Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cubs Talk....

- According to the Cubs will be without Ted Lilly until early May. Not the best of news but no need to rush him.

- The Cubs are still looking for bullpen help and have been linked to Jason Frasor and Luke Gregerson.

- Justin Berg has a good shot of making the team out of Spring according to Paul Sullivan.

- Lou thinks this team is a "90 win team"

- Jim Hendry says without and doubt Tom Ricketts will allow this team to make additions at the trade deadline. So notable names that could be available because of expiring contracts are Adam Dunn, Carl Crawford, Lance Berkman, Jose Reyes (has option), Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez, Brad Hawpe (has option), Jayson Werth, Vlad (has option), David Ortiz (has option), Jim Thome, Josh Beckett, Erik Bedard, Justin Duchscherer, Millwood, Sheets, Westbrook, Vazquez, Webb, and Chris Young. Just to name a few.

- Zambrano will only pinch hit in emergency situations this season.

- There are a ton of players that want Kevin Millar to make the team but Hendry said the decision will be made on how well players do in ST. His main competition is Micah Hoffpauir and Chad Tracy.

- Derrek Lee said comparing Marlon Byrd to Milton Bradley is stupid.

- Marmol hit Starlin Castro, then jammed him, then brushed him back. Lou was impressed how he stayed in there.

- Soriano's knee is 90%.

- The Cubs will sort out the bullpen situation in mid-March.

- Xavier Nady said he might not be ready by Opening Day.

- The Cubs were counting on Angel Guzman and Jeff Gray to fill late-inning roles or as trade candidates but they are behind because of injury.

- Caridad could end up the primary setup man to Marmol.

- Tom Gorzelanny and Jeff Smardzija are probably "1-2" in competition of the final two spots in the rotation. I think it should be Gorzelanny and Diamond.

- Chad Tracy, Micah Hoffpauir, Sam Fuld, Bryan LaHair, and Brad Snyder are in the mix for the final two spots on the bench. I just wish the Cubs could fit Tracy, Snyder, and Millar on the 25 man roster but I just do not see that happening.

- If the Cubs think Mike Fontenot can serve as Theriot's backup then Blanco does not make the team according to Levine. Blanco is better served on this team than Fontenot in my opinion.

Until Next Time...

1 comment:

Nick I Cub Fan said...

Tracy,Snyder and Millar could all make it if the cubs start the season with 11 pitchers. They won't
need the 5TH starter till the 19TH and maybe later if there are any rain outs in that week. Nady and Lilly won't be ready till may. I am not a fan of Millars. I don't care how much hes liked by his team mates. He has to perform on the field. I also think Hendry should be thinking about subtractions not additions for the trade dead line. This team is to old to stay healthy. Just my 2 cents worth.