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Hendry, who will go to Florida on Thursday for what could be an arbitration hearing for Theriot, added outfielders Marlon Byrd and Xavier Nady this offseason. They have also invited veteran Kevin Millar to camp. And in a trade with Seattle, Chicago got pitcher Carlos Silva for mercurial outfielder Milton Bradley.
One player they'll pay close attention to is 20-year-old shortstop Starlin Castro.
"From everything I've heard, he's a "can't-miss" kid," Piniella said.
The Ricketts family, which founded the Omaha, Neb.-based online brokerage TD Ameritrade, spent $845 million to buy a 95 percent controlling interest in the Cubs, Wrigley Field and 25 percent of Comcast Sportsnet, which broadcasts a number of Cubs game. Tribune retains a 5 percent stake.
The new owners have already made some upgrades at Wrigley and are awaiting a legislative process that could allow them to build a new spring training facility in Arizona.
But what they really want is a World Series winner, something the Cubs haven't had since 1908.
"We don't make excuses. We didn't play as well as we wanted to last year and we had a lot of problems," Hendry said. "But it wasn't easy for the third year in a row for the club to be up for sale. I think we were all thrilled when it finally concluded. I'm sure the Ricketts (family) wish it had concluded a year earlier, too. ... Obviously this will be a new experience for all of us in the first year, but I think it will all be positive over the long run."
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