Things are starting to happen quickly. Let's update on a couple of things.
Ken Rosenthal, who reported Lovullo would be getting an interview this week, is now reporting that there is a snag as there is some question as to whether the Cubs can ask for permission to talk to Lovullo. The cubs have an agreement in place with Boston not to hire any of their personnel for 3 years, but Lovullo was not employed with Boston at the time that agreement was reached. Does the agreement include even future employees? It seems that's what everyone is trying to figure out.
But the fact that the Cubs haven't even asked is curious in it of itself.
There may be a decision on this one way or another by Thursday. The Cubs likely don't want to go into the weekend before the GM meetings.
David Kaplan is reporting that he fully expects pitching coach Chris Bosio to stay on and things Henry Blanco may be in play for a coaching position if he decides to retire. He also says that the Cubs have begun interviewing coaching candidates.
Maybe you're asking, shouldn't the manager be hiring the coaches? Well yes and no. I've just learned that the front office likes to hire half the staff and have the manager hire the other half.
Cubs, Diamondbacks to rekindle Samardzija talks?
Buster Olney tweeted,
There is an expectation that the Jeff Samardzija/Arizona trade talks will continue. Cubs reaching point where they need a decision on him.
This shouldn't be surprising. It's been talked about many times here, most recently here, where we looked at what he might be worth. Arizona approached the Cubs about a trade and immediately rebuffed them when the Cubs asked for both Archie Bradley and Tyler Skaggs.
Perhaps the Cubs are willing to scale it down and the Cubs can meet somewhere in the middle. LHP David Holmberg has been mentioned in the past. Holmberg profiles as more of a #4 type starter though some think he can be more than that.
The Diamondbacks also have a surplus of outfielders, with Adam Eaton being an extra outfielder after A.J. Pollock got most of the ABs in CF last year.
Another scenario would be the Diamondbacks trading Skaggs and a prospect package. Holmberg could be part of that package. Striker Trahan would also be intriguing as a LH hitting catching prospect with power.
The Diamondbacks seem to like Jeff Samardzija a lot. He fits their profile of athletic, hard-throwing pitchers and he has the kind of gritty, competitive makeup they like. However, if the Cubs are really going to do well in this deal, they'll have to get other teams involved.
One such team would be the Nationals and from what I understand, they like Samardzija as well. The Pirates could be another alternative.
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