With the manager news slowing down now that all the candidates have been named, let's round up some of the other news and notes around the league....
UPDATE: I moved the manager updates (and added a couple more) and moved them to a separate post. You can see that here.
- Carrie Muskat writes about Cubs international bonus babies Eloy Jimenez and Gleyber Torres. Coaches and players are amazed at how advanced they are at such a young age, so much so that it seems their biggest adjustment right now seems to be adjusting to American culture. "Their talent is incredible," coach Ray Fuentes said of Jimenez and Torres. "We were taking batting practice the other day, and one of the American players, who is probably 22 or 23 [years old], [was watching] I believe it was Gleybar hitting, and the kid said, 'At 16 years old, I was a sophomore in high school and I was going to geometry class, and this kid is in professional baseball and outhitting some of us.' It's amazing what they're doing." Fuentes is also helping the pair learn English, taking them to restaurants and showing them how to order, teaching them baseball related English, etc. It seems the Cubs have high hopes, as do the players. Both think that they can get to the majors in 4 years, perhaps less.
- Daniel Bard will be an interesting tender decision. The Cubs picked him up off of waivers late in the season to try and get quick look to see if he can help in 2014, but he has yet to take the mound. The Cubs will get a look at him as he will play for Caguas, a winter ball team in Puerto Rico. The 28 year old RHP had an unsuccessful conversion to the starting rotation and the Cubs are expected to return him to the bullpen, where he was once one of the top young set-up men in all of baseball.
- The Cubs are once again looking toward the Pacific Rim for pitching but right now it's not Masahiro Tanaka, who isn't available yet. They're looking at Korean RHP Suk-Min Yoon and it appears they're interest is serious. Yoon can both start and relieve and he's in his prime at age 27. We'll have more on him later.
- Colleague Paul Banks wrote a piece on Kris Bryant and Albert Almora's hot starts in the fall league. Speaking of Bryant, scroll below to see video of him taking BP in the AZL, courtesy of Baseball America.
- Ed Sherman of the Chicago Tribune writes that WGN Radio is re-opening their deal with the Cubs as allowed by their original agreement. It seems the station is losing money on Cubs broadcasts and wants to continue their relationship --but at a discount. Tom Loxas adds that ESPN 1000 or The Score could come into play here.
- Below is that Baseball America video on Kris Bryant...
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