Here is the latest from the mill today-
- ESPN's Jayson Stark says the Cubs will not be getting Peavy anytime soon because the ownership take over is a ways away. We could be looking at a late March or early April blockbuster if Peavy deal does in fact get done.
- Tim Dierkes suggested some Rich Hill suitors today, the Royals, Mariners, Padres, Pirates, Marlins, and Orioles. The Royals, Pirates, and Padres make the most sense to me. He could be apart of a potential Peavy trade because Olsen was dealt to the M's. Maybe that is why Olsen was available in that trade instead of Hill, the Padres want Hill instead of Olsen?? I could also see the Rays getting in on this because a couple years ago there was talk of a Hill package for Crawford. Wow, how have things changed!
- Juan Uribe has signed with the Giants and now the Cubs are looking at Rich Aurilia have also have targeted Nomar (it is about time). The Cubs have also lost out on potential number 5 starter Jon Garland. It also seems that Randy Wolf will head to the Dodgers, Oliver Perez and Pedro to the Mets, leaving Braden Looper and Ben Sheets as possible targets. I also would not be surprised if the Cubs just go with they got or sign a guy with upside like Kris Benson or Mark Mulder. I would be happy if the Cubs signed Mulder and Nomar or Aurilia.
- Heilman will compete for the 5th starter spot if the Cubs do not land guy like Sheets or Peavy. I think this guy would put great numbers as a starter. Just a prediction if he starts 30 games I see him going 14-7 with a 3.97 ERA. I would expect Marshall to put up better numbers though, starting 30 games. Something like 16-8 with a better ERA of 3.50.