The Cubs are eyeing some major moves this winter.
The first move you should see is a sizable extension for Travis Wood. I’ve been told it is in the works and although Wood’s deal wont be huge, it could have some major ramifications on the offseason. The money committed could force a move with Jeff Samardzija.
The Cubs desperately need starting pitching you say? Very true, however they also want a cost controlled staff. Samardzija has yet to come to the table, and he and they money saved could be used to obtain an impact left-handed bat they seek.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer may not be able to get everything they want done. There are indeed budget constraints. It’s been speculated that the public “crying poor” by the front office is a ploy to catch other teams off guard, or maybe to do Tom Ricketts’ bidding by advocating how connected Wrigley upgrades are to the win column.
There may be some smoke to those fires, however there are real restraints, nonetheless.
There have been some internal discussions regarding major moves. At the forefront is a young top of the rotation pitcher. Forget the cost prohibitive David Price. They have their eyes on Masahiro Tanaka. The Cubs will go all out for the Japanese pitcher, I’m told. The willingness to spend on Tanaka is they view him as a potential ace. So much is unknown still when it comes to the posting process, but the Cubs should make a very serious bid, he is their offseason priority.
There are other wishes on their list too.
The aforementioned desire for a left handed hitting outfielder is also right at the top. Theo and the gang are looking for either speed or pop from the left side. Could Jacoby Ellsburry or Shin-Soo Choo be a possibility? Not likely, but the money could be there if they were to miss out on Tanaka.
Think trade. There have been internal discussuions about Colorado's Carlos Gonzales. Yet the hang up will likely be money. If they were to land Tanaka, the chances of landing Cargo could be eliminated.
Now the Cubs have also put in their call on the Marlin's Giancarlo Stanton. Many teams did, even the Astros. Apparently, the Marlins have engaged the Diamondbacks the most seriously in talks. I’m hearing they need a third team to get involved, and that may be up the Cubs alley.
When the Cubs previously kicked the tires on Stanton the initial asking price was Javy Baez, Dan Vogelbach, and Jorge Soler. That is quite a price for a guy with questions about his knees.
The Cubs brass may have to think about giving up some of their highly touted prospects this winter if they want to solve some issues. One major issue is the gems all hit from the right side. The Cubs are looking for left handed bats and places to put them.
Who's in the core and who's out? We may find out this winter.
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