Sorry, early risers, but my sleepiness overcame the alarm today, so you’re getting a late-morning edition of headlines today. I hope you can all forgive me. The Cubs managed a face-saving win in St. Louis last night, but I’m more interested in what Jim Hendry said about his inactivity at the trade deadline.
â€œObviously, what we needed to do for sure was to trade Fuke,â€ Hendry said, referring to Kosuke Fukudome. â€œThat was important because you have somebody behind him that we needed to play in Colvin. We tried to stay on top of some things today, maybe try to trade some people that might not be back next year for sure. Those things didnâ€™t work out.”
They probably didn’t work out because he was trying to trade only the players no other would want, Jim. I’m thinking John Grabow here. As it turns out, Jim wasn’t expecting anything big to happen, so at least he didn’t disappoint himself.
â€œI wasnâ€™t expecting, like I told you the other day, a high percentage or likelihood of something significant being done. So you do the best you can. A lot of things can still happen. Last year, I think we made two trades in August, (Mike) Fontenot and Derrek Lee, one the 11th, one was the 18th and got some certainly respectable prospects back. I think the days are gone where it has to be done by the deadline or everybody gets allâ€¦if you didnâ€™t do something by 3 oâ€™clock, this is a disaster or thatâ€™s a disaster. I donâ€™t put much stock in that. The guys we kept are for the most part guys that still have a chance to be involved next year. If we do make a trade or two in August, thatâ€™s still no more or less significant that if we made them today.â€
Oh good. So you can still unload Grabow and Koyie Hill in August. That makes me feel better. Finally, Jim gives us the real reason he didn’t trade Carlos Pena.
â€œThereâ€™s not somebody waiting to take his place for next year in-house like Tyler is hopeful to do that in the outfield in moving Fuke,â€ Hendry said. You have to look at it that way, too.
â€œThe other factor, if you get a second-tier or two prospect back and you already have people better than that in your own system, then you really havenâ€™t done anything to help the organization, and then youâ€™re also put in the spot where if you add minor-league players today, that means somebodyâ€™s going to be sent backwards in our system or eliminated. Thatâ€™s just the way I looked at it.â€
It turns out the mediocre prospects being offered for Pena aren’t any better than the mediocre prospects we already have. I get it.
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