This is the final day of the 2023 MLB Winter Meetings and if that seems short, it is. In past years the meetings used to go Sunday through Thursday, this year (and I assume future years) they’ll end Wednesday.
The last true event of the meetings is the Rule 5 Draft, which will happen at 1 p.m. CT. There should be a link at MLB.com to follow along. The Cubs will pick 17th. I wouldn’t anticipate them picking anyone, but you never know. Here’s some useful Rule 5 info.
There was quite a bit of Shohei Ohtani drama at Tuesday’s session, from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts mentioning he’d met Ohtani in person — supposedly a no-no to talk about publicly — to the Cubs supposedly being ruled out on him, only to have Jed Hoyer say that isn’t true:
“I don’t know where that came from. There’s nothing to report whatsoever,” Hoyer said. “And I think on all the Ohtani stuff, just like I would with any free agent, I’m not going to talk about discussions or meetings or where it is. We’ll just keep that quiet like anything else.”
New Cubs manager Craig Counsell didn’t have much to say on the topic either:
Asked if he had met in person with Ohtani. Craig Counsell, “I have not. I have not” pic.twitter.com/jjUSJgGpc1— Luke Stuckmeyer (@LukeStuckmeyer) December 5, 2023
The fact is, we don’t know what’s going to happen with Ohtani. No one does, except the player and his agent.
There were some trades and signings Tuesday:
[Alex] Verdugo was traded by the Red Sox to the Yankees in exchange for Richard Fitts, Greg Weissert and Nicholas Judice.
Marco Gonzales was traded to the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later. He was previously acquired by the Braves in the Kelenic trade.
Erick Fedde, who won KBO MVP honors after going 20-6 with a 2.00 ERA for the NC Dinos in 2023, agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with the White Sox, per sources.
Chris Devenski agreed to return to the Rays on a one-year, $1.1 million deal with a club option.
Kirby Yates agreed to a one-year deal worth more than $4 million with the Rangers, per sources.
Also, former Cubs catcher Victor Caratini has a new home:
Astros agree to deal with Caratini, bolster catching depth https://t.co/UB7HANXaZN— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) December 6, 2023
And, another ex-Cub has a new home this morning:
If the Cubs make a Rule 5 pick, or make a trade or sign a free agent, of course that’ll be covered separately on the front page. Otherwise this is your one-stop shop for Winter Meetings discussion today.
Have at it!