Going into the second day of baseball’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida, the Cubs stand exactly where they did 24 hours ago — no signings or trades were made Monday.
There was a Grandpa Rossy sighting, though:
Saw David Ross in lobby at Winter Meetings looking very much like a special assistant. He had a cup of coffee in hand. #Cubs— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) December 11, 2017
Theo Epstein says the Cubs haven’t closed the door on Jake Arrieta or Wade Davis:
Theo will meet with agents for both Davis, Arrieta about possible return to #Cubs. Says "We're not ruling anything out."— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) December 11, 2017
Given the Brandon Morrow signing, though, I’d think that door is swinging closed, especially with Jake reportedly seeking $200 million:
This would be an unexpected landing spot for Jake:
Phillies are considering Jake Arrieta. Not perfect match since they are a year from possible contention but many of their execs know him well from when they were with the Orioles.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 12, 2017
Here’s an article from SB Nation’s Beyond the Boxscore delving into Alex Cobb’s numbers.
The big news of Monday was the official announcement of the Giancarlo Stanton trade to the Yankees. You’ve probably heard about as much as you’ll need to about that, I’d think.
The Texas Rangers have added a reliever:
Martin pitched briefly for the Yankees and Rockies in 2014 and 2015. He was lights-out for the Nippon Ham Fighters, Shohei Ohtani’s team, in 2016 and 2017 (1.12 ERA, 0.668 WHIP in 92 games).
Pat Neshek is going to stay with the Phillies:
Pat Neshek offficial contract with #Phillies: 2 years $16.25 million. $4 million signing bonus, $5.75 million in 2018, $5.75 million in 2019: $7 million or $750,000 buyout in 2020— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2017
Two former bit players for the Cubs made news Monday:
The Astros have signed catcher Tim Federowicz and right-handed pitcher Matt Ramsey to minor league contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training.— Houston Astros (@astros) December 11, 2017
Here’s a good article by Andrew Baggarly on how the Winter Meetings get covered.
Use this thread for winter meetings discussion and rumors all day today. If the Cubs sign a free agent or trade for someone, of course there will be separate articles posted on any such moves.