So, with Alfonso Soriano breaking his hand tonight and probably being sidelined till about the trade deadline, I wonder if this puts any pressure on GM Jim Hendry to make a deal for the Chicago Cubs. And I'm not talking about an OF.
I don't see the point in making a deal for another OF. At this point, you're only losing Soriano till the trade deadline, maybe a week into August at the latest. If you make a deal for someone like Adam Dunn, what do you do with him once Soriano comes back? Sit him on the bench? Play him in right? Dunn is a butcher in left and leftfield is usually where you stick your worse defenders in the outfield. Why would you move Kosuke Fukudome out of right, where he's done about as great as anyone has in the past 20 years playing the tough rightfield area for the Cubs and play someone there who would be well below average? Xavier Nady from the Pirates could be another name on the Cubs radar, but not as a 6-week rental. Not unless he can play CF and lots of it to replace Jim Edmonds, who will flame out soon. So what's left for them to do? How about a starter?
Right now, the Cubs have a good 1-2-3 punch in Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lily and , I'm surprised to say, Ryan Dempster. Dempster has exceeded expectations so far and has proved himself to be a great compliment to both Zambrano and Lily. Hopefully he'll be able to keep it up all season. But what's after them? Jason Marquis, who has had his good moments and bad, much like last season. And then you have Sean Gallagher, who has pitched ok up until this point, but isn't someone I want to be relying on going into the final stretch of the season. And at this point, it doesn't look like Rich Hill has recovered from his bout of the Ankiel's so far in his stay in the minors. The Cubs could really use a left-handed starter and I'm willing to bet that the Cleveland Indians might start shopping C.C. Sabathia soon. But the problem is, do the Cubs have enough pieces to get the deal done? Are we talking about a starting package of Gallagher, SS Ronny Cedeno, LF Matt Murton and more? Who are we going to be competing against for him? Whatever happens, if the Cubs do go out and get a left starter, hopefully they won't be sniffing in the direction of the San Diego Padres starter Randy Wolf. His stats away from Petco Park, a pitcher's heaven, is terrible and would remind me of Steve Trachsel from last year all over again. Ugh.