Wow Levine putting in a lot of work!
- The Cubs asked about Nate McLouth at last seasons trading deadline. The Bucs wanted a big power arm for McLouth and now are apparently looking for the same for Nate, which means he is still on the trading block. Bruce said the Jeff Samardzija for Nate McLouth would get it done but Jeff has a no trade clause and the Cubs might be reluctant to trade away good bullpen help. Another name he mentioned is Mitch Atkins but said the Cubs just might not have the power arm the Pirates are looking for. It is too bad because he would look great in RF for the Cubs!!!!
- The Cubs are still talking to the Marlins about Jeremy Hermida and Scott Olsen. Bruce broke the story earlier this week but the trade talk took a backseat when the Peavy talks heated up. If talks for Peavy break down they could restart talks with the Marlins. A three way deal could be in the works as well. It is also stated the Hermida is not the Cubs #1 target for RF next season.
- Both Raul Ibanez( now a favorite to land to the Mets) and Milton Bradely are on the Cubs' radar according to Bruce. The Cubs will take a closer look at Milton Bradley to fill their need for a left-handed bat for RF. I still think Bradley will be much better than Ibanez.
- It has come out that the Cubs do not have any interest in trading for Brian Giles( Damn It!). The Cubs did have a deal in place last year's trading deadline that would have sent Brian to the northside but he rejected it. This was according to Bruce Levine.
- Levine says the Cubs remain very interesed in Furcal. Would love to see Furcal, Peavy, Dempster, and Hermida all Cubs next season. Dream come true for me!
- Ron Santo could finally be elected into the Hall of Fame this year by the Veterans Committee. Some former Cub players are campaigning for him like Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams. The results will be announced on Dec. 8th.
- The Cubs spent about 118-126 million dollars to field the team last season. Bruce Levine can see that number exceeding 150 million this season.