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Cubs Trade Ryu; Rumors Swirl Around Blanka, Chun-Li

CHICAGO–Cubs right handed fireballer Ryu was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tuesday for two minor leaguers, outfielder Andrew Lopez and right-hander Gregor Reinhard.

Ryu

Ryu: Traded to the Devil Rays

Talks are still swirling around other Cubs prospects, including Chun-Li, Blanka, E. Honda, and Dhalsim.

Samardzija Chooses Pitching Over Catching; Not That There’s Anything Wrong with That

SOUTH BEND, Ind.–Former Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija, who was drafted by the Cubs last year, has decided to forgo his football career for a career pitching with the Cubs.

Poor bastard didn’t even know what hit him.

Samardzija’s Tommy John surgery has been scheduled for late August.

With Rotting Corpse of Hack Wilson Unavailable, Cubs Pursue Erstad, Finley, Williams

CHICAGO–Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs may be interested in a veteran centerfield stopgap until 21-year-old prospect Felix Pie is ready to take over the position.

Felix angry!!!
A wooden bat. Also pictured: Felix Pie.

Rosenthal says that the Cubs are pursuing Darrin Erstad and Steve Finley, and even suggests that Bernie Williams might be a good mentor for Pie. The combined age of those three during the 2007 season is 113, just two years shy of Emiliano Mercado del Toro.

Cubs G.M. Jim Hendry has already offered Del Toro a one-year, $1M deal.

Cubs Use Evite to Invite 11 Players to Spring Training

CHICAGO–The Cubs invited 11 players to participate in Spring Training, including Pitchers Sean Gallagher, Ryan O’Malley, Carmen Pignatiello, Adam Harben and Randy Wells, catcher Jake Fox, second baseman Eric Patterson, No. 1 draft pick Tyler Colvin, and infielders Mike Kinkade and Casey McGehee, and outfielder Chris Walker.

The invitation was sent via the popular electronic invitation program, Evite, and Fire Lou Piniella! was lucky enough to get an exclusive look at the Evite.

Samardzija Faces Difficult Choice: Get Beat Up in NFL or Pitch for Cubs; Death Not Confirmed as Viable Option

SOUTH BEND, Ind.–Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija was drafted by the Cubs in the fifth round of the 2006 First-Year Player draft. Now, Samardzija must choose between either a lifetime of constant beatings, injuries, and collisions taking their toll on his body or a lifetime of playing wide receiver in the NFL.

Get used to disappointment.
Samardzija made seven starts in 2006 with Boise and Class A Peoria, compiling a 2.70 ERA with nary a scratch on him. Stunning.

Samardzija has not yet leaned one way or another as to his career path. “I’m sort of between a rock and a hard place, aren’t I?” Samardzija said, his voice becoming nearly inaudible as tears welled in the corners of his eyes. “On the one hand, I could go the NFL route and have a bunch of defensive backs trying to rip my head off every time I go over the middle and try to catch a ball. On the other hand, I might some day be in the situation where Jacque Jones is playing center field behind me, or where Cesar Izturis is up with the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second with two outs in the bottom of the ninth,” Samardzija continued. “I guess there is no real way out,” Samardzija said, thumbing through a well-read copy of Seppuku and You. “Hey, do you have a coin I can flip?”

With that, Fire Lou Piniella! ended the interview, which Samardzija had insisted be conducted inside of his parked car as it idled inside his closed garage.


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Ozzie Guillen, mang.

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Lou! Hot as a Kerry Wood fastball.

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The Bottom 126 Cubs of My Lifetime

1. Todd Hundley

2. Neifi Perez

3. Alex Gonzalez

4. LaTroy Hawkins

5. Fred McGriff

6. Corey Patterson

7. Mel Rojas

8. Jeff Blauser

9. Antonio Alfonseca

10. Juan Pierre

11. Shawn Estes

12. Felix Heredia

13. Julian Tavarez

14. Kyle Farnsworth

15. Mark Prior

16. Kent Mercker

17. Moises Alou

18. Dave Veres

19. Jose Macias

20. Lenny Harris

21. Jose Hernandez

22. Jacque Jones

23. The Unnamed Pitchers of the 90s

24. Freddy Bynum

25. Jerry Hairston, Jr.

26. Scott Williamson

27. Tony Womack

28. Andy Pratt

29. Will Ohman

30. Phil Nevin

31. Jeff Fassero

32. Ronny Cedeno

33. Brant Brown

34. Roosevelt Brown

35. Jason Dubois

36. Wade Miller

37. Mark Guthrie

38. Sergio Mitre

39. Juan Cruz

40. Gabor Paul II Bako

41. Ryan Dempster

42. Mike Remlinger

43. Glendon Rusch

44. Nomar Garciaparra

45. Gary Matthews, Jr.

46. Matt Clement

47. Gary Gaetti

48. Bobby Hill

49. Benito Santiago

50. Jerome Williams

51. Roberto Novoa

52. David Kelton

53. Todd Wellemeyer

54. Shane Andrews

55. Darrin Jackson

56. Frank DiPino/Terry Francona

57. John Mabry

58. Curtis Wilkerson

59. Hee Seop Choi

60. Cesar Izturis

61. Rick Wilkins

62. Jon Garland

63. Augie Ojeda

64. Jerome Walton

65. Jae Kuk Ryu

66. Todd Hollandsworth

67. Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes

68. Willie Greene

69. Michael Tucker

70. Damon Berryhill

71. Jon Leicester

72. Mitch Webster

73. Curtis/Tom Goodwin

74. Jody Gerut

75. Jim Sundberg

76. Steve Buechele

77. Darren Lewis

78. Rey Ordonez

79. Marvell Wynne

80. Tyler Houston

81. Amaury Telemaco

82. Kevin Roberson

83. Damian Jackson

84. Doug Dascenzo

85. Ismael Valdez

86. Matt Karchner

87. Jeff Huson

88. Jose Nieves

89. Ross Gload

90. Chad Hermansen

91. Luis Salazar

92. Mike Hubbard

93. Delino DeShields

94. Matt Lawton

95. Howard Johnson

96. Rondell White

97. Turk Wendell

98. Ray King

99. Gary Scott

100. Steve Rain

101. Kevin Orie

102. Rey Sanchez

103. Francis Beltran

104. Paul Noce

105. Enrique Wilson

106. Ruben Quevedo

107. Damon Buford

108. Brooks Kieschnick

109. Damian Miller

110. Scott Bullett

111. Rick Aguilera

112. Chad Meyers

113. Gary Varsho

114. Jason Bere

115. Troy O'Leary

116. Chico Walker

117. Rick Wrona

118. Leo Gomez

119. Chris Stynes

120. Dan Plesac

121. Robert Machado

122. Julio Zuleta

123. Todd Zeile

124. Chad Fox

125. Adam Greenberg

126. Sandy Martinez

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