1/27 Villanueva signs and rumors

In case you missed it, Carlos Villanueva finally signed with the Cubs. The team made an official announcement late Saturday. The right-handed pitcher agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal that will pay him $5 million each year. He could contend for a spot in the rotation.

Right-handed pitcher Lendy Castillo, who was acquired in the Rule 5 Draft in 2011, was designated for assignment to make room for Villanueva on the 40-man roster. If he isn’t claimed, Castillo could rejoin the Cubs.

The team has yet to finalize its agreement with outfielder Scott Hairston. That also will require the front office to create an opening on the 40-man.

* There were reports Sunday that the Orioles and Rangers were interested in adding a right-handed bat, and that they have inquired about Alfonso Soriano. The Boston Globe reported the interest by the two teams in the veteran, who turned 37 earlier this month, and who would be a good fit for an American League team, which could use him as a designated hitter. Soriano does have a full no trade clause, so he would have to approve a move. He has two years remaining on his contract.

— Carrie Muskat


Please remind us with whom Villanueva pitched last season and what his numbers were.

just google it man…

Villanueva, 29, could start or pitch in relief. He made 16 starts and 22 relief appearances last season for the Blue Jays, compiling a 4.16 ERA over 125 1/3 innings. The right-hander has pitched for the Brewers and Blue Jays, making 29 starts in the last two seasons with Toronto. In his career as a starter, he is 16-22 with a 4.80 ERA in 56 games.

Wow. Goodness gracious. Is Soriano going to be going away? I like Sori and I hope that if he is traded he will find a team and city that fits his and his family’s needs. We have so many new players this year – it will be fun and interesting to see how it all plays out.

Soriano hd a good rebound year in 2012, but i do hope the Cubs move him and get some one younger and more althelic. heard that if the talks between the New York Mets and Michael Bourn break down, look for the Cubs to sneak and steal Bourn away. well, i hope the are better at stealing Michael Bourn then they are at stealing bases!! lol. outfield of Scott Hairston, Michael Bourn and David Dejesus isn,t all that bad.

None of those three potential outfielders goes deep to any substantial degree. One normally wants corner outfielders to hit with power.

Any thoughts on who’s removed from the 40-man for Hairston?

possibly campana…..

Oh my, what wonderful news to even have specuation that Soriano is wanted by ANYBODY. Where can we send our monetary donations to help pay down his contract to help the team that “wins” Soriano’s coveted greatness?? By the way, I would think that his contract pretty much took care of all his family’s needs including IF they need to live in a certain area and poor Soriano has to comute via private jet to see them. I think his and his family’s needs are important as are everybody’s however I also think that the city he collects a paycheck in for the next two years has little to do with those needs.


haha finally someone else joins my side

Soriano is not going anywhere…he will invoke his no trade clause.

i disagree…. the closer it gets to ST the more i think Soriano will be dealt. And he will accept a trade to certain teams as he has previously stated… one of those teams I believe is Philly

Probably…especially if it were to a contending team that would put him at risk of being exposed… but there is always hope!

wah wah wah wah….. shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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Awwww Petrey – be nice. You haven’t been mean for so long now that I thought you had taken a “be nice pill” to start off the 2013 season. Have a good day. LOL

Carrie, Lendy Castillo was dropped from the ML roster to make room for Villanueva. What is the staus of Lendy Castillo? Was he claimed by another club? Cleared Waivers and sent to the minors?

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