- Dan O'Dowd says the understands the value of Brad Hawpe on and off the field so they will not trade him unless they get a return like they did for Matt Holliday. So seeing Brad Hawpe in a Cubs uniform is not likely.
- Jon Heyman of SI is reporting that the Cubs will likely reach an agreement with Rudy Jaramillo for their hitting coach. Heyman speculates that the Cubs will sign him 800K a year for multiple years. He would be one of the highest paid hitting coaches in baseball. The Cubs hope he can help out with Soriano and Bradley (if he is not traded).
- The Yankees are contemplating on whether to bring back Damon or Matsui. but not both. While Bobby Abreu has turned down a 2 year 16 million dollar deal from the Angels. Both Abreu and Damon are targets for the Cubs.
- The Cubs want to extend Derrek Lee this offseason. It is rumored they would like to offer him a one or two year extension worth 10-13 million a season. I am for that. If the Cubs signed Lee to a one year deal worth 13 million he would be signed though the 2011 season then becoming a free agent. It just so happens Albert Pujols is a free agent after the 2011 season. Probably just coincidence but Pujols has said he does not want to discuss an extension yet and the Cubs payroll with no new contracts at the end of 2011 would be about 54 million. Without any big deals the Cubs could in fact make a run at Pujols considering they would have the money. I may be dreaming here.
That is it for today Cub fans...