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    Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    Just thought I'd drop in with a bit of an update out of Chicago. George Ofman of WSCR the Score 670 reported that the Reds either offered or were seeking Cubs pitchers Sergio Mitre and Ricky Nolasco (AA minor leaguer) in a deal for Austin Kearns.

    I'll follow this up by saying that Ofman is not the most respected of Cubs journalists out there, but that he has had his scoops from time to time.

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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    From what I've heard, there could be something to this.

    It sounds like Casey/Kearns are the two names that have been discussed the most in recent discussions.

    I'll leave it at that for now.
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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    The Reds could do worse. Reynel Pinto still interests me, though. Might prefer him to Mitre.
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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    Wow, I live in Chicago and haven't heard this one yet.

    *flips on the score.

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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    Quote Originally Posted by M2
    The Reds could do worse.
    That sounds like a challenge. Kind of like, "all you can eat."
    Makes all the routine posts.

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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    Paging Big Donkey... Paging Big Donkey...

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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    I would be dissapointed with that deal, then again I don't know that much about those players, and I still hope for what we saw before that fat retard sat on him.
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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    I never understood the reds apparent fascination with Mitre. Nolasco is nice, but I dont know... I just feel that a 2-5 5.37ERA 1.41WHIP pitcher doesn't excite me. Even with Nolasco added. Hang on to Kearns, his value may be low.. so let him play and hopefully it rises.

    I would be pretty unhappy if this went down.
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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillFunkyB
    I would be dissapointed with that deal, then again I don't know that much about those players, and I still hope for what we saw before that fat retard sat on him.
    Here is what BA had to say about Nolasco:

    7. RICKY NOLASCO, rhp Age: 23 B-T: R-R Ht: 6-2 Wt.: 200
    Drafted: HSóRialto, Calif., 2001 (4th round) Signed by: Spider Jorgensen



    Background: For years, Nolasco had been overshadowed by fellow 2001 Cubs draftees Mark Prior, Andy Sisco and Sergio Mitre, as well as several other young pitchers in the system. Nolasco previously was most notable for being included in a 2003 trade with the Rangers that Rafael Palmeiro vetoed. That all changed in 2005, when he was named Southern League pitcher of the year after leading the league in wins and strikeouts.



    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Strengths:
    Nolasco has above-average pitches with his low-90s fastball and his curveball, and he throws his changeup for strikes. Managers rated his command the best in the Southern League. He has a tremendous feel for pitching.
    Weaknesses:
    When Nolasco was sent to Triple-A before he was ready in 2004, he didnít handle it well. He dropped down with his breaking ball, trying to aim it for strikes, and didnít have the confidence to use his changeup.
    The Future:
    After spending most of the last two seasons in Double-A, Nolasco will get another shot at Triple-A in 2006. If he passes that test, heíll get called up later in the year. The Cubs have a number of starting candidates, so he could wind up in the bullpen.



    2005 Club (Class) W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H HR BB SO AVG
    West Tenn (AA) 14 3 2.89 27 27 1 0 162 151 13 46 173 .245
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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    Quote Originally Posted by M2
    The Reds could do worse. Reynel Pinto still interests me, though. Might prefer him to Mitre.
    There are few real prospects I wouldn't prefer to Sergio Mitre. The guy is complete pyrite. Knowing that, the proposed value coming back is pretty isolated to Nolasco. That being the case, I wouldn't move on that trade at all.
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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    I've always felt that Mitre got a bad rap in Chicago. He was constantly the 6th/7th man pretty much during the duration of time he spent in Chicago. Typically, he'd only see limited spots of action, then either get tossed back to AAA or left to rot in an overcrowded bullpen to be used sporadically. He has shown his share of flashes, but I do not think he's ever been given a fair chance to crack the rotation and stay in it. Also, using him as a reliever is a hyuuuuuuuuuuuge mistake since his slider typically takes time to get warmed up. He got shellacked in relief appearances this year for a reason.

    I think he could make a decent #3/#4 somewhere if given the opportunity.

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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    This deal might not be to bad Mitre and Nolasco would at least be some pitching that we need.

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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    SOund like a load of hooey. Cubbies dreamin again. Like last year around the trade dealine.

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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    My sources say this is a BS rumor, but we'll have to wait and see...

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    Re: Rumor out of Chicago: Kearns to the Cubs?

    Pena for Nolasco and call it a day.


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