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.
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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.
The Cubs had interest at one time, but things have changed since then. The Phillies would be best served making a deal soon, but will they actually do it?
It still sounds like a decision is coming much sooner than would put the Cubs in the race.
The money was actually extremely close, and Shields chose the better fit. I still don’t register too much disappointment.
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.
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.