The Cubs could become a landing spot for star free-agent pitcher Derek Lowe.
Chicago had been talking seriously to the Padres about trade target Jake Peavy for weeks until pulling out at the winter meetings, and some baseball people think discussions could be revived at some point.
If not, however, Lowe could become a suitable rotation replacement in Wrigley Field. Peavy has $63 million over four years remaining on his contract, and that's very likely Lowe's price tag, as well.
The Yankees were in serious talks with Lowe before turning to A.J. Burnett for $82.5 million over five years, and they also could resume discussions in the event Andy Pettitte rejects their $10 million offer for 2009.
Other teams on Lowe's radar appear to include the Braves, Red Sox, Mets, Phillies, Dodgers and Angels -- although the Phillies may be done after signing Jamie Moyer, Chan Ho Park and Raul Ibanez, and the Dodgers and Lowe are indicating they don't envision a reunion.