The Cubs’ new front office made their first free-agent signing on Wednesday when they inked outfielder David DeJesus to a two-year, $10 million deal. DeJesus will earn $4.25 million in 2012 and 2013 … the deal includes a club option for 2014 worth $6.5 million that includes a $1.5 million buyout ($10 million guaranteed, could end up being a $15 million contract). As it currently stands, DeJesus is expected to be the Cubs’ everyday right fielder next season and could even hit leadoff for Dale Sveum.
DeJesus figures to be the first of many deals made by the Cubs’ front office over the next few weeks … and depending on how the Epstein era works out, DeJesus could end up being an answer to a trivia question.
David DeJesus will meet the Chicago media during the Cubs’ weekly press conference Thursday morning (11:00am CST) at Wrigley Field.
Here’s the update … Kerry Wood
The Cubs next free agent signing could end up being Kerry Wood. The Cubs and Wood’s agent have been discussing a new deal for the former Kid K.
Jed Hoyer addressed Wood’s status on Wednesday and said they would love to bring Wood back. Hoyer added that Wood had a great season in his return to the North Side a year ago, plus he is an excellent ambassador for the team.
Kerry Wood discussed Carlos Zambrano’s situation on Wednesday as if he’s already re-signed with the team. Wood spoke openly about Zambrano during an interview on Carmen, Jurko and Harry (ESPN 1000).
“I think it’s something that he’s going to have a lot of new teammates that haven’t been through the history with him. I think Z has got to worry more about the guys he’s done this to a few times. He can have a better impression on the new teammates. The ultimate result is we need him to be a part of this team and help us win. He can be a big part of that. It’s going to be something he’s going to have to address when he comes in and talks to guys and obviously we go from there. But if he wants to be a part of this team and help us win, if he can do it the right way, guys will be willing to have him back in there.”
Tyler Colvin’s future with the Cubs was put in question with the signing of David DeJesus. Jed Hoyer said that Colvin is still in the Cubs’ plans but he will have to earn a job in Spring Training.
“He’s certainly not out of the picture. He’s got to come to camp and look to bounce back from [last season]. We signed DeJesus to round out the lineup and do everything we can to put a competitive lineup on the field. But to say [Colvin’s] out of our plans would be wrong.”
Colvin is coming off a horrible season, one in which he never seemed to find any rhythm and put his big league career in question.
There are rumblings that Colvin could end up in Boston as part of the compensation for Theo Epstein but if he’s still with the Cubs he will have to show the new regime that he belongs on a big league roster.
Alfonso Soriano has three years and $54 million ($18 million per year) left on his contract and from all indications the Cubs are trying to move him … and appear to be willing to eat a large chunk of his contract to do so.
As Ken Rosenthal reported, there are teams that have kicked the tires on trading for Soriano. Soriano could be more than a serviceable designated hitter in the Junior Circuit.
After the Cubs signed David DeJesus on Wednesday, the rumor mill kicked into high-gear about the Cubs possibly having a deal in place for Soriano but they had to ink DeJesus first.
From all indications, the Cubs are trying to move Alfonso Soriano.
Several teams are rumored to be interested in Matt Garza but the one team that continues to come up in the Garza rumors is the Texas Rangers. The Rangers were the runner-up to the Cubs last winter and many thought Garza would end up in Texas before Jim Hendry swooped in and landed the right-hander. Now that Garza is rumored to be on the trading block, most feel Texas will make a big push for him again.
One of the players that figures to be in talks for Garza is Mitch Moreland, but if Jed Hoyer and Jon Daniels have exchanged names, Moreland’s name could be off the list after the news Wednesday that Moreland had arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist.
Mitch Moreland is expected to be out for 8-12 weeks but according to Will Carroll, Moreland’s surgery to remove bone in his wrist is not that serious or uncommon. Carroll said the surgery is comparable to the one that Pablo Sandoval had.
News, Notes and Rumors
- Chris Capuano popped up in the Cubs’ rumor mill again Wednesday night. According to the Sun-Times, the southpaw and former Brewer is coming off a healthy season with the Mets and the report alluded to Capuano being on the Cubs’ radar.
- Bryan LaHair could end up as the Cubs’ first baseman next season. The Cubs’ new front office is viewing him as a possibility to replace Carlos Pena. LaHair has resumed play for his team in Venezuela and would like to continue playing in the states but there is still a chance he could end up signing with a team in Japan.
- Yu Darvish is still expected to be posted and despite his pending divorce it is more likely than not that Darvish will pitch in the states next season … and beyond. But again, nothing is official at this point.
- Dale Sveum is still expected to announce his coaching staff this week. Jamie Quirk (bench coach) and Rudy Jaramillo (hitting coach) are the only known coaches on Sveum’s staff but Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Lester Strode (bullpen coach) and Pat Listach (base coach) are expected to be part of the Cubs’ coaching staff for 2012.
Well, that’s the update … and I’m sticking to it!
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