Rumors

According to SI's Jon Heyman, the Indians are now fielding offers for infielder Mark DeRosa. DeRosa, 34, is hitting .242/.312/.412 on the season in 170 plate appearances as the Tribe's third baseman. He has about $4.15MM left on his contract.

Heyman says the Indians "are looking mainly for pitchers who can help them now." Heyman believes DeRosa is below Nick Johnson, Aubrey Huff, and Russell Branyan on the Mets' wish list. What other teams would make sense - the Braves, Cubs, Brewers, or Cardinals perhaps?

I'm not sure we have the pitchers that can 'help them now'. Marshall since we have Wells that could replace him, but they'd probably want both. Maybe a Marshall (since he's more proven than Wells) and a Cotts and Ascaino.

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Calling ESPN Insiders!!

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There's an article about Jake Peavy that I would like to read.. can anyone paraphrase or copy it over?

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Peavy Deal Dead

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Kevin Towers just announced that the Peavy deal is dead. He said that Jim Hendry said he's got other things going on. I can't say I'm surprised about this. Why is it the Cubs seem to get involved in trade rumors that last months and then fall through (Brian Roberts)? Who knows what this means but I'm hoping that it means JH has something bigger and better planned...possibly another run at Brian Roberts.

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Spring Training Sale

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According to a report on the Chicago Tribune website, the Cubs expect to complete the sale of the team by or during spring training.

My feeling is if they are that close to completing the sale, the owners who have submitted a bid have granted permission to elevate the payroll, going for Peavy as well as a lefty bat that we need.

Sadly, this obviously this officially eliminates Mark Cuban as he was not part of the bids that were submitted.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-06-chicago-cubs-sale,0,5641018.story

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Other Possible Free Agents??

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With the continued dialogue on the CCO about potential players for the Cubs to acquire, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at "potential" free agents as we approach another MLB deadline.

Teams must offer arbitration to eligible players by December 12th. Attached is a list from Cot's Contracts that lists eligible players team by team. Though most of these players will be offered arbitration, there will be a few suprise names to not be offered and thus become free agents.

**Note: Existing Free Agents may also be offered arbitration, but they must be offered it by December 1st in order to receive draft pick compensation if the player signs elsewhere. If any free agents are offered arbitration, he must accept by December 7th. Could we see Kerry offered and accept arbitration by then??

Also keep in mind the winter meetings are December 8-11 in Las Vegas....could be the start of trading activity out there.....

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According to Ken Rosenthal: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/8812098/Cubs-close-to-re-signing-righty-Dempster

The Cubs are close to re-signing Ryan Dempster. He goes on to say that this will NOT necessarily prohibit the Cubs from trading for Peavy or signing Randy Johnson, or another bat.

He also mentions the fact that the ownership issue will be resolved before Christmas, which falls into line with my prediction that the Cuban thing was a conspiracy set up by Selig to eliminate him from contention.

I'm not quite sure that I like the signing of Dempster. Our entire team will need an overhaul if we keep signing 30+ year old guys. I like Peavy, because he's still young, same with a Dunn signing, etc. But everyone else we've been linked to: Johnson, Furcal, Ibanez, Bradley, etc.----are all over 30

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I must comment on the Johnson thing. I believe he would definitely take us over the top. He is a proven winner, and has performed very well when ...

Peavy Favors Cubs??

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According to a report in the San Diego Union Tribune Saturday, Jake Peavy wants to be traded to the Chicago Cubs. Can Jim Hendry make it happen? It does state the Cubs will likely have to find a third team to get involved....

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2008/nov/15/padres-s16padnotes/?padres

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From The San Diego Union Tribune:

The Padres have been unable to line up a suitable trade with one of Jake Peavy's preferred teams and now may turn to another club in an attempt to move Peavy's four-year, $63 million guarantee.
"We've had advanced discussions with the Cubs and Braves, which are Jake's priority teams," General Manager Kevin Towers said Thursday night, "but at this point in time, I do not see a potential deal with either club."
The Yankees and Angels could be next in line. At season's end, Peavy said he doesn't want to go to an American League team, but during the GM meetings at Dana Point last week, Towers said Peavy might be open to going to the Yankees and Angels.
If the Yankees and Angels become viable trade partners, Towers' leverage would increase, but because Peavy's consent is needed for a trade, that leverage is contingent on Peavy reversing his position. Barry Axelrod, Peavy's agent, gave no indication Thursday night that Peavy s ...

Hoffman Available??

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In a bizarre more the Padres have pulled their offer from the table for Trevor Hoffman. There's not alot of details to this yet....but it is very bizarre to say the least. The San Diego Media is up in arms about it. Trevor has pitched the majority of his career here and is probably second to only Tony Gwynn in popularity.

The contract was reportedly only for one year and four million dollars.

I think I'd love to see Trevor throw for the Cubs! Although we'd need to upgrade the sound system at Wrigley so Hells Bells could play loud when he enters the game.....

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