Sonnanstine Outrighted to Iowa
The Cubs have sent RHP Andy Sonnanstine outright to AAA Iowa.
THe 29-year old right-hander had a really bad Spring Training, allowing 13 hits in 5.0 IP, with a 14.40 ERA and a 3.20 WHIP in four Cactus League games.
Sonnanstine was signed by the Cubs as a free-agent on December 26th, two weeks after being non-tendered by the Tampa Bay Rays. He reportedly signed a non-guaranteed major league contract with a minor league "split" salary (which he is paid if he is sent to the minors).
Because Sonnanstine has accrued more than three years of MLB Service Time (4+022 to be exact), he has the right (per Article XX-D of the CBA) to refuse the Outright Assignment and be a free-agent immediately, or accept the Outright Assignment and defer his right to be a free-agent until after the conclusion of the 2012 MLB regular season.
He has three days to decide.
If he chooses to be a free-agent immediately, his contract is terminated and he receives no termination pay.
If he accepts the Outright Assignment, his contract remains in force, he is paid at the minor league "split" salary rate at Iowa, and he can file for free-agency on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season. However, he cannot be an Article XX-D minor league free-agent post-2012 if he is added back to an MLB 40-man roster prior to the conclusion of the MLB regular season.
Because he would be giving-up only a minor league split salary (which might be $250K), Sonnanstine could be more-inclined to opt to be a free-agent immediately than was Blake DeWitt, who would have turned his back on a guaranteed major league contract worth $1.1M if he had chosen free-agency immediately after being outrighted to Iowa last month.
The Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) now stands at 39 (one slot is open), and the Cubs MLB Spring Training roster is now down to 47 players (must be down to 25 by MLB Opening Day on 4/4).
Everytime I recall Szcur's bne marrow donation to a stranger, it makes me smile:
If Matt is out will Kawasaki get the call-up? Or "Shane"?
"Matt Szczur will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring on Tuesday."
One of the reasons I think Maddon is a great manager -- he has changed the conversation on Baez from HR & strikeouts to great defense, versatility and an all-around good ballplayer. He rarely talks about his offense, which is the only thing anybody used to talk about with Javy. He took a lot of pressure off the kid, and he seems to have responded.
Good pitching and some nifty D tonight -- nice win.
In case you didn't see it -- it was the Little League play where the guy on first gets caught in a rundown on purpose and the guy on third tries to score. It worked.
Gotta love the Pirates pitcher intentionally hitting Zobrist, then allowing Zobrist to score on a 2-out wild pitch.
Also, glad to see Zobrist coming around with RISP after my remarks last week. Heh!
ESPN reporting heyward day-to-day with an injured wrist
ESPN game tonight, btw.
Cardinal way #48
"negligent transmission of STDs"
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist
Cardinal way #47
See ya on parrot chat
In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST...
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex:
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes)
Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)
There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.