According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have had numerous talks with Jason Schmidt's representatives about pitching for them next season. Although Schmidt has suggested he would like to stay on the West Coast, he may change his mind. I think both sides will wait until next week to see what the market is offering. It was also reported that the Cubs were considering bidding for Igawa who's post is expected to top 10 million. The Yankees, Mets, Giants, Padres, and Dodgers have all expressed interest in signing him. The Cubs will probably tell Soriano they do not want him to play in the Winter League, in fear that he will get injured. Can you blame them? If I just gave a guy 136 million for the next eight years I would be extremely over protective.