Tag:Brian Roberts
Posted on: February 6, 2008 12:22 pm

We don't need Roberts - Orioles can keep him.


Here's the latest update I could find:

The News
Erik Bedard is already on his way out of Baltimore, and ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports that, at some point, the Orioles and Cubs will finish the proposed deal for Brian Roberts. Pitcher Sean Gallagher would be the centerpiece of the package, with Felix Pie, Sean Marshall and Ronny Cedeno also being mentioned as possible parts of the trade. 

Okay, let's do a quick review.  Here's what we know:

  1. Brian Roberts is a known steroid user.  His lame excuse of "I tried it once" sounds like "I didn't inhale".
  2. He is over 30, which let's face it, doesn't give him too many good years left in the tank.  More on this in the next point.
  3. His value is solely dependent upon his speed.  This goes for fielding as well. 
  4. We will be giving up important depth and possibly one impact prospect to acquire him.

Let's put this all together now.  I, for one, don't want the cloud of steroid use hanging over the Cubs all season long.  He's a cheater, and could very well be a disruption to the whole organization.  Plus, Mark DeRosa isn't going to be too happy with going back to a utility role, which will only further cause clubhouse disruptions, because from what I understand, he's a pretty well-liked guy.

Counting on a 30 year old player whose value is so wrapped up in his legs is not a good idea.  Everything stems from his speed.  Stolen bases, runs scored, fielding chances, etc.  If he so much as tweaks a hamstring, it will hamper his game significantly.  Tied to this, his 50 SB's last year was an anomaly, which probably isn't going to happen again.  Think 25-30 tops.

And are we willing to sacrifice important depth to acquire one guy?  Sean Gallagher, Ronny Cedeno, Pie, and Marshall are important parts for us this year. 

Right now we are counting on Dempster and Marquis to be our 4 and 5 starters.  Does anybody really think that Dempster pitches a whole season injury-free?  Or that Marquis is effective all year?  Got news for you, neither one is going to happen.  Who do we turn to then?  Jon Lieber?  He has only pitched ONE full season since 2001 and is 37.  And who plays center field if Pie is dealt?  Sam Fuld doesn't exactly get me excited.

This deal doesn't help us enough to outweigh the risk of giving up our depth heading into the season.

Posted on: February 4, 2008 2:12 pm

Cubs fans, RELAX...we already have a good team.

Brian Roberts, Erik Bedard, Marlon Byrd, Alex Rios, Carl Crawford, Khalil Greene, and on and on and on.  It seems everybody has a guy in mind who will put the Cubs over the top.  And while I will grant you that a couple of these guys would be nice additions...primarily Bedard or Rios...we have a pretty good team ready to take the field in 2008.  So everybody take a deep breath and............

think back a couple years to what we all wanted.  Corner OFer's who could hit AND field.  Check.  A center fielder with some range.  Check.  A really good bullpen.  Check.  A deep starting pitching staff.  Check.  A good catcher, FINALLY!  Check.  This team doesn't have many holes. 

I know, I know.  Everybody wants to see a different lead off hitter.  High OBP.  But let's be real here.  Soriano will be cold and dead in the ground before he gives that spot up.  And quite honestly, he's not near as good of a hitter in any other spot in the lineup.  His history proves it.  And Lou seems to like him there no matter what any of us think.  Sorry.

We're gonna score runs.  Our starting pitching will keep us in ballgames.  Our bullpen is bordering on excellent (don't believe me? look at the numbers).  And we play in a very easy division.  The only competition we really have, looking at it right now, is the Brewers and they still don't have the pitching depth that we do.  I'm feeling good about our chances for a division crown in 2008. 

What do you think?  Let me hear ya!

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