12/5 Cubs still on lookout
It’s Day 3 of the Winter Meetings, and the Cubs still don’t have a third baseman. The team did talk to representatives of free agents Jeff Keppinger and Eric Chavez, who both signed on Wednesday with new teams. They were more interested in Keppinger, who signed a three-year $12 million deal with the White Sox. GM Jed Hoyer said they have offers out to other free agent third baseman as they try to find the right match.
“It’s a super-charged market in a lot of different areas,” Hoyer said. “We’re still on the lookout. We have a number of irons in the fire as far as third base. We’re confident we’ll land someone we feel good about. It certainly is a position of scarcity.”
The Cubs could platoon, which isn’t a perfect situation, but one they’ll consider. The team is still in contact with Ian Stewart’s agent Larry Reynolds. Stewart is coming back from left wrist surgery, and opted to rehab at home rather than stay with the team. That isn’t an issue, Hoyer said.
“We feel we have a good relationship with him,” Hoyer said. “He went through a tough time with his wrist. We have no issues with how he handled himself.”
— Carrie Muskat