The Winter Meetings have come and gone and the Cubs look totally different now. A brief recap of all of the transactions:
Rule 5 Draft, Major League Phase
no players selected from Cubs
Rule 5 Draft, AAA Phase
8. Blue Jays select David Garner, RHP (Cubs)
19. Indians select Yapson Gomez, LHP (Cubs)
20. Cubs select Luis Lugo, LHP (Royals)
33. Cubs select Rafelin Lorenzo, C (Pirates)
40. Cubs select Alexander Vargas, RHP (Yankees)
I’m not going to pretend to care about David Garner or Yapson Gomez, though it does seem like Yapson Gomez could potentially be an emergency LOOGY or something. Not a big loss, though. Luis Lugo is a decent org. guy. If he ends up getting a cup in the majors, it wouldn’t stun me, but I wouldn’t plan on it. Rafelin Lorenzo could take plate discipline lessons from Javy Baez. Alexander Vargas is an org. guy at best.
If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! The Cubs were incredibly busy this Winter Meetings, so if I missed something, please let me know. Morale in Chicago could not be higher, and we figure to sign twice as many high-dollar free agents as we have already!