Henry Blanco

Cubs could add some form to their work in progress at winter meetings

As soon as renovations at Wrigley Field are completed and a new television deal is finalized, the Cubs could be a feared team in free agency instead of losing out on top players such as catcher Russell Martin, who signed with the Blue Jays.

"We're not the Dodgers and we're not the Yankees," President Theo Epstein said as the Cubs aim to move closer to playoff-contending status at the winter meetings that start Monday in San Diego. "But there are still plenty of things we can do. There are plenty of resources at our disposal.

"We're not going to complain about it. We're a team with a healthy enough financial situation and a lot of young players to give us...