Talked with one of my sources tonight about the Theo compensation, the Cubs pursuit of Yoennis Cespedes, and other Cubs items.
It seems the Cespedes thing is getting rather pricey, but the Cubs have had him as their main offseason target all along. They will at least go down swinging if they don't land him.
The Cubs think pretty much the same way about Jorge Soler. The Cubs aggressively targeted all three (Cespedes, Soler, Gerardo Concepcion) top Cuban free agents, and two out of three would definitely not be bad.
As far as the ever dragging Theo/Boston compensation saga goes, the name Josh Vitters is totally realistic I'm told. If not Vitters, it will be someone in this range of names.
This way Boston gets to boast they got a former first round pick, even though his stock isn't all that high anymore. The Cubs brass has lukewarm feelings on Vitters anyway I'm also told. At this point, it's more of a principle issue.
On the subject of Vitters, I heard he wasn't the pick Tim Wilken wanted to make in the 2007 draft anyway. Wilken wanted to draft switch hitting catcher Matt Wieters but it would have taken some over slotting, to which the ownership at the time said no.
Expect to see Geovany Soto to join Marlon Byrd and Ryan Dempster as pieces the Cubs would like to move before the deadline.
On the other hand, the Cubs still hope to move Matt Garza this spring.
Carlos Marmol has been put on notice that he needs to come to camp in shape. He was letting his conditioning slide quite a bit. Some have said he got plain "fat".
I still think he would be another candidate to move if he has a good first half.