Friday, May 8, 2009

Miss DeRosa Much? Cubs Pursuing Freel

The Cubs have reportedly approached the Orioles about utility player Ryan Freel. Freel can play all three outfield positions, second, and third base. The Cubs decided to demote Joey Gathright, likely signaling the end of his time in Chicago. My main problem with this trade is this would not have been a problem if the Cubs kept Mark DeRosa, who instead was traded to the Indians for three minor league prospects.

While DeRosa was a fan favorite, and proved to be a very versatile player, the players the Cubs received in return have some in the front office very excited.

"All three have a chance," Cubs director of player personnel Oneri Fleita said. "Chris Archer has big time stuff, and finding someone who can [potentially] give you 200-plus innings is hard to find. We think he has the ability to do it."

The two other players the Cubs received were John Gaub and Jeff Stevens. Both pitchers are options for call ups if injuries hamper the bullpen, but probably won't be needed until next season.

Freel, who is hitting .133 in 9 games, isn't likely to command more than a minor leaguer. He is making 3.3 millon dollars, some of which will probably need to be taken on by the Orioles in a trade.

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.


Anonymous said...

"The Cubs decided to demote Joey Gathright, likely signaling the end of his time in Chicago"

You sure about that? No-one else is reporting it.

"My main problem with this trade as this would not be a problem if the Cubs kept Mark DeRosa"

I think the primary motivation for trading DeRosa was money. They needed to move salary to bring in Bradley's contract.

I liked DeRosa too, and at this point I'd rather have him over Bradley and Freel, but let's pull on our Big Boy pants and recognize that Major League Baseball is a game AND a business. The Cubs don't have unlimited revenue to throw at payroll. The move fit with what they were trying to accomplish over the offseason.

Eli said...

reported here first, just wait for it.

call up randy wells, send down gathright

Anonymous said...

I am OK with that move if that is what they did or decide to do. If they need an extra defensive replacement who would they call up?

Baseball Stu said...

This trade is a done deal as of 3:30 PM EST.

Anonymous said...

Eli gets the scoop again