It remains the case that Moncada wants to sign quickly (which the Cubs can’t offer him), and this may just be about performing adequate scouting diligence when there’s an opportunity.
Chicago Cubs Rumors
Given where we are in the offseason, there’s a surprising amount to discuss.
The Cubs’ offer was reportedly what we suspected: limited to three years and a vesting option. Apparently, he had other four-year offers, though. In any case, it’s time to move on.
The end of the tortured story is what we expected. Shields would have been a nice cherry, but it was a great Cubs offseason nonetheless.
Today could finally be the day, and no one is really backing off of the Padres as a favorite. Shields could improve the Cubs by a fair bit, though.
All reasonable signs out there point to Shields going to the Padres. But no deal is done yet. More thoughts on Shields and the Padres, and Shields and the Cubs. (UPDATES on negotiations.)
If the Cubs could get Shields at the right deal, it sounds like they’d do it. But it also sounds like the Padres make the most sense. Lots more in this morning’s update.
The offseason is winding down, but the rumor mill keeps churning. Are the Padres looking likelier for James Shields?
We’re just a couple weeks out from pitchers and catchers reporting, but it sounds like moves remain on the table.
This is a pretty significant development and a surprising turn. The Cubs may only be “kicking the tires” at this point, but that’s still something.
Teams are rumored to be in on Shields, and then immediately out. The Dodgers might be the favorites on Moncada.
Feliciano would be a no-risk flyer, and the latest addition in an increasingly-crowded bullpen competition.
Shields is reportedly expected to sign by the end of this week as he sorts out his offers. Grumble, grumble, Cardinals, grumble.
We’ll finally find out just how the market for the 19-year-old Cuban super prospect will shake out.
Huge contracts tend not to be signed in February. But if a guy like Shields has to take a serious price cut, it seems like many teams would figure out a way to accommodate him in the budget.
It sure feels like this is the week James Shields should sign, but we still know so little about where and for how much. As his price tag continues to fall … no. I won’t go there. Well, maybe a little …