#Cubs Tuesday WM roundup
*The Cubs made two deals Tuesday, and they are connected. They signed free agent Ben Zobrist to a four-year, $56 million contract, and also traded Starlin Castro to the Yankees for pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named later.
The player was expected to be Brendan Ryan, and will likely be announced on Thursday following the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings. The Cubs’ 40-man roster is at 40.
“We couldn’t have made this free agent signing without this trade, and would not have made the trade without the free agent signing,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said.
Zobrist is project to bat at the top of the order. That means the center fielder they add does not have to also be a leadoff man.
*The Cubs also formally announced John Lackey signing, giving the right-hander a two-year, $32 million contract.
“It’s really exciting to get John,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
Lackey, 37, will be slotted in behind his former Red Sox teammate Jon Lester and National League Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta.
“He’s one of the best competitors I’ve ever been around,” Maddon said. “He demands a lot on a daily basis when he plays of himself and his team, and I love it. I really believe the particular kind of edge that John provides is really going to be helpful for us moving forward.”
— Carrie Muskat