Monday Afternoon Madness: Mariners on Báez and Bryant, Kikuchi's Suitors, Schwarber, Story, West, More

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Monday Afternoon Madness: Mariners on Báez and Bryant, Kikuchi’s Suitors, Schwarber, Story, West, More

Chicago Cubs

I had to go off the grid briefly for a doctor’s appointment and I just knew the rumor mill would blow up while I was away. Some rumors making the rounds:

•   The Mariners are not only reportedly signing top free agent starter Robbie Ray, but are also gettin’ going on positional players, like a couple familiar names:

•   We heard earlier today about Bryant and the Mariners, but that’s the first non-Mets/Tigers/Red Sox/Cubs team being connected publicly to Javy Báez. There have been plenty of rumors that Báez might be another guy to agree to a deal pre-CBA expiration, so stay tuned.

•   Another possible pre-CBA former Cub signing:

•   The Mets have locked down their BIG arm for the offseason, as have the Blue Jays, but still want to add in the rotation:

•   Kikuchi has been speculated to the Cubs many times this offseason, though not formally rumored. I’d be intrigued and dream on the possible fixes and all that, but there are some things I don’t love about his splits.

•   LOL, I mean, OK:

•   If his market isn’t there, then a short-term re-up does make some sense for both sides, but it would be a big surprise given all that has come before. For now, the Cubs still figure to be a team that sits back on the shortstops and leaps only if one of them doesn’t have a deal come February and has to settle. Like it or lump it, appears to be the reality.

•   To that end, more Corey Seager-Rangers heat developing. The AL West could be absurd next year – four powerhouse teams and the A’s. No wonder the A’s want to tear it all down.

•   Get this guy out of the NL Central, damn it:

•   A reminder of just how loaded this free agent class was/is:

•   A random thought: Increasingly, as you survey the landscape, it becomes easier to see how the Cubs might land some solid bats …. and harder to see how the Cubs might land some solid starting pitchers.

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