Before we get into another week of no significant baseball transactions (in all seriousness, this has to be the week, right?), let’s catch back up on everything we covered over the weekend, in case you missed any of it.
Friday, Janury 5
- Friday kicked off with a Lukewarm Stove discussing, among many things, the possibility that the Royals were cutting some salary in an effort to land Eric Hosmer.
- We also learned that the Cubs’ initial offer to Alex Cobb was three years and $42 million.
- In the Bullets, we discussed the up-coming pace-of-play meetings/changes for 2018 and the rise and fall of Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang, among other things.
- Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras were each ranked fourth best at their position … which is kinda fair.
- The 2018-2019 free agent class really is loaded, and we took a closer look.
- Another Lukewarm Stove revealed the Cardinals’ interest in Yu Darvish and the possibility that Manny Machado might actually make the most sense in New York.
Saturday, January 6
- Saturday’s Bullets discussed the six-year anniversary of the Cubs acquiring their franchise first baseman, Anthony Rizzo.
- Word broke that Alex Cobb would accept a four-year, $70 million deal – presumably from anyone.
- The Blue Jays acquired Yangervis Solarte, which made the chances of a Josh Donaldson trade sliiiiiiightly more possible.
Sunday, January 7
- To complete the Alex Cobb-filled weekend, we discussed new Cub Drew Smyly’s friendship with the former Rays pitcher and how it’s yet another piece of the puzzle tying Cobb to the Cubs (among other Bullets).
- And we also bid a happy birthday to Cubs starter Jon Lester, while sharing some of his finer moments with the team.