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The Chicago Cubs are expected to introduce their newest member, outfielder David DeJesus, at their weekly press conference today at 11 am CT, and there is plenty more to say about the signing later today. Until then, the Bullets…

  • One quick note on DeJesus first: he closed on a house in Wheaton, Illinois (just west of Chicago) over a month ago. Yes, his wife hails from Wheaton, so they could have been looking to move there anyway. But, like, come on – dude was clearly going to consider the Cubs from the get-go, and yet we only just started hearing rumors about him within the last week. Again I say: so far, this front office knows how to keep a secret.
  • With the addition of DeJesus, there is presently no longer a spot in the outfield for up-and-down lefty Tyler Colvin. GM Jed Hoyer isn’t ready to say Colvin no longer has a spot on the roster, though. “He’s certainly not out of the picture,” Hoyer said. “He’s got to come to camp and look to bounce back from [last season]. We signed DeJesus to round out the lineup and do everything we can to put a competitive lineup on the field. But to say [Colvin's] out of our plans would be wrong.”
  • Colvin has huge power from the left side, plays solid corner OF defense, and is cheap. But, he is undisciplined at the plate, frequently has trouble making contact with anything but a belt-high fastball, and no longer has the look of a starting-caliber player. The Cubs could keep him as a fourth outfielder, but they could also see if another team is ready to take a chance on the 26-year-old. There are suggestions he could go to the Red Sox as compensation for Theo Epstein, but I’m not sure how much the Red Sox would want him – they’ve already got a number of decent outfield options, and are expected to add another in free agency.
  • Kerry Wood on the possible return of Carlos Zambrano to the Cubs in 2012: “I think it’s something that he’s going to have a lot of new teammates that haven’t been through the history with him. I think Z has got to worry more about the guys he’s done this to a few times. He can have a better impression on the new teammates. The ultimate result is we need him to be a part of this team and help us win. He can be a big part of that …. It’s going to be something he’s going to have to address when he comes in and talks to guys and obviously we go from there. But if he wants to be a part of this team and help us win, if he can do it the right way, guys will be willing to have him back in there.” Everyone continues to say the right things. I’m still not counting on Zambrano being a Cub next year.
  • FanGraphs discusses Josh Vitters’ golden opportunity at third base for the Cubs, but lays out the reasons he’s not taking advantage of that opportunity. Vitters comes in for criticism on the offensive side, the defensive side, and the mental side. Eek.
  • Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak concedes that he can’t do much in the way of offseason moves until the Albert Pujols issue is resolved. So, I guess, even if the Cubs don’t actually want Pujols: mission accomplished.
  • Noted briefly last night, Texas Rangers’ first baseman Mitch Moreland underwent wrist surgery, which will keep him out for the next 8 to 12 weeks, putting his Spring Training in jeopardy, if not Opening Day. This, of course, is relevant to the Cubs as Moreland’s name has come up in trade rumors, including in a possible Matt Garza deal. The surgery wouldn’t preclude Moreland being traded, but it’s an added risk (it’s purportedly the kind of wrist surgery that doesn’t harm a player a the plate, long-term).
  • Rafael Palmeiro, up for a Hall of Fame vote for the second time, is in deep denial about the reason he got so few votes last year. In his final season, 2005, Palmeiro was suspended (for a now-humorous 10 games) under MLB’s drug policy (and that was afterhe had testified infamously before Congress that he had “never used steroids, period.”), which forever tarnished his name and his numbers. And yet he has the naivety – or temerity – to say this: “I thought I would get more votes,” Palmeiro said of last year’s vote. “But I’m grateful for what I received, and that keeps me on the ballot for another year. Voters are putting too much weight on the one incident. I wish they would look at my whole career. If they want, why don’t they just throw out the last season of my career? I would still have Hall of Fame numbers. I’ve put up my numbers, and they aren’t going to change.” You just don’t get it, dude. And you don’t get in, either.
  • This has nothing to do with the Cubs or baseball whatsoever. Whither versus wither. I’ve always loved the headline “Whither Person X?,” but I frequently struggle with the decision of whether to use “whither” or “wither.” The former means, effectively, “where is this guy going to be?” The latter means, effectively, “is this guy done?” As you can see, both are often apt. But which is most appropriate in a given situation? Is the question here “is Tyler Colvin done?” or is it “where is Tyler Colvin going to go?” These are the kind of things I spend far too much time worrying about.
  • Fishin Phil
    • This has nothing to do with the Cubs or baseball whatsoever. Whither versus wither. I’ve always loved the headline “Whither Person X?,” but I frequently struggle with the decision of whether to use “whither” or “wither.” The former means, effectively, “where is this guy going to be?” The latter means, effectively, “is this guy done?” As you can see, both are often apt. But which is most appropriate in a given situation? Is the question here “is Tyler Colvin done?” or is it “where is Tyler Colvin going to go?” These are the kind of things I spend far too much time worrying about.

