A few signings to go over, the latest on James Shields and Cole Hamels, a Cubs arbitration case, and more.
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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.
Step back and look at what the Cubs have accomplished this Winter, and you will be impressed.
If you were out yesterday, or missed anything else this weekend, some big, big stuff happened.
The fit is pretty clearly a good one, though it’s a painful deal in some ways.
Assuming it happens, things are about to get very interesting.
If the Nats get Scherzer, they could then look to deal a starting pitcher like Jordan Zimmermann. Remember him?
Much more on the Cubs’ outfield situation, including possible fits.
The Cardinals have extended Lance Lynn (kind of), and the Astros have had discussions about trading Dexter Fowler.
Given the construction of the team, that makes a lot of sense.
Does adding Gattis spur the Astros to trade a catcher? (Impact Castillo market?) Or do they move an outfielder? (Say, Dexter Fowler?)
The Cubs’ chances for a meaningful shot at the Cuban prospect just took another hit.
The Diamondbacks are all over the rumor mill right now, with their immediate future connected to many teams, including the Cubs.
It sounds like they are, though it’s not clear whether they want a starter or another complementary type. Let’s discuss.