Jim Tinley Park: November 2008 Archives

Winter ball hasn't proven a cure for Rich Hill's wildness. The Cubs lefty appears on the verge of a release from Aragua (Venezuela) after walking 19 in 191/3 innings, resulting in a 7.45 ERA. ... If the Dodgers opt out of signing Manny Ramirez, it will be very interesting to see what market agent Scott Boras can build for the eccentric run producer. He would fit on the Cubs only if Alfonso Soriano somehow were traded. The White Sox seem interested in dealing Jermaine Dye, which would clear a hole, if not payroll. ... Cricket players Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, whom the Pirates signed as pitchers after they appeared on reality TV in India, were recommended by scout Ray Poitevint, whose stay with the Sox delivered few strong prospects. ...

The Cubs' Ryan Theriot was the only major-leaguer to reach double figures in errors (14), grounded into double plays (19) and caught stealing (13) last season. ... While the Cubs' Derrek Lee grounded into the second-most double plays in th ...