The Quade Squad

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for INSIDE THE IVY LOGO.jpgA big day here at Wrigley Field yesterday. Longtime organizational man Mike Quade finally got his shot at skippering his own ship. Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said they sought a manager who wanted to coach.

In Quade, general manager Jim Hendry found exactly that. The press conference was loose, and Quade kept his address pretty informal. He’s exceptionally unguarded and straightforward. But he knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance. After taking 10 days off to decompress by going fishing and crabbing near his home in Bradenton, Fla., he got the call from Hendry–with blue crabs in hand.

“I had the crabs in one hand and my cell phone was ringing,” Quade said. “I looked at the number and it was Jim’s. The timing was almost comical.”

QuadeSquadsmall.JPGIn the October issue of Vine Line, we ran this sketch from our resident editorial cartoonist, Tim Souers. Indeed, it’s Quade’s squad now.

With yesterday’s announcement, it seemed only fitting that we ran it again on our blog. For more of Vine Line‘s editorial cartoons, visit our landing page at cubs.com/vineline.

Quade got a two-year deal, but he said money never was going to be an issue.

“There was no way I was going to let money get in the way of this [opportunity],” Quade said.

Quade’s a lunchpail kind of guy, one who admits he has only one suit and hates wearing it. But when it comes to teaching and coaching, the Chicago-area native wears both hats with ease.

“We’re going to build on the last six weeks of the season,” Quade said. “We’re going to grind it out every day…You set yourself up as an example by being involved. I plan on taking a hands-on approach [with our players].”

We’ll have more behind-the-scene photos tomorrow including some candid moments with Quade in the Cubs clubhouse.

–Michael Huang

 

 

 

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Well it seems as if everyone these days is blogging and I thought what better way to generate conversation on ideas I have for Mr Rickett’s and our Chicago Cubs. This is a critical off-season in my opinion not only for next year but for the next 3-5 years for the franchise. While many experts and well informed individuals seem to think the Cubs are 2-3 years away from being able to compete again I think that with a couple of bold moves or at least attempts not only can the Cubs compete next year but also for the foreseeable future. While I understand there are many circumstances that need to align for some of these ideas I am going to present to happen I also feel if the Cubs and in particular Hendry don’t attempt then it is a failure on his part.

Scenario #1 – As I have seen in a couple of posts before I think the Cubs should really make a push to swap Alfonso Soriano’s contract with that of the San Francisco Giants Barry Zito. Why trade one bad contract for another? First it will clear LF so that Tyler Colvin can play everyday there and allow the Cubs to bring up at least one other OF prospect such as Brad Snyder, Brandon Guyer or even Brett Jackson based off of Spring Training and the last year of the contract is much more friendly than Soriano’s. We get a # 4 or # 5 starter to take up innings but of course they would have to convince Soriano this is in his best interest for playing time and the Giants as well. At least make a play on it.

Scenario #2 – This should be done in conjunction with or at least before Scenario #3. I think the Cubs should make a play for Zach Greinke of the Kansas City Royals to give them a strong # 1 and # 2 starter with the rejuvenated Carlos Zambrano. In an effort to develop a strong enough package why not include a Jeff Samardjia, Jay Jackson, Casey Coleman and Robinson Chirinos? This seems like a lot in terms of prospects but the Cubs would be getting a proven ace and Cy Young award winner in return for potential and they wouldn’t have to give up Andrew Cashner, Christopher Archer or Josh Vitters or Wellington Castillo or Brandon Guyer among others. If the Cubs decide to transform Cashner into a starter they would set up for quite a while and they still would have depth with Thomas Diamond and Randy Wells.

Scenario #3 – Look to trade Ryan Dempster and Kosuke Fukodome to someone in the American League such as the Detroit Tigers and be willing to pay $7.0 million of Fukodome’s contract plus $4.5 million of Dempster’s this year and $4.0 million next year in exchange for pitching prospects. This move saves $17.5 million this year and makes room in the OF for Guyer or Snyder and Greinke in the rotation. Once you factor in Greinke’s salary of course it will be a little less saving but you upgrade the rotation and roster which is the end goal anyways and get some prospects in return.

Scenario #4 – Trade Sam Fuld and John Grabow for a player or players to be named later. This will cut Grabow’s salary and give Fuld an opportunity somewhere else. Plus it helps to clear up the OF picture even more.

I think the Cubs have a lot of young power arms for the bullpen and with the experience garnered this past year will prove to be a strength going forward. There is depth at catching with Wellington Castillo and Steve Clevenger as well as middle infield with Darwin Barney who is with the Cubs, Hak-Ju Lee, DJ LeMahieu and Tony Thomas and there is Vitters for 3B. There are plenty of OF’s who are performing and ready for a shot so that leaves a hole at 1B that needs to be filled. The real question becomes do the Cubs make a splash similar to the scenario’s listed above or do they try and make a trade for Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres who could man 1B for the next 5-6 years? Hopefully the Rickett’s family and Jim Hendry will maybe think a little outside the box and look at something like what is presented above or from some of us other fans who would like to see the city of Chicago holding a downtown parade celebrating a World Series win for the Cubbies.

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