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).
"The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."
The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.
Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.
Thanks for the reporting Phil.
He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.
Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.
And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.
I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.
Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.
Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.
I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.
The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.
I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable
Did you expect anything different?
Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?
men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.
cubs lose :(
UH OH! RALLY TIME!
Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce
Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.
The use of Peralta in any
semblance of a high leveragesituation is questionable at best.
fixed that for ya.
The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. Hind sight is easy but Peralta had nothing.