How many days are there until Opening Day? However many it is, it's too many, but I guess I can't just flip the calendar to next April and actually have it be true. That'd be a neat trick, though.
As the days crawl along, here's the latest from around the web:
From Comcast SportsNet:
- Patrick Mooney writes that it would take a huge leap of faith for Jon Lester to sign with the Cubs.
- [VIDEO] But Ryan Dempster is doing everything that he can to bring Lester to Chicago.
- With or without Lester, the Cubs are going to pay for leadership qualities, and once again Jonny Gomes enters the conversation.
- More from the goodwill department: Tsuyoshi Wada worked with a group of 200 youth baseball players in Okinawa during the last off-day of the Japan All-Star Series.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Just about everybody had a story about Jon Lester's meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, and the only reason I included this one is because of Jesse Rogers' statement that the St. Louis Cardinals have interest in him because they are in a win-now mode. I'm assuming that their deal with the devil ends in 2015 or something?
From CBS Chicago:
- [AUDIO] Spiegel and Mannelly put together a sales pitch in an attempt to lure free agents to the Cubs.
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- The reported initial offer from the Boston Red Sox for Jon Lester is six years and somewhere between $110 million and $120 million.
- Paul Sullivan says that the Cubs can afford to overpay a player, but that doesn't mean that they should.
- And Mark Gonzales says that even with the pursuit of impact starting pitching, the Cubs are also trying to plug the holes in the offense.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Bill Chuck from Gammons Daily lists nine interesting statistical tidbits about Jon Lester.
From Cubs Den:
- John Arguello writes that while the Jon Lester saga plays out, the Cubs should go get Jonny Gomes.
- And in news completely unrelated to either Lester or Gomes (yes, there is some of that), Thursday marks the deadline to secure players from the Rule 5 draft, and the Cubs have two spots left on the 40-man roster. Obviously C.J. Edwards gets one, but who gets the other one?
From Cubbies Crib:
- Nicholas Blazek says that even if the Cubs don't make a big signing this winter, the offseason shouldn't necessarily be viewed as a failure.
- He also chimes in on Russell Martin, saying that losing out to the Blue Jays for his services isn't a bad thing for the Cubs.
From Chicago Cubs 101:
- Tim Duxbury agrees that passing on Martin was the right call and gives a list of comparable catchers and their WAR before and after their age-32 seasons.
From Cubs Insider:
- Tom Loxas talked with Dan Shulman from ESPN Sunday Night Baseball about the buzz surrounding the Cubs.
- Nate Schmidt looks at the Plate Discipline numbers from 2014, this time from the pitchers' side.
- It has often been said that Javier Baez struggles after each promotion. Ryan Davis looks at the numbers in more detail to see how true that statement is.
- [VIDEO] Mark DeRosa played "Wheel of DeRo", trying to see how many teammates he could name from his two years with the Cubs in 2007 and 2008.
Today's food for thought:
- Archaeologists in Northern Greece have uncovered a new part of a spectacular mosaic from a Roman bath dating back to the second century AD.
- Two new subatomic particles have been discovered at the Large Hadron Collider. Sheldon Cooper would be quite envious.