SIX-YEAR FREE-AGENT: Jeffry Antigua, LHP Julio Borbon, OF Marcelo Carreno, RHP Lendy Castillo, RHP Hunter Cervenka, LHP (see NOTE) Casey Coleman, RHP Aaron Cunningham, OF Paolo Espino, RHP Eduardo Figueroa, RHP Luis Flores, C Edgar Gonzalez, INF Carlos Gutierrez, RHP Marcus Hatley, RHP Walter Ibarra, INF Marcos Mateo, RHP Darnell McDonald, OF Jonathon Mota, INF Thomas Neal, OF Starling Peralta, RHP Carlos Pimentel, RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP 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.
As you'll see, it's also the game where Dibble throws at Dascenzo's legs out of frustration(1:48 mark); a moment Dibble admitted was on purpose since(at least I heard him say it on XM radio). I'm sure MLB will be forcing it off youtube at any moment, so be sure to check it out quickly. There's a variety of ways of downloading youtube videos to your computer if you want it for your archives, something I wish I did with the Soriano incident at WWE last year.
The actual figures submitted are $3.4M by Theriot's camp and $2.6M by the Cubs, and those unfamiliar with the baseball arbitration process might think that either side has to prove their figure worthy. But as one astute reader noticed, $3M is the halfway point between the two figures and essentially Theriot's camp has to convince the panel that he's worth $3M or more and the Cubs have to convince them that Theriot is worth less than $3M. If Theriot's camp is successful, he'll get the $3.4M, if the Cubs are successful, he'll get $2.6M.
The folks at Baseball Prospectus are running their annual Internet Baseball Awards which I find far more interesting and relevant than the ridiculous BBWAA vote. Today is the last day to vote though, so head on over.
I wouldn't give a team that's losing 90 games a year a great TV deal if I'm a broadcast exec. I doubt there's a queue outside the door right now. These are business people not baseball fans. The promise of young talent is only that. In the eyes of business people who are doing investment cost analysis, the prospects are invisible. So I guess the gamble is that ALL these young players are going to blossom and then some TV execs are going to hand the Cubs keys to the vault? Color me skeptical.
Home plate collisions banned, runner cannot initiate contact but catchers cannot block the plate either and must give runners a path to the base, like all other bases. Specific wording and penalties still to be determined.
Once selected, the player can be optioned to the minors (presuming the player has minor league options left), but the player cannot be traded, released, non-tendered, outrighted to the minors, or placed on the 60-day DL until the conclusion of the next Rule 5 Draft (a year later).
This way, the player doesn't have to rot on an MLB 25-man roster just so the drafting team can fulfill Rule 5 roster requirements, but the drafting club has to commit a slot on its 40-man roster to the drafted player for one full year.
lulz...j.hart giving him props for drafting baez...hoyer looks uncomfortable, but isn't correcting him
"we got a lot of pitching, a lot of depth"
"we're not ready to make a splash" "hopefully we're there in a couple of years" ...couple of years? bullshit. this team should move to san jose so they can afford to invest in the team. chicago is too small of a market, evidently.
"he's the type of guy we want taking the mound in a first game of the series" - on ninja