Found January 27, 2012 on The Sports Bank:
Hello again, everybody. It has been a few weeks, but it’s Friday, and I am back. So, let’s get together, and throw out some quick thoughts and observations about our favorite baseball team. There is a lot going on, and at any minute now the Chicago Cubans could really start taking shape. Nonetheless, news could start breaking any minute so let’s get moving. • After trolling around the rumors and comments, it seemed there was some hesitation in a Byrd for Prado trade. Um. Am I missing something? Done, done, done, done, done. • I cannot fathom the Braves executing this trade, but I would hop on it in a heartbeat. • I think the second-half of the 2011 season will most likely pigeonhole Barney as a career backup. It was just way too reminiscent of Theriot’s multiple August swoons. • So, the Cubs could really use a second baseman, like, well, Martin Prado. • Okay, I will leave it alone before he becomes Brian Roberts or Jake Peavy in my obsessive mind. • Calm and settle, Manny Corpus i...

Chicago Cubs 2012 Preview

2011 In A NutshellThe Cubbies finished next to last in the surprisingly strongNL Central.  The team never had a realidentity, and their overpriced, rundown “stars” didn’t play up to theircontract, again. Hey! I guess that’s their identity! “Chicago, The Place WhereWorthless Baseball Players Get Paid Boat-Loads Of Money”. Their hitting wasshockingly wasn’t bad, middle...

You May Say I'm a Dreamer: Chicago Cubs

What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. "Wait 'til next year..." It's a refrain that's beaten into your soul as a Cubs fan. Growing up in Chicago's northwest suburbs, it's one that I uttered many...

Vitters eager to pounce on opportunity

After battling through injuries and inexperience, Josh Vitters, the Cubs' top pick in the 2007 First- Year Player Draft, appears ready to compete for a chance to reach the big leagues in 2012.

Cubs take Corpas off big league roster

The Cubs removed reliever Manny Corpas, who is still recovering from elbow surgery, from the 40-man roster but will still invite him to spring training with a chance to make the team.

Player Profile #113: Martin Prado | 3B/OF | ATL

He doesn’t walk and he makes a lot of contact. His name is Martin Prado and he lives and dies with his BABIP. If Prado doesn’t hit close to .300 then you’re going to be disappointed. He doesn’t have enough power or speed to contribute elsewhere without his batting average. The good news is that before 2011, Prado’s lowest BABIP was .331 when he had at least 250 plate appearances...

Corpas outrighted to make room for Wood

The Cubs opened a spot on the 40-man roster for Kerry Wood on Thursday when they outrighted pitcher Manny Corpas. Corpas now will be a non-roster invitee to Spring Training.

3 Trades Braves Should Consider: Trade #3

By Jim Pratt Editor’s note: Recently, BravesWire writer, Jim Pratt, proposed the first of three trades he says the Braves should consider. See links to parts 1-2 below.  TRADE #1 >>> | TRADE #2 >>> Braves OF Martin Prado Even though Braves’ left fielder, Martin Prado, is playing out of position, his worth is not limited to his outfield production.  The safety...

Selig to decide compensation for Red Sox, Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Commissioner Bud Selig will decide what compensation the Boston Red Sox will receive for Theo Epstein's move to the Chicago Cubs.

Around the Horn: Outfield

Unable to find an outfielder with an impact bat, the Braves will enter the 2012 season hopeful that Jason Heyward and Martin Prado will bounce back from disappointing seasons to help center fielder Michael Bourn, who provide a bit of a spark when he was acquired in July.
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