We'll do some weekend notes and update as appropriate. It's a busy day in the Arguello household, so I'll do my best to keep up. But we have some juicy stuff for you on a trade rumor we've reported in the past...
Offseason Chatter: Cargo, Arrieta, Schierholtz, Samardzija
I'm hearing that the Carlos Gonzalez rumor has some legs and that one player the Rockies are interested in is Jake Arrieta. That makes sense from their standpoint as he is young and cost-controlled, though I don't know how keen the Cubs are to that idea. Does it make sense for the Cubs who lack top level arms and are said to be concerned about some budget constraints? It's a tough question to answer. Gonzalez is an established star and should produce well even outside of Wrigley. He fills two needs at once -- OBP and LH power, along with having the kind of athleticism and defensive skills the team prefers. It's a pretty good fit but only at the right cost -- both in terms of players/prospects and in financial terms.
Also hearing that Nate Schierholtz is a trade candidate, especially if the Cubs do acquire CarGo. The Cubs also have Ryan Sweeney and Bryan Bogusevic from the left side and both have impressed when given the opportunity this season.
While Jeff Samardzija is considered a core player, he is one the Cubs may consider moving if he still refuses to negotiate. He is brash and competitive and those type of players tend to get a mixed reaction. Some love it, but some are put off by it. In my opinion, the Cubs could use some of these fiery guys who want to win and personally I'd like to keep him, but it may well depend on whether Samardziija is willing to sit down and negotiate an extension.
The Kevin Gregg Saga Ends Peacefully
A good friend of mine is a successful CEO and he once gave me a great piece of advice, which I still use (most of the time). It went something like this...
"Never make decisions when you are angry or emotional. Give it 24 hours or at least a night's sleep. If you are still angry about the next day, then there was probably something to your initial reaction and you should go ahead with what you were going to do. Most of the time, however, you'll find that it wasn't as big a deal as you thought it was."
I wonder sometimes if Theo operates the same way. Reports say he was upset at Kevin Gregg's response to using Pedro Strop the same way. Theo talked to Gregg, slept on it -- and probably now sees it as not such a big deal. He's keeping Gregg. At least for the rest of the season.
We'll update as we hear things...
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