Rumors: November 2008 Archives

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:

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

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....


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.....


Holliday Traded to Oakland?

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According to a report by Ken Rosenthal, the Rockies likely will trade Matt Holliday to the Oakland A's in the next 48 hours. The deal and the players have not been finalized but the two teams discussed sending outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and southpaw Greg Smith (both acquired in the Dan Haren deal last winter from the Diamondbacks) along with Huston Street.

The official announcement will not be made until the players pass their physicals. The A's are planning on increasing their payroll into the $80 million dollar range and do not consider Holliday a one-year rental.

The Cardinals were rumored to be on the cusp of landing Holliday over the weekend for a package of players that included Ryan Ludwick.


Cuban Smoked Like a Cigar??

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According to the Chicago Sun Times, MLB will not approve Mark Cuban as an owner for the Cubs.

I hope baseball is not that narrow minded......but then again it is Bud Selig and fellow idiots we are talking about......

Hopefully Cuban gets enough support from around sports and NBA Commissioner Stern.


Maddux to Retire?

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According to a report on Fox, Scott Boras, the agent for Greg Maddux, told reporters on Monday that the former Cub and future Hall of Famer "is almost certain to retire." Maddux filed for free agency last week. Boras said Maddux has not made his final decision, "but for now it is doubtful he will play any longer." ...
According to a report from Jon Heyman of, Jake Peavy added the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to the list of teams he would approve a trade to on Monday. XM Radio reported on Monday night that Kevin Towers is scheduled to meet with the Cubs, Braves and Dodgers at the GM Meetings this week. Peavy has put the teams in "some sort of order but the GM declined to reveal that order." The Yankees are below the NL teams on Peavy's list. ...