We are t-minus 4 days from the Winter Meetings. Rumors will no doubt begin to increase over the next week and a half. Let’s get to it.

  • We discussed the non-tender deadline regarding Cubs players and some players that may be of interest earlier. There has been a little news since yesterday on the MLB front and rumors front so let’s get to it. Don’t forget to keep checking back throughout the day for updates.
  • The White Sox continued their assault on signing of former Cubs players today with a one-year deal to free agent Dioner Navarro. This makes their decision to non-tender Tyler Flowers make a bit more sense.
  •  Some bigger names that hit free agency after being non-tendered were Pedro Alvarez, Greg Holland, and Chris Carter. All were rumored to be on the non-tendered block. Neither Carter or Alvarez would be of interest to the Cubs, however Holland may not be a bad option on a 2-year deal.
  • The Rays acquired C Hank Conger from the Astros in exchange for cash considerations.
  • The Nationals avoided arbitration with C Jose Labaton. Signing him to a 1 year, 1.38 million dollar deal.
  • The Indians took a step towards addressing their dire need OF’ers with a trade for Collin Cowgill in exchange for cash. That said, the Indians are still a prime candidate to match up with the Cubs in a trade this offseason to solidify their outfield situation.
  • The Blue Jays agreed to a one-year, 3.9 million dollar deal with 1b Justin Smoak, also avoiding arbitration.
  • Jayson Stark reports that Jeff Samardijza may already have 100 million on the table. That would make me less inclined to have him back in Cubs pinstripes next season.
  • The price-tag of David Price and Zack Greinke has reinforced the need for controllable pitching. The Indians have not been oblivious to this and has perhaps increased their asking price for either Carrasco or Salazar, MLBTRADERUMORS.com Reports. The Indians reportedly asked for both Joe Panik and Brandon Belt in exchange for Carrasco recently. If that is the case, then perhaps the Cubs do have a shot. While the Giants do not have the depth to replace Belt and Panik, the Cubs could put a package together around Jorge Soler or Javier Baez that includes 2 additional near-mlb ready players and not take nearly the hit. We will see how this continues to develop.
  • Buster Olney underscored in a column how the Cubs “plan B” (subscription required)may be to move Soler for Shelby Miller and sign Jason Heyward. I am on record of being very much in favor of signing Heyward, however prefer pitchers such as Carrasco or Salazar to Shelby Miller.