-Ken Takahashi filed for free agency and is hoping to land a nice contract in the U.S.. He has been scouted by several teams and Nikkan Sports reports that the Cubs, Padres, and Giants are interested. One Cubs scout says Takahashi could be used out of the bullpen and as an emergency starter. He could be a good fit for the Cubs who need another lefty in the pen and he could be pretty cheap considering he will be 40 years old in April. Just another name to keep an eye on. Here is some video of Ken pitching-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbt192aeTus - He is the guy in the red carp uniform. Pretty decent. Like him striking out Matsui!
- According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN suggested that the Rangers, Astros, Brewers, Cubs, Mets, Yankees, and O's are possible suitors for Ben Sheets. Casey Close says there is no structural damage to the elbow and expects it to fully heal before spring training. Sheets is expected to at least get a two year deal but most expect 3 year for Ben Sheets. I personally would not mind Ben Sheets but only if he comes at a decent price. He would be a nice addition to the rotation, especially if the Cubs cannot reel in Dempster or Peavy.
- Lou Piniella wins NL Manager of the Year with Joe Maddon winning the AL honers. Congrats Lou!
- And if you did not know Ryan Dempster placed 6th in the Cy Young voting. Not a bad year for the Cubbies! Just wish we went further in the playoffs.