Here is the latest from the Cubs Hot Stove-
- The Cubs have Chad Gaudin as a non-tender candidate. I do not think he should be non-tendered, he is too valuable in my opinion.
- Ken Rosenthal says that the Cubs and Padres talk daily about Jake Peavy and also notes that the Orioles do not seem to be the third team at this time.
- Buster Olney says the Cubs and Padres " have the basic framework in place" for a deal for right hander Jake Peavy. He says the deal is built around Josh Vitters. He also says things will pick up after the Cubs ownership starts taking shape.
- With Greene headed to the Cardinals it seems the Jake Peavy trade will really heat up because Towers has been instructed by ownership to trade Peavy and Greene.
- According to a report on FOX Sports.com said that the Mets had talks with the Cubs about a deal that would send Aaron Heilman to Chicago for right hander Jason Marquis. The Cubs were willing to pay part of his salary but the Mets are currently passing because they are trying other deals for Heilman. They see Marquis ending up in a Reds uniform, or Rockies, or Dbacks.
- The Cubs are looking to add a veteran presence in the bullpen and preferably left handed. The Cub are eyeing Joe Beimel, Alan Embree, Dennys Reyes , and Arthur Rhodes as potential left handers to round out the bullpen.
- Peter Gammons said yesterday he sees the Cubs landing Abreu for their RF woes. I would love if the Cubs got Abreu and Peavy. What an offseason that would be!