The GM Meetings are underway in Indian Wells, California and the Cubs are “still in the stage of figuring out what opportunities will be there” for them. According to a report from the Tribune, it appears the Cubs will be filling their needs this winter with free agent signings rather than trades.
Theo Epstein said Wednesday that the Cubs “do not have a ton of fits with 25 of the other 29 clubs.” The Cubs will continue to pursue all avenues but Epstein indicated they will likely focus on the free agent market due to their lack of tradable talent. Carlos Marmol
According to a report from the Tribune, the Cubs miscommunicated with Carlos Marmol last Friday about waiving his no-trade protection and approving a trade to the Angels. Jed Hoyer described the situation as unfortunate and said there was miscommunication between Marmol and the team.
Hoyer indicated that they should have explained what was going on better than they did and the Cubs deserve some of the blame for the trade being reported before it was finalized. The Cubs have spoken to Marmol since the trade was called off.
According to a report from David Kaplan, medical concerns caused the Cubs to pull out of the deal for Dan Haren. The Cubs had serious concerns over Haren’s back stiffness and hip issues. The Cubs were set to send around $3-plus million along with Marmol to the Angels for Haren before they pulled the trade off the table.
Who’s on Third?
A report from CSN Chicago confirmed the Cubs interest in Casey McGehee. McGehee has a relationship with Dale Sveum and the Cubs manager could help McGehee have a bounce back season.
Jed Hoyer indicated the Cubs could go with a platoon at third base.
According to the report from CSN, Ian Stewart hasn’t started baseball activities yet after undergoing wrist surgery last summer and the Cubs might wait until November 30 (tender deadline) before making a decision on Stewart’s future with the team.
Minor League Signings
The Cubs re-signed two of their minor league free agents to new one-year contracts. Outfielder turned pitcher Kyler Burke re-signed with the Cubs as well as infielder Jonathan Mota. Both players are still eligible for the Rule 5 Draft unless they are added to the 40-man roster by November 18.
The Cubs are interested in signing Kevin Youkilis according to a report from CSN Chicago but the Cubs expect him to go beyond their price range and sign with a team much closer to contention.
Major League Baseball is considering a change to its longtime rule allowing active rosters to expand from 25 to 40 on September 1.
There is no timetable to hire the Cubs new TV analyst according to a report from Bruce Levine. WGN, Comcast SportsNet and the Cubs are expected to interview Dan Plesac this week and Eric Karros early next week. Levine reported that negotiations with Bob Brenly over a new four-year deal unraveled in early October.
Billy Beane thinks Theo Epstein is being very disciplined with what he is doing with the Cubs.
The Cubs are one of four teams that remain on Justin Upton’s no-trade list.
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