Hot stove season begins for #Cubs, MLB

Now that the World Series is over, the hot stove season begins. Here are some important dates, and as long as you’re updating your calendar, note that Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary since Joe Maddon offered a shot and a beer at his introduction news conference at the Cubby Bear:

Nov. 2: First day of exclusive five-day negotiation window which all teams have with their free agent eligible players

The list of Cubs free agents include OF Dexter Fowler, OF Austin Jackson, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Jason Motte, OF Chris Denorfia, LHP Clayton Richard, IF Jonathan Herrera.

Nov. 6: Final day for teams to extend qualifying offers to free agents. Qualifying offers must be submitted by 5 p.m. ET

Nov. 7: Free agents eligible to sign with any team

Nov. 13: Deadline for players to accept or reject qualifying offers. Players must formally make their decision by 5 p.m. ET

Dec. 2: Deadline for teams to decide whether or not to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players

Dec. 7-10: Winter Meetings


Dusty Baker hired to Manage the Nationals.
Wada back to Japan with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.

From all the Cub that became FAs, looks like numerous Roster spots opened up.
Cahill, Hunter, Motte, Rodney, Fowler, Denorfia and Jackson became free agents. RHP Dan Haren retired. Teagarten assigned to AAA. Wada going back to Japan.
40 man Roster down to 30, that is a lot of room, of course their will be a couple added to protect from the Rule 5 Draft, like Contreras for sure.
Who is coming back?

Forgot Herrera that’s 11 Spots.

Aloha jasper, I was sad it did not work out for Wada to stay but there are no guarantees in this game! I remember back in the late 1990’s visiting the newer park in Fukuoka; very neat area that loves baseball. The other folks you mentioned are interesting as well. I am sure the FO will make an offer to Fowler and it will be his decision to stay or not. I thought Denorfia was good in his utility role. The FO may try to go after a Gordon in which the utility person might be a Baez, thus not asking Deno back. Cahill is another one, maybe you take a chance on him, incentive-laden contract. No guarantee he makes the club as he has to earn a spot out of ST. Not sure about the other FA folks, there is going to be funds going out for all the arbitration-eligible players. These few weeks are going to be a whirlwind! Mahalo!

kg., I was kind of sad for you when I heard about Wada. Then I read where he wanted to go back to Japan to finish his career. I am sure he will do well.

Starters is what is needed. If you trade Castro, he is already replaced. If you trade Soler, now you need an OF via trade or FA.
If you think about what OAK accepted for Donaldson, you have to wonder what it would take to get Gray. Also keeping in mind, OAK likes prospects.
Some think because a player is not on the ML Roster, he does not have value. Spring of 2016 the Cubs will be sending players back to AAA, that would make some clubs. They have value.
I think an AL team will make a good trade partner this off season. They have the DH, therefore they need more hitting. Cleveland, Oakland, Tampa, Detroit or Seattle might make very good trade partners this off season.

Aloha jasper, agreed. I would for the FO to get Gray but he would come at a cost (Castro, Wood, rookie/prospect). I wish the FO could swing something for Ross and Kimbrel from the Padres but that would come at a cost too. If the team loses Fowler but picks up Gordon, that might work out nicely because he strengthens the outfield defense and can buy some time for the team in regard to CF: Almora/Baez. Zimmerman might be a good pickup and no players or prospects lost in that pickup. Take care now. Mahalo!

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