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RedLegSuperStar
12-15-2008, 09:45 PM
Per MLBTradeRumors.com and Chicago radio stations..


Word from WSCR 670 in Chicago is that the Cubs will sign outfielder Joey Gathright. We've heard the same from a source. Gathright, 28 in April, was non-tendered by the Royals on Friday.

wheels
12-15-2008, 09:52 PM
That guy is an excellent defender, and seems to have a decent eye at the plate.

Not much power to speak of, but he should prove useful as a spare for the Stinking Cubs.

Benihana
12-15-2008, 09:57 PM
Don't they already have a younger version of him in Felix Pie?

RedEye
12-15-2008, 10:43 PM
Don't they already have a younger version of him in Felix Pie?

Sort of. I have the sense that Pie has way more power and much less discipline though. They are both good defenders, I think.

Mario-Rijo
12-16-2008, 02:09 AM
Sort of. I have the sense that Pie has way more power and much less discipline though. They are both good defenders, I think.

Wow the poor mans versions of CPatt & Taveras. Now if they just had Dusty back and we had Lou (like should have occured to begin with) we wouldn't have to worry about the Cubs.

Tom Servo
12-16-2008, 03:51 AM
Joey Gathright more like Joey Gathwrong

reds44
12-16-2008, 03:53 AM
I love Gathright. He's not very good, but I love him.

Topcat
12-16-2008, 04:56 AM
So much better an option than Taveras, whom to quote puffy "I loathe"

camisadelgolf
12-16-2008, 05:52 AM
So much better an option than Taveras, whom to quote puffy "I loathe"

What's so much better about Gathright? Granted, Gathright is a little bit better as a defender, but overall, I'd say they're pretty much equal, even though Taveras is better at slugging and stealing bases.


Willy Taveras AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG *OPS+ TB SH SF IBB HBP GDP
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
162 Game Avg 591 88 167 18 4 2 33 51 11 35 98 .283 .331 .337 72 199 12 3 0 9 4

Joey Gathright AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG *OPS+ TB SH SF IBB HBP GDP
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+---+---+---+
162 Game Avg 455 67 120 12 3 0 38 31 11 37 81 .263 .328 .304 68 138 13 2 0 8 6

camisadelgolf
12-16-2008, 05:55 AM
I worry that this signing is the Cubs' way replacing Pie so they can trade him to the Padres for Peavy.

Spitball
12-17-2008, 05:49 PM
I worry that this signing is the Cubs' way replacing Pie so they can trade him to the Padres for Peavy.

From the Chicago Sun Times


Cubs looking to shop Pie
The Cubs just signed a guy who's so fast, he already has run past Felix Pie on the outfield depth chart and looks like he's about to run Pie right out of the organization. What's certain is this: Former Rays and Royals outfielder Joey Gathright is a left-handed hitter with more experience, at least as much defensive versatility and better baserunning ability and instincts than Pie, and he made a better impression on manager Lou Piniella with Tampa Bay than Pie has made in Chicago. With the Cubs pursuing free-agent outfielder Milton Bradley and with three other outfielders locked in, there's room for only one Gathright-Pie type. It's doubtful Pie -- who recently was considered the organization's top prospect -- will last the offseason without being traded, considering he's out of options and was a long shot to make the 25-man roster out of spring training even before Gathright was signed.

OnBaseMachine
12-17-2008, 09:16 PM
I'd like to see Walt go after Felix Pie. He's got a ton of talent and is still only 23 years old.

RedLegSuperStar
12-17-2008, 10:18 PM
Pie for Roenicke?