Apparently the Cubs have offered Ted Lilly $40 million. Ho Hum.

The big nugget I noticed in the Paul Rogers article was the last few paragraphs relating to our last remaining Patterson. Corey’s little brother Eric is reportedly learning to play CF.

Patterson, who turns 24 in April, was an All-Star at Double-A West Tenn last season before being promoted to Triple-A Iowa, where he hit .358 in 17 games. The Cubs are asking Patterson to learn to play center because Mark DeRosa signed a three-year deal to play second.

“Eric is starting to get on a path of doing things he needs to do,” said Oneiri Fleita, the Cubs director of player development. “He has learned how to bunt, he’s running a lot more. He’s a very good base-runner. And we’ve asked him to explore the opportunity to go take balls off the bat so it isn’t foreign to him if he’s asked to go out and play center field.

“Right now he’s a second baseman, but he’s a left-handed hitter who can do a lot of little things. We’re going to try to make sure that if he’s ready, if there is a spot that’s maybe blocking him, he can go play another spot.”

~ Chicago Tribune

I’ve seen Eric Patterson play 2B. He’s not terrible, but he’s not a gold glove winner either. Maybe CF might play to his speed. One thing I know is that he likes hitting in the leadoff spot, unlike Corey Patterson. What are your thoughts?

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