UPDATE:::

Greinke to D-Backs..wow

CUBS SIGN LACKEY!!!!

We will have our usual “Twitter reaction” piece as well as a write up on our reaction soon…but in the mean time… CUBS SIGN LACKEY!!! nice move- off the books by 2018 and with the price of pitching the 16-17 million Lackey will get annually is a fair deal..the years is what was important and to only have to guarantee 2 years is huge.

UPDATE:::

  • The Cubs claimed LHP Edgar Olmos off waivers from Seattle. The 25 year-old 6’4 righty posted a 4.50 ERA in 6 appearances with the Mariners last season. In 10 games in AAA Tacoma he posted a 3.55 ERA. The Cubs will make a lot of these waiver claims this offseason as they look at savvy moves to build their bullpen depth. The team will then try to sneak a few through waivers and moved to AAA  and others will simply be waived and released as the Cubs set their roster. It’s nice to have a front office working to make the small, but necessary moves to have depth throughout the season in the ‘pen and rotation.
  • Mike Pelfrey agreed with Detroit on a 2 year, 16 million dollar contract. Pefrey had a decent bounce-back year in 2015 posting a 4.26 ERA over 164 2/3 innings.
  • Being the “plan B” to a 30-35 million dollar AAV pitcher in Zack Greinke may drive Jeff Samadizja’s price up, reports teams that have been in communication with Adam Katz. This will likely mean that Cubs will pass unless the price somehow drops to the 70-75 million range.
  • Barry Bonds is back in baseball as the Marlins new hitting coach
  • Ken Rosenthal
  • Reports that Lackey is becoming the more attractive free agent piece to improve the rotation as contracts skyrocket.
  • Mets GM Sandy Alderson has disclosed he has treatable cancer. Thoughts and prayers to him on a full remission and recovery…
  • Zobrist met with Mets last night. It is rumored he is seeking a 3 year deal worth 15-17 million per. If that is the case then the Cubs will likely pass.

ORIGINAL POST:::

There is a lot of information to catch up on after yesterday including Jeff Samadijza’s price not as high as reported, Shelby Miller not on the block, Johnny Cueto may be an option, and a lot more. Let’s get to the thread and, as always, subscribe or save this site to your browser as we will be updating throughout the day.

Rumors:

  • The Braves have made it clear that, while they have fielded calls from more than 20 teams this offseason regarding Shelby Miller in trades, they are in listening mode more than shopping mode. Obviously if the Braves are not motivated to move Miller then they will likely hold on to him unless there is an overpay. With other options that may be available via trade, I am not holding my breath on Miller being with the Cubs this season.
  • 2b Chase utley is drawing interest from the Dodgers and Angels this offseason. After last postseasons controversial slide into second base, he may want to make the move over to the AL.
  • The Giants are holding out on Zack Greinke’s decision on which team he will be pitching for that Greinke will likely make by the end of today. The Giants “plan b” includes both Mike Leake and Jeff Samadijza.
  • Marlins President of baseball operations Michael Hill indicated that the club is not actively shopping OF Marcell Ozuna or RHP Jose Fernandez. However he indicated, “when teams call, we listen to see if it is something that may make sense both short-term and long-term.”
  • Zach Wheeler has progressed as he rehabs from Tommy John Surgery.
  • The Padres continue to push James Shields on the trade market. I don’t like him or his contract as a fit for the Cubs, but if the Padres threw in some cash it may be worth listening to in a Shelds/Castro move.
  • Ken Rosenthal noted that the Cubs are “Busy” looking for a Centerfielder but are faced with limited options. He named both Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward as options. We have discussed on multiple occasions how trading for pitching and signing Jason Heyward would be the perfect option for the Cubs.
  • Zachary Finkelstein indentified five non-tendered players that he would swipe right on and consider offering a contract and adding to a MLB roster.
  • MLB Daily Dish reported that the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, and Giants are all involved in the market for Johnny Cueto. Considering he recently turned down $120 million, I do not see the Cubs as serious bidders.
  • Cubs Den has a terrific piece, as usual, discussing non-tenders and Samardzija’s price not being as high as reported. They are definitely worth the read.
  • For all the talk about Kyle Schwarber in LF, he checked in as the 10th best LF’er in all of baseball per Buster Olney. Considering Schwarber’s massive improvements at Catcher since joining the organization and his athletic ability.(he was a former outside linebacker) I have no doubt that Schwarber will become a more-than-serviceable LF if the Cubs decide that is where they want him long term. Considering he is already ranked 10th after not playing an inning there until he was in the Majors, i’d say he is off to a good start.

 

Transactions:

  • Nori Aoki’s contract was made official yesterday. He signed on for 1 year at 5.5 million with a vesting option for 6 million in 2017. The deal also includes incentives.
  • The Mets signed Jim Henderson to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training
  • The Rockies resigned C Rocky Gale to a minor league deal.
  • Rays designated OF Joey Butler for assignment. Butler was serviceable last year but the team needed to free up a roster spot for C Hank Conger who was acquired on Wednesday from the Astros.
  • The White Sox re-signed RHP Jacob Turner to a 1 year/1.5 million dollar deal yesterday after non-tendering him on Wednesday night.

Remembering Ron Santo:

It was just over 5 years ago that we lost Ron Santo. In 2011 in a move that took far too long to occur, Santo was elected into the Baseball HOF. The Cubs would unveil a statue for Ron later that year. I wasn’t blessed to have seen Ron play, but being a baseball historian as I feel I am Ron is one of my favorite players of all time. Listening to him call games was a joy only comparable to that of Harry Carey. Ron Santo embodied why being a Cubs fan is about more than baseball. Whether it be my father, his father, or now my daughter, every generation knows about the heart and hustle of Ron Santo. We miss ya Ron!

 

It’s the last Friday before the Winter Meetings begin so I expect a ton of news to come out. Some topics to keep your eyes on include Grienke’s likely signing and the trade market likely getting better defined. We have discussed multiple scenarios here at Cubschat.com. Look for the Braves and the Indians, along with the Padres, to be popping up in Cubs rumors over the weekend. Now let’s get to these Winter Meetings….