Winter Meetings Day One: First Things First for the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs off-season continued at Day One of the Winter Meetings … a lot of talk and not much action. The Cubs officially named Mark Riggins their new pitching coach and moved Dennis Lewellyn from Smokies pitching coach to the Minor League Pitching Coordinator.

The Cubs were connected to James Loney again on Monday and their could be interest … but at what cost? The Dodgers reportedly asked about Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann in return for Loney and the Nationals turned them down.

As Day One came to an end, news surfaced that Jim Hendry was scheduled to meet with Carlos Pena’s agent, Scott Boras. Without an everyday first baseman on the big league roster, Hendry might be having other conversations but the void at first appears to be at the top of the Cubs’ list. Or have they found a solution at first base down on the farm?

Here’s the update from Day One …

Who’s on First?
The Cubs are being connected to just about every available first baseman in the league … from Carlos Pena to James Loney to Nick Johnson to Adam LaRoche.

According to multiple reports Monday night, Jim Hendry was expected to meet with Scott Boras to discuss Carlos Pena … among others. Many feel the Cubs are focused on signing Pena but he is not the only first sacker the Cubs were connected to Monday.

James Loney is on the Cubs radar and Hendry has had “a few conversations” with the Dodgers about Loney. Levine first reported the Cubs interest in Loney a couple of weeks back and mentioned the Cubs first contacted the Dodgers about Loney during the GM Meetings back in November.

According to a late report from Ken Rosenthal, James Loney is not available.

The Cubs were linked to the other usual suspects MondayAdam LaRoche, Lyle Overbay and even Nick Johnson, again.

Bruce Levine reported the Cubs interest in Chris Davis again on Monday night. The Cubs are “kicking around a trade with Texas” and the Rangers have shown interest in the some of the Cubs minor league catchers.

For the first time this off-season, the mainstream media mentioned the possibility of Bryan LaHair manning first base for the Cubs. LaHair recently re-signed with the Cubs after spending the year in Iowa last season. LaHair recently inked a minor league deal with the Cubs that includes an invite to big league camp.

Camp Colvin
According to a report from Carrie Muskat, Camp Colvin is underway in Mesa. Tyler Colvin and other players are working out at the Cubs facility with Tim Buss … and Colvin is doing fine after “taking one” for the team last September.

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Well, there’s the update … and I’m sticking to it.

Quote of the Day

"There are only two seasons ... winter and baseball." - Bill Veeck

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