    Brett, we need to get you a hobby or something.  Perhaps you could take up blogging?

    ;)

    • BetterNews

      Colvin is done, by what I have been hearing.

      • Smitty

        Very intrigued to see if you do have a legitimate source with several of the comments you have been making recently.

      • jstraw

        There goes the t-shirt.

        • BetterNews

          OHnooo!

      • Stinky Pete

        Wow. Pretty slim limb you’re out on. My sources say baseball will be played in 2012.

      • duck

        …..is this Al Yellon?

  • Rmay

    We don’t need Carlos Zambrano any more than we needed Milton Bradley.

    • Jeff

      It may not be a popular statement, but the Cubs needed Milton Bradley’s possible production and high OBP, what they didn’t need were the headaches, mood swings, and up and down performance.  Next season, the Cubs need a pitcher like Zambrano, but don’t need his extra baggage.

  • Kansas Cubs Fan

    If the Rangers sign Prince or Pujols do you think Michael Young will be available?

    That would answer our 3rd base question and add 200 hits and a great person on and off the field!

    How much would it take to get him? Marmol?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Despite his bounce back 2011 season, I remain not a Michael Young fan. Too much money, aging, bad defense, and park-adjusted numbers aren’t that impressive.

      • Kansas Cubs Fan

        I saw a comparison on MLB Network Awhile back and they compared M Young to D Jeter and the stats were almost identical except for the fact that M Young had played all four infield positions.

        Maybe I’m just too much of a fan but I’d like to see him in cubbie blue next year!

        • terencem

          Michael Young lacks any sort of defensive value. That’s a bad deal for an NL team. It’s true that Young and Jeter have some remarkably similar stats since they seem like they would be completely different players at the plate. I wouldn’t want to pay either player 15 MM, though.

      • EQ76

        All true statements, and I totally agree on Young.. having said all that, he still may be the best option we have… which is sad.

  • Smitty

    Love starting my day with Bleacher Nation. Just wondering about the Dejesus signing. Are you implying that Theo was in touch with him about coming to the cubs “before” Theo was actually named President? My timeline may be off, but I thought Theo and crew came over right around a month ago.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Theo would have taken over just before the DeJesus’s closed (so they would have started the process pre-Theo). I’m more just saying that DeJesus was definitely going to strongly consider the Cubs from the get-go, and we only started hearing rumors about him within the last week.

  • http://www.calliopevoices.com EtotheR

    Wither…I think.

    Still love your willingness to pursue use of the word in any form.

  • Wilbur

    “his wife hails from Wheaton, so they could have been looking to move there anyway.”

    Brett, your married. You know how long it takes to find a home, rented or owned, DeJesus was clueless as to his being a Cub when he started this process. When the wife wants to live close to her mom, you live close to her mom. Momma ain’t happy, no one’s happy.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Bah. You’re probably right. But I stick to my reading-into-it-too-much.

    • Fishin Phil

      “Momma ain’t happy, no one’s happy.”

      Amen Wilbur!

      • BetterNews

        Amen!!

      • BetterNews

        How fast the wall rises, it falls as fast!

  • fearbobafett

    I know Wood pretty much said he would be back with the Cubs or retire, but his comments on Z, sure make it sound like someone who already has a contract worked out.

    • hansman1982

      Cubs brass has already come out and said that Wood is coming back but there is no hurry signing him.  ie: We aren’t signing him until after the Rule 5 draft.

  • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

    If Soriano is traded (looking likely) and the Cubs start Jackson in Iowa to keep him out of Super 2 status (not impossible), Colvin is suddenly the left fielder under the current roster.

