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Lukewarm Stove: Stanton Offers from Giants and Cardinals, Chatwood Interest, Braves Punishment

Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors

Thanksgiving looms later this week, and that sometimes acts like an early point in the offseason by which some free agents like to have a decision made. This week, therefore, usually brings some signings.


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That said, everything about this offseason has been slow to develop so far, presumably in large part because of the trickle-down effect of the wait on Shohei Ohtani (it’s not certain to be resolved by today, either), and the Giancarlo Stanton trade wait.

To that end …

  • We had word that teams were making offers on Stanton, and now we’ve got some rumored names, though the process is still playing out:

  • Without more context, including the dollars involved in such trade proposals, it’s impossible to evaluate what makes for a “good” deal. Alcantara is a very legit prospect, though, for what it’s worth.
  • With Tyler Chatwood making a lot of sense for the Cubs, it’s worth pointing out the expectedly robust market for his services:

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  • We took a long look at Chatwood last week, and why the 27-year-old is extremely attractive … and why an extremely-attractive 27-year-old free agent is even talked about as a guy who might get only a two or three-year deal. One thing I do think about with a guy that young, who has such crazy good results away from Coors Field, and who has a whole lot of questions about his peripherals and health: might HE not be best served taking a one-year deal, showing teams that he’s good to go in 2018 – and maybe even putting up fantastic numbers away from Coors – and then signing a monster deal at age 28? Or would he deem that too risky now given his health history, and given the huge free agent class coming next year? Increasingly, I feel like if the Cubs can get him on a two-year, $20 million deal, it’s worth that roll of the dice REGARDLESS of what else they do in the rotation. (I think he can get a three-year deal if that’s what he wants, though, or a big-dollar one-year deal.)
  • The Braves punishment is coming soon, and it could directly impact free agency (namely, the availability of new prospects):

  • The prospects will almost certainly still be subject to IFA rules, though, so if they are ready to sign with new teams right away, you should note that the Cubs will still be limited to a $300,000 maximum bonus for the players (Maitan would probably receive a lot more than that).

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  • Earlier, if you missed it, the Brewers are reportedly in on Jake Arrieta, and the Rangers are in on Alex Cobb.
  • Meanwhile, on Ohtani, we wait, and the clock ticks toward tonight’s self-imposed deadline:


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.