The Cubs once again reached out to try and bring in talent from wherever they can find it. The Cubs are close to signing 36 year old Korean RHP Chang-yong Lim, pending a physical. They outbid 4 teams to land Lim. Thosse teams are the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and Texas Rangers.
Lim is expected to sign a split major/minor league contract with an eye toward 2014, since he just had Tommy John surgery.
Lim is a relief pitcher and like Fujikawa sees a potential opening in the back end of the Cubs bullpen, with the team likely to part ways with Marmol between now and next seson.
French writer Alexis de Tocqueville warned about when visiting this fledgling democracy in the early 19th century – that this "American republic will endure until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money."