The Cubs are one of at least four teams that are interested in signing veteran catcher David Ross. The Red Sox, Braves and Padres are also in the mix for the 37-year old backstop. Ross turns 38 on March 19 and could be looking at a two-year contract.
According to Nick Cafardo, most of Ross’ offers are for one year for a back-up/mentoring role, “but some two-year deals could be on the horizon.”
The Cubs and the Red Sox would like to pair him with Jon Lester, according to Cafardo, and Ross is believed to be interested in signing with the Cubs. Ross told Nick Cafardo that he would like to catch his friend again, but he has to make sure he takes care of himself.
All of the attention this late in his career has been rather humbling to David Ross.
The Padres are also very interested in Ross because new Padres’ GM, A.J. Preller would like for him to work with San Diego’s young pitching staff. Ross is well-respected throughout the game for what he brings to the clubhouse and his defense.
David Ross hired a personal trainer for the first time after dealing with a foot injury last season. And he would like to play two or three times a week.
A report from the Dominican Republic made it appear that Starlin Castro was involved in a shooting at a nightclub in Santiago. But that is not the case according to reports from Gordon Wittenmyer and Carrie Muskat.
Gordon Wittenmyer spoke with Castro’s agent, Paul Kinzer who told the Sun-Times there “was nothing to the report he was questioned by Dominican Republic police after the shooting.” Castro was at the concert with his family.
“Starlin Castro not remotely considered involved in the shooting” according to the Sun-Times report. Castro took cover with his family behind a car when he heard shots being fired.
Carrie Muskat reported Castro “has no knowledge of a shooting in the Dominican that occurred near the concert he was attending with his family.”
Starlin Castro is fine and no one with him was hurt.
- Full Report from the Sun-Times
According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, that was confirmed by Bill Ladson and James Wagner, the Nationals are “planning another effort” to sign Jordan Zimmermann to a long-term extension. Zimmermann has one year left on his contract and Mike Rizzo is believed to be willing to move him for the right package of players.
The Nationals made a low-ball over to Zimmermann last winter (believed to be for five years and less than $85 million), Zimmermann and the Nationals could not find a middle ground and agreed to a two-year contract that bought out his final two arbitration seasons. And once the Reds blew up the market with the Homer Bailey extension, the Nationals and Zimmermann decided to put off the extension talks.
According to James Wagner, the Nationals will meet with Zimmermann’s agents this week at the Winter Meetings. Wagner reported a deal for Zimmermann now would likely be in the six-year, $147 million range, a similar contract to the ones signed by Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels.
News, Notes and Rumors
The Sun-Times previewed the Winter Meetings.
Patrick Mooney asked if the Cubs can become the Dodgers or Yankees of Winter Meetings?
The Red Sox may pursue Max Scherzer if they cannot re-sign Jon Lester according to Michael Silverman. Scherzer’s market is heating up with the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants, Nationals, Phillies, Cardinals, White Sox and Tigers having been connected to Scherzer. And the Cubs could be interested as well according to multiple reports Sunday.
C.J. Wilson is available, for the right package of prospects, according to Jon Heyman. The Angels could be trying to clear payroll (Wilson is owed $38 million over two years) to make a run at Max Scherzer, James Shields or Jon Lester. The Angels “aren’t inclined to eat any” of his remaining salary.
Ken Rosenthal previewed the Winter Meetings.
According to Buster Olney, the market for Francisco Liriano will heat up after Jon Lester signs. Liriano is attached to draft pick compensation after turning down the Pirates qualifying offer. But he could be looking at least a three, if not four-year contract.
The Red Sox and Padres have discussed a Yoenis Cespedes for Ian Kennedy swap … but Ben Cherington thinks he can get a better pitcher in return for Cespedes.
The Yankees, Giants and Marlins are interested in Chase Headley, but those in the game question if Headley has a four-year, $65 million offer from any club. If he does, the offer is not from the three teams that are believed to have the most interest in him according to Andy Martino.
It will be a mad dash for bats at the Winter Meetings according to Bob Nightengale.
