-The Cubs today signed Esteban German today to a minor league deal. He was released by the Royals last week after he cleared waivers. The Cubs will have him battle for the back up third base vacancy.
German is nothing special. He hit .245 with 22 RBI and 7 SB last season. He is basically an older Ronny Cedeno in my opinion. If anything he just adds depth in AAA. I do not see him winning a competition against Scales, Koskie, or even Rivas.
- Larry Rothchild got tossed out of a ST game today. Sweet!
- The Cubs sent Richie Robnett, Brian Schlitter, JR Mathes, Matt Smith, and Steve Clevenger to minor league camp.
- Lou says the Cubs closer, backup catcher, and 5th stater spots will be named in about 1 week. He said everyone will know their place. Closer will be Kevin Gregg, backup catcher will be Koyie Hill, and the 5th starter will be Aaron Heilman. Those are just my opinions. I wonder if Lou is leaning toward Hoff and Gathright?? Gathright and backup 3rd guy?? Hoff and backup third guy??
- Speaking of Heilman, he will get the start tomorrow. I hope he pitches well because I really want to see him in the rotation!
- Koskie will undergo a physical, then should get in some games.
- According to David Kaplan the White Sox offered Nick Swisher for Fukudome this off season. I do not know if I would have made that trade even though I am a Swisher fan!
- Here are my three wild card guys that could make the pen: Jose Ascanio, Waddell, and Patton. Watch out these guys my pitch their way into the pen!
More to Come!!!