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The Cubs have signed backup catcher George Kottaras.  George Kottaras settles with #cubs. $1.075M plus incentives. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 3, 2013 The Cubs acquired Kottaras the other day and Myles wrote about him shortly thereafter.  When you combine a poor batting average with an a noodle at backstop, you can make the case that Kottaras should linger in AAA all season. When you combine a 13.5% BB with a .192 ISO, you start to wonder why George doesn't start. Put it all together, and you have the platonic ideal of a backup; someone who is opposite-handed of your starter (Castillo is a righty), who has tools you can play up and serious deficiencies that prevent him from otherwise starting, and a guy who isn't likely to make much more than $1.4 million. I fully expect Kottaras to break camp as the No. 2 C, and play there acceptably all year.  The Cubs and Dioner Navarro parted ways at the end of the season. I had thought the Cubs might work out a team friendly contract to get him back next year, but Navarro filed for free agency instead. It turned out to be a good idea for the Cubs to acquire Kottaras and Navarro to hit free agency. Navarro inked an $8 million contract with the Blue Jays today. The Yankees have offered $160 million over 7 years to Robinson Cano, but the sides are reportedly far off. If Cano signs for that little, that really pushes the value of the other top free agents down. Jacoby Ellsbury could suffer the most. He's nowhere near the player Cano is, but some have talked about Ellsbury getting as much as $140 million. $160 million for Cano or $140 million or Ellsbury? If you think Ellsbury is the better buy, you should open a william hill betting account today! I think Cano gets a lot more than $160, but let's say that's all he gets. What is Ellsbury worth? I probably wouldn't pay him $100 million if I could instead get Cano for $160 million. Shin-Soo Choo would suffer too, but not as much. Rather than the $85-100 million contract that's been thrown around, he'd probably drop down to $75-85 million, which is probably still a little more than I'd like to pay for Choo who I very much like. I also would like the Cubs to go after him, but winning is of no concern to the Cubs. Not until they have 7 young players up at the big leagues producing like all-stars anyway. The non-tender deadline is tonight and earlier today the Cubs non-tendered Darnell McDonald.  A pretty big trade went down just a bit ago. Source: #Nationals acquire Doug Fister from #Tigers. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 3, 2013 Doug Fister is somewhat comparable to David Price and it appears at first glance that what the Tigers received in returned is not a whole lot. The Tigers got second baseman Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol, and a prospect. So what's that mean for Price who may or may not be available? 

Cubs tender contracts to Samardzija, Barney

The Cubs retained the rights of nine arbitration eligible players, led by pitcher Jeff Samardzija and second baseman Darwin Barney. How long they remain with the Cubs could be dictated by the trade market and the progress of their top prospects. Samardzija, one of the Cubs’ top trade chips, was tendered a contract before Monday’s 11 p.m. deadline and could come close to doubling...

Non-tender deadline is today

The Cubs have 11 arbitration eligible players and today they have to decide which ones to tender a contract to. Those 11, and their projected salaries (Matt Swartz) are below. The service time for each player is in parentheses. Jeff Samardzija (4.028): $4.9MM Nate Schierholtz (5.078): $3.8MM Travis Wood (3.004): $3.6MM Darwin Barney (3.053): $2.1MM Daniel Bard (3.079): $1.8625MM...

Daniel Bard to be non-tendered by the Cubs

According to multiple major league sources, Cubs reliever Daniel Bard will not be a tendered a contract by Chicago prior to tonight’s midnight deadline. Bard had pitched in three games in the Puerto Rican Winter League, pitching for Criollos de Caguas. But after allowing eight runs on no hits while walking nine in just 1/3 innings, the righty left the team. Bard never did pitch...

Cubs rumors: Cubs prefer to keep Jeff Samardzija

With the myriad of trade speculation surrounding their ace starter Jeff Samardzija, the Chicago Cubs reportedly would like to keep him in Wrigley Field. According to The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would prefer to sign Samardzija to a long-term deal that extends his Cubs tenure past his first scheduled free agency period in 2016.The Cubs are going...

