5:00PM- Biggest news of thus far for Cubs fans. David Price is off the market after agreeing to a 7 year, 217 million dollar deal with the Red Sox. We will have a full write-up on this later but the contract is exactly the reason why the Cubs were not going to truly in on Price to begin with. I agree with the decision to pass and believe we can utilize the available funds more efficiently.
4:20PM- The Twins have come to terms with Byung-Ho Park on a deal for 4 years/ 12 million. The Twins also paid over $12 million to negotiate with him. Park at 4 years and just over 24 million for Park is seemingly significant value. Park posted .343 with 53 homers, 146 RBIs, and a 1.150 OPS in 140 games last season in the Korean League for Nexen last season and has had an OPS above 1.000 each of the last 3 seasons. Good move for the Twins.
Robert Killen adds report from Bleacher Nation on how things between Braves and Cubs may be hearing up!
We are going to be updating this thread periodically throughout the day as rumors and potential signings continue to develop ahead of the Winter Meetings. We will keep it mostly Cubs related, but will also add in pieces involving the free agent and trade market as it continues to develop.
- Dave Kaplan reports that the Cubs are active in the trade market, though a trade is not imminent. He also reinforces his belief(and mine) that Cubs will not be major players for Greinke or Price. Kaplan also hears that the Cubs have been in dialogue with the agents of Mike Leake, Jeff Samadzija, and John Lackey. While this may disappoint some Cubs fans, this should not surprise many as the Cubs are actively looking to fill 2 starting spots, centerfield, and add to bullpen all within a budget of roughly 25-30 million dollars. They cannot sign Greinke or Price and do that.
- CubsChat.com has discussed this on multiple occasions and earlier looked at why Bringing Back Jeff Samardizja may be a great move. Robert Killen also broke down a side-by-side analysis of Jeff Samardzija and recently signed Jordan Zimmermann to help show how signing Shark may not just improve the bottom line, but also the win column.
- Paul Sullivan of the Tribune wrote an interesting column on how the Cubs are able to sell prospective free agents to join the team, and it’s not just money.
- Johnny Cueto reportedly is seeking $140-$160 million in free agency. Only further reinforcing the need to seek cost-controlled pitching via trade.
- David Price discussed how factors outside of money are important to him. Such as the city, winning, and being able to hit in the National League. If you’re the Cubs the question is: is that worth $40-$50 million to Price?
- The Braves asking price for Shelby Miller appears to be insanely high, according to Steve Adams of MLBTRADERUMORS.COM . The Braves appear to be seeking Major League talent in return for Miller according to Adams and have asked for Luis Severino from the Yankees, Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins, and even AJ Pollock from the Diamondbacks when discussing any potential Shelby Miller trade. That seems like a steep price for a pitcher who’s peripherals don’t necessarily scream a repeat in overall performance next season. As we discussed when we examined potential trade options for the Cubs, Miller’s lower strikeout rates and, more importantly, nearly 3.5 walks per 9 go to indicate he out-pitched his peripherals last season. His xFIP also landed above 4.00, which goes to further the point. If we are going to move current Major League talent, especially controllable talent, then I would rather us package that talent with prospects and bring back a pitcher that seems better suited to have long-term success.
- Brayan Pena agreed to a 2-year deal with Cardinals.
- Braves signed relief pitcher Jim Johnson to a deal of 1/2.5 million.
- Chris Young jumped to the other side of the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry after agreeing to a 2 year, 13 million contract with Boston.
- Joba Chamberlain signed a minor league deal with the Indians.
- Tim Collins and the Royals avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 1 year, 1.475 million dollar deal.
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If you were the Cubs, what trade would you make this offseason?