Joe Maddon described how Castillo could be incorporated into the mix if the Cubs carry three catchers. It’s not a significant role.
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A top international prospect to whom the Cubs had been very closely connected is now, instead, connected to the Dodgers.
There’s interest in Castillo out there, but now’s not the time that teams typically make deals.
Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro really wants to be traded, which can’t be helping the Cubs with respect to his former teammate, Welington Castillo.
If the Cubs knew they were getting 2013 Travis Wood in 2015, none of this would even be a conversation. But 2014 happened.
Some potentially huge news for the Cubs in the upcoming 2015/16 IFA period, which starts July 2.
The Cubs could go with three catchers, if it comes to that, or they could find a landing spot for Castillo. Also: they can and will make additions as necessary.
Moncada and Hamels remain popular names. Zimmermann might cut off extension talks, Beachy signs with the Dodgers, more.
So much to see, read, and discuss coming out of Mesa, Arizona.
Cubs fans are hopeful by nature, and there are a couple very small, new reasons for hope on Moncada. Small. Very small.
It’s still unknown if and when the Cubs will do a little Spring cleaning. Also, the latest on the big Cuban names, and much more.
When “not out” is as far as you can go, that’s probably not saying much. Such is the case here, where Moncada remains very likely to go to another team, and soon.
If you celebrated with the presidents yesterday, you may have missed some things. That, and the rest from the weekend.
It’s very unlikely at this point that Hamels opens the season with any other team but the Phillies. Still, there’s a lot of interest.
This could cut a number of ways. Clearer path for the Cubs to deal a back-end guy? Or is the market really bad?
It turns out there’s another wrinkle to James Shields’ deal with the Padres: an opt-out clause.