Saturday, February 6, 2010

Levine's Chat & Miller on ESPN 1000

Chat'n with Bruce
Earlier this week, on Tuesday, Bruce Levine hosted his weekly chat over at Here's the recap:
  • Xavier Nady could be the "diamond in the rough" that pays dividends for the 2010 Chicago Cubs.
  • At this point, the Cubs don't really have the money for Heath Bell and are more likely to look at Luke Gregorson.
  • Adam Kennedy has been on the radar for awhile, but money is an issue.
  • Chad Tracy will compete with Hoffpauir and Millar for the 24th or 25th spot on the roster.
  • At this point, trades and minor league contracts are the only things the Cubs can do.
  • Starlin Castro is going to get his shot to be the Opening Day short stop. Lou Piniella and his staff will decide in Spring Training if Starlin is ready.
  • Levine thinks the Cubs' defense will be improved in 2010, because Kosuke is an upgrade over Bradley in right while Byrd is an upgrade over Kosuke in center.
  • Ryan Theriot is the Cubs second baseman of the future.
  • John Smoltz is still out there, but at age 43, he may have nothing left to bring.
  • Ownership is taking a "wait and see approach" in 2010.
  • Ryan told Bruce at the Cubs Convention that he will gladly move to second base to make room for Castro at short.
  • Andrew Cashner could get called up to the bullpen at some point this year.
  • Cashner could be tossed into the late inning mix if someone goes down, but for now he will start in the minors.
  • All indications are that Ted Lilly is on track and will be ready to throw in Spring Training.
  • Sam Fuld could make the team over Tracy or Millar because of his speed and defense.
  • The Cubs are not thrilled about the direction Theriot's arbitration case has gone.
  • A Luke Gregorson for Angel Guzman swap was mentioned by Levine once again.
  • Castro is not a patient hitter at this point, but he bring five tool possibilities down the line.
  • There have been rumblings of the Cubs trying to extend the contracts of Lee and Lou.

Kevin Millar with Waddle & Silvy on ESPN 1000

  • Millar is already in Mesa getting some work in.
  • He came up as a third baseman and loves that position. He wants to prove he can play 1B, 3B, and OF.
  • Kevin enjoys coming off the bench in the National League because you have a good chance to get in the game each night.
  • Millar understands that a lot of people look at stats, but he pointed out that he will also bring out leadership qualities and World Series Winning experience.
  • He was a teammate of Derrek Lee and Ryan Dempster in Florida.
  • Kevin wants to only worry about the things he can control.
  • He thinks he can bring a lot to a clubhouse in addition to being a right handed bat off the bench. "Team chemistry is NOT overrated," he said.
  • The experience of overcoming the curse in Boston could help Millar in Chicago. The 2005 Red Sox didn't care about everything people said. They just believed they could win the game each night.
  • "This whole curse still isn't funny. It's not the love-able loser thing any more," Millar said.
  • He thinks that Jim Hendry has done a great job bringing in some good guys this winter. Kevin expects it to be a different situation.
  • At this point, he had not had a chance to talk with Lou Piniella, but Millar is looking forward to playing for Sweet Lou.
  • Millar seemed like a very friendly, down to earth guy. Personally, I'm rooting for him to make the club.

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted!

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