To Offer or Not to Offer … That is the Cubs Question

It is December 1 and the next ten to fifteen days should be anything but boring throughout baseball.

The Cubs have until 11:00pm C.S.T on Tuesday night to offer salary arbitration to their own free agents in order to receive draft pick compensation. Kevin Gregg and Rich Harden are not expected to receive offers from the Cubs before the deadline. While Gregg and Harden can still re-sign with the Cubs even if they are not offered salary arbitration. Of the Cubs four remaining free agents, Reed Johnson is the only one rumored as a possibility to return in 2010.

Here is the latest from the mill … including news on an expected minor signing. $8,261.97

The Chicago Cubs received compensation for finishing in second place behind the St. Louis Cardinals to the tune of full shares worth $8,261.97. The total pool for the Cubs totaled $590,731.16 with each full share valued at $8,261.97 … the Cubs awarded 58 full shares and 13.5 partial shares according to a report from Cubs.com.

Full shares for the New York Yankees winning the World Series were worth a record $365,053 and the Angels voted a full share to the estate of Nick Adenhart worth $138,039 … a very classy move by a great organization.

Milton Bradley

According to a report from Bruce Miles, “Progress appears slow on the Cubs’ efforts to trade Milton Bradley.” Miles indicated the Cubs were hoping to have Bradley traded before the beginning of the winter meetings … but that does not appear to be a realistic deadline any longer.

As Bruce Levine mentioned, trading Milton Bradley is not an easy process and may take a lot longer that originally expected.

Jon Heyman reported that the Rays, Giants, Royals and Padres are still possible destinations for Milton Bradley. According to Heyman, the Rangers are only willing to pay “a few million of the $21 million” remaining on Bradley’s contract.

Heyman hinted at the possibility of Tom Ricketts wanting to do something big this off-season.

“Some folks came away from the owners meeting with the distinct impression new owner Ricketts wants to do something big. But as one owner pointed out, new owners don’t often rock the boat with big-money signings.”

Curtis Granderson

A report from FoxSports.com listed the Cubs among several teams that would be good fits for Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson. Jackson has not been linked to the Cubs by the mainstream media … before Sunday.

According to the report, the Cubs “have some intriguing prospects” that could be used in a deal for Curtis Granderson Starlin Castro, Josh Vitters and Andrew Cashner.

Phil Rogers reportedthe Cubs are serious about Granderson but have made it known they won’t give up Carlos Marmol or Starlin Castro.Rogers mentioned the Tigers could ask for Andrew Cashner and Josh Vitters in return for Granderson.

Danny Rodriguez

According to a report from Buster Olney (in his blog), pitcher Danny Rodriguez of the Tomateros de Culiacan is “expected to sign with the Chicago Cubs soon.

Rodriguez is 3-0 in six starts with a 1.25 ERA this winter. In 36 innings the southpaw has struck out 22, walked 13 and surrendered 19 hits (0.88 WHIP).

Rodriguez will turn 25 on December 11 and was 7-9 in 26 games, 20 starts, in Mexico in 2009 with a 5.98 ERA.

Arbitration Eligible Players

Bruce Miles is expecting the Cubs to tender contracts to all of their arbitration eligible players, including Mike Fontenot. The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players (3-6 years of service) is December 12.

Players eligible for arbitration this winter: Jeff Baker, Neal Cotts, Mike Fontenot, Tom Gorzelanny, Angel Guzman, Koyie Hill, Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall and Ryan Theriot.

Finally … Chip Caray will not return to TBS in 2010. Caray and TBS parted ways on Monday according to multiple reports.

CCO News

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Well, that’s the latest … and I’m sticking to it!