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Updated Chicago Cubs Headlines: It's 10:59 am. Milton Bradley is stil a Cub

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Today's thread comes to you from Indianapolis: home to the greatest spectacle in racing and setting of the brilliant 70s sitcom One Day at a Time. Oh, and this week, it's hosting the baseball Winter Meetings!

It's rare that I'm at the epicenter of the baseball world, and if I had any gumption I'd get my rear up, drive the five minutes to downtown and stalk Jim Hendry (or at least Carrie Muskat). But it did snow at least half an inch last night, so I'll be bundled against the cold today, and getting all my news from the same old websites.

Today, all the websites seem to have the same two stories going - Milty trades and Lou staying beyond next year. We'll start with the Milty saga. Word had it that the Milty/Burrell/Castillo threeway was imminent, with the signing of Mike Cameron soon on the way. Bruce Miles says not so fast.

One Internet report had the Cubs waiting on signing free-agent outfielder Mike Cameron only until a trade of Bradley was complete. That trade was said to have been "imminent" for 72 hours.

Nothing would have made Cubs general manager Jim Hendry happier, but he walked into the lobby of the Marriott hotel seemingly as unaware of a deal as anybody else.

Hendry would like to move Bradley this week, but it's still up in the air as to whether that can happen.

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers, probably in that order, are the leading candidates to make serious pitches for Bradley, whom Hendry suspended Sept. 20 for conduct detrimental to the team.

UPDATE: Intrepid Cubs blogger Wrigleyville23 has this posted on his site:

Details: Former Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell has reportedly been swapped twice this morning, eventually landing with Phils division rival the New York Mets. The Tampa Bay Rays traded the slugging left fielder to the Chicago Cubs then the Cubs dealt Burrell to the Mets. Names of other players involved in the deals were not immediately available.


 

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times reminds us that Sully isn't the only reporter willing to constantly say bad things about Milton Bradley by means of a casual, throw-away comment. And Joe Maddon of the Rays says he could deal with Milty on his team.

At least one manager who has never worked with Milton Bradley feels the me-first outfielder is a ''fit'' for his ballclub.

And Joe Maddon's first impressions of Bradley when the two had lunch together last offseason are a big part of what makes his Tampa Bay Rays the front-runner to acquire Bradley this offseason -- maybe during the winter meetings that begin this week.



As for Lou, we saw yesterday that he showed some interest in returning after 2010, when his contract runs out. The Sun-Times seemed to make that story more than it should have been, as the Cubs apparently already know that Lou might want to manage beyond next season.

Piniella's future was a topic of conversation after a Sun-Times report said he was leaving the door open for a return after 2010, the final year of his four-year contract. Piniella, who has spent the off-season vacationing in Europe and scuba diving off Key West, Fla., said he hasn't spoken to the Cubs about returning.

He said Sunday he was not looking for a contract extension or using this as a negotiating ploy. But if the Cubs came to Piniella and said they'd like him to stay longer, he said, "I can work on a handshake."

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry confirmed there have been no talks of a contract extension with Piniella. Chairman Tom Ricketts has not spoken to Hendry about Piniella's future beyond 2010.

"We haven't talked about any of it," Hendry said. "I'm not worried about it at all. Lou and I have been good together. We've never talked about him retiring or continuing or whatever. It's not an issue for me. Go out and play 2010 and worry about it after that then."

Bruce Miles also spoke of Lou's offseason thus far and the quaintness of our small-town motels.

Here at the Indy Marriott, there's a little space for a lot of people. Cubs manager Lou Piniella came walking through this evening as the team's delegation went to dinner after a brief staff meeting. Lou looked tanned and rested. A European cruise with stops in France, Sicily and Greece will do that. Good for him.




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JulieDiCaro said:

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Carl, get your butt out of bed and down to those meetings. We need a LOHO exclusive. Hendry is going to want deli meat, you have the perfect in!

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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Should I use my "I'm willing to do anything for an interview" line?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Yes, and wear something nice. Maybe a sparkly leotard.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Actually, you can't pull off a leotard outside of Bloomington, better make it a unitard. Indy is conservative.

AndCounting said:

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The longer the Tampa trade gets discussed, the less likely it appears to be. Seems to me that the longer the discussion, the more evidence you have that the two sides were entirely too far apart to begin with.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Good. I don't want Pat Burrell. Maybe Hendry has been reading my tweets.

flyball said:

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hey Julie, does the podcast start today?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Next Monday. Alex and I had a scheduling conflict today.

Sorry!

JulieDiCaro said:

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I can, however, offer you a link to the show page so you can see the snazzy graphic Alex made for us.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/julie-and-alexs-excellent-sports-adventure

flyball said:

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sigh, ok

JulieDiCaro said:

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Good God, according to MLBTR, no less than FOUR teams are interested in Kevin Gregg's services.

I'm assuming the GMs from the Tigers, Rockies, Nats, and Rays don't bother to watch Cubs games.

Doc said:

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Too bad none of those team are in our division. That would be fun.

JulieDiCaro said:

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So I have no actual support for this, but the whispers coming out of the Winter Meetings seem to be that the Cubs might be battling the Yanks for Curtis Granderson. Oy. Make sure you overpay, Jim!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Ha--as usual, Adam says it best:

@Adambuckled: All it takes is a name like Luis Castillo to remind me that a bad attitude is preferable to a bad player.

AndCounting said:

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Aw, thanks, but the swirling rumors are telling me I didn't say it loud enough. I really hope that PhillyBurbs story isn't true.

If it is, I blame Paul Sullivan.

AndCounting said:

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Man, there's nothing quite like watching a BS rumor get blasted to smithereens on Twitter. I love this.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Twitter: The New Fourth Estate

flyball said:

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carl you need to get to those meetings, I don't care about the exclusive or anything, but maybe you'll see people in the lobby together and speculate on possible trade implications

JulieDiCaro said:

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I can't believe Carl won't go to the Winter Meetings. Way to lack dedication to your employer, Carl.

Doc said:

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Damn...I'm not the designated hotter today. :(

It must be because I don't live in Chicago anymore...
or I'm not an athlete...
or I'm not hot.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Out-of-Towners will be considered on an individual basis under certain circumstances. You still have a chance.

gravedigger said:

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Aren't you going to run out of players soon?

Dmband said:

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Im not going to lie, perhaps both moves are not the most sound financial decisions, but Im flat out giddy at the prospect of moving Bradley (keep in m ind, its not my money being spent) and POSSIBLY signing Granderson. I dont think you can argue that would significantly improve out team next year, which is, IMO, the only real way to measure the success of an offseason..."Are we a better team this year than we were last year"...if you can answer yes, thats a productive offseason. And anyone who refutes the 'addition by subtraction' mantra need look no futher than the Miles, Gregg and Hielman departures. This team is already much better, not having those players.

JulieDiCaro said:

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The difference, of course, between Bradley and Miles/Gregg/Heilman is that Bradley is good at baseball.

Doc said:

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Not good enough as baseball for me...at least last year.

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