The Cubs were previously mentioned as a possible bidder.
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The Braves have not made an offer to Jon Lester, and the Reds could sell off more than their pitchers.
Although you’d have expected the Cubs to kick the tires on Montero anyway, Russell Martin’s recent signing doesn’t appear to have immediately impacted anything.
Aside from digging Porcello, what does this mean for the Cubs? And for the market as a whole?
I still doubt the Cubs would get involved right now directly, but a Zimmermann trade impacts the market this and next year tremendously.
The Red Sox’s offer to Lester was a mere opening, so upward movement is expected. Meanwhile, some execs still predict Lester winds up with the Cubs.
When we look at the caliber of opponents that guys like Hamels, Lester, Scherzer, and Shields have actually faced, how do they stack up?
Eligible minor leaguers must be rostered today to protect from the Rule 5 Draft. That means things will happen around the league and on the Cubs.
The offer may have come last week, and is longer than four years (no surprise). On the Cubs’ side, Ryan Dempster says Lester’s interest is genuine.
Those writing about Moncada seem to think he’s not going to wait until July to sign.
So much to discuss this morning. I don’t even know where to start. So I’ll just start.
Let the negotiations begin. How high might things go? Also: many words of caution about the Red Sox, and about the Cubs’ pitching future.
Even in a bad contract swap, I’m not sure Swisher is the right guy for the Cubs.
Lester reportedly came to Chicago today, and will head to Atlanta later in the week. Also: Cardinals, because of course.
It’s amazing what a difference the 2014 season made. Masterson remains an interesting target.
Martin’s deal with the Blue Jays is heavily backloaded, which comes with plusses and minuses. More importantly, what’s next?