Found March 22, 2012 on Cub Reporter:
The Cubs have sent RHP Andy Sonnanstine outright to AAA Iowa. THe 29-year old right-hander a really bad Spring Training, allowing 13 hits in 5.0 IP, with a 14.40 ERA and a 3.20 WHIP in Cactus League play. He was signed by the Cubs as a free-agent this past off-season after he was non-tendered by the Tampa Bay Rays in December. He reportedly signed a non-guaranteed major league contract with a minor league "split" salary (which he is paid if he is sent to the minors). Because Sonnanstine has accrued more than three years of MLB Service Time (4+022 to be exact), he has the right to refuse the Outright Assignment and be a free-agent immediately, or accept the Outright Assignment and defer his right to be a free-agent until after the conclusion of the 2012 MLB regular season. If he chooses to be a free-agent immediately, his contract is terminated and he receives no termination pay. If he accepts the Outright Assignment and is added back to an MLB 40-man roster prior to th...
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