Renovations, Junior Lake and a Cuban Pitcher

Wrigley Renovations Despite being one of the worst teams in baseball, the Cubs have generated quite a bit of buzz throughout the season. While most news revolves around Wrigley Field rather than its inhabitants, it’s becoming easier to look toward the future rather than the current team on the field. The pressure lies in the team’s farm system, where a handful of talented prospects are expected to live up to their reputations. But for now, all the Cubs can do is wait for their chips to fall.

State of affairs at Wrigley

Thursday marked what will probably be the most significant day in the Wrigley renovation saga, as the city’s Plan Commission unanimously approved the proposed changes to the landmark. After grumbling some things about bridges and beer spilling on people (he knows which neighborhood he represents, right?), Ald. Tom Tunney announced that he fully supports the plan, which will now move on to the City Council. Since the plan now has the support of both the alderman and the mayor, it’s expected to go through. However, whatever kind of fight the rooftop owners put up will undoubtedly be entertaining, especially if the guy in the suit has anything to do with it.

New pitcher on horizon for Cubs?

The Cubs are in the running for Cuban free agent Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who has attracted a lot of attention as of late. ESPNDeportes.com reported that the 26-year-old’s agent expects to have him signed sometime next week, though many reports claim he’ll be extremely expensive (possibly somewhere in the range of about $40-$60 million). MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that Gonzalez has “a fastball in the mid-90s, a changeup, fork and a curveball. Take a look at the highly sought after pitcher as he pitches for the Toros de Tijuana here. While Gonzalez would be an asset to any team he’s on, it appears that he’s looking for a team that he can help win right away, which isn’t the case with the Cubs. Bleacher Nation’s Brett Taylor makes a good point in that Gonzalez’s decision could affect demand for Matt Garza, who can also help a championship-ready team in the second half.

Lake called up

While this isn’t the first of many eventual call-ups Cubs fans are hoping for, the team will get to see how Junior Lake handles what will likely be a temporary stay with the big league club. Lake takes the place of Brian Bogusevic, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs didn’t want to bring Lake up so early, but with David DeJesus rehabbing in Mesa, outfielders are hard to come by. This season, Lake is posting a .295 ERA, a .341 OBP (a career high for him) and 18 RBI’s in 156 at-bats. With his numbers in the minors showing more of a plateau than steady improvement, let’s hope his stint in the majors doesn’t do him more harm than good.

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