First the Cubs try to show Jeff Samardzija some love. Will he accept their advances?
The Cubs have reached out to Jeff Samardzija about a multiyear extension, reports Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Samardzija, who enjoyed a breakout year in 2012 in his first season as a starting pitcher, is arb-eligible for the first time this winter and is under team control through 2015.
I seriously read that second sentence as “Samardzija, who enjoyed a breakfast . . ”
Didn’t Theo say that he was hesitant to invest a lot in Asian players just, like, a week ago? Because today there’s this:
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — In their never-ending, world-wide search for pitching, the Cubs have entered a qualifying bid for South Korean left-handed starterHyun-jin Ryu, according to major league sources.
His upside creates the possibility that he could go immediately into a big-league rotation and remain there for at least a few years. While no one knows how the process will play out, it could take a commitment of more than $20 million to make the deal work.
“He has command, a big body, throws 91-92 (mph), definitely a guy who’s ready for the big leagues,” U.S.-based agent Scott Boras said Thursday at the general manager meetings.
Oh goody, Scott Boras is involved. This should go swimmingly.
And, despite what Theo said yesterday about the Cubs having narrow needs or shallow needs or something, Jed says this:
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The second morning of general manager meetings here again was taken up by rules and procedural sessions, but the 30 team bosses have found time to discuss trades.
Both Cubs GM Jed Hoyer and the White Sox’s Rick Hahn say they have laid groundwork for possible trades, some of which could happen before baseball’s annual winter meetings in Nashville the first week of December. And, especially for the Cubs, there has been plenty of talk concerning free agents.
“I think it will be a faster market this year,” said Hoyer, who watched last winter as some free agents went through mid-December. “We have (payroll) flexibility to add players. We’ve had a lot of meetings (with teams) and discussions with players.”
And what are the Cubs looking for?
“Pitching, pitching, pitching,” Hoyer said.
Am I the only one who always forgets about Jed? I’m actually always kind of surprised when he pops up and I’m like “Hey, that guy! I forgot about that guy!”
Finally, we got word late yesterday that the Dan Haren deal did INDEED fall apart because of Haren’s trick back, though Haren himself denies it:
The proposed trade between the Angels and Cubs and would’ve brought Dan Haren to Chicago indeed fell through due to the Cubs’ concerns about Haren’s recent injury history, reports CSNChicago.com’s David Kaplan. Haren denied that he was injured in an e-mail to Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times. “I’ve never missed any time because of injury other than the three weeks this year because of my back,” Haren said. “When I came back, I had to be cleared by doctors, so obviously, I was healthy.”
Friday Question of the Day: What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the last 3 months? And don’t say “Skyfall” because I haven’t seen it yet and it’s only been out for 24 hours or something.