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Friday, February 27, 2004

Jason Kendall to be a Cub Already? 

According to a very unreliable source (a friend of mine who listens to Pittsburgh sports radio at work all day), Jason Kendall may be the Cubs' new catcher much sooner than anticipated--maybe by this weekend. Supposedly, this is basically a done deal!

The Cubs would get Kendall and cash to cover some (possibly HALF) of his insane contract.

The Pirates would get Michael Barrett and some combination of the following young pitchers: Juan Cruz, Sergio Mitre, and Francis Beltran.

I have scoured the internet looking for confirmation of this tantalizing possibility, but there doesn't seem to be anything out there.

I, for one, think this would be a great trade for the Cubs, and not just because I predicted it. If you look at their team right now, they don't have a lot of weaknesses. Their two biggest problems are that they don't have a good catcher and they don't have guys who can hit at the top of the order. Kendall would solve both of these problems. Just look at this freaking lineup:

1. Grudzielanek, 2B
2. Kendall, C
3. Sosa, RF
4. Lee, 1B
5. Ramirez, 3B
6. Alou, LF
7. Patterson, CF
8. Gonzalez, SS

Then, of course, there's the dream scenario. Alex Gonzalez leaves to pursue a film career, forcing Mark Grudzielanek to move back to Shorstop! Then, we could do THIS!

1. Kendall, C
2. Walker, 2B
3. Sosa, RF
4. Lee, 1B
5. Ramirez, 3B
6. Alou, LF
7. Patterson, CF
8. Grudzielanek, SS

Oh, man! It just might be worth watching all those dribblers go up the middle for base hits.

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