I feel awful. Truly awful. Some stomach pain and generalized discomfort started creeping up on me in the afternoon yesterday, and, after two hours of sleep, I’ve read DEFCON awful. I’ll try not to puke in the middle of these Bullets.
- Bruce Levine and Doug Padilla chatted about the Cubs yesterday, with the notable bits including Bruce’s belief that the Cubs still have the inside track on Jorge Soler (who remains not a free agent), Bruce’s belief that the rotation will round out with Travis Wood in the 4-spot and Randy Wells, Chris Volstad and Jeff Samardzija battling for the 5-spot, Doug’s belief that Jason Jaramillo is probably going to win the back-up catcher job, Bruce’s belief that Bryan LaHair can’t handle defense in left field, and Bruce’s belief that the Cubs are still going to try and pick up another back-up infielder.
- Dale Sveum is hoping to wind up with at least two lefty pitchers in his bullpen, one of whom is very likely to be James Russell. The other lefty will come from a group including Scott Maine, John Gaub, Trever Miller, and the Cubs’ 2011 minor league pitcher of the year, Jeff Beliveau. Given how friendly Wrigley Field is to lefty hitters, and assuming the Cubs carry seven in their pen, I don’t think it would be out of the question for the Cubs to start out with three lefties there.
- The Cubs/Red Sox rivalry continues to build: the Red Sox recently gave the naming rights to their new Spring Training facility to jetBlue, but when you go to “www.jetbluepark.com,” you’re redirected to the New York Yankees’ home page. Why? Cubs fan Eric Engelman bought the domain last year, and now uses it to needle the Red Sox. Nicely done, Eric.
- Paul Maholm likes cupcakes and hyperbaric chambers.
- Details on the Cubs’ bunt tournament (featuring all players). It would be nice if Tony Campana could win, but apparently Kerry Wood is the early favorite. You know, the same Kerry Wood whose last plate appearance was in 2007.
- From the early returns, it sounds like we can tentatively expect to hear some odd, folksy statements from Sveum, who recently offered this one: “Those last three outs are the biggest of the game and the three outs leading up to that are even bigger.” And the three before that are even bigger!
- My MLBullets at BCB – Bobby Abreu wants to be traded. But, like, where?