Cubs rumors: Cubs undecided about tendering Darwin Barney

The Chicago Cubs have a number of players eligible for salary arbitration this offseason, and for most, the decision to tender is easy. For second baseman Darwin Barney, however, the decision may come down the the last minute.'s Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat reports that the Cubs have yet to decide whether or not to bring Barney back for 2014 or let him become a free...

Report: Daniel Bard Will Not Be Tendered Contract by Cubs Before Deadline

Daniel Bard‘s career might be taking another turn for the worse. According to’s Rob Bradford, Bard will not be tendered a contract by the Cubs prior to Monday’s midnight deadline. If Bard isn’t offered a contract, he will become a free agent. Teams have until midnight Monday to offer contracts to arbitration eligible players. The Red Sox have six such players ...

Nov. 30 Cubs Recap

If Junior Lake had enough plate appearances he would be among the leaders in the Dominican Winter League in hitting as the centerfielder went 2-4, upping his average to .360.

Bard to Be Non-Tendered

I don't know what's going on with the comments and sometimes it just ends up fixing itself. The site is due for a minor software upgrade that I'll try to complete tonight and I'm hoping that fixes the problem. If not, the twitter sidebar still seems to be updating as does the abilithy to write stories, so hopefully you won't be missing too much until I can fix...

C Navarro and Blue Jays agree to 2-year deal

Catcher Dioner Navarro and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract. The team announced the free-agent deal Monday. Navarro will make $3 million next season and $5 million in 2015. The contract's completion is contingent on Navarro passing a physical. Navarro batted .300 with a career-high 13 home runs and 34 RBIs in 89 games for the Chicago Cubs...

Try a little tenderness

First, da tweetz: Donnie Murphy signed a one-year, $825K contract with incentives, first reported by Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago: Cubs avoid arbitration with Donnie Murphy. He signs a one year deal — Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) December 3, 2013 Chang-Yong Lim, Mat Gamel and Daniel Bard were non-tendered. Bard chose free agency: Lim, Bard, Gamel non tendered, per Cubs. Everyone...

Report: Darnell McDonald Re-Signs With Cubs on Minor League Deal

Darnell McDonald is staying put. The Cubs re-signed McDonald to a minor league deal, according to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. McDonald appeared in 25 games with Chicago in 2013. McDonald spent most of his 2013 season with Triple-A Iowa. He hit .236 (62-for-263) with four homers and 26 RBIs in 92 games with Iowa, and hit .302 (16-for-53) with a homer and five RBIs at the big league...

Cubs hire Hinske as first base coach

The Chicago Cubs have hired 2002 AL Rookie of the Year Eric Hinske as their first base coach. The 36-year-old Hinske played 12 seasons in the majors. He came up with Toronto and later played in three straight World Series, winning championships with Boston in 2007 and the New York Yankees in 2009. He also played for Tampa Bay (2008), Pittsburgh (2009), Atlanta (2010-12) and Arizona...

Blue Jays reach two-year deal with Dioner Navarro

getty images The Toronto Blue Jays have reached a two-year deal with free agent catcher Dioner Navarro. Navarro, 29, hit .300/.365/.492 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI in 89 games this past season for the Cubs. Under terms of the deal between Navarro and the Blue Jays the catcher will make a total of $8 million. With the acquisition of Navarro the Blue Jays are now trying to trade J...

Navarro to Toronto, Catcher Market Continues to Shrink

Last week, once catchers Carlos Ruiz and Brian McCann were officially off the market, I argued that the Red Sox needed to go ahead and sign Jarrod Saltalamacchia ASAP. Today, I'm urging them to do so once again as the catcher market just got even smaller now that Dioner Navarro signed with Toronto. Navarro would have been a decent option for the Red Sox due to the cheap...

Cubs tender offers to seven, Dec. 1-2 Recap

Not much action for Cubs prospects the past two days on the field but they’re making news off the field. The Cubs’ front office tendered contract offers to seven arbitration eligible players, signed two, and cut ties with three others as their 40-man roster now stands at 37.
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