As you are probably aware, there have been some site problems the past couple of days, so I apologize for the issues with comments. Let's start off with some quick notes on some Cubs related news of late...
- Javier Baez hurt his thumb yesterday and will not play for the rest of the fall league. According to Paul Sullivan of the Tribune, a source said that Baez may have fractured the tip of his thumb in an off the field celebration. He will be ready for spring training, however.
- If you're interested in whom the Cubs may take on as flyers, check out MLBTradeRumors non-tender candidate list. Last year Ian Stewart and Chris Volstad were on that list and the Cubs were able to get them relatively cheaply through trade. Neither worked out, but it is perhaps a better way to get a younger, talented player who is still in his prime. The issue is that there is a reason they're being considered for non-tender, as the Cubs found out with both players last season. We'll have a separate article on possible candidates later.
- KBO star LHP Ryu Hyun-Jin will post and sign with an MLB team, according to his agent Scott Boras. As a pitcher who will turn 26 this March, Ryu is still in his prime physically. He is 6'2", 215 pounds so he has good size, though probably not an ideal build. His fastball sits around 90 mph and peaks at 93 and has a full assortment of pitches, the best of which is a plus changeup. The Cubs do a tremendous job in the Pacific Rim, especially in Korea, so you have to figure they've already taken a long look and should at least inquire on the pitcher given the state of their pitching staff. Ryu will be posted via silent auction so, much like Darvish, we won't know who wins the bid until it's actually announced. Ryu isn't the same caliber of pitcher as Darvish but he can eat some innings as a 3rd or 4th starter. I don't have detailed scouting info on him or what he would cost, but on the surface he seems like a potential good short and long term fit.
- One pitcher I had my eye on, Scott Baker, had his option declined with the Twins but it appears the two sides are trying to work out a deal. Similarly, the Angels will probably not exercise the option on either Dan Haren or Ervin Santana, but GM Jerry Dipoto says that the Angels may look to pick up one or both of the options and then possibly try and work out a deal. Should the Cubs be interested? It depends on the price tag. They aren't likely to be a part of the Cubs long term future, so it doesn't make sense for them to give up to much to acquire them. But they would be overpaid pitchers on a one-term deal, so the market may not be that big. The Cubs have plenty of room on their short term payroll, so they'd be willing to take on money over giving up top young players.
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