The 2020 Baseball Winter Meetings kick off later this evening and run through Thursday, December 10. As it goes in 2020, the annual meetings will take place virtually — through Zoom conferences and other digital conferencing means — but they will take place nonetheless.
Here you’ll find a handy Winter Meetings tracker where we will compile the latest news, rumors, and commentary on all things involving the Chicago Cubs for the next five days. The post will be conveniently featured on our homepage and will be shared on social media whenever we update it.
Local media coverage will kick off this evening on NBC Sports Chicago when David Kaplan and Chuck Garfien host Winter Meetings Live after the Chicago Bears post-game coverage concludes around 4:30 pm (ct). For a full rundown of NBC Sports Chicago’s special coverage, click here.
Updates on the latest news, rumors, and commentary will be housed here and appear in reverse chronological order (newest to oldest).
Ha-Seong Kim Officially Posted by Kiwoom Heroes of the KBO (Monday, December 7, 7:28am)
25-year old shortstop Ha-Seong Kim has been officially posted, and MLB teams have until January 1 to negotiate a contract with the KBO star:
Kim is primarily a shortstop, with the ability to play both second and third. More of a hope than a substantiated rumor for the Cubs, he has a skillset the current roster lacks: a high-contact, low strikeout, plus-speed player with good power.
His contract projections range from five years, $20 million (ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel) to five years, $40 million (MLB Trade Rumors), to five years, $60 million (Fangraphs’ Craig Edwards). That, on top of the posting fee the winning bidder will have to pay.
While it’s hard to envision the Cubs as active players for Kim, it bears watching his market. We’ll update any rumors/movement on the Cubs-Kim connection here.
Cubs Top Priority is Moving Money During Winter Meetings (Sunday, December 6, 5:06pm)
During NBC Sports Chicago’s Winter Meetings coverage this evening, Gordon Wittenmyer proclaimed Jed Hoyer’s top priority this week will be to free up payroll. Wittenmyer stated this unequivocally — and evoked Kris Bryant’s continued trade rumors as part of that directive.
This sounds like a confirmation of rumors rather than further trade development on Bryant (or other members of the core), but there’ll certainly be clarity as the Winter Meetings unfold.