The Cubs Off-Season Report – 01/26/06

Julio Lugo Updates and will Gary Hughes be the next GM for the Reds?

According to a report in the Dayton Daily News on Tuesday, the new Cincinnati Reds Owner and CEO Bob Castellini is interested in Gary Hughes to fill the recently vacated GM position with the Reds after Castellini fired Dan O’Brien on Monday. Hughes is currently an Assistant General Manager for the Cubs and a close confidante to Jim Hendry.

The name Julio Lugo keeps popping up this off-season and I have tried to ignore it for the last few days but I thought with the recent contract purchase of Angel Pagan (scroll down)….now is the time to provide some ‘new’ info.

When the Cubs signed Wade Miller on Monday, Julio Lugo was mentioned in the article from the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday morning. The Sun-Times said the Cubs are not interested in meeting the asking price for Lugo. On the same day, an article from the St. Petersburg Times said the Cubs ‘could offer pitching prospect Rich Hill’. Then on Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported ‘the Cubs appear Lugo’s most likely destination if he’s dealt’.

Gotta love the Hot Stove….Pitchers and Catchers report in a 20 days….Mesa is just around the corner….

In non-Cubs news….Happy Birthday to Edward Van Halen!!! Where Have All the Good Times Gone?

Well that’s the news….and I’m sticking to it!!

Quote of the Day

"When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all." – Theodore Roosevelt