Here are some news and notes for today-
-The Cubs will decide on Rich Harden's $7MM dollar option for next season after he gets his arm checked out. I think it should be exercised regardless because he could be valuable trade bait if not completely healthy.
- The Cubs and Jim Hendry hope to come to a contract agreement soon before he has the chance to opt out of it in December.
- Crane Kenney can see the payroll increasing again this year. Maybe in the 140-150 million range.
- A lot of the media in Chicago are thinking the Cubs will go after a middle of the lineup guy that bats left handed or a switch hits. Olney, Wittenmeyer, and Dolan name Raul Ibanez, Bobby Abreu, David DeJesus, Milton Bradley, and Brian Roberts. They would also consider Adam Dunn or Aubrey Huff. Looks like the Cubs may sacrifice defense for offense next season. Would like to too see any of those guys in Cubbie blue. Especially Dunn, Abreu, Bradley, and Roberts.
-There has also been talk that the Cubs may upgrade shortstop with a speedy guy with good D. Names like Rafael Furcal and Orlando Cabrera have been tossed around.
- I would love to see this lineup-
1. Roberts 2b
2. Furcal SS
3. Lee 1st
4. Aram 3b
5. Abreu RF
6. Soriano LF
7. Soto C
8. Johnson/Fukudome CF
I know I am dreaming though!