This week I have a whole bunch of stuff for you. I’m not really sure what order it should be in, so we’ll just say it’s in a “special” order.

  • Minor League Free Agent Leader boards – I meant to post this one a week or so ago, but Baseball Reference has a cool little feature that lists minor league free agents and lets you sort them by last year’s stats. Most of the time these guys aren’t anything special, but sometimes it’s fun to look over and sort them by your stat of choice to see if anyone strikes your fancy. Take a look and let me know if there is anyone that peaks your interest.
  • 2011 Top Prospect List – John Sickels of Minorleagueball.com has posted his preliminary list of the Cubs 20 best prospects in the system. I’m surprised which of the catchers he ranked higher. I’ve been meaning to take some time to go through and come up with my list, but it probably won’t be until closer to spring training.
  • Andrew Cashner may start in 2011 – Carrie Muskat answered a question in a recent issue of her mailbag on the topic of the possibility of Cash getting a spot in the rotation this year. I go back and forth on my feelings for this. I’ve been torn since we drafted him and still haven’t fully decided where I want to see the Cubs go with this kid. He’s got incredible stuff, so to not try to capitalize on that by using him as a starter seems wrong. At the same time, I just don’t know if I believe in his ability to consistently pitch deep in the game, which is what you want to see from your top of the rotation guys. I think for now, let him compete for a spot. You can always move him to the pen.
  • Non-Roster Spring Training Invitations – So far the Cubs have invited Bryan LaHair, Brad Snyder, Angel Guzman, Scott Rice, Scott Moore, Bobby Scales and Jim Adduci to compete for a roster spot out of spring training. I could actually see LaHair, Guzman (assuming he’s healthy), or Rice making the team.
  • So Long…Farewell – The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed Xavier Nady and Henry Blanco. I hadn’t even realized that Blanco was still playing. Good luck to him. I’m interested in the Cubs bringing him back to be a member of the coaching staff or a manager in the organization when he retires.
  • We Got WOOD – Not much to say. He’s my favorite player and I’m thrilled to have him back. A one year deal seems to be Jim Hendry’s theme this year. That tells me that this regime is fine with trying to compete, but they’re really buying time till these bad deals come off the books.
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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail