Update: The Cubs release Esteban German
GM Towers had this to say reguarding the trade of Jake Peavy midseason: "If we start spinning our wheels, we might engage in discussions." ESPN's Buster Olney also wrote about Peavy this morning, noting that the Cubs were "much closer than anybody realized at the time" to acquiring Peavy this winter. Towers gave Olney a similar quote about Peavy - he doesn't want to think about it right now but if the team is out of contention it's possible.
To me that means the Padres are looking at a trade deadline deal because they won't make the playoffs and will pretyy much be out bu then.
According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Hal Steinbrenner "told close friends he plans on hiring Lou Piniella as a consultant when his managerial contract with the Cubs runs out after the 2010 season."
I will keep you posted.