I was at work all day today so we will have to get caught up on the latest Cubs rumors-
- The Cubs are eyeing Rich Aurilia but only if Ronny Cedeno or Mike Fontenot is moved according to Ken Rosenthal. Mike will not be traded according to Lou and Jim Hendry.
- Lots of Peavy Rumors so here it is-
***** The Cubs are the only team in on Peavy according to Towers and the only team Towers will deal with.
***** Jayson Stark says there is just about a zero chance Jake Peavy is dealt at the meetings but the Cubs and Padres still have a potential deal in place that involves Sean Marshall, Kevin Hart, Josh Vitters, and maybe Cedeno according to Tom Krasovic.
*****Jon Heyman looks like he is backing down from his statement the other day saying talks are on "life support." He reports that Kevin Towers "envisions a way to do a deal now with only the Cubs."
***** The Suntimes says "a rumor floating around the Bellagio lobby Sunday evening had the Tampa Bay Rays being a possible third-team partner in a Peavy deal" Although it is likely that the third team is the Orioles.
*****Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times says the Cubs want to trade Marquis and find a left-handed hitting outfielder before the get Peavy. Fordon's source also said that the Cubs will eventually acquire Peavy.
*****Bruce Miles says the Cubs and Padres will start talks today.
***** Joel Sherman was told by Towers that if he does not deal Peavy to the Cubs at the meetings, he will keep the pitcher to start the season. He also says the Dodgers are the only other club that Jake will approve a trade to.
- The Rockies like Jason Marquis especially if the Cubs pick up 4 million of his contract. I predict Marquis is traded tonight or tomorrow. Now the Rockies are discussing Marquis internally according to MLB.com's Thomas Harding.
- The Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy today but did not effect the Cubs.
- Jeremy Hermida is high on the Cubs wish list and they are also looking at Milton Bradley. Lou loves Raul Ibanez and even asked Seattle reports if Raul can play the outfield. Bobby Abreu is a fan and media favorite but the Cubs are still in love with Brian Roberts who could be available if he does not sign an extension with the O's.
- Ibanez and Abreu rank much higher than Adam Dunn and Bradley according to Jayson Stark. Stark also said that Hermida's asking price is more than just prospects and the Cubs may not be able to do that. He also stats the Cubs payroll is not frozen and can go over budget if the subtract payroll later.
I honestly think the Cubs should target Dunn, Bradley, Abreu, and then Ibanez.
- Roch Kubatko says the O's still like Pie but may only get him if Olsen is flipped to the Padres in a Peavy trade.
- Ron Santo once again was not elected into the HOF. It is very upsetting to say the least!