The Winter Meetings start today. This year, the Winter Meetings are in Nashville. Nashville is on Central time so expect any news to drop during more normal hours of the day than last year. The hot stove is already cooking and quite a few rumors have already begun in regards to your Chicago Cubs.
What happened since the last update?
Zack Grienke signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for 6 years $206 million.
David Price signed with the Boston Red Sox for 7 years $217 million with a opt out clause.
The Cubs signed John Lackey for 2 years $32 million (and lost their first round draft pick).
Jeff Samardzija signed with the San Francisco Giants for 5 years $90 million.
The Cubs claimed another reliever off waivers by the name of Edgar Olmos.
Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda was posted by his team and will be available to sign with an MLB team for the 2016 season.
The Cubs are apparently looking to acquire a "top closer" because, apparently, the bullpen is the biggest weakness on this team.
With just Johnny Cueto left of the top free agent arms, the Cubs free agent talk seems to have died down with the exception of being linked to Wei-Yin Chen.
What to expect this week
Here's a link to all the transactions made during the Winter Meetings 2014. Expect tons of rumors featuring Mystery Team and a few significant trades (Cubs or otherwise). The Rule 5 draft will be on Thursday 12/10. I believe the Cubs will lose at least 2 players to the draft this year, including pitcher Corey Black.
Once the Cubs stop claiming every reliever, I'd look for some player profiles on the newly acquired in the form of Better Know a Cub. Remember those? That was a good time.
The Leftovers just concluded their second season on HBO. The show apparently is in danger of not getting renewed. If you are bored in the coming weeks, you can binge watch both seasons on HBO GO. While the first season was decent, this season was one of the great seasons in television drama. The show is written and directed by Lost creator Damon Lindelof. I'm not a Lost fan, but apparently that was a popular show people recently enjoyed. I'll say that The Leftovers is my favorite drama since Breaking Bad.
Go watch it. Or don't. I can't tell you what to do.