Ø A report by Jim Bowden and back up by sources and several other media outlets saying the Cubs have made an offer to lefty Francisco Liriano. This is a move I have been wanting and anticipating going back to last season. Liriano is the definition on a buy low sell high guy. He has the stuff to be a great #2 pitcher if he bounces back. Money or years have not been released but assuming nothing crazy happens this is a solid pick up for the Cubs.
Ø Another lefty making guidelines is Korean lefty Hyun-jin Ryu. Bid were due at 4 pm CST yesterday and it is confirmed that the Cubs did bid along with at least the Dodgers, Red Sox, and Rangers. Ryu must go though the posting process and his current team the Hanwha Eagles have until the 15th to accept the posting fee. After that the team who won the bid will have window negotiate a contract which usually takes a few days.
Ø The most recent report is the Hanwha Eagles have been informed of the high bidder but have not accepted yet and no word on what team won the bid. We should find out by sometime tonight who won the bid.
Ø The Cubs could have interest in Justin Upton but it would likely cost them Starlin Castro so that won’t happen.
Ø The Dbacks are also dangling 21 year old righty Trevor Bauer. Although the Cubs are not likely to have the available pieces to make a move for him he is still an interesting target.
Ø A new name to the Cubs trade talk is 26 year old Carlos Santana who just signed a 5 year $21M deal with the Indians in 2012. The Indians are looking for young controllable players. They could have interest in Brett Jackson, Dan Vogelbach, Junior Lake, Josh Vitters, and others. Once again the Indians and Cubs match up well in just about any trade.
Ø The Cubs are pushing to re-sign their only free agent Shawn Camp.
Ø The Blue Jays signed former Cubs Justin Germano to a minor league contract.
Ø Patrick Mooney said the Cubs are interested in Kevin Youkilis but expect him to go beyond their price range and he would like to sign with a contender. The White Sox, Phillies, and Indians have all shown interest.
Ø John Lannan name has come up in trade talk although he is also a non-tender candidate.
Ø The Cubs are not a fit for Mark Reynolds for their 3rd base vacancy.
Ø Darwin Barney is getting a ton of trade interest from teams looking for both a SS and 2nd baseman. The Tigers have shown the most interest.
Ø The Cubs are looking to lock up Shark to a multi-year deal to be one of their core players going forward.
Ø John Arguello from CubsDen says the Padres and Cubs could meet up in a trade. He names Clayton Richard (meh) and Casey Kelly (oh yeah) as targets. He also mentions Barney as a player that could interest San Diego.
Until Next Time…