One thing I failed to mention yesterday for the minor league recaps is that CJ Edwards' MRI came out clean and he should be pitching again soon.
The Cubs can't afford to lose any of their top pitching prospects, especially to a shoulder injury, so that is very good news indeed.
Here are the rest of the news and notes...
Cubs finalizing deal with WBBM
Robert Feder has the story on why the Cubs left WGN and not surprisingly, it's money. WBBM simply offered significantly more. As for sentiment, I grew up on WGN radio with Vince Lloyd and Lou Bourdreau. As a kid, I remember taking all of Sweet Lou's "for all you youngsters" tips to heart as I climbed my way through the little league system. It will be strange, but the Cubs need to move forward and keep pace with today's more lucrative media deals.
Jon Greenberg of ESPN has more info after transcribing a radio interview aired on 87.7 The Game with WGN radio president and general manager Jimmy de Castro, who indicated that the deal was beyond their capacity to match.
"We're very proud of our long-time association with the Cubs, but it has to make good business sense and the current arrangement does not,"
WGN offered several options but the Cubs chose a lucrative "cash deal" with WBBM, the terms of which have not been disclosed as of this writing.
The games will be heard on WBBM next season.
- Keith Law has a new mock draft out and he once again has the Cubs taking Michael Conforto. I don't see that happening. He seems to believe the Cubs will go with an underslot strategy this year if Brady Aiken or Carlos Rodon aren't available. Yesterday I went through an analysis of who the Cubs might target if they go underslot and I really don't believe Conforto is in the mix. Yesterday was strictly a think piece, but I'll have more info on that in the next couple of days as well as my final final prediction (for real this time) as to whom the Cubs will pick tomorrow.
- Law also softened his stance that Tyler Kolek is a lock for the White Sox, saying they also have interest in Aiken and "maybe" Rodon and Aaron Nola. Yesterday I shared some industry buzz I heard that the Marlins had an agreement to take Alex Jackson with the #2 pick. It may or may not make a difference as I am not convinced the Sox won't take Rodon or that the Cubs will take Kolek if he is there`.
- Chris Crawford of MLB Draft Insider has his final board out and I agree with his top 4 (Aiken, Rodon, Nick Gordon, Kolek).
- Kiley McDaniel of Scout.com says the Cubs are looking at Kyle Schwarber. So does Jon Heyman.
- Baseball Prospectus takes a historical look at the draft with a lot of "What If" scenarios. Fun to think about how the landscape of baseball would look if only teams had made better choices.
Odds and Ends
- The Rockies have called up Eddie Butler as they seek to bolster their pitching rotation. Butler has been in rumors involving Jeff Samardzija.
- Jed Hoyer talks about the Jose Veras DFA on Cubs.com, “For us, when we sat down and made the decision, ultimately we have a lot of young guys playing well and competing well in important leverage situations. We want to stick with those guys right now.” You see, they aren't afraid to go with young players as long as they are sure they are ready.
- Kris Bryant and Paul Blackburn were named player and pitcher of the month for May, respectively. You know what that means, right? Promote Blackburn!!
- Another point of view on Kyle Bryant and why he hasn't been promoted.
- Bonifacio, 2B
- Ruggiano, CF
- Rizzo, 1B
- Castro, SS
- Schierholtz, RF
- Cogliano, LF
- Olt, 3B
- Baker, C
- Jackson, SP
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