You know who could really use a good outing today? Randy Wells. I’m scratching my head trying to remember (without looking) his last “very solid” outing. And, as little as W/L matters, Wells hasn’t put up a “W” since his first start of the season on April 4. Maybe I can remember his last very solid outing…
- Alfonso Soriano hadn’t homered in a month when he blasted one yesterday. He thinks he had started to press, and used Thursday’s off-day to clear his mind. Hopefully it’s worked, and he’ll keep driving the ball for at least, oh, let’s say, the next week.
- Speaking of which, I’m hearing that teams are, in fact, checking in with the Cubs to see just how much of Soriano’s remaining contract the Cubs are willing to eat. We learned earlier in the week that the Cubs might be willing to eat a “high percentage” of his deal. It sounds like there’s at least a reasonable chance that Soriano’s dealt before the trade deadline.
- Carlos Marmol struck out the two batters he faced yesterday, and it sounds like he’ll be back in the closer’s role by today or tomorrow.
- Mike Quade is still talking about that popup non-error by Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney the other day. I guess he keeps getting asked about it, and it’s part of Quade’s style not to dodge any questions, but, like, let’s move on.
- Jon Heyman says he’s heard Kerry Wood would not approve any trade out of Chicago. Previously, Wood said he was very, very unlikely to approve a trade, so he kind of fell off my radar a couple weeks ago (it didn’t hurt that his post-blister performance floundered as well). This only strengthens that fall.
- Bruce Levine digs up a source to say that Pat Gillick would specifically consider a job with the Chicago Cubs. It’s only a tiny bit further than the post from yesterday went (which was that Gillick would consider a president-level job with another MLB club, which could include the Cubs), so it gets only a bullet.
- The second annual casino night put on by Ryan Dempster, which raises money for the Dempster Family Foundation (which helps families affected by DiGeorge Syndrome, from which Dempster’s daughter suffers), was a huge success. Some of the money will even be used to help a family affected by the tornados in Tuscaloosa earlier this year.