Morning Coffee: Dempster predicts World Series title for the Cubs

Each morning we'll take a look around Major League Baseball for some news and notes that could end up affecting the Phillies.

DEMPSTER DOES A J-ROLL: Jimmy Rollins has just been one-upped by Ryan Dempster. The Chicago Cubs' closer-turned-starter informed Windy City media yesterday of his belief that the Cubbies would break their 100-year-old curse this season.

PEREZ HEADED FOR ARBITRATION: Mets lefthander Oliver Perez likely to investigate free agency after this season rather than sign a multi-year deal now. That also means he's likely headed to arbitration next week in St. Petersburg.  Perez is requesting $6.5 million, while the Mets have offered $4.725 million. Currently, he makes $2.35 million. Last year, he went 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA.

COX ERA MAY NOT END. . .EVER: Death, taxes, and Bobby Cox in the Atlanta Braves dug-out. None are expected to disappear anytime soon. The long-time manager said he won't rule out a return to Atlanta next season. Cox, 67, is entering his 27th season as a big league manager.

METS MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE: The new stadium for the New York Mets is on time and on budget, according to the New York Times. Enjoy that monstrous apple while you can, folks.  

10 KEYS TO BRAVES SUCCESS: No, kidnapping Johan Santana is not one of them. Everyone seems to be forgetting about the Braves, but the AJC has 10 ways the team can knock of the Phillies or the Mets.