Weekend Update – 11/03/07

Kerry Wood’s status with the Cubs for the 2008 season and beyond remains unknown but a report in the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday morning indicated Wood could return to the North Side next year. A deal would likely need to get done in the next 9 days before Jim Hendry loses his exclusive negotiating rights with the club’s former ace. According to Gordon Wittenmyer, Wood realizes his best chance for success at the Major Leagues right now would probably be out of the pen. Of the four Cubs free agents, Wood appears to be the only one that could be back with the club next season. The Cubs concluded their organizational meetings and Jim Hendry called them “very, very productive.”

Daryle Ward’s $1.2 million dollar option for 2008 was picked up and Craig Monroe likely will be the next Cub to file for free agency. Here is the rest from around the league including an update on a former Cubs’ pitcher and right fielder….

Sammy Sosa announced on Friday night that he would like to play baseball in 2008, of course for a ‘small‘ fee….$7 million dollars.

Bruce Miles brought up Kosuke Fukudome again….here is more on Fukudome.

Glendon Rusch is back in the news. The former Cub was cleared to pitch again in August and recently worked out for scouts in Southern California. The workout apparently went well and Rusch is hoping to make a comeback. Ten teams had scouts in attendance in a warehouse that adjoins the offices of West Coast Sports Management….those teams: Twins, Padres, Astros, Royals, Mariners, White Sox, Marlins, A’s, Reds and Rockies.

The Devil Rays are changing their name to just ‘The Rays’ and Paul Sullivan mentioned maybe the Cubs should change theirs….

Scott Boras has everyone in baseball talking A-Rod, 24-7….A-Rod this, A-Rod that. Granted he is the best player in baseball, but what has he won? Is any player worth $360 million dollars? Some franchises are not even worth that much. Buster Olney said the offer the Yankees were planning to make, $250 million, was about a $100 million less than what Boras thinks Rodriguez is worth.

According to a report by Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers are talking to Francisco Cordero about a new contract but if Marino Rivera resigns with the Yankees then Cordero will become a very expensive closer. Rosenthal mentions the deals that B.J. Ryan (5 years, $47 million) and Billy Wagner (4 years, $43 million) signed before the 2006 season.

The Yankees decided to keep Bobby Abreu for another year….with a $16 million dollar price tag.

133 players have filed for free agency.

The Mariners declined options on Jose Guillen and Chris Reitsma on Friday.

The Giants have made Tim Lincecum available for the right offensive player.

The Orioles will once again try to trade Miguel Tejada this off-season. Tejada has 2 years left on his current 6-year, $72 million dollar contract.

Well, that’s the latest from the rumor mill….and I’m sticking to it!!

Quote of the Day

"Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure." - Joe Maddon