https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/statu ... 2849735680
CUBS ON THE PROWL
The Cubs are “busy” looking for a center fielder, according to a rival executive, and surely they will find one. But at the moment, their options are limited.
Free agent Dexter Fowler remains a possibility after declining the team’s qualifying offer, but he currently is exploring the open market.
The Cubs could sign free agent Jason Heyward to play center or right, but only if they traded Jorge Soler and addressed their rotation in a cost-efficient manner.
The trade market offers additional options, and the Cubs’ offense is good enough for the team to acquire a defense-first type who would bat at the bottom of the order — someone, perhaps, like the Astros’ Jake Marisnick.
Heyward, though, remains a tantalizing target — rival execs say that Cubs president Theo Epstein has long admired the outfielder, who at 26 is that rare free agent entering his prime.
As I’ve written previously, the Cubs could trade a young player such as Soler or infielder Javier Baez for a controllable starter, particularly if they balk at the free-agent prices for Samardzija, Lackey, et al.
Not sure why he words the Heyward part that way...if he can play CF, why do they need to trade Soler? Him being a liability in RF with Heyward in CF (can Heyward be "worse" than Fowler was supposed to be going in)? Salary?