Milling Around

The ‘big’ news on Tuesday was the minor trade, as XM Radio classified it, between the Cubs and the Twins that sent Craig Monroe to Minnesota for the infamous PTBNL. According to several reports, the Cubs planned to non-tender a contract to Monroe, which would have made him a free agent. The other news, or rumor, on Tuesday was the report by Bruce Levine stating the Cubs ‘are putting together a package of young players to make an offer to the Rays for Carl Crawford’….

C.C. Sabathia beat out Josh Beckett for the AL Cy Young Award on Tuesday. Sabathia received 19 of 28 first place votes, 119 points. Beckett finished a distant second with 8 first place votes and a total of 86 points. The National League and American League Manager of the Year Awards will be announced later today.

Here is the latest from the North Side and around the league, including more on the Jacque Jones trade and the activation of a couple of pitchers.

The Cubs….

Jim Hendry is “not to worried” about resigning Kerry Wood according to the Daily Herald. Hendry did confirm Ronny Cedeno is learning how to play the outfield and is working with Buddy Bailey. Hendry went on to say the Cubs are “not opposed to looking outside of the organization for pitching” even with Ryan Dempster preparing to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Just a thought….could Dempster fill the club’s need for a long man out of the pen instead of a starter?

The Cubs activated both Angel Guzman and Mark Prior from the 60-day DL on Tuesday. The Cubs 40-man roster currently stands at 38. Guzman had Tommy John Surgery toward the end of the season and is expected to miss the entire 2008 campaign.

The mainstream media in Chicago has yet to pick up this story, but Rich Hill was married over the weekend. Hill tied the knot with his high-school sweetheart according to a report in the Boston Globe.

Kosuke Fukudome is on a lot of team’s radars this off-season. The Padres are “heavily interested” in signing Fukudome. According to a report in the North County Times, the Padres have “been on him a long time.

More on the Jacque Jones trade to the Tigers…. According to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs will send $2 million dollars to Detroit in the Jones deal. Jones is due to be paid the remainder of the $4 million dollar signing bonus in January ($1 million) on the 3-year deal he signed before the 2006 season plus his $5 million dollar salary for 2008.

From Around the League….

According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers made an offer to Francisco Cordero. The Astros are very interested in signing the free agent closer as well and many are speculating it will take around $10 million a year for 4 years.

The Pirates decided to not pick up the 2008 option on Cesar Izturis. The Pirates will pay the $300,000 buyout instead of the $5.45 million he is due next season. Izturis will become a free agent and the Cardinals are rumored to be interested in the former Cub to replace David Eckstein.

The Mets are interested in Carlos Silva.

The Phillies apparently have just $10 million to spend this off-season on players outside of their organization. The Philadelphia Inquirer thinks the Phillies could be in line to make a run at Hiroki Kuroda and mentions the club should keep an eye on what the Cubs decide to do with Mark Prior.

Quote of the Day

"There are places I remember. All my life though some have changed. Some forever not for better. Some have gone and some remain. All these places have their moments ... " John Lennon/Paul McCartney