Carrie Muskat’s Inbox is posted on and she addresses the Cubs needs this off-season:

Top priorities after the Cubs name their new manager will be adding a left-handed bat, most likely at first, and possibly another starting pitcher (Source)

Unfortunately, she all but rules out Cliff Lee due to contract demands so if you had your hopes up that the Cubs would sign him, especially after what we’ve seen from him in the post season, you probably just got kicked in the baseballs.

The Top Corner OF Prospects (Source) was posted by Project Prospect the other day and for once, we’ve got a guy on the list. Never mind the fact Brett Jackson comes in as an honorable mention, the fact is that he’s gotten recognized for his play since being drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 draft. Since that time, he’s hit, hit and hit some more. I’m excited about this kid and you should be too. We’ll talk a lot more about him in the coming months as we delve into the minor league system a little deeper.

Paul Konerko is probably not leaving the White Sox, or at least that’s what was tweeted Sean McAdam of Comcast Sports Net Northeast in response to someone on Twitter that was asking about him. We talked the other day about the off-season outlook for first base this season and Konerko was one of the names mentioned. I hadn’t anticipated the Sox letting Konerko go, but I felt like I had to mention him on that list. I’m curious to see what they will offer him to re-sign.

Bye Bye Bobby – In case you missed it the other day, the Cubs released Bobby Scales and removed both him and Blake Parker from the 40 man roster. Parker has been sent to waivers ans Scales has been granted his release, making him a free agent. (Source)

Ted Lilly Contract Details – The details came out on the Ted Lilly contract with the Dodgers that I mentioned the other day. He received a 3 yr, $33 mil deal. That’s probably more than the Cubs would have given, and less than he probably gotten on the open market should he have tested free agency. (Source)

2010 Draft Report Card Note – Jim Callis of Baseball America answered a question in his most recent chat on Baseball America about the Cubs most recent draft:

Q: I know you just released the Draft Report Cards, but I would grade the Cubs 2010 Draft as a C. No stand out performances so far…Hayden Simpson has not pitched so the jury is still out on whether Tim Wilken was correct on selecting him that high. Tough to be a Cubs fan these days as usual.

A: The jury is still out on Simpson, and I wouldn’t have taken him as high as the Cubs did. That said, I did like a lot of their later picks. Outfielder Matt Szczur (fifth round) and righthander Ben Wells (seventh) could be flat-out steals. I also thought they really cleans up in round 10-16 with guys like righties Aaron Kurcz, Austin Reed and Ryan Hartman, lefty Eric Jokisch and second baseman Pierre LePage. Don’t be surprised if this draft turns out to be a B in the long run. – (Source)

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