From a Cubs fan perspective, today hasn’t been nearly as crazy as yesterday was, though I suppose it’s only fair to point out that, until about 4:30pm CT yesterday, many Cubs fans were pinging me to tell me how bored they were. Things change quickly at the Winter Meetings.
So, then, while I completely credit Cubs GM Jed Hoyer when he says that the front office is not expecting to make any more moves before the meetings conclude, I also know that it’s not always within their control when opportunities can pop up. I’d also add that, even if the Cubs don’t make another substantive move before the end of the day Thursday, the conversations and idea formation will not stop. Which is to say, the rumors probably won’t stop either …
- The Phillies are sending closer Ken Giles to the Astros for pitchers Vincent Velasquez and Brett Oberholtzer, outfield prospect Derek Fisher, and one more. It’s a really significant haul for the Phillies – and a great move for them in their rebuild – but Giles is a cost-controlled stud. He looked to me this past year like the next elite closer (which, well, he already is). Within a couple years, the Phillies are going to be very good again. And the Astros are going to be very good again in 2016.
- Meanwhile, the A’s did wind up trading Brett Lawrie, who heads to the White Sox for a couple young pitchers I’ve never heard of. There are other pieces that could work out still from last year’s deal, but, man, that Josh Donaldson trade is not looking great for the A’s. The primary bet seemed to be on a Lawrie rebound, and that did not happen, to say the least.
- The Cubs are planning to hang onto Javier Baez as a super-utility player says Marc Topkin, so the talks between the Cubs and Rays aren’t really going right now, though he says talks could be rekindled. I don’t read a ton into that, though, because that role was always true with Baez – either he was going to be traded, or he was going to be on the team in a utility role (or at AAA). With Adam Warren in the fold, the Cubs’ urgency to pick up an arm definitely steps back a bit, but for the right young impact type, I’m sure the Cubs are still listening.
- The Marlins are still talking to a handful of teams about Jose Fernandez, but they’re not backing down from their “astronomical” asking price (Jon Morosi). It’s just fun to follow, and I don’t care what anyone says.
- Jon Heyman writes about free agent lefty Wei-Yin Chen, whom he says is drawing interest from the Cardinals, Giants, Nationals, and Royals. The Cubs were briefly connected to Chen this past weekend, but I’m tentatively expecting the only way the Cubs even poke around in the second tier of pitching at this point is if someone get stuck holding the bag after the turn of the calendar and the Cubs can snipe a bargain. Otherwise, I expect them to continue to poke around the trade market for a real impact younger type, but that’s it.
- I’m sure this is true, but when you think about it, there’s not really much new information added to your reserves because it may as well have been the case back in July just as it was a week or a day ago:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 10, 2015
- The Mets are signing Asdrubal Cabrera to a two-year deal, with an option for 2018. After adding Neil Walker earlier today in trade, the Mets’ infield is either going to employ a variety of rotational options, or they’re going to move one of Wilmer Flores or Ruben Tejada.
- Scott Boras met with the media tonight, and among his talking points was that Denard Span is not looking for a one-year, prove-it deal, even though some believe that’s what he’ll have to settle for (Marc Carig). The Cubs are reportedly interested in Span.
- Speaking of outfield options, the Rockies are listening not only on Carlos Gonzalez, but also Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson, according to Morosi.