Monday, December 7, 2009

Updates from Day 1 in Indy

  • Lou Piniella said today that he's going to do the best job he can, then at the end of the year we'll see what happens as far as his return in 2011.
  • Bruce Miles points out that the nobody that the Cubs acquired last offseason will return in 2010, beside the prospects from the DeRosa trade.
  • Tampa Bay still appears to be the destination of choice for Milton Bradley.
  • According to, the Cubs have gotten good reports on players this offseason including Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto, Ted Lilly, and Carlos Zambrano.
  • Lou Piniella says he "has the utmost respect" for Mike Cameron, who the Cubs are chasing.
  • Jeff Baker will play some outfield this spring. He will also serve as a backup 3rd baseman.
  • The Cubs are not looking for another front of the rotation pitcher.
  • The Cubs are set with Carlos Marmol as the closer, but Lou thinks adding another veteran reliever will "help stabilize things".
  • Starlin Castro is expected to start the 2010 season in the minors.
  • Alfonso Soriano will bat 6th in the Cubs' lineup.
  • Bruce Levine tells us that the Cubs are considering bringing Reed Johnson back.
  • The Cubs are not close to signing a free agent outfielder.
  • Trading Milton Bradley is still the top priority.
  • The three teams talking to the Cubs about Bradley are the Mets, Rangers, and Rays according to Muskat.
  • Cubs catcher Koyie Hill host a successful Make-A-Wish foundation event on Saturday. They raised more than $180,000. Ryan Dempster, Mike Fontenot, Randy Wells, and Rick Sutcliffe all participated in the event
  • Tim Brown says that the market for Free Agent Kevin Gregg includes the Rays, Nationals, Tigers, and Rockies.
  • Marc Topkin reports the Cubs are confident that they'll get Bradley traded, but if it's going to be to the Rays for Burrell it will take some "serious negotiating".
  • The Rays are growing less hopeful of sending Burrell to the Cubs according to Joel Sherman's tweet.
  • Sherman adds that the Cubs "may like Melky Cabrera", and the Yankees may want Mike Cameron.
  • Joel is hearing that the Mets are not interested in Milton Bradley.
  • We've heard that the Cubs could trade Bradley to the Rays for Burrell, then sent Pat to the Mets for Castillo, but David Lennon says that New York shows no interested in Burrell either.
  • Jerry Crasnik expects the Cubs to offer Mike Fontenot a contract soon.
  • Gordon Wittenmyer says that the Cubs have not met with Kansas City about Milton Bradley. Some sources say the Cubs have had talks about him with clubs outside of Texas and Tampa. Bruce Levine had reported a Bradley for Gil Meche swap being talked about.
  • The option of keeping their short fused outfielder is not being discussed.
  • Any Bradley trade will depend on the Cubs picking up a good part of his salary.

That's it for now, I'll keep updating throughout the night.

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