The winter meetings are three weeks away and Jeff Samardzija has already been linked to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Yes, the Cubs are open for business, with a front office that believes no one is untouchable, a Wrigley Field renovation plan that keeps getting pushed back and a staggered television portfolio that won’t generate one huge windfall.

That was the sense inside the bubble of the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, where general managers gathered for annual meetings this week. While sources say the Cubs won’t be major players for the big free agents this winter – even doing another Edwin Jackson-type contract (four years, $52 million) is in doubt – they are still positioned to make deals.

“You try to explore every avenue to get better,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. “Trades are a part of it. You always want to discuss it with different teams. You really want to hear what teams’ needs are once they get their budgets (and know) which teams are going to be aggressive and which aren’t. You get a better feel for that now than you did on the phone during the World Series.”

That means exploring deals headlined by Samardzija, an Opening Day starter who’s under club control for two more seasons and checks all the boxes with his size, stuff and personality.