Raises, Rumors, the Roster … and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jed Hoyer said again Tuesday afternoon that the Cubs are not done with the roster this off-season. The Cubs made at least one addition and appear to be working on a few more deals.

The Cubs announced the signing of Paul Maholm on Tuesday after he broke the news on his Twitter account Monday night. The Cubs inked Maholm to a one-year deal worth $4.25 million that includes a club option for 2013 worth $6.5 million with a $500,000 buyout. Maholm’s contract also includes a $550,000 incentive package for each season based on innings pitched. Maholm receives an additional $50,000 for reaching 150 innings and an additional $100,000 for every ten innings after 150 (160 IP, 170 IP, 180 IP, 190 IP and 200 IP).

While Maholm is signed, the paperwork has not been completed and the southpaw has not been added to the team’s 40-man roster … yet. The Cubs are expected to designate a player for assignment in order to make room on the roster for Paul Maholm.

After a report suggested that Kerry Wood’s days in a Cubs’ uniform are all but over, Jed Hoyer acknowledged Wood’s importance to the organization and said the two sides are still negotiating a contract for next season. Wood is looking for a market value contract for a reliever, reportedly in the $4 million range. Hoyer pointed out that they have offered Wood a substantial raise from the $1.5 million he was paid last year.

Here’s the update including more on Kerry Wood and Jed Hoyer on XM Radio …

Kerry Wood
David Kaplan reported Tuesday morning that his sources indicated to him Monday night that Kerry Wood’s days as a Cub appear to be all but over. Wood and the Cubs had been discussing a deal to bring him back but not for the amount Wood feels he is worth.

“Woody wanted to be here despite the rebuilding process but while the Cubs were saying they wanted him back they were unwilling to pay him the market value for a solid set up man He has heard from a number of teams that are World Series contenders and they are all willing to pay him a very fair salary to strengthen their bullpen. The Cubs expected him to pitch for another hometown discount. He has already done that for them a couple of times before. There is no reason that he should have to do that again.”

The Tigers, Reds, Angels, Red Sox and Phillies have been connected to Wood and the former ‘Kid K‘ is expected to make a decision on where he will pitch by Friday.

Jed Hoyer addressed the report Tuesday by saying the Cubs have offered Wood a “substantial raise” in hopes of bringing Wood back. Hoyer indicated they would like to have Wood on the roster and they are hopeful a deal gets done.

Jed Hoyer said, “We come in with somewhat of a fresh set of eyes. That doesn’t diminish what people have done long before we were here. We both understand the history of the whole organization, and we understand which players mean a lot to the fans, and Kerry is one of them. Fresh eyes are one thing, but that doesn’t mean you ignore the rich past the Cubs have.”

Chattin’ with Bruce Levine
Mr. Talkin’ Baseball held his weekly chat on ESPNChicago.com. Here are the highlights:

  • Levine thinks the Cubs would like to move Alfonso Soriano before possibly dealing Marlon Byrd. The Cubs would like to improve their defense in left and could keep Byrd around to play center or serve as a backup. Levine said the Cubs have talked to numerous teams about Byrd.
  • Matt Garza fits into the Cubs’ long-term plans or he could bring back young talent but unless the Cubs get everything they want for him in a trade, Levine doesn’t think Epstein and Hoyer will pull the trigger on a deal. Jacob Turner would likely have to be in a deal for Garza but the Tigers do not want to include Nick Castellanos.
  • Levine still thinks the Cubs have interest in Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler. Levine also expects the White Sox to be in on Cespedes. Levine is hearing with all of the teams interested in Cespedes his contract could be larger than first thought. The Cubs are interested in spending money on international talent and Levine thinks the Cubs will be in on both players all the way.
  • The Cubs could still trade Alfonso Soriano to either Baltimore or Seattle but both teams have been burned on high-priced free agents in the past which could make either team unwilling to pick-up much of what is left on his contract.
  • Levine thinks Kerry Wood will re-sign with the Cubs by Friday.
  • There is no guarantee that Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger are going to be everyday big league catchers so the Cubs might hold onto Geovany Soto … for now.
  • The Cubs are going to have to designate a player to make room on the roster for Paul Maholm … and possibly another spot if Kerry Wood re-signs.
  • Levine has not heard a word about the compensation the Cubs still owe Boston and San Diego for Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer an Jason McLeod. Levine said no one seems to care at this point.

