11/7 Let the rumors begin
MLB general managers are meeting this week in Indian Wells, Calif., which means trade rumors will be heating up. The Cubs are well represented as Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman are at the meetings, which end Friday. The meetings are a chance for the Cubs executives to meet face to face with agents and teams.
The Cubs are in the market for two starting pitchers, an outfielder and possibly a third baseman. The Chicago Sun-Times reported the Cubs have expressed interest in free agent pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Shaun Marcum. The two would have to be willing to sign deals similar to what Paul Maholm and David DeJesus inked last year. Maholm signed a one-year, $4.75 million contract with a club option, while DeJesus signed a two-year, $10 million deal. McCarthy, 29, and Marcum, 30, have battled injuries the last two seasons.
“I think the contracts we signed last winter are a good model,” Hoyer told beat writers last week. “I think we have a chance to maybe sign more of those this year with a little bit more money to spend. … We might be able to sign more contracts like that or maybe even a little larger than last year, but I think it’s a good model of contract that really served us well.”
Hoyer said they have already laid groundwork with teams and agents prior to the meetings.
— Carrie Muskat