SIX-YEAR FREE-AGENT: Jeffry Antigua, LHP John Baker, C Marcelo Carreno, RHP Lendy Castillo, RHP Hunter Cervenka, LHP (see NOTE) Casey Coleman, RHP Aaron Cunningham, OF Charlie Cutler, C Paolo Espino, RHP Eduardo Figueroa, RHP Luis Flores, C Edgar Gonzalez, INF Carlos Gutierrez, RHP Marcus Hatley, RHP Tommy Hottovy, LHP Walter Ibarra, INF Ryan Kalish, OF Darnell McDonald, OF Jonathon Mota, INF Thomas Neal, OF Starling Peralta, RHP Carlos Pimentel, RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP Ryan Roberts, INF Jose Rosario, RHP Brian Schlitter, RHP Ryan Searle, RHP Jeudy Valdez, INF Chris Valaika, INF Casper Wells, OF Eli Whiteside, C NOTE: Hunter Cervenka will be eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league 6YFA post-2014 if he signed a 2008 contract when he signed his "first contract" with the Boston Red Sox on 8-15-2008. However, if he was “Signed for Future Service“ (first contract was a 2009 contract), he will not be eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league 6YFA until post-2015.
SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE FA: Michael de la Cruz, RHP Carlos Figueroa, INF Humberto Garcia, INF Alan Oaks, RHP Yomar Pacheco, RHP Brohiglyn Rivero, RHP Orbandy Rodriguez, RHP Roberto Vahlis, C
1. A minor league player eligible to be an ARTICLE XX-D FREE-AGENT who accepts an Outright Assignment and defers free-agency until the end of the season is not eligible to be a free-agent if the player is added back to an MLB 40-man roster by the end of the MLB regular season. If the player is not added back to a 40-man roster by the end of the MLB regular season, the player can file for free-agency beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up through October 15th.
2. A minor league player eligible to be an MLB RULE 55 FREE-AGENT is not eligible to be a FA if the player is added to his club’s 40-man roster by 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series.
The Cubs are a team that is big on IFs, but if Strop has the year he had last year and Veres does as well as he should, the Cubs could be one of those 7 inning teams. Those teams are always dangerous. IF Shark and IF Rizzo have good years, and IF Castro rebounds, they may even break even. IF the Cubs get Tanaka... Oh, never mind.
True on both comments - but my hunch is if he's beaten food, which in a way can be even trickier, he's pretty dedicated. Once he actually BECOMES a millionaire, then he's gonna be slammed with more temptations, so that's a different story.
more commentary from Transaction analysis regarding Veres from BP...
The Cubs didn’t find a trade match for lame duck closer Kevin Gregg last summer, but Veras has the potential to be a bit more than that. Indeed, the difference between Veras and Balfour has been, to FIP’s eye at least, quite small:
Arismendy Alcantara (Iowa): I feel like I have much more #want than Soler, but he's got some serious #rig and a big ceiling. I think I'm a better bet to reach mine though. Any chance I'm a better pro? How do I fit in this crowded infield in three years?
still hope they add Bailey or Hanrahan
I liked Hanrahan when he was healthy. He was really good in 2011.
Hanrahan went down before Bailey. Hanrahan's surgery was an elbow, TJ and Flexor muscle origin repair, which means he's unlikely to start the season on time although because he's a reliever he might have a shorter down time than the usual 12-18 months.