Arismendy Alcantara came off the bench Saturday in Licey’s 16-5 thumping of Toros and smacked a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Alcantara replaced Anderson Hernandez at second base and hit twice in the blowout.
Alcantara was 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBI. He flied out to left field in the sixth inning after hitting for Hernandez. Over his last two games, Alcantara is 2-for-6.
Arismendy Alcantara batted .259/.336/.371 with three doubles, five triples and a .707 OPS during the regular season in the Dominican Winter League. Saturday was his first longball of the winter. He did not hit a home run in 34 regular season games. Alcantara worked 14 walks and struck out 29 times in 116 at bats.
Alcantara was 10-for-30 over his last 10 regular games (.333/.429/.333) with five walks and seven strikeouts.
Dexter Fowler’s market remains slow. While he could still be an option for the Cubs on a short-term contract, the market for Dexter Fowler has not developed like some thought it would.
The Nationals, Giants, Marlins and Padres have been mentioned as possibilities for Fowler this off-season. Jon Heyman reported the Royals could also be an option for Fowler.
Heyman said there is “not a lot off buzz so far” on Fowler.
Jon Heyman reported “there’s practically no chance the Yankees will trade Andrew Miller.” And according to Nick Cafardo, it’s more likely the Yankees will keep Miller than deal him. Brian Cashman would want a ton in return for Miller if he was to part with the lefty reliever.
Conversations with the Astros and Blue Jays for Miller according to Cafardo included two young starting pitchers. The Yankees wanted Lance McCullers back from Houston for Miller. And the Blue Jays “would have to give up someone such as Marcus Stroman.” Heyman confirmed the Yankees asked the Astros for McCullers in return for Miller.
If Cashman is asking for that type of return for Miller, the Yankees will have an incredible backend of the bullpen with Miller, Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances.
According to Jon Heyman, there are seven or eight teams “in on him” and the list includes the Rockies. If Colorado trades one of their outfielders (Carlos Gonzalez, Corey Dickerson or Charlie Blackmon) there could be an opening in the Rockies outfield. Heyman also mentioned the Nationals could be a fit for Parra. There is a connection with Mike Rizzo. The Nationals’ GM drafted Parra when he was in Arizona.
Although the metrics show a decline, according to Nick Cafardo, scouts still view Parra as one of the best defensive outfielders in the game. The Rockies are very interested in Parra and he could benefit from playing his home games at Coors Field. Cafardo is also hearing the Royals are interested in signing him.
News, Notes and Rumors
• According to Jon Heyman, the Royals have considered signing Denard Span and Austin Jackson. Both centerfielders would provide the outfield defense the Royals prioritize.
• Jon Heyman also reported the Giants may look into signing Denard Span or Austin Jackson.
• The Padres and free agent shortstop Ian Desmond are “having ongoing conversations” according to Jon Paul Morosi. A deal does not appear to be close. The White Sox may also be talking to Desmond.
• The Dodgers appear to have an agreement in place with RHP Kenta Maeda. There has not been an official announcement. The Dodgers do not have to have him signed, sealed and delivered until Friday, Jan. 8. It was reported the agreement is for eight years and includes a rather extensive bonus package. According to Joel Sherman, the deal is for eight years and worth a guaranteed $25 million. Reports Friday indicated the bonuses could be for an additional $12-13 million per year.
• Jeff Samardzija tops Christina Kahrl’s list of breakout pitchers for the 2016 season … and Adam Warren is one of the picks to click for next season. Kahrl could see “Warren turning into a solid No. 4 starter, or as their late-game fireman as he settles back into a role where he can dial his fastball back up into the mid-90s.”
• Former Cub-for-a-minute Omar Infante had surgery in November to remove bone chips from his right elbow. According to Jon Paul Morosi, he is expected to be fully recovered by Spring Training.
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This Day in Cubstory
2013 – Cubs signed free agent Dontrelle Willis
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Augie Ojeda
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Michael Restovich
2004 – Cubs signed free agent Jimmy Anderson
1990 – Cubs purchased Dave Pavlas from the Texas Rangers
1990 – Cubs acquire Rey Sanchez from the Rangers for Bryan House
1985 – Cubs signed free agent Guy Hoffman
1979 – Michael Restovich, born
1932 – George Piktuzis, born
1923 – John Andre, born
1919 – Ed Sauer, born
1916 – Chico Hernandez, born
1906 – Reds purchased Hans Lobert from the Cubs
1897 – Pete Turgeon, born
1894 – John Fluhrer, born