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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
White Sox make deal, but Cubs don't

By Jesse Rogers


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- On a day where there was a major three-team trade in baseball -- one involving the Chicago White Sox -- the Chicago Cubs were mostly quiet as they mull over their possibilities.

"I know we'll be productive [in meetings], but I'm not sure if it will lead to a move or not," general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday.

The Cubs met with agents and opposing teams, but unless Jeff Samardzija is given a contract extension or Shin-Soo Choo signs to play the outfield, the White Sox will have stolen all the headlines. It's not how Hoyer wants to operate.

"When you aren't a significant part of the deal flow and you're not making super impactful moves that impact next year, I think it is frustrating because you want to be part of that," he said. "I think there is a day in the near future where we'll be here and be really active in making those moves."

That day just isn't here yet. With another upcoming season of acquiring and developing talent, the Cubs are less apt to make a bold move like the Sox did in trading for center fielder Adam Eaton of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Incidentally, the Cubs could have used Eaton as well as pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who went to the Los Angeles Angels in the deal.

Ironically, the three-team trade also figures to have an effect on the Cubs. It's widely known the Cubs have been talking to the Diamondbacks on a myriad fronts, including about Samardzija. Now that Skaggs is off the board and the Angles have acquired pitcher Hector Santiago from the White Sox, the landscape for a trade for Samardzija has changed.

The Cubs did have an update on one of their own free agents, pitcher Scott Baker.

"We met with his agent," Hoyer said. "It's still a possibility."