Don't know what you'll remember most about the So Taguchi era with the Cubs, but it's over. The Cubs today confirmed Internet chatter that they have released the veteran outfielder, who came up from the minor leagues in September to fill in because of injury- and suspension-related shortages. The Cubs' 40-man roster now stands at 39.
As far as hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo goes, don't be surprised if something gets done this week. I expect the Cubs to name Jaramillo their hitting coach and to give him the mulityear contract the Texas Rangers would not. As I blogged last week, the Cubs and Jaramillo have spoken (with the Rangers' permission because his contract does not expire until Oct. 31), and things are moving along smoothing, I'm told.
It looks like one name is off the books as far as a trade for suspended outfielder Milton Bradley goes. Colorado Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd tells Hall of Famer writer Tracy Ringolsby that he's not moving outfielder Brad Hawpe:
O'Dowd tells Tracy: "The Rockies understand the value of Brad Hawpe on the field and off. We have no desire to move him at all. He has leadership ability and commitment to the approach we feel is important for a team's success."
Stay tuned throughout the week for news on the hitting coach.