Tony Campana Designated for Assignment

OF Tony Campana was Designated for Assignment (DFA) yesterday by the Cubs, to make room on the MLB 40-man roster for OF Scott Hairston (signed by the Cubs as an Article XX-B MLB free-agent).



The 32-year old Hairston signed a two-year contract that will reportedly pay him $6M ($5M guaranteed plus another $1M in potential perfoemance bonuses).


Because he was an Article XX-B MLB FA post-2012, Hairston will have automatic "no trade" rights through June 15th. He can waive this right, but if he does, he can be traded for cash and/or player contracts with a maximum aggregate value of $50,000.


The Cubs 13th round draft pick out of the U. of Cincinnati in 2008, Campana hit 262/306/300 with 54 SB (5 CS) in 184 MLB games over the previous two seasons (2011-12), and is considered to be one of the fastest players in MLB. He will be 27 in May.


A reminder about how the DFA process will work with regard to Tony Campana:


1. The Cubs have ten days to either trade, release, or send Campana outright to the minors. (He cannot be returned to the 40-man roster because he was replaced on the 40 by another player).


2. Outright Assignment Waivers must be secured by the 10th day, so Campana can be placed on waivers no later than next Monday (2/18), and thus the Cubs will have until 2 PM (Eastern) on Monday 2/18 to trade Campana because the "waiver ride" takes two business days (actually it takes 47 hours, including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays during Spring Training and the regular season, not including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays during the off-season). So in this case, the Cubs only have eight days to trade Campana, not ten.


3. The Houston Astros have first priority on Outright Waiver claims at this time. (The previous season's standings are used to determine waiver claim priority during off-season, Spring Training, and up through the first 30 days of the MLB regular season, then the standings as of the morning the players clears waivers are used beginning on the 31st day of the regular season). Whether it is an American League team or National League team making a waiver claim does not matter EXCEPT for Trade Assignment Waivers (required to trade players on the 40-man roster beginning on August 1st up through the conclusion of the MLB regular season), where clubs in the waived player's own league get first priority over clubs in the other league, even if the club in the other league has a worse record than the club in the player's own league.


4. Campana CANNOT elect to be a free-agent if outrighted because he has not accrued at least three years of MLB Servicve Time, he is not a "Super Two" player, and he has not been outrighted previously in his career. He would not be eligible to be an MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agent (6YFA) until post-2014, although he would be eligible for selection in the December 2013 Rule 5 Draft if he is not added back to an MLB 40-man roster in the meantime.


5. If waivers are secured and Campana is outrighted to the minors and then is added back to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster prior to the conclusion of the 2013 MLB regular season, he would burn a minor league option (he presently has two left), even though he was outrighted (not optioned) to the minors. (No minor league option would be spent if he is outrighted to the minors and then is added back to the 40-man roster AFTER the conclusion of the 2013 MLB regular season)


Even though this is the best time of the year to sneak a player through waivers (because most MLB 40-man rosters are full), I think it's fairly likely that Campana will get claimed. I believe the Cubs would have had a much better chance of getting Ian Stewart through waivers (as they did with Blake DeWitt and Manny Corpas about this time last year) than will be the case with Campana.


I believe Campana could have value to a lot of MLB clubs as a "5th outfielder" (pinch-runner & late-inning defensive replacement), so it's possible that the Cubs will be able to trade him to another club before he has to be put on waivers, in exchange for a "second-tier" type prospect who is not on the other club's 40-man roster. 


 

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Comments

As usual, a nice summary of the Campana situation by AZ Phil.

The next panel is that kid in the riding boots kicking the snot out of his "friend." Part of a Victorian etiquette manual. I believe the lesson was about what to do if you don't have anything nice to say.

i know the guy is a flyball pitcher, but im still amazed no one's claimed Shawn Kelley from SEA yet (even at his 900K price tag).

it seems like someone (like...the cubs) would have a place for the guy...especially with the club control left.

low 90s fastball and slider...control on both. setup man upside...

