According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs have sign pitcher Andy Sonnanstine to a split contract. The contract is non-guarantee. So.. if the Cubs decide to not keep him after spring training, he will receive no money.
When Sonnanstine came to the majors, he was a starter for 3 years before being moved to the bullpen. Sonnanstine was moved to the bullpen because the starting rotation was full and he had his struggles. Sonnanstine posted a 28-31 record with a 5.26 ERA and stuck out 342. That’s his stats in the starting rotation and in the bullpen. In 2011, Sonnanstine split time in the majors and in Triple A.
Sonnanstine is a 28 year-old right-handed pitcher. He made his major league debut on July 5th, 2007 for then called Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Now as you know there is no “Devil” before Rays.
Also, the Manny Corpas signing became official. He receive a non-guarantee split contract too. Also, there are incentives he can earn. Thanks to Jon Heyman:
“corpas gets $1M base from
while in bigs on big-league deal plus up to 700K for days on active roster, 200K incentives”
“if he maxes out his appearance incentives, corpas can actually hit $2M. there are also games finished bonuses additionally”
What is a split contract you may be wondering? A split contract is…. a major league deal when in the majors or a minor league deal when in the minors.
Jaramillo was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 2004 draft. But then was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for catch Ronny Paulino. Jaramillo made his debut on April 16th, 2009.
The Cubs did non-tender Koyie Hill a few weeks ago and could Jaramillo be the back-up? I really don’t think so and would be more for depth. I see Wellington Castillo getting every chance to make the team. Also, there’s still a chance Geovany Soto will get traded and all will change then. The chance of Soto being traded, seems very low as of now.
You can not be mad at any of the signings. They are all low risk and has a chance to be awesome deals. I’m not getting my hopes up that they will be steals, but you never know.