The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is about to be overrun by badly dressed, middle-aged white men...followed by even more badly dressed, middle-aged white men recording all the action into their microphones and reporters' notebooks.
That's right--baseball's Winter Meetings have come to town!
Joe Sheehan at Baseball Prospectus offers this overview of the Cubs heading into the meetings:
They’re still flawed, with a utility infielder at second base, two average guys on the outfield corners and a rotation that is probably going to lead the league in walks allowed. Even at that, they look like the favorites in a weak NL Central. Adding an innings guy certain to make 32 starts and a platoon partner for Jacque Jones would help.Here's what nbcsports.com has to say about our heroes:
The Cubs spent small fortunes on both Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez, and it seems they're determined to sign a marquee starter as well. They likely have interest in both Barry Zito and Jason Schmidt, but the agents for those two players will probably wait to hear from the Yankees to ensure top dollar. If their prices are too high, Greg Maddux and Jeff Suppan are the next likely targets. In rounding out their outfield, Julio Lugo is a possibility, as some teams believe he can convert to center despite playing only a handful of games there in his career.Finally, Rotoworld.com quotes a Chicago Tribune source as saying, "The Cubs are working to sign free agent Kenny Lofton. The Rangers are also believed to be in the mix for Lofton. That the Cubs are trying to sign him could be taken as an indication that they don't expect to land Julio Lugo."
A blog quoting a Web site quoting a newspaper quoting an unsubstantiated claim from an anonymous source. You can't get more credible than that.