Chicago Cubs Tuesday: All the latest from the Winter Meetings

Between the big Bears win last night and my Deadspin piece yesterday, I’m playing a little bit of catch up with the Cubs and the Winter Meetings. Luckily, the Cubs have made it easy on me by doing absolutely nothing. Still, there are rumors a plenty swirling around out there, so let’s address them:

The biggest name on everyone’s lips right now is Jeff Samardzija. I’ve been told the Cubs are in no hurry to move Samaradzija and that the asking price is rather high. My feeling is that there’s a better chance of the Cubs extending Samardzija or keeping him until July than trading him over the off-season. According to Bruce Levine, though, the Yankees and Braves are interested in talking Samardzija:

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I don’t doubt this. I’m sure a lot of teams are interested in Jeff Samardzija. Whether those teams remain interested in Samardzija after they hear what the Cubs expect in return, however, is another matter entirely.

One new rumor yesterday concerned the Cubs’ interest in Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen. Let’s go to mlbtraderumors.com:

The Cubs are looking to the trade market in their search for relievers and have eyed both Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen of the Nationals, among others, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times (on Twitter).

Clippard, 28, is controlled through the 2015 season and has a 2.73 ERA with 10.3 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 over the past five seasons. Storen, 26, may have fallen out of favor to an extent with the Nats in 2013 following a career-worst 4.52 ERA and a brief demotion to the minors. The former No. 10 overall pick owns a career 3.40 ERA with 8.4 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 since being promoted in 2010, however.

Given the black hole of failure the Cubs bullpen devolved into last season, I’m 100 percent on board with this plan. If Jed and Theo come home with nothing more than a decent reliever with a several years of control left, I’d be thrilled.

In other news, rumors are flying fast and furious that the Cubs have received several inquiries on Starlin Castro, but aren’t interested in trading him. I’m not sure why this is news. As I’ve said at least a thousand times, Jed and Theo will trade anyone who brings in more value than the Cubs give up. If someone offers a haul of young arms for Starlin, Jed and Theo will suddenly become very interested in trading him. No players are untouchable. Everyone’s value is relative to what they bring back.

From the “hey, remember when that used to be us?” department, word comes news that the Mariners outbid themselves, significantly, for Robinson Cano:

By mid-day Friday, Seattle had heard that some team bid nine years and $225 million for Robinson Cano, so the Mariners upped their bid to $240 million and 10 years before apparently realizing the initial bid had come from themselves, too.

I know you all share my joy reading the above sentence and not immediately worrying that the team in question was the Cubs. It’s nice to have the grownups in charge of the team these days.

Finally today, baseball bids a fond farewell to Mark Prior (or, as we called him, “Buttercup”), who announced his retirement yesterday. I had sort of lost track of where Mark was trying to make his latest comeback, but I’m sorry to see him go. Now I guess there’s really NO CHANCE he and Kerry come back and lead the Cubs to the World Series. Le sigh.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the Cubs Con Winter Meetup in January. No need to attend Cubs Con to show up. We’ll find a local watering hold (details on that to come) and make merry for a few hours. Hope to see you there.

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21 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Tuesday: All the latest from the Winter Meetings

  1. Doc Blume says:

    I’m cold.

  2. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I feel for you. You actually have cold weather-in CA it gets to 40 degrees, and there is team coverage on all the local news. I just got into work, and it’s 47 degrees but beautiful. In the office, 78 degrees and not so beautiful…

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I went to be last night and the temperature was -3. I woke up this morning and it was 0, and I thought, “Hey, it’s warming up…I think I’ll go out for a run.”

      Yeah…that was pretty stupid…as the wind chill was about -15 still…and it started to snow on top of that. But I only lost 3 toes and 2 fingers to frost bite, so all wasn’t lost.

      1. juliedicaro says:

        You don’t really need that many toes, anyway.

      2. dabirdguy says:

        So this makes the contest between your IQ points and number of toes closer?

  3. juliedicaro says:

    Now it sounds like the Nats aren’t really even listening on Clippard and Storen. So the one rumor that involved the Cubs is now dead.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      It’s sad when all we had to get excited about was a potential trade for a middle relief pitcher that the other team doesn’t even want to trade.

  4. sloanpeterson2 says:

    You, sir, are an iron man…

    1. Doc Blume says:

      The question comes as to whether or not I’ll go out for a run Thursday morning when the temperature is predicted to be -6 with wind chills of -25.

      1. FrankS says:

        Ya know, they make some pretty good treadmills these days. Or find a local school that opens its indoor track in the morning.

        1. Doc Blume says:

          Our local school..like most in Wisconsin, doesn’t have an indoor track…and quite frankly, we don’t have room in our small house for a treadmill unfortunately. And I’ve never really liked running on treadmills anyway. For the most part, I don’t mind running in the cold weather…the extreme cold is another issue, but buying a treadmill to use on the 4 or 5 days a year it is too cold to run isn’t too wise of an investment in my opinion. That all may change when I have limbs amputated due to frost bite, though.

  5. cubbydon says:

    My first thought when I read that Mark Prior was joining the Padres Front Office was that he’d probably pull a hamstring sometime during his first week on the job. Does that make me a bad person?

    1. Doc Blume says:

      No. You’re a bad person for other reasons than that.

  6. juliedicaro says:

    God, these Winter Meetings are slow.

  7. juliedicaro says:

    Ranking the MLB managers by handsomeness. We’re screwed.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/10/ranking-mlb-managers-by-handsomeness/

    And I hate to admit it, but I’d put Matheny at #1.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I’m not clicking on that link.

  8. cubbydon says:

    Thanks, Doc. Ifeel MUCH better about myself now . . .

  9. sloanpeterson2 says:

    I did click on the link-do not agree with the #1 choice. I would have picked Matheny,too.Renteria looks like an actor from a period film, probably the snobby neighbor…

  10. juliedicaro says:

    Cubs showing interest in pitcher Jason Hammel.

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