It’s Black Friday and deals and free agent signings continue as Baseball’s Winter Meetings quickly approach. With less than a week to go before the current CBA expires, there is optimism a new Collective Bargaining Agreement will be in place that will prevent a lockout and allow baseball to continue going about its business.
The 2016 World Series film premiered Tuesday night as the Cubs continue to celebrate winning The Series earlier this month.
The 2016 World Series Film and collector’s edition Blu-ray and DVD sets hit stores and will be available for purchase online beginning Dec. 6 (click here for details). The 2016 World Series will be shown on FS1 on Dec. 2 (6:00pm CST).
Add the Yankees to the list of teams that have shown interest in Dexter Fowler this off-season.
The Cardinals are considered the favorite to sign Fowler to what will likely be a five-year contract at this point. Estimates on Fowler’s new contract seemingly increase by the day. Fowler has gone from possibly signing a three- or four-year deal with an AAV of around $14 million to inking a five-year contract for more than $80 million.
Fowler is attached to draft pick compensation, that may or may not still be in place by this time next week. If the new CBA does not eliminate draft pick compensation to teams losing their free agents that were made a qualifying offer, the Cubs will receive a pick in the 2017 Draft for Fowler signing with another team.
The Cardinals, Mets, Giants, Blue Jays, Braves, Rangers, Nationals and Yankees are among the teams that have been linked, or in the Redbirds’ case heavily connected, to Dexter Fowler this off-season.
The Braves made another addition to their roster on Thanksgiving. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Braves agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Sean Rodriguez worth more than $11 million. Jon Heyman reported Rodriguez received two years and $11.5 million. The contract includes a $1.5 million signing bonus and calls for a $5 million salary in each of the two seasons. The contract is pending a physical.
Sean Rodriguez turns 32 in late April (April 26) and batted .270/.349/.510 with 16 doubles, one triple and 18 home runs for a .859 OPS last season for the Pirates. Rodriguez had a career year in his second season with the Bucs.
All the water coolers at the Braves new stadium should be put on notice that Sean Rodriguez will soon be in town.
Thanksgiving Day News
For those that missed the Cubs news, notes and rumors on Thanksgiving, click on this link.
The Daily Report includes more info on Spencer Patton and where he will be pitching next season. Did the Cubs run up the price on Brett Cecil? The Diamondbacks and Mariners made a five-player deal on Wednesday with Jean Segura and Taijuan Walker the headliners of the trade.
And on the minor league side, Tom continued his position review series with a look at left field throughout the organization.
News, Notes and Rumors
• Paul Sullivan reported the rain delay for the ages becomes part of Cubs’ lore.
• Joel Sherman asked if you would take Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber based on what was known after the 2015 season or Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and George Springer now. According to Sherman, the Astros could be next season’s Cubs … and they are spending like it.
• The Mariners designated SHP Pat Venditte for assignment.
• According to a report from the Tribune, Todd Ricketts is in line for deputy commerce post in Trump cabinet. Todd Ricketts may be named the Deputy Secretary of the Commerce Department. Ricketts met with President-elect Donald Trump last week according to Sports Illustrated.
This Day in Cubstory
2015 – Cubs acquired Rex Brothers from the Rockies for Wander Cabrera
2003 – Cubs traded Hee-Seop Choi and Mike Nannini to the Marlins for Derrek Lee
1998 – Cubs granted free agency to Don Wengert
1968 – Shingo Takatsu, born
1965 – Randy Veres, born
1958 – Chico Walker, born