Although I expected this week to be modestly busy – there’s always spillover from the Winter Meetings, and it’s the last full week before Christmas/New Years slow things down for a week or two – I didn’t think there would be much going on over the weekend. The meetings were so transaction heavy that I figured there would be a little break.
That was mostly true, but there was more than I thought there would be. And, if you checked out on Friday, I wouldn’t blame you. There was a lot to digest last week. But now you can catch up …
Friday, December 12
- With the meetings in the rearview – and the Cubs very busy – it was understandable to wonder, “What’s next for the Cubs?”
- And, after so wondering, it was relatedly reasonable to wonder, “But are the Cubs contenders already?”
- The Jason Hammel signing became officially official.
- We discussed Minor League Ball’s new top 20 Cubs prospect list.
- The Cubs have a new TV deal! Well, a partial deal for a short-term, but it’s with a new partner – ABC-7.
- The latest from the Lukewarm Stove had a bit on Travis Wood and Ben Revere, among other things.
Saturday, December 13
- Setting aside whether the Cubs want to add another starting pitcher or not, do they need to add another?
- The Jon Lester signing is officially official, and his press conference is later today at 1pm CT.
- Jason Hammel is happy to be back with the Cubs, and it’s hard not to gush about his return.
Sunday, December 14
- The White Sox continue their go-getter offseason, signing Melky Cabrera to a three-year deal.
- The Nationals’ and Bryce Harper’s relationship may be continuing to strain. And the mind wanders.
- A report has the Cubs still in on Cole Hamels, which is fun to think about, but I’m skeptical.
- And another rumor report rounded out the weekend, with the Cubs having spoken with free agent center fielder Colby Rasmus.