Mar 4, 2013; Bradenton, FL, USA; Burnett throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the top of the first inning of a spring training game at McKechnie Field. (Photo: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

What's Up in the NL Central: 3/28/13

Here’s what grabbed my attention as I was surfing the interwebs today.

Kinda quiet in Chicago today. I guess busting up the Heat streak makes baseball irrelevant there today…

Milwaukee Brewers

A bit quiet on the Brewers front as well, but I found this from Curt Hogg of Reviewing the Brew.

Ever heard of Blake Lalli? Once you read Curt’s piece, you’ll know Lalli and how he has turned a minor league, non-roster invite into potentially making the Brewers Opening Day roster.

And that reminds Hogg of a former Brewer, but you got to read to find out.

Pittsburgh Pirates

This might sound crazy, but A.J. Burnett might retire after this season. For reals? Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has an interesting read and he offers this right from the jump.

A.J. Burnett is mulling whether to retire after the 2013 season. But if he decides to keep playing, Burnett might consider an offer from only one team: the Pirates.

With how things have worked out with the Buccos starting staff this spring, it would be hard pressed for the Pirates brass to not put a feeler out there for Burnett. Plus, A.J. was a huge boost for Pittsburgh’s staff last season. Getting away from the bright lights of NYC agrees with him.

And I know you’re wondering…Burnett is 36.

St. Louis Cardinals

So teh Cards were in the process of moving Matt Carpenter from third to second. Now, with David Freese beginning the year on the DL, Carpenter is headed back to familiar territory. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tells us that Carpenter isn’t too keen on the move, but only because of the circumstances.


Well, not really a bonus since nothing baseball-wise was shaking in Chicago…

Rum Bunter’s Drew Brown has a bold prediction for each of MLB’s 30 teams. Some seem bold, while others may not be as such. I always like these type of reads. My attention span is waning as I get grow older…


A great three minutes, or 2 minutes and 45 seconds, to spend watching this…

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