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One Agent Says Cubs Can’t Afford Pitcher for More Than $4 Million

I hope you’ve got plenty of potassium chloride at the ready, because this latest report of the Cubs’ thriftiness is way too bland to swallow plain. It’s been made very clear that the Cubs have little to no payroll room and will have to move money to add even low-level free agents, so what Gordon Wittenmyer heard Monday at the Winter Meetings about the team’s frugality didn’t raise eyebrows. An unnamed agent’s sales job, on the other hand…well, check it out.

“We offered them a middle-of-the-rotation guy that wouldn’t have cost them more than $4 or $5 million, and they said they couldn’t do anything until they cleared some payroll,” the agent said.