4.) Chicago Cubs
The Cubs had a very productive day on Tuesday, signing Ben Zobrist and trading away Starlin Castro. They had talks with the Atlanta Braves regarding Shelby Miller, but moved on from those talks. John Lackey was signed last week, giving the Cubs their number three. Now, with two very big moves, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer can continue getting busy with Jason Heyward and other potentially less costly starting pitching options than Miller.
The Cubs mostly kept their powder dry in Nashville. Passing on David Price could allow them to sign Heyward. Castro’s contract was traded away, making Zobrist’s new deal a wash in the payroll department. In Zobrist, the Cubs get a big-time clubhouse leader to help mold Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler, and Javier Baez (if they remain with the team).
The Cubs still have pieces in place to make a trade for Tyson Ross or Carlos Carrasco if they so desire. They also avoided blowing up their farm system to acquire a closer like Ken Giles or Mark Melancon. All in all, the Winter Meetings were somewhat conservative for the Cubs, but they remain set up to have a very good offseason.