A Couple Tidbits on the Braden Looper Contract

Late last week, the Chicago Cubs signed pitcher Braden Looper – who took off the 2010 season, presumably to tour the beaches of Europe and find himself – to a minor league deal, and invited him to Spring Training. Today, Jerry Crasnick reports that the contract is a $1 million deal, if Looper makes the Opening Day roster. From there, the deal will pay Looper as much as another $2 million “if he’s a fulltime starter.”

Looper seems like a longshot to make the bullpen, given just three (at most) open spots to around among a large group of pitchers, including Carlos Silva, Jeff Samardzija, Casey Coleman, Andrew Cashner, James Russell, Jay Jackson, and on and on. Making the rotation, therefore, would seem an insurmountable task.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

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