- First rumored by Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs could decide to move Tom Gorzelanny for a relief pitcher but now David Kaplan said the Cubs are working on some "major trades." This could be to improve the middle infield some or more than likely an upgraded bullpen. Many rumor sites are reporting that a deal could involve Heath Bell. According to sources of mine I am hearing a the Cubs want both Heath Bell and Luke Gregerson and the Padres want Josh Vitters in any deal involving Bell but also want a pitching prospect in return. I am also hearing that the Cubs want to "pawn off" Ryan Theriot in the deal so the money swap is about even (only 1.4 million dollar difference). It should be noted that the Padres are 10-6 and might want to hold onto Bell until they decide if the are a contender to pretender. One thing for sure the trade and rumor talk has heated up recently. I will keep you updated.
- Ted Lilly will be activated today, no word yet on who will be sent to Iowa. You have to believe it will be Shark.
- The Cubs have strong interest in Juan Cruz who was released from the Royals yesterday. Cruz pitched for the Cubs from 2001-2003 and the Cubs maybe looking to bring the fireballer back to strengthen their pen. Cruz numbers this season are not that bad, a 3.38 ERA in 5 innings of work. Although he has walked 4 and gave up 9 hits, but he is better than Shark and Grabow.
- Last night the Cubs looked like a playoff team but we will have to see what team shows up tonight. According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs may bring up Castro and Cashner sooner rather than later. He even stated that if Castro still hits like he has been (.426/.455/.705) he WILL be called up in May. Bruce said the Cubs are more reluctant to call up Casher, worried he may develop into a pitcher like Shark.
Until Next Time....