Here's a quick glance at what's happening around the National League Central.
It's no secret Cubs general manager Jim Hendry will work hard to trade out-of-options reliever Chad Gaudin before the end of the weekend and it looks as if the Colorado Rockies have strong interest in the disappointing right-hander. In this same Denver Post story, the Milwaukee Brewers are said to be interested in reacquiring speedy outfielder Scott Podsednik, who will be released by the Rockies.
Put former Cubs manager Dusty Baker at the top of the list of baseball people who don't believe recently released slugger Gary Sheffield is done. Baker has a meeting planned for today with Sheffield, who is sitting at 499 career home runs. Apparently, Baker believes Sheffield could fill a void in left field, though he must accept part-time status as part of the deal. Sheffield is worth the risk, even at 40. He comes at the major-league minimum, with the Detroit Tigers on the hook for the remainder of his $14 million salary in 2009.
Hope is fading that St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Troy Glaus can bounce back from recent surgery near his shoulder. Now it looks as if the Cardinals are planning to be without Glaus until the All-Star break.
The Houston Astros, who play host to the Cubs on Opening Day, are excited about new acquisition Jeff Keppinger, who will platoon at third base with Geoff Blum. Keppinger, who was acquired this week from the Reds, hit .360 against lefties last season.