Good offseason signs
From AP posted on ESPN.COM 11/9:
FUKUOKA, Japan — Moises Alou drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the first inning to lead his major league teammates to a 7-2 win Tuesday over the Japanese All-Stars in Game 4 of an eight-game exhibition series.
The major league stars improved to 4-0, and have now won eight straight games against their Japanese counterparts dating back to the 2002 series.
Alou led the Chicago Cubs this season with a career-high 39 homers and 106 RBI, but the team declined an $11.5 million mutual option on the 38-year-old outfielder and will pay him a $2.5 million buyout.
Alou said he’s still got a couple of productive seasons left.
“I still love to play. I feel like I can play every day and hit over 30 homers and 100 RBI, so I’d like to sign a two or three-year deal with someone,” said Alou, whose father, Felipe, is manager of the San Francisco Giants. “I wanted to return to Chicago, but there’s a bunch of other places I’d like to go. I want to finish my career on a high.”
The good sign: Not even Moises thinks he’ll be a Cub next year.
From SignOnSanDiego.com 11/14:
Sammy Sosa has petitioned the Major League Baseball Players Association to void the guaranteed 2006 season in his contract with the Chicago Cubs if he is traded, according to reports in the Chicago Tribune and New York Daily News.
The good sign: Sammy’s doing his part.
From the Shreveport Times 11/6:
Todd Walker was quoted as saying…
“We had a great time (in Chicago),” Walker said. “We just had one bad week and it happened to cost us a chance to get in the playoffs.
“(Not retaining Grudzielanek) was a positive for me, but it really doesn’t matter if we can’t get our deal done. There is interest on both sides.”
The good sign: Walker is at least still considering the Cubs and Grud’s non-renewal means Walker’s taking it seriously.