The Cubs will reportedly meet with Jon Lester a day after being outbid on one of the team’s off-season targets. According to a report from WEEI, Lester has a meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Chicago.
The Cubs’ brass will roll out the red carpet and tell the southpaw why he should sign and front the Cubs rotation.
Based on Alex Anthopoulos’ comments to Peter Gammons, it’s going to take at least a six-year contract for the Cubs to sign Jon Lester. Estimates on a six-year deal for Lester have ranged from $20-25 million per season.
Peter Gammons indicated the process with Jon Lester could roll into December as he weighs his options.
The Cubs have been linked to Max Scherzer this off-season but that doesn’t mean the front office is looking to sign him. The Cubs are focused on Jon Lester and are believed to view Cole Hamels as an option if they are unable to sign Lester. Jon Heyman was the latest to reiterate as much Monday night.
Scott Boras said in an interview Sunday on MLB Network Radio that the Tigers have not closed the door on Scherzer returning to Detroit and hinted that other teams have to make moves before engaging in full-contract talks with him about Scherzer. So while it’s been quiet on the Scherzer front to this point, could the Yankees be the team that steps up and signs Scherzer to the seven-year contract Boras is believed to be seeking?
According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees and Boras “have had brief contact sometime since returning from the GM Meetings, and word is the Yankees may revisit their inclination not to make any big expenditures this winter.”
The Yankees are interested in re-signing David Robertson, Chase Headley and Brandon McCarthy … and have looked at Jason Hammel, Francisco Liriano and Edinson Volquez.
Heyman reported the Yankees “still haven’t decided whether to pursue Scherzer.”
Six weeks after Bill Mueller resigned as the Cubs hitting coach, St. Louis has hired him to be the Cardinals assistant hitting coach. John Mozeliak talked with Mueller about the job last week in Arizona according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was offered the job shortly afterwards.
Mueller stepped down from the Cubs job due to the front office re-assigning Mike Brumley, the Cubs assistant hitting coach. And that was the only reason Mueller resigned according to the Tribune.
John Mabry, another former Cub, is the Cardinals hitting coach and Mueller replaced David Bell, who was moved to bench coach.
Bill Mueller grew up in St. Louis and returns home to work on Mike Matheny’s staff.
Buster Olney continued his series of ranking the best players at each position in the game … and it was time for the first baseman on Monday.
Anthony Rizzo checked in at No. 4, behind Paul Goldschmidt (D-Backs), Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) and Jose Abreu (White Sox).
Rizzo’s improvements at the plate stemmed from the adjustments he made hitting the fastball.
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According to Nick Cafardo, each player and coach on the MLB All-Star team participating in the Japan Series received $100,000, plus expenses for the three-week commitment.
Jason Hammel is one of the bargains of the free agent class according to FanGraphs. And so is Brandon McCarthy.
Marc Topkin provided an update on the tampering charges the Rays filed against the Cubs for hiring Joe Maddon. A timeframe has not been set on when MLB will announce its findings. According to Topkin, the Rays “requested and are adamant” about the Cubs tampering with Maddon. If MLB decides the Cubs were did not follow the rules, Tampa could receive money, draft pick or player/players as compensation.
Nick Cafardo reported Monday that Andrew Miller’s agent, Mark Rodgers, called the action on his client “robust.”
According to Paul Sullivan, just because the Cubs can afford to overpay doesn’t mean they should.
The Cubs, despite a report from the Sun-Times, are one of six teams that have checked in or asked for medicals on free-agent Justin Masterson according to Jerry Crasnick. The other five teams: Twins, Red Sox, Braves, Royals and Giants. Masterson is thought to be looking to sign on a bounce-back contract for one or two years. Crasnick reported Masterson “expects to be fully healthy in Spring Training.” But Nick Cafardo has reported Masterson has recovered from the rib cage, knee and shoulder injuries he had last season.
The Brewers signed RHP Jaye Chapman to a minor league contract. Chapman was acquired from the Braves along with Arodys Vizcaino for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson at the deadline in 2012.
Giancarlo Stanton’s mega contract will pay him $68,493 per day for the next 13 years.
According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Blue Jays made a statement with signing Russell Martin.
This Day In Cubstory
2011 – Cubs granted free agency to Luis Montanez
2010 – Cubs signed free agent Bryan LaHair
2008 – Cubs re-signed Ryan Dempster to a four-year, $52 million contract
2005 – Cubs signed free agent reliever Scott Eyre to a three-year, $11 million contract
2005 – Cubs released Adam Greenberg
2002 – Cubs signed free agent Keith McDonald
2000 – Cubs acquired Bill Mueller from the Giants for Tim Worrell
1999 – Cubs signed free agent Raul Gonzalez
1997 – Devil Rays selected Miguel Cairo, Brooks Kieschnick and Ramon Tatis from the Cubs in the expansion draft
1994 – Reds selected Larry Luebbers off waivers from the Cubs
1987 – Andre Dawson won the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Dawson was the first player to win a MVP award for a last place team.
1975 – Shawn Camp, born
1967 – Tom Gordon, born
1966 – Ron Coomer, born
1962 – Jamie Moyer, born
1952 – Steve Henderson, born
1925 – Gene Mauch, born
1914 – Cubs named Roger Bresnahan manager
1888 – Albert Spalding took players from his Chicago National League team (Cubs) and from other teams on a world-wide tour. Spalding and his players left from San Francisco and sailed to Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Ceylon, India, Egypt, Italy, France and England. Games were played in Sydney, Melbourne, Cairo, Naples, Rome, Paris and London. In Egypt, one of the pyramids was used as a backstop.