Baseball’s Winter Meetings ended without the Cubs making another trade or free agent signing.
Jed Hoyer said Wednesday he did not think the Cubs were close enough on another deal for something to happen before the Meetings wrapped up.
The Cubs did not make the Trevor Cahill signing official or announced which player they received from the Yankees to complete the Starlin Castro–Adam Warren trade. The Cubs did gain a spot on the 40-man roster when the Orioles claimed a lefty reliever on waivers.
Jason Heyward dominated the news surrounding the Cubs on the final day of Baseball’s Winter Meetings. The Cubs are one of three teams that are reportedly finalists to sign Heyward to a mammoth, possibly decade-long contract. After appearing to be between the Cubs and Cardinals for Heyward, the Nationals are making a push to land the 26-year old right fielder.
Here are reports from Day One of the Jason Heyward watch:
• ESPN Chicago: Is Jason Heyward worth all the fuss?
• CBS Sports: Mystery solved, Nationals surprise entrant in Jason Heyward derby
• FOX Sports: Handicapping top three teams in pursuit of Jason Heyward
• Comcast SportsNet: Will Jason Heyward become the next domino to fall for Cubs?
Joe Maddon’s annual Thanksmas event is Friday at his Ava restaurant in Tampa.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Homeless Empowerment Program.
Maddon has several players scheduled to tend bar on Friday night and the list includes Kyle Schwarber, Kevin Kiermaier, Matt Moore, Melvin Upton Jr., Matt Joyce and Sam Fuld.
Edgar Olmos – Junior Lake
The Cubs lost a relief pitcher on a waiver claim to the Orioles on Thursday.
LHP Edgar Olmos was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles. And in the process, the front office created a spot on the 40-man roster, which officially stands and 38 players.
The Cubs claimed Olmos off waivers from the Mariners on Dec. 4.
To make room on their roster for Olmos, the Orioles designated OF Junior Lake for assignment.
The Cubs shipped Lake to Baltimore for RHP Tommy Hunter at the deadline last July. Lake played in only eight games for the Orioles and was 3-for-22, all three hits were doubles (.136/.136/.273). Lake hit well for Triple-A Norfolk. In 15 games, Lake batted .300/.410/.360 with three doubles and a .770 OPS.
Junior Lake turns 26 in March.
Veteran right-hander Felipe Paulino inked a minor league contract with the Indians according to Baseball America. Paulino spent the 2015 season in the Cubs’ organization at Triple-A Iowa.
Paulino was 5-9 in 20 starts with a 4.93 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. In 104 innings, Paulino allowed 64 runs ,57 earned, on 108 hits with 52 walks and 83 strikeouts.
News, Notes and Rumors
• According to Ken Rosenthal, the Diamondbacks talked to the Reds about Brandon Phillips. The D-Backs think Phillips might waive his no-trade rights and accept a trade. The D-Backs have been pursuing Phillips for a while. He’s not been willing to approve a trade and leave Cincinnati. Buster Olney reported Phillips has not talked to the Reds or D-Backs about a trade as of Thursday morning.
• The Brewers acquired Garin Cecchini from the Red Sox for cash considerations.
• Mark Reynolds has left the NL Central. Reynolds is headed to the Rockies on a one-year, $2.6 million contract that includes an incentives package.
• Jonathan Broxton re-signed with the Cardinals, a two-year contract for $7.5 million with a full no-trade clause.
• LHP Ryan Buchter signed a minor league contract with the Padres. Buchter pitched out of Iowa’s bullpen at the end of the season.
• Click here for a full list of transactions from the 2015 Winter Meetings.
• Jayson Stark posted the Winter Meetings winners and losers … and the Cubs are one of the winners.
• Cubs build around young core with Ben Zobrist, John Lackey according to Carrie Muskat.
• Chris Davis, Jason Heyward headline the next wave of MLB action according to Bob Nightengale.
• In this must read report, Scott Miller details the issues that exist with Yasiel Puig … Is There Anybody Left in Los Angeles Whom Yasiel Puig Hasn’t Alienated?
And last, but not least, Kris Bryant has partnered with Stouffers.
This Day In Cubstory
2014 – Marlins selected Andrew McKirahan from the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft
2014 – Cubs selected Taylor Featherston from the Rockies in the Rule 5 Draft in a prearranged deal with the Angels. The Angels purchased Featherston from the Cubs.
2009 – Cubs signed free agent Marlon Byrd
2008 – Pirates selected Donnie Veal from the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft
2008 – Reds selected David Patton from the Rockies in the Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs purchased David Patton from the Reds in a pre-draft arrangement.
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Cory Bailey
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Josh Kroeger
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Mike Mahoney
2002 – Cubs released Angel Echevarria
2001 – Cubs traded Nate Teut to the Marlins for Jesus Sanchez
2001 – Mark Prior won the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player in the U.S.
2000 – Cubs selected Scott Chiasson from the A’s in the Rule 5 Draft
2000 – Cubs signed free agent Joe Borowski
1997 – Cubs acquired Sandy Martinez from the Blue Jays for a PTBNL. The Cubs sent Trevor Schaffer to Toronto on Dec. 19 to complete the trade.
1992 – Cubs signed free agent Candy Maldonado
1991 – Cubs released Yorkis Perez
1985 – Cubs traded Dave Owen to the Giants for Manny Trillo
1984 – Cubs traded Dickie Noles to the Rangers for Tim Henry and Jorge Gomez
1980 – Cubs traded Cliff Johnson and Keith Drumright to the A’s for Mike King
1973 – Cubs traded Ron Santo to the White Sox for Steve Stone, Steve Swisher, Ken Frailing and a PTBNL. The Cubs received Jim Kremmel from the Sox on Dec. 18 to complete the trade.
1956 – Cubs acquired Charlie Silvera, cash and a PTBNL from the Yankees for a PTBNL. Cubs sent Harry Chiti to the Yankees on Dec. 14.
1956 – Cubs traded Jim Davis, Sam Jones, Hobie Landrith and Eddie Miksis to the Cardinals for Wally Lammers, Jackie Collum, Ray Katt and Tom Poholsky.
1948 – Gene Hiser, born
1931 – Cubs traded Hack Wilson and Bud Teachout to the Cardinals for Burleigh Grimes
1925 – Cubs acquired Jimmy Cooney from the Cardinals for Vic Keen
1917 – Cubs traded Pickles Dillhoefer, Mike Predergast and $55,000 to the Phillies for Bill Killefer and Grover Cleveland Alexander
1914 – Bill Nicholson, born
1912 – Cubs purchased Al Bridwell from the Braves