The Cubs just got a hundred and twelve pounds lighter as Felix Pie heads to the Orioles for some dudes that you don’t need to concern yourself with right now.  Either the Cubs got fed up waiting around for Pie or they think he’s nothing more than Corey Patterson, another player the Cubs dumped on the Orioles.  Jim Bowden and the Nationals might not be the only team where teams can unload their failed 5-tool projects (aka “The Tool Shed”).  Hopefully, Delmon Young doesn’t end up in Washington or Baltimore in the next 2 years.  Anyway, let’s look at the 2009 fantasy baseball implications for the Felix Pie trade:

Felix Pie – Pee-ay should have the inside track on the left field job going into and coming out of spring training.  Suddenly, Pie is fantasy relevant.  What’s to like about him?  Well, the weird guy in the overalls at The Home Depot is not the only one who’s toolsy.  Pie is a speed and power combo guy.  He’s just not quite that powerful or that, um, speedful.  Torii Hunter could take Pie in an arm wrestling match.  Pie’s on the Bowden Fluffer JV Team with guys like Coco Crisp and Adam Jones.   Pie’s upside is Randy Winn.

Joey Gathright – Except in very deep mixed leagues or NL-Only leagues, Gathright’s not really someone to draft, but you should keep an eye on him.  First sign of a Milton Bradley having a pulled hammy/bout with his inner demons, I’d grab Gathright for some cheap steals.  SAGNOF, boyz (and one possible girl reader).

  1. Freak says:

    Gathright probably doesn’t start until both soriano and bradley go down.

    The loser of the fukudome/johnson platoon likely would move over to right.

  2. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Pie grabs his croch more than anyone I’ve ever seen. Seriously, it’s like a full Michael Jackson Shamon. Isn’t there a Razzball term for this?

    This trade is going to follow with a big trade to San Diego for Peavy, at least that’s the rumblings today in Cubworld. Something like Garrett Olsen/Cedeno/Hart/and uberprospect Josh Vitters for Peavy.

  3. Eric W says:

    @IowaCubs: I woudlint count out julio lugo for most crotch grabs he makes more adjustments then a crooked accountant (thats right worlds first accounting/baseball joke)

  4. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Freak: Maybe you’re right, but I think this gets Gathright at least an extra 150 at-bats for rest days and nicks and scraps that Bradley gets. Also, Gathright’s the only one you really need to be interested in for fantasy. If he gets 300 at-bats, he could swipe 30 bases.

    @IowaCubs: Shamon! I like that!

    re: Peavy — That’s what I read too. This seems like a Cubbie fan pipe dream to me, but I guess it’s possible. What do you think?

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