Lester is focused on the playoffs, but is excited to get excited about free agency. How good was he this year, and how much will he get?
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If he tries to duplicate Brian McCann’s five-year, $85 million deal, he might not get it. But I doubt he’s too far off.
How do innings totals impact valuations? And are the Cubs still the favorite for Lester?
Where the Cubs pick in the 2015 draft is of increasingly less consequence – but have the protected pick is nice heading into free agency.
It’s going to be tricky to add an everyday guy, but, however they do it, the Cubs know they need a veteran bat or two.
Hoyer says nice things about Castillo, and Castillo knows nothing is a guarantee. All in all, you can’t rule out a pursuit of Martin.
The Cubs do need catching and a veteran, impact bat. Does Martin check all of the boxes?
That would be a mild surprise at this juncture, but that’s the report.
A young slugging outfielder with big upside sounds like the Cubs’ wheelhouse, but Tomas figures to draw plenty of suitors.
There’s only so much time left to get a final few looks at Lester before free agency begins.
There are no hard feelings about the trade that sent him to Oakland, at least.
Emphasis on “positional” there. In a market very thin on options, a 23-year-old big-time corner outfield bat has to look pretty attractive.
The money is there to spend on pitching, and the talent is there, too. But that doesn’t mean the Cubs will have a singular focus on 2015.
While there might be activity around baseball, I wouldn’t expect too much on the Cubs’ front.