- Zambrano is moving up to the rotation and will start Weds against the Pirates. Gorzelanny will be sent to the bullpen.
- The Cubs will have four lefties in their bullpen to start this week. The Cubs are expected to make another move though, calling up Andrew Cashner this week to replace Zambrano as the right-handed set-up guy in the bullpen. You can expect the Cubs to make room for Cashner by sending down James Russell or putting John Grabow on the DL with a "mysterious injury."
- Ryan Dempster deferred 3 million dollars of his money this offseason so they could sign Xavier Nady. A generous act by Dempster and it truly shows the kind of person he is.
- Aramis Ramirez, Tom Gorzelanny, Kosuke Fukudome, Ryan Theriot, and Derrek Lee are all being shopped by the Cubs according to sources. The Cubs are looking to upgrade at those positions as well as make room for other deserving players like Tyler Colvin. Three of the five listed do have no-trade clauses but MLB has proven that some players will waive that clause if the fit seems right. The Angels could have interest in Derrek Lee with their first baseman on the shelf until at least August. Lee would probably accept a trade to the west coast because he has family there and is comfortable with California.
The others could find fits at numerous places. I will keep you updated.
Until Next Time....