The Cubs Are Maybe Not Done Tonight?

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The Cubs Are Maybe Not Done Tonight?

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After the Chicago Cubs signed Marcus Stroman to a three-year deal tonight, I’m certainly not ASKING for more before the presumed lockout begins at midnight Eastern.

But in the post-Stroman-signing show on Marquee, Bruce Levine indicated that there COULD be more coming. Like, soon:

A chance. Don’t go too crazy with your expectations!

What’s most interesting about this rumor is that, as with the Stroman signing, it’s not possible to start a negotiation today and get a deal done before the lockout starts, again presumably, at midnight Eastern. So if the Cubs *ARE* landing another starter before tonight, then that means they were already deep, deep into negotiations without any kind of leak. We know they can pull it off, though, given what just happened with Stroman.

The rumor also means, as far as Levine’s sources are concerned, some of those kinds of talks HAVE happened with at least one other starting pitcher. But what about a pre-emptive physical, like with Stroman? Has that happened? Just how close are the talks? It’s gotta be so hard to actually pull this off at the zero hour.

So, maybe don’t get your hopes up, but definitely stay tuned.


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.