Cubs News and Rumors
It was eerily quiet weekend on the Cubs rumor front. Cubs are just getting warmed up as I expect them to add two starting pitchers and a backup catcher in the next few weeks. I would be surprised if they won the bidding war for Lester but look for them to add a couple of starting pitchers to short-term deals. With the stockpile of minor leaguers I wouldn’t be surprised if they pulled off a blockbuster trade, and I fully expect one in the next 13 months. Somebody is going to give the Cubs an offer they can’t refuse.
Hot Stove News
The stove was temporarily turned off so everyone can make their way to San Diego for the winter meetings.
Venezuelan Winter League
Dec. 7—C Willson Contreras (.288) got the start and went 1-for-3 in Aragua’s 6-4 win......Joseph Ortiz was one of 12 pitchers La Guaria used in its 12-10 14-inning win. The left-hander worked .2 IP and allowed one of two inherited runners to score on a hit in the 7th..........2B Luis Valbuena (.222) had two hits, including a double, walked, and scored twice in Lara’s 7-3 win over Caribes.
Dec. 6—LHP Joseph Ortiz earned his sixth hold with a scoreless frame in La Guaria’s 4-1 win over Magallanes. ....Former Cub minor leaguer Yeiper Castillo lowered his ERA to 1.39, allowing an unearned run in six innings. The right-hander fanned three and got credit for the win as Zulia beat Aragua 7-1.......Luis Valbuena went 0-for-4 and is hitting .174 in six games (4-23).
Dominican Winter League
Dec. 7—Manny Ramirez (.283) went 2-for-3 including a double, scored once and drew a walk in Aguilas’ 3-1 win over Licey. Frank Batista pitched two scoreless innings of relief for Aguilas, allowing a hit and fanning one.....Junior Lake (.257) was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and a walk in Estrellas’ 3-2 loss to Gigantes.
Dec. 6—Junior Lake went 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts in Estrellas’ 3-1 win over Licey. C Luis Flores went 1-for-2 and walked twice for the Stars.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Dec. 7—DH Christian Villanueva drew a bases loaded walk and ended the game 0-for-2 with a run scored in Obregon’s 5-2 win over Hermosillo. He’s knocked in 16 runs in 32 games.
Dec. 6—LF Christian Villanueva was 1-for-4 in Obregon’s 5-2 loss. Villanueva, a third baseman throughout his minor league career, continues to play left, his fourth straight game.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Dec. 7—No games scheduled.