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Jed Hoyer Buying a Suzuki?

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The off-season rumors are in full swing, so let’s get to it.

  • The Cubs are looking at Kurt Suzuki as an option at backup catcher. It wouldn’t be a flashy move, but it could signify that the front office sees Wellington Castillo as a long-term piece.
  • Jed Hoyer has reiterated that the Cubs are indeed interested in Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and will be in on the bidding (yay). Patrick Mooney sees them as a long shot, however (boo).
  • Not a rumor, but related: Speaking of bidding for Japanese players, there was an apparent agreement between MLB and the Japanese league that would involve a blind bidding system, with the highest bidding team winning the negotiating rights. However, it seems as though the smaller market teams are making a push to modify or eliminate the posting system, since they feel they are being priced out of the process.
  • No Cub player has been the center of more trade discussion than Jeff Samardzija. We’ve heard about the rumored interest from the Diamondbacks and Nationals, but there are now reports that the Pirates and the Blue Jays are interested as well. For what it’s worth, Gordon Wittenmeyer, after speaking with several GMs, seems to think that Shark will get traded this off-season.
  • Jon Morosi tweeted that the Diamondbacks are interested in Nate Schierholtz. Could a package of Nate and Shark bring back a nice return?
  • Mark Feinsand tweeted that the Cubs could be “stealthily waiting in the wings” on Jacoby Ellsbury. Weird.
  • Matthew Cerrone tweeted that the Cubs (among other teams) have shown an early interest in Curtis Granderson. It sort of sounds like an “agent leak” type story to me, but who knows?
  • Not a rumor: MLB will be instituting NFL-style replay challenges next season.
  • PLCB3

    Where’s the news of fat people?

  • AC0000000

    Where’s the news of fat people?

  • Doc Raker

    Small market teams are priced out of top tier free agents regardless of if there is a posting system or not. If the Japanese league didn’t have the posting system and the Japanese players went into free agency the small market teams are still priced out, unless the Japanese players are forced into the draft but how do you force a 25 year old into the draft?

    • Sean Powell

      All true – it will be interesting to see how this plays out. I think we’re headed for an international draft for Latin American players (many were surprised it didn’t happen this year), but the Japanese thing is a different beast, obviously. 3 separate drafts? At least it would give us plenty to talk about. I suppose any company/conglomerate can set up pre-conditions for employment, such as a draft, for anyone. Maybe they can just do the NBA ping pong lottery for rights to negotiate with Japanese players? The NBA does require all players – no matter their country of origin – to go through the draft process. We’ll see, I guess.

      • PLCB3

        I thought the idea was to make it a worldwide draft and not a separate draft for Latin players.

  • Doc Raker

    Small market teams are priced out of top tier free agents regardless of if there is a posting system or not. If the Japanese league didn’t have the posting system and the Japanese players went into free agency the small market teams are still priced out, unless the Japanese players are forced into the draft but how do you force a 25 year old into the draft?

    • Sean Powell

      All true – it will be interesting to see how this plays out. I think we’re headed for an international draft for Latin American players (many were surprised it didn’t happen this year), but the Japanese thing is a different beast, obviously. 3 separate drafts? At least it would give us plenty to talk about. I suppose any company/conglomerate can set up pre-conditions for employment, such as a draft, for anyone. Maybe they can just do the NBA ping pong lottery for rights to negotiate with Japanese players? The NBA does require all players – no matter their country of origin – to go through the draft process. We’ll see, I guess.

      • AC0000000

        I thought the idea was to make it a worldwide draft and not a separate draft for Latin players.

  • Eddie Von White

    What’s better than an Anderson? A Granderson!

    • PLCB3

      The only good thing to come out of UIC.

      • cap’n obvious

        hey! I went to UIC. Watch it. Fella.

      • PLCB3

        I went there too. I have the right to shit on it all I want. World-class university, my Gregging ass. Flushing your tuition down the toilet, $68,000 at a time. Had I graduated in 4 years, my degree, WITH HOUSING, would have been cheaper than the toilet. They ask me for money all the time and don’t seem to understand this disconnect.

      • You clearly should have majored in either professional baseball or real estate.

      • Doc Raker

        How good can it be if the Capn went there?

    • Seymour Butts

      Don’t forget to tip your waitress.

      • That must be the one who asks you if you want chips and a drink.

      • Doc Raker

        “Would you like to make that a combo?” is what Seymour is used to hearing from his waitress.

  • Eddie Von White

    What’s better than an Anderson? A Granderson!

    • AC0000000

      The only good thing to come out of UIC.

      • cap’n obvious

        hey! I went to UIC. Watch it. Fella.

      • AC0000000

        I went there too. I have the right to shit on it all I want. World-class university, my Gregging ass. Flushing your tuition down the toilet, $68,000 at a time. Had I graduated in 4 years, my degree, WITH HOUSING, would have been cheaper than the toilet. They ask me for money all the time and don’t seem to understand this disconnect.

      • You clearly should have majored in either professional baseball or real estate.

      • Doc Raker

        How good can it be if the Capn went there?

    • Seymour Butts

      Don’t forget to tip your waitress.

      • That must be the one who asks you if you want chips and a drink.

      • Doc Raker

        “Would you like to make that a combo?” is what Seymour is used to hearing from his waitress.

  • Darlin_Starlin

    Why trade Samardzija? Are the Cubs scared he’s gonna be spendy here soon?

  • Darlin_Starlin

    Why trade Samardzija? Are the Cubs scared he’s gonna be spendy here soon?