I don't want to start any blasphemous rumors, but I think Kevin Towers has a sick sense of humor
Short one this a.m.
Bruce Miles on the prospects the Cubs could be neatly wrapping up and putting bows on for the Pads:
The Cubs believe they can get a deal done without involving a third team. The Padres are looking for young talent, and Cubs names out there have included lefty Sean Marshall, center fielder Felix Pie, infielder Ronny Cedeno and minor-league pitcher Jose Ceda, whom the Cubs obtained from the Padres in a July 2006 trade for infielder Todd Walker.
Ceda was a brief sensation in spring training this year, and no doubt the Padres wouldn't mind having him back.
Insiders say the Padres have thrown a host of other possibilities at the Cubs. Among the most attractive Cubs minor-leaguers are catcher Welington Castillo, third baseman Josh Vitters and pitcher Mitch Atkins.
Also, I'm considering doing a live chatter sort of thing tomorrow afternoon, to do some Hot Stove stuff and answer questions from readers. Does that sort of thing intrest you guys?