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Winter Meetings Morning Update: Chapman, Archer, Fowler, Quintana, Cubs Catcher, More

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2016-winter-meetingsWhile we await word on the finalization of the reported Wade Davis-Jorge Soler swap, there are some other developments around the Winter Meetings to note …

  • Part of the reason the Cubs may have moved aggressively on Davis? A belief that the markets for free agents Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen have exploded to a level where they simply weren’t going to be in the mix. Chapman reportedly has an offer worth $92 million already, and, although the Cubs probably weren’t involved on Chapman anyway, that will impact the price tag for Jansen. If the Cubs already knew they were out on those two, then it does make some sense to move rapidly on the only closer trade target who is in their performance tier, lest the losers on Chapman/Jansen have an opportunity to fall back on Davis and push up the price tag.
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  • Ken Rosenthal writes about the Nationals’ early offseason of misses, but the message emanating from Washington is that they aren’t worried and they aren’t going to make a move just to make it. To that end, I’d certainly agree that, even as constructed, the Nationals look like a playoff-caliber team again in 2017. But, with Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy potentially walking after 2018, there’s a near-term window here for the Nats to really go for it.
  • … and if you ask Bob Nightengale, the Nationals have already moved on to discussions with the White Sox for their other stud lefty, Jose Quintana. Sale is the more dominating pitcher, there can be no question, but I’m not sure the total value difference between the two is as wide as some might think. Quintana, 27, has been consistently excellent for a long time now, and is on an even more attractive contract than Sale.
  • The A’s are looking to invest primarily in their organizational personnel, rather that in big league payroll (SFChronicle.com). Further, the idea is to have a competitive team ready to roll whenever it is that they actually finally get a new stadium. So … doesn’t that sound like they’re about to tear down and rebuild? There is no direct indication from Billy Beane that this is what will happen, but how else should they proceed?

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  • The Cubs are going to need to find a quality depth catcher to stash at AAA Iowa, and it won’t be Tim Federowicz again – Bruce Levine reports he’s signing with the Giants. Given Willson Contreras’s youth, Miguel Montero’s back, and Kyle Schwarber’s knee, this is actually not at all an insubstantial need, even if it might come in the form of a minor league signing. Victor Caratini is on the 40-man roster as well, but he’s probably not ready to step in and manage a big league staff in a playoff race, if it comes to that. Hopefully the right veteran, excellent-receiving/defensive catcher is out there.
  • Old friend Fernando Rodney is signing with the Diamondbacks, according to Jon Heyman. He gets $2.75 million on a one-year deal, plus incentives. Hopefully, if that’s the range for that tier of reliever, the Cubs can find a nice addition out there to supplement the pen, even after adding Davis (assuming that happens). Maybe it’s someone like Greg Holland (though he could get more), or maybe it’s someone like Koji Uehara. Or maybe it’s one of Jerry Blevins or Brad Ziegler, who came up yesterday.

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