That turned out to be an extremely busy weekend, eh? If you missed anything, here are your headlines to scan …
Friday, December 1
- We learned early on Friday that Shohei Ohtani may prefer a team that doesn’t already have a big Japanese star associated with it.
- The Cubs didn’t hit the ball as hard in 2017 as you may have thought.
- That said, we can still have a little fun with the longest homers of the year for the Cubs.
- The Cubs signed a reliever to a big league deal, so we should get to know new lefty Dario Alvarez.
- The Cubs also lost a reliever, as Matt Carasiti is headed to Japan.
- Kris Bryant drove at 100+ MPH because he gets to do fun stuff.
- Even Joe Maddon concedes that Jake Arrieta is probably gone.
- Some notes from around baseball, including how the Marlins dismissed a scout while he was in the hospital.
- A Chicago sports themed Christmas lights show with ‘Go Cubs Go’? Yes, that’s fun.
- Like the Giants, the Cardinals were given the opportunity to meet in person with Giancarlo Stanton’s reps.
- If they don’t get Stanton, though, they may try to expand talks with the Rays to get Evan Longoria.
- The tender deadline arrived and everyone was tendered except Hector Rondon and Taylor Davis.
- And Friday wound down with the Cardinals trading Aledmys Diaz to the Blue Jays.
Saturday, December 2
- A litany of Obsessive Ohtani Watch bits from early Saturday (definitely worth checking out, but obviously everything changed last night – see ‘Sunday’).
- Remembering just how productive Hector Rondon was for the Cubs, thinking about future Cubs pitching prospects, and more in the Bullets.
- While we await a resolution on the Giancarlo Stanton trade front, folks still doubt he’d accept a trade to the Cardinals.
Sunday, December 3
- An embarrassing tale out of Miami, as the Marlins didn’t even bother to bid on Shohei Ohtani because the $20 million posting fee was too much.
- Willson Contreras comes in for a lot of defensive love.
- Word is that the Marlins are ready to accept a trade from the Giants or Cardinals, but Stanton could still be waiting on the Dodgers.
- And then the biggy for the weekend dropped: Shohei Ohtani started eliminating teams from the pursuit.
- … but the Cubs have not been eliminated. From the look of things, they’re now one of seven finalists for his services.