Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Abreu-Prior Talks

If the Chicago Cubs are so content to start rookie Matt Murton in left, why do they keep trying to deal for the Philadelphia Phillies' Bobby Abreu even at this late date? The Phillies want Cubs SP Mark Prior in exchange, but are so fatalistic about the prospects that they have already warned set-up man Ryan Madson to begin building his stamina so that he can compete with Robinson Tejada and Gavin Floyd for a starter spot at the end of the rotation. The Phillies are close to seizing the National League East in '06, having won 88 games last year.