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I suggest Roberts for Cedeno and a few prospects.

Cedeno could be our SS for years to come. We must finish our rebuilding up the middle.

BRob is worthy of a 4 for 1. Chicago wants him badly.

This trade will easily net us 2 eveyday players. Cedeno has nothing to prove below the ML level. I believe in the guy as a long term solution.

I also like the idea of possibly getting back Fontenot to man 2nd base. Maybe we could throw in a couple of salary munched sweeteners ?

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Well Luke Scott was traded they always talked about his arm being a issue. Anyways Pie more in likely won't be in the trade if he is i be shocked. In my mind Pie is better future talent then Jones that is up for debate and we can let the future do the talking though. I really like Eric Patterson because not only does he remind me off his older brothers speed but he is not a free-swinger unlike is older brother who is. He actually takes a pitch if he has to he hits for a good average. He also is noted to have more power then his older brother. He is still young i would love to see him a part off the B-ROB trade. Other why's i do not see a trade i like. We need to get at least one solid hitting prospect out of this. Patterson has my vote. He can play 2nd too so we can just swap Roberts out with him and who ever else we get with Patterson if that is Gallagher or Marshall or Veal who ever. Patterson has 20 Homer and 20 SB if not 30 SB potential. He can probaly hit for a .290 Major League Average or more. He a solid player all around and a under rated in my mind. It is in his blood.

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Well Luke Scott was traded they always talked about his arm being a issue. Anyways Pie more in likely won't be in the trade if he is i be shocked. In my mind Pie is better future talent then Jones that is up for debate and we can let the future do the talking though. I really like Eric Patterson because not only does he remind me off his older brothers speed but he is not a free-swinger unlike is older brother who is. He actually takes a pitch if he has to he hits for a good average. He also is noted to have more power then his older brother. He is still young i would love to see him a part off the B-ROB trade. Other why's i do not see a trade i like. We need to get at least one solid hitting prospect out of this. Patterson has my vote. He can play 2nd too so we can just swap Roberts out with him and who ever else we get with Patterson if that is Gallagher or Marshall or Veal who ever. Patterson has 20 Homer and 20 SB if not 30 SB potential. He can probaly hit for a .290 Major League Average or more. He a solid player all around and a under rated in my mind. It is in his blood.
This is debatable and since he doesn't hit for enough power to be a DH, it makes trading for problematic IMO.
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I think it would be wise to start speculating on other potential trade partners for Roberts between now and the All-Star break. The Cubs don't match up all that great and there are other teams in the league who need a second baseman. I think the Rockies would be win/win, because they have middle infield talent in the minors that is blocked by Tulo at SS, and they are putting all their 2B eggs in an unproven basket. Cleveland is also possible (as previously discussed on this site). I'm sure there are others...

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If the guy is a second baseman and centerfielder, I am led to believe that he isn't that great at either position-particularly second. If the guy was a really good middle infielder, the club w/have left him there because middle infield is vital.If they're moving him off to look at other people at second, what does that tell you?

I am perfectly happy for Roberts to start the season w/the Orioles. If Cedeno isn't that great, I don't want that deal because the other players mentioned are no great shakes either.I'd only trade Brian Roberts in a deal that nets us a starting second baseman or shortstop.We have enough pitchers and outfielders.

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February 10, 2008

Cubs' Hendry not done tinkering

Goodbye, Chicago; hello, spring tweaking

By Paul Sullivan | Tribune staff reporter

7:40 PM CST, February 9, 2008 EXCERPT

"I'd still like to add some people before the start of the season," Hendry said. "You can't guarantee that will happen, but we'll keep our options open. We're going to continue to look around. We'll have our scouts all over during spring training in Florida and Arizona.

"There have been a lot of things happening much later than normal this off-season, deals with the magnitude of a [Johan] Santana or [Erik] Bedard. I think that's just the way the industry is going."

Hendry went up to the start of spring training in 2004 before signing free agent Greg Maddux, but nothing appears imminent as Wednesday's reporting date approaches. Acquiring Baltimore's Brian Roberts is still the most likely option, and the rumor has been out there so long that some see it as inevitable.

But whether Orioles owner Peter Angelos will allow top executive Andy MacPhail to move one of his favorite players remains to be seen, and how much MacPhail wants in return could be another sticking point. Not only did he receive five players for Bedard, he also received three Cubs prospects for Steve Trachsel in August in one of the more forgettable trades Hendry has made.

The desire to insert a "speed" guy like Roberts into the leadoff spot goes hand in hand with the Cubs' wacky schedule. It includes 17 home games through May 1 along with road games in cold-weather, dome-free cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Denver.

They probably will have to manufacture some runs to win games in the first month or so, and manager Lou Piniella has warned repeatedly the Cubs need to get off to a good start because they play 16 of their final 22 games on the road.

Roberts is affordable, earning $6.3 million in '08 and $8 million in '09. He has a limited no-trade clause, but those who know him say he's eager to bail out of Baltimore and come to the North Side. Hendry has been given the green light from club Chairman Crane Kenney to increase payroll, and said he doesn't worry that Tribune Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sam Zell, who ultimately controls the purse strings, will affect the way he operates.

Hendry said Kenney instructed him to go ahead and make "a few more additions before camp."

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/cs-080209-cubs-chicago-hendry-spring-training,1,5127882.story

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There is just no reason now to trade an all star 2nd baseman. With all the resent players gotten in the Tejada- Bedard trade the Orioles now have enough pitching prospects in their system to trade for SS-3B- 1B players.

They are also going to sign another FA SP to complement the young pitchers now in the rotation. Getting rid of the remaining dead wood will be the problem.

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