Just a quick round up of some news and notes as we get ready for the Cubs to take on the Rockies,
- I like Tyler Colvin and I'm glad he's making the most of his opportunity in Colorado. He had some thoughts on why he's been more successful with the Rockies. “When I got here there was good communication from the beginning,” Colvin said. “In the past, the program changed for me. Here I am not being pulled back and forth. I’m sorry I did not get a chance to come back and prove myself here, but the Rockies have given me a chance, and I am back to being who I am." I can't argue with that, that was frustrating last season. But playing primarily against righties and half his games in friendly Coors Field certainly helps. Away from Coors, Colvin is hitting .265 with a .294 OBP and his slugging is 160 points lower. He's a good part-time player, but let's not go overboard.
- The Red Sox are trying to undo their sins of the past and it appears the Dodgers are more than happy to absolve them. A deal will get done that will likely involve the Red Sox shedding two $100M contracts in Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, plus the second half of Josh Beckett's 4 yr./$68M deal, which isn't awful in terms of money, but diminished stuff, and a bad year make it poor value right now. The only player the Red Sox really wanted to keep was Gonzalez, who is still just 30, productive, and compared to the Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, his contract is still a bargain. Yet despite the Red Sox eagerness to unload those contracts and get under the luxury cap, the Dodgers are said to be willing to pay 95% of the money and part with top pitching prospect Allen Webster and the hard-throwing Rubby De La Rosa, whom I still believe ends up in the bullpen. The other parts of the deal OF Jerry Sands, IF Ivan DeJesus, and 1B James Loney, are basically just filler, but that the Red Sox could get that much in return and have the Dodgers foot the bill has to be considered a huge win for them. For the Dodgers, it's all about winning the World Series in the next two years, anything else now would be a failure.
- Of course, such a deal is bound to raise speculation as to whether the Cubs can deal Alfonso Soriano. There are conflicting reports on whether the Giants are actually interested (we think the interest is minimal at best, here) and there seems to be little doubt that Soriano doesn't want to go there. We've heard at various points, the other teams who have shown interest in the 36 year old OF/DH in the past have been the Rays and the A''s, but neither team would be able to foot the bill as the Dodgers did with their haul.
- Some discussion on whether some fans are rooting against the Cubs in order to land a better draft pick. We've seen the Cubs make late rallies in the past to ruin their draft status, though it didn't work out too badly the past two years with Javier Baez and Albert Almora as first round picks, arguably their two top prospects. Still, the Cubs lost out two years when they dropped to the 9th spot in what was one of the strongest drafts in recent memory. The Cubs had shown the most interest in Dylan Bundy and Bubba Starling at the time. Still, I can't get myself to actively root against the Cubs while they're playing. Afterward, I'm okay with a loss because of the bigger picture, and I do regret "losing" a game to the Rockies in the draft race after the victory yesterday -- but when they are actually playing, I can't help rooting for them to win, just because I enjoy watching them play well, particularly the young players such as Brett Jackson and Welington Castillo yesterday. I also rationalize to myself that my rooting for them has no bearing on whether they actually win. This year there are 3 college pitchers at the top of the draft and we all know how much the Cubs could use pitching prospects with impact, front line potential. What do you think? I'll keep this a simple yes or no as an answer and you can explain your reasoning in the comments section.
(I apologize for the typo in the poll question, but to fix it would mean resetting the poll to zero. It should read, "Are you rooting for the Cubs to lose so that they can get a better draft pick?)