TCR Weekend Notes
As you all know by know, Alfonso Soriano was dealt to the New York Yankees along with a ton of cash for RHP Corey Black. According to Buster Olney, the Cubs will pay $4.7M of the remaining $6.5M owed Soriano in 2013 and then $13M of the $18M owed Soriano in 2014, saving $6.8M total on the deal and getting a decent relief prospect that Theo compared to Jessie Crain. Soriano went 0/5 in his Yankee return with a run scored and an RBI. Black will stay in Florida and head over to Daytona.
- Forget about the Cubs landing Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the Phillies ponied up the big bucks to a tune of 6/$50M.
- The Cubs dealt minor league pitcher Guillermo Moscoso to the Giants for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
- The Cubs did sign 18-year old Taiwanese pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng for a cool $1.625M. Tseng pitched in the WBC this spring and can touch 95 mph with fastball although he usually sits in the low 90's. He can also throw a slider, sinker, change and knuckle-curve, although I imagine the Cubs may want him to concentrate on less pitches. The signing puts the Cubs international spending budget at $5.165M, still under the $5,520,300 they have. Problem is that they intend to sign Eloy Jimenez for $2.8M on August 1st which will take them to $7,965,000, well over 15% which will be a 100% tax on the overages ($2.4M), plus the Cubs won't be able to sign anyone next year for over $250K. Now they still can trade for some more international cash before the July 31st deadline, but the most they can get up to is $6,835,800 and by my math they'll still be over 15% (magic number would be $7,861,170M). So either the Cubs just don't care at this point about going over or some of the numbers reported are off...or I'm bad at math.
- Jason Grilli is gonna miss up to 2 months for the Pirates and they seemed to already like James Russell. Cubs aren't going to donate him to the Pirates cause, but it's also known they have interest in Nate Schierholtz. A package of both should be able to extract 2-3 pretty decent prospects from a pretty solid farm system.