Cubbies Crib: Morning Marquee 12/8

The Chicago Cubs and Theo Epstein are sticking to their long-term plan with avoiding making a big splash amongst the Hot Stove Madness until they are ready to contend. Saturday was relevantly quite on the Hot Stove aside from the Houston Astros signing relief pitcher Chad Quallas and numerous trade speculation reports.

The Arizona Diamondbacks were in on Carlos Beltran and now are eyeing Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Dodgers’ center fielder is expected to be traded during the Winter Meetings, the New York Yankees are drawing “significant interest” in outfielder Brett Gardner, and the Colorado Rockies and Oakland Atheltics failed to reach an agreement on pitcher Brent Anderson.

Chicago Tribune: Cubs seek to maximize Jeff Samardzija

Daily Herald: Cubs’ Epstein says he’ll keep long view in mind

CSN Chicago: Cubs: Theo sticking to the plan amid hot stove madness

CBS Sports: Astros sign relief pitcher Chad Quallas

NBC Sports: Brett Garnder is drawing “significant” trade interest

Reds.com: With Choo likely gone, Hamilton poised to fill void

ESPN Boston: Matt Kemp‘s agent thinks trade could come

Marlins.com: Sean Rodriguez potential fit in Miami?

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