Winter Meetings Day Three: Cubs Talking Pitching

With Carlos Pena signed, sealed and delivered on Wednesday morning (Pena inked a one-year contract with the Cubs worth $10 million. Pena will earn $5 million in 2011 and will receive the other $5 million in January of 2012), the Cubs turned their attention to adding a pitcher to their staff.

According to reports, the Cubs are hoping to “pull off another deal” before leaving Orlando on Thursday. The move could come via a trade and they have checked in on Matt Garza, among others. Jim Hendry is also expected to step up his efforts to trade Kosuke Fukudome. Here’s the latest …

The Cubs are looking for pitching and discussed several hurlers on day three of the Winter Meetings. According to Jon Heyman, the Cubs checked in with the Royals about Zach Greinke but a mid-rotation guy is more likely. Ned Yost said the Royals are “looking for the moon” in return for Greinke during an interview on XM Radio.

Matt Garza
According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs are “among numerous teams” that have discussed Matt Garza with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Brewers and Rangers are two of the other teams believed to have checked in on the right-hander.

Carlos Pena would welcome the addition of his former teammate.

According to Levine, the Rays are looking for prospects in return for Garza.

Tom Gorzelanny
According to Bruce Levine, the Tigers are interested in acquiring the Cubs southpaw and are offering Armando Galarraga in return.

Brandon Webb
According to a report from the Tribune, the Cubs are “honing in on” Brandon Webb.

Chris Davis
According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs are still interested in acquiring Chris Davis. Even with Carlos Pena, the Cubs view Davis as a player that come off the bench and play both first and third base.

Darren O’Day remains in the conversations and the Rangers are still interested in Robinson Chirinos.

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Stay Tuned … A full recap of Day Three in Orlando will post Wednesday night.

Quote of the Day

"People who write about Spring Training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball." – Sandy Koufax