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Old Jun 30th 2008, 10:35 am
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The Cubs most certainly need a little more pitching: depth if nothing else. There's been lots of talk about this player or that: C.C. Sabathia and so forth. I don't know if the Cubs have the players to trade without destroying what little depth they have. I doubt if they're willing to even consider trading the likes of Soriano; that would open it's own can of worms.

This guy has been out of baseball for over a year and is poised to make his comeback:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/garcifr03.shtml

He is apparently now a free agent. No need to lose players in acquiring him. Just money, maybe a lot of money. Many teams are scouting him including the Indians who think he might be able to help:

" ... The Tribe liked the way Garcia threw and felt he was close to being major-league ready ... "

They backed off:

http://www.cleveland.com/sports/plai...570.xml&coll=2

This guy might also be available, but do the Cubs really want him?:

" ...The industry word is that the Mariners are very willing to trade Erik Bedard, but will they be able? This could be Pelekoudas's foremost challenge: reversing the Bedard deal in a fashion that doesn't pale in comparison to the original trade with Baltimore.
That won't be easy, particularly since word of Bedard's standoffish attitude has spread around baseball. Then there's the matter of Bedard being a strict 100-pitch pitcher [so what?] , and his health issues (hip, back).
But Bedard is a talent, and he could definitely help a team that believes it's one arm away. Unlike C.C. Sabathia, a team that got Bedard would have him for one more year beyond 2008.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...SPBT11H1QJ.DTL

Maybe Bedard's alleged bad attitude would soften if he were teamed with a fellow Canadian (Dempster). No doubt he has the talent to help.

The Cubs need rest, more rest, and then a good night's sleep. A substantial infusion of talent wouldn't hurt either.

It's getting down to "crunch time" and the stretch run is about 1 month away.

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Old Jun 30th 2008, 10:40 am
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LOL Garcia would be an awesome pick up if nothing more than him being Ozzie Guillen's son in law!!!!!!!!

On the baseball side of it, he has struggled with injuries the last few years, it seemed like right after he left the White Sox, his health went down hill from there. I guess I thought he was still on the DL for Phillie. It wouldn't hurt to send a scout to go check him out. Hendry has a thing for broken arms, and many have proved to be successful at a cheap price.
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He might worth a look with a minor-league contract or something, but Im not sure if he's the solution. Gallagher and Marshall, while not dominant pitched well and kept us in both games this weekend.
JH needs to go all out for Sabathia, or Bedard, or whoever to solidify this rotation.
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He might worth a look with a minor-league contract or something, but Im not sure if he's the solution. Gallagher and Marshall, while not dominant pitched well and kept us in both games this weekend.
JH needs to go all out for Sabathia, or Bedard, or whoever to solidify this rotation.
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I have my reserves about what bringing in another 'ace' will do to our own 'ace'. I would love to have either of the guys mentioned but do you think it could have a negative effect on Big-Z?
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I have my reserves about what bringing in another 'ace' will do to our own 'ace'. I would love to have either of the guys mentioned but do you think it could have a negative effect on Big-Z?
I'm pretty sure that is the last thing the Cubs are concerned about with Zambrano right now.

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Bring in another Ace. The goal is to WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS not try to win while protecting players feelings. Did they care about DeRo's feelings when they trying to trade for Roberts to replace DeRo at 2B? No, they were trying to make the club better. Same thing they are trying to do by getting another Ace pitcher for the staff. Improve the Club for the playoffs. A back end wont help us in the playoffs, we need another Ace/number 2 to help us in the playoffs. Sure, a backend of the rotation starter would help us a little in the regular season..... but wont help much in the playoffs. For if we need a number 4 or 5 starter in the playoffs, it means we are getting nailed, because the 4 and 5 starters will be in the bullpen
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I'm not saying that we shouldn't do it im simply implying that is it worth bringing in another ace (And his contract) if it effects the other Ace on the mound. Lets be serious guys, Z's emotions are hardly under control and as much as we like to say it isn't, feelings are a part of baseball. Why? Because its natural and unavoidable. I would love to bring another ace onto the team but not if it will destroy team chemistry. Team chemistry is a massive factor in winning championships.
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I have to agree with Cubby 10 on this. I brought it up before- the last thing you want to do is make Z -a nut- pissed off. He came out early in the week and said the pitching staff is fine the way it is, so that tells me not only is he a nut but he is also not very smart. Lets say we do get Sabathia. Sabathia will command the same money Santana did, which is more than Z. I dont think we will be looking just to rent him either considering what we will have to give up. Z was in Wood and Priors shadow for years, now he is the guy.
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