Saturday, January 17, 2009

Some Tidbits From the Convention...Other Notes and Rumors....

Here is some convention tidbits I gathered from various places-

- Sean Marshall is the front runner for the 5 spot in the rotation according to Lou.

- Yes, Jim Hendry did get BOOED at the Convention.

- Bradley threw out the first pitch of the Cubs Convention.

- Lou likes Aaron Miles' success leading off games. He is a favorite to leadoff. He also said Soriano is getting older so he may move down in the order. I agree with this somewhat, Miles has not been as good leading off besides last season though. I think Reed Johnson and Fukudome would do a good job leading off a ball game as well.

- Zambrano will get LASIK eye surgery to make him see the ball and strike zone better.

- Hendry's quote of the day-

"I promise you come Opening Day we will have a better team than we did last year."

- Hendry said maybe the Cubs will add a significant guy or maybe they won't but he does not think it would be right without out checking with the new owner before adding a player. Hendry added, "Maybe we can chase a bigger fish." Jim Hendry is not done "tweaking" his roster.

- Harden is going through extensive strength and conditioning this off-season.

That is it from the Convention, more to come I am sure!

Now onto other rumors-

- According to MLBTR there has been 8 teams that contacted Boras about new free agent Andruw Jones. I am hearing that the Cubs are one of the eight teams and one person told me that the Cubs plan on offering him a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. I think he will end up with a big league contract somewhere.

- The Phillies are considering trading Myers to create more room in payroll. They have 6 arbitration eligible player with Blanton, Howard, and Victorino being the big guys. Brett Myers would be the an ideal guy to fit the 4th or 5th starter spot. He is a gamer and I have been a big fan of his for a while now.

- Crane Kenney says that the Cubs sale should be finalized by opening day and the numbers of buyers should be narrowed down to one by month end.


waldo7239117 said...

I think the team will be better on opening day and Derosa was leaving after this year and maube the Cubs could get Roberts and at least the Cubs got something fro him and Aaroon Miles and Mike Fontenot will put together the same numbers

And the best thing he did was make the lineup more balance and how the division looks right now the Cubs should breeze right by this like the Angels did last year

what do you guys think

Anonymous said...

its one thing to breeze through the division, its another to win at least one game in the playoffs, for god sakes!!!!
sorry about that, i just want a playoff win and more importantly a world series. I don't care if the cubs spend 1 billion dollars to get it done.

Anonymous said...

Brett Myers at $12 million is not exactly an ideal situation. I'd rather have Peavy at $11 million (understatement of the year). Hendry should have zero interest in Myers.

Nick I Cub Fan said...

Since the philly's have a ton of players going to arbitration, and want to keep the pay roll down.I think the cubs could offer some prospects and get one of their left handed relief pitchers. (Romero or Happ) would be my choice.

Anonymous said...

The Phillies were considering trading Myers to free up money to sign Lowe. Now that Lowe is signed by the Braves, Myers isn't available.

waldo7239117 said...

The Cubs trade felix Pie to the Orioles for Garrett Olsen and a right handed prospect that is in triple A

Maybe that is for the Jake Peavy trade

lets just hope

waldo7239117 said...

Kris Benson is going to work out for the Cubs next Saturday

other teams he is working out for is Dodgers Diamondbacks and Rangers

Nick I Cub Fan said...

I hope Olson is not the answer the cubs are looking for as a left handed relif pitcher. Maybe he goes back to AAA or gets traded. Cubs also got Williams in that trade. The cubs have been stocking hard throwing relief pitchers last 2 years. Ascaino,Schlitter,gaub,
Stevens,and now Williams. I like these young fire ballers.
Now we have Guzman,Hill,and Cedano left. Players who are out of options.