More Cubs Rumors than News at the Winter Meetings

Tuesday morning was rather quiet at the Winter Meetings with the exception of the three-team deal being worked on by the Angels, White Sox and Diamondbacks that could take Arizona out of the Jeff Samardzija market.

The Cubs continue to look for pitching, both starters and relievers, and Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer appear to be listening to offers for James Russell, Nate Schierholtz and of course, Jeff Samardzija.

Jeff Samardzija

The Cubs continue to listen to offers for Jeff Samardzija. Jesse Rogers reported the Braves could be the favorite to land Samardzija either this winter or at some point during the season.

The Braves are among a long list of teams that have been connected to Samardzija this winter. The Blue Jays and Diamondbacks are still thought to be the frontrunners for Samardzija … even if Arizona acquires Mark Trumbo from the Angels in the proposed three-way deal with the White Sox that could send Adam Eaton to the Sox with Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs ending up in Anaheim.

What was buried in Rogers’ report was the fact that Jeff Samardzija’s agent, Mark Rodgers, is scheduled to arrive in Orlando on Tuesday for a “36-hour stay.” Rodgers does not have a meeting scheduled with the Cubs’ brass specifically about Samardzija but the two sides are expected to talk.

James Russell, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen

According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the Nationals are receiving a lot of action on both Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard. Mike Rizzo told Kilgore he would have to have his socks knocked off to trade either of the relievers.

The Nationals are interested in James Russell, according to the Sun-Times, but talks between the Cubs and the Nationals for either Storen and/or Clippard “never went anywhere” and Kilgore was told those discussions are dead.

The Cubs are thought to be looking into adding at least one arm to the backend of the bullpen. John Axford and Joba Chamberlain are in the mix.

News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs could be losing a trade partner in the Colorado Rockies. According to Troy Renck, the Rockies’ discussions with the A’s about Brett Anderson are percolating.

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