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July 27, 2010 - Houston, Texas, United States of America - 27 July 2010: Chicago Cubs Catcher Koyie Hill.

All offseason, there's been this unspoken about dark cloud hovering over LOHO, and no one's had the heart to talk about it. We've all been worried that Koyie Hill might not be around next year. Don't fret, as according to Bruce Miles, he should be tendered a contract!

It's Dec. 1, so where's all the action been? It's one of the slowest-developing baseball off-seasons I can remember covering. Anyway, here's a small bit of news to get things started: I expect the Cubs to tender contracts to all of their players by Thursday's deadline to do so.

That means arb-eligible guys Tom Gorzelanny, Jeff Baker, Koyie Hill, Sean Marshall, Geovany Soto and Carlos Marmol will be offered contracts. The only questions were the first three players on that list, but you can put them down as back in the fold. GM Jim Hendry likely will try to work out deals soon for Gorzelanny, Baker and Hill to avoid arbitration. Marshall and Marmol will be in line for nice raises, as will Soto after a nice bounce-back year. We'll see if the Cubs go to hearings on either.


So we get to keep Good Old Toe Thumbs around, with the added bonus of a cheaper, better hitting backup catcher relegated to Iowa. It's a win-win.


Down in the Caribbean, Carrie Muskat is toiling away the days at the Dominican version of the Cubs Convention. She recently spoke to Alfonso Soriano about Mike Quade.

"It's very exciting," Soriano said Monday at the Cubs' academy in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. "What he showed the last two months of the season was great. I've known him as the outfielders coach, and what he showed me the last two months [as manager] showed me he's a smart guy. I think he'll do a very good job and I'm very excited and happy for him."

And what has the Fonz been doing to make sure he does his very best for Mike Quade?

"I have to keep working," Soriano said of his offseason training. "I've been working on my knee and my hamstring now but in January, I'll work with the trainer and do more work with my legs."

Carrie rounds the interview out by asking him the question no one else had thought of: could Soriano play first base?

"I never played first base, so I don't think so," Soriano said, laughing.

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flyball said:

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ESPN got Sunday Night baseball replacements, your new announcers will be...Dan Shulman (play by play), Bobby Valentine (analyst) and Orel Hershiser (as Orel Hershiser)

JulieDiCaro said:

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Also, the Ricketts' financing deal is dead. They have to come up with another way to get $200 million.

flyball said:

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376% ticket increase?

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Was it ever alive?? How are you feeling today?

JulieDiCaro said:

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I'm heavily medicated, but feeling a bit better. Thanks for asking. :)

gravedigger said:

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What's wrong with you?

JulieDiCaro said:

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some kind of stomach bug + bad sinus cold. and don't say I'm always sick because i'm not.

gravedigger said:

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you're always sick

JulieDiCaro said:

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FIFA awards 2022 World Cup to oil tycoons (Qatar) and 2018 to oil tycoons and mobsters (Russia). And they wonder why soccer isn't catching on faster.

Doc said:

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Woohoo! More Koyie!

secdelahc said:

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Hmmm... more Toe Thumbs, and everyone (read:not us) finds out that Theriot is an attention-seeking media whore yesterday. Where's the downside?

ELRaythar said:

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We're still Cubs fans?

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