Oh my. Pursuing Fielder was almost an expectation at this point, but Pujols? That’s pretty surprising.
Archive for November, 2011
An examination of the reasons the Chicago Cubs should sign free agent first baseman, Prince Fielder.
One report says the Cubs have been “very aggressive” behind the scenes, both in trade talks and in pursuing a variety of free agents.
If Pena departs via free agency, the Cubs will pick up an extra draft pick between the first and second round in 2012.
The Cubs have about two weeks to figure out what to do with their arbitration-eligible players. Lou Montanez is gone, and so is Ed Wade.
Z needs a little more rest. Joe Girardi digs Dale Sveum and Theo Epstein, the Cubs are still irked about the CBA, Marwin Gonzalez’s Winter plans change, and Junior Lake will have a long year.
There are fears that Darvish will not be posted, but SI says he is still more likely than not to come to the States this year. Matt Garza is good, Josh Vitters is coming along, and the Cubs have re-signed some minor leaguers.
Kevin Goldstein takes on the Cubs’ system, describing it as thin in star power, but heavy in depth. Short scouting reports on the top players, too.
Dale Sveum wants an old friend as pitching coach, and wants Craig Counsell on his bench. Theo Epstein is unhappy about the CBA changes, and Jim Hendry anticipated it.
Ramirez was expected. Pena was a bit of a surprise.
Pre-Thanksgiving bits on Prince Fielder, Matt Garza, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish, Carl Crawford, Geovany Soto, Carlos Marmol and more.
Carlos Marmol is clearly a tradable piece, but what about Geovany Soto? And is Hank Conger an intriguing trade target?
The world that was is no more. But it’s still going to take a long time for the Cubs to feel all the CBA changes. Tons on the CBA, Epstein/Hoyer compensation, Cubs’ plans, and Z’s face.
The arrow on Marmol’s value is pointing in the right direction.