Still Working

With a little less than three weeks before pitchers and catchers report on February 13th, Jim Hendry told the Tribune he is not done with his roster. There are additions the Cubs would like to make before Spring Training according to statements made by Hendry over the last week. The same names continue to be mentioned on a daily basis without any movement. Could Hendry be on the verge of adding a couple of players to the mix or will the Cubs start Spring Training with their current 40-man roster?

Here is the latest from the mill, complete with more on a certain second baseman and pitcher, and notes from around the league….

The Cubs

The Cubs announced their minor league coordinators for the 2008 season on Tuesday.

  • Dave Bialas will return for a sixth season as the Cubs minor league field coordinator. Bialas has been in the organization for the last six years and with the Cubs for 14 years.
  • Bobby Dickerson was named the Cubs infield and bunting coordinator for the third consecutive season. Dickerson managed the Cubs Double-A team (West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx) from 2002-2005.
  • Bobby Dernier will be the outfield and baserunning coordinator once again in 2008. Dernier was named to the position last year.
  • For the fifth year, Dave Keller will be the Cubs hitting coordinator.
  • Former Cub farm hand, Casey Kopitzke returns as the Cubs catching coordinator.
  • As previously mentioned, Carmelo Martinez was named the Cubs Latin American Field Coordinator. Martinez was a Cub in 1983 and has been in the organization for the last 10 years.
  • Mark Riggins was named pitching coordinator. This year will be Riggins’ first with the Cubs. He has been with in the Cardinals organization for the last 12 seasons.
  • The Cubs also promoted three scouts…. Jose Serra, Rolando Pino and Hector Ortega. There were also additions to the scouting department….Charlie Aliano and Bill Harford.

Mike Valarezo joined the Cubs front office after being a full-time scout with the Diamondbacks last season. Valarezo was named as a special assistant to the general manager.

Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus recently stated which players he thinks will have a breakout season this year….Rich Hill received basically a honorable mention. graded the off-season of all Major League teams on Tuesday….the Cubs received a “B-“.

Erik Bedard and Brian Roberts

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer wondered if the Mariners have less competition for Bedard than in previous weeks. The Reds are rumored to be out of the running and depending on the report, so are the Cubs. The Orioles appear to be down to the Mets and Mariners as a suitor for Bedard.

According to Dave Kaplan, the Cubs “kicked the tires on Erik Bedard but never discussed any players that they would deal to acquire him.” Kaplan stated on his blog that the Orioles and Cubs have discussed the players it would take to land Brian Roberts and are “still actively pursuing him.” Kaplan mentioned Bedard’s medical records once again.

Andy MacPhail reminded the Baltimore Sun on Wednesday of his end of the month deadline to make a decision on Bedard and Roberts. The Sun still thinks the Cubs “are the likely landing place for Roberts” and the deal, according to the Sun, is expected to be Sean Gallagher and “one of the Cubs’ young outfielders.Corey Patterson and Kyle Lohse are on MacPhail’s radar if the team retains Roberts and Bedard.

Marlon Byrd

Dave Kaplan finished his latest post with, “Look for the Cubs to add a right-handed hitting outfielder who can play some centerfield by the end of next week.” Read into that what you want. Kaplan did not mention Byrd by name, but he fits the description and rumor.

Byrd, Roberts and Bedard…. According to a report in the Tribune late on Wednesday night, the “rumored deals involving Marlon Byrd, Brian Roberts and Erik Bedard remain viable with some tweaking.”

From Around the League

Houston there may be a problem…. The new Astros GM, Ed Wade, put a deadline of Wednesday night for Mark Loretta and Jose Valverde to reach a deal for the upcoming season and avoid arbitration. If the two players do not meet the deadline, Wade is prepared to go to arbitration. That is a great way to start a relationship with a new player….

Former Cub, David Aardsma was DFA’d by the White Sox on Tuesday. Would Aardsma be worth another look if it did not cost the Cubs any prospects….the Sox have 10 days to trade Aardsma before he would become a free-agent.

The Brewers signed Abraham Nunez to a minor league deal on Wednesday with an invitation to Spring Training.

The Red Sox will wear an ad on their uniform for the first two games of the season in Japan. The World Champions will wear an “EMC” patch on their sleeve. EMC is a data-storage company. The report on ESPN mentioned the “Chico’s Bail Bonds” sponsorship on the back of the jerseys in The Bad News Bears. When the Cubs played in Tokyo in 2000, they wore patches on their sleeves for AIU Inurance.

Finally…. Phil Rogers tried to clarify his addition and subtraction article a couple of weeks back….he might have confused us all just a little bit more.

Coming Soon – If You Were the Cubs GM….Version 20.08

Quote of the Day

"People who write about Spring Training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball." – Sandy Koufax