ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 23: Alfonso Soriano #12 of the Chicago Cubs hits a three-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on September 23, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
The North side is getting twitchy, and you can see it when writers start speculating on any remotely plausible middle infielder and floating them out there as a potential candidate, but still, it's the season and it's fun (as long as you understand we're drawing a line between rumors, speculation, and projection). Look for some action on Soriano's contract, and don't be surprised if the Cubs move on the dwindling starter market:
Headley, Hannahan, Murphy, Andino Might Interest Cubs - chicagotribune.com
"In the spirit of David DeJesus, some other players who should interest the Cubs: Padres third baseman Chase Headley, Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan, Mets first baseman-third baseman Daniel Murphy and Orioles infielder Robert Andino."
Expect Cubs to be very active as they head to winter meetings - Chicago Sun-Times
"Look for the Cubs to pick up more than half of Soriano’s remaining $54 million commitment (three years) if they can find a taker for the likable, glove-challenged outfielder who still has some pop to offer."
Cubs Still in on Buehrle - @JimBowdenESPNxm
The Nationals, Marlins, Cubs continue pursuit of Buehrle...but 2 new teams have jumped in this week bringing total to 14 teams now....
- Cubs coaching staff - Carrie Muskat
"The Cubs will formally announce manager Dale Sveum’s coaching staff next week."
- Chicago Cubs: Chris Bosio will be Chicago Cubs pitching coach - Chicago Tribune
"Chris Bosio has accepted Dale Sveum's offer to become the Cubs' next pitching coach, replacing Mark Riggins."
- Epstein Dishes On Quick Fixes, Signing Pujols/Fielder - chicagotribune.com
"Any rumors you hear or any potential player move, it's probably worth your while to access it through that lens," Epstein said. "I'm not saying we're not going to make a move that might be unanticipated … but generally that's our philosophy."