I can't imagine that I'll keep up the pace from yesterday, but I'll do what I can.
Rosenthal says that Lilly has agreed
on a 4/40 deal with the Cubs. Welcome to the Northside!
Some of our readers that have been listening to local ESPN radio 1000 and Bruce Levine are saying that Jim Hendry has been admitted to the hospital with flu-like symptoms. Bummer.
- Maybe the Cubs are hedging their bets here, but that same St. Louis Dispatch writer, Bernie Miklasz
is saying things don't look good for the Cardinals on the Jeff Suppan front and that the Cubs and Astros have made 3/30 offers for him. Cards are only offering 3/20 at the moment for Suppan. If true, Astros have a distinct advantage as Texas has no state income tax making it a better overall deal for Suppan.
It also seems the only thing holding up the Dodger deal with Schmidt is the physical (various sources).
- Newsday is saying the Cubs have upped their offer to 4/44 on Lilly
and Cashman is deciding if he'll offer the 4/40 that Lilly said he'd be willing to take to pitch for the Yankees.
My apologies to reader "Andrew", for he did post new info in the comments on a link I had previously posted.
It seems 30 minutes after thinking they were out of the Meche running, the Blue Jays now believe he may take their 4/40 offer.
- Is Gil Meche a Cub? A Blue Jays official
has told a Seattle paper that it's his understanding that Meche will sign with the Cubs. I'm not a fan......
- Rotoworld and Will Carroll have both picked up
on the Schmidt deal not being done quite yet and Schmidt has apparently stopped talking about it.
- SI.com is reporting
that Lilly has told the Yankees that he'll sign with them if they offer 4/40.
- ESPN is saying that Andy Petitte
has decided to pitch next year and if my update at 4:05 pm from Stark is true about the Yanks waiting for Petitte, they'd back out on the Lilly sweepstakes.
- Here's a twist for you, although it looks like a message board, the post is from one of the writers from the St. Louis Dispatch and he says the Schmidt deal isn't done yet
and they want to still talk to the Cardinals. Ned Colletti may very well take out all the agents in a mass murder-Godfather style hit if Schmidt backs out.
In a later post, (around page 5), Bernie (the writer) says he still believes Schmidt is going to the Dodgers and doesn't trust what his agents are telling the Cardinals.
- Another ESPN update from Stark
tells us that the Yanks aren't even sure they'll make an offer on Ted Lilly, preferring Andy Petitte. Unfortunately for them, Petitte probably won't be making any final decisons for a couple of weeks.
- He also puts the Blue Jays as the front-runners for Gil Meche.