The Crack Technical Staff wrote up a docket of topics this week, so there’s some actual content in between the ramblings in this episode. Topics include:
Reds not the most newsworthy team for a minute.
Cardinals sign Cesar Izturis (1 yr, $2.85 M).
Pirates involved in trade rumors.
- Jason Bay. Indians: Pittsburgh would get catcher Kelly Shoppach and left-hander Cliff Lee for the two-time All-Star.
- Xavier Nady, Matt Morris, and Jack Wilson are also on the trading block. At one point last week, Morris and Wilson were both attached to the Cardinals.
- Rumored to be close to signing reliever David Riske to a multi-year deal.
- Rumor of sending starter Greg Capuano to the Cardinals for Scott Rolen.
- Andruw Jones might be interested in signing.
Cubs mostly happy that they lost the Kaz Matsui sweepstakes, but are interested in Kosuke Fukudome, or at least the bloggers are.
- Al at Bleed Cubbie Blue translated a letter into Japanese.
- Rob at The Goat Riders of the Apocalypse described Fukudome as the “best chance of ending the 99 years of misery.”