Cubs Off-Season Rumors – Chapter Five

More Cubs Rumors

As the owner’s meetings got underway in Milwaukee on Wednesday, there was movement from the Cubs and names added to the Cubs Rumor Mill. The Cubs traded right-hander Jon Leicester to the Texas Rangers and Ichiro Suzuki has entered the rumor mill. I also have updates on Alex Gonzalez, Rafael Furcal, Juan Pierre, Jarrod Washburn, Brian Giles, A.J. Burnett and Jacque Jones.

There was a very interesting article in the Chicago Sun Times on Wednesday that made predictions of where the top 10 free agents would land in the off-season. Among those named in the article were Rafael Furcal, Jarrod Washburn, Brian Giles, Juan Pierre and Ichiro Suzuki.

The article predicts Rafael Furcal with remain with the Braves. Jarrod Washburn will sign will the Rangers. Brian Giles will sign with the Cubs. Juan Pierre will remain a Marlin. A.J. Burnett will sign with the Blue Jays. Jacque Jones will sign with the Mariners and the Cubs will court Ichiro Suzuki, but he will stay with the Mariners. I have not heard Ichiro’s name before today. If Ichiro lands in Cubbie blue, so will his 4 year, $44 million dollar contract that he signed right before the 2004 season….

There was a very interesting article in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel on Wednesday. Apparently the Cubs and Braves have pinpointed Alex Gonzalez as a backup plan if they cannot sign Rafael Furcal. What happened to Ronny Cedeno? Like I said yesterday, I hope this is a BAD rumor.

Here is the interesting part of the article from the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, “The Cubs have inquired about Marlins center fielder Juan Pierre, but a source familiar with those talks said the teams were ‘not very far down the road’ on a possible deal. While a Chicago radio report suggested the Cubs could land Pierre for a pair of prospects, others aren’t sure if the Marlins need a center fielder back in the deal or not. Perennial disappointment Corey Patterson could be a match, but the free-swinging outfielder stands to make $3.5 million or more next year through arbitration. Pierre could earn a raise to $5.5 million through arbitration and can become a free agent after 2006….”

While I was listening to XM Radio on Wednesday night, Steve Lenox received a call from a Yankees fan complaining about the Yankees centerfield problems. The caller brought up Corey Patterson and Juan Pierre. Steve said Pierre’s stock had dropped and he had expected Juan to draw a lot of attention at the trade deadline last year. Lenox does not understand why Pierre’s stock had dropped….but there is something going on. The caller also mentioned Corey Patterson and Lenox said there is not much there and the Yankees should pass….WOW!!!

The details on the Jon Leicester trade are very interesting. He was traded for a player to be named later. Is this a 40-man roster move? Or could this be the first Cub to go to Texas for Kevin Mench?

Well, that’s the news (Cubs rumors) and I’m sticking to it!!

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