Just a few things today:
- Gordon Wittenmyer: The Fukudome pursuit continues, even with Kaz Matsui signing elsewhere.
- And don't worry, Fukudome is definitely coming to the US, says Jerry Crasnick.
- Paul Sullivan: Kerry Wood will get his shot to close, but needs to show he can "handle the workload" first.
- Bruce Miles: says the catching job is Geovany Soto's, and center field is Felix Pie's.
- Season-ticket prices are going up an average of 16 percent. Get ready for the single-game $50 bleacher ticket. That link also says the Cubs are "are considering more advertising in the ballpark."
- Troy Percival signs a two-year, $8M deal with Tampa.
- Cesar Izturis signs with the Cardinals. Prediction: by July 31 they'll desperately be trying to dump him.
- No Santanas were harmed in the making of this post.