On the 31st anniversary of the Cubs trade of Ivan DeJesus for Larry Bowa and a prospect named Ryne Sandberg, here's a few late evening notes to take you into the new week...
- Yesterday Jed Hoyer stated that this is the team that the Cubs are likely going to spring with. As reader Ibleedcubbieblue reminds us, it doesn't meant they are going north with this roster. There are a lot of optimistic teams at this time of year who have set up their teams with the expectation of contending. But those best laid plans have a way of going astray in the spring. A key injury to a rotation member or middle of the order hitter could open up dialogue with the Cubs again. One interesting case is Matt Garza whom Jed Hoyer said has to get healthy and in the rotation. According to Jim Bowden, Hoyer said that "could change because (Garza) not signed beyond this year and the Cubs need to collect talent"
- Alfonso Soriano is another name to keep your eye on as the spring goes on and team get a better handle on their needs. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says he is still on the trading block and mentions the Orioles and Rangers as possible fits. The Indians are said to be looking for another bat as well.
- Cafardo also mentions that some GMs are surprised that Michael Bourn has been the odd man out in free agency. Teams seems to be holding out for a bargain now, perhaps (and this has been my speculation), they're hoping to get him on a one year deal similar to Edwin Jackson last year, who just happened to be another Scott Boras client at the time. Cafardo mentions the Mets, Mariners, and Orioles as fits for the fleet center fielder.
- Julie DiCaro of AerysSports got into a twitter argument with Dave Sappelt and writes that ballplayers need to be more careful about what they tweet. She argues the Cubs shouldn't be alienating any part of their fan base at this stage of the process. You may remember Ian Stewart had a spat with a follower a while back as well. There is no question that social media, for better or worse, has drastically changed the way we communicate with athletes. Give it a read and let us know your thoughts on the subject...
- Fellow draftnicks! Cubs Den contributor Kevin Gallo has a great write-up on the Perfect Game MLK Tournament. Kevin has a whole host of new names for us to follow. You can check it out here.
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