Word on the Street: Andre Iguodala to the Bulls?

Word on the Street: Andre Iguodala to the Bulls?

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010
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Andre Iguodala to the Bulls?

Andre Iguodala, a guard for the 76ers, reportedly told Philadelphia team management that if the team does not begin to consistently put some wins on the board, he will ask for a trade, according to ESPN.com.

The 6-foot-6, 207-pound guard won the World Championship with Team USA over the summer and doesn't want to waste another season losing in Philly. Iguodala may come to the Windy City because his agent, Rob Pelinka, also represents Carlos Boozer and may try to follow in the footsteps of CAA, the agency that brought LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh all together in Miami.

The ESPN article speculated that Iguodala for forward Luol Deng would make the most sense, but if the Sixers were to part with their star guard, that would indicate a sign of starting fresh and thus wouldn't want to take on Deng's long-term, expensive contract.

Iguodala, a 26-year-old native of Springfield, Ill., has averaged at least 17.1 points per game the past four seasons while approaching 5 assists per contest. He also set a carer high with 6.5 rebounds per game last year and is on a hot streak to begin 2010-11 with averages of 18.5 points, 7.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds per contest. (ESPN.com)

Diamondbacks to pursue Konerko

Reports surfaced on Saturday that the Arizona Diamondbacks would pursue White Sox free agent first baseman Paul Konerko and make him a priority this offseason. Konerko went to high school in Scottsdale, Ariz., and spends his offseason in the area. (MLB Trade Rumors)

Rasmus headed to Sox?

A day after an alleged trade of manager Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins was nixed, the White Sox are reportedly interested in St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus. The Sox have been clamoring for a left-handed run producer for quite some time and Rasmus would fit right in. He spent a majority of last season as the No. 5 hitter for the Cardinals, racking up a .276 batting average with 23 homers, 66 RBIs and 85 runs.

The 24-year-old is also a very talented defender and his acquisition could mean a move of Alex Rios to right field. Though it is just speculation at this point, the Cardinals might ask for Chicago right fielder Carlos Quentin in exchange for Rasmus. (Chicago Tribune)

Favre expects to start Sunday

Brett Favre, the embattled Minnesota Vikings quarterback, is saying he expects to be in the starting lineup Sunday to continue his streak of 291 straight games started. Favre has been dealing with a plethora of injuries this year, including a fractured ankle suffered this past Sunday against Green Bay.

Minnesota head coach Brad Childress said he will most likely wait until just before the start of the game to make his final decision on whether Favre will start or not. (ESPN.com)

Girardi inks deal with New York

Though the Cubs decided they would go the way of Mike Quade as manager a couple weeks ago, their pursuit of Joe Girardi can not conceivably take off again until after the 2013 season. The former Cubs catcher and skipper of the Yankees for the past three years signed a new contract with his team that is worth roughly 9 million. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Bochy could have been a Cub

Bruce Bochy, the current manager of the San Francisco Giants, was allegedly the fallback option for Cubs general manager Jim Hendry for the successor to Dusty Baker as Cubs skipper had Lou Piniella not taken the deal. According to Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun-Times, Piniella originally wanted to manage the New York Yankees and if that occurred, it would have been Bochy--not Joe Girardi-- as the Cubs manager.

Bochy has managed his Giants to the World Series and is currently just two wins away from a championship. Piniella, on the other hand, announced his retirement earlier this summer and enjoyed three-plus seasons of disappointment in Chicago. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Notre Dame honors fallen student

Prior to Saturday's Notre Dame-Tulsa matchup, a moment of silence was observed and a prayer was offered in memory of Declan Sullivan, the student who died Wednesday.

Sullivan, the 20-year-old videographer for the ND football team, was in a 50-foot tower when disastrous winds knocked the tower over and he perished in the fall. The winds reportedly gusted up to 51 mph at the time of the accident. (ESPN.com)

Giants knocking out QBs with authority

Jay Cutler knows the pass rush of the New York Giants all too well. After suffering nine sacks in the first half of the Bears' Week 4 Sunday night matchup with the Giants, Cutler was knocked out for the rest of the game and the subsequent week's game with a concussion. The Giants later knocked backup Todd Collins out of the game with another vicious hit.

