The latest indigestibles in digest form:
- Carrie Muskat: Kris Bryant's case for BBWAA Rookie of the Year. Open and read, then shut.
- Also by Carrie Muskat: Joe Maddon's case for Manager of the Year. Respect 70. Joe has an outside shot.
- And, by Carrie Muskat: Anthony Rizzo holds a cancer charity event, raises 200K for pediatric cancer. Not the first time, nor the last.
- Plus: Ian Happ is raising money for cancer research in memory of his dad. Character, that's one of the things the Cubs like to draft for.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Mark Simon reports: Kris Bryant is the likely rookie of the year. Here's a look at the top candidates: Top Stats to Know.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Rob Ogden reports that the Cubs are open to trading Jorge Soler or Javier Baez for pitching. He bases his surmise on a report by Ken Rosenthal which specifically mentions the two players. Starlin Castro is also mentioned in this context.
- Dave Martinez is out of the hunt for the Dodgers job, reports Kyle Thele by way of Jon Heyman. Tim Wallach is the likeliest candidate to win the bench-coach job there.
From the Daily Herald:
- Bruce Miles reports that two Cubs may win major awards this week. Bryant has already won. Arrieta's road is less distinct. Joe Maddon is also up for Manager of the Year.
From Cubs Den:
- North Side Irish brings us the Rumor Thread, in which trading prospects are discussed during a slow baseball news day.
From Bleacher Nation:
- Brett Taylor reports that the Cubs have recently had trade conversations with half the league in his Bullets. Good stuff about Jason Hammel and Pierce Johnson.
- Brett also says that Zack Greinke probably won't return to the Dodgers. Also, the Cubs' name keeps coming up. Hmm.
- Finally, Brett opines about Ken Rosenthal's column about Soler and Baez. Just because there's interest doesn't mean something is going to happen.
From Cubs Insider:
- Evan Altman previews Monday night's announcement of the Rookies of the Year. No surprises, but good to see some kind of confirmation.
- Joseph Nocci: The Cubs may part ways with young sluggers in exchange for pitching help. A few words about the topic of the day from Knuckleball News.
Food for thought: