I just returned from the lunch that was part of the Cubs Caravan, held at Harry Carey's. It was fabulous! There were about 140 people, plus the player, staff and coaches. Each table of 8-9 people had someone from the Cubs that attended:
There was more interaction with the players, because there was substanially less people than at the convention. My daughters and I were able to get some autographs and photos.
Jim Hendry took questions and seems very honest and funny. Of course, he said he could not get specific on players. Some answers:
He confirmed the Jon Lieber signing and was excited to bring him back to the Cubs.
Matt Murton does not fit into the Cubs plans (please no flames, I am only reporting). They feel that he is a much better Left fielder than Right and when Soriano was moved, there was no plan for Matt. Hendy wants to do what is right for the Cubs first, but Matt second. He is trying to find him an everyday job with another club.
The Cubs were not in the Santana talks because 150 million is too much money, when the club is being sold. Hendry said he has gone over the budget before, but not 150 million.
They are still looking at Roberts (it seems) and when someone asked about combining Roberts and Berdard, Henry joked, "We hadn't thought of that, I will get on it this afternoon." (He was at ease and somewhat funny.)
The best part was that as we were leaving Harry Carey's, Ryne Sandburg was walking in and I got his autograph, and it is mine not my daugthers.
If you have other questions, I will try to answer.