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There's so much news today I don't know where to start. I guess we'll go with "Silver Sluggers" for $400, Alex:

Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who has volunteered eagerly for designated-hitter and pinch-hitting duties in the past despite swinging-related stints on the disabled list, has been awarded his third Silver Slugger award for pitchers.

The switch-hitting Zambrano is tied for the third-most awards for pitchers behind Mike Hampton (five) and Tom Glavine (four) after leading pitchers with four home runs and nine extra-base hits while batting .217.

Dave Van Dyck then goes on to remind us that all Zambrano does is hurt himself when trying to hit and take batting practice.
In other really exciting news, the Ed Lynch era is officially over.

We've also learned former Cubs general manager Ed Lynch has left the organization to pursue a job with Major League Baseball. Lynch was a scout in Arizona for the Cubs. He was fired as general manager in 2002.

Controversy alert! Bruce Miles says he was GM until 2000. Who do we believe?

As you can see, I'm already scraping the bottom of the barrel, so we'll jump to the Detroit News, whose columnist seems to think the Cubs might really be in on Edwin Jackson and/or Curtis Granderson. OK, I guess he says probably.

As anticipated, the Tigers have plenty of clubs interested in Granderson and Jackson. And it's hardly a surprise the Yankees and Cubs probably lead the list.

At least we won't have to worry about getting Barry Zito or Aaron Rowand:

Giants GM Brian Sabean told the Chicago Tribune he wouldn't pursue Bradley in a mega-deal-for-a-mega-deal. Barry Zito will make $83 million through 2013, Aaron Rowand $36 million through 2012.

"A deal like that? For a player like that?" Sabean said. "No. Is that succinct enough? I don't know that addition by subtraction would work. Smarter people than us have tried that."

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JulieDiCaro said:

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Good morning from sunny, hot and extremely humid Papgayo, Costa Rica. Damn, it's hot. I'm hot, and I HATE BEING HOT.

It's 8:00 am and I'm decked out like the Discovery Channel to go zip lining through the jungle. Good thing I've watched all those episodes of "Survivorman," as clearly I'll be the one saving our collective asses if we get lost.

Did I mention how hot it is? GAH.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh, and the monkeys yelling woke me up this morning. Hee.

gravedigger said:

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You'[re there for 36 minutes and already complaining.

thisyearcub said:

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They're actually called howler (pronounced "holler") monkeys. Get used to 'em, they're not going away.

flyball said:

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its cool, overcast and dreary here, wanna trade?

millertime said:

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Apparently, Jay Cutler isn't so good at the whole "Football Quarterback" thing.

flyball said:

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the Bears should really just embrace the fact that quarterbacks suck in Chicago, why bother trying to fight it

millertime said:

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Also, I won't feel so bad about the whole Milton Bradley thing if we somehow trade him, Fox, and Cashner and get Granderson.

flyball said:

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Z hit a home run at the game I was at with one of my Red Sox fan friends, we had just had the big discussion about the DH (she loves, I don't) and I said, yeah, well whats more fun than a pitcher hitting one out to the bleachers (or something like that), then Zambrano steps up to bat and hit one out

so thanks Z for making me look good, if even just for 5 seconds

flyball said:

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Arbitration

the Cubs actually have a decent number of players that are arbitration eligible, Hendry has a pretty good record of not actually getting to the point of arbitration, but here's the list

Jeff Baker
Neal Cotts
Mike Fontenot
Tom Gorzelanny
Angel Guzman
Aaron Heilman
Koyie Hill
Carlos Marmol
Sean Marshall
Ryan Theriot

with Fontenot and Gorzelanny both in the Super 2 category

FrankS said:

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Some people believe that Hendry overpays his players to avoid arbitration.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Did anything exciting happen yet?

millertime said:

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I'm slowly being suffocated under crushing pressures of society.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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It sounds like you need a hug.

Edelweiss said:

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Yippee.....It's not Friday the 13th anymore!!!

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