"Mariners acquired OF Abraham Almonte from the Yankees in exchanged for RHP Shawn Kelley."

...well, that's that.

"According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Cubs are "on the fringes" of the market for outfielder Michael Bourn."

...i still refuse to believe these rumors...even if he'd "only" cost the cubs a 2nd round pick (aside from the stupid loot/years).

i know theo's spent dumb money before on an overpriced OF'r with low power in boston, but it seems that would be something he'd learn from...or jed would refuse listen to if prodded in that direction.

I think the big X-factor here that the public can't really comprehend would be the trade market for DeJesus. If you get Bourn, you have an outfield glut, and the only one who you can trade (due to contracts and rules) is DeJesus. Also, if you're going long-term on Bourn, you pretty much have to trade Jackson, and what's his market?

So theoretically, if the Cubs got the price they wanted on Bourn, and they turned DeJesus and Jackson into the pitcher(s) they want, this team could get interesting pretty quick.

But as for Bourn, I'm just sayin nah way mon.

i don't even buy the "1 year scenario" where he takes $13-$15m and becomes trade bait.

he'd be neat trade bait if he doesn't K 100 times by the time you're looking to trade him, but after paying him $7+ for a 1/2 season of his service what kind of return are you gonna get on that at best (especially considering you've given up a 2nd round pick to get him)?

Doubtful, there isn't a team out there that will give up a high pick to sign him for 1 year. Ditto Lohse. It's gotta be long term but reasonable dollars, which isn't the Boras style. It's interesting to see where this is headed for those two guys (especially Lohse).

Indians sign Bourn.

4/48m...bit of a way from that 5-6 years at 15m per he was initially looking.

also, they signed swisher so they were already gonna lose their 2nd round pick.

also, lol he's making less per year than s.victorino. wtf BOS?

I wonder if a discounted extension of Garza might be more possible now that everybody has seen the way that the new CBA affected the offseasons of Swisher, Bourn, Loshe, etc.

If Garza returns to his old self this year, the draft pick won't hurt his value too much. If he doesn't, why extend him?

I saw garza was ranked as the 9th best FA next year. Some of those above him will likely sign extensions. If we don't sign him to an extension, there realistically won't be anything better available. So fucking sign his ass if/when he proves himself not to be broken.

only 9th? sounds sketchy...

r.cano (2nd), j.ellsbury (OF), c.granderson (OF), s.choo (OF), h.pence (OF), m.garza (SP), josh johnson (SP), t.lincecum (SP), r.madson (CL), j.hanrahan (CL)

those guys are pretty much the 10 best of the "under 35 years old" crop.

cano is the stand out #1 in that crew, but one could put garza in the top-5 without much argument...pending what t.lincecum does this season or how one feels about josh johnson, r.madson, or c.granderson.

adam wainwright (SP) could make that list, easily, depending on what he has coming back from yet another injury-missed season.

I'd definitely take Garza over Pence and Choo, and I'd probably take him over Ellsbury, too. I'd be happy to see them extend him at a reasonable price--the team isn't swimming in top of the line starters, and that situation won't resolve itself in a year or two.

Matt's career numbers don't blow me away, though, and I could see draft pick compensation diminishing the overall demand for him as a FA. Best thing for Matt (financially) would be to get traded mid-season. If that happens, the only way the Cubs get good value for him is if there is some sort of extension bargaining window figured in.

And the Indians continue to show they don't know what the fuck they are doing.

It's nice to see the Bourn to Cubs rumors put to rest, even though I wasn't seriously concerned.

Well, you're right, but they're still rolling out a pretty solid lineup this year. There's probably not a lot to be excited about when you're Cleveland.

Two Cubs honorable mentioned

Worst contracts according to Jonah Keri

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8914127/jonah-...

I didn't get the Marmol honorable mention. 1 year left on the deal, and he had a good second half after he started throwing the fastball more. Meh...we'll see I guess?

yes, I agree.

