A report from the Tribune, Geovany Soto tested positive for marijuana in Puerto Rico during the WBC. Soto will not be discipline by the MLB but is suspended for international play for 2 years.
Soto had to say this: He said he "was embarrassed" by his lapse of judgment. He said his behavior was inappropriate and said it was an isolated incident.
That could be why Soto came to spring training 25 pounds overweight. He also mention this was the only drug test he tested positive.
According to Jason Stark, the Cubs have consider bring back utility man Mark Derosa. At this point with Ramirez still not back the Cubs don't know what they need and if you bring in a guy like Derosa who can play pretty much everywhere, it solves a lot of problems.
Can the Cubs be interested in Mark Teahen, Hot Stove Cubbies mentioned it and a report out of Kansas City said the Royals are open to trading players that is not in their core like Grienke, Soria and Butler. Names like Teahen, Guillen, Dejesus they are open to trading. A year ago the Cubs were almost to acquire him but something happen and now they are more in a need for him or Derosa. I can see a trade for him or Derosa within the next 2 weeks.
Stats this year for both of the players:
Mark Derosa is 34 years old and is making 5.5 million this year. Derosa is batting .270 with 13 home runs, 50 rbi's, 29 walks ans struck out 62 times in 2009.
Mark Teahen is 28 years old in September and is making 3.575 in 2009. Teahen is batting .285 with 8 HR, 26 rbi's, 19 walks and struck out 53 times.
If I had to choose I will pick Mark Teahen because he is cheaper in cost, will cost less players to acquire, younger and is putting up pretty good numbers for playing for the Royals. He is also a left handed batter.
I would take Teahen now over Fontenot, put Teahen at second, he can't do any worse.
I will keep you posted.