Arizona Phil has been all over the Cubs signings, but I did want to mention that the big fish of the draft, first-round pick(19th overall) Andrew Cashner will sign this week with the Cubs. The contract details:
(Yeah, that headline really happened)
The Sun-Times is reporting that Jim Hendry has been working the phones the last month with Billy Beane and the A's to try and pry Rich Harden from them. Of course, the A's are just four games back in the wild card and six back in the AL West and have one of the better run differentials in the league. So being a seller isn't necessarily a foregone conclusion, and don't be surprised if this rumor lasts until July 31st.
Edmonds would have been traded to the White Sox this past December if he hadn't exercised his right to block such a deal.
The AZL Cubs defeated the AZL A's 3-2 at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning.
The game featured another fine outing by RHP Julio Pena, and the victory was probably saved by a nifty 6-4-3 DP to end the top of the 8th inning, started with a super stop by SS Junior Lake, then a quick flip with a fast turn by 2B George Matheus, and completed with a nice stretch by 1B Sean Hoorelbeke. Too bad AZL games aren't televised, because that one would have made the highlight reel!
Today's AZL Cubs offensive heroes were RF Nelson Perez (a double and an RBI single) and catcher Jose Guevara (a double and RBI single through a drawn-in infield).
Prior to the game, Rich Hill threw a simulated game that featured his new delivery, and it looks like he may actually have found the cure for his version of Steve Blass Disease.
|SP||Sean Gallagher||SP||Tim Lincecum|
|3-3, 4.36, 47 K, 20 BB, 53.2 IP||9-1, 2.38, 114 K, 43 BB, 109.2|
|LF||Reed Johnson||LF||*Fred Lewis|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||2B||#Ray Durham|
|1B||Derrek Lee||RF||#Randy Winn|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||C||Bengie Molina|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||CF||Aaron Rowand|
|C||Geovany Soto||1B||*John Bowker|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||3B||Jose Castillo|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||SS||#Omar Vizquel|
|P||Sean Gallagher||P||Tim Lincecum|
In roster moves, Reed Johnson was activated today with Eric Patterson getting sent down. Matt Murton thanks you Eric Patterson for your defensive ineptitude. Proud papa Aramis Ramirez is back in the lineup as well.