Baseball’s Super Tuesday and Cubs News and Notes

Tuesday was one of the busiest days throughout the game in recent memory. There were a total of 12 different deals done in what has been nicknamed as ‘Transactions Tuesday’. The deals began early in the day when A.J. Pierzynski agreed to a one-year contract with the Red Sox and ended with the Yankees agreeing to a one-year deal with Kelly Johnson.

The transactions on Tuesday included free agent signings, two-team swaps and even a three-team trade.

One of the players the mainstream media kept trying to connect to the Cubs is no longer available. Jacoby Ellsbury agreed to a seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees that includes an eighth year option that could make the contract worth $169 million. Ellsbury’s deal also includes a full no-trade clause.

On the Cubs’ front, the team announced the hiring of Eric Hinske as the team’s new first base coach under Rick Renteria.

Transactions Tuesday

While the CCO is typically reserved for Cubs’ moves, news and rumors, one of the most hectic days in baseball must be addressed. Plus, a couple of the deals involved players the Cubs were linked to this off-season and one deal could have removed a possible trading partner for Jeff Samardzija.

Here is a list of all of the moves that transpired on Tuesday:

  • A.J. Pierzynski agreed to a one-year, $8.25 million contract with the Boston Red Sox.
  • The Detroit Tigers reached an agreement on a two-year contract with Joe Nathan worth $20 million.
  • The Rangers sent OF Craig Gentry and RHP Josh Lindblom to the Oakland A’s for OF Michael Choice and 2B Chris Bostick.
  • The Reds, Rays and Diamondbacks worked out a three-team trade that netted the Rays both Ryan Hanigan and Heath Bell. The Reds received LHP David Holmberg from Arizona and the Diamondbacks received RHP Justin Choate and a PTBNL from Tampa. Arizona sent all but $500,000 of the $9 million owed to Bell to Tampa and the Rays signed Hanigan to a three-year contract worth $11 million that includes a club option for 2017 for $3.75 million with an $800,000 buyout.
  • The Padres dealt RHP Luke Gregerson to Oakland for OF Seth Smith.
  • The Astros acquired OF Dexter Fowler from the Rockies for RHP Jordan Lyles and OF Brandon Barnes. The Rockies are one of the teams believed to be interested in trading for Jeff Samardzija. The level of the Rockies interest in Samardzija was (and is) unknown so it is hard to know if acquiring Lyles will have any impact on a possible deal with the Cubs.
  • The Marlins signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three-year, $21 million contract.
  • The Phillies agreed to a one-year contract with Wil Nieves to backup Carlos Ruiz next season.
  • The Yankees agreed to terms on a seven-year, $153 million contract with OF Jacoby Ellsbury. The contract includes a club option for an eighth year that could bring the total value to $169 million … the ninth largest deal in baseball history.
  • The Phillies acquired RHP Brad Lincoln from Toronto for catcher Erik Kratz and LHP Rob Rasmussen.
  • Justin Morneau agreed to a two-year, around $13 million contract with the Colorado Rockies.
  • The Yankees inked Kelly Johnson to a one-year contract worth between $2.75-$3 million.

Jeff Passan reported teams have now spent $524 million on free agents this off-season.

Will anything be left for the Winter Meetings that begin in Orlando on Monday?

Rick Renteria and the Cubs Coaching Staff

Rick Renteria is scheduled to hold his first press conference at Wrigley Field on Thursday (1:00pm CST) and the Cubs announced they filled the last spot on his coaching staff on Tuesday. The Cubs hired former big leaguer Eric Hinske as the team’s first base coach. The 36-year old Hinske spent last season on Arizona’s bench.

The Cubs staff for the 2014 season is now set. And will be in attendance at January’s convention.

Cubs Coaching Staff

  • Brandon Hyde – Bench Coach
  • Chris Bosio – Pitching Coach
  • Lester Strode – Assistant Pitching Coach/Bullpen Coach
  • Bill Mueller – Hitting Coach
  • Mike Brumley – Assistant Hitting Coach
  • Gary Jones – Third Base Coach
  • Eric Hinske – First Base Coach
  • Jose Castro – Quality Assurance Coach
  • Mike Borzello – Catching and Strategy Coach
  • Franklin Font – Coaching Assistant

News, Notes and Rumors

MiLB.com posted a Q&A with Kris Bryant … and this is a really good read. Bryant is on the fast track according to the headline of the report.

According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Tigers are “hot for a left-handed outfield bat” and Shin-Soo Choo is their top target.

Jon Paul Morosi reported there will be discussion of potentially increasing PED penalties at this week’s players’ union meetings.

Chang-Yong Lim could re-sign with the Cubs on a minor league deal after being non-tendered on Monday. The two-year minor league contract he signed with the Cubs last December was not guaranteed and had different salary structures for time spent in the minors and majors.

Jesse Rogers posted a report on why tendering Darwin Barney a contract was the right move for the Cubs.

According to Bruce Levine, former Cubs manager Mike Quade accepted roving outfielder instructor job with Yankees.

Jim Bowden posted his ideas for four different trades for Jeff Samardzija … and not one of them would net what the Cubs would need in return for Samardzija.

The Cubs were one of many teams interested in signing catcher Jose Molina before he re-signed with the Tampa Bay Rays. Molina will backup newly acquired Ryan Hanigan.

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