Cubs Rumors: Josh Hamilton, Brett Jackson, Ian Stewart

September 8, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum (33) at the batting cage before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum told reporters, including Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, that his club would "spend money to make improvements this offseason." However, Sullivan expects Chicago’s winter deals to be of the minor variety, not an impact signing like Josh Hamilton:

The Cubs will have plenty to spend with so many huge contracts off the books in 2013 and increased revenues from Major League Baseball's TV deals.

But the idea of dropping around $150-$175 million for an impact signing, like free agent slugger Josh Hamilton, isn't part of the rebuilding plan. Last year's biggest deals went to David DeJesus ($10 million) and Paul Maholm ($4.75 million).

Sveum said that the Cubs’ signings will likely be a mix of "obvious free agents we know will be free agents" and "non-tenders and all that kind of stuff."

Sullivan lists the Cubs’ needs as three starting pitchers, four or five relievers, a center fielder and a third baseman. Brett Jackson will get another look in center despite his 2012 batting line of .170/.296/.358, according to Sullivan. He also expects Luis Valbuena to be tendered a contract, but not Ian Stewart.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Join MLB Daily Dish

You must be a member of MLB Daily Dish to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MLB Daily Dish. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker