Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Cubs Winter Meetings Run Down

The Chicago Cubs talk has been loud and frequent but actions have been bleak. This is a complete run down of rumors and news (in order of oldest to newest the best I can) so far during the winter meetings Cub style-
  • The Rangers could move Derek Holland which would interest the Cubs.
  • The Yankees could be interested in a Soriano reunion given ARod's injury woes.
  • The Cubs are interested in Jeff Kepinger but not at the 3 year 15M price tag. Yankees look the most aggressive. (Signed with the White Sox)
  • The Braves, Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, and Phillies are have varying levels of interest in Soriano.
  • The Cubs front office has been up front with Marmol and Soriano on trying to move them. They all are working closely to get something done.
  • The Cubs will not just give up Marmol or Soriano but will take on most of the salary for a better prospects in return.
  • A mystery team is in on Anibal Sanchez and rumors are circulation it could be the Cubs.
  • The Cubs are very much interested in Jason Grilli. (Will make a decision tonight likely)
  • Jim Deshaies is the new Color Broadcaster in the Cubs TV booth.
  • The Cubs had no interest in Angel Pagan.
  • The Cubs are looking for either a RF or CF. There has been conflicting reports whether DeJesus will play RF or CF.
  • The Cubs could bring back Ian Stewart but also could look at Polanco and Chavez. (Chavez signed with the Dbacks)
  • The Cubs will add a player through the Rule 5 draft.
  • The Cubs have shown good interest in Jair Jurrjens who was non-tendered by the Braves.
  • The Cubs do not have the talent they want to give up for Stanton.
  • Cubs Den had a nice idea of signing Hiroyki Nakajima to play 3rd.
  • I followed up with Dee Gordon as a possible fit for 3rd but before I found out his asking price is "insane."
  • A number of free agents have shown interest in signing with the Cubs regardless of wins and losses.
  • The Cubs had interest in Yunel Escobar to play 3rd before he was traded to the Rays.
  • Nate McLouth could be a nice stopgap for the Cubs outfield and there is talk around him. ( He signed with the O's)
  • The Red Sox could package Lackey and Ellsbury together in a trade then go after Hamilton. This would provide financial flexibility for the Red Sox and the deal should interest the Cubs.
  • The Cubs have close 0% chance of signing Dempster who is looking for a 3 year deal.
  • The Phillies remain desperate for OF help and have been linked to Soriano for days now.
  • The Cubs have interest in Phil Hughes who the Yankees are shopping. Last season there was a Dempster for Hughes rumor so it seems the front office really likes Hughes.
  • The Rangers are entertaining the thought of trading Olt but only for a premier player. It would take a lot for the Cubs to trade for him but they are interested.
  • Cubs still are being linked to Michael Bourn but have also been linked to Dexter Fowler, Peter Bourjos, and CoCo Crisp.
  • The Cubs were in on Shane Victorino until the bidding got ridiculous a source tells me.
  • Ryan Sweeney remains on the Cubs radar for OF help.
  • The Cubs were never really in on Dan Haren even before he signed with the Nationals.
  • The Cubs should have interest in Scott Kazmir who has been throwing mid 90s in winter ball and gaining interest from many teams.
  • Carrie Muskat alludes the Cubs are talking to teams about RF then mentions Shin-Soo Choo.
  • The Rays are looking to move one of their starters pitchers, Shields, Hellickson, Cobb, Niemann, Davis, or Price. The Cubs have obvious interest in all the names listed.
  • The Cubs may or may not have interest in Curtis Granderson depending on who you follow on twitter.
  • The Cubs do like John Lannan but will not get in a bidding war for him.
  • Jason Grilli remains a strong target for the Cubs.
  • Bruce Levine speaks and hits us with possible trade of Garza for Myers but says it has never been discussed. You know I have discussed that on twitter a lot recently.
  • Unless something dramatic changes the Angels are not in on Carlos Marmol.
  • Mark Reynolds has been on the Cubs watch list according to Jon Heyman.
  • The Dbacks are looking to trade either Kubel or Parra but it is unknown of the asking price. The Cubs really like Parra because of his stellar defense and offensive upside. Kubel does not seem like a good fit.
  • The Phillies are putting Vance Worley and Trevor May out there to lure a OF bat. If the front office can land either one for Soriano it would be an amazing deal for the Cubs. Having said that it is not likely to happen.
  • The Cubs are considering Yuniesky Betancourt for 3rd base says Carrie Muskat. OMG NO!
  • The Cubs are not planning on using Bowden in the rotation even though they are stretching him out in winter league.
  • Marmol is the Cubs closer says Hoyer and Sveum… until he is traded. I added that last part.
  • The Dodgers OF Alfredo Silverio could be a guy they look at with their 2nd overall pick in the Rule 5 draft.
  • There could be a Farnsworth and Cubs reunion to which I say YES!!! Just for pure entertainment value, YES!
  • Levine has a good piece on Soriano and Marmol found here.
  • Already looking ahead to next year I am. If the Cubs pull a Nationals and sign a player (like Jason Werth) before they are ready to compete they should do it next season. Some players that would fit that mold for the Cubs are Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Tim Lincecum, James Shields, and/or Josh Johnson. A lot of talent out there next season to make a move like that.
  • Patrick Mooney has a great piece on Brett Jackson and the direction of the Cubs outfield found here.
  • Cubs Den says the Cubs will have to overpay for Ellsbury which they will not do.
  • Joel Sherman says the Indians are leading in on Jason Bay with the M’s 2nd and the Cubs on the periphery to sign him. He is nearing a decision says Tim Brown.
  • Olney says the Cubs are not a fit for Ellsbury. He says the Red Sox are looking for young pitching in return.
  • Jason Grilli is close to a deal but does not say to who. Thanks to MLBTR.
  • The Twins made an offer to Liriano which impacts the Cubs less than it would several weeks ago.
  • So Youkilis has several offers and is looking them over. I wonder if the Cubs at least made an offer?
  • 5 teams have interest in Hannahan and the Cubs have been mentioned as a possible suitor but nothing more.
Until Next Time…


Anonymous said...

I really like your website and I post here and there. But I gotta be honest and I like to play the trends. The Cubs front office is going to sit on their hands and nothing will get done with any big names. They will wait it out and sign a ton of hit or miss guys just like last year. I really dont see how this play will get us winning ball games. But It's our only option if we want to continue rooting for this team. A real message to the ownership would be people stop going to root on a losing effort. I love the Cubs, but i dont have to like what they put on the field.

Bulldogdoc15 said...

I agree if the Cubs office does not want to spend the money on a large market team the the fans need to boycott opening day. I'm not asking them to spend $190M but somewhere around $100M to $110M. If not I say STRIKE NOW. BOYCOTT OPENING DAY. HIT THEM WHERE IT HURTS!