Minor League Short Hops

  • In this CBS Sportsline Article, Jeff ND says that he doesn't regret his decision to pick baseball over football. What else would he say? There are a few good nuggets in the article. It's unknown whether he will ultimately be a starter or groomed to be a closer. I would like to think that the comment that he won't be in the Big's for another two years is true, because that means the Cubs can let him develop and his arbitration clock doesn't start ticking.
  • Juan Mateo is no longer a Cub. Mateo started the year in AAA, got demoted to AA, and after clearing waivers to remove him from the 40 man roster, he was headed to High A ball (where he would've been a Daytona Cub), but refused assignment and was granted free agency. Not a huge loss for the Cubs, as Mateo has a 11.84 ERA in Iowa and a 24.00 ERA in Tennessee. Mateo had started 10 games for the Cubs in that dreadful 2006 season, when I think Arthur may even got a start or two. He spent most of '07 on the DL after having shoulder surgery. All in all, this seems to be a guy who isn't going to recover from surgery any time soon (if at all) and clears a roster spot if the Cubs need it.

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