WBBM favorite to land Cubs radio broadcasts, WGN radio's slow march to doom continues
WGN exercised an out clause in their deal last year in an attempt to renegotiate, since they're supposedly losing a ton of money on Cubs broadcasts. According to the Trib's Ed Sherman, WBBM is now viewed as the front-runner. It feels odd seeing the Tribune reporting on this, since it makes themselves look kind of bad. It also seems rather shortsighted, since the Cubs won't be this bad forever, they just opened their own sports radio station, and it's not like WGN is pulling in a ton of listeners these days for its talk radio.programs. I don't know all the details, but I also expect this won't make a big difference as far as the "Cubs Radio Network" is concerned, though my alternate-timeline self that lives in Madison would be bummed out if he can't pick up games on WGN's insanely strong signal anymore.
- 2B Bonifacio
- CF Lake
- RF Wells
- DH Olt
- SS Baez
- LF Kalish
- 1B Valaika
- 3B Villanueva
- P McDonald
Baez is expected to see some time at 2b and 3b in games in the near future. Olt's shoulder is feeling better but he's still DHing. I'd really like to see him over there soon, and win the 3b job. Castro's hamstring is still healing, and he probably won't be back next week.
There hasn't been much position battle stuff in Cubs news this spring, probably because it just means rearranging deckchairs. I still have a gut feeling Bonifacio makes the roster, and am starting to wonder if he'll get the starting job over Barney.
Pierce Johnson updates
After AZ Phil's report yesterday about Pierce Johnson being shut down, Gordo asked Jason McLeod what's up and Johnson has a hamstring injury (not the arm, yay). He might be a little late starting the minor league season, but it doesn't seem that serious. As a bonus, in answering the question McLeod also said that Johnson is going to start the year in Tennessee, so yay.
Ervin Santana to Atlanta
It looks like Kris Medlen is headed for TJS and Brandon Beachy may be hurt too, so the Barves locked up Santana to a 1/14 deal, sending their first round pick to the Royals in the process. That probably closes off the possibility for a Shark deal to Atlanta for now. The Jays were also pushing hard for Santana, but apparently he didn't want to pitch in the AL, which seems like a savvy move for a guy who has resigned himself to taking a 1-year deal to build some value. Maybe the Jays trade talk for Shark will heat up again.
Mark Prior giving 110% at his front office job
Lots of praise for Mark Prior from his new coworkers/bosses. He doesn't know how to do anything less, whatever people led on by the media's terrible handling of him may think.
Not much else is going on, so here is a pic from earlier in ST of the Brewers stray dog quasi-mascot running the sausage race.