New Cubs Bench Coach, New Rumors
A couple of quick hits for everyone...
- The Cubs have indeed hired former Cub and rumored backstabber Dave Martinez as their bench coach (not Davey Lopes if you're following Bruce Levine on twitter). That'll move Brandon Hyde to first base coach and newly hired Doug Dascenzo to outfield/baserunning coordinator.
- The Cubs signed INF Jonathan Herrera to a minor league deal...he last played for the Red Sox.
- Speaking of Lester, the rumors are aplenty, with talk of Dodgers, Yankees and even the Angels possibly trying to swoop in with some substantial offers. Alll of it makes sense to be honest, as Lester is good, relatively young for a free agent, won't cost a draft pick and every team wants pitching. Hopefully we'll have our answer before the Winter Meetings next week. I do think the Cubs take runs at Shields or Scherzer if they miss out, but they won't stretch beyond the measures of insanity for either of them.
- Some twitter rumor that Cubs offered Chase Headley a 4/65M deal...probably doesn't make sense unless they're convinced Kris Bryant can't play 3B or convinced Chase Headley will move to left field without much friction.