12/9 Winter Meetings, Day 1

* There have been a lot of inquiries about Jeff Samardzija from other beat writers curious as to whether the Cubs will part with the right-hander. The Cubs would like to sign Samardzija to a long-term contract but also are listening to offers. The price tag is high.

* Ryan Sweeney will begin work this week with Hall of Famer Rod Carew. Sweeney said he benfitted from sessions with Carew last year. The outfielder batted .266 in 70 games with the Cubs, hitting six home runs and 13 doubles. Sweeney, who missed time because of a fractured left rib injured in early July, signed a two-year contract extension on Oct. 8.

* Want to see the Cubs TV and radio crews in action on a game day? Check out Cubs.com for the Stand Up 2 Cancer items being auctioned off. Also available is a pitching lesson from Chris Bosio.

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