It's a slow week for Cubs news, as the end of the World Series has to happen before the manager search is completed (since one of the potential interviewees is still busy coaching one of the WS teams) and free agency begins. There are, though, a few things to peruse as you get ready for Halloween night, including trade possibilities.
From Comcast SportsNet
- Patrick Mooney says Eric Wedge made his "pitch" to Cubs management in an interview in Chicago. (Get it? "Wedge"? "Pitch"? Thanks, and don't forget to tip your server.)
- Tony Andracki on Baseball America's ranking of the Cubs farm system and the Cubs having some possible overall Top-10 prospects.
From Cubs Den
- If the Cubs do wind up trading Jeff Samardzija, what could they get in return?
- A summary of what Cubs prospects are doing in winter leagues other than the AFL.
- Jonathan Mayo compares third-base prospects Kris Bryant and Miguel Sano.
- The list of Super-Two arbitration-eligible players includes the Cubs' Pedro Strop.
- Eric Wedge has now interviewed for the Cubs job. Torey Lovullo is next. Jesse Rogers' article says "a strong Latin American presence" is needed on the staff. Those could be coaches, but why not the manager?
From the Chicago Tribune
- Former Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano still wants to come back to MLB. (No, I don't want him as a Cub. I'm guessing you don't, either.)
- White Sox skipper Robin Ventura says Torey Lovullo would make a fine manager. (The two were teammates on a semi-pro team in the 1980s.)
From the Sporting News
- If all the managerial openings have you confused as to who's being considered for each job, here's a handy guide.
From the New Yorker magazine
- Former Cub Adrian Cardenas writes eloquently on why he retired from baseball.
Today's food for thought
- Happy Halloween! Today isn't just about witches, ghosts and goblins. It's actually an astronomical holiday.
- I didn't pass this awareness test. Bet you won't, either.