Tuesday night and Wednesday’s discussions in Cubdom centered around the Cubs agreeing to terms with Kosuke Fukudome on 4-year, $48 million dollar deal and what else Jim Hendry has planned to add to his club before the start of Spring Training.
The rest of baseball was business as usual…. making trades and attempting to improve their team during the off-season. Early Wednesday afternoon the news broke of the big trade between the Astros and the Orioles that has half of Houston trying to figure out what is going on with their team. The Astros traded Luke Scott, pitchers Matt Albers, Troy Patton and Dennis Sarfate, along with third baseman Michael Costanzo to Baltimore for Miguel Tejada. Later in the afternoon, reports surfaced that Aaron Rowand agreed to a 5-year, $60 million dollar deal with the San Francisco Giants.
Here is the rest of what was happening while Jim Hendry was all over the airwaves talking about his newest player…. The Cubs
Craig Monroe agreed to a 1-year deal with the Twins on Tuesday and avoided arbitration. Monroe took a pay cut but will still make $3.82 million in 2008 with a chance to make more with incentives based on plate appearances. This is good news for the Cubs, with Monroe signing the deal the Cubs will receive a PTBNL….as terms of the trade the Cubs worked out with the Twins.
Dayn Perry made a pre-season pick in December on Tuesday. Perry looked ahead to next season and has the Cubs finishing second behind the Brewers in the weak NL Central in 2008.
From Around the League
The price of pitching continues to go up and up and up. The Rockies agreed to a 3-year contract extension worth $30 million dollars with Aaron Cook….with an $11 million dollar option for 2011.
Eric Gagne and the Brewers finalized the 1-year, $10 million dollar deal on Tuesday that the former Cy Young Award winner agreed to last weekend.
Speaking of the Brewers, in order to add Gagne to the 40-man roster, they DFA’d Kevin Mench on Tuesday.
Paul Lo Duca agreed to a 1-year, $5 million dollar deal with the Washington Nationals.
The Padres signed Randy Wolf to a 1-year deal on Tuesday before the news about Fukudome agreed to terms with the Cubs was announced. Late on Tuesday night, the Padres signed Tadahito Iguchi to a 1-year deal.
Still waiting on the official word on the future of Mark Prior with the Cubs….