Monday, November 22, 2010

Jim Hendry on Talkin' Baseball

Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild left the team last week to take a job with the New York Yankees. Immediately, speculations about Greg Maddux replacing Larry started, but this situation does not seem likely. Other guys inside the organization like Mike Mason (AAA Iowa), Lester Strode (bullpen coach) and Mark Riggins (minor league roving pitching coach).

Jim Hendry spent some time on ESPN 1000 this week to talk Cubs with the crew on Talkin' Baseball:
  • The conclusion to Larry Rothschild's tenure with the Cubs came to an end rather quickly.
  • This didn't come as a complete shock to Jim. Hendry and Rothschild have a good relationship.
  • This was a family decision for Larry.
  • It is still early to tell, but the Cubs are looking to find the best first baseman them can. Moving Tyler Colvin to first is a possibility. Colvin is prepared to do either one.
  • Colvin's role will be dictated by who else the Cubs get.
  • This year's GM Meetings were more business-lie than in the past. There was not a whole lot of time for trade talk.
  • Crane Kenney told Bruce that the Cubs should have some money to spend.
  • Hendry believes that the team will be able to add a piece or two. They will also look for a trade or two in the offseason.
  • The Cubs expect to fill the pitching coach void within the next week or two. They plan to go inside the organization and make a hire soon.

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

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