Jed Hoyer on MLB Network Radio
Jed Hoyer joined Casey Stern and Jim Bowden during Inside Pitch (MLB Network Radio/XM Radio) on Tuesday afternoon. Bowden started the interview by congratulating him on the off-season that he and Theo have had so far … the Cubs new regime had several goals when they took over and they are slowly but surely reaching them.

The Cubs are pleased with the off-season they have had to this point. They have gotten more left handed, added depth in the starting rotation and gotten younger. Hoyer said that they still have work to do.

The conversation switched to Carlos Zambrano and Hoyer explained that he and Theo spoke with people about Zambrano and the consensus was that he had apologized one too many times and it was time for the team to move forward.

The Cubs are really excited to have Chris Volstad on the roster and under control for three seasons.

Jim Bowden is a big fan of Anthony Rizzo and really liked the Rizzo for Andrew Cashner trade from a Cubs standpoint when it was announced. Bowden asked Hoyer if he thought San Diego gave up on Rizzo too soon, Hoyer’s response, “I hope so.”

Hoyer took the blame again for rushing Rizzo to the big leagues last year. Rizzo was hitting the cover off the ball in Triple-A, the Padres were not getting any production from first base and there was noise to bring Rizzo up. Hoyer said he should have ignored the “drumbeats” and left him in the minors and allowed him to develop.

The Cubs like Andrew Cashner a lot but they could not pass up trading for six years of control on an everyday player. When asked about Cashner’s health, Hoyer stated that he is healthy and pitched in the fall league after coming back from two shoulder issues last season.

The big part of the calculus for the Cubs trading Cashner for Rizzo was no matter how dominant they feel Cashner could be as a reliever they could not pass up adding an everyday player that could have an impact down the road.

The Cubs are really happy to have signed Paul Maholm. They feel his peripheral numbers were better than his win-loss record and all of the constant change in Pittsburgh have had an impact on his development. Maholm also came to them early on in the process and wanted to be a Cub. Hoyer said it was really nice to see.

The Cubs are not looking forward to facing Sean Marshall this year but they are glad to have Travis Wood and long-term control over him. As for Ronald Torreyes, Hoyer said, “We’ve had success with small guys before.”

The signing of Paul Maholm is not a precursor to trading Matt Garza. According to Hoyer, saying you have too many starters is like saying you have too much money. A team can never have enough starting pitching.

Epstein and Hoyer consider Matt Garza a front of the rotation guy and may decide to build around him. Hoyer admitted that they have had discussions with teams about Garza but not to the level they would like. Hoyer would not discuss the specifics but he did point out that keeping a guy like Matt Garza is appealing for the Cubs as well.

Cubs Spring Training Baseball
WGN TV released their schedule for the Cubs upcoming Spring Training games. The first game WGN will televise will be on March 10 from Maryvale against the Brewers. WGN will carry a total of four of the Cubs’ Cactus League games … March 11 from Camelback Ranch in Glendale against the Dodgers, March 24 from Mesa against the Padres and March 25 from Goodyear against the Indians.

The Cubs first Cactus League game of the season is March 4 versus the Oakland A’s at HoHoKam Park in Mesa.

News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs are going to stretch Jeff Samardzija out this spring and let him compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Samardzija could end up in the pen but Hoyer and Epstein feel that stretching out Samardzija would allow him to improve on his third pitch.

Koyie Hill inked a minor league deal with the Cardinals Tuesday that includes a non-roster invite to big league camp. Hill will compete to be Yadier Molina’s backup.

According to Jon Heyman, the Cubs will likely start the year with Alfonso Soriano in left field. The Cubs are trying to move him to an AL team but his contract (three years and $54 million) is making it very difficult.

Prior to talking with Jed Hoyer, Jim Bowden discussed the Matt Garza rumors Tuesday afternoon on Inside Pitch (MLB Network Radio/XM Radio). Bowden thinks if the Tigers were to land Garza that would make them the favorites in the AL Central. Dave Dombrowski would have to include Jacob Turner and Nick Castellanos in order to add Garza to his rotation … and if Dombrowski would include both players in a package for Garza, Epstein and Hoyer would not turn down the offer. Dombrowski has not decided what he wants to do according to Bowden.

