1/1/10 Happy new lineup

Now that Marlon Byrd is in the mix, let’s see what the Cubs’ projected 2010 lineup will be. What do you think? I’ve seen this combo:

RF Fukudome

SS Theriot

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

C Soto

2B Fontenot

– Carrie Muskat

20 Comments

I still believe that we need a full time second basemen NOT named Fontenot or Baker. Baker is a good utility infielder, and with him and Blanco on the bench, we need a bench bat too. Felipe Lopez is still out there and only made 3.5 million last year. I bet he can be had for 2yr/10mil. That would make the lineup

2B Lopez
SS Theriot
1B Lee
3B Ramirez
LF Soriano
CF Byrd
RF Fukudome
C Soto

After thinking about it, I would offer Lopez 1yr/3.5mil and a club option. If that can get the deal done, it needs to be made. I just don’t like Fontenot as a starter.

I agree. I think we need a different second baseman, and I don’t think Fukudome is the lead-off hitter the Cubs are looking for. I’d like to see someone at the top who is a bigger stolen-base threat.

Personally, if our only choices are Fontenot or Baker, I’d much rather have Baker in there everyday. I’d also rather have Theriot lead off and Fukudome bat 2nd; it’s nice to have the threat of a stolen base at the top plus then you have a lefty in front of Lee which could be key in the late innings.

I’ll also say this, I expect Fonso to be much better this season once his knee is healthy. If he can’t hit in the 5 hole and we have to rely on Byrd there, this lineup could really struggle.

Carrie,

What do you think about the Cubs signing Orlando Hudson? I believe he’s more stable than Fontenot or Baker, is a switch hitter, and a solid leadoff hitter. If we can sign him for one or two years at less than 5 mil a year, I think he’d not only provide a threat at the top of the order, but also serve to mentor young players such as Theriot and eventually Castro. I think that would prove very significant since in helping Theriot adjust to his eventual switch to 2nd base, and provide a veteran middle infielder for Castro who is a similar player (speed, middle infielder, little power). Do you think this sounds like a logical move for the Cubs to make?

My apologies, didn’t give that a final read-through. I meant to say:
“I think that would prove very significant in helping Theriot adjust to his eventual switch to 2nd base and provide a veteran middle infielder for Castro, who is a similar player (speed, middle infielder, little power, superb defense), to emulate and learn from.”

I agree with the Baker comments. Fontenot is good defensively, but was ineffective offensively. Baker was good on both ends. If those are the options, i’d choose Baker 10 times over. There are some good FAs out there as well. It was really too bad that we didn’t go after Freddy Sanchez last year when we had the chance. I’d like to say I trust management to make the best decision, but we all know that picking up someone that will be valuable to the team in a turn for the playoffs is unlikely to happen.

Assuming that Soto and Fontenot have performances closer to 2008 than 2009, that lineup looks pretty good. Perhaps Theriot could lead off against left handers, with Fukudome in the # 2 spot.

I like the Lopez idea, but what about this. Since Castro is coming up soon, I think we should look at getting Tejeda to play SS and move Theriot to 2nd base.

Then our line up would look like this.

RF Fukudome
SS Tejeda
1B Lee
3B Ramirez
CF Byrd
LF Soriano
2B Theriot
C Soto

I don’t think Tejeda can play defense very well anymore (21 errors and -14 UZR in 09), plus the Ricketts made a statement that they want to get younger. Lopez isn’t 30 yet and plays good defense. He was a top 5 NL 2B in 2009, and fangraphs have him as the 2nd best NL 2B.

I think the Cubs should try to get Hudson. I agree that a full season of a Baker/Fontenot platoon will not yield the results we need. I would hope the Cubs would look at building a team that can win a world series and not just win a division title. If the Cardinals sign Holliday, the Cubs will need as much firepower as they can get. Hudson still has a lot of baseball in him and I think Lou would rather have a bonafide lead-off hitter then trot out Fukodome everyday. Theriot is a perfect 2 hitter when he’s not trying to pull the ball – his natural stroke to the right-side is perfect for the two-hole. I still wish the Cubs would bat Ramirez third – he’s their best run-producer and i think Byrd could give Lee enough protection in the five spot.

