Javier Baez notched his first three-hit game in Winter Ball on Friday night in Santurce’s 7-2 win over Caguas. Baez started at shortstop, hit third and went 3-for-4 with two singles and a two run homer in the fifth inning. Baez struck out in his other at bat.
Javier Baez is 8-for-18 in five games with two doubles, two home runs, two walks and eight strikeouts (.444/.476/.889/1.365).
Friday was an incredibly busy day around Major League Baseball. While the Padres were busy trading for all the available outfielders, the Cubs made their fair share of roster moves.
The team announced the signing of RHP Jason Motte to a one-year contract.
The Cubs claimed C/1B Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Dodgers and OF/1B Shane Peterson off waivers from the A’s. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated INF/OF Logan Watkins and RHP Donn Roach for assignment. With those four roster moves, the Cubs 40-man stood at 40 players.
The Cubs and David Ross also agreed to terms on a two-year, $5 million contract. The teams did not announce the signing and will have to create a spot on the 40-man roster before making it official with the veteran backstop.
Teams interested in placing a bid on SS Jung-Ho Kang had until 4:00pm CST on Friday to submit a figure to win the right to negotiate a contract with him. It is unknown if the Cubs submitted a bid, but according to Joel Sherman, the Yankees did not make a bid.
A report from Sung-Min Kim indicated the Nexen Heroes accepted a high bid of $5,002,015 for Kang. The MLB team that submitted the winning bid should be notified by Monday and will have 30 days to sign Jung-Ho Kang to a contract. Estimates have point to Kang signing a three-year deal in the $20-25 million range.
According to Jeeho Yoo, Alan Nero is looking for four years and $20 million, three years and $16.5 million or $12 million over two years for his client.
Former Cubs skipper Mike Quade will be back in the dugout next season. The Minnesota Twins announced Friday that Quade will be the skipper for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. And Marty Mason, who spent two years in the Cubs system as pitching coach for Double-A Tennessee (2011) and High-A Daytona (2012), will be his pitching coach.
Quade was with the New York Yankees last year as the roving outfield/baserunner coordinator in the minor league system.
Mike Quade was named the Cubs interim manager in 2010 when Lou Piniella stepped down and went home. After the season, Jim Hendry chose Quade over Ryne Sandberg and he managed the Cubs throughout the 2011 season. After a dismissal year which is remembered more for the nicknames he gave to the players than the results on the field, Quade was fired when Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over baseball operations.
The Cubs were 95-104 during the Mike Quade era, 71-91 during the 2011 season.
The South Bend Cubs announced Friday that former Cubs first baseman Mark Grace will attend the inaugural South Bend Cubs First Pitch Banquet on Jan. 20 at the Double Tree by Hilton in downtown South Bend.
Money raised at the event will benefit youth baseball and softball programs and help those organizations utilize the South Bend Cubs Performance Center for hitting and instruction.
Mark Grace will be back in the big leagues next season. The Diamondbacks’ new manager, Chip Hale named Grace as the team’s assistant hitting coach in October.
News, Notes and Rumors
The Marlins traded 3B Casey McGehee to the Giants for RHP Kendry Flores and RHP Luis Castillo. The Marlins acquired Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps and cash from the Yankees earlier in the day for RHP Nathan Eovaldi and OF/1B Garrett Jones and made McGehee expendable. With the Giants acquiring a third baseman, the Cubs likely lost at least one of the teams interested in Luis Valbuena.
Jesse Rogers: Managing expectations for the 2015 Cubs
According to Peter Gammons, similar business models and the Cubs and Red Sox primed for success.
Ken Rosenthal spoke with Trea Turner’s agent and he is not happy with the way his client is being handled by the Padres and Nationals. And his agent is looking to take action and might file a grievance.
Betting on Jason Motte could have a big payoff for the Cubs according to Comcast SportsNet.
Jon Lester told WEEI on Thursday night that he probably would have signed a contract extension with the Red Sox last spring had Boston’s offer been for five years and $120 million.
Jim Bowden posted the three best and three worst moves of the off-season … so far.
Jeff Samardzija brings some buzz back to the Cubs and White Sox series according to Patrick Mooney.
This Day In Cubstory
2013 – Cubs signed free agent Ryan Roberts
2002 – Cubs signed free agent Shawn Estes
2000 – Cubs signed free agent Rob Stanifer
1999 – Cubs signed free agent Ricky Gutierrez
1997 – Cubs granted free agency to Kent Bottenfield
1996 – Cubs granted free agency to Jim Bullinger
1995 – Cubs granted free agency to Anthony Young and Todd Zeile
1993 – Cubs granted free agency to Shawn Boskie, Greg Hibbard and Mike Harkey
1991 – Cubs granted free agency to Chico Walker
1985 – Cubs released Derek Botelho and Lary Sorensen
1979 – David DeJesus, born
1974 – Augie Ojeda, born
1972 – Gabby Hartnett passed away in Chicago on his 72nd birthday
1953 – Paul Moskau, born
1952 – Cubs acquired Sheldon Jones from the Braves for Monk Dubiel
1949 – Oscar Gamble, born
1915 – Marty Felderman, born
1900 – Gabby Harnett, born
1888 – Fred Merkle, born