Well, there’s the update … and I’m sticking to it.

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  • KevininSandiego

    Regarding Wood if he does Sign somewhere else do the Cubs get another Draft pick? Does anyone know?

    • Vivid_Reality

      The Cubs did not offer arbitration, so no.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Wood was not offered arbitration so the Cubs would not receive a draft pick if he signs elsewhere.

  • Vivid_Reality

    Looks like the Cards finally found someone to fill the void left by Albert Pujols…

  • Tonydann1984

    Koyie Hill signing with the cards is great. Kerry wood will be on some teams disabled list next season and I’m thinking it will be the Cubs. I like what theo and company have done at this time. I would
    like to see them improve by adding some speed . At second base or outfield. I’m hoping Tony C can make the team as a backup outfielder . I like reed Johnson but don’t understand why the cubs signed him. Marlon Byrd needs to be traded for whatever we can get (anything as long as we don’t send money with him).

    • Tony_Hall

      Why do you care if they send money to trade Marlon Byrd?  

      You are offered prospect X with no money, or if you pay $X we will send prospect Y, who is the prospect you wanted.  It’s already in the budget and spent, I would always pay a little more to get a better prospect.

      Reed Johnson is a 1 year rental, RH bat,  who plays the game the right way and hits lefties.  We could have a very left-handed OF sooner than you think.

  • Tony_Hall

    I am not wishing anything bad for anyone (like signing a $10M contract could possibly be bad), but I do like seeing players and agents, overplay their hand and have to take a much lesser offer, than what they were demanding.   Prince you should read this.

    Ryan Madson to sign with the Reds 

    1 YEAR – $10M

    A far cry from the 4 year, $44M contract he was close to signing with the Phillies. 

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/01/reds-to-sign-ryan-madson-.html 

    • Schwimmer

      I agree with you.  I think that BORAS has overplayed his hand in a “greedy attempt — to get FIELDER a 7-8 year contract for $25m per year.

      He over-estimated the number of Teams that would be interested in that kind of Deal.I’ll bet THEO told him:  “Here’s what we’ll pay for FIELDER.  Otherwise, we’ll go in another direction (i.e. RIZZO).”I still predict that FIELDER gets no more than 6 years.  And, I think he’ll end up with a 2nd tier team like the NATIONALS to get it.Too bad that PRINCE FIELDER could not see that WRIGLEY FIELD would have been a fantastic place to play for his career!   When you are talking about a $100m contract, I would think that there would “more” to making such a decision than ONLY caring about “how long” and “how much more” money you get.  

      I mean…can you make your life work…if you know your job will ONLY pay your $100m????

      Call me an idealist…but what happened to the days….where it mattered what Team you played for?

      • Ripsnorter1

        6 years would still be too many.

        • Schwimmer

          You are probably right!

          I’m sure THEO was willing to go 5 years at $20m.  And, that was turned down by BORAS.

          What do you think?  Does that sound about right?

          • Ripsnorter1

            Theo plays it so close to the vest that i don’t know if he made any real offers or not. 

      • John_CC

        One of the reasons the Nationals haven’t signed Fielder yet is because the albatros named Jason Werth they were suckered into last year by….Super Agent Scott Boras.

        That Werth contract is worse Soriano’s.  It is.  I mean, it’s the same contract, but come on, Jason Werth, he’s 32 and has 6 years left.

      • paulcatanese

        Fielder will be picked up by some team, just as soon as Boras puts him on the shelf at the “dollar store”.
        Thats where Theo shops.
        I didn’t want Pujols or Fielder for the Cubs because of money demands, and that is what matters what teams they play for.
        They don’t see the park,the fans, the city they are in, only the mailman delivering their checks each month.
        Those day’s as you mentioned are long gone where a player wants to be, too bad, as “those were the days”.

        • Anthony

          paul, is that Dollar Tree, Dollar General, or some other five and dime?lol

          funny

  • Anthony

    Bowden is saying Dombrow has to include Castellanos, and then followed with Epstein and Hoyer would accept.

    Is Bowden expressing what he would do, or what he was told?

    Turner being the centerpiece, bringing Castellanos into the Cubs Farm means another LT asset.

    Turner and Castellanos, 2 former 1st rounders for one former 1st rounder of MLB quality with proven worth and no indication for a current dropoff of production, i.e entering his Prime.

