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.