I like Fukudome at the top because of his on-base percentage, but I like the notion of Theriot at the top because of his speed. Having Fukudome second won’t hurt anything either, and I agree breaking up the right handed hitters is good in that spot as mentioned in another comment.

All in all, I like what’s there, but I won’t be surprised if Theriot and Fukudome trade places in the lineup at times.

It is very revealing that Byrds contract is back loaded. I think it means Cubs are having a money problem. Hendry had put the cubs in a deep hole. Dumping Bradley and last years closer will help.
As far as a line up: Batting two left handers 8 and 1 is not a good idea. Move Fuku to 2nd and Theriot to 1st solves that problem. It also would be good to move Ram to 3rd. in the order. If Fontenot returns to hitting this year, the line up against a righty pitcher may look like this:

Theriot
Fuku
Ram
Lee
Byrd
Fontenot
Soriano
Soto

Against a Lefty

Theriot
Baker
Ram
Lee
Byrd
Soriano
Soto
Fuku

Bench
Hill catcher
Baker 2nd – Of
Fuld OF
_____ 1st & 3rd Maybe Fontenot & Hoffpauir
Blanco SS

Hendry is looking for **** and ? for the bench. We will need to accept, that unless Hendry gets a great deal on a 2nd baseman to play until their star SS star? something, is ready, the only other deal Hendry is looking for is a vet mid relief picture. Like I said money is an object. I did not expect this!! Bummer

If I am the General Manager, I get a fifth starter and Felip Lopez to play second until Star is ready to play SS.. Let Silva relieve and Hoffpauir and Blanco be the bench to save money. Make adjustments as the season and trends reveal themselves. Defense was a big reason Cubs did pooly last year.
I expect good years from Ram, Lee, Soriano, Zambrano and Guzman. Ram has an opt out option and will have a good year hitting. Zambrano wants to stay in Chicago and will get in shape physically ( not emotionally. ) Dempster should be more focused with family problems behind him. He could provide leadership void until Byrd starts helping. Cubs miss K. Wood and Mark De Rosa. They could have easily had them back. Money stoped this from happening. Bradley fall out. Giving hendry additional time may be wrong move. He reported the hitting instructor sold them on Byrd. He should use his scouts, agumented by hitting instructor. Sounds like he is gun shy. I do not blame him.
Bummer.

Has anyone from the team been down to see Soto this winter? If he’s going to come into camp fat and high again, then we’re going to see a bunch of K Hill again. If he’s clean and in shape, then he might come close to 2008.

Carrie any news on Brad Snyder has he signed anywhere?
Carrie I know it’s early still but when does spring training roster come out? I hope Jaramillo is the “hitting guru” as advertised” I don’t think fukodome is a lead-off hitter but he is the closest we have to one.

wrigleyguy1980, although Theriot is well-suited for the no. 2 spot don’t you think HE is the closet we have to a lead-off hitter? I can’t bear to watch Fukodome corkscrew himself into the ground to lead off a game or inning. What major league team do you think Snyder will surface with? It appears it won’t be HENDRY’S Cubs….

Expect Snyder to be part of the list of non-roster invitees this spring in Cubs camp. That should be made public in the next week or so.

Joeydafish the only reason I like fukodome leading off and theriot in the two hole is fukodome has a better obp and theriot is good at executing the hit and run he is a good conatact hitter when fukodome hits second how many times last year was theriot thrown out at second because fukodome struck out on the hit and run I really don’t want to see that anymore if I don’t have to and fukodome is a patient guy at the plate he takes a lot of pitches and with his high obp you want to utilize that in the top of the lineup. Theriot will most likely be the leadoff guy vs lefties. I like the corkscrew comment LOL and just think he will be making 14 million next year when he does that ha ha oh I’m gonna be sick. Maybe Jaramillo can do something with him I hope so.

The Cubs are driving me crazy this year. Why has there been no mention of them going after a middle infielder. There is such a good crop of not overly expensive options out there. Orlando Hudson, Orlando Cabrera, Lopez, Miguel Tejada. I realize some of those would mean Theriot would have to go back to second base but its not like he’s Derek Jeter at short or anything. We can NOT go into next season with the middle infield looking like it does right now. It seems so obvious and its driving me nuts that not one time this offseason has a middle infielder been mentioned as one of the Cubs needs!!

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