Cubs Off-Season Rumors – Chapter Nine

More Cubs Rumors

The Sunday before Thanksgiving was extremely slow for the Cubs Rumor Mill and Hot Stove. It seemed like most were paying attention to football and family on Sunday. I am really curious to see what the rest of the week will bring. The winter meetings in Dallas are just around the corner (December 5th – December 8th). December 7th is the deadline for teams to decide if they will offer salary arbitration to players and December 20th is the last day for teams to tender 2006 contracts to unsigned players.

I do have information on Todd Walker, Nomar Garciaparra, Jeromy Burnitz, Sammy Sosa and Juan Pierre. Plus a new name to add to the Cubs Rumor Mill, Aaron Heilman. According to an article in Sunday’s Boston Globe, there is a possibility Nomar Garciaparra could return to the Boston Red Sox. The article mentioned Nomar playing the outfield, first base or third base depending on if the Red Sox lose Johnny Damon or if they trade Manny Ramirez.

There have been 2 reports out of New York this week that mentioned the Cubs could trade Todd Walker to the Mets for right-handed reliever Aaron Heilman. Heilman was a first round pick by the Mets in 2001 and made his Major League debut in 2003. Last year he was 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 53 games for the Mets. Heilman just turned 27 and made big strides in 2005 as a reliever. He had a 2.18 ERA in 46 games of relief for the Mets.

Apparently the Kansas City Royals are interested in Jeromy Burnitz. Burnitz would join Reggie Sanders and Mark Grudzielanek as free agents the Royals have shown interest in.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have been mentioned as being interested in Sammy Sosa. I would hate to see Sosa end up in Tampa, but after the year he had Tampa might be the only place that would give Sammy another chance.

And last but not least, a radio report out of Chicago said the Cubs are close to acquiring Juan Pierre for 2 Minor League prospects.

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