Randy Wells had his best start of the year last night against a decent Braves lineup, but he’ll need to string together at least a couple more of those to convince the next GM that he’s got a guaranteed starter in Wells. Even then, he might not be convinced. That’s not to say it’s Wells’ fault – an early-season forearm injury appears to have drained a few MPH off his fastball, and taken the precision out of his game. But the Cubs need to know what they have in Wells, and soon.

  • Kerry Wood says he hopes the Cubs want him back to pitch next year. Given how he’s thrown of late, I’m sure there will be interest. The question, of course, is how much he’ll cost. He gave the Cubs a sweetheart $1.5 million deal this year, but would he do the same again next year? It’s unknown right now, but Wood has made it clear he wants to be with the Cubs’ organization until, and long after, he retires.
  • Bud Selig hearts Tom Ricketts, which I suppose is one upside to having the MLB Commissioner steer open ownership spots to the guys he likes. Selig says Ricketts is the “right guy” to do the work that needs to be done. And that includes, says the Commissioner, getting “support from all the sectors” needed to get a Wrigley Field renovation done. Translation: you have MLB’s support when it comes to trying to secure partial public funding for a renovation project. Your move, city and state.
  • Speaking of which, Selig also said that Wrigley Field is an appealing venue for an All-Star Game in the near future. The Cubs have petitioned to have the game in 2014, the 100-year anniversary of Wrigley Field. “It’s appealing. No question about it,” Selig said of an All-Star Game at Wrigley. “We have a lot of things to work out here. But it is appealing. There’s been a lot of cities that built new stadiums and a lot of commitments have been made. I’ll just have to work my way through it.”
  • Rick Morrissey says the Cubs should hire Ozzie Guillen as their next manager, which may not be as crazy as it sounds if Rick Hahn ends up landing the GM job.
  • Alfonso Soriano is happy he chose to sign with the Cubs, despite the team’s lack of success the last three years (article is in Spanish). Given that the Cubs were offering a couple more years and about $40 million more than any other team, yeah, I’d be happy about signing with the Cubs, too.
  • Baseball America’s Jim Callis says the Cubs’ farm system has “solid depth,” and is a “middle-of-the-pack system” after their successful draft and international signings. Given the Garza trade, how poorly the Cubs’ top prospects have performed this year, and how many have been injured, this is a pretty fair evaluation. I do, however, expect the system to take leaps forward over the next two years.
  • Jonah Keri offers a tome on the Cubs’ future, including reasons why they should not pursue Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder.
  • jstraw

    Ozzie? Oh, hell no. Just the threat of that puts Hahn on the NFW list for me.

  • jt

    Really enjoyed that Jonah Keri article… My favorite snippet was this one.

    “On the plus side, the list of bonuses Soriano could receive over the next three years is the highest of high comedy. Which would you say is most likely: Soriano wins a Gold Glove, wins MVP, wins NLCS MVP, wins World Series MVP, or is the top vote-getter in All-Star balloting? Was a Nobel Prize honoring Soriano’s work in quantum physics not an option? ”

    haha i giggled a bit at the Nobel prize line.

    • Fishin Phil

      That is one of the funniest things I have ever read on the interwebz.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yeah, I thought that line was hilarious, too. I rarely “LOL” (and I never type it), but I definitely “LOL’d.”

  • NL_Cubs

    BN#1 – Woody; One of the few players who has “Cub” written all over him. Class act and a homer who is still effective with presence. “Wood” love to see him stay in Cubby pin stripes.
    BN#2 – No matter what biz you’re in, it’s always good to have the big boss in your corner
    BN#3 – Another reason to have the guy at the top clicking your “like” button. July, 2014, circle it.
    BN#4 – Someone take the crack pipe away from Morrissey. I can see the headlines now; “Southsiders Migrate North, Civil Unrest Ensues”. Geez!
    BN#5 – Who’s not happy when they hit the lottery, jack pot and win the grand-prize-game all at one time?!
    BN#6 – Better position than being the back end of a farm animal. More glimmers of hope springs eternal as a Cubs fan.
    BN#7 – If the Cubs can get Fielder for 3 maybe 4 years, I might warm to the idea. As for #5 Pujols, I’d like to see the Cubs deek the Cards by getting into the bid process, make them over extend on Albert so the birds give him that 8-10 year, $25-30M/yr contract. This would limit their payroll flexibility for years to come, weaken their ability to purchase high profile FA’s as well as limiting big contracts to home grown talent for years to come, thus putting the Cubs in a more competitive position to win…for years to come. Hey, good theory/dream anyway.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      “clicking your like button.” Love it.

  • Ron

    I liked the Jonah Kerosene article also, my one criticism would be that it was so long, I like short and informative articles.

    • Ron

      Fanned auto correct, it kind of funny though.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The comments are killing me this morning.

  • Toosh

    Hopefully the new GM understands what Wood means to the Cubs and the city of Chicago.

    • hardtop

      i love woody. i still wear my circa ’99 jersey with pride… but if he comes back next year trying to smoke everyone with his fastball? well, he can be an advisor in the system or something, cause i dont want him near the bullpen. he’s settled down as of late, and overall had a decent season… but his mid season slump was due to throwing 93ish heaters right down the pipe. any major league hitter, save carlos pena, can hit a thigh high fast ball centered on the dish with zero movement. he needs to take some leasons from maddux in the offseason on how to pitch well with less stuff.
      (i know he can still hit mid to high 90’s but does so rarely and not near the strike zone)

  • RY

    Definitely keep Wood, I personally think selig is a total dipshit but hey if he likes ricketts and it helps the cubs, so be it. I would love to see the ASG in Wrigley!

  • willis

    I’m completely good with the idea of Wood being back next year. I just thought of something…and like most things I may be in outer space. But, is there a possibility that Shark’s improvement/strides this year out of the pen can be credited at all to Kerry Wood? Wood absorbed a bunch the second half of last year from Rivera, and I believe he has taken that leadership he saw and helped the younger pitchers in the bullpen throughout the year. Shark is 180 from what we are used to this year, and hell no am I giving Riggins credit for that. So I am going to give it to Wood.

  • awesome

    if Ozzie comes here, he’ll play Soriano everyday as he did with Rios and Dunn. Oops, and Z would be back. no, keep Hahn, Ozzie, and his big mouth.

  • Joyce K

    They need to keep Wood as a Cub forever. Since Ron is gone there is a void and we need someone who is a Cubbie and he is it. He is a class act and from what I read and see on the TV box, a really nice guy. If the Cubs administration is smart they will have Wood be the face of the Cubs for a long long time.

    • Internet Random

      Not Quade?

    • hardtop

      the face of the cubs should have sunflower seed fragments and spittle on it.

  • rocky8263

    Good call Willis on Wood’s influence on the kid’s. We know it’s not Riggins. Try to make one of Woody’s fundraisers coming up. It’s a great cause and fun.

  • jstraw

    I needed a shower after Selig’s time in the booth. Even when he says things I agree with I feel like I need to rinse off some kind of film after I’m exposed to him. He’s Emperor Palpatine.

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      Agreed. Once I heard that Selig was at the game, I kinda hoped that the Cubs would call up Ben Christensen to start the game. Maybe for just *one* pitch?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That just SCREAMS for a photoshop.

      • jstraw
        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Dude. You win. That is going to be used.

          • jstraw

            On that five minute hack job? Suit yourself!

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              I might polish it – but I’m no pro.

              • MichiganGoat

                There is sooooo much wrong with that statement!