So little to talk about....
- The Denver Post gives more credence
to the Kaz Matsui rumors, saying the Cubs might go three years on a contract and covet Kaz's speed and (pardon my insensitivity here) Japanese-ness. As reader "The Joe" pointed out, signing Kaz might help sway other Japanese players to sign with the Cubs, most notably Fukudome. The same blurb suggest the Rockies might look at Michael Barrett for catching duties if Torrealba walks.
- The Cubs sale inches along ever so slowly
and nothing is expected to be finalized until sometime in 2008. Besides the FCC issues, Trib and Zell haven't decided whether Wrigley will be part of the deal or not. The article does say only five groups have even been approved by MLB to view Trib's books and they are: John Canning, Mark Cuban, the Ricketts Family of Ohio, and two groups I hadn't even heard of: a partnership of attorney Thomas Mandler and businessman Jim Anixter and a group headed by MVC Capital Chairman Michael Tokarz.
- Yahoo Japan is supposedly reporting
that lefty reliever Hitoki Iwase has received both a one year and multi-years offers from his current Japanese team, the Chunichi Dragos. Iwase was on the the three Japanese ballplayer that the Cubs apparently covet but like Fukudome has yet to apply for free agency in the States. That article could actually be telling us that Godzilla is planning to attack New York in the next week for all I know, but that's what mlbtraderumors.com got out of the translation
And sadly, that's all the news that's fit to print...