    Jed has also commented that they are looking for a right handed hitting corner outfielder to add some flexibility (Cespedes anyone?). That would put Colvin in an ideal position. He could play left against right handed pitching to start the year. If he plays well, the Cubs have their left fielder. If he doesn’t, the Cubs trade / waive him when Jackson comes up and move Byrd the left with Cespedes.

    Or they could move him back to first. I’m not sure why Quade stopped playing him at first to begin with.

    • CubFan Paul

      how would super two status work with BJax? would he have to play all of 2012&2013 in the Bigs to qualify? is this why Castro isnt super two eligible? because he was called up in late may/june of 2010 and didnt start the season on the Big league team (grrrr @fontenot & his mullett brother theriot)

      • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

        Under the new CBA, the 22% of two year players with the most time on a big league roster become arbitration eligible a year early. Under the old CBA it was the top 17%. It used to be that if you held off on calling up a guy until mid-May, he would probably avoid Super-2 status. At 22%, I’m guessing early June would be the new safe spot.

      • hansman1982

        Castro will most likely be a Super 2.  He currently has 1.150 years of service.  Meaning he has 1 year, 150 days of service (out of 180ish I believe).  The most recent cutoff was around 2.130 and I think the “best” it has even been was around the 2.150 mark.

        With the % shifting, Castro will be a super-two this year.

        If Jackson needs any final buffing at all I hope they send him to Iowa until at least May.  This wont help the arbitration matter but it will buy us (effectively) an additional year of team control.  Basically if he is on the big league roster on opening day he will be a FA for the 2018 season, but if we wait to call him up until May it will be 2019.  After June 1 it will be 2019 as well but we will have 1 more year of league minimum.

        Edit: Castro was called up in early May 2010.

  • luke

    Brett do you think the cubs could land both Coler and Cespedes?

    • Fearbobafett

      I would love to see this happen.  Soler can hit the minors for a year or so and then come up.  I think they will be open to trying to do so before the new rules kick in.

  • jstraw

    Screw Palmeiro.

  • Hawkeye

    7 posts each of the last two days.   Your setting the expectations pretty high Brett.  Let’s hope today is another rumor/signing filled day.  

    On a side note, I actually had a dream last night that Fielder signed with the Cubs.   It was a 6 year deal for $25MM per year with some options at the end.  First and foremost, I would take that deal.  I would even sign him to $28MM or $30MM if he was willing to shorten it to 5 years with some club options.   Go ahead and give him the highest per year contract ever if it means we can reduce our risk and exposure a little bit.   Secondly, I have never…ever dreamed about baseball.   Not only did I have a dream about baseball, but it had specific names and contract terms.   How often do you actually remember the specifics of a dream.    I told my wife about this dream this morning.   She has always thought I was a bit crazy for spending so much time on this site, but this may have forced her to actually call a “home” and reserve me a spot.

    I guess what I am trying to get to is, thanks to all of you out there that contribute and help the rest of us become more avid and involved Cubs fans!

    • nonesuch

      I’m with you on the contract terms.

      “If you build it, they will come”

  • Brandon – AA Correspondent

    The story on Vitters by Fangraph was brutally honest. Josh is a good kid, and has the potential to get much better. IMO there is NO WAY he could handle 3B at the major league level in 2012. He is young. He has skills. But I also saw a lot of brain cramps out there last season. He had a stretch late last year where he was thrown out on the bases 5 straight nights. Frustrating to watch. Never saw him dive for a ball and actually get leather on it. But he can CRUSH the straight fastball. (like many others), and at times simply rolled over on a curveball for a weak out. I remember when he arrived at AA in 2010 (before getting hurt) and I could tell the kid was special. At times last season he clearly was. i am rooting for Josh…..but my expectations are Archi Cianfrocco-ish.

    • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

      I think he’ll turn into a first baseman before its all said and done. Possibly left.

      Then again, he is still young even for Double A. I think he’ll be a Cub in 2012, but it will be the Iowa variety. He could still hit Chicago is the second half if he shows some more consistent patience.

    • JasonB

      Anyone see this conversation taking place next Spring?

      Josh Vitters: Bats, they are sick. I cannot hit curveball. Straightball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar, rum. He will come.

      Random Cubs’ Player: You know you might think about taking DeJesus as your savior instead of fooling around with all this stuff.

