Results tagged ‘ Winter Meetings ’

12/9 Cubs pitching budget

The Cubs feel they can fit both Jeff Samardzija and Masahiro Tanaka in their budget if the Japanese pitcher becomes available. It also could depend on what it will take to get Samardzija to stay. Samardzija, 28, the Cubs’ Opening Day starter who racked up 200 innings and 200 strikeouts this season, has been talking to the team about a long-term extension. He made $2.64 million this year.

“I think we’ve made it really clear that he’s a guy we’d like to keep,” GM Jed Hoyer said Monday at the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. “We love the way he competes and he’s continued to improve as a pitcher. Certainly having him as a Cub is a desirable outcome.”

Tanaka’s status has yet to be determined as Major League Baseball and Japanese baseball officials try to update the posting system. The Cubs expect to be part of the process regarding Tanaka, 25, who was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 28 regular season games with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Neither Samardzija nor Tanaka will be cheap. Samardzija will be a free agent after the 2015 season. All he has to do is look at recent contracts for starting pitchers to know he could cash in. Phil Hughes, 27, recently got a three-year, $24 million deal from the Twins.

“They’re not attached at all — it’s not an either, or type thing,” Hoyer said about being able to afford the two pitchers. “We obviously like Samardzija a lot and Tanaka is a talented pitcher. We’re not looking at them joined or not joined. There’s no influence on each other.”

— Carrie Muskat

12/4 A-Gone to Cubs, Red Sox?

The Cubs and Red Sox are reportedly in talks with the Padres about first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. This is the last year of Gonzalez’s contract with San Diego. reports that the Padres are looking for young prospects in exchange, and want Cubs pitcher Andrew Cashner in the deal. The Red Sox have been pursuing Gonzalez, 28, for some time. The Cubs also are talking to agents for free agent first basemen Carlos Pena and Lance Berkman. Team officials will gather in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the Winter Meetings starting Saturday. Expect talks to heat up.

— Carrie Muskat

12/9 Tweet

Here’s how times have changed: There was an announcement made prior to the media luncheon with Major League managers at the Winter Meetings that reporters were not to tweet or blog during the sessions. In essence, the lunch was off the record. Cubs GM Jim Hendry was asked if he uses Twitter.

“I don’t think I can spell ‘tweet,'” Hendry said. “Chuck [Wasserstrom] is my tweeter.”

Wasserstrom is the Cubs’ manager of baseball information.

— Carrie Muskat

12/3 Thanks

Appreciate all the readers/clicks/interest/comments — am hanging onto No. 3 spot in latest beat writer blog rankings. Keep checking here during next week’s Winter Meetings in Indy. There should be activity as Cubs prep for 2010 (and try to find a taker for Milton Bradley). Lou Piniella is scheduled to meet the media on Monday.

— Carrie Muskat