That’s a little lower than the midpoint of the previously-exchanged arbitration figures. It’s good to see them get this done quickly.
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Two very different stories and projections, but each comes with no risk, and some potential value.
You can expect some of these deals to roll in over the next 24 hours or so.
Kickham, himself, was a Cubs waiver claim. So, by way of some maneuvering, the Cubs essentially added a pitching prospect for free.
Valaika returns, the Cubs get a couple arms, and a solid back-up-back-up catcher.
Kickham is likely to go back on waivers. Denorfia will be a reserve outfielder and likely Chris Coghlan platoon-mate in left field.
Chambers, 28, was a long-time Cardinals outfield prospect.
With space on the 40-man roster, the Cubs could now make things official.
The Cubs get to keep Watkins and Roach for now after adding Ryan Lavarnway and Shane Peterson last week.
Lavarnway, 27, has always had a quality bat, but has never broken through.
Motte comes with big upside, and the ability to stabilize a young bullpen. If he’s healthy.
The bring in a power righty for potential bullpen depth, and sign a couple young IFAs.
It would have been fun to discuss a new prospect, but it’s not like it wasn’t a great trade for the Cubs.
Motte returned from Tommy John surgery in mid-2014, and wasn’t quite himself yet. Before that, he was fantastic.
That should make for a fun Monday afternoon.
The righty returns to the Cubs after a midseason trade, and will be an important mid-rotation arm for the Cubs in 2015.
The no-trade clause – if accurate – is a bit of a surprise. The Cubs really wanted Lester, which, I mean, obviously.
Six years and $155 million guaranteed.