A BN Did You Know: the daily Bullets post actually started out as a Spring Training feature – a way to highlight how various players performed in the previous day’s games (“Spring Training Battle Watch”). Over time, it became a way to cover stories that weren’t going to get a whole post of their own.

  • The construction in the far-right corner of the right field bleachers is underway, as you can see in the picture obtained by the Chicago Tribune (at that link). The construction will add rooftop-style seating, a patio, and a 75-foot LED board, and, I have to be completely honest, I’m excited to see the finished result. I think it’s going to look good, function well, and add some revenue to the pot. Everything is supposed to be good to go for Opening Day.
  • Cubs minor league pitcher Ricardo Estevez has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance. Estevez pitched in the Dominican Summer League last year (a step below rookie ball, so he’s a long, long way off from being someone you’ve ever heard of). There isn’t any word yet on whether he’ll appeal the suspension, which appeal would almost certainly last five months and feature arguments related to erroneous testing and medication prescribed for a personal problem.
  • There’s no update on a possible extension for Matt Garza, who avoided arbitration for 2012 by signing a $9.5 million deal (he’s got one more year of arbitration after that). The Cubs would greatly prefer to either have him locked up beyond 2013, or traded, by the trade deadline this year.
  • Another fluffy Spring Training preview, this from Gordon Wittenmyer. The roster looks bad, but they’ll try really hard. That’s the gist.
  • A Yankees blog undertook a very interesting analysis of the rumors generated by Jon Heyman, Buster Olney, and Ken Rosenthal this Winter. It turns out that Heyman reported a disproportionately high volume of rumors surrounding Scott Boras clients. Further, his rumors connected a disproportionately high volume of those clients to the Yankees. Coincidence? Could be. But we know agents are frequently sources, and we know Boras likes to use the media to help his clients (and how better to help them than to get the media to report that the Yankees are interested). You don’t want to conclude too much here, but, well, it’s interesting. That’s all.
  • ferrets_bueller

    Heyman is such a puppet.

    • Andrewmoore4isu

      I’d do it for money

      • ferrets_bueller

        No question, haha.

  • CubFan Paul

    coincidentally, i deleted Heyman from my twitter this morning. I got tired of him tweeting about eric chevaz (!) and raul Ibanez (washed up). Now I’m wondering if Boras is agent to either guy..

  • Don

    Brett, so what does Heyman say regarding Bud’s decision on the player going to the RedSox for compensation? I heard Monday is the day the mystery is finally solved. I’ve heard rumors of Baker or Golden. This would be good news for the Cubs.

    • CubFan Paul

      jeff Baker?? no way that’s good news for the Cubs. the RH Baker is currently the backup and platoon partner to 1B & 3B (LaHair LH, Ian Stewart LH). there’s no one else on the roster that has his versatility = too expensive for compensation

      • ferrets_bueller

        I’d love it if Baker was comp. Or Barney.

        As long as its a low ceiling guy, I don’t care. They can easily be replaced.

      • Quintz

        He’s all the stuff you said on a 71-91 team, who could be worse this year. If they want Baker, you wrap a bow around him and give Lucchino a reach around as a gratuity.

  • colocubfan


    With Burnett going to the Pirates, and the Yankees looking for DH, any chance at all of Soriano going back where he started???

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Chance is less than 1%. Yanks can get a one-year option for just as cheap in a guy like Ibanez.

      • http://bleachernation ferris

        this is why id hoped we woulda traded sori for burnett and then moved aj ourselves

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    An optimistic take on Theo compensation from Gordon Edes:

    At this stage, the source says, the Sox are hopeful of acquiring one quality minor-league prospect from the Cubs. They’re resigned to not getting a major leaguer from the Cubs, and acknowledge it probably won’t be one of the Cubs’ premium prospects, like a Brett Jackson or Josh Vitters. But the source says the Sox are insisting on acquiring a prospect with a legitimate chance of making it to the big leagues as a contributor.

    • ferrets_bueller

      I’d rather give a major leaguer with no upside.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Ha, sure. Me, too.

    • Toosh

      Boston can “insist” all they want. They don’t have a Red Sock to stand on. I’m saying it will be a player not on the 40 man roster or cash or both.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I’m encouraged if that’s the best they’re hoping for.

      • Ron

        I agree, if they are not the same, I would even say that it will not be anyone that is getting a spring training invite.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      A legitimate chance to make it to the majors as a contributor.  That doesn’t narrow it down much; the Cubs have a lot of those guys.

  • Ryan

    The thing is an upside to have a chance at the majors will be viewed by the 2 teams in to different ways. One of the teams won’t be happy. I’ll be interested in the fact that it will likely have a say in the compensation that SD gets

    • scorecardpaul

      As far as I know the San Diego compensation has already been settled. Selig has nothing to do with that one.

      • hogie

        From everything I have heard they had a list to choose from when the deal was made, but have not picked thier player/players.

  • Bob

    I think the compensation will be light. Boston has been acting like it is for Theo, not really accurate as it is for Theo, but just one year buyout saving them five mil. A legit prospect of making the bigs is a far cry from a top flight prospect and even further from Garza.

  • Dustin S

    Really surprised Selig didn’t announce a settlement on this before the start of ST. I figured that was kind of a deadline since it starts to complicate things for the Cubs a bit. For example, if it’s Carpenter (a name tossed around a lot on this) and has looks good in camp and we start to count on him in the pen – but then he goes to Boston, etc. Also not crazy about the idea of Sox scouts in our camp basically looking for the pick of the litter… Just would have preferred it done before camp broke.

    • Toosh