Friday, March 01, 2013

Cubs Hit And Run: Soriano, Garza, Cubs Sites, more...

-First off mad props to Bleacher Nation for their write up on possible changes with the Cubs logo, uniform, and jumbotron. It is a must read.
-Likewise can be said about John Arguello at Cubs Den. He has a couple good pieces on Junior Lake and Theo not settling. Please read both.
-There is a rumor out there by a person on twitter named @NYSportsPodcast saying a source of his is saying the Yankees have started talks with the Cubs about Alfonso Soriano. I have not heard anything and other major Cubs sites are currently silent. As with all rumors I will try to keep you updated.
-Ian Stewart is a week away from starting to hit again which is really hurting his chances of making the team.
Dontrelle Willis is pain free and throwing again in minor league camp. Wish nothing but the best for Mr. Willis.
Starlin Castro’s tight hamstring will only keep him out a couple games.
-Carlos Marmol is the closer unless traded.
-The person who would benefit the most from a Soriano trade is not Brett Jackson but David Sappelt because the Cubs really like what he brings to the team and is not a “prospect” anymore. He is expected to already make the team but Soriano leaving could open up a starting spot in the outfield.
-Matt Garza threw yesterday for the first time since hurting his left lat. He felt good but says he is not going to rush anything. Sveum expects the pitcher to be ready by Opening Day.
-Robinson Cano received an offer from the Yankees that is described as significant but not something he would likely jump at. Unlike many others in the media I believe the Cubs will be players for Cano because offense at 2nd base is at a premium and when it becomes available you pursue it.

Levine’s Latest-

-Soriano has not been traded because the -Cubs want someone to protect Castro and Rizzo.
-Baez is two years away from the big leagues.
-Cubs will trade Marmol by Opening Day.
2014-2015 will be the Cubs year to sign big free agents.
-The Cubs are likely to draft a power arm with their #2 pick in the draft this year.

Until Next Time…