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  1. Question I have been asking, could the Cubs possibly have gotten more for Jake Fox? I am a White Sox fan, got to see a lot of Fox this season, seemed like they could have gotten a little better.

    Comment by Tim — December 4, 2009 @ 9:17 am

  2. I’m not expecting him to play much 3B. I’m thinking either 1B or LF.
    Just a hunch.

    Thanks for the info on what he’s swinging at :-)

    Comment by DW0304 — December 4, 2009 @ 9:43 am

  3. Where does Carter or Barton play then?

    Comment by JDSussman — December 4, 2009 @ 10:03 am

  4. Pointless deal unless they at least try him at 3B. Btw, if you look at his career splits he handled lefties better, but had a bizarre reverse split last season in both AAA and MLB. This along with an increase in BB% even though it is still low. Perhaps he has made some pretty major adjustments? I think Beane is looking at this as a buy low opportunity on a potential breakout, especially at a position of need for them, which is what Bill James is also apparently seeing.

    Comment by Paul — December 4, 2009 @ 11:30 am

  5. More in the name link, but…

    Sadly, the Cubs just traded the cost-controlled slugging 1B, who could have replaced Derrek Lee’s $13 million salary after this season, in addition to that piece of shit Aaron Miles and $1 million cash for A’s reliever Jeff Gray and two random prospects. On the plus side, Gray does not walk batters, making him a welcome addition to the Cubs walk-happy bullpen. On the downside, however, Jake Fox had more value to the Cubs than a cost-controlled reliever.

    And vincente padilla? why are the cubs trying to sign him??

    Scouting report for the cubs:
    * RP Jeff Gray, the centerpiece of the deal, has superb control and efficiency, but average strikeout potential. Gray seems to have a lot of potential as a reliever and has 31 IP of major league experience.
    * OF Matt Spencer has a high power ceiling and average power, but below average plate discipline and a high tendency to strike out. Spencer spent most of 2009 playing AA ball.
    * SP Ronny Morla has good stuff and high strikeout potential with above average control, but he is somewhat hittable (barley below average efficiency rating). Morla has not even played above A ball.

    Comment by David MVP Eckstein — December 4, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

  6. Probably but because of Fox’s lack of defensive skills and an everyday place to play, he projects out better in the AL as a DH for which the market is limited. Questionable trade but Hendry might have maxed out what he could get in trade anyway. The bullpen was/is a major weakness for the Cubs so I get that they need to add some new faces to the mix. I’m not sure what their opening day roster is going to look like but I can almost guarantee right now that you can add another year to the longest WS drought.

    Comment by odbsol — December 4, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

  7. Ditto on the Aaron Miles comment. His 2008 numbers were fairly respectable including high OBP but he apparently left his game in StL. Hopefully this will open up a roster spot for some homegrown talent.

    Comment by odbsol — December 4, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

  8. Good article David. It’s nice of you to say that Fox’s qualifications at third are “suspect”. I’m not sure if I would have been nice enough to say “suspect”.

    But I have one small correction, the I-Cubs are in the hitter-friendly PCL not the IL. He should be a good, cheap replacement for Cust though.

    Comment by Chris (somewhere in the cornfields of Iowa) — December 5, 2009 @ 2:54 am

  9. Whoops! Thanks for pointing that out, Chris.

    Comment by David Golebiewski — December 5, 2009 @ 7:36 am

  10. Couldnt disagree more on Fox.

    It took pitchers about 40 PA to figure out the holes in Fox’s game that season. .230/.293/.421 his final 200 PA. The OBP even enhanced by a IBB and freakishly high 4 HBP. And at 27 years old, this is his peak.

    Career 4A guy who was out of options and cant field any position. Trading him was the right thing to do for the Cubs. Keeping him on staff would have meant the team was forced into a year long bench of Hill/Fontenot/Blanco/Fuld/Fox as all but Fuld (the one guy who can field the OF) would have been out of options. When your starting outfielders are Soriano (cant stay healthy), Fukudome (cant hit Lefties) and Byrd (4th OF being given the starting CF job) you cant have a no-OBP, no-fielding, no-braking-pitch-hitting hole on the bench like that.

    Comment by JoeyO — January 7, 2010 @ 8:07 pm

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