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ROC AllStars wrote:This is a little off topic, but as a Cubs fan I'm glad to see him go. Despite the fact that they seem to have kissed and made up, there is no excuse for a fight to break out between teammates. They should both have been suspended by the Cubs for that kind of childish display.
On the other hand, this does leave the Cubs with no real C (not that Barrett's numbers were stellar), and it screws me royal in that Barrett and Bard are my 2 C's in my H2H league... I can't see this turning out well for either of them...
By Eric Hz Section: Baseball
Posted on Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 10:56:00 AM EDT
The Cubs have cut ties with catcher Michael Barrett by dealing him for a bucket of balls to the San Diego Padres. This moves makes clear that the Cubs have more faith in Carlos Zambrano's health and desire to resign with the Cubs this off-season than most pundits would concede.
From a fantasy perspective, there aren't too many winners. Barrett's production should be expected to drop (ed: further?) in the move the the hostile hitter environment of Petco Park. The previous starting catcher of the Padres, Josh Bard, will see his ABs dramatically cut.
The Cubs will elevate someone to the starting catcher's role. Koyie Hill and Rob Bowen, the bucket in the bucket-and-balls part of the trade, have not demonstrated any major league ability at all. Makes you wonder why the Cubs didn't select Georgia Tech catcher Matt Weiters a couple weeks ago, doesn't it?
Rounders wrote:To be fair to Barrett though, he got shoved by Zambrano, then when he went in to clear things up, he got punched in the face 3 times and left with 2 black eyes and a busted lip. To my knowledge, he didn't throw any punches at Zambrano. His only fault in this whole thing was allowing a passed ball and throwing it away to left field.
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