My Own Rumor:
According to some sources the Cubs offered unwanted starting pitcher Jason Marquis to the Mets for their down-and-out reliever wannabe starter Aaron Heilman. The Mets probably balked at the $9.875 million owed to Marquis in '09, but it's rumored the Cubbies are willing to eat as much as $4 million of that, leaving the acquiring team only on the hook for about $6 million. Since New York didn't like the proposal, maybe Amaro will step in with a Clay Condrey to Chicago for Jason Marquis plus $4 million bid. Marquis has been durable, pitching 191 or more innings in 4 out of the last 5 seasons (only pitched 167 this year because manager Lou Pinella thought they had better options). He owns a lifetime 79-70 record with a 4.55 era and 1.43 whip...perfect for 4th or 5th starter, especially if Moyer doesn't sign. He's also a helluva hitter, winning the Silver Slugger for pitchers in '05 and has a lifetime .206 average and .533 OPS, which would replace So Taguchi's pinch-hitting abilities. Oh, and if you're wondering, Condrey had a 3.26 era and 1.51 whip last year with a career 4.32 era and 1.52 whip, while Heilman had a 5.21 era and 1.59 whip last year with a career 4.24 era and 1.33 whip...very comparable, and Condrey is a few million cheaper!
Bring your son, daughter, niece, or nephew...or if you're weird in that way...yourself to come sit on Santa Phanatic's lap at Citizen's Bank Park on Saturday December 13th from 11am-2pm. The Phils will be hosting a tree lighting ceremony, Phils gear in the Majestic Clubhouse will be on sale, and the World Series trophy will be on display.
WSBGM's Tip of the Cap:
Another player from my childhood is retiring, there's really not that many left (John Smoltz, Jamie Moyer, Tom Glavine, Randy Johnson). 355 game winner Greg Maddux is calling it a career and I'm calling it a damn fine career. Maddux was never a favorite of mine, he was too busy guiding Atlanta to seemingly countless division titles and beating my beloved Phils, but the man was one of the best pitchers of all-time. Amazing feats- over 5000 innings pitched, career 3.16 era and 1.14 whip, 740 games started, 109 complete games, 4 time Cy Young, 8 time All-Star, 18 time Gold Glove winner, and won 15+ games 17 straight seasons. If he's not a unanimous selection to the Hall-of-Fame, then I truly don't know who is.