Cole Hamels, Max Scherzer, Francisco Liriano or Ervin Santana could be options for the Giants if the Champs are unable to sign Jon Lester according to Jon Heyman.
As to be expected this time of year, it was a rather busy weekend for the Chicago Cubs.
The Landmarks Commission approved the latest revisions to the team’s plans to restore Wrigley Field. Ryan Dempster re-signed with the Cubs, retired from baseball and joined the Cubs front office … and there was more than one rumor as the stove heated up ahead of the Winter Meetings.
- Wrigley Field Restoration Update: Landmarks Commission Approves Cubs Revised Plans
- South Bend Cubs Unveil New Logos and Uniforms
- Jon Lester Update: Decision Not Likely Before the Winter Meetings
- The Daily CCO: The Calm Before the Winter Meetings and Cubs News and Rumors
- Ryan Dempster Signs with the Cubs, Retires and Joins Front Office as Special Assistant
- Cubs Receiving Calls About Luis Valbuena
- Jon Lester Update: Ryan Dempster Joins Cubs Recruiting Effort
- Jon Lester Update: Cubs Offer May Be Higher Than Previously Reported
- The Daily CCO: Cubs Hitting Coach Jon Mallee to Work with Javier Baez in Winter Ball
- Catcher is One of the Areas Cubs Looking to Address
- Jon Lester Update: Red Sox Principal Owner, John Henry Made Second Trip to Atlanta on Friday
- Jon Lester Update: Multiple Offers on the Table. Teams Making a Final Push?
- The Daily CCO: Cubs News, Notes and Rumors on the Eve of the Winter Meetings
- More from a Day with the South Bend Cubs
- Jon Lester Update: Cubs Making a Push, Will It Take a Seven-Year Deal?
- Report: Cubs Telling Teams Starlin Castro is Not Available
- Winter Meetings 2014: Cubs Have Work to Do in San Diego
This Day In Cubstory
2011 – Cubs selected Lendy Castillo from the Phillies in the Rule 5 Draft
2011 – Orioles selected Ryan Flaherty from the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft
2011 – Cubs traded Tyler Colvin and D.J. LeMahieu to the Rockies for Casey Weathers and Ian Stewart
2011 – Red Sox selected Marwin Gonzalez from the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft. Gonzalez was traded from the Red Sox to the Astros for Marco Duarte.
2010 – Cubs signed free agent Carlos Pena
2005 – Cardinals selected Juan Mateo from the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft
2004 – Cubs signed free agent Henry Blanco
2004 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Welington Castillo
2000 – Cubs signed free agent Jeff Fassero
1998 – Cubs released Matt Mieske and Pedro Valdes
1995 – Cubs signed free agent Jaime Navarro
1992 – Cubs signed free agent Dan Plesac
1988 – Cubs acquired Lloyd McClendon from the Reds for Rolando Roomes
1987 – Cubs traded Lee Smith to the Red Sox for Al Nipper and Calvin Schiraldi
1981 – Cubs signed free agent Ferguson Jenkins
1981 – Cubs signed free agent Bill Campbell
1981 – Cubs traded Mike Krukow and cash to the Phillies for Dan Larson, Dickie Noles and Keith Moreland
1980 – Cubs selected Jody Davis from the Cardinals in the Rule 5 Draft
1977 – Cubs traded Jerry Morales, Steve Swisher and cash to the Cardinals for Hector Cruz and Dave Radar
1976 – Cubs received Jim Dwyer from the Mets as part of a three-team trade. The Cubs sent Pete LaCock to the Royals. Kansas City sent a PTBNL to the Mets. New York received Sheldon Mallory on Dec. 13 to complete the trade.
1976 – Reed Johnson, born
1961 – Mets purchased Richie Ashburn from the Cubs
1948 – Cubs acquired Cliff Chambers and Clyde McCullough from the Pirates for Frankie Gustine and Cal McLish
1938 – Cubs purchased Ray Harrell from the Cardinals