Bryant Full Go on His Shoulder, Bench Coach Options, and Other Bullets

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Bryant Full Go on His Shoulder, Bench Coach Options, and Other Bullets

Chicago Cubs

The Rule 5 Draft is today, and, given the Cubs’ bloated payroll, they may look to pluck a high-upside reliever in the draft to at least bring to Spring Training. Things get going at 11 am CT.

  • A few Cubs-specific updates from Scott Boras, who has a couple notable Cubs clients:

  • And from Jed Hoyer on Bryant’s shoulder:

  • Patrick Mooney reports that the Cubs checked in with Mark DeRosa about the bench coach job, but it isn’t likely he’ll leave TV. Neither is it likely that David Ross will get back into the game full-time so soon. Jesse Rogers notes that long-time managerial candidate Raul Ibanez, who is currently a special assistant in the Dodgers’ front office, could be considered:

  • That won’t be the only change for the Cubs (er, well, it already was FAR from the only change):

  • Speaking of some of that change, new pitching coach Tommy Hottovy says this was not necessarily the role he was gunning for when he got into this side of the game after his playing days, but with four years having worked with this staff and these players and the two previous pitching coaches, he’s ready to go (Sun-Times).
  • Cubs ticket packs are out on Friday:

  • I did know, and it makes me dream things:

  • Happy birthday, Fergie:

  • Luis is gonna get paid:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.