      JV: Ahhhh DeJesus, I like him very much, but he no help with curveball

      RCP: You trying to say DeJesus can’t hit a curveball?

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Ha.

        (Of course, last year, DeJesus couldn’t hit a curveball…)

      • Zbo

        Classic!

        • Katie

          Hey bartender! Jobu needs a refill!

      • Brian

        I about fell out of my chair at that comment, love it!!! I’m not seeing Vitters competing for the starting job at third at all, yes, he was young when drafted, but he has not made GREAT strides in his climb through out his minor league career. He stlll has suspect defense and not a huge upswing on offense either. There is slim pickings out there for 3rd base. Looks like we are going to have to get someone on trade to fill that hole.

  • JasonB

    “These are the kind of things I spend far too much time worrying about.”

    Damn lawyers and your obsessive need to ponder every word you use in a sentence… :)

    Question, Brett – so I heard some noise about a Colvin for Ian Stewart swap yesterday but you haven’t discussed it yet (I don’t think).  Does this rumor have any legs to it?  Personally, I think it would be a good deal for us.

    • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

      Colvin for Stewart… haven’t heard anything on that one yet. Got a link?

      • CubFan Paul

        i like Stewart’s power, over Headley’s defense ..& word is Stewart will be cheaper in a trade because the Rox are probably going to non tender him in favor of younger guys or a free agent

        http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/11/rockies-inquired-on-navarro-hawkins-broxton.html

        • terencem

          The word on Stewart is that the Rockies want a AA or AAA pitcher. Can I introduce you to Jay Jackson?

      • JasonB

        I can’t link the Cubs’ Den article from my office computer because mother corporate won’t allow it, but John Arguello mentions it in his article entitled “Cubs News and Notes: Darvish, Soto, Cespedes, Compensation”. The website is http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den

        Brett – if I’m not supposed to source things this way, please let me know and I’ll edit.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          You’re just fine. But don’t call me rett.

          Edit: Bah, you edited, making me look foolish!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I read about it on John Arguello’s Cubs Den, which is a great blog, and John’s a very good writer. Haven’t decided how/when/if to work it into a post. Have been trying to dig into the rumor myself before posting it – which is not a reflection on John, mind you. I frequently try to dig into Wittenmyer/Levine/Rogers rumors before posting about them, too.

      • BetterNews

        Well don’t call me BN!

      • JasonB

        Makes sense – thanks for the response!

        I think Stewart could still become a ballplayer so if we can get him for pennies on the dollar, I’m all for it.

  • njriv

    Depending on what the Cubs front office has planned, I think they should give Colvin another chance. After having a impressive rookie year and ending his season early after the bat incident. He has never really played on a consistent basis. Even if he is not starting I think the Cubs new management will give him more playing time off the bench than Quade did.

  • Cubbies4Life

    I’m looking forward to the start of the I-Cubs 2012 season! Hope to see some of the guys we’ve been talking about (Vitters!) out there on the field at Sec Taylor Stadium (I still can’t bring myself to call it Principal Park). I used to love watching Soto, Fontenot, and Theriot before they went big… and before the latter became an ass bag.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Could be some really exciting players reaching AAA this year, that’s for sure.

    • MoneyBoy

      17 errors in 91 games at SS … yup, he WAS finally on the right side of the rivalry !!!

      For those of you (like me) with a computer and too much time on your hands … here’s a fun link … http://www.xera-baseball.com/trivia.htm

  • Bobo Justis

    Tyler Colvin took a stake through the heart a little more than a year ago. Even a vampire doesn’t live through that easily. He’s a macho baseball player so he can’t say, Man, that really bothered me. He was pretty good up until then, so either he’s permanently damaged by the experience – like that kid who got beaned in his first major league at bat – or he’s going to recover. Find out.

    As to whither and wither —

    If you use the word whither you ought to be wearing frilly panties. It’s an archaism that has no place in formal or informal writing except when you are being arch or ironic. If you are a man, write like a grown man. If you are a woman, write like a grown woman. When you try to be fancy it doesn’t work. You don’t have the practice.

    Wither means to decay or rot or shrivel up. Nothing more.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Eh. I wrote briefs for almost four years, so I’ve got a little practice writing “fancy.” I doubt the skill withered that quickly.

