LAS VEGAS -- Today was the annual winter meetings lunch with the managers. Each team has a table, and reporters join their respective team's manager for lunch and talk about this and that.
Lou reiterated that he didn't believe the Cubs will get anything done here at the winter meetings. He did say the Cubs probably would target a free agent _ and not a trade candidate _ for the "left-hand bat" he covets. Milton Bradley, a switch hitter, is touring other teams, but he may come to the Cubs when all is said and done.
Here are other tidbits from around the lobbies:
--Randy Johnson still is in play for the Cubs if they don't trade for Jake Peavy. (Wow, it took all this time for a Peavy mention.) The way Cubs GM Jim Hendry sees it, there's nothing at all wrong with giving the Big Unit a one-year deal if all else fails.
--Remember Paul Bako? The Cubs have had some interest in bringing him to camp as a non-roster catcher. Right now, Koyie Hill is Geovany Soto's backup. Former Sox catcher Mark Johnson will be at camp. Bako, as you know, played for the Cubs earlier this decade, and his defensive skills still are highly regarded in the game.
--The Twins appear to be serious players in the Mark DeRosa sweeptstakes. DeRosa suddenly has become a hot commodity. The Padres then could use the Twins to facilitate a three-way for Peavy.
--Here's one out of left field: A Reds guy asked me if the Cubs would trade DeRosa to them. I don't know if that would have anything to do with a Peavy deal, but it's interesting nevertheless.
We meet with Hendry later. More tonight.