NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Cubs are among the “most serious” of the early suitors for Royals closer Wade Davis, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. It’s currently unclear if the sides have progressed on a deal.
Chicago is not likely to re-sign closer Aroldis Chapman, who is looking for a 6-year deal, and will instead turn to alternatives on the trade market. Davis is the top closer available in trades, though both Chapman and Kenley Jansen remain available as free agents.
Kansas City could look to acquire a young major-leaguer from the Cubs like Jorge Soler, as the Royals are trying to get younger, controllable players to replace pending free agents Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. The Royals are said to be open to a variety of scenarios, including trading key veterans this week.
The Cubs have been relatively quiet so far this winter after winning their first World Series in 108 years. Chicago has made only two major-league moves, adding outfielder Jon Jay and lefty Brian Duensing on 1-year deals.