I made my first podcast appearance on Scooping the Texas Rangers last night, discussing, among other things, the future of the Cubs’ rotation, Matt Garza’s value in trade (and why is he being traded so frequently?), and various Prince Fielder rumors. You can listen to the podcast here, and I show up around the 18/19 minute mark (though it’s a good listen throughout). Todd Kaufman runs a great show, and I had a blast participating. Face for radio and all that. My bit is about 25 minutes long, so you should probably draw the bubble bath and pour the wine first.
- New Cubs pitcher Paul Maholm says his shoulder issue last year was “just” a strained muscle, and he worked with Dr. James Andrews to strengthen the shoulder over the offseason.
- Maholm also says he didn’t mean to scoop the Cubs’ media by announcing his signing on Twitter. “I had known for a few days,” he said. “Yesterday I passed a physical and it’s kind of tough sitting around not being able to say anything. Spoke to Jed earlier and everything was official. I wasn’t trying to scoop [the media] or anything. The night before I took beatings for [tweeting about Broncos quarterback Tim] Tebow and beating the Steelers, and discussing what kind of beating I was going to take from the Pittsburgh fan base. It was all positive and seems like most of the Chicago fans are looking forward to me coming to the city. So it was something good to get to see the fans’ reaction through the Twitter.”
- The Emperor returns. It looks like, contrary to his previous statements that he’d retire at the end of his current contract, Bud Selig, 77, is going to be extended for another couple years, through 2014. His compensation package, at present, is valued at about $22 million annually. I’m not sure I’d retire, either.
- The Cardinals have signed Koyie Hill to a minor league deal, so the season has been cancelled. The Cardinals have been given another World Series trophy, and we’re just going to start right in with the 2013 season. Voodoo magic. Hill even grew another couple fingers.
- The Cubs’ front office is not married to any particular players anymore, which is a concept that we’re all just going to have to get used to. It’s a stark contrast from the previous regime, that clearly had “favorites.”