Good time to have some chats, folks.
The hearing was over a month ago.
Solid pitcher for any rotation? Sure. But the kind of guy the Cubs will spend on right now? Much harder to see.
Rumors moving at lightening speed.
I am flabbergasted by the size of this contract, but also deeply intrigued.
That’s a very aggressive and active team, so coming after Contreras wouldn’t be shocking.
Winter Meetings Monday Morning: Latest on Cole, Bryant’s Market, LAD Outfielders, Keuchel and the Cubs? Much More
Crazy morning already, and it’s time to get through the rumors.
Another Trade Prediction Sends Kris Bryant to the Braves, But This Time the Discussion is Actually Reasonable
If the Cubs were going to trade Bryant in the coming days or weeks, the Braves are probably the best fit on both sides of that trade.
The Cubs do want Castellanos back, but now there are even more reasons for them to wait out the market. (Right or wrong … )
Makes sense that Zobrist would take his time (and teams, too). Also, are you ready for more Cubs ESPN Sunday Night Baseball?
The 32-year-old has dominated in Korea the last couple years.
The Winter Meetings kick off tomorrow in San Diego, so it’s time to put a new coat of paint on the Lukewarm Stove.
A look at drafting ahead for the Cubs.
Cubs Reportedly Telling Agents They Can’t Negotiate on Even Low-Cost Free Agents Until They Clear Salary
True or not, that isn’t inconsistent with how we expect the Cubs to proceed. However, if it is *actually* true? That’s a problem.
Is Peter Gammons Saying the Yankees Are Getting Gerrit Cole? Let’s Wonder Together (UPDATES: He’s Definitely Saying It)
Maybe the top free agent has been signed. Maybe not!
More intimated interest in Bryant coming out of Atlanta, where there’s a pretty obvious trade fit if the sides were inclined.
Rangers Get Lyles, Building Rotations, Accessibility Seating at Wrigley Field, and Other Cubs Bullets
The Rangers are showing a very different approach to building a rotation externally than the Cubs have taken.
Lukewarm Stove: Everyone Should Want Contreras, Tsutsugo’s Market, Rendon is Phillies’ No. 1 Target, More
So maybe the Cubs should, too …
ESPN Proposes a Kris Bryant-Rangers Trade, Mostly Just Highlighting the Problem with These Two as Trade Partners
Pairing these teams up in a Bryant trade is almost not worth the mental exercise.
Cole is gonna get paaaaaaid … but at that price, wouldn’t you just prefer Strasburg?
A low-cost shot at a relief arm. The Cubs do this a lot.
And that’s just fine. No expectations, though.
I had no idea how Alex Avila had reinvented himself (just signed with the Twins), and it is a reminder of how catchers can change quickly.
Padres are pushing the chips in.
A healthy Inciarte of a couple years ago would’ve been a dream addition.
Cubs were likely not in on Pineda, but the starting pitching market is moving.
Wonder what that was about.
Ah. A little breathing room. With no purpose?
Getting an 80-grade on your fastball will do that.
The two go together like peanut butter and jelly, or something like that.
MLBits: Ballpark Changes in Arlington, Miami, and Anaheim, Mets Owners Moving On, Behind the Astros Cheating, More
Lotta news from around baseball suddenly, outside the transaction stuff.
Remember: the Cubs are supposed to spend more.
Well that’s specific, and the fit – from the Astros’ perspective – is pretty obvious.
Digging the freedom that is coming to streaming within each team’s territory. Gonna be good news for Cubs fans. Also: Javy and the slider.
The implications of a trade like this abound, for the Brewers, for the NL Central, for the Cubs, and for Willson Contreras.
Lots of moves today means lots of rumors tonight.
Risk that he’s toast? Sure. He was that down in 2019. But in 2018, he was one of the best pitchers in history.