The Rundown – 12/14/16: Cubs Sign Three MiLB Pitchers, Finalize Uehara, Dodgers After Dozier

Here are today’s headlines for the Cubs and around the MLB:

  1. There was a trade between the Angles and Brewers yesterday; Jett Bandy went to Milwaukee in exchange for catcher Martin Maldonado and RHP Drew Gagnon.
    • Very minor deal without any big names going from one side to other, this does very little to stop my FREE  MIKE TROUT chant.
  2. The owners ratified the CBA by a vote of 29-1 with Rays owner, Stuart Sternberg, rumored to be the lone dissenter.
    • It will now be sent off to the players’ union to ratify and as soon as the ink dries on that, we have ourselves 5 more years of labor peace in the best sport on Earth.
  3. Justin Turner finalized his 4-year deal with the Dodgers yesterday.
    • The fit just made too much sense not to happen. Turner is a great player and this will take him through his age-36 season, at which point he could fetch a DH spot with an AL club.
  4. Even with the re-signing of Turner and Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers are rumored to be kicking the tires on a trade for the Twins’ Brian Dozier.
    • Dozier is only owed $15M over the next two seasons, which is basically what the Dodgers tip the valet, so they may just go ahead and laugh snobbishly as speed past the luxury tax cap.
    • The Dodgers are already a team for the Cubs to worry about, but adding Dozier would push them to the best team on paper in the NL in my opinion.
  5. The Cubs signed some pitchers yesterday, but don’t get too excited because all three were to minor league deals and will serve as reliever depth in the farm system.
    • The arms in question are 27-year-old Maikel Cleto, 26-year-old Daniel Corcino and 23-year-old Jhondaniel Medina.
    • All 3 are right handed pitchers with Cleto being the only one with any MLB experience (for the White Sox).
    • Michael Cerami of Bleacher Nation does a great job of breaking each guy down in the link above.
  6. Koji Uehara‘s deal with the Cubs is now final and it is for $6M and not the $4.5M that was first rumored.
    • Still love the deal and I’m not ever going to be one of those guys that complains about salaries for players. They do what they do very well and deserve to be paid by teams that are making money hand over fist. I don’t care if they signed him for $10M, the money is there.

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I am a Hoosier who has loved the Cubs ever since seeing my first game on WGN at my Grandma's house when I was 5 or 6. My Grandma and I would go over the box scores in the paper every morning and that was my first step into baseball stats. I love advanced metrics and the narrative they can provide about a player. In my non-free time I am Technology Specialist in a K-12 setting in a rural Indiana town. I graduated from Ball State University in '04...Chirp Chirp!

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  1. Any idea what issue(s) prompted the Ray’s dissent? Although the league lost out on an Int’l Draft, they got the next best thing (from the owners’ perspective) and appear to have “won” on the other major points.

    • I agree with you, it does appear that he won on most things…maybe he is just sour about his stadium situation and wants to be a curmudgeon.

      • Here is a quote from Sternberg:

        “I am thankful for the hard work, leadership, and spirit of compromise that were essential to this agreement coming together. Twice a decade, the bargaining process provides an opportunity to address the extraordinary and widening competitive gap that exists on-field between higher and lower revenue clubs. I feel that opportunity was missed here.”

        tip of the cap to Ken Rosenthal

    • I’d be willing to bet it was due to the changes in rev-sharing from the big-market teams. While there were efforts to level the playing field when it comes to the revenue gulf, the bigger teams actually caught a break when it comes to the amount they have to pay into the competitive balance pool. I’d guess that results in a smaller piece of pie for Tampa, which meant a dissenting vote.

  2. Nate/Evan, thank you on your follow-up thoughts.

    Your speculation on the revenue sharing issue seems the most likely cause of their concern. From 2014-16 I see TB sported opening day roster payrolls consistently in the $70M range placing them at #28 each year. Interestingly over that time, their nadir occurred in 2014 at $78M declining in consecutive years down to $73M in 2016. It could be interpreted as a sign they’ve hit a hard wall and that revenue sharing (in their minds) represents the best, if not only, viable chance they have of competing. As such, it’s understandable why they might view this as an existential problem for them.

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