It may be a rare offseason two-post Saturday, with a Yoenis Obsesspedes update to share. Until then, Bullets…

  • Jim Bowden interviewed Red Sox President Larry Lucchino yesterday, and the talk led off with the Theo Epstein compensation issue. Lucchino didn’t say much, offering only that the matter is in Commissioner Bud Selig’s hands now, after the two sides couldn’t come to a resolution. Selig knows the parameters of the two sides’ discussions, and is taking things from there. Lucchino believes it should have been settled by now (by the two sides), but believes it will be resolved soon.
  • Ozzie Guillen is, as you’d expect, very excited to have his friend, Carlos Zambrano, on the staff in Miami. Guillen says that Zambrano is “on a mission” this year, and Guillen believes Zambrano will have a great deal of success. Shrug. Fine. I’m glad the Cubs can move on, but I’ve simultaneously resigned myself to the fact that Zambrano probably will have a huge bounce-back year. Not because of a retooled delivery or a rededicated effort, mind you. But because it’s the lot of Cubs fans to suffer.


  • Tim Sheridan at Boys of Spring offers another Spring Training update. It looks like Ryan Dempster, James Russell, Chris Volstad, and Travis Wood have all arrived in Mesa. Dempster looks like he’s in pretty good shape, judging by a couple pictures, anyway.
  • A fluffy Spring Training preview from FoxSports.
  • A fluffy Spring Training preview from CSN.
  • A fluffy story on Dillon Maples. It’s actual unfair to include this one in a series with the previous two, because this is a pretty interesting piece. It gives you a little more background on the Cubs’ $2.5 million 14th round pick in 2011, and on what he’s been doing all Winter.
  • The February issue of Vine Line is out, and it’s the Minor League Prospectus issue, featuring in-depth looks at prospects like Maples, Tony Zych, Brett Jackson and Javier Baez. There’s also an interview with Scouting Chief Jason McLeod.





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