Well, maybe Tony La Russa has his new Aaron Miles. The Cardinals today obtained former Cubs "scrapper" Ryan Theriot from the Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Blake Hawksworth. Our old pal The Riot was a non-tender candidate after the Dodgers signed Juan Uribe this week.
Since a lot of us like to have some good-natured (for the most part) fun with Cubs GM Jim Hendry's quotes when he obtains a player, here's what Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said via a release on the Cards' website:
"Ryan is a prefect compliment (sic) to our roster. He's a highly competitive player with a winning approach to the game. We expect him to be a key contributor to our middle infield."
Wonder if the bloggers down there are making hay with that “winning approach to the game” stuff.
I also wonder if the Cards have cut a deal with Theriot about not going to arbitration. He made $2.6 million this year after losing his arbitration case against the Cubs last winter. He also had his second down season, going .270/.321/.312. In ’09, it was .284/.343/.369. The career year was ’08, when he was .307/.387/.359. Theriot’s walk percentage dropped from 11 in 2008 to 7.5 in 2009 and to 6.4 in 2010.
In other news, via mlbtraderumors.com, Carlos Marmol is telling a reporter that he and the Cubs are working on a long-term extension. "There still isn't anything, but we're talking," Marmol said in the report. "I would like to sign something long and stay with the team." If you read Spanish, here’s a link:
I’ve got a message into Marmol’s agent, Barry Praver. Hendry and Praver did meet at the GM meetings, but talks did not appear to be far down the line. Marmol made $2.125 this year, avoiding arbitration in his first year of eligibility. He’s due for a nice raise this winter after going 2-3 with a 2.55 ERA and 38 saves in 43 chances. Marmol had a record-setting 15.99 K/9 innings. His WHIP was 1.18. He also allowed 0.12 HR/9.
In feeling out people earlier this year about a possible extension for Marmol, I was told the Cubs indeed would be cautious here, as they’re dealing with a pitcher with a violent delivery. We’ll see.
Also, my colleague Carrie Muskat of cubs.com tweeted that we should expect the Cubs to name their pitching coach Wednesday. The Cubs say that’s not true and that next week at the winter meetings is still the more likely time for that to be announced. That’s what we’ve been reporting here.