Chicago Cubs Tuesday Headlines: The latest on Tananka and Jim Hendry finds love at last

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If you love someone, let them go. If he comes back to you, he’s yours. If he doesn’t, he never was. Big congrats to Jim Hendry and Brian Roberts, who were finally able to consummate their love in New York with a 1-year contract:

The longest tenured Oriole left for pinstripes.

Veteran second baseman Brian Roberts, who has played his entire 13-year career with the Orioles and has been the face of the franchise through many of those seasons, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million plus incentives with the rival New York Yankees, according to an industry source.

I can just see Hendry while this deal went down: Pacing, sweaty, sticking his head next to Cashman’s so he can hear the phone conversation, a la George and Mary talking to Sam Wainwright. So when you think love has passed you by and you’re ready to give up, don’t. You are never too old for love and you never know what life has in store for you.

Turning our attention to 25-year old Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, here’s the latest: While the parties involved have reached an agreement on a maximum bid to negotiate with Tanaka and other posting-related rules, his club, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, are decidedly not pleased with the arrangement (the Ham Fighters got more than $51 million for Yu Darvish’s posting fee) and reportedly are having second thoughts about posting Tanaka at all. In the past, the Golden Eagles have said they would honor a request by Tanaka to play in MLB, and Tanaka has made it clear that’s what he wishes to do. Still, things are up in the air.

The people I’ve talked to in the industry still believe Tanaka will be posted. After that, the hard work begins, as the Cubs will have to convince Tanaka to come play for a team that may not win for several years. We’ll supposedly get a decision, one way or the other, on Tanaka today.

Finally, it looks like the Cubs have an interest in pitcher Jonathan Sanchez:

The Chicago Cubs are one of several teams interested in signing free agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez.

The Cubs envision Sanchez as a reliever, according to a source. Several other teams interested in Sanchez prefer to employ him as a starter — a role that Sanchez has performed for most of his career.

Sanchez has limited left-handed batters to a .218 batting average.

Sanchez, 31, threw a no-hitter in 2009 and won 13 games for the Giants in 2010 but has been hampered by control problems. Sanchez has pitched for the Rockies, Royals and Pirates.

Yet another underwhelming rumor to which I say “eh?”

Make sure you’re following LOHO’s Facebook page today — that’s where we’ll post the news about Tanaka as soon as we get it.

22 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Tuesday Headlines: The latest on Tananka and Jim Hendry finds love at last

  1. gravedigger says:

    so, how many losses will this team collect in 2014? is this another 100 loss team?

    1. gravedigger says:

      Looks like commenting is back in working order. No idea what broke in the previous threat. My guess is it crashed under the weight of the stupidity involved.

      I cracked up at your visual of Hendry. Spot on.

      1. Anonymous says:

        You just WON’T leave it alone, will you asshole?

        1. gravedigger says:

          Nope. I am going to keep at it until these comment threads always nest correctly.

        2. juliedicaro says:

          Oh joy, what did I miss?

          1. Doc Blume says:

            You didn’t read yesterday’s comments…did you.

            Gravedigger is a racist and Pete Rose was actually not a good ballplayer.

            1. gravedigger says:

              That sums it up perfectly.

              1. juliedicaro says:

                Pfffft. A guy wrote a whole blog post about me being a racist yesterday.

              2. gravedigger says:

                Do you believe people should be allowed to retain their culture, and that the word “lazy” shouldn’t apply to an entire race of people? If so, you’re a racist.

              3. Doc Blume says:

                But I thought you were a racist. Aren’t you? You hate all French named ballplayers that went to LSU….you racist.

      1. gravedigger says:

        I think the plugin for rating comments was the culprit. I disabled it for now to test.

  2. gravedigger says:

    aaaand comments are broken again. god dammit.

  3. juliedicaro says:

    And yes, I know it’s the Nippon Ham . . Fighters. But we once had a hilarious debate on this site about what a “ham fighter” was, so I will never not call them that.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      That’s like if Keebler bought the football team in Green Bay and named them the Keebler E.L. Fudge Packers.

      1. juliedicaro says:


        I still remember the great comment: “A ham fighter? A person who fights ham or a ham who fights?”

  4. Doc Blume says:

    Jim Hendry finally hooking up with an aged Brian Roberts is like me finally hooking up with my childhood dream, Carrie Fisher.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      Both a little worse for the wear.

  5. johnnywest333 says:

    I suppose I’m thankful that I was in Vegas and wasn’t checking the posts for the last couple of days.

  6. sloanpeterson2 says:

    You did not miss much? Did you win?

    1. johnnywest333 says:

      Nope I lost everything including the mortgage payment.

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