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MLB Storylines: Cubs add more pitching with Hammel, McDonald

MLB Storylines: Cubs add more pitching with Hammel, McDonald
February 1, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

With no major signings or trades occurring on Friday, there are no "Top Stories." Instead, I will give a rundown of all of the day's news and notes.

Here are the stories from Friday, January 31st.

News and Notes

  • Jason Hammel agreed to a one-year deal with the Cubs.  The contract will guarantee Hammel $6 million dollars, with up to $1 million available in incentives.  Earlier in the offseason, Hammel was said to be looking for a four-year deal.
  • The Rangers reached a minor league agreement with former Red Sox flamethrower Daniel Bard.  After putting up dominant numbers from 2009-2011 with Boston, Bard has since struggled with injuries and poor control.
  • The Cubs made another pitching move, agreeing to a minor league deal with former Pirates starter James McDonald.
  • Former Indian Rich Hill is heading to Boston on a minor league contract.
  • Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported that the Diamondbacks are interest in A.J. Burnett, but feel that he may not be interested in pitching on the West Coast.
  • According the Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Arizona is now also eyeing Bronson Arroyo.
  • Buster Olney of ESPN reported that within the past two weeks, Arroyo has asked at least one team for a three-year deal.
  • Olney also said that lefty Chris Capuano is now open to a one-year deal, after originally looking for a two-year contract.
  • Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported the Rockies have mild interest in Ervin Santana, as long as his price comes down, but are reluctant to part with their 35th pick in the June amateur draft.
  • Baltimore’s payroll currently stands at approximately $85 million, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote that the Orioles still expect their Opening Day payroll to be over $100 million, meaning they have plenty of room to add some of the bigger named players remaining on the open market.  Rosenthal said that as of right now, the Orioles are in contact with Burnett, Nelson Cruz, and Fernando Rodney, but they could still be players in the Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez sweepstakes.
  • Former Cubs pitcher Randy Wells is attempting a comeback after announcing his retirement less than one year ago.  Wells, 31, recently threw for a Diamondbacks scout and is looking for a minor league deal with a chance to show his health to teams in Spring Training.
  • According to's Corey Brock, the Padres are nearing a minor league deal with Tony Sipp.

User Comments

February 3, 2014 - 10:04 AM EST
Hammel signing is decent for the Cubs. Doesn't make them that much better but gives them a vet starter....maybe allows them to deal Samardzija without having to count on too many young arms...
February 3, 2014 - 10:02 AM EST
I actually would love to land Bonacifio. He really struggled last year but been pretty solid in the past and can play a number of positions, including SS.
February 1, 2014 - 1:04 PM EST
In other news, the Royals have DFA Emilio Bonaficio. Seems like a odd move they avoided arb with him a few weeks back by signing him to a 1yr /$3.5 M deal. I'd suggest the Royals trade him in next several days.
February 1, 2014 - 12:59 PM EST
Since it seems likely the Tribe will pass on Jimenez according to Paul Hoynes latest article. I think there could be a possibility the Tribe might pursue AJ Burnett, Paul Maholm, or Chris Capuano. Capuano might have to settle on a minor league deal.
February 1, 2014 - 10:05 AM EST
Minor deals keep on happening before spring training starts in 2 weeks.

Tick, tick , tick, tick as the clock continues to tick toward spring training and Santana, Jimenez, Arroyo, Burnett, and Maholm waiting for that major league deal. Are they going to fold and take lesser deals? Or will there be 4 Kyle Lohse's here as spring training begins.

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