He has one year left and he will be traded by the deadline.

Dodgers are going to be interesting this year if they crash and burn.

I guess the Tribe is out of the Tony Campana sweepstakes.

Swisher, Bourn and Stubbs, Michael Brantley for their OF, so Swisher may move to 1B and Reynolds goes from 1B to DH.
Kipnis, ACabrera, Chisenhall and Santana are the rest of their lineup.

http://rotochamp.com/baseball/TeamPage.aspx?Team=CLE

Baseball prospectus has the Cubs at 77-85, improved by 16 games but still last in the NL Central and getting the 8th or 9th draft pick in the 2014 draft. Astros beat the Marlins for the 1st pick.

WSux also predicted at 77-85. Cardinals, Dbacks at 84 wins and a playoff for the the last wildcard slot to play the Giants. Odd that they predict the Braves at 82 wins and out of the playoffs. Rangers, Redsox get the AL wildcard game.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/fantasy/dc/

The Marlins will probably field a bunch of kids and be in the hunt all year, with an average attendance of about 2,000

seems about right on Cubs, they're only 2 games back of Brewers and all 3 of those teams seem like they could slot anywhere from 3rd to 5th depending on luck.

interesting/weird AL East projections, though...

The Jeff Bagwell/Ivan Rodriguez off season diet-

http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-a...

It's even easier to drop 20-30 pounds by smoking crack.

"Scott Baker (elbow) threw 40 pitches at around 70 percent effort on Tuesday afternoon in Cubs camp."

"I’m as far along as I’m supposed to be right now," Baker said Tuesday after his workout. "I would say ’100 percent’ would be pitching in games, and obviously, there are no games to pitch in. That’s part of the process is using spring training to prepare for the season."

miguel montero on trevor bauer...

“He never wanted to listen … Good luck to Carlos Santana.”

lulz.

http://arizonasports.com/42/1609410/Montero-on-Tre...

ahh AHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!OMG! MY SIDES ARE SPLITTING-

http://thesidelineview.com/columns/draft/importanc...

"Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland stood out among those that threw bullpen sessions Wednesday."

the PR campaign about this kid from the O's continues in high gear...

it was (imo) an odd pick and the noise they make about him is even weirder to me. he throws a high 80s sinker + slider combo with an occasional change. he has been hittable in the minors rather regularly without getting Ks. at best he seems like a #4/5 starter or a middle/long relief option. *shrug*

then again, i'm still trying to figure out why so many people seem to love MIN's scott diamond. keeping the ball down seems to mean a whole lot to some people no matter what kind of stuff they have to go with that skill.

crunch, I've seen McFarland pitch maybe a half-dozen times in the past few years, and in general, I agree, he's not that much. Best case seems to be a couple Randy Wells type years (Randy of 09/10 ... not the best comparison, as I like McFarland a bit better than I liked Wells before he emerged, and McFarland gets more GB's, but just that level is what I'm referencing).

But I also understand why a manager (not just Buck or the Orioles) might take a shine to him. He has a very good, aggressive demeanor on the mound (there's been minor leaguers that I've seen who noticeably slouch a bit when they get in trouble), and he combines that with throwing strikes. Add in his GB propensity, and those are all factors that will get a team to be intrigued when it's BP sessions.

Been busy, so I completely missed the Campana situation, but I stated my view before. At the end of the day, at the rate with which the Cubs were adding guys and needing to clear 40 man spots, Campana was going to go at some point, particularly since there are a lot of OF's on the 40 man. He simply doesn't add that much, and I'm not 100% convinced that he's a lock to be plucked (he probably will be, but with so many rosters in place, it's not hard to see teams passing).

I hope he's back, manning OF in AAA and trying to improve, but at the end of the day, with the rate at which things were going, no big loss.

A fav (Campy) replaced by a future fav: Daniel VogelBabe...

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