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Catching up with Jim Hendry on the off-season

Since many of you have been discussing the Cubs’ recent moves, we wanted to provide some recent comments from Jim Hendry on the off-season plan. First, here are the major additions and losses during the 2008-09 off-season:

Additions – RHP Luis Vizcaino, IF/OF Aaron Miles, RHP, Kevin Gregg, OF Joey Gathright, RHP David Patton (Rule V), RHP Jeff Stevens (minors), LHP John Gaub (minors), RHP Chris Archer (minors)

Losses – IF/OF Mark DeRosa, RHP Kerry Wood, RHP Jason Marquis, RHP Bob Howry, C Henry Blanco, OF Jim Edmonds

Of course, the Cubs have been pursuing a certain great-hitting and good-defense outfielder this off-season …

When we talked to Jim a couple days ago, he stressed the need to consider the team’s overall plan instead of analyzing moves primarily piece-by-piece.

On his latest deal, Jason Marquis for Luis Vizcaino: “We just felt like we were trying to move Jason and get depth in inventory of pen and add prospects in other areas,” Hendry said. “Jason did do a solid job for us for two years and ate up a lot of innings. We won two division titles with him here. He was solid, but in the overall picture, piece by piece sometimes deals are hard to analyze. When we try to look at the body of work in the offseason or opening day makes a lot more sense.

“We’ll keep plugging and trying to get better until we get to Mesa.”

Click past the jump for more comments straight from the Cubs GM.


Marquis performance

When Jason Marquis launched a grand slam over the rightfield wall last night, he became one of several Cubs who have reached personal or team milestones this season. In fact, it marked the second time in as many weeks that we tore up the milestones page in our postseason program … the last being for Carlos Zambrano’s no-hitter, replacing our mention of Milt Pappas being the last one to do it, 36 years ago.

Trivia question: Who was the last Cubs pitcher to hit a grand slam and how many years ago? Check the comments for the answer of whom Jason erased from our upcoming NLDS program.

More from Saturday

Vaughn.jpgVince Vaughn attended Saturday’s game, which ended with that great on-field celebration after the Cubs earned the National League Central championship. If you weren’t aware he was going to be there beforehand, you would have realized as soon as you heard the fans in the Terrace Reserved seating, going from leftfield to behind the plate, cheering wildly as he walked above them.

Vine Line columnist Jen Nowak spoke briefly with Vince and had the following to say:

“I first asked him what he was doing in Chicago. He replied that he lives in Chicago and that he was in town for the team, of course.

I spoke to him after he performed ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame,’ so I asked about what he thinks about his singing voice. He usually thinks its pretty good, he said … until he hears it. Though he did clarify that he doesn’t get nervous.

That’s about all we could discuss before fans swarmed him on the ramp!”

Sean Ahmed