I (jokingly) wonder if the $82 million that Russell Martin is getting from the Toronto Blue Jays is actually in Canadian dollars and nobody told him about it. Gotta watch those exchange rates, man.
Here's the latest from around the web:
- With Russell Martin now off of the table, Carrie Muskat says that it's time to turn the attention to Jon Lester. And it's time to switch the drinking game as well. (Well, she didn't say that part.)
- Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo give their predictions for the 2015 Rookies of the Year. Mayo's pick in the National League: Kris Bryant.
- Anthony Rizzo hosted his third annual 'Walk-Off for Cancer' 5K last Sunday in his hometown of Parkland, Florida.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Jesse Rogers also says that with Martin gone, it's time to turn elsewhere.
- David Schoenfield gives a half-full / half-empty observation on Jon Lester.
From Comcast SportsNet:
- Carlos Marmol has been released by the Cincinnati Reds. I have to wonder whether this is the end of the road for him in the major leagues.
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- Along with their trade for Jason Heyward, the St. Louis Cardinals also hired Bill Mueller as their assistant hitting coach.
- Real estate can be fickle: Todd Hollandsworth sold his five-bedroom, 7,012-square-foot home in Inverness at a $225,000 loss. He had started listing it eight years ago.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Rick Morrissey writes that the process of landing free agents will be hard, and it should be.
- Gordon Wittenmyer looks at C.J. Edwards and the potential impact he could have on the Cubs' search for pitching this offseason.
From Cubs Den:
- John Arguello says that the Cubs are going to need more than hope to sign Jon Lester.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- Jed Hoyer quells any rumors that the trade for Tommy La Stella is a precursor for another move.
- Are the Blue Jays also in the mix for Jon Lester?
- And will the Cubs explore trading for Miguel Montero?
From Chicago Cubs 101:
- This week's Bold Prediction from Tim Duxbury: The Cubs will trade Javier Baez before Opening Day. Whether or not this voids the 30 homers he's predicted to hit is unknown.
- Who's rebuilding the bleachers? The answer is Pepper Construction, who specializes in large-scale, expensive projects in the Chicago area.
- Here's another story about Andrew Berlin, the owner of the South Bend Cubs, who spent $1 million to renovate an abandoned synagogue just outside the left-field wall of Four Winds Field.
- Al participated in this podcast, mostly on the Wrigley renovations but also touching on several other Cubs-related topics.
Today's food for thought:
- What is a "cauliflower ear"?
- Pucker up: Over 80 million bacteria are transferred during a 10-second kiss.
- The International Space Station gives us this great nighttime image of the state of Florida.