First, word came yesterday that the Cubs are working on a long-term deal with Starlin Castro:
The Cubs are working on a long-term contract extension for two-time All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro. A team source late Thursday confirmed a CSNChicago.com report and said talks are progressing.
Nothing really earth-shattering here, it’s just going to be a lot harder for Dale Sveum to throw Darlin Starlin under the bus every other night when he’s locked up for five years. HA.
Secondly, the Cubs continued weeding the last of the Hendry guys out of Clark and Addison yesterday, firing player personnel manager (what is that, anyway? It’s like “Dean of Students.” How is that any different than a regular dean?) Oneri Fleita and information manager (seriously? This is a thing?) Chuck Wasserstrom.
The best part of all of this, however, was this piece on Crane Kenney, penned by none other than Crazy Uncle Phil:
Someday I might meet someone who can explain how he’s an asset to the organization, but if I do it will be a first. The guy at the top should be on his way out alongside Fleita, Wasserstrom and anybody else who is asked to turn in his copy of “The Cubs Way,” and don’t tell me that this job shuffle has nothing to do with Kenney because he’s not on the baseball side.
When big league coaches are supplementing their salaries hitting grounders to accountants and fraternity boys six hours before a game, what’s the difference, really? Isn’t it all business?
When Theo Epstein was being recruited to run the Cubs, he found it more than a little odd that Ricketts and Kenney had just fired Jim Hendry and rewarded one of his right hand men, farm director Fleita, with a four-year contract.
Epstein, according to sources, would not have taken the baseball president’s job if he had not gotten an affirmative answer to this question: If I decide we don’t need him, can I fire Fleita?
Nothing makes my Friday better than someone publicly calling out Crane. It’s gonna be a good day.
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The Cubs and Reds go at it again tonight in Cincy. First pitch is at 6:05 pm CT.