      And my panties aren’t frilly. Just plain cotton.

      • BetterNews

        Not you bro-This bobo guy.

      • BetterNews

        Lets move on!

  • BetterNews

    Go to sleep! BoBo

  • Jeff

    I prefer the headline “What the f*** ever happened to Tyler Colvin?”

    • BetterNews

      Tyler can’t play Pro ball—No more to talk about!

      • Bails17

        I don’t know BetterNews….I would just like to see what he can do without Quade continually setting him up to fail!  You may be right…but I think he deserves a shot somewhere.  It may not be with the Cubs…but somewhere.

        • BetterNews

          Bails—-Expected a little more than that. .150 BA?

        • MoneyBoy

          Eggsactly !!!!

      • Jeff

        I’m not saying he should be a starter or anything, but he has homered once every 20 at bats.  Somewhere there is a hitting coach and an opportunity for him to improve.  He was terrible last year, no doubt, but he still has room to improve.  To say he can’t play pro ball is too definitive for me.  I would say he can’t be counted on as an everyday player right now, but given the right circumstances, he could become a valuable player.

    • BetterNews

      The “idea” that Quade set Colvin up is “outrageous”! He liked the kid.

      • Jeff

        It’s not outrageous.  I wouldn’t go out of my way to say that he set him up, but he certainly didn’t help.  He was supposed to play every day after Fukudome got traded and it never happened.  He sat on the bench so Blake DeWitt, Reed Johnson, and Tony Campana could play.  He did get some playing time in August and stunk, but he did have flashes.  His power is undeniable, and I think it would be a waste to not to try and fix his swing.

        • BetterNews

          Jeff—you can’t play sub a “supposedly in Fuk” and try to win games. This is the best move Cubs have made in years! Fans cant see it yet, but it is a good move—BetterNews approves with all heart!

        • BetterNews

          Yes, the best of kids have been “Set up” no doubt!

      • Bails17

        He did set him up to fail..Whether it was intentional or not is debatable.  He batted 8 most of the time and Quade left him in there against a ton of very tough lefties.  I watched at least 80 games last year and I will tell you that Quade didn’t do Colvin any favors with the way he handled him.

    • hansman1982

      Way to write like a MAN, an ANCHORMAN!

  • gblan014

    With the outfield getting more crowded by the day, does anybody know what’s happening with Tony Campana? While I’m not advocating him starting on a regular basis, there has to be a spot for him as a 4th or 5th outfielder. He’s blazingly fast and has a great attitude, two things the Cubs could really use.

    • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

      I still see him as having a virtual lock on the fifth outfield slot. He is extremely valuable as a pinch runner, in the occasional start, and so on. If he can improve his bunting, he could be the first pinch hitter off the bench in conventional bunt situations. I wouldn’t be surprised to see his defense improve to the point where the Cubs have enough confidence to throw 60+ starts at him.

      I actually think his job as a 5th outfielder / pinch runner is safe heading into spring training. I don’t see him becoming a regular outfielder anytime soon, but I’d love to see him improve enough to earn it.

      • Jeff

        As the roster stands now he is probably the sixth outfielder, and that’s if they decide to let Reed Johnson go.   Unless Soriano and/or Byrd are traded, I’m not sure that Campana will get much more pt than he did last season.  I wouldn’t mind having him on the roster, but I think that he is easily replaced.  No way should he be getting 60+ starts, he has way too many holes in his game and his one dimension(speed), doesn’t make up for his deficiencies (OBP, fielding, arm strength, etc.)

        • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

          His defense has to improve quite a bit before he could start getting some starts, but I think that is absolutely possible. If he can learn to take a better line on fly balls, his speed would turn in a significant asset on defense. Right now, it just masks the fact that he sometimes has no idea where the ball is going.

          • Jeff

            Those are things that a long time minor league player should be getting good at.  I don’t know if it’s because his motor runs so high and he’s all over the place, but he definitely needs some work on the basics of bunting and playing the outfield, which to me, a speed guy should be good at already.

      • hansman1982

        The dude needs to become an expert at putting a bunt down.  If he could get a sharp bunt between 3b and P he would get on base at an insane rate.

        • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

          I think bunting has to be his first priority. If he can perfect his bunting, he’ll tie defenses in knots.

