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Old May 3rd 2011, 9:26 pm
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Barney

Is anyone else writing him in for All-Star team? I find it odd that Blake Dewitt is considered on the ballot for the second baseman but yet he does not start!!!
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Old May 4th 2011, 9:24 am
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Barney is my kind of player. I like a consistant player. I would rather have a team full of good consistant players over guys that have spotty greatness. It just works so much better with how long the baseball season is,

Barney is your shortstop . His foot work is so much better than Castro's . If it was me I would put a little more muscle on Castro and slide him over to third and tool him for number 3 hitter next year .
We need more bats for Colvin to see if he is an option for first . If he is then Jackson takes his spot and we can spend some money on center and second for some real good bats.
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Old May 4th 2011, 10:57 am
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We need more bats for Colvin to see if he is an option for first . If he is then Jackson takes his spot and we can spend some money on center and second for some real good bats.
Jackson should take Colvin's spot no matter what; better runner, better hitter, better defender. He is also likely the CF the next couple of years, or until they see how his bat translates to the major leagues. At this point, why not send Colvin down to AAA to play everyday.

The Cubs should spend money at on a 1b. there's a glut of MIF coming up through the system, and with Weeks off the market there's not alot of 2b i'm really interested in next year.
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Old May 4th 2011, 12:19 pm
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I like how Barney's been playing, and he's earned a shot at claiming the everyday 2B, for the future...but it is far too early to cement him in that role. I am not even close to being sold on him at 2B for the rest of this season, let alone the future. I still see him as a nice utility player...not an everyday player.

Aaron Hill/Ian Stewart, are nice buy-low options, next season.

As his recent play is showing(.178/.288/.267, in his last 11 games), Sam Fuld's hot start, was a fluke. Fuld is a 4th outfielder, AT BEST. With Reed Johnson's strong play, there was no room for Fuld. Johnson is a better option!

Tyler Colvin, like Fuld, is NOT an everyday player!
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Aaron Hill/Ian Stewart, are nice buy-low options, next season.
Stewart has grown out of 2b. he'd be an interesting pickup, but I'd rather give Flaherty or Smith a shot at 3b than give up something for Stewart.
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I like how Barney's been playing, and he's earned a shot at claiming the everyday 2B, for the future...but it is far too early to cement him in that role. I am not even close to being sold on him at 2B for the rest of this season, let alone the future. I still see him as a nice utility player...not an everyday player.

Aaron Hill/Ian Stewart, are nice buy-low options, next season.

As his recent play is showing(.178/.288/.267, in his last 11 games), Sam Fuld's hot start, was a fluke. Fuld is a 4th outfielder, AT BEST. With Reed Johnson's strong play, there was no room for Fuld. Johnson is a better option!

Tyler Colvin, like Fuld, is NOT an everyday player!


I definately hear what you are saying here Banks about Barney, however like Bstock has said there arent many options out there. I do like Hill as a player but if Castro hits as well as he has so far and Soto continues to hit well at C, the team can afford to have an average hitting 2b. Now I dont know that Barney will continue this pace, but I have to admit he has been impressive and surprised me. In saying that, Im not to sold on Quade bunting with Fukudome to let Barney and Castro have a shot at driving a runner in either vs a good RH lol. ( like he did in game 2 of the Dodger series)
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This team needs power. This is pathetic. Why did Quade take Soriano out in a 1-run deficit??

He's the only guy on the team that can get it past the ladies tees right now.

I'm guessing the Cubs were also being aggressive in the PA with the bases loaded like Rudy teaches.
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Truthfully, today was about the most frustrated I have been with this team in a long time. 2 times bases loaded and no outs and we get 1 run out of the deal. Outs on the bases as usual. It was pathetic
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I love Barney's defense and some of his approach at the plate.

However, the only way he is going to be productive as a offensive player (barring a sudden increase in power) is to take more walks. he's more than likely not going to continue to hit 320, which means his offensive line is going to be something like 280/320/340, not too different from Theriot most of his career here and pretty much league average. If he moves to SS, that's obviously a different story, and I'd bet he's a better player right now than guys like Escobar (IMO one of the most overrated prospects in the game). That's fine for a stopgap cost-controlled player for a couple years on a rebuilding team, but in no way should the Cubs be considerig that type of player as a long-term solution or part of a core of players to build around. If it is, the Cubs have really low expectations for what a prospect is.
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On a good team, Barney is a utility player, off the bench...
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