Thanks to my posters for this one!
- Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker is saying that the Cubs are close to signing left handed pitcher Ken Takahashi. This is still a ways away according to sources. Ken could allow the Cubs to add another Japanese player to their roster to make Fukudome feel more comfortable. I agree with this idea. Here is his stats. It looks like he has not started to many games, more of a long relief man. His ERA has fluxed quite a bit but could no hurt to sign him to a one year deal. It should be noted that he is 40 years old. Here has a great wind up and really good sweeping slider. Check out this video.
- To put this to rest fast the Cubs have no interest in Michael Young. He recently has came out and said that he wants traded. He is owed 62 million over the next 5 seasons so that does not appeal to the Cubs. The Cubs also do not want to trade Vitters for Young( which Texas is looking for a young 3rd baseman). He has been awful away from Texas during his career. The Cubs just have no interest in the 32 year old righty.
- Some good Jake Peavy news is that John Moores will likely be the majority owner for the Padres which means he will still have to cut payroll from 73 million to 40 million befor the season. The best thing is for the Cubs ownership situation to get resolved in Chicago as soon as possible. I have been told the feeling in San Diego is that Jake is gone. They need players to fill the field and no money to do it. While having a large contract and tremendous trade value in Peavy makes him as good as gone. Plus Jake's agent has said the would skip the WBC if traded to a new team so he can train with them which makes it sound it is just a matter of time. So things are looking good Cub fans!