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. Matt Murton is only "on the block" because our GM cares as much about what hand you bat with as he does your ability. Also the fact that Hendry probably thinks OBP stands for old baseball philosophy. But I'd hardly call a guy with a .809 OPS in 508 PA's in 2006, and .790 this past season when he was clearly stupidly jerked around a throw away prospect. He's only a toss in because our GM is...well, my mom always taught me to not say anything if you can't say anything nice. So, radio silence on that front...
The bottom line is Hendry has driven the value of Murton down...That is undeniable.
Sean Marshall or Sean Gallagher certainly aren't throw away prospects. Gallagher jumped from AA to AAA during this past season, 21 years old at the time. He should have never been touched but at times we needed help. Don't let a 14 inning sample fool you, he's going to be a damn solid starting pitcher. You can check out his minor league numbers at http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/G/sean-gallagher.shtml
Sean marshall has poor peripherals and doesn't project out well to the AL.

Gallagher is a solid pitching prospect but one that most organizations have a few of.

As for Pie, he's comparable to Patterson only in the fact that both were Chicago Cubs CF prospects. Beyond that, two totally different situations and players. Patterson had the misfortune of coming along while Dusty Baker and his loons were here and they pretty much broke him. Along with a whole lot of other players.

Certainly no prospect is a sure thing until they prove it in the bigs, but he was just 22 last season. At his age Roberts hadn't even sniffed AA yet. And when you have the knowledge that Pie's MLB struggles mirror his minor league progression, struggling early but busting through the hurdle with time, it isn't hard to guess where his career is going.

Pie has playe discipline issues.

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I wonder how the Sun or MLBTR could characterize the Cubs as "aggresively pursuing" or "going hard" after Roberts? How "agressive" can it be if they aren't offering Pie or Hill?

The Braves "aggresively" pursued Teixera. The Cubs are bargain hunting.

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I wonder how the Sun or MLBTR could characterize the Cubs as "aggresively pursuing" or "going hard" after Roberts? How "agressive" can it be if they aren't offering Pie or Hill?

The Braves "aggresively" pursued Teixera. The Cubs are bargain hunting.

And Mark Teixeira was 27 when the deal was made, had already put up two .900+ OPS seasons and one that was damn close. The Braves were also dealing an elite prospect who happened to be blocked at his position by another young guy not even to arbitration.

Sorry, Brian Roberts is a great second basemen. But he's not even in the same discussion as Teixeira. It would be a bit like faulting the Pirates for not giving Adam LaRoche Pujols money. There are good players. There are even great players. But then there are Superstars.

If the Cubs were trading for Mark Teixeira and he could magically play SS, I'd have no problem with the discussion including Pie. Or Hill. Or any of our players wives. Or their mistresses. Or our GM's soul. Whatever. Sadly we're discussing Brian Roberts.

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And Mark Teixeira was 27 when the deal was made, had already put up two .900+ OPS seasons and one that was damn close. The Braves were also dealing an elite prospect who happened to be blocked at his position by another young guy not even to arbitration.

Sorry, Brian Roberts is a great second basemen. But he's not even in the same discussion as Teixeira. It would be a bit like faulting the Pirates for not giving Adam LaRoche Pujols money. There are good players. There are even great players. But then there are Superstars.

If the Cubs were trading for Mark Teixeira and he could magically play SS, I'd have no problem with the discussion including Pie. Or Hill. Or any of our players wives. Or their mistresses. Or our GM's soul. Whatever. Sadly we're discussing Brian Roberts.

Not too any people outside of Baltimore would put Teixeira in the category of a superstar. He's very, very good, but not quite in the perennial all-star category.

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My guy just got back from Venezula..sp..and is having lunch right now with Sean Gallagher. He will keep me posted.

Any info on what they're eating?

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