Did we talk about this already? Yes? Oh well, I’ve got nothing else today:
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Next time baseball’s general managers meet face-to-face will be the first week of December at the winter meetings in Nashville.
By then, the Cubs and White Sox hope to have different-looking rosters in the wake of three days of meetings and talks at the GM meetings here.
“I don’t think there’s going to be a void of news between now and Nashville,” the Cubs’ Jed Hoyer said before departing the warm desert setting. “I think we’ll have some deals. (December’s) a long way off. It always seems things bust around Thanksgiving. I’m sure we’ll get some stuff done during the course of November.”
For Hoyer and the Cubs, that most likely would mean adding an outfielder and starting pitching. It might not mean filling the large void at third base, which could take longer.
And then there’s this:
The Cubs are looking for an outfielder. What’s wrong with giving Tony Campana a chance to play full time? He’s fast, covers center field very good and could be a heck of a leadoff hitter. He can get on base, steal bases and that gives the team a chance to manufacture runs. Why are Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer so afraid to give these young players a chance?
– Jeff R., Waterloo, Iowa
In order for Campana to utilize his speed, he has to get on base, and he hasn’t shown that he can do that consistently. He’s going to work on it this winter and was to begin play this week in Venezuela for Caracas. As for your comment on Epstein, president of baseball operations, and general manager Hoyer not giving young players a chance, you might want to double-check the Cubs’ 2012 roster. The Cubs used 20 rookies, the most since 1974, and 11 players made their big league debuts.