Many are speculating that Greg Maddux’s excellent performance today against the Cardinals was his last as a Cub. He got the win and departed to a standard ovation, tipping his cap to the Chicago faithful.
In other Cubs rumors, Will Carroll mentions today in his latest Will’s Mill update that "the Cubs have received some indications that Aramis Ramirez is going to opt out of his contract at the end of the season, putting them in the same situation that the Brewers were in before moving Carlos Lee."
Though many Cubs fans may not want to admit it, there’s a very solid chance Ramirez tests the market. Does he love Chicago so much as to forego extra years and millions of security? Doubtful. Since when have the Cubs ever gotten a hometown discount, anyway? Sammy Sosa and Kerry Wood seemed to get a hometown surcharge in their massive deals. I suppose there was Andre Dawson, but that’s about it. This is Jim Hendry’s best shot to secure two young position players (and one had better be an outfielder).
Another tasty nugget from Carroll on the Reds:
"They have one offer out on a player that would really signal a new era in Cincy, though it’s unlikely to happen."
My own speculation? The offer is for Miguel Tejada. We know that they’ve kicked the tires. By the way, are you getting sick of the phrase "kicked the tires" yet?