This morning I lolled around in bed for a while, basking in the afterglow of the big Matt Garza trade (four out of five analysts agree: huge win for the Cubs!), Ryan Braun’s much-deserved suspension, and Junior Lake’s big day at the plate last night. And then I saw this:
The Yankees and Cubs are nearing a deal that would send Alfonso Soriano to the New York,according to George A. King III of the New York Post. Soriano is owed roughly $24.9MM over the remainder of his contract (roughly $6.9MM in 2013 and $18MM in 2014), and King reports that the Cubs would pick up the majority of the remaining tab in exchange for a mid-level prospect.
So it looks like Cubs fans super-cool, lots of fun, very good day may not be over yet. We’ll keep you updated.
If you gave up watching the Cubs back in . . oh, say, April, you’re missing out on the Junior Lake Show:
PHOENIX – The Lake Show is only in its fourth day, but Junior Lake has basically sealed a spot on the Cubs’ roster.
Leading off for the first time, Lake hit his first major league home run, drove in three runs and collected four hits Monday in the Cubs 4-2 win over Arizona at Chase Field.
Has manager Dale Sveum seen enough to say Lake is here to stay.
“Right now I’d be pretty stupid to say no,” Sveum said.
Chris Rusin got the win while replacing Matt Garza, throwing five-plus innings and allowing two runs on two hits.
Lake became the first Cubs player since Andy Pafko in 1943 to have nine hits in his first four games, and the first Cub with four hits in his first four games since catcher Steve Lake on April 26, 1983 against San Diego. He’s hitting .529 so far, and two of his hits were bunts that he beat out, while the home run landed in center field nearly 430-feet away.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the best part of the Junior Lake Show: Every time Lake does something spectacular, he almost immediately follows it up with a boneheaded base-running play, or TOOTBLAN (Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop), as we like to call them. This has caused all of us to realize how funny TOOTBLANS can be when the player is a) not Ryan Theriot and b) otherwise valuable to your team.
Because I never, ever want to stop talking about the Ryan Braun suspension, a couple more tidbits that Phil Rogers reported on 670 The Score this morning:
1) Braun met with MLB last month, but refused to answer any questions when presented with garbage bags full of evidence against him;
2) Braun later asked for a second meeting with MLB, wherein he and his team started pushing for a deal to be made;
3) The penalty for a “non-analytic positive” (when a player is caught using, accepting delivery, ratted out, etc) is 5-500 games, so Braun really cut quite a good deal for himself;
4) The majority of players in MLB seem to have had enough of the steroid era. According to Rogers, “the players HATE the cheaters.”
And a few more snippets on the Matt Garza deal:
1) Jed Hoyer says Mike Olt will get the majority of the playing time at 3B in Iowa, relegating Josh Vitters to a backup role.
2) CJ Edwards is the true centerpiece to the deal, with more than one analyst referring to him as a potential Cy Young candidate. Phil Rogers compared him to a young Mark Buehrle, only “with better stuff than Buehrle has.”
We continue to be on Hug Watch here at LOHO, with Kevin Gregg and Nate Schierholtz occupying prominent places on our radar.
The Cubs and D’Backs are back at it tonight at Chase Field. Travis Wood steps up for the Cubs. First pitch is at 8:40 pm CT.