- The Cubs have released Chad Gaudin today and optioned Jeff Samardzija to AAA Iowa. This giving the final two spots to Angel Guzman and Rule 5 pickup David Patton. Gaudin has had an awful Spring allowing 19 ER in just under 17 innings of work. He did so bad that the Cubs could not even deal him for a PTBNL. I think they should have placed him on waivers instead of out right releasing him. It is nice to see Angel staying put in the pen and Patton winning the final place in the pen. The Cubs have a great mix in their bullpen this season and expect Jeff to not be in Iowa for long, especially if anyone goes down with an injury or falters early.
- The Mariners could be having a fire sale in July and I expect the Cubs to be buyers especially if Ichiro or Bedard get placed on the block. Another guy would be Jose Lopez, but I am not sure where he would play if Fonty has a good season like I think he will.
- By the way Cub fans, do not look at the recent games in New York as a sign of things to come. It was basically a Spring game and the Cubs pitching and bats are better than that. I do think the new Yankee Stadium is quite beautiful.
- The Cubs also released Esteban German on Friday, his time as a Cubs was just a little bit longer than Bill White's.
Cubs Opening Game Monday!