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Cubs' moves (no, not Bradley)

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The Cubs tendered offers to all of their arbitration-eligible players today except injured pitcher Neal Cotts, as expected.

Closer Carlos Marmol and shortstop Ryan Theriot, both first-time eligible players, headline the eight-man group and figure to get the biggest salary jumps over last season.

The others tendered offers: pitchers Tom Gorzelanny, Angel Guzman and Sean Marshall; catcher Koyie Hill; and infielders Mike Fontenot and Jeff Baker.

Players and arb players exchange salary figures next month. And proceed to arbitration hearings if unable to agree to terms before then. The Cubs haven't gone to a hearing with a player since Mark Grace in 1993.

The Cubs hope to re-sign Cotts -- who had Tommy John elbow surgery last season, when he made $1.1 million -- to a minor-league deal if he doesn't sign elsewhere.

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The heck with Cotts and Marlon Byrd, sign Calero,Capps and Coco Crisp.

Mr. Ricketts please show Jim Hendry the way out of town now, because he's the Cubs greatest problem and a major liability! He's the person that signed Soriano, Bradley, the vastly over-rated Fuki I cannot hit dummy and Dumpster for way too much money and not very long ago let a solid legitimate lead-off hitting center-fielder like Juan Piere that possessed a superior work ethic that helped get the team into the post season go for nothing. Moreover, allowing Jake Peavy to sign on the South Side is another recent huge mistake, because he could have been a great pitcher for the Cubs for the next five years! Now we'll be able to watch him up close win consistently on the South Side.

Mr. Ricketts, the current Cubs Team is unfortunately going nowhere thanks mostly to Jim Hendry and his incompetent staff and he must be shown the door now, before Sandberg takes over in 2011 or 2012!

You need to blow-up the entire thing and build around the few talented solid pieces the team currently has; Ramirez, Theriot (second base not short), Lee until his contract expires, Zambrano until his contract expires, Marmol and Wells. Every other piece is expendable and should be looked at as such!

We need a World Series Title and the current team is nowhere close to being able to obtain that goal. Believing that this team can win a World Series is foolish beyond imagination! Bring in a GM that can build a young talented team from scratch and change the perpetual losing tradition once and for all. This city and the loyal fans deserve a consistent winning team like the Yankees and anything short of that is unacceptable!!!

Very Respectfully,

Michael Feraldo
47 Year Old very frustrated life long Cubs fan!!!

Here's a trade suggestion that would help offset Bradley's albatross contract: make the deal with Tampa Bay for Burrell and incluce 4 or 5 million. Then ship Burrell to Atlanta for Derek Lowe and have the Braves send back some money (4 or 5 million) to help pay for the remaining years on Lowe's deal. This obviously solves the Cubs biggest problem and lets the team finally move on. Plus they get a pitcher who you can pencil in for 200+ innings annually. It will cost the Cubs money over the next few seasons but they can save face by not having to admit to paying someone to take on their problem.

IT IS ALWAYS HARD TO GET RID OF DEAD WEIGHT!
SOMEONE IS GOING TO TAKE HIM, BUT THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE THE CUBBIES PAY ALOT OF THAT SALARY TO TAKE HIM OF THEIR HANDS!
MILTON BRADLEY NEEDS TO CHILLOUT, GET SOME THERAPY AND THANK GOD ABOVE THAT HE HAS THE ABILITY TO PLAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, BECAUSE IF HE KEEPS UP WITH HIS FOOLISHNESS, HE IS GOING TO HAVE TO GET A REAL JOB!

I guess the previous posters were wrong about the Cubbies having to payout money for his contract. Even though we got Silva and money from the Mariners. This team roster still sucks...

I think the Cubs should let Ronnie Woo Woo be the bench coach next year. He'd provide a loose feeling and morale would never waver.

Because whenever the team got down, he'd just say: "Woo Cubs. Woo." And the whole place would immediately feel better and smash home runs to the deepest parts of the park.

I am a diehard Cubs Fan for over 40 years. I just wish the Chicago Cubs organization would make better decisions on the players that they put on the field. Also giving out very large contracts for several years to players that are mediocre. They need to go back to basics and produce a club with speed, defense and solid pitching. Like in the early 1900's. Every player on that team had 14 or more stolen bases including the catcher. I also wish for the organization to stop talking about the park and focus on more important issues like the club itself. I really don't want to hear about the bathroom issue. Just fix it. Also, I can't believe the fans will respond to any article in regards of the Cubs about every issue that does not pertain to the baseball. Stop bickering about the South Side. Let's just get a World Series on the North Side. Lets talk baseball!!!

hello mr ricketts. why havent you done anything good yet after ypu said you was going to win the world series next year. you got rid of good players such as harden and fox, but havent brought anyone in that will improve our cubs. want to win the world series, then go get the following players. heath bell, josh johnson, jermaine dye,and orlando hudson. then we will be champions. sad when us fans know more about the game than the people that our not making any moves.hope to see something done before 82 more home games are sold out again, then you guys can say the team still dont have any money. good luck, from a depressed cubs fan. ps adam dunn should have been picked up last year. when a guy the size of king kong wants to hit home runs for our team, you dont pass him up. merry christmas.

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