Carlos Zambrano finally broke is his opening day winless streak when the Cubs beat the Houston Astros Monday night 4-2. Zambrano went six plus innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out six.
Milton Bradley, Kosuke Fukodome and Derek Lee went 0-for-4. Alfonso Soriano connected lead-off home run number 50. Aramis Ramirez also hit a solo shot. One of the not-so-big surprises was Mike Fontenot who went 3 for 4 and scoring twice.
New closer Kevin Gregg got the save after giving up a run in the bottom of the nineth.
I’ve not blogged in a while due to school constraints. In case you’ve missed it, the Cleveland Indians signed Kerry Wood and the Cubs then dealt second baseman Mark DeRosa for three minor league pitchers in the month of December.
Now, reports out of Chicago are that the Cubs have signed Milton Bradley to a three-year, $30 millon deal pending a medical check up.
The Cubs website is also reporting that the deal to send to Jason Marquis to the Rockies for Luis Vizcaino will probably be finalized on Tuesday.
In looking at the latest Jake Peavy to Cubs trade news, I’m a bit confused about why people have such an attachment to Mark DeRosa. Now, don’t get me wrong. DeRo did a great job for the Cubbies in 2008, and was part of the reason why they won the division. But let’s be honest about this, despite his career year he still had boughts when he was hot and cold.
This is the way I look at it: you need to build your team according to your needs. You have Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot who can play third and second. If you keep Cedeno, that allows you to give Theriot and Fontenot and day off. The outfield situation is a bit more precarious. You need a lefty bat in the outfield. It looks like the Cubs have set their sights on Milton Bradley. (They were also looking at him last year before they signed Fukudome.)
Hitting alone won’t get you to the World Series. The still have a weak spot in the rotation with Jason Marquis and never knowing which one is going to show up that game. You need another starting. Peavey is a good match and he wants to come Chicago and play in Chicago. Unlike Marquis who moaned and groaned all last season about playing in Chicago.
In order to get Peavy, they’re going to possibly have to give up their #1 draft pick from 2007–Josh Vitters, among other players (one of whom is Felix Pie).
In my book, it’s a good trade.