The most important news to come out of Dallas on Monday morning was the election of Ron Santo to the Hall of Fame. Santo received 15 of 16 votes and will finally take his rightful place in Cooperstown. Santo will be enshrined on July 22.
The rumors have been flying out of Dallas … some expected, some unexpected.
According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs met with the agent for Albert Pujols on Monday. The Cubs were expected to meet with Dan Lozano while in Dallas and are supposed to sit down with Scott Boras at some point in the near future.
Here is the latest from Dallas …
According to a report from Carrie Muskat, Bryan LaHair met with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer on Monday while in Dallas to accept his Minor League MVP award. The Cubs’ new front office did not make any promises to LaHair for next season but did tell LaHair they wanted to give him an opportunity.
According to Jim Bowden, Scott Boras has meetings scheduled with a small group of teams actually interested in signing Prince Fielder. The Cubs are rumored to be one of the teams interested in Fielder. Tom Haudricourt thinks the Cubs are the team to keep an eye on with Fielder.
Another report surfaced about teams showing interest in Alfonso Soriano. According to Jon Heyman, there are teams interested in Soriano and the Cubs will have to eat a lot of the $54 million owed to Soriano.
The Phillies are trying to move Placido Polanco to free up a spot to sign Aramis Ramirez. The Cubs are now rumored to be interested in trading for Polanco.
According to a report from Gordon Edes, the agent for Yoenis Cespedes is telling clubs that it will take double of what the Reds signed Aroldis Chapman to ink his client … that would be a $60 million contract.
Bruce Levine confirmed the Cubs are talking to the Padres and Rockies about Chase Headley and Ian Stewart.
The Cubs search for starting pitching could lead them to Edwin Jackson. According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs could be interested in signing Jackson.
Another one of the Cubs rumored targets is off the market. Aaron Harang reportedly agreed to terms with the Dodgers on Monday afternoon.
Stay Tuned … will post a full recap of Day One at the Winter Meetings.
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