Now, after taking out Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo Monday night, the Giants have officially knocked out five different quarterbacks in seven games thus far in the 2010 NFL season. Carolina's Matt Moore and Detroit's Shaun Hill round out the list of the battered and bruised QBs. (Boston Herald)

Veteran outfielder Peter Bourjos eyes role with White Sox

Veteran outfielder Peter Bourjos eyes role with White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As he surveyed the landscape this offseason, Peter Bourjos thought he and the White Sox would make for a good fit.

Adam Eaton had been traded and Austin Jackson departed via free agency, leaving the White Sox with Melky Cabrera and several young players to man a thin outfield. Bourjos, who lived in Chicago until second grade, pursued the White Sox and last month agreed to terms on a minor-league deal in hopes of earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. Last season, Bourjos, who was born in Chicago, hit .251/.292/.389 with five home runs and 23 RBIs in 383 plate appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies.

“I always liked playing in Chicago,” Bourjos said. “It was a good fit and then spring training is here. I have two young kids. So packing them up and going to Florida wasn’t something I wanted to do either.

“We definitely look at all those options on paper. Evaluate what might be the best chance of making a team and this is definitely one of them. It seems like a good fit on paper.”

If he’s healthy enough, Charlie Tilson will get the first crack at the everyday job in center field. Tilson, who missed the final two months of last season with a torn hamstring, is currently sidelined for 10 days with foot problems. Beyond Tilson, the White Sox have prospects Adam Engel and Jacob May with Cabrera slated to start in left field and Avisail Garcia pegged for right. Leury Garcia is also in the mix.

But there still appears to be a good shot for Bourjos to make the club and manager Rick Renteria likes his veteran presence for the young group. Bourjos has accrued six seasons of service time between the Phillies, Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals.

“Bourjy has been around,” Renteria said. “He knows what it takes. He understands the little nuances of major-league camp and how we have so many players and we want to give them all a look. We want to see Bourjos, we want to see him out there.”

Bourjos, who turns 30 in March, has an idea what he wants to do with his chance. A slick defensive outfielder, Bourjos wants to prove he’s a better hitter than his .243/.300/.382 slash line would suggest. He said it’s all about being relaxed.

“Offensively just slow everything down and not try to do too much,” Bourjos said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself and it hasn’t translated. I think last year I got in a spot where I just tried to relax in the batter’s box and let everything go and what happened happened. I had success with that.

“I now realize what that feels like and it doesn’t work. Just take a deep breath and be relaxed in the box and good things are going to happen.”

Why Brett Anderson called Cubs fans ‘f------ idiots’ and loves the idea of pitching at Wrigley Field

Why Brett Anderson called Cubs fans ‘f------ idiots’ and loves the idea of pitching at Wrigley Field

MESA, Ariz. – On an October night where you could literally feel Wrigley Field shaking, Brett Anderson fired off a message on his personal Twitter account: "Real classy cubs fans throwing beer in the Dodgers family section. Stay classy f------ idiots."
 
The Cubs had just clinched their first National League pennant since the year World War II ended, beating Clayton Kershaw and playing as close to a perfect game as they had all season. Anderson kept up the entertaining commentary during the World Series, previewing Game 7 – "We can all agree that we're happy it's not Joe West behind the plate tomorrow" – and tweaking his future manager: "Aroldis (Chapman) might puke on the mound from exhaustion." 
 
In another generation, a veteran pitcher might walk into a new clubhouse and wonder about any awkwardness with a hitter he once drilled with a fastball or some bad blood from a bench-clearing brawl. But overall today's players share the same agents, work out together in the same warm-weather offseason spots and understand the transient nature of this business. When pregame batting practice is filled with fist bumps, bro hugs and small talk between opponents, it becomes trying to remember what you said on social media. 
 