    That package is not enough.

    But, in Theo fashion, 2 reclamation projects exist in Porcello and Oliver.

    Dombrow also has to examine his window of winning, 2 years of control, the expense of the current salary differences, and Garza’s impending free agency.

    If you were either of these GM’s, would you want Garza for two years, or five years?

    Vitters defense has always been in question at 3B. Vitters can hit, and the power is developing, and may best fit in the 2nd least demanding position, LF.

    Whether Castellanos comes in a trade, or not, there are other options at 3B in the future past Stewart.

    As mentioned yesterday, Theo is gunning for the PCL Title, and that is a good thing.

    If they don’t trade Garza, lock him up for a total of 5 years because at the pace Theo is working, they may be primed sooner than most expect, hopefully showing flashes in 2013 and viable contention afterward, on a consistent basis.

    Squeezing another season out of Soriano in LF in this transition allows another AAA year for Vitters to expand his game and become proficient in LF as his replacement, barring any trade.

    I am not sold yet on the other upper-level outfielders on all the TOP Prospect lists that we so often, and Sappelt and DeJesus signings indicate some others may feel the same. DeJesus may be a plug, but Sappelt is young, and interesting as a CF option.

    • John_CC

      I don’t think I’d tag Porcello as a reclamation project just yet. He turned 23 a couple weeks ago.  He would be a pretty huge take away if he were included in the trade. In fact there is no way Dombro would include Porcello with Turner for Garza only. Now through Shark and I would do that in a heartbeat.  Porcello would be a major upgrade over Shark.

      • Anthony

        Porcello is still learning how to pitch, as he could always throw, but professional hitters do what they do, force you to pitch.

        reclamation=struggling early rounder

  • daverj

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the Cubs went hard after both Cespedes and Soler.  Soler would join Jackson and Rizzo to give the Cubs 3 of the Top 50 prospects in the game.  I’m a bit skeptical of Cespedes after reading some of the posts about him on CCO, but other places I’ve read some very good things about him.

    • cc002600

      Just like with players from Japan, I think its nuts to give out mega-millions to players who have NEVER played an inning in MLB.  If you want to take a flyer on a guy like Soler, where the committment is nowhere as large, then fine. but to give 60 or 80 or 100M to unproven guys is crazy to me.

  • Teluton

    I’m glad Hoyer and Epstein have a ‘fresh set of eyes’ (regarding the
    retention of players like Kerry Wood). Yes, he’s a great team member,good citizen etc. However he earned about $70 million in prior
    years, with the Cubs, missed much time through injury and never really lived up to his potential.( Neil,can you tell us what he’s earned over the years and his cub pitching record?)
    If he can’t accept Hoyer’s offer, let’s move on.

    • Aaron

      Baseballreference.com has earnings for all players

    • Ripsnorter1

      He was even injured last year as well. 

  • cubtex

    Here is what Jim Callis said about the Cubs prospects on baseballamerica.com

    When I listed my personal overall Top 50 in the 2012 Prospect Handbook, I had Brett Jackson at No. 28, Javier Baez at No. 31 and Rizzo at No. 42, so that would put Rizzo third on an updated Cubs list. I like Rizzo’s power potential and think he’s the third-best first-base prospect in baseball (behind the Astros’ Jonathan Singleton and the Padres’ Yonder Alonso), but Jackson and Baez are up-the-middle players and Baez has the bat to be an impact player if he moves down the line.
    None of Chicago’s other acquisitions would crack the Top 10. There’s depth in the farm system, so if I were updating the Cubs Top 30 I wrote for the Handbook, I’d put Torreyes, Cates and Sappelt (in that order) in the back half of that list. Torreyes is a career .364 hitter in the lower minors, but he’s also 5-foot-7 and lacks a second standout tool, so he’s really going to have to max out what he has to make it as a big league regular. Cates has a strong arm but is relatively new to pitching and has a lot of work to do, while Sappelt looks like a fourth outfielder who’s overmatched in center field.
    In our preliminary system rankings in the Handbook, we put Chicago at No. 14. When we release our final rankings this spring, the Cubs’ moves will push them up a spot or two.
    As for Volstad, I thought he was a nice pickup in the Carlos Zambrano trade. Chicago might have released Zambrano if it couldn’t have traded him. Though the Cubs had to eat $15 million of Zambrano’s $18 million salary for 2012, they got a young, durable starter. Volstad may not be more than a No. 4 starter because he doesn’t miss enough bats, but he’ll help Chicago more than Zambrano would have.

