It is hard to believe the Cubs’ season ended 2 weeks ago today…. A Q & A with Jim Hendry on Cubs.com mentioned the Cubs will have their organizational meeting at the end of the month and a very interesting quote from the Cubs’ GM:
“I believe our payroll will go up [in 2008]. I don’t know how much. If it stayed the same or close to the same, I wouldn’t complain.”
Hendry talked about the season, the upcoming off-season and the Cubs’ farm system.
A few of the teams have begun to make moves, while they do not include the Cubs, every move made across the league as an indirect effect on every team. Here’s the latest….
According to a report on ESPN.com Saturday night, Tony LaRussa is “expecting to be back with the Cardinals next season.” LaRussa’s contract ran out at the end of the season but LaRussa told the St. Louis Post Dispatch he would like to remain in St. Louis for a 13th year.
The Brewers decided not to pickup the option on Corey Koskie and he will become a free agent. Koskie did not play in 2007 because of a concussion he received during a play with Bill Hall in July of 2006.
Speaking of the Brewers, there was a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that mentioned the possibility of moving Ryan Braun and his awful glove at 3rd base to the outfield. The report also mentioned the possibility of the Brewers going after Joe Crede or Mike Lowell. The Journal Sentinel hopes Braun could turn into Jeff Francoeur.
John Farrell, the Red Sox pitching coach, is a candidate to take over the vacated manager’s job in Pittsburgh, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Jose Guillen will likely opt out of his contract according to Mariners.com.
Speaking of the Mariners, Jim Riggleman appears to be heading to Seattle to be John McLaren’s bench coach. Larry Bowa has also been mentioned as a possibility to become McLaren’s 3rd base coach with Joe Torre not returning to the Bronx.
The Royals hired Trey Hillman to replace Buddy Bell in the dugout next season. Hillman has been managing in Japan for the last 5 seasons. Hillman was rumored to be on the Cubs’ list last off-season to manage the team before Jim Hendry hired Lou Piniella.
Finally….Rick Morrissey reminds everyone that Dusty Baker is a winner and it was a good hire for the Reds….and the Cubs will not win all of the 15 games between the two clubs next year.
Well….that’s the latest and I’m sticking to it!