As we are only about five hours away from flipping our baseball calendars to a whole new year and being that the MLB Network launches tomorrow in millions of fans’ homes across America (which could only bring more attention to the MLBlogs community), for any new visitors to MLBlogs.com or Prose and Ivy, I would like to wish you a happy new year!
DeRosa for three no-names??? What?!
I get Cubs updates sent to my phone. No big deal…not bragging…just saying. Today’s headline read Cubs Sign Miles, Acquire Three pitchers.
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…they got the three pitchers in a separate deal with Cleveland, which included MARK DEROSA!!! What?! No Peavy? And still next year, NO DEROSA!?! Why? Who is this Miles guy? Nobody special that I can tell, at least not special enough to send away DeRosa for. Derosa is extremely valuable, perhaps the most valuable player on the Cubs team last year. His versatility is a key component to the Cubs success year in and year out, and yet we deal him for three young pitchers.
Congratulations Cleveland fans. You now have yourself two of the key players in last year’s division title. A first year closer who earned over 30 saves and probably has a decent couple years left (which is all you signed him for anyway) and a versatile, do-whatever-it-takes everyday player in DeRosa. Enjoy. You’re about to see why DeRosa meant so much to Cubs fans.
As I write this, I thought of his nickname, The Pulse, given his erratic heartbeat condition from earlier in the year. Hopefully this isn’t a case of Cubs doctors knowing something the rest of us don’t. I don’t like the thought of DeRosa in another team’s uniform, but I really don’t want to find out he’s another Cuttino Mobley, yet nobody’s speaking up that something’s seriously wrong. The physical exam is up next of course and I’m sure Cleveland’s doctors will make sure they’re not getting damaged goods. Here’s to DeRosa having a healthy and successful 2009 in Cleveland.
As for these new guys? Give me a break. Looking forward to Spring to see if any of them are worth anything near what DeRosa can bring. And Fontenot? Looks like your time as a daily starting Cub is now. Looking forward to seeing you in the Spring too.
This is so disappointing. And if it doesn’t somehow result in Peavy in a Cubs uniform next year, SOMEHOW, it will be unbelievably disappointing. Figures it happens on the last day of 2008. This year bit it hard in more ways than one. What a fitting ending to 2008. 5 hours, 28 minutes and counting 2008. I won’t miss you when you’re gone.
Happy New Year everyone! Go Cubs Go in 2009!