    • cc002600

      look like you are the lone ranger when it comes to disliking the Z trade.

      • cubtex

        I would think the Marlins would agree with me on the trade as well :) Look…I hope Volstad proves me wrong but look at those numbers! Beyond Brutal. He had a 5.4 something ERA on August 31st. He doesn’t miss many bats. He is a 6’8 version of Casey Coleman to me. The batters need to hit a lot of “at them” balls to be successful. He will help the Cubs more than Zambrano would have because he won’t be a cancer in the clubhouse or miss starts because of disciplinary action.

        • cc002600

          But when you can get a 25 year old pitcher who has 3 years MLB experience, its worth the roll of the dice.

          More often than not, it takes pitchers 3 to 4 years to figure it out at the MLB level.  Very few come up and dominate right away.

          You have nothing to lose with this trade, and everything to gain. That’s my whole point.

          Yes, Volstad could turn out to be nothing, but you lose nothing. If Z wins 12-15 games with Marlins, which is HIGHLY unlikely, so what ?

          The cancer is gone….and you get $3M.

          It’s a no brainer, when you consider there was absolutely NO MARKET for this guy, other than Ozzie. 

        • Anthony

          In 2007, this BA guru listed Tyler Colvin as the best hitter for average, Ryan Harvey for best power, Fuld for discipline, and Volstad as #1 for FLA.

          In 2008, he said Vitters had the most power, best hitter for average Tony Thomas, a career .260 minor leaguer, Fuld only K’s at a 13% rate and a career .244 batting average.

          These were on his Top 10 lists back then.

          They know nothing! Just selling magazines.

          • cubtex

            I just posted that for people on here who “might” be interested in seeing what the rankings were. Does it mean it is gospel? I know you get offended by people who rank prospects but just take it for what it is worth. No need to get all worked up.

          • Anthony

            those aren’t the rankings, only the organization knows the rankings, that is fodder for sale

    • Anthony

      Its nice to know that this guy, and the others have the freedom to travel all around the country to personally watch, scout, evaluate, and rank……….NOT

      Let me try again.

      Its nice to know that this guy, and the others have inroads to MLB organizations GM’s, databases, scouting reports, as if they were their employees themselves………..NOT

      Let me try again.

      Its nice to know that this guy, and the others have a desk they sit at with a laptop, googlin and regurgitating and making lists to sell magazines and internet subscriptions.

      That sounds about right.

      Historically failed predictions by journalists.

      • daverj

        Are the journalists right or wrong any more than the scouts?  The scouts have a plenty of historically failed predictions as well.

        I think it’s safe to say that most of us don’t have time to watch all these minor league players personally so where are we supposed to get information on them?

        The journalists are often wrong … I’m not defending them on that point.  But I’m not sure that they are any worse than any other available information source other than spending all of ones time watching minor league baseball games.

        • Anthony

          you missed my point

          your best indicator is how a club handles each prospect, just follow the transactions

          it is real easy to spit out lists starting with 1st rounders, but when doing that, you are starting with built-in failure, as most of them do

          at any given time, the best 6700 professional baseball players on the planet reside in affiliated baseball, from Rookie league to MLB, and the premier 750 each season are NOT all 1st rounders

          these silly lists are all about subscription sales, MONEY

          • daverj

            If the best indicator is how the club handles each prospect, isn’t the fact that a club used a first round pick on a guy an indicator of the status of that prospect chosen in the first round?

          • Anthony

            depends, we can carry this to the top of the thread if you wish

  • John_CC

    I really like the incentives in Maholm’s contract. Half a Million bucks for the last 50 innings is great.

    Last night it looked like the Reds were on with Madsen…so that takes one of Woodys suitors.  I’m 98% he’ll be back and everyone can climb back in off the “classless” ledge.

    • cubtex

      Thanks for that 98% guarantee! I think we all feel better now :)

      • John_CC

        If we had gone by your reactions yesterday one would believe Wood has been banished from Wrigley forever.

