Some great rumors today-
- According to Barry Rozner, the Cubs are the preferred spot for Jake Peavy. The Padres called the Cubs about Jake and the Cubs said they're very interested. According to a West Coast source the Cubs are the Pads best option for a trade partner considering they are not the Dodgers and the Braves do not want to give up prospects for him.
Also according to Barry, Peavy has the Cubs high on his list of teams he prefers to go to. They would be first if Jake did not just build a home in SoCal. He mention that the Cubs should trade for Peavy before they try to extend Dempster just in case Demp is temped to test the free agent waters. He also suggested the Cubs getting a third team involved would make the trade easier but that always is tough to do. You can read the rest of the article at-
- Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune suggests some names the Cubs may target this offseason. They are Adam Dunn, Brian Roberts, Jeremy Hermida, Mike Jacobs, Rafael Furcal, Jake Peavy, and Brian Fuentes. I wish we could just unload Soriano on someone and pick up Dunn and Furcal and trade for Hermida and Peavy but is not a perfect world, although I wish it was! Sullivan said the Cubs would have to decide on whether to resign Dempster and Wood because if they sign both it will eat up too much money to sign a big name free agent like Dunn or Furcal. But on the other hand you can sign both and trade Lee, Marquis, and/or Soriano to get salary relief. Either way the Cubs have some big decisions coming up. I think signing Dempster would be a priority rather that Wood because Marmol is waiting to take over that role and Wood may be too expensive and too big of a risk injury wise.
- If Bob Brenly is the new manager of the Brewers, look for Mark Grace or Rick Sutcliffe to be the next color man for the Chicago Cubs. Either one would be ideal but my bet would be on Sut!