Joe Maddon Day did not disappoint as the new Cubs’ skipper was extremely impressive during his introductory press conference.
Shortly after the Cubs released the news that Joe Maddon had signed a five-year contract, details of the deal were leaked. Joe Maddon received a five-year, $25 million contract that is reportedly loaded with incentive bonuses tied to the Cubs playing in the post-season. Maddon’s contract with the Cubs does not include an opt out or a change of control clause.
Joel Sherman reported that Maddon was scheduled to make $1.8 million in his final year of his Rays’ deal.
The Rays and Maddon tried to work out an extension to keep him in Tampa before he exercised his change of control clause. The Rays’ front office made a three-year, $9 million offer to Maddon and he countered with an offer believed to be around $4 million per season. Tampa chose not to pay him.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer landed the man the front office thinks is the right manager to take the Cubs to the next level.
The Cubs made three roster moves Monday and the 40-man roster officially stands at 37 players for now.
The Cubs did not pick-up the $5 million option on LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, but the front office did negotiate a new deal with Wada and signed him to a one-year, $4 million Major League contract that includes a $2 million incentives package.
And both OF Justin Ruggiano and OF Ryan Sweeney were activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Monday was the deadline for teams to make the $15.3 million qualifying offer for next season to eligible players. Two players were given qualifying offers the Cubs have been connected to this off-season and one player that was on the Cubs radar two years ago also received one.
The Pirates made qualifying offers to Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano. And the Royals made a qualifying offer to RHP James Shields.
Players have until Nov. 10 to accept or reject qualifying offers.
Minor League News
According to Baseball America, the Cubs re-signed minor leaguers LHP Jeffry Antigua and LHP Hunter Cervenka. Antigua was a combined 1-2 in 22 games, four starts, between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last year with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Antigua turns 25 on June 23. Cervenka was 4-4 in 48 relief appearances for Double-A Tennessee in 2014 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Cervenka struck out 65 batters with 31 walks and 44 hits allowed in 61 2/3 innings. Cervenka was acquired from the Red Sox in the Theo Epstein compensation player swap and turns 25 in January.
Former Cubs’ farmhand LHP Frank Del Valle signed on with the Joplin Blasters.
News, Notes and Rumors
Joe Maddon is the perfect fit for the rising Cubs according to Tom Verducci.
Joe Maddon is bringing a different style to the Cubs according to Tim Brown.
Jon Heyman reported Joe Maddon made an olive branch offer to Rays before taking big Cubs deal.
Aramis Ramirez accepted the $14 million mutual option he had with the Brewers and will return to Milwaukee for the 2015 season.
Former Cubs’ bench coach Alan Trammell is returning to Detroit as an assistant to Tigers’ GM Dave Dombrowski.
During an interview on MLB Network Radio with Steve Phillips and Todd Hollandsworth, David Ross mentioned the Cubs as being one of the teams he thought would be a good fit for Jon Lester. And Ross he would not mind reuniting with Lester wherever he lands.
This Day In Cubstory
2010 – Cubs granted free agency to Angel Guzman
2005 – Cubs granted free agency to Chad Fox
2004 – Cubs granted free agency to Todd Hollandsworth
1993 – Cubs granted free agency to Eric Yelding
1992 – Cubs granted free agency to Andre Dawson and Luis Salazar
1988 – Cubs granted free agency to Frank DiPino, Manny Trillo and Scott Sanderson
1978 – John Grabow, born
1967 – Eric Karros, born
1961 – Angel Salazar, born
1959 – Ernie Banks was named National League MVP. Banks became the first National League player to win the Most Valuable Player Award two years in row. Banks received 10 of the 21 first place votes.