Open Thread: Cubs vs. Rangers, Monday 3/24, 3:05 CT

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- One week from today, many of us will be shivering at Wrigley Field, or, if you believe this advance forecast, getting soaked -- and there are still a number of unanswered questions about the Cubs going into the final week of spring training.

One of the questions that has been answered is "Who's the closer?" Today, Lou Piniella is expected to name Kerry Wood to that spot. That Bruce Miles article also says:

The Cubs have interest in outfielder Reed Johnson, who was given his unconditional release by the Toronto Blue Jays. They seem to like Johnson better than Jeff DaVanon, who was let go by the Padres.

I said yesterday I didn't think the Cubs would add anyone to the roster before next Monday. If I'm wrong, I'll say so. We'll see.

Meanwhile, is the rotation set? Maybe, or maybe not, says Gordon Wittenmyer:

After Jason Marquis looked strong again -- retiring 12 of 13 (including 11 straight) following a first-inning homer -- Piniella seemed to imply that Marquis could make the rotation and bump one of the two others.

Again, we await developments.

BCB got a mention in yesterday's Sunday Drive column in the Sun-Times, which was primarily about blogging and how people are getting information from many different sources these days. Most of the article was about Will Leitch's Deadspin.

The sale of the Cubs now may not happen till the season is over, and one of the reasons is:

some prospective Cubs buyers are frustrated the ballclub would come without the ballpark.

Ryan Dempster will start this afternoon. He will face the Rangers' Kason Gabbard, and Texas will also send C.J. Wilson and Joaquin Benoit to the mound. As usual, the Cubs website shows only the starting pitcher. I'm wondering what's become of Carlos Marmol, who hasn't pitched since last Wednesday.

Today's game is on CSN Chicago. It's also on MLB.com audio and MLB.TV through the MLB.com Mediacenter.

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Discuss amongst yourselves.
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