Day three in Dallas has been pretty quiet on the Cubs front … and for the most part throughout the game. The holdup appears to be Albert Pujols. Where Pujols decides to sign, and most feel as of this writing he will stay in St. Louis, will have a ripple effect throughout baseball. Miami apparently has no limit on their credit card and are targeting every free agent on the market.
On the Cubs front, it appears that Carlos Pena has declined salary arbitration. The Cubs have not made an official announcement but several outlets have picked up the report from Jon Heyman.
The Cubs have left the door open for Pena to return on a multi-year contract. According to a report from Bruce Levine, Theo Epstein and Scott Boras discussed Pena’s future with the Cubs at the GM meetings in November and it was agreed upon then that the Cubs would offer arbitration and that Pena would decline.
Aramis Ramirez officially declined salary arbitration on Wednesday as well.
Here is a quick update from Dallas …
The Cubs rumored interest in Ian Stewart resurfaced on Wednesday morning. After the talks appearing to cool over the first two days in Dallas, reports from Bruce Levine, Ken Rosenthal and Carrie Muskat indicated the Cubs and Rockies are discussing a deal again. According to the reports, the two teams are talking about an exchange of two players in need of a change of scenery. The reports Wednesday have the Cubs sending Tyler Colvin to Colorado for Ian Stewart. The Rockies feel he is closer to the player that hit 20 home runs in 2010 than the one that struggled last year.
Rumors have also suggested the Rockies may flip Tyler Colvin to the Braves, along with Seth Smith for Martin Prado.
Mark Buehrle has reduced the teams he is willing to sign with to three … and it appears the Marlins and Nationals are the favorites to sign the former Southsider. Buehrle wants a full no-trade clause and the Marlins do not hand out no-trade clauses. Buehrle could sign his new deal in the next 24 hours.
According to multiple reports, C.J. Wilson has a six-year offer on the table from the Marlins … and the Nationals are out of the running for the southpaw.
According to Jon Heyman, the Cubs, Rockies and Diamondbacks are among the teams interested in signing free-agent right hander Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda has stated he would like to remain on the West Coast and has contemplated returning to Japan
Kerry Wood would like to return to the Cubs but according to Jon Paul Morosi he would like a raise from the $1.5 million he was paid last season.
On the Prince Fielder front … for every report that says Fielder is going to be signed by team x there is another one that says the exact opposite. Jed Hoyer said the Cubs pursuit of Fielder has probably been overblown.
Stay Tuned … will post a full recap of Day Three at the Winter Meetings. Also, don’t forget to check the CCO’s twitter feed for more updates.
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