Sunday Notes

Sunday Notes
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Welp!  I finally got that stomach bug that has been running through the family this Thanksgiving week, but at least I got to feast before I had to, um, eliminate.  That’s probably the biggest news of the week so far in the land of the Cubs (no exaggeration, there’s been nothing so far) but the baseball world has continued to turn as Billy Beane shocked the world yet again by trading former Cub Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays.  After they overpaid galore for Russell Martin, I guess, once again, Toronto is “going for it” and this may be the last gasp since a bunch of contracts are about to come off the books (which should make it easier for them to add afterwards, but that depends on what they decide to do, as usual).

The media and Twitter sort of jumped the gun on a Jeff Samardzija trade, but the rumors appear to be real.  Sorry for the false alarm, however, many teams are interested in the former Cubs ace, among them the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox.  It’s hard to imagine the White Sox have what Billy Beane wants in a realistic trade package, but the Red Sox certainly have a lot of intriguing prospects.  Nick Cafardo mentions Boston’s interest in Cole Hamels and Jeff Samardzija, which makes me think that, if Cafardo’s sources are correct, Jon Lester is the primary Cubs target and Boston is going to trade in order to avoid the luxury tax and also to acquire a cost-controlled ace.  It’s kind of funny that Cafardo leads his column with Xander Bogaerts, because you’d have to consider that Bogaerts is going to be in the initial conversations if the Red Sox elect to trade with either Philly or Oakland.

Either way, this may be a good sign for the Cubs if Boston is going via trade, and given that the Cubs currently have the largest offer to Lester on record.  However, if Lester leaves money on the table to return to Boston, there’s not much Theo and friends can do about it.  Why bother making a token offer if Lester always wanted to go back to Boston?  So far, that doesn’t appear to be the case as Lester is exploring his options, so we’ll see.

And then, you have this:

 

 

There’s little chance that the Cubs go after Nelson Cruz (old, defensive liability) or Matt Kemp (lots of money left on contract), but if Nick Markakis decides to test the market after all, then it might not be terrible for the Cubs to throw some money at him.

 

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  • Looks like that except for Tampa Bay (and somewhat surprisingly, the Yankees), there is an all out artillery war going on in the AL East. Boston trying to buy a championship is not that inconceivable, but Toronto doing so is. I guess a lot of teams got embarrassed by being beaten by the Os.

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