From the Wire … Cubs Sign Juan Carlos Paniagua

According to a report from Baseball America, the Cubs signed right-handed pitcher Juan Carlos Paniagua for $1.5 million. The signing of the 22-year old Dominican right-hander will count against the Cubs’ international free agent pool of $2.9 million for the 2012-2013 signing period once the deal becomes official. The Cubs’ signed 16-year old Dominican shortstop Frandy De La Rosa on July 2 for $700,000.

Juan Carlos Paniagua has actually signed with two other teams in the past and both contracts were voided. As with the case with any international signing, a background investigation will be required and Major League Baseball will have to approve the signing.

Paniagua signed with the Diamondbacks in May of 2009 under the name Juan Carlos Collado for $17,000. The deal was terminated due to fraudulent paperwork and he was not eligible to sign with another team for one year.

Paniagua signed a $1.1 million contract with the New York Yankees in 2011. Paniagua’s velocity increased during his time off (fastball increased from 92 mph to 98 mph) and his price increased but the contract Paniagua signed with the Yankees was also terminated due to “falsified documents” according to Baseball America.

Juan Carlos Paniagua has not shown the same velocity he did prior to signing with the Yankees. Paniagua’s fastball now sits in the mid-90s (93-95) to go along with an 81-84 mph slider and a changeup. According to Baseball America, Paniagua’s slider has shown improvement from what was once thought to be a slurvy pitch. Paniagua also throws a curveball but has had command and pitchability issues in the past.

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  • cubtex

    I don’t know about a guy with his sketchy past. False name…lesser velocity now. Smells like PED’s all over this guy.

    • paulcatanese

      And the spinning wheel continues to spin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Tamara-Petty/100000776295511 Steven Tamara Petty

    Anybody remember this guy? I sure do miss him!! Fun to watch!! Do you think we will see him again this year?
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/30846/tony-campana

  • cubtex

    He signed under the same name with the Yankees last year. 2009 he signed under different name. Both times he had the same birthday on documents. MLB terminated contract both times for false documents. I wonder what will be different this time?

    • Ripsnorter1

      We signed
      Jairo Asencio, and he had some issues, too.

      My point: I don’t think Team Theo cares. And it is probably money wasted as well.

      • paulcatanese

        Well lots of class now, sign a 16 yr old and now a guy that can’t figure out his own name or age and dumped for false documents. On a roll now.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    I’d say absolutely nothing to lose.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

      Exactly, its not like we havent questioned Sorianos age since we signed him. I mean did we call the front office classless then. Or how bout all the other players that come from the Caribbean who always appear to not have the right name or age, does that make all those teams who signed those guys classless. If the guy can pitch, who cares what his name is or how old. Really!

      Did Theo run over your guys dogs or something. The hate is too much. Did DJ lemahieu and Ryan Flaherty really mean that much to you guys that you cant ever give the front office one nice word. BTW im sure if we still had them there would have been clamoring at the begining of the season to play them and dump Barney. But now Barney gets all this love cause hes in trade rumors and we just cant trade away our precious players.

      • cubtex

        You are ridiculous! Character does not matter right? Sure. If at 1st you don’t succeed and 2nd you don’t…..cheat cheat again…and by the way……Theo will pay you more than you would have gotten before!

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Haven’t there always been questions about Pujols? Who cares how old he is? Character? How about doing whatever within the scope of the law to provide a better life for your impoverished-ass family? The guy is in his early 20’s and throws in the mid-90’s! Good signing…

          • cubtex

            Exactly. Sign a kid who falsified documents and I would bet took some ILLEGAL enhancers since his velocity has dropped and reward him by giving him more money than before. Makes perfect sense!

          • triple

            I don’t think PED’s are necessary to work out hard and gain more strength in your core and legs, thus easily gain 5mph on a fastball.

            TEX- You must work protecting the border in TX? Shoot first and ask questions later, guilty before proven innocent…. That’s your only MO.

        • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

          Well if its a character issue then we should never sign any Latinos as it appears there are always questions about age and name with them. Like Theboardrider said they are talented kids trying to make it out of poverty and provide for their families, in many cases. To me that says more for them having a good character then a bad one, as they are doing everything possible for their family. I get that you just hate everything Team Theo and need to complain about everything down to the way he combs his hair. I just dont see what hes done so badly, to the team that most of us here claim to love, that you cant give a guy a full calendar year to make improvements. This is a Happy and Exciting time, Rizzo is up and playing well, the trade deadline is approaching and we should be loading up on some nice good young names for our future. We see our fundamentals as a team improving on a daily basis, proving competency with the coaching staff. But none of that matters to some because Theo has been hated from day one. Its just ridiculous on here to constantly read negativity from the same group of guys every single day, even when things are goin well.

          • Denver Mike

            Couldn’t have said it better myself.

          • cubtex

            I’ll give credit when credits due. Love Rizzo. Travis Wood has grown on me……but this constant cheering on every single move regardless…..is obnoxious! He just signed a kid who falsified documents twice and get this……..HIS VELOCITY HAS DROPPED…………AND……..HE is giving him more money than before! How ridiculous is that? Why don’t you disect each move instead of cheering each time Theo farts!

          • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

            I am not cheering on every single move, I maintain an open mind and let it play out for itself. We have little information on this kid, his velocity is not really down as the report said when he signed with the yankees he was up from 92 hitting 98 and now it sits between 93-95, So he has found more consistency in his pitch speed, might not have been hitting his spots throwin 98 so he dialed it back to a better speed to maintain better pitch location, we dont know for sure. I wasnt jumping up and down at this signing but I will let it play out and then decide wether its a good or bad move. As of right now, the kid has been in demand for a reason and if it turns out that he falsified documents again, no harm no foul, the contract is null and void. Seems like a low risk move for a guy other clubs have wanted.

          • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

            The fact of the matter is that Theo has the keys to the team that i love. And being negative about things is just not healthy, I will put my trust, maybe blindly so, in Theo and hope that he leads us in the right direction. Its not that I think he is the second coming, I would have to be willing to trust whoever was put in charge of my favorite team. Until he proves himself incapable I will trust that he is doing what he feels is best for our team. And only allowing 8 months to clean up a disaster is not nearly long enough.

    • cubtex

      Hell yea! What’s another 1.5 mil to a guy like Tom Ricketts!

  • daverj

    Call me foolish, but I’d rather hang on to Dempster (and risk getting nothing) than get a couple second rate pitching prospects from the Dodgers like Gould and Withrow (or similar type guys with #4 or 5 starter upside). If I don’t get a top 100 prospect, I very well might take my toys and go home.

    • Denver Mike

      While I won’t call you foolish I will call that idea foolish, and only because I feel like Dempster will re-sign with the Cubs as a FA in the off-season anyways. His family is here, he has stated he loves Chicago, and wanted to stay in the National league.

      Get whatever you can, be satisfied with it, and maybe he comes back….we’re not winning the pennant this year regardless of how close to .500 we get.

  • triple

    Remember when Juan Cruz aged 2 years over the offseason? It’s funny how much potential some have at one age, but not another. And he looked great before the truth was out, and then became a big bust.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      He had some solid years after leaving the Cubs. I believe with the Braves, maybe the D-Backs…

      • triple

        Yeah true. But his first 2 seasons he showed he could be a capable back end starter (unfortunately he never got any run support), and basically ended up as a middle relief guy.

  • Ripsnorter1

    NEWS FLASH!

    I just found out through one of my sources that this Juan Carlos Paniagua guy is really Madonna.

    I guess that means that “he” isn’t really 22 either…..

  • Anthony

    “Paniagua’s velocity increased during his time off (fastball increased from 92 mph to 98″
    Only drugs make this happen during the “time off” and everybody knows it, and baseball decision-makers don’t care. Now the VELO has dropped after the cycling off, then expect the injuries post-Roid.
    What a mess baseball in general is.

    • cubtex

      Exactly Anthony! Huge red flag. But……..It is Theo

      • http://www.facebook.com/mike.simala Mike Simala

        Cashman signed him too, after the increase in velocity. You act like nobody else in baseball would have made this signing.

  • Jeff Wilson

    Dempster will bring better, teams are going to start getting serious offers after they balk a few to see if Chicago will take the bait…

  • mutantbeast

    Gee, Juan Carlos fruadulent name(what will be the next problem?) likely becomes the best pitcher in the upper levels of the Cubs system ? As for Demp, if the Braves are willing to trade me Minor/Teheran, they have have Demp. We will resign him next year anyway.