Casual Cubs Fan Really Hoping Player to Be Named Later is Brian Roberts
February 4, 2009
(Chicago, IL) – Curtis Leonard admits he doesn’t follow the Chicago Cubs as closely as some of his friends. But he still considers himself a fan, albeit a self-described, “casual Cubs fan.”
So when Leonard found out that pitcher Rich Hill had been traded to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later, he instantly got very excited at the possibilities.
“I don’t have any inside info,” Leonard concedes, “but I’m really hoping that the player to be named is going to be Brian Roberts.”
Roberts, the subject of many Cubs rumors last year, is one of the best second baseman in the game, and arguably the Orioles’ best player. Players to be named later are typically minor leaguers of questionable future MLB utility.
“He’s a great player and we need a leadoff hitter,” Leonard continued. “He could platoon with Mark DeRosa or maybe DeRosa could move to right field permanently.” DeRosa was traded to the Indians earlier this winter, and the Cubs subsequently signed Milton Bradley to play right field.
“All I know is that we’re talking about one of the best young pitchers in the game, and when you trade someone like that, it’s gotta be for top quality.” Hill, 29, had a disasterous start to the year for the Cubs last year, and finished the year struggling in the low minors.
Leonard says he’s flexible on the PTBNL. Though he hopes it’s Roberts, he said he’d be open to Nick “Marklakous,” Jerry Hairston, or Brady Anderson.
“I know I’m just a casual fan, but this stuff seems pretty obvious to me. Maybe I’ll go share it on the Cubs.com message board.”