        • BetterNews

          hansman—I’m gonna see that coming, now what do do?

          • hansman1982

            you are seeing what coming?  Him bunting more?  I think my blind, dead, grandmother sees that coming.

          • Dougy D

            Remember Brett Butler? Even though they knew he was going to bunt, he still got them down successfully. I think that the Cubs need to reach out to a guy like Butler or Otis Nixon or someone like that to teach him the art of bunting. Now that I mention Otis Nixon, maybe he could teach him how to hit those high bouncing choppers. Of course he won’t have the astroturf to work with that Nixon had though, haha.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Of the “extra” outfielders, Campana’s job seems as safe as any. Would be nice if he worked on bunting and outfield routes in the offseason, though.

        • hansman1982

          If we get Pujols/Fielder can you imagine late inning games subbing him in if a runner gets to 1st ahead with Pujols/Fielder up.  Good way to distract the pitcher.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            Great point. Small thing, but yeah, many possibilities.

  • dreese

    you should probably use “is Tyler Colvin done?” because it can cover a larger range. For example, is Colvin done as a cub?, is Colvin done as a starter?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Maybe. I felt like the real question was: where is Colvin going to play in 2012?

  • Brandon – AA Correspondent

    Hey Brett, becides Scuzar…who can I look forward to seeing promotoed to AA this season??

    I believe it is safe to say that Jae-hoon Ha, Junior Lake will be back. Any thoughts on Rebel Ridling remaining in AA or do you see him getting a shot at AAA out of camp? Also, what are you hearing about Blake Lalli….he is probabyl too old for AA but I am not sure he is in the plans for the Cubs any longer.

    I saw that Adducci and Mota resigned minor league contracts to stay with the Cubs…you see them moving up to AAA?

    • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

      You’ll get Szczur late in the year. Ridling should get a crack at Iowa, but you’ll get Bour instead.

      Ha and Lake should start the season in Tennessee, but I don’t know how long they stay. Same thing for Jokisch.

      Logan Watkins will be at SS and 2B for the Smokies. Evan Crawford will probably be your CF.

      I hope you get a Michael Burgess sighting. He badly needs a breakout season, and I tend think he might respond to being challenged. Abner Abreu falls into that category as well.

      Not sure who your catcher will be. Brenley is probable, but Micah Gibbs could show up in the second half.

      On the mound, you should get Zach Rosscup (who I feel is badly underrated) as well as Frank Batista as your closer. Frank Del Valle may make an appearance (and I’d love your impressions of him if he does). Luis Liria and Ben Wells are possible in the second half.

      Greg Rohan will hopefully make it to Double A at some point. He’s a corner infield guy who has been blocked at A level. Matt Cerda is said to have one of the best swings in the farm system, and should be a regular at second and third. Elliot Soto, who might be the best defensive shortstop in the system, should make it there in the second half. Taiwan Easterling is certainly a possibility given that he briefly reached Daytona last season. I hope you get a good look at Rubi Silva as well.

      And I could probably keep going, but that should be enough to get you you started.

    • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

      You asked about Adduci, Mota and Samson as well. Adduci probably has the highest ceiling of the three, but none of them strike me as guys who are likely to have long major league careers. They could be quality backups at either Tennessee or Iowa. I suspect they’ll all three get a shot at Iowa given that Tennessee is going to be deeper in higher ceiling prospects than Iowa.

      Adduci could actually see quite a bit of time at Iowa. If any of those three are going to break into the majors any time soon, my guess would be Adduci.

  • Brandon – AA Correspondent

    Hey Brett, besides Scuzar…who can I look forward to seeing promoted to AA this season??

    I believe it is safe to say that Jae-Hoon Ha, Junior Lake will be back. Any thoughts on Rebel Ridling remaining in AA or do you see him getting a shot at AAA out of camp? Also, what are you hearing about Blake Lalli….he is probably too old for AA but I am not sure he is in the plans for the Cubs any longer.

    I saw that Adducci and Mota resigned minor league contracts to stay with the Cubs…you see them moving up to AAA? Nate Samson?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Could see Abreu coming up at some point. Aaron Kurcz could be one, too. Beeler should be back there at some point.

  • BetterNews

    Colvin is a bench guy, everybody wake up and smell the Java!

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