Apologies for the delay this morning. A walk-in doctor visit for The Little Boy turned into a head-over-to-urgent-care-for-tests kind of morning. Nothing to be alarmed about most likely, but you know how these things go. Gotta get ‘em checked out and nip it in the bud. He is currently napping, hopefully – for his sake – for a while.
- Josh Vitters left last night’s Iowa Cubs game in the 4th inning after tweaking his knee, though his manager doesn’t sound terribly worried (Tommy Birch). We’ll see if Vitters hits the DL. Although he doesn’t offer the upside of a Jorge Soler, and, thus, the gravity isn’t the same, but Vitters is another guy who really needs a healthy year. As he showed in limited time last year, and in a full season in 2012, the guy can clearly hit at AAA. He’s got a .304/.360/.517 career line at AAA over 569 plate appearances. And, while the PCL has many hitter friendly parks, the Iowa Cubs don’t play in one of them.
- A healthy, productive first half from Vitters (in which he hopefully adjusts well to the outfield), and the Cubs may have to consider him for the second half. Although I’m suddenly very enamored with Junior Lake’s defensive ability, there’s no doubt in my mind that Josh Vitters offers just as much upside in his bat (and probably has a greater likelihood of reaching his offensive upside than does Lake). It’s easy to forget that Vitters is just a half-year older than Lake. Both are currently 24.
- Patrick Mooney on the mistake of Edwin Jackson’s contract, which, to me, still doesn’t look like a mistake (and you could read the article that way, too). I liked Jed Hoyer’s reminder in the piece that deals that look bad after one year sometimes turn out to be, overall, good contracts. I won’t use this as an opportunity to say all of the things I’ve said before about Jackson’s actually-not-that-bad 2013 season, but I will use this as an opportunity to say that I will drop an I-told-you-so when he’s “suddenly” looking good midseason, and he’s actually got similar peripherals to what he had last year.
- Looks like Ryan Roberts made the right decision to elect free agency (rather than head to the minors) when the Cubs cut him at the very end of Spring Training. He just signed a one-year, $1 million (plus $250,000 in incentives) big league deal with the Red Sox, per Jon Heyman. Good for him.
- I really like this John Baker cat. Here’s what he told Carrie Muskat about choose number 12, which was Dusty Baker’s number when he managed the Cubs: “I thought if I took it, there might be some cool t-shirts left over with ‘Baker’ on them.”
- Looks like the good people at Good Day Chicago posted a video of my appearance on their show yesterday morning, for those who missed it. It’s not quite the whole appearance, but it’s a little slice (though I think you do miss my “slapping folks with too much reality,” “roster dance,” and “tidal wave of prospects” quips):