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Feb
19
2008

So Far....So Good

bigzatst.jpgSpring Training is off and running and things seem to be going pretty well for the Cubs. As you can see to the right, Big Z came into camp in very good shape, which was very important after signing that huge contract last season. A couple of other things of note:

- It sounds like Bobby Howry is in the driver's seat for the role of closer....all White Sox fans will now laugh. I don't mind it too much, but I think eventually Kerry Wood or Carlos Marmol will take over the role.

- The Cubs signed Alex Cintron the other day and that very well could lead to the....Brian Roberts trade. If Ronny Cedeno heads to Baltimore in the deal the Cubs will need a back-up infielder to take his spot and Cintron should fit in nicely.

- Speaking of Cedeno, it sounds like he's going to get some work in center field this Spring. I would love to see him make the club as the utility guy, so hopefully he can make it work. The Cubs are still trying to get that Matt Murton for Marlon Byrd deal to work so they can have a right handed hitter platoon with Felix Pie in center, but it looks unlikely that the player will be Byrd. Maybe Cedeno can get off to a hot start and earn his spot.....you know, the Cubs have two converted shortstops in their outfield already....

- Lou Piniella said that we shouldn't look for Kosuke Fukudome to play 162 games this season because he'll be giving him days off from time to time because Fukudome is used to the 144 game Japanese Baseball schedule.


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