last year everyone was calling this the best team they've ever seen and now because we lost in the playoffs (yes I know that's why you play) everyone is an overpaid bust.
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