What was already an ugly situation could get even uglier.
Category: MLB News and Rumors
The suitors are dwindling, which leaves the Cubs in a good place.
You won’t have to try to hard to guess which one takes the honor for the Cubs. That, plus much more from around baseball.
Looking at the expected position players on the Cubs’ roster this year, you could argue it either way.
Lukewarm Stove: Giants on Cain Next, Rivero Extension, Granderson Signs, Ricketts on Collusion, More
More is coming in the wake of today’s McCutchen trade, and the Pirates didn’t stop there. Also: Ricketts doesn’t see the collusion angle.
Pham believes he can put up huge numbers this year, and he’s taking over the Cardinals’ clubhouse, apparently.
Giants and Pirates Reportedly in “Serious Talks” About Andrew McCutchen Trade (UPDATE: It’s Happening)
The next piece moved out for the Pirates?
A very nice complementary piece for one of the best teams in the NL.
The pace-of-play changes are coming, but can the players at least get a little something out of it?
The latest from the rumor mill, including the Cardinals not so focused on the bullpen (or so they say).
Obsessive Yu Darvish Watch: Yankees Reportedly Think They Can Get Him for Five Years and $80-$90 Million
That cannot be possible. Right?
Three deals today around baseball, and more from the rumor mill.
That’ll take the Astros out of the market for the big free agent starters.
Quite the bargain for the Twins.
Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Just Need to “Add a Year,” No Darvish Offer from NYY, One Year for Holland?, Much More
The Cubs are holding fast. Darvish doesn’t have an offer from the Yankees. Might Holland have to accept a one-year deal?
Unprioritizing? Deprioritizing? He’s not the focus.
The Dodgers are hanging around, and the Yankees are affirmatively interested. But neither can make it work financially just yet.
We’re Already to the Point Where Big Name Free Agents Are Willing to Wait Until Spring Training to Sign
The first “hold out until Spring” threat is on the table, as JD Martinez (and, notably, Scott Boras) seem content to wait.
Sounds Like a Lot of Teams – Including Cardinals and Brewers – Want to Get Jake Arrieta on the Cheap
If the Cubs want Arrieta for short-term, the’ve got competition from at least five other teams.
You’re Going to Get Mad at Me: Yu Darvish Reportedly Narrows List of Teams … to Five (UPDATE: Darvish Says It’s Six)
The Cubs are still sitting relatively pretty, but if all five teams are hoping for a bargain, Darvish might prefer the Rangers.
I Didn’t Know Anyone Was Allowed to Sign Right Now: Jay Bruce Returning to Mets – 3 Years, $39 Million
That’s about the deal he was expected to get, which is notable.
Maybe the worst is behind us when it comes to pitcher arm injuries.
Lukewarm Stove: A Cubs Package for Yelich, D-Backs on Machado, Phillies Active, Rays Keeping Archer, More
Would a couple of young outfielders and two top prospects be enough? Too much?
OK, Maybe Something is Finally Brewing? Astros Trade Talks on Gerrit Cole “Picking Up Steam” (UPDATES: “False Rumor” of Deal)
If the Astros land Cole, that could be good news for the Cubs.
The Cubs will have to look elsewhere for a back-up if it isn’t going to be Victor Caratini.
If the Astros land Cole, instead of the Yankees, that could impact the market – and the Cubs – in a number of ways.