10/29 Roster moves
Free agency begins tonight. Major League Baseball and the Players Association agreed to a 24-hour delay to the start of free agency, and will officially begin at 11:01 p.m. CT Saturday. All team/player/mutual option decisions are due by 10:59 p.m. CT Monday. That means Aramis Ramirez and Ryan Dempster must decide by then whether they want to remain with the Cubs. Free agents will be able to sign contracts with new teams starting at 11:01 p.m. CT Wednesday.
Free agents: Carlos Pena, John Grabow, Kerry Wood, Rodrigo Lopez, Ramon Ortiz and Reed Johnson.
Options: Aramis Ramirez, $16 million mutual option ($2 million buyout); Ryan Dempster, $14 million player option
Arbitration eligible players: Randy Wells, Blake DeWitt, Geovany Soto, Matt Garza, Jeff Baker, Koyie Hill.
– Carrie Muskat