Kids Joe Pavelski Jersey By the end of the month — or perhaps by the end of next week’s winter meetings — the Chicago Cubs will have fortified their bullpen in some capacity. This is as much as we can know about anything as the hot stove season heats up. Their search for a young, controllable starter may go on for months, but one way or another the world champions will add to their relief staff as they attempt to repeat.
The major question is if a big addition will come via free agency or trade. The Cubs seemingly have answered that several times and did again earlier this week.
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Carlos Beltran would have been a better fit because he is a a better player, but he is going to be 40 next season, while Holliday will be 37. Holliday has not aged as well.
The Cardinals have been relatively quiet this winter outside of signing reliever Brett Cecil and trading away starter Jaime Garcia, leading to a clamoring for action from some of their fan base frustrated by a rare hiatus from playoff contention and again wondering when the teamâ€™s front office will make a major splash.
If Mozeliak is heeding the buzz as the Cardinals head to D.C. for the winter meetings, he might be most compelled to pursue leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler, who has generated the most rumors since the teamâ€™s initial impulse to add a center fielder and move Randal Grichuk to left.
The hang-up is age. Fowler will be 31 by the time next season begins, which could rule him out if his camp is seeking a deal longer than three or four years.
If those discussions are ongoing, that is far from the only iron in the fire for the Cardinals, who also are believed to be discussing corner outfielders and, perhaps, even shortstops and second basemen.
Whether they touched base with Greg Genske, the agent for third baseman Justin Turner, is unknown, but a source indicated the teamâ€™s interest in Turner — who might be the best hitter on the market — is far from strong. The only way Turner, 32, lands in St. Louis is if his market falls apart and he can be acquired on a short-term basis.