Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sring Training Day 4 and other News

Here is some news from Spring Training:

According to Cubs.com Alfonso Soriano does not care if he bats lower in the lineup.

Derek Lee does not care if he bats 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or even 6th in the lineup, He says its to early to talk about lineups.

The players playing in the WBC are Ted Lilly (United States), Kosuke Fukudome (Japan), Carlos Marmol (Dominican Republic), and Geovany Soto (Puerto Rico).

Luis Vizcaino finally reported to spring training. Vizcaino had the vista problems.

All of the players had reported to camp accept the ones that went to the WBC.

Note: The Cubs will televise on WGN 63 times and CSN 80 times in the year.

According to the Chicago Tribune Micah Hoffpauir will have the 25th spot on the team as the 6th outfielder and to back up Derek Lee at first base. Pinella said it is his job to lose.

According to Bruce Miles, Alfonso Soriano is in great shape.

Micah Atkins is another guy who will compete for the 5th spot along with Jeff S, Gaudin, Marshall, and Heilman. Pinellia said earlier Marshall is in the lead to be the 5th starter.

Jeff Stevens came out today throwing nasty curveballs and look good according to Gordon Wittnymer. Who knows he might compete for the 5th starter job.

The Cubs have invited president President Barack O'bama to spring traing. To bad Barack O'bama is a White Sox fan.

Cory Provus is leading the Cubs and to be the radio announcer for the Brewers (what a trader).

On other news, Olando Hudson:

According to Jon Heyman the Dodgers are very much interested in Olando Hudson and GM Ned Coletti said they could afford bothe Hudson and Manny.

According to Ken Rosenthal, Olando Hudson would like to play for the Royals. The Royals don't have the money to spend on Hudson, they will have to release Mark Teahen and that is unlikely,

If the Royals do release Teahen, the Cubs will be very interested in him. That is according to Hot Stove Cubbies.

The Cubs number 1 priority is to try to get Hudson because he can bat leadoff in which the Cubs really need. The Cubs want to sign him without giving up a draft pick.

The Cubs might do what the Diamondbacks are doing with Juan Cruz, a sign and trade.

Jon Heyman also mentions that the White Sox are not pursuing Hudson no more. The Teams left in the pursuit are the Dodgers, Cubs and Royals.

I will keep you posted when I here something.

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