The Cubs are open for business.
Some of their starting pitchers are, of course, being made readily available. However, this is not going to be an everything-must-go type of thing. While I was digging for more info on the rumored Samardzija extension talks, I heard more regarding the overall Cub market.
Contrary to what we heard yesterday in a report, the Cubs are not dangling Jake Arietta in addition to Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
The rumor painted a picture that the Cubs were willing to deal any of their starting pitchers, but that is simply not the case from what I was told today. You can pretty much expect Arietta and Travis Wood to stay put for a long time.
This makes too much sense going forward.
The Cubs are not interested in moving backwards anymore without good reason. They will deal Samardzija only if they feel it is the right move, only if they feel they need to cash in on Shark's value now before he bolts. The Cubs' preference all along has been to lock up Samardzija.
Arietta and Wood are key pieces to hold onto, and the Cubs intend on locking Wood up to go along with the control they already have over Arrieta.
Besides, the Cubs would be crazy to a let go of a bulldog lefty like Wood, who also happens to be their best pinch hitter.
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