The Chicago Cubs sign Darnell McDonald

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 10 January 2013 at 7:27 pm

The Cubs have signed 34-year old righty swinging outfielder Darnell McDonald to a minor league deal. McDonald played in 42 games for the Red Sox and Yankees last year in which he was 18 of 88 (.205 avg, .649 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 306 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 175 of 711 (.246 avg, .705 OPS) with 98 runs scored, 19 homers, 78 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. McDonald will have a good shot of winning a bench job for the Cubs this spring.

The Chicago Cubs sign Brent Lillibridge

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 10 January 2013 at 7:24 pm

The Cubs have signed 29-year old righty swinging IF/OF Brent Lillibridge to a minor league deal. He played in 102 games last year for the White Sox, Red Sox and Indians last year in which he was 37 of 190 (.195 avg, .524 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 3 homers, 10 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Lillibridge has now played in 338 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 138 of 649 (.213 avg, .628 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 19 homers, 66 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. Lillibridge’s versatility in the field defensively might just help him win a bench job with the Cubs this spring.

The Chicago Cubs sign Dontrelle Willis

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 5 January 2013 at 11:57 am

The Cubs have signed 30-year old lefty starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis to a minor league deal. He pitched in 4 games (1 start) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0-3 with a 8.53 ERA and a 2.21 WHIP. Willis last pitched in the majors for the Reds back in 2011. Willis has pitched in 205 games (202 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Willis has also been a solid hitter in the majors. He is 95 of 389 (.244 avg, .665 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 9 homers and 39 RBIs. Willis is a longshot to help the Cubs in 2013.

The Chicago Cubs sign Hisanori Takahashi

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 28 December 2012 at 8:26 am

The Cubs have signed 37-year old lefty reliever Hisanori Takahashi to a minor league deal. He pitched in 51 games (0 starts) for the Pirates and Angels last year in which he was 0-3 with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Takahashi has now pitched in 165 games (12 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 14-12 with 10 saves, a 3.97 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Takahashi took a step back last year, but he was a very solid pitcher in his first two years in the majors, so he might rebound and help the Cubs in 2013. This was a nice low risk gamble for the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs sign 1B Brad Nelson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 22 December 2012 at 9:37 pm

The Cubs have signed 30-year old lefty swinging 1B Brad Nelson to a minor league deal. Nelson played in 132 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers last year and he was 140 of 502 (.279 avg, .852 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 24 homers, 81 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He last played in the majors back in 2009 with the Brewers. He has played in 28 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 2 for 28 (.071 avg, .304 OPS) without a run scored, homer or RBI. Nelson will be a big time longshot to win a bench job with the Cubs next spring.

The Chicago Cubs have signed Edwin Jackson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 20 December 2012 at 7:07 pm

The Cubs have signed 29-year old righty starting pitcher Edwin Jackson to a 4-year, $52 million dollar deal. Jackson pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Nationals last year and he was 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He has now pitched in 234 games (204 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 70-71 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. The Cubs might have overpaid a little bit for Jackson, but he’s a pretty dependable starter, so maybe that’s the going rate for a pitcher like him.

The Chicago Cubs sign Cory Wade

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 20 December 2012 at 7:03 pm

The Chicago Cubs have signed 29-year old righty reliever Cory Wade to a minor league deal. Wade pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the Yankees last year and he was 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Wade has now pitched in 161 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 11-6 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Wade will have a good shot of making the Cubs’ bullpen next spring.

The Chicago Cubs sign Carlos Villanueva

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 20 December 2012 at 12:15 pm

The Chicago Cubs have signed 29-year old righty starter/reliever Carlos Villanueva to a 2-year, $10 million dollar deal. Villanueva pitched in 38 games (16 starts) for the Blue Jays last year and he was 7-7 with a 4.16 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He has now pitched in 301 games (56 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 33-35 with 6 saves, a 4.26 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Villanueva will likely be in the Cubs’ starting rotation in 2013, as that is the kind of job he was looking for.

The Chicago Cubs sign Jensen Lewis

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 17 December 2012 at 2:20 pm

The Chicago Cubs have signed 28-year old righty reliever Jensen Lewis to a minor league deal. Lewis pitched in 52 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the D-Backs last year and he was 7-2 with 4 saves, a 3.65 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors back in 2010 with the Indians. He has pitched in 161 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 7-11 with 14 saves, a 3.68 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Lewis will get a shot to make the Cubs’ bullpen next spring.

The Chicago Cubs DFA Jeff Beliveau

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 13 December 2012 at 3:07 pm

The Cubs have designated 25-year old lefty reliever Jeff Beliveau for assignment. Beliveau pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP. He also pitched in 37 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Cubs last year and he was 4-5 with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. The Cubs should try to deal Beliveau, as he might get claimed off waivers.

UPDATE: (12/22/2012) – The Cubs have lost Jeff Beliveau on waivers to the Texas Rangers.

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