I’ll get into more specifics tomorrow, but I didn’t have the heart tonight. Suffice it to say: there is still no meaningful clarity on the Masahiro Tanaka situation. He might be posted. He might not. We probably won’t know more until next week. I wonder if that will hold up the Jeff Samardzija trade market further (not only for teams considering both, but for teams considering Samardzija versus Garza/Santana/Jimenez, each of whom might be waiting on Tanaka’s decision).
Relatedly? Separately? Bruce Levine reports that the Cubs and Nats discussed James Russell – the Nats are very much in the market for a lefty – but there wasn’t a match. I like James Russell, don’t get me wrong. But I’ve got a sinking feeling that the Cubs will regret not selling as high as possible on him this offseason. He’s made so very many appearances over the last two and a half years.
Seriously, where is Shin-Soo Choo going to sign? The Diamondbacks are out after picking up Mark Trumbo, and the Tigers might be out after signing Rajai Davis. The Rangers reportedly find the price to be too steep at this point. Big bucks from the Mariners? Back to the Reds? It seems like weeks ago that Bruce Levine reported that the Cubs were seriously interested in Choo, who figures to get far more than it would be prudent for the Cubs to spend on him right now.
The Pirates are listening on 26-year-old reliever Justin Wilson, who is a lefty. That probably impacts the Cubs more in terms of any James Russell market out there (if there is one) than it does in terms of the Cubs seeking to add a third lefty to the pen. Wilson would probably cost a bit, too.
Mark Mulder, 36, wants to hang up his microphone and come back to baseball. Apparently he’s figured out a delivery that doesn’t cause him the problems that ended his career prematurely after shoulder surgeries. He hasn’t pitched since 2009.
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