Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

2015 winter meetingsIt was a rumored-filled first day in Nashville, with some moves, and even a dude-there’s-a-huge-trade-oh-wait-maybe-not situation involving Aroldis Chapman. For their part, the Cubs re-upped with Trevor Cahill, which is great.

Meanwhile, I was updating rumors about the Cubs and Rays and Cubs and Braves throughout the afternoon. That includes a late-night update on Cubs/Rays/Baez, if you haven’t kept up.

And there’s still a bunch of other stuff to get into …

  • Although they haven’t said a ton about it publicly, the Cardinals are still pursuing a reunion with Jason Heyward, according to GM John Mozeliak. Earlier, we talked about how the Cardinals are also in on Alex Gordon. It does seem a pretty fair guess that the Cardinals will bring in at least one outfielder – though not necessarily a top tier guy. Matt Holliday is aging and a free agent after this year, and the rest of the outfield is crowded but young. Throw in an uncertain situation at first base (Matt Adams is coming back from injury and Brandon Moss was down last year), and maybe the Cardinals go big on Chris Davis instead.
  • Meanwhile, the Cubs’ other big NL Central foe, the Pirates, seem to be laying low. There are rumors they could move Mark Melancon and Neil Walker to free up some salary, but, for now, it’s quiet. They are soon to meet with Scott Kazmir, though.
  • The calls are still coming to the Braves on Shelby Miller, according to Joel Sherman. Nothing is close, but he says the Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, and Red Sox are still in contact. More on the Cubs and Miller here.

  • Enrique Rojas tweets that the Cubs are interested in a reunion with Dexter Fowler, but they aren’t at the three to four years he’s looking for, which makes a lot of sense. If the Cubs could get Fowler on a two-year deal, they might understandably prefer that to almost any other possibility in the outfield. But it’s virtually impossible to see Fowler not gettingĀ at least several three-year offers eventually. Heck, even at three years, Fowler looks pretty darn interesting to me.

  • Kenta Maeda should officially be posted soon, and he’ll reportedly be looking for a $60 million deal. Combine that with his $20 million posting fee, and you’re looking at $80 million total, which sounds about right given that he could fall right there in the Mike Leake/Jeff Samardzija type tier.
  • The Brewers are reportedly making Jonathan Lucroy available, which probably would have been a lot more notable 12 months ago. Given his excellent contract and previous offensive and defensive value, there was a time in the not-so-distant past when Lucroy was probably one of the most valuable assets in baseball. Now? There’s still value there, but a trading team would be rolling the dice that health will suddenly fix all of his troubles.
  • The Angels aren’t only looking at big time free agents for their outfield needs – they’re also considering shorter term trades. Here’s hoping they go that route, because I have some concerns about them going huge on Heyward.
  • This is why Jose Fernandez rumors are fun:

  • I truly hope the Fernandez back-and-forth never stops.
  • At long last, it sounds like the Orioles and Darren O’Day finally do have a deal.
  • Half of baseball is interested in Cliff Lee’s comeback. Literally:

  • Given the arm issues Lee is trying to come back from, it’s not clear he’ll actually be able to pitch competitively in 2016, but his significant upside could actually get a team out there to give him a big league deal. I suspect, though, that the vast majority of “interested” teams are of the “yeah, you could totally come to Spring Training with us and let’s see what happens” variety.
  • I agree with Sahadev, as I do enjoy this:

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