        (and I wasn’t really trying to make you feel better, drama queen :)

        The fact is, if Kerry wants a chance to play for a contender, he should go do that.  When Hendry let him go to Cleveland it was fine because it was best for everyone because he and Jimbo had a buddy-buddy relationship.  But face it, the Cubs didn’t want to pay him 10M$ per, it’s not Cleveland was that chance at a ring, it was business then and it still is.  And Wood knows that. He and Epstein seem to have a pretty good relationship already. There are no bridges burning.

        • cubtex

          Look John Epstein…. I made a comment that the Cubs need to pay the man and make him a Cub. This guy played last year for 1 mil(coming off a very good second half with the Yankees where he could have gotten probably a 6 or 7 mil deal) Pay the man! Give him fair market value and I am sure he will take it. He loves Chicago….his wife is from Chicago….he doesn’t want to play for another team but he doesn’t want to play for a discount again and shouldn’t. He needs to be signed before the Cubs convention… so pay the man and get it done!

          • John_CC

            Yeah godamit!! 

            I imagined this like a David Mamet screen play for a movie, The Cubs Fan.

            Two men, sitting across a desk, Cub fan #1 says:
              “He loves Chicago….his wife is from Chicago….he doesn’t want to
            play for another team but he doesn’t want to play for a discount again
            and shouldn’t.”  Slams open hand on desk, stands to leave, pauses:

            “He needs to be signed before the Cubs convention… so pay the man and get it done!” pounding both fists on the desk top, he turns and walks out.

          • cubtex

            hahahahaha. that was amusing. Now hurry up and go get lunch. If you run to McDonalds John I think you can get a buy one get one free on a cheeseburger before 1pm. Oh…and tell Theo….I think he will probably want to join you

          • John_CC

            I don’t eat fast food…and neither does Theo!  You don’t get complexion like that by eating fries and greasy junk food. BTW, Theo just texted me and he says Wood is 98% by Friday. Take your Xanax rest easy.

          • cubtex

            Theo is a stud!

          • Dorasaga

            I concur. Fastfood had become unAmerican, like the Cubs unable to win a G*ddamn World Series in after a century! “Food, Inc.,” a fine movie.

          • paulcatanese

            Sorry,
            White
            Castle
            hamburgers
            are
            ageless

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Bruce Miles: Theo says more has happened in the media than in reality with Garza. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From David Schuster: Theo says he is hopeful for a deal with Kerry Wood by this weekend

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Sun-Times: Theo on Cubs/Wood mutual interest in deal: If we can’t figure this out, something’s wrong.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Bruce Miles:With Marshall gone, James Russell says he wants to be “the guy” in the 8th inning from the left side.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Theo says Cubs not attempting to shop Matt Garza

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Jon Paul Morosi: Sources: Cubs and Kerry Wood reengaged in talks, and the sides are making progress on a one-year deal with a 2013 option.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Morosi is now reporting the Cubs are close on a one-year deal with Wood.

  • Anthony

    71-91

    how to gain 10 wins for 81-81

    is that a realistic 2012 goal?

    If you set the concern for HR’s aside, as there are other ways to skin a cat and win(pitching-defense), the only changes really made to the lineup are:

    DeJesus for Fukadome
    Stewart for Ramirez
    LaHair for Pena

    What if LaHair puts up similar numbers to 2011 in ChiC?
    Stewart may improve defense and rebound on offense some?
    DeJesus should produce like his predecessor?

    If everyone else stays the same from 2011, and with some recent added pitching, what say you?

    It also wouldn’t suprise me if Iowa, TENN, Daytona, Peoria, and Boise all have strong showings also.

    Regarding the close to MLB prospects, will:

    Jackson be a K30% guy in 2012?
    Vitters keep progressing and learn LF?
    Rizzo remain an uppercut power hitter or make changes?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lose Jeff Bianchi on waivers to Brewers

    • Anthony

      would have liked him to remain, but Edgar Gonzalez was signed to a MILB contract

      younger and athletic says Theo

      enter Sappelt, exit Byrd

      • Tony_Hall

        You just won’t give up on this.

        No matter how many times you write it doesn’t make it true.  Minor league contract.  He’s not on the 40 man roster.

  • EqDoc
    • paulcatanese

      0 i mean 0 popularity.

  • Aaron