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SammyStock 2004! Day Two

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Evidently, time is a relative thing at SammyStock 2004! Two final exams in one day can do that to a busy rumormonger.

Hey Hey, Cubs Fans! Welcome to SammyStock 2004! Where legitimacy isn't the concern... its just rumors, free, casual rumors, with whoever happens to be in the majors.

We've got a lot of great suitors out there, so lets get Rumor mongering! Yeah!

Lets Give it up for...

... The Twins

Trading Sammy to the Twins would be a little tricky as his 2005 salary will be about 35% of the Twins payroll, and they don't have any really really ridiculously goodlook... over paid players. However, Jim Hendry's creativity knows no bounds: so here is the scoop. It will be a three team deal. The Twins will send Johan Santana and Joe Nathan to the White Sox. Mayor Daley will get the Chicago City Council to approve public financing for a new stadium in Minnesota, and Carl Pohlad will agree to take on Sammy and Neifi Perez. In return, the Cubs will be rid of Sosa as well as receiving Augie Ojeda back. With the extra money, the Cubs will then promise both the Twins and the White Sox to sign Beltran, keeping him away from the Yankees and out of the American League. The Cubs have promised to bench Beltran during any inter-league games. The deal is being held up over Mayor Daley's insistence on another 'inspection' of Wrigley Field.

... The Indians

If Hendry decides to send send Sammy to the Indians, Cubs fans can look forward to Bob Wickman as their closer for the year. After acquiring Arthur Rhodes today, the Indians now have two players who could legitimately be called closers. However, since Wickman has a $6 million contract, to Rhodes $1.8 million, the Cubs get Wickman. My 'sources' also indicate that Kyle Farnsworth may be thrown in to even things out.

... The Tigers

Supposedly, Jim has been spending a fair amount of time talking to the Tiger's GM Dave Dombrowski, his former boss, when they both worked for the Marlins. Hendry is ready to send Sosa to the Tigers in return for Ugueth Urbina, Bobby Higginson (8.5 M), Fernando Vina, and 20 sausage Pizza-Pizzas for the office party the Cubs are planning once they get rid of Sammy.

... The Royals

The Cubs are considering Sosa and Derrek Lee to the Royals in return for Mike Sweeney and his monster contract. The deal is reportedly being held up by the Cubs insistence on receiving left handed 'Rod Beck twin' Matt Stairs as a deal sweetener.

... The White Sox

Kenny Williams, in his infinite wisdom and fine baseball judgement, has decided that the Sox need a big bat to replace the departed Carlos Lee and Magglio Ordonez... and Sammy Sosa is his man! So he is putting together a monster deal to ensure he gets his guy. For starters, he is offering Cubs Convention appearances by George Bell and Ken Patterson. He has offered to return both Jon Garland and the rights to Ron Santo. He will also throw in 19 Ozzie Guillen Sub sandwiches, and 1 Dusty Baker selection for the Cubs office party. Realizing that he is negotiating with 'hard bargain' Williams, Hendry is also asking for the White Sox ownership interest in Comcast Sports Chicago. At this point, my sources indicate Williams must ask the chairman, but it looks like Sammy could be a 'South-Side hit man' before New Years.

OK, thats the AL Central. Day Three, whenever it happens, will cover Jim Hendry's talks with the AL East teams.

SammyStock 2004! Day One - AL West.

Posted by Byron at December 16, 2004 11:34 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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