During his live chat this week on ESPNChicago.com, Bruce Levine confirmed what I’ve been saying for a long time.
-Many in the organization, including Samardzija, feel his progress has been hurt from going from the pen to the rotation.
I dedicated an entire post in August to this very topic. My point being the Cubs were jeopardizing Samardzija’s confidence at the Major League level by bouncing him between Triple-A and Chicago as a reliever.
Disrupting confidence is a career-threatening move for any young pitcher, and Samardzija is no exception.
You can read my post from August here.
Just heard baseball reporter Bruce Levine say on ESPN 1000 that Jim Hendry is working hard on laying the foundation for a Bradley trade.
With the GM meeting having wrapped up at Noon Wednesday and no word of a Bradley deal (at least not yet, anyway) it seems most likely a Milton deal gets done in about three weeks at the Baseball Winter Meetings.
As expected, Levine went on to say that Hendry’s first priority in such a deal is money first (the Cubs still owe Milton $21 milion) and the caliber of player in return second.
Lastly, they’re whispers the Cubs are interested in adding Marlon Byrd to play centerfield with Fukudome moving back to right field. Byrd is coming off the best year of his career at the plate and is an above average outfielder as well.
The common link throughout many of the reports is Bryd’s interest in continuing to work with Rudy Jaramillo, his former hitting instructor with the Rangers.
Let’s see if anything further develops this afternoon. More to come Thursday.