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.
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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.
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.