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The Yankees already met with Lee 
By earjerseyqq117 on Dec 20, 2013 06:43 AM
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in the wake of the panhandling billionaire Cubs owners asking the state to float them a loan:


The Cubs have been linked to the pursuit of Cliff Lee, the lefthander who would represent the ace the team sorely lacks.


The Yankees already met with Lee, as have the Rangers, the team he just helped pitch into the World Series. Other teams reportedly expressing interest were the Red Sox and Phillies and the Cubs.


Wait, didn't Tom Ricketts say he expected to reduce payroll and spend more money on scouting and development? Hardly sounds like a guy ready to fork out $161 million for a sevenyear deal.


If the Cubs want to convince Lee to come to Chicago, they can point to Roy Halladay, a longtime American League stud who went to the National League and just won the Cy Young Award unanimously.


But if the Cubs do convince Lee to come to Chicago, or Adam Dunn, for that matter, how will Ricketts ever convince anybody he needs the state to float bonds to renovate Wrigley Field?


The Nebraskaborn Rickettses apparently don't know how to play Chicago politics. Building a consensus of being nice doesn't work. Doesn't appear as if handing out Cubs tickets does, either. You need leverage, so his looks like another 123 inning for the Cubs. If the Rickettses can match the $200 million it wants in state bonds, the family might as well reach under that same mattress and come up with another $200 mil.


Speaking of Dunn, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams reportedly opened talks with Dunn's agents. The Sox don't appear to be at the head of the line, not when the Yankees, Red Sox and Tigers are among Dunn's other suitors, as well as the Angels and Rays. Word was, Dunn's starting point was $40 million over three years, several million more than the kind of deal he declined in Washington. If Paul Konerko isn't coming back it would take a miracle, it seems then Dunn is a great offensive replacement and a disastrous defensive option, especially when compared to Konerko. If Dunn and Mark Teahen are your corner infielders and Carlos Quentin is one of your corner outfielders, Sox pitchers are better off going out on strike than throwing them.


Williams is trying to figure out whether he's better off moving veterans or kids to become a contender next season anything to avoid getting stuck in the Wholesale NFL Jerseys middle. That's why you might've cheap jerseys heard of the alleged heresy that popped up last week regarding potential landing spots for Gordon Beckham. Yes, that Gordon Beckham. Let me word this carefully: The Sox are not rumored to be shopping him, but rival teams believe Williams will listen longer than ever now.


The Cubs also have been linked to Dunn. For what available money, Tommy Boy? But man, those would be some corner infielders on the North Side, huh? A guy who can't get his glove on much at first and guy who won't get in front of much at third.


Cubs general mangler Jim Hendry favors the idea of more wild cards. I believe he favors four in each division.


Williams has nine open spots on the 40man roster, presumably enough to form a lineup that can beat Minnesota.


Harry Caray's statue got chipped. Now Andre Dawson's brick also is damaged. And Ricketts wants to be trusted with $200 million for some trickedout Six Flags Over Wrigleyville?The White Sox reportedly will put in a waiver claim for Manny Ramirez. Do the Sox know the waiver wire is about the only thing Manny has hit for a while?


I'm all for getting Manny as long as he can pitch the seventh or eighth inning.


Wake up, people: The Sox can hit enough right now, or at least hit better than they can close a game the last few weeks. It's like the Sox have jumped to the cheap nfl jerseys NBA where you only need to watch the last two innings or so. Like Tuesday.


Two on, none out, tying run at the plate with a 3and0 count, and bang: four straight strikes, double play back to the box, flyout to right, pick up a game on the Twins. Bobby Jenks, your table is ready. Outstanding performance two days after throwing three terrific innings before Scott Linebrink soiled the bed. Jenks' 95mph revival would matter if the Sox hadn't already eliminated themselves with horrific relief pitching against Minnesota, Detroit and Kansas City. Putz try to throw hobbled. Adults need to be in charge here. But no. Like I wrote shortly after Jim Thome launched that supernova off Thornton has it come down yet? you have to blame management for the way it managed the Sox into a suicidal position with the most important part of the team. Innings pile up. So do runs. So do losses. Connect the dots, people. Sure, Jenks came back great, but his back spasms and management's dithering for almost two weeks created a killer void that would be compounded through today with Thornton and Putz mercifully, finally going on the disabled list. All this fingerpointing about nobody doing nothing in the wake of the Kansas City rainout on Friday is flat wrong because it's late. Action needed to be taken 1012 days earlier. Doesn't mean Tuesday night's ending wasn't fun, it just doesn't change which team will win the AL Central.


And if the reason the Sox did nothing was because they had nothing better in the minors, or if the only thing they had for the last three weeks was draft pick Chris wholesale jerseys Sale, who sailed through to the majors about two innings after he signed, then shame on them.


Look at you, Gordon Beckham. In the crosshairs for getting picked off first, in the spotlight for a gamewinning bomb.


Talking about a player with a history such as Manny's, Sox GM Kenny Williams says character matters less when there are 30 games to go in a season, which means the Sox won't Wholesale Jerseys China supply juicers with syringes, but they certainly won't frisk anybody.


Williams said the Sox have been going with 12 pitchers, while he prefers 11. Seems to me that Williams is right, given that one of the pitchers is Scott Linebrink.


After Sergio Santos' outing Tuesday, I'm thinking someone has to make sure the kid stops sitting next to Linebrink in the pen.


Say this for the Cubs: They can be a responsive organization. The team created a peanutfree zone in the centerfield Batter's Eye skybox for those with allergies. One fan recalled leaving a game in June after a halfhour because her daughter with a peanut allergy was breaking out in hives and wheezing. The new arrangement starts Monday night. The rest of the park, however, will continue to allow peanuts in the stands and manure on the field.


The amazing thing is the fan's parent could tell the difference between a reaction to peanuts specifically compared to Cubs baseball in general. The key, apparently, was the daughter's displaying only hives and wheezing, but not vomiting and an intense desire to rip her eyes out.


Speaking of allergies to nuts, Carlos Zambrano won last night. What's more, he walked only one National in Tuesday night's game, but the bigger news is he didn't slug anybody when Starlin Castro threw away a potential doubleplay ball.


With two wins and only four earned runs allowed in his last three starts after spending time www.wholesalejerseyschinaus.com on whatever kind of loon list that was, Zambrano is pitching well enough to find a sucker who believes he's worth the remaining money on his contract, and I'm thinking, first in line will be the Cubs.


Still speaking of nuts, Sammy Sosa told Chicago Magazine, "My numbers don't lie.'' The issue, pal, is the truth about how you got them.
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