"I'm kind of a sarcastic ass on Twitter," Anderson said Monday. "I kind of sit back and observe. I'm not a huge talker in person. But I can kind of show some of my personality and candor on some of those things.
 
"You look at stuff (when) you get to a new team. I'm like: ‘Wow, man, did I say anything about anybody that's going to piss them off?' But I think the only thing I said about the players is that Kyle (Hendricks) looks like he could have some Oreos and milk after pitching in the World Series. 
 
"But that's kind of the guy he is. Just the calmness that he shows is something that we can all try to strive for."
 
Anderson essentially broke the news of his signing – or at least tipped off the media to look for confirmations – with a "Wheels up to Chicago" tweet in late January. The Cubs guaranteed $3.5 million for the chance to compete against Mike Montgomery and see which lefty can grab the fifth-starter job. Anderson could max out with $6.5 million more in incentives if he makes 29 starts this season. 
 
After undergoing surgery to repair a bulging disc in his lower back last March, Anderson made three starts and didn't earn a spot on the NLCS roster.  
 
"I obviously wasn't in the stands," Anderson said. "Supposedly from what I was told – it could be a different story – but there was just some beers thrown on where the families were. I'm going to stick to my family and my side.  
 
"I wasn't calling out the whole stadium. (It wasn't): ‘Screw you, Cubs fans.' It was just the specific (incident) – whoever threw the beers on the family section. Everybody has their fans that are kind of rowdy and unruly.

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"That just happened to be a situation. But you like those people on your side. I played in Oakland, and they had some of the rowdiest fans. In the playoffs, it seemed like ‘The Black Hole' for the Raiders games.
 
"You have your bad seeds in every fan base. When people are rowdy and cheering on their team and have one too many beers, the next thing you know, you're throwing them.
 
"Just visiting (Wrigley), it's a fun crowd, because it's such an intimate setting and you feel like they're right on top of you and it's so loud." 
 
Imagine the matchup nightmare the Dodgers could've been if their pitching staff hadn't been so top-heavy and manager Dave Roberts could've confidently gone to someone other than Kershaw, Rich Hill or closer Kenley Jansen. The Dodgers had made Anderson the qualifying offer after a solid 2015 season – 10-9, 3.69 ERA, 180-plus innings, a 66.7 groundball percentage – and he grabbed the $15.8 million guarantee. 
 
Anderson turned around and did the knock-on-wood motion at his locker, saying he felt good after completing a bullpen session with catcher Willson Contreras at the Sloan Park complex. Anderson is a Tommy John survivor who's also gone on the disabled list for a stress fracture in his right foot, a broken left index finger and a separate surgery on his lower back.
 
"Yeah, it's frustrating," Anderson said. "When I'm healthy and able to go out there and do my work, I feel like I'm a pretty good pitcher. I don't think I've ever been able to put everything as a whole together in one season. I've had some good spots – and some good seasons here and there – but hopefully I can put it all together and have a healthy season and do my part."
 
The Cubs are such a draw that Shane Victorino signed a minor-league deal here last year – even with more than $65 million in career earnings and even after a fan dumped a beer on him while he tried to catch a flyball at Wrigley Field in 2009.   
 
Anderson wanted to play for a winner and understood the organization's pitching infrastructure. He saw his pitching style as a match for the unit that led the majors in defensive efficiency last year. He was even intrigued by Camp Maddon and the wacky stunts in Mesa.  
 
"It's obviously an uber-talented group," Anderson said. "(It's also) seeing the fun that they're having. I'm more on the calm and cerebral side, but I think doing some of the things that these guys have in store for me will hopefully open me up a little bit and break me out of my shell. 
 
"'Uncomfortable' is a good word, especially for me. You don't want to get complacent. You don't want to get used to rehab. You want to go out there and do new things and try new things and meet new people and have new experiences. All things considered, the Cubs offered the best mix of everything."