Keeping in mind that teams scout other teams’ systems all the time, there is a plausible connection here with respect to Jonathan Papelbon.
Chicago Cubs Rumors
You never quite know what the Phillies will seek in return, but it seems highly likely that a sell-off is coming. Papelbon can block trades to many teams.
The lefty ace will be one of the top free agents after this season, and he wants to go somewhere that sounds a lot like Chicago.
The draft is over, and the rumors are now going to start flying even more aggressively.
This is coming even after the Cubs got Rafael Soriano.
With an earlier return, not much might change with the Cubs’ midseason plans (whatever they are). Now? It’s a little more difficult.
If Soriano’s stuff has returned, he’d immediately be a big help in the Cubs’ bullpen.
Draft Day is here, so let’s have a little fun with the top 10 picks. Four BN writers mock those picks, and you can join in, too.
Soriano is expected to throw for interested teams in the DR on Thursday, assuming he doesn’t sign before then.
Martinez is regarded by MLB Pipeline as the top prospect in the current IFA class, with ridiculous scouting grades.
On paper, there could be a ton of sellers in the National League this year … which could make it even more important for teams like the Cubs to buy.
The Cubs managed a split this weekend, which was full of rumor/draft/prospect stuff. Miss any of it?
The 34-year-old Zobrist was already a target of the Cubs, and could be again.
With the Cubs playing competitive ball, the MLB Draft being nine days away can easily get lost in the shuffle.
One of the more unremarkable 6-player trades you’ll see. Also, the Cubs are looking for pitching, but that’s no surprise.
What are some of the names being attached to the Cubs thus far? The draft is coming up quickly.
Will teams move quickly on a guy like Cole Hamels? Will the Cubs and Mets find a fit? Will Jordan Zimmermann be the big target after this year?
A busy holiday weekend to recap if you weren’t around.