One report says the Cubs have been “very aggressive” behind the scenes, both in trade talks and in pursuing a variety of free agents.
Archive for November, 2011
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.
The new CBA changes a number of things in dramatic ways. The draft and international free agency are wildly different. Ditto free agent compensation.
A burglar apparently really wanted to live the life of Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been to the Dominican Republic to see the Cuban star, and possibly meet with his advisor. What might it mean?
I didn’t know just how bad it’s been. Dale Sveum talks about pitch counts, Ryne Sandberg returns to the Iron Pigs, Matt Garza is not valuable, and Marlon Byrd is thankful.