With six shopping days left before Christmas, Jim Hendry is talking to at least one free agent and is shopping a couple of his own players. The question is, will he find any takers?
Reports surfaced Friday morning that the Mets are interested in Tom Gorzelanny. Then came the tweet from Jerry Crasnick (ESPN) that stated the Cubs and Giants discussed an Aaron Rowand for Kosuke Fukudome swap. The money does not match and Crasnick stated the trade “looks like a long shot.”
The Cubs continue to look at Brandon Webb and more details have been released about Carlos Pena’s contract … and it turns out, Pena will not cost as much in 2011 as originally thought. Here’s the update … The Cubs have not announced a corresponding roster move to make room on the 40-man roster for Kerry Wood. As of this writing, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 41 players so the formal announcement should be made very soon.
According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs will be on the hook for only $3 million in 2011 for Carlos Pena.
Pena structured his contract to receive a $2 million signing bonus that went on the 2010 books. Pena will be paid $3 million in 2011 with the remainder of the $10 million contract paid out in January of 2012 ($5 million).
Kerry Wood will earn a base salary of $1.5 million in 2011 … and Kid K left several multi-year contracts on the table to return home. Wood’s contract contains incentives based on appearances and games finished in the event he ends up closing out games.
The Cubs figure to have more financial flexibility following the 2011 season and “count on the Cubs taking care of Wood” after the one-year contract runs out. The Sun-Times reported that Tom Ricketts “seems fully behind keeping Wood in the Cubs’ fold” after meeting with him on Monday.
According to a report from Bruce Levine, Wood plans to be a Cubs ambassador, in some capacity, after his playing days are over.
The Cubs are still interested in acquiring Matt Garza, but those talks “have become more convoluted” according to Bruce Levine, with the Rangers and Yankees in the mix.
According to the Sun-Times, the Rays asking price for Garza “is too steep” and without moving a player (and contract) like Tom Gorzelanny, Garza’s projected arbitration payday “could be too high.” The Sun-Times figures Garza will earn around $5 million, while most have projected around $6 million.
According to multiple reports Friday, the Cubs are still interested in signing Brandon Webb. The Cubs looked at Webb’s shoulder last week but according to the Sun-Times, they are in no hurry to sign him.
Ed Price tweeted that Webb is likely to sign a deal in a couple of days.
According to a report from the New York Post, the Mets are believed to “have inquired about the Cubs’ Tom Gorzelanny.” The Cubs are “aggressively shopping” Gorzelanny and the Mets like the “strikeout potential” Gorzelanny could bring to their rotation.
The Tigers are rumored to have shown interest in Gorzelanny this winter as well.
The Cubs released two Minor League pitchers according to Baseball America. The news about David Patton no longer being in the Cubs’ organization surfaced Wednesday but they also cut ties with Jeremy Papelbon … one of the brothers Jonathan Papelbon.
Well, there’s the update … and I’m sticking to it.