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).


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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