By Bruce Levine–
ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS) — The Cubs and White Sox should be renouned intensity trade partners for hostile teams as a GM meetings open here Monday and final by Wednesday.
As revolution members Jake Arrieta and John Lackey and relievers Wade Davis, Brian Duensing and Koji Uehara strike giveaway agency, a Cubs will demeanour to fill a holes by giveaway group and a trade market. Chicago would like to pursue and pointer a free-agent starter, such as right-hander Alex Cobb, early in a offseason. A active pierce like that would give a Cubs some-more precedence and coherence when a Winter Meetings arrive in Dec and as players settle their value on a open marketplace in a entrance weeks.
Free group will be a pivotal means for a Cubs to beef adult their bullpen, and right-hander Brandon Morrow and left-hander Jake McGee are dual names they’re already being tied to. The Cubs’ closer conditions is murky, as Davis could good leave in giveaway agency. And in-house shutting possibilities Carl Edwards Jr. and Justin Wilson mislaid their authority late in a 2017 season, Wilson to a indicate that he was left off a National League Championship Series roster.
President of ball operations Theo Epstein has concurred that a Cubs contingency be prepared to understanding from a 25-man register to fill their needs, and they have a over-abundance of immature position players. Another locate is that a Cubs contingency be responsive of not spending bad income this offseason with a star-studded free-agent category appearing after a 2018 season.
“We knew this offseason would be challenging,” Epstein pronounced in his end-of-season press conference. “That said, there might be some-more opportunities subsequent offseason. We have to find a proceed to change those dual things. The idea is to emanate a unequivocally high building for this organization. The off years, we might win in a top 80s and hide in as a furious card. The good years, we win 103 like in 2016 and a World Series.”
The rebuilding White Sox will listen to offers for initial baseman Jose Abreu and outfielder Avisail Garcia, both of whom are entrance off superb descent seasons. Both are underneath group control by 2019.
Abreu will make in a closeness of $18 million in 2018 after he goes by a settlement routine this offseason. Garcia should check in around $7 million or $8 million. Money isn’t an emanate for possibly actor in a mind of a White Sox, whose have few long-term payroll commitments after 2018 other than a 5 years left on shortstop Tim Anderson’s strange six-year, $25-million understanding that also includes dual group options on a behind finish of it. Right-hander James Shields ($21 million income in 2018, $11 million of that is picked adult by a Padres) and reliever Nate Jones ($3.95 million salary) come off a books after 2018.
It’s expected a White Sox will have a payroll around $70 million or reduction in 2018, so they’ll have no qualms about profitable Abreu and Garcia or flipping them for younger talent underneath longer agreement control that improved fits a rebuilding timeline.
“We are going to have a same proceed we have had a final year-plus,” ubiquitous manager Rick Hahn said. “When opportunities benefaction themselves to acquire pieces and supplement to a talent of a core we have accumulated, we will continue to pursue on those opportunities and modify on as many as we can.”
The GM meetings typically offer to douse a wheels on actor transformation for after in a offseason, though this year’s eventuality could be one of a many active in years.
Bruce Levine covers a Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score and CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.