Around the League: Week of February 6, 2012

Around the League: February 6, 2012-February 12, 2012

Monday, February 6

  • Pitcher Anibail Sanchez won his arbitration case against the Marlins (1 yr. 8MM).
  • Orioles designate former Cub Clay Rapada for assignment
  • Rockies acquire RHP Jeremy Guthrie for Pitchers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom.
  • Nationals sign Mark Teahen to a minor league deal.
  • Rangers sign Conor Jackson and Joe Beimel to minor league deals.
  • Cardinals sign Alex Cora to minor league deal with a spring invite.
  • Astros sign OF Justin Ruggiano to minor league deal with spring invite.

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BREAKING NEWS: Oakland lands Cespedes

According to several sources the Oakland Athletics have agreed to sign Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a 4 year $36MM deal.  This is a big surprise as it appeared the Miami Marlins were well on their way to signing him to a six year

Billy Beane is all smiles after signing Cespedes

deal.  This contract will enable Cespedes, who is said to be 26, a chance to become a free agent once again at 30, giving him a possibility of cashing in on a second big contract.  According to Peter Gammons, Cespedes’ representatives “felt the A’s wanted him more than anyone else.”  For the A’s this is a nice signing considering they have been looking for offense anyway they can get it, plus they are looking for some excitement in hopes of getting a new ballpark soon.

What does this mean for the Cubs?  As we discussed in the Soler article it appeared the Cubs were out of the Cespedes running anyways, but does this mean the Marlins will focus their attention towards Soler having missed out on Cespedes?  Only time will tell.

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Mark Sorrentino

Cubs Shifting Focus To Soler, in a Major Way

  With all the press and stories about Cespedes, the Cubs apparently have been doing their homework on 19 year old Cuban Jorge Soler, and appear ready to strike.  It seems as though the Cubs have realized that a continued pursuit of Cespedes is pointless given the Marlins offer to him, and Cespedes’ desire to play in Miami. Soler is not a free agent as of yet, he has to go through the same process that Cespedes had to go through to become a major league free agent.  Once that does happen, it is being reported that the Cubs are going to be very aggressive to sign the 19 year old. 

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Let the Bidding Begin For Cespedes

The biggest free agent remaining on the market is now officially in play for all teams, and the Marlins have struck first making the highly touted Dominican a 6 year, $40MM offer.  Cespedes made his way to the United States last week on Thursday, and met with the Marlins.  At that time Marlins president David Samson said that it was possible that the Marlins would make an offer to Cespedes at said meeting, apparently that’s exactly what happened.

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Hoyer Has Thoughts, Shares Them With ESPN 1000

Chicago Cubs GM Jed Hoyer joined “The Carmen, Jurko, and Harry Show” on ESPN 1000 to discuss a lot of topics ranging from Alfonso Soriano to when he hopes the Cubs will be a contending team and how to get to that point.

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Chicago Cubs Release 2012 Broadcast Schedule

  This really is a great time of year, it seems that almost every day brings new signs that the baseball season is right around the corner.  Today’s treat, the Cubs have release the broadcast schedule for the 2012 season.  Let’s take a look, get your DVR’s ready!

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Say Hello To…The Cubs Dominican Academy

Tom Ricketts has been a busy man.  Late last week Ricketts was in the Dominican Republic to unveil plans for a brand new, one of kind facility.  The 50 acre facility will be located in the town of La Gina, which is just outside of Santo Domingo, and very close to the airport.  Just a few of the luxuries that Dominican ball players will have are a total of four fields, one of which being artificial turf.  The academy will also be home to four batting cages, eight bullpens, a weight room, and two locker rooms.  Rumor has it that the facility will also have a video room, which is a tremendous tool for not only scouting these players, but allowing this players to learn like major league ballplayers learn.  Another solid feature of the academy is that it is almost laid out like a college.  There is a cafeteria, a dormatory, meeting/class rooms, and has the capabilities to house 80 members including staff and players. 

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