The Wife and I are travelling to Chicago today, so you know the drill: usual posting today, but I probably won’t be around as much in the comments. Your maturity is appreciated.
- The Internetz were sent in a bit of a tizzy yesterday afternoon when reports surfaced that Theo Epstein was spotted meeting in the Wrigley Field stands with Ryan Dempster. Since Dempster is on the trade block, and he has no-trade rights, Epstein has said the two would meet at some point to discuss Dempster’s future with the team. Was this “the” meeting? Maybe. But Dempster has since indicated they were meeting about a charity function. Still, I’m sure some things came up.
- Interestingly, the Cubs announced yesterday that they were swapping Ryan Dempster and Jeff Samardzija in the rotation, so Dempster will now go on Friday, and Samardzija on Saturday. Just giving Samardzija an extra day of rest? That’s what Dale Sveum says, and it’s probably true. If the Cubs were immediately going out on the road come Saturday, I could understand folks seeing this as a sign that Dempster is making his last start as a Cub, but Dempster’s erstwhile Saturday start would have been at Wrigley, too.
- Matt Garza, who, like Dempster, will continue to be the subject of rumors over the next month and a half, offers his thoughts on such rumors. “I just want to play,” he said. “It’s not my choice. If they want to keep me here, I’m going to keep playing and go out there every five days and do what I’m set to do and that’s get as many outs as possible and that’s keep my team in the ballgame. I love the city, my kids love the city, and it would be a great place for them to grow up …. When they tell me I can’t play anymore, that’ll be the worst day of my life. I just want to keep playing. I’ll pitch on the frickin’ moon. As long as people keep asking me, I’ve done a good job. When they stop asking, it’s time to worry.” Matt Garza will pitch on the frickin’ moon. Have I mentioned that I like this guy?
- Dale Sveum thinks Ryan Dempster and Alfonso Soriano could be among the Cubs’ top candidates for the All-Star game. When he mentioned them, I doubt he meant it to be an exclusive list, as there are many other players who could receive consideration.
- Keith Law has said that he expects every first round draft pick except Mark Appel to sign (that would include the Cubs’ top pick, Albert Almora). Jim Callis also said that he doesn’t see how Almora could turn down a signing bonus around $3 million. The Cubs’ slot recommendation for the pick is $3.25 million.
- The Boston Globe has a great interview with Theo Epstein, on which I’ll have to write a separate post at some point. But, yeah, it’s worth a read.
- Tigers’ GM Dave Dombrowski advises the Cubs to be patient, and Prince Fielder says that Dale Sveum could be a good one for the Cubs long-term.
- Jay Jaffe says the Cubs would be nuts to trade Starlin Castro. But David Schoenfield says the Cubs should have some concerns about Castro.
- Aaron Miles plans to retire. I assume he’ll come out of retirement in 2015, when the Cubs are battling the Cardinals down the stretch for the NL Central, and will lead the Cardinals to victory.
- Details on Kerry Wood’s annual bowling tournament (June 27), and a silent auction to go with it.
- A reminder: enter the BN one-day fantasy contest! Do it! For real!
- The greatest and most random Jose Valverde photoshop in the history of photoshops (thanks to BN’er Bz, to whom I said the original picture of Valverde looked like it was asking for a really obvious photoshop (thinking he was going to assume I meant something with taking a dump), and, instead, he created this):