Tuesday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to players for the 2015 season. And there could be a lot of player movement around Major League Baseball before 11:00pm CST. Jon Paul Morosi reported Monday night a GM he spoke with said “trade talks have intensified around MLB in last 48 hours.”
Jake Arrieta, John Baker, Welington Castillo, Chris Coghlan, Felix Doubront, Justin Ruggiano, Pedro Strop, Luis Valbuena, Travis Wood and Wesley Wright are the 10 players on the Cubs roster eligible for arbitration.
According to multiple reports, the Cubs are expected to tender contracts to all 10 of the arbitration eligible players prior to Tuesday’s deadline.
ESPN Chicago indicated Monday that Travis Wood will be tendered a contract but with Wood, Tsuyoshi Wada and Felix Doubront on the roster, one of the lefties could be traded this winter.
The Cubs signed Wada to a one-year, $4 million contract that includes a $2 million incentive package. The Cubs declined the $5 million club option on Wada and signed him to a lower base on Nov. 3.
Baseball’s Annual PED Report
Major League Baseball released its annual PED Report Monday that covered the time period from the end of the 2013 World Series to the end of the 2014 Fall Classic.
MLB administered 7,929 tests, 6,394 of those were urine tests and 1,535 were blood tests. There were 12 positive tests. Two for performances enhancing substances (Boldenone and Methandienone) and ten were for stimulants (Adderall, Methylhexaneamine, Modafanil).
News, Notes and Rumors
Tim Wilken and Sam Hughes are among those that interviewed for the amateur scouting director’s job with the Diamondbacks. Tony LaRussa is expected to make an announcement by the weekend according to the Tribune.
According to the Baltimore Sun, there is less than a 50 percent chance that Nick Markakis will re-sign with the Orioles.
Former Cubs’ first baseman, Carlos Pena has joined the MLB Network as an analyst and officially ended his playing career. Pena makes his debut Thursday on The Network. Pena played for the Cubs in 2011 and hit .225/.357/.462/.819 in 153 games with 27 doubles and 28 home runs. The Cubs gained a draft pick when Pena decided to test the free agent market, eventually signing with the Rays. Jason McLeod selected RHP Paul Blackburn with the compensation pick the Cubs received for Pena ending up back in Tampa with now Cubs manager Joe Maddon.
The Yankees are not the only team in serious pursuit of LHP Andrew Miller. The Dodgers are also interested and Miller is looking at a four-year contract. Joel Sherman spoke with Mark Rodgers, Miller’s agent, and he said the Yankees are one of many teams in talks with him for Andrew Miller.
The Rays traded the recently DFA’d Sean Rodriguez to the Pirates for a PTBNL and cash.
Baseball America named the Kansas City Royals its Organization of the Year.
Peter Gammons thinks Yasmani Grandal would be a perfect fit with the Cubs … and the Padres have gotten more aggressive trying to trade him according to a report from Hardball Talk that cited Buster Olney and Keith Law as its source.
Torii Hunter is hoping to sign with a team before the Winter Meetings. Hunter was down to the Orioles, Mariners, Rangers, Twins and Royals over the weekend. Hardball Talk questioned if the Mariners are still an option after Nelson Cruz agreed to terms on a four-year, $58 million contract with Seattle on Monday.
The Nationals and Bryce Harper just can’t seem to get on the same page.
The Mets are actively looking to deal Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee or Jon Niese according to Ken Davidoff. The report in the New York Post mentioned the Cubs as one of the many teams looking for pitching but did not go as far to say the Cubs would be willing to part with one of the shortstops in a trade.
And last, but not least … Cyber Monday may be over, but those unfamiliar with John Hanley’s work should check it out.
This Day In Cubstory
2013 – Cubs granted free agency to Daniel Bard, Chang-Yong Lim and Mat Gamel
2010 – Ron Santo passed away at the age of 70. Santo was voted into the Hall of Fame in December 2011 and inducted into the Hall in 2012.
2009 – Cubs signed free agent Brad Snyder
2005 – Cubs released Jose Macias
2004 – Cubs signed free agent to Peter Bergeron
2003 – Cubs signed free agent Scott McClain
1998 – Cubs signed free agent Henry Rodriguez
1998 – Cubs signed free agent Scott Sanders
1998 – Cubs released Dave Stevens
1996 – Cubs signed free agent Shawon Dunston
1994 – Cubs released Dave Otto
1992 – Cubs signed free agent Steve Lake
1991 – Cubs selected Jorge Pedre off waivers from the Royals
1984 – Cubs purchased Jamie Nelson from the Brewers
1974 – Cubs selected Tim Holsey from the Athletics in the Rule 5 Draft
1969 – Cubs purchased Adrian Garrett from the Phillies
1969 – Braves purchased Vic LaRose from the Cubs
1968 – Cubs selected Brock Davis from the Astros in the minor league draft
1968 – Indians selected Ron Law from the Cubs in the minor league draft
1967 – Yankees purchased John Boccabella from the Cubs
1965 – Cubs acquired Randy Hundley and Bill Hands from the Giants for Don Landrum and Lindy McDaniel
1963 – Cubs selected Wayne Schurr from the Giants in the Rule 5 Draft
1963 – Cubs selected Danny Breeden from the Cardinals in the First-Year Draft
1963 – Cubs selected Bryon Browne from the Pirates in the First-Year Draft
1963 – Cubs selected Vic Rosnovsky from the Giants in the Minor League Draft
1958 – Redlegs selected Dave Stenhouse from the Cubs in the Minor League Draft
1957 – Cubs selected Tony Taylor from the Giants in the Rule 5 Draft
1957 – Tigers selected Hy Cohen from the Cubs in the Minor League Draft
1957 – Cubs selected Marcelino Solis from Saltillo in the Minor League Draft
1952 – Cubs selected Joe Stanka from the Dodgers in the Minor League Draft
1936 – Browns purchased Ethan Allen from the Cubs
1934 – Andre Rodgers, born
1906 – Johnny Welch, born