12/8 Day 2 at Winter Meetings
Cubs officials spent Tuesday meeting with more teams as they continued their pursuit of a veteran right-handed reliever. One option being discussed was J.J. Putz, who was part of a three-team trade at last year’s Winter Meetings. Putz pitched in 29 games for the Mets before he needed surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow in June. He did pitch in Seattle but not for Lou Piniella.
The Cubs, White Sox, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Nationals and Tigers all have shown interest in Putz.
* Curtis Granderson most likely will not be patrolling center field for the Cubs. The Tigers outfielder was reportedly part of a three-team trade involving the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Tigers. Granderson would go to New York. The Cubs told the Tigers if they were serious about moving Granderson to contact them. Detroit would get four players in the swap.
* One of Piniella’s good friends, Bill Madden, was elected into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Madden covered Piniella in New York.
* The Milwaukee Brewers are interested in Kevin Gregg, who lost the closer’s job to Carlos Marmol.
* Here’s something to think about: Prior to the 2009 season, the Cubs added Gregg, Aaron Heilman, Aaron Miles and Joey Gathright. All are gone from the team.
* Here’s how weird the rumors are at the Meetings. A Rays executive was testing an airline’s wi-fi while flying and at 30,000 feet, read that his team had completed a deal. It wasn’t true.
– Carrie Muskat