Hooray! The BN Podcast is finally on iTunes. Here’s the link to the podcast on iTunes, for your subscribing pleasure. And if you wanted to give it a high rating while you’re there, I mean, I wouldn’t hate you for it. (In case you missed the latest episode, yesterday, here it is.)
- The owners are currently meeting in Chicago to discuss a variety of things, but apparently many of them – and Bud Selig – were largely uninterested in speaking with the media yesterday. Tom Ricketts mostly refused comment (offering only a “One day at a time. We get closer but there’s nothing really to report.’’ on the subject of Wrigley renovations when asked by the Trib), the Commissioner refused comment, and the star of the show, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, had the temerity to say only this, “Not today boys. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not going to figure it out for you.” I think, sir, we’ve all got it figured out just fine.
- Another profile on outfield prospect Matt Szczur, who’s currently playing in the Arizona Fall League. The 23-year-old is likely to start the year at AA again this year, but, since he’s already on the 40-man roster, you can bet the Cubs would love to see him move quickly up to AAA, and perhaps push them to make a decision on his call-up to the bigs late in the year.
- David DeJesus reflects on his first season in Chicago, and talks up Brett Jackson and the Cubs’ need for pitching.
- The Cubs have re-signed reliever Blake Parker to a minor league deal after the righty missed substantial time in 2012 with a stress reaction in his elbow. On the flip side, awesomely named first baseman Rebel Ridling has been released.
- Speaking of minor league signings, the Cubs have picked up 32-year-old catcher J.C. Boscan from the Braves, with whom he spent the first 14 years of his career. The numbers aren’t pretty, but I reckon he’s more of the kind of guy you bring in because he’s good at working with minor league pitchers. He’ll be one of the catchers at AAA.
- David Price won the Cy Young in the AL, and R.A. Dickey in the NL. What’s funny about those two pulling it out is that each is rumored to be on the trade block. Does the mere fact of an award – and no change to their 2012 performance, itself – increase the price asked for them in trade? You’d think no, but I do wonder whether teams know that a player becomes just a hair more marketable to fans/other teams/teammates/etc. when he’s got that hardware. If so, that would increase his price ever so slightly.
- Unrelated to anything, and passed on by BN’er Dr. Percival Cox, here’s Chipper Jones going all conspiracy theory on the Twitters. The grassy knoll!