Are you old school or new school? "Me, I'm elementary," said Holmes, tamping his pipe.
From Comcast Sportsnet Chicago:
- Tony Andracki: Cubs dish out 60 playoff shares from a record-high MLB pool. The holiday season isn't over for the Cubs. They are also handing out 8.25 partial shares and 13 cash awards.
From CBS Chicago:
- Bruce Levine: Cubs still in hot pursuit of pitching. Yes. And so are the other 29 teams. Jed Hoyer says the team isn't close to anything right now, but anticipates the Cubs will be in the next two weeks. The source is said to be a local radio show. It might be a red herring.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Jesse Rogers had the same information as Levine. Cubs not close, but moves are coming, is how his article goes. He identifies the source as ESPN radio, from Monday's broadcast.
- [AUDIO] Waddle and Silvy talk to Jed Hoyer. Not the above but interesting nonetheless. The investigation gathers momentum instead of moss.
- [VIDEO] Statcast: Cubs' longest homers. Arresting.
From the Chicago Tribune:
- Paul Sullivan: Cubs have money to spend, but so do a few other teams looking for pitching. Indeed. Jordan Zimmermann is off the market, but everyone else is still out there. Sullivan discusses the Cubs plans as he sees them. The plot thickens.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Kyle Thele: Cubs may not have the money to go after top free agents. David Kaplan doesn't see the Cubs as major players for Zack Greinke or David Price. Ken Rosenthal sees the Cubs as targeting one big name acquisition. Peter Gammons says that the Red Sox can throw money at people.
- [VIDEO]: The ten sentences guaranteed to make Cubs fans immediately angry. I dunno. I think I could come up with more. Couldn't find one about Cardinals fans. That lack is mysterious.
From Cubs Den:
- John Arguello: Cubs have about 20 million they can add to payroll. Articles from Ken Rosenthal and MLB Trade Rumors are cited to bolster the case. Speculation ensues. Greinke, Price, Johnny Cueto seen as overspends.
- John Arguello: Cubs pass on Zimmermann...Cubs looking for better, not necessarily bigger, prizes in free agency. What would be the cost in terms of prospects or current personnel if trades were made for a younger, cost-controlled player?
From Bleacher Nation:
- Brett Taylor: Early sense of Braves' asking price for Shelby Miller? High. Willson Contreras and Billy McKinney likely wouldn't be enough.
- Luis Medina: Getting to know new Cubs reliever Rex Brothers. The pitcher is looking forward to a fresh start after a DFA. Getting the ball over the plate consistently would lock up a spot.
- Brett Taylor: The Cubs have also spoken to Mike Leake. Add another free agent to the possible mix for the Cubs. Dave Kaplan also speaks of Jeff Samardzija, John Lackey.
From Cubs Insider:
- Todd Johnson: Fast-tracked prospects - Here are six who could move quickly in 2016. Ryan Williams, Dave Berg, David Garner, Brad Markey, Oscar De La Cruz, Preston Morrison, Eddy Julio Martinez, and Ian Happ are discussed. Wait, that's eight. Unravel the mystery.
- Ken Rosenthal's notes: Zimmermann scores with deal, but is it enough? Local tv deals and Cubs/Cardinals are touched on.
- MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs and Sox should hook up on win-win trade. The pros and cons of a deal for Jose Quintana.
Food for thought: