Cubs Have Offers Out to a Free Agent Starter and Reliever and Working on Trading for a Hitter

Theo Epstein addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon and said the Cubs have offers out to a free agent starter and a free agent reliever. Epstein also indicated the Cubs have a trade proposal on the table to add a hitter to the roster. The Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations did not elaborate on the players or the offer but did add the team has “other trade talks ongoing.”

Epstein discussed his meeting with Mark Rodgers, the agent for Jeff Samardzija. Epstein called the talks with Samardzija “amicable.” Epstein added a trade is no imminent with Samardzija and nothing fundamental has changed in their contracts talks with him.

Jeff Samardzija has been informed of three options: A trade, sign extension or stay on the team for now. Epstein added that Samardzija is the Cubs’ Opening Day starter as it stands right now.

Theo Epstein reiterated the fact the Cubs would like for Jeff Samardzija to sign a long-term extension and remain a Cub “for a long time.”


The Cubs have been linked to free agent relievers Mitchell Boggs, John Axford and Joba Chamberlain. On the starter front, free agents Scott Baker, Jason Hammel and Roberto Hernandez are reportedly on the Cubs’ list. As for a possible trade target, the Cubs are thought to be looking to add a lefty bat to the mix.

The Cubs are waiting to see if Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. If he is, the Cubs will be involved in the process.

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  • paulcatanese

    What is the sense of waiting to see if Tanaka will post?
    Even if they were to get him, their need for other players far outweighs bringing him in.
    They need at least 7-8 position players and 2 more starters to even begin to show improvement.
    Tanaka is not a miracle worker.
    This is not going to happen.

    • raymondrobertkoenig

      Agreed, the Cubs have ZERO outfielders on their roster that are more than platoon types or utility players and the same could be of second and third base.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Hey! I am offended on Junior Lake’s behalf!

      • CubbyDenCritic

        You miss Alfonso Soriano …..don’t you!

    • Tony_Hall

      They are waiting for him to be posted to go after him. They are not waiting on doing anything until he is posted. As Theo stated, they have offers out for FA’s and trades.

    • SuzyS

      Paul, I don’t think they would expect Tanaka to be a miracle worker.
      If you recall last year, Theo believes it will take more than one year to build a solid rotation from scratch…which was his rational for going after Anibel Sanchez.
      The same would apply to Tanaka should they be able to land him.
      I agree that the odds are against it with the Yankees involved…However, I do believe the Cubs will make a serious run at him, given the opportunity.

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Who might the mystery hitter be? Stubbs?

    • paulcatanese

      Don’t know, but they could use a hitter:)

      • cubtex

        Or 7 :)

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      probably a trade for Albert Pujols…and then we are going to sign Bartolo Colon to a 2 yr deal.

      oh…just saw the news on Colon. So much for that plan!

    • cubtex

      Someone not for the long term. He was quoted as saying moves wouldn’t be described as significant and would help team in short teem

    • JasonPen

      I heard it was Logan Morrison.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Another day at the Magic Kingdom….and no magic yet from Theo & Jed………maybe they need to ask Tinkle Bell if they can borrow her magic dust.

    • paulcatanese

      It’s Tinker Bell:)

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Twins, Mets, Astros, Marlins & White Sox all improving………..
    Cubbies will corner the #1 draft pick for years to come!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I remember when GM Jim Hendry was getting a triple heart by-pass and was able to sign free agents from his hospital bed during the winter meetings.

    • J Daniel

      aahhh, the good old days!

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    I don’t see it being a very good hitter, unless Shark is the trade bait, as I don’t see Thoyer trading any young stud talents from the farm (which I agree with for now, until they get a chance to make the mlb team).

    So it must be for a platoon righty or lefty bat type of guy. Assuming you are ok with Olt and the platoon gang at 3B for now, and SS and 1B are set with Rizzo and Castro, that leaves C, OF, and 2B. I think they are ok with Castillo and his backup…so unless a stud C prospect, this is unlikely.

    2B is the future home for Baez or Alcantara…probably Baez sooner rather than later, so not sure there is a point when they are happy with Barney’s defense as a stopgap.

    So I think it has to be an OF. Makes the most sense since Soler/Almora are very young, and they must have given up on BJax and Vitters to be starters.

    My guess is a righty OF bat. But I wonder if it could be Andre Ethier? Dodgers burn cash for fun, so assume they would pay part of contract…but not sure what they expect back…hmmm.

    • cubtex

      It will be a short term asset. Theo’s favorite pickups!

    • paulcatanese

      Dan Uggla?

      • cubtex

        That’s a short term player but I think it will be an outfielder. Expect a player like that though. No Adam Eaton or Dexter Fowlers coming here.

        • paulcatanese

          Short term would be correct, he is not very tall. But it was meant in jest, Uggla is dust, career over , not even a short term asset.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        that would be interesting…

      • CubbyDenCritic

        NO !

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        oooh…I looked at his last year…that wasn’t pretty. Not sure I want that guy now, lol.

    • TheWrongGuy

      My guess is righty bat as well.
      It is ONLY my guess.
      Dayan Viciedo from the crosstown rivals.

      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/12/quick-hits-diaz-benoit-axford-feldman-ibanez.html

    • JasonPen

      Logan Morrison

  • CubbyDenCritic

    When CNN Bleachers Report make their list of “Winners & Losers” of the Winter Meeting, no doubt they will make Theo & the Cubs at the top of the Losers category.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      well…I am sure, as a Cubs fan, I will find that devastating, as I base my happiness on how the Cubs rank on pointless lists.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        East Coast sports writers want to see Theo fail…………and many GM’s fear Theo and his system.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          again…not sure why I should care.
          Why not just focus on what Cubs actually do or don’t do, and who actually plays and how they play, etc etc..?

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Three straight 90 plus loss seasons should tell us everything about this team and is players……….
            but 2014 is a New Year…….New Manager……..New Players…..
            lets hope we don’t see
            the S. O. S.

  • TinTin

    Trading for a Hitter? Cubs need like 7 of those! Smells like another 100 L season to me. I hope I’m wrong but so far “We stinks”

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Tommy Hottovy…that is the Cubs big deal of the meetings so far.

    • J Daniel

      oh yea!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Theo is saying Samardzija will be Cubs 2014 Opening Day pitcher according to Carrie Muskat.

    • J Daniel

      There is no hurry to deal him if it is not a good deal

  • BosephHeyden

    I’m taking it that they’re being as vague as possible here so that when nothing happens, they can say they did something without being obligated to reveal names.