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).

Comments

mather, playing CF, hits his 3rd homer...and i.stewart got on base before him with a single to CF. stewart hit one to LF in his last game played. power or no power, he's going to need more than just RF to make a living at the MLB level.

i.stewart gets his 1st HR of spring (to RF)...and mark lowe learns not to go 4 fastballs in a row leaving the 4th on the right/middle (pitcher's perspective) of the plate.

garza throws 5 shaky...the 4th was ugly, but he was a bit too wild all day. he got 0er, but some bad D helped him out there. he may have faced more batters than he should, but he was off/on doing it. his velocity is in mid-season form, but he's having issues locating his slider.

...and the trainer is out after 2 pitches to the 2nd batter faced in the 6th from m.mateo...out of game.

..and in 8 pitches, f.delacruz has thrown 5 balls in the dirt and given up a single and a walk to load the bases (mateo walked 1).

rbi double play...2 more balls in the dirt working a 2-2 count into a popout...3 outs...16 pitches, 7 strikes, and 7 of his 9 balls were in the dirt (fb, change, and slider). delacruz owes w.castillo a beer.

m.mateo having his elbow evaluated in mesa.

Nothing good will come from that.

Well, this clears up some things on the staff I guess, and gives Mateo time from the "out of options" bug.

Except he has to be MLB ready when healthy.

de la Cruz next?

Sonnanstine has refused the assignment and is now a free agent. Good for him - I didn't see him beating out others at Iowa anyway.

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 18 min 47 sec ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 24 min 5 sec ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 29 min 9 sec ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 40 min 46 sec ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 52 min 4 sec ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 1 hour 57 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 3 hours 9 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 3 hours 26 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 3 hours 30 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 4 hours 15 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 9 hours 6 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 19 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 23 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 11 hours 42 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 18 hours 54 min ago view