Write what you want about Dale Sveum. He’s not going to read it.

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Dale Sveum is gonna feel some heat by virtue of being the manager of the Chicago Cubs. But he won’t know about it if he does. Here’s what he told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com about how he spends his free time:

“I don’t read the papers. I’m not a guy that Tweets, or whatever you call that thing. I’m not a big computer guy. I don’t read the news.  (During) my free time, I watch the NFL channel as much as I can…to keep up on (things) for fantasy reasons.”

It’s probably a pretty good approach for him, actually. As Mooney notes, Sveum has a pretty decent air of equanimity about him, especially compared to Lou Piniella and some of his predecessors.  Chicago is not a nasty media market, necessarily. It’s not insane like Boston or New York.  But there’s definitely some prickliness one can encounter there. And thus it’s probably better to ignore that noise than to obsesses on it.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.