Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tuesday Quick Hits: Theriot, Packin' the Bags, and More

Bruce Levine's weekly chat was today, and here are the highlights:

  • The Cubs will not sign Felipe Lopez because if chemistry and cash issues.
  • Levine still thinks that Castro should be given a shot to be the starting short stop.
  • The Cubs are continuing to pursue trades to bolster the bullpen. Right now, they would be putting a lot of pressure on guys like Jeff Gray, Esmalin Caridad, and Angel Guzman.
  • San Diego and Toronto are still teams that they would like to strike up a deal with for a reliever.
  • Sam Fuld will get a good shot at making the team because he is one of the few guys they have that brings speed and defense.
  • There was never any interest in Kris Benson. Bruce says that those rumors started with a favor to an agent by a media member.
  • If the Cubs have good health, there's no reason to think they won't contend.
  • Bruce thinks that having guys with good "character" is overrated, and Kevin Millar will only help if he can bring something on the field.
  • Lilly should be somewhere between 2 and 3 weeks behind.
  • Carlos Silva is a total mystery and nobody seems to know what to expect.
  • If Jeff Samardzija has solidified his slider and added to his repertoire, than he'll have a chance.
  • The Cubs really like Jeff Gray, who they got from the A's in the deal that sent Fox and Miles the other way.
  • John Gaub, who came in the DeRosa deal, could be a dark horse that makes the team out of Spring Training.
  • Levine's Opening Day lineup: Kosuke, Theriot, Lee, Ramirez, Byrd, Soriano, Soto, Castro, Zambrano
  • Despite his success in 2009, the Cubs still feel Jeff Baker is a part time player.
  • Bruce is all for the Cubs offering Lilly and Lee extensions after this season.
  • A nutritionist will plan the players' meals this season.
  • Although Millar most likely will not help the Cubs, he can hit left handed pitching.
  • Soriano's days as a leadoff man are done.
  • Theriot's hearing will be heard sometime around the weekend of Feb. 20.
  • Tracy and Hoffpauir will compete for bench spots.
  • Zambrano is Bruce's pick to have a bounce back year.

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted as we count the days...

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