The Hot Stove Season has slowed down throughout the league, just not on the North Side of Chicago. Teams will continue to make changes to their rosters over the next six weeks but even XM Radio cannot believe how quiet it is right now. Could this be the calm before pitchers and catchers report? Buck Martinez speculated on Wednesday that the trade between the Tigers and Marlins raised the asking price for proven talent and some teams may be wanting to much in return for those remaining players rumored to be on the trading block.
Here is the latest from around the league, prospects in the NL central and new videos found on You Tube and AOL on the Cubs and Kosuke Fukudome…. John Donovan from SI.com broke down all the moves, so far, that have taken place this off-season. Donovan listed the Cubs signing Kosuke Fukudome as one of the biggest developments this winter. Donovan also liked the Reds inking Francisco Cordero but thought the Brewers signing Eric Gagne was a risk….Donovan also mentioned the Brewers have had one of the worst winters so far.
Rotoworld published their list of the 2008 NL Central Prospects. Geovany Soto, Eric Patterson, Sean Gallagher, Tyler Colvin and Kevin Hart are the Cubs mentioned in the report.
Kosuke Fukudome is everywhere.
Speaking of Fukudome, Baseball Prospectus released their projections for the Cubs new right fielder. According to BP, Fukudome’s line in 2008 will be:
.289/.401/.504/15/58 with 30 doubles, 4 triples, 70 walks and 80 runs scored in 465 plate appearances.
Cubs Videos from You Tube and AOL
2007 Cubs Highlights with Video and Kosuke Fukudome at the End
2007 Cubs Highlight Video from WGN