Just a couple of quick notes and I'll add more as they come...
- The Cubs have hired 25 year old Scott Harris as their Director of Baseball Operations. I don't know much about Harris, so instead I give you the press release, courtesy of cubs.com,
The Chicago Cubs today named Scott Harris as the club’s new Director of Baseball Operations.
Harris, 25, joins the Cubs after spending the last two years with Major League Baseball as the league’s Coordinator of Major League Operations. With Major League Baseball, Harris provided transaction support and analysis to all clubs and helped manage procedural operations within the league office.
Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Harris interned for the Cincinnati Reds (2010) and Washington Nationals (2008).
A native of Redwood City, Calif., Harris is a 2009 graduate of UCLA and was attending Columbia Business School while working at Major League Baseball.
- In other news, Javier Baez was named the top prospect in the Arizona Fall League by Baseball America. They talked, of course, of his tremendous bat speed and raw power. The aggressive approach was exposed a little, so perhaps this in some ways was a good experience for Baez. Nothing can cause you to think twice about your approach than a small dose of failure. According to Baseball America, scouts believe he will eventually adjust and hit for average. They also believe he has the skils and athleticism to stay at SS. No other Cub made the top 20 list.
- The Nationals filled a big need by acquiring speedy CF Denard Span from the Twins in exchange for top pitching prospect Alex Meyer. Meyer ranked as the Nationals #6 going into the season and may have improved on that with a big year. Good trade for both. Nats are a win-now team and they got themselves a legit everyday CF while the Twins got themselves a potential ace.
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