Happy Election Day! Don't forget to go out and vote if you haven't done so already. I'll probably pull some double duty. One eye on the election results and one on baseball.
It's been pretty slow as far as the rumors go but the GM Meetings officially start tomorrow and go until the 9th Traditionally it hasn't been a time for much wheeling and dealing, but that has changed somewhat. We'll probably see some free agents sign and perhaps a trade or two. ESPNs Doug Padilla writes that GM Jed Hoyer is preparing as if there will be some action and has already laid the groundwork, talking to several teams already. Here's some Cubs related news for the day...
- 7:55 AM: Jon Heyman made his top 42 Free Agent list and this one is unique because it gives an expert predictions and his predictions on what kind of contract they will get. Among the interesting figures: Dan Haren, Brandon McCarthy, Shawn Marcum are all at 2 years/$20M, though the expert cut that half (1 yr/10M) for both Haren and Marcum. Scott Baker is one year at 6.5M. Anibal Sanchez 5 years/70M. Edwin Jackson 3 yrs/36M. Heyman thinks Joe Blanton with get 3 yrs/24M but expert things 2 yrs/16M. One guy we haven't mentioned, Jeremy Guthrie is at 3/27 for Heyman, 2/14 for the expert. Agree with the expert on both of those. One more guy we haven't talked about much, Joe Saunders, is at 2/15 according to Heyman, but the expert things he'll get an extra year
- 7:05 AM: Yesterday we talked about CF and one free agent, Cody Ross, is looking to cash in on his good season with Boston. He's asking for 3 years and $25M, according to Buster Olney via Twitter. I think Ross isn't a great fit right now anyway based on what Theo and Jed have said they're looking for, this probably seals it as far as I'm concerned. He probably won't get that much, but wouldn't be surprised to see him get 3 years/$20-22M.
- 7:00 AM: Speaking of Olney a few days back he wrote about what the Cleveland Indians should do this offseason. They have some pretty interesting names to trade, but the one that fits best with the Cubs happens to be RHP Justin Masterson, who was drafted by the Cubs front office back when they were in Boston. Masterson has great size at 6'6" and good stuff (90-94 mph sinking FB, slider, change), able to miss some bats and get a lot of groundballs, but a lack of command has prevented him from fully utilizing his talent. He went 11-15 with a 4.93 ERA (4.16 xFIP) At the right price, it could be an interesting project for Chris Bosio.
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