We’ll finally find out just how the market for the 19-year-old Cuban super prospect will shake out.
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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 …
OFAC won’t be issuing the specific license MLB was requiring Cuban players to get, so it’s apparently up to MLB to change its policy, which could happen soon.
A superprospect’s future is up in the air as MLB and the U.S. Government try to come together on how Cuban players will be cleared to sign.
More unraveling of the Yoan Moncada story, and how MLB will proceed with Cuban players.
Maybe the age, the draft pick compensation, and the robust pitching market next year should have been warning signs all along. Can the Cubs get a steal?
There are some crazy things going on behind the scenes, and they could lead to Moncada finally being available soon. That’s probably not great news.
The complicated relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, and the impending changes thereto, could have Moncada caught in the middle.
With each day that goes by without a big-time extension, the post-2015 pitching class becomes potentially more ridiculous.
A few signings to go over, the latest on James Shields and Cole Hamels, a Cubs arbitration case, and more.
They’ve typically been mentioned as among the primary suitors, but you wonder whether they’ll be in at the expected price tag.
The hurdles in getting him remain, but the Cubs could be right there for Moncada for a while.
Which will immediately make you wonder about the Welington Castillo trade market. And then you wonder whether carrying three catchers is suddenly plausible.
Colby Rasmus has found a home, which leads to an interesting question. Also: where is James Shields going to wind up? Will Cole Hamels ever be traded?
It’s no surprise the Cubs remain interested. The question remains the timing. But the Rangers, interestingly, provide a glimmer of hope.