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CHICAGO–Cubs right handed fireballer Ryu was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Tuesday for two minor leaguers, outfielder Andrew Lopez and right-hander Gregor Reinhard.
Ryu: Traded to the Devil Rays
Talks are still swirling around other Cubs prospects, including Chun-Li, Blanka, E. Honda, and Dhalsim.
SOUTH BEND, Ind.–Former Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija, who was drafted by the Cubs last year, has decided to forgo his football career for a career pitching with the Cubs.
Samardzija’s Tommy John surgery has been scheduled for late August.
CHICAGO–Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs may be interested in a veteran centerfield stopgap until 21-year-old prospect Felix Pie is ready to take over the position.
Rosenthal says that the Cubs are pursuing Darrin Erstad and Steve Finley, and even suggests that Bernie Williams might be a good mentor for Pie. The combined age of those three during the 2007 season is 113, just two years shy of Emiliano Mercado del Toro.
Cubs G.M. Jim Hendry has already offered Del Toro a one-year, $1M deal.
CHICAGO–The Cubs invited 11 players to participate in Spring Training, including Pitchers Sean Gallagher, Ryan O’Malley, Carmen Pignatiello, Adam Harben and Randy Wells, catcher Jake Fox, second baseman Eric Patterson, No. 1 draft pick Tyler Colvin, and infielders Mike Kinkade and Casey McGehee, and outfielder Chris Walker.
The invitation was sent via the popular electronic invitation program, Evite, and Fire Lou Piniella! was lucky enough to get an exclusive look at the Evite.
Samardzija Faces Difficult Choice: Get Beat Up in NFL or Pitch for Cubs; Death Not Confirmed as Viable OptionPublished January 8, 2007 The Minor Leagues: Getting 'em used to failure , The Sucky Cubs Roster 2 Comments
SOUTH BEND, Ind.–Notre Dame wide receiver Jeff Samardzija was drafted by the Cubs in the fifth round of the 2006 First-Year Player draft. Now, Samardzija must choose between either a lifetime of constant beatings, injuries, and collisions taking their toll on his body or a lifetime of playing wide receiver in the NFL.
Samardzija has not yet leaned one way or another as to his career path. “I’m sort of between a rock and a hard place, aren’t I?” Samardzija said, his voice becoming nearly inaudible as tears welled in the corners of his eyes. “On the one hand, I could go the NFL route and have a bunch of defensive backs trying to rip my head off every time I go over the middle and try to catch a ball. On the other hand, I might some day be in the situation where Jacque Jones is playing center field behind me, or where Cesar Izturis is up with the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second with two outs in the bottom of the ninth,” Samardzija continued. “I guess there is no real way out,” Samardzija said, thumbing through a well-read copy of Seppuku and You. “Hey, do you have a coin I can flip?”
With that, Fire Lou Piniella! ended the interview, which Samardzija had insisted be conducted inside of his parked car as it idled inside his closed garage.