- The Cubs and Nationals are the leading candidates for Matt Capps who is expected to get a two year deal around 7-8 million. Capps hopes to have contract in hand by Christmas.
- The Cubs are serious contenders for Aroldis Chapman and Phil Rogers says the Cubs are exploring a deal with him. So far the Red Sox offered 5 years 15.5 million, the Marlins at 5 years 13 million, and I expect the Cubs to go more years maybe 6 years 18 million? He would add tremendous value to the Cubs and could even help them right away. This kid has great mechanics and throws hard.
- The New York post is reporting that the Yankees have asked the Cub about Zambrano but the Cubs price for him was too high. Bruce Levine then said there is nothing to it, he has a no trade clause, and has not been contacted by anyone with potential trade. It is hard to believe what is true but if the Cubs did trade Z, I would love to have seen them get Cano and Cabrera or Gardner. And of course if money was still the issue the Cubs could have included a pitching prospect like Jeff Stevens if they added Nick Swisher to the mix. Then money would be close to even.
- The Cubs do not have an urgency to add a starting pitcher but they could get one for a good price. Jason Marquis signed a two year deal worth 15 million. Which means pitchers like Joel Pinero, John Garland, and Doug Davis are likely to get similar deals. I think the Cubs should add Doug Davis to their pitching rotation, especially since Lilly is out. The Cubs could sign him to a two year deal worth 14 million and an mutual option for a third year. I really like Davis and what he bring to the table.
- With the A's signing Crisp the Cubs need to check on Rajai Davis. He is the answer for CF next season.
- Johnny Damon's contract demands may be falling some so the Cubs are watching it very carefully. The Cubs still think Damon can play CF and even be a leadoff hitter for them. He is reportedly looking at a two year deal around 18 million rather than the three year deal worth 39 million at the start of the offseason. If you see his price fall to a two year worth 16 million the Cubs will jump all over it.
- By the way Nick I, I love your thought on Lowell for Silva. It would be nice to see if the Cubs could pull that off then showcase Lowell in ST then trade him. If anything he would be a nice bench player.
Until Next Time....