Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cubs Fans' Worst Nightmare

First Kerry Wood got traded to the Yankees last year, did extremely well, and is a candidate to return to their bullpen.  THEN Larry Rothschild got hired away to be the pitching coach of the Yankees, leaving the Cubs with someone whose name I don't remember and don't feel like looking up.  THEN the Yankees signed Mark Prior to a minor league deal.  THEN the rumors about the Yankees being interested in pursuing a trade for Carlos Zambrano started making the rounds.

Granted, Wood may still land with a team that isn't the Yankees, Prior may never throw another major league pitch in his life (for the Yankees or otherwise), Rothschild may get run out of town because he can't fix whatever the hell is wrong with A.J. Burnett, and Zambrano could cling to his no-trade rights like Kate Winslet hanging onto the floating door after the Titanic went down... but things seem to be conspiring to bring them all together in the Bronx.

I can't decide if I REALLY want it to happen or if the horrible reality would cause me to take my own life.


Kin said...

I think I reluctantly want it to happen. For whatever reason, Prior and now Z were not appreciated as Cubs, so they might as well go somewhere else. Also, given that it seems the Cubs are out of money (or at least don't want to spend) they should probably clear some space in the rotation for the young cheap guys to have a shot anyway. I don't think it will be the end of the world, but it will be sad to see Zambrano go. At the same time, it'd be pretty awesome to watch them succeed on the biggest stage as they'll have a better shot than the 2011 Cubs of getting there.

Aisle 424 said...

Each of them would be better off with the Yankees, but that doesn't do me a hell of a lot of good. So since I'm generally a selfish bastard, I'm not sure my happiness FOR them would overcome my utter sadness in seeing them all wearing NY caps as they dance around on an infield in November.

Kin said...

I know what you mean. Carlos Zambrano is my favorite Cub and it'd be difficult to watch him in pinstripes, but ultimately I think I'd be happy that he finally won something for a fan base that appreciates him.

Cubs 26th Man said...

Maybe we'll see how much pull Rothschild has and if he can pull together some former Cubs. The rumors are Wood to arrive back in Chicago, but I'm sure the Yanks can beat a 2 yr contract but paid out over 5-6 years.

I'm personally waiting for Clement and Maddux to come out of retirement if Zambrano and Wood end up in NY pinstripes.

If Zambrano agrees to be traded since he has the 10-5 rule and a no-trade in his contract, we can't expect a huge return in prospects. It's a partial salary dump and the Cubs would be paying a large part of it b/c no one in their right mind would take on that contract. That is outside of Hendry and Tribune company who set it up and approved it.

The only way we'll get any prospects is if we trade Marmol and try Cashner in the closer role and take out lumps there too.

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