ROBERTS WOULD CHANGE CUBS
The Cubs pursuit of Brian Roberts is very interesting. He immediately changes the dynamics of the club, and maybe more importantly, changes the lineup.
Soriano would have to cede his spot at the top of the lineup for Roberts, a bona fide leadoff man who hits from both sides of the plate, gets on-base and then steals the next one. Just the idea of having Roberts on base nearly 40% of the time in front of Soriano, D Lee and Ramirez is enough to make Cubs fans salivate.
What would it take to get him here? Paul Sullivan reports:
While the Cubs have been adamant about their refusal to trade
left-hander Rich Hill or center fielder Felix Pie, they could part with
Sean Marshall or Sean Gallagher and a position player such as Ronny
Cedeno or Eric Patterson to meet the Orioles’ asking price.
I would hope it would be Cedeno and Gallagher, but at this point I’m too giddy over the thought of Roberts coming here to care what they give up.