There was a lot of Alfonso Soriano chatter yesterday with Josh Hamilton signing. The Anibal Sanchez signing has a number of implications, plus more.
What may have been the best free agent fit for the Cubs is headed back to the Tigers.
Obsessive Anibal Sanchez Watch: Cubs Reportedly Increase Offer (UPDATE: Sanchez Re-Signing With Detroit)
Up slightly from $75 million over five years to $77.5 million. (UPDATE: Reportedly signing with Tigers for 5/$80M.)
There are other bits going on in the Cubs’ world. Of course, we all still just want to know about Anibal.
It sounds like it could be for five years and $75 million, but he could be going back to Tigers.
The Cubs will now have 10 days to trade, waive, or release Beliveau.
They hadn’t been attached to the big-time outfielder all Winter, and signing him could cause serious ripples.
The Cubs’ affection for Garza, coupled with his injury, coupled with his impending free agency, coupled with a dearth of starting pitching talent … it’s a perfect storm.
The 34-year-old righty is coming off a down, and injury-ended 2012 season. Before that, he was among the best in the game.
A couple of surprise prospects in 2012, each for very different reasons.
Ken Rosenthal reports the two sides are “close.” UPDATE: Looks closer than close now.
And it could include David Price, says Buster Olney, who clearly just wants to get us all riled up.
The 36-year-old sidearmer is coming off his second Tommy John surgery.
The 27-year-old righty has bounced around a lot … since October.
A couple of thorough updates on the Cubs’ offseason plans, which may merely be getting underway.
What exactly did the Ian Stewart and Nate Schierholtz signings tell us about the future of the Cubs?
The Cubs could be shopping Alfonso Soriano around the league, and teams are pinging the Tigers on Rick Porcello. Plus more from around the league.
The earliest pitchers/catchers report date that I can remember. Which is awesome.
Is there any impact to the Cubs here? How did each side make out?
The Phillies may prefer to go the free agent route, though.
The deal has obvious NL Central implications, as well as wider market implications.
It could be completed as soon as next October, and there are already some walls!
The names are all set for next year – another season in which the minor leagues will be as important to the future of the organization as the big league club.
The pitching market and the outfield market are tough to get a pulse on.
The Cubs say they are still exploring options, but StubHub considers them de facto opted-out. Much more on the reseller market issue.
The Cubs’ top starter continues to work his way back from a stress reaction in his elbow.