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Cubs Rumors: Soriano, Sandberg, Valentine, Roster Projections

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Oh, you thought the collective baseball-gasm we've had with Theo Epstein's arrival in Chi-town was over? Think again! Here's the latest Cubs news, notes, speculation, and rumors:

Cubs' Epstein on Soriano: 'There's more in there' - chicagotribune.com
"New Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says he has been given the authority to eat bad contracts, and that would seem to put outfielder Alfonso Soriano's status in jeopardy."

Theo Epstein dodges Ryne Sandberg questions, as speculation grows - Chicago Sun-Times
"Ryne Sandberg continues to be the person new Cubs president Theo Epstein is asked about the most, even as he tries to avoid the subject of the former Hall of Famer returning to the organization."

2012 Roster Projection: Chicago Cubs - MLB Daily Dish
Don't miss this initial roster projection for the Cubbies Satchel Price did for us today.

Your Morning Phil: Rainout, Valentine, Buehrle - chicagotribune.com
"Here’s a question about the Cubs’ managerial situation. What does Theo Epstein think about Bobby Valentine? Would he have the nerve to bring him in? The ESPN analyst is one of the 10 best managers alive but isn’t known to have had a serious job opportunity in the game since Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria pulled the rug out from under him when he was on the verge of being hired in June, 2010."