Bricks & Ivy: Quick notes from the Winter Meetings

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Bricks & Ivy: Quick notes from the Winter Meetings

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
3:45 PM

By Luke Stuckmeyer
CSNChicago.com

Who's on First

Great question with no answer right now. It's clearly Jim Hendry's top priority this week. Lance Berkman is gone. D-Lee isn't coming back. James Loney is not happening. At least for now. That leaves three names: Carlos Pena, Adam LaRoche and Tyler Colvin. Tuesday morning the Cubs spoke to Scott Boras who represents Pena. The biggest problem might be fitting him into their price range with other teams interested. That leaves LaRoche as reportedly the newest possibility or Colvin. Manager Mike Quade believes Colvin CAN do it, if that's the direction Jim Hendry goes.
Prospect Poachers

The Cubs are hoping to stockpile and produce young talent in the future. It's already starting to show results just based on the amount of teams checking to see who's available. That's a good sign that things are looking up. Sources tell me that while the Starlin Castro and Andrew Cashner calls are expected...the Cubs are also getting plenty of interest in their position players and especially one young catcher. The Cubs would love to add another arm, but not if it costs their best young pitchers.

Lou Returns

Former skipper Lou Piniella was here Tuesday for a special event with Cito Gaston, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox. He's done managing but he won't rule out a role as an adviser sometime in the future. For now, he's busy riding his bicycle and relaxing. "Right now I'm enjoying what I'm doing, which is nothing," said Piniella.
Sights Seen

Former Reds star Tony Perez waiting for a cheeseburger at The Fountain. CSNChicago.com's Patrick Mooney eating a ham sammich in the hallway. Lou Piniella and Cubs Media Relations Director Peter Chase filling out one last crossword puzzle for old times sake - allegedly.

Luke Stuckmeyer covers the Cubs for Comcast SportsNet. Follow him on Twitter @CSNStucky.

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

Carl Edwards Jr.'s special tie to Memorial Day

For Carl Edwards Jr., Memorial Day has a special meaning.

That's because the Cubs reliever has a very close tie to the armed services. 

Edwards met his fiance, Nette Smith, before her deployment in Afghanistan. Throughout her active service, Edwards kept in touch by writing her letters. Their relationship eventually blossomed, and now the couple has a one-year-old child. 

With Smith's army commitment finished, she views Memorial Day as a time to appreciate all those who serve. 

"To me, Memorial Day is a day set aside for me to remember some of the people I have met who sacrificed everything," Smith said. 

Watch the couple's entire story in the video above. 

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

Morning Update: White Sox power past Tigers; Dodgers sweep Cubs

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Sunday:

Stranger than fiction: Dodgers sweep Cubs as Lester vs. Kershaw doesn’t live up to expectations

Miguel Gonzalez throws six perfect innings as White Sox take series against Tigers

Joe Maddon has no choice but to ignore the noise and put his faith in young Cubs lineup: ‘If you want to freak out, freak out’

Two days out, White Sox already excited about facing former teammate Chris Sale

Fire midfielder Dax McCarty named to U.S. national team roster

Jose Abreu relishing opportunity to help mentor Luis Robert, White Sox newest Cuban addition

How patient will Cubs be with Ian Happ and the rookie learning curve?

Takuma Sato holds off Helio Castroneves to give Andretti another Indy 500 win

Sky continue early season struggles in loss to Sun

Honda Road Ahead: Cubs offense looks to build off showing against Clayton Kershaw