The 24-year-old righty, and former Red Sox farmhand, looks slightly better than your typical minor league free agent.
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The Cubs agreed to terms with Villanueva more than a month ago. Now they’ll hope to not lose Castillo for nothing.
Likely just some organizational depth at catcher.
Russell gets $1.075 million, Samardzija gets $2.64 million plus incentives.
Well that was a lot easier than last year.
The 23-year-old tore up A-ball last year (and has a pretty good reason why he was still in A-ball at 23).
A couple of utility types who can compete for a bench job.
He’ll be a primary back-up infielder next year … if that makes sense.
The 25-year-old righties will fight for a bullpen spot in the Spring.
Hey, it actually happened! Four years and $52 million.
Nate Schierholtz is officially signed, Gerardo Concepcion is off the 40-man (but still a Cub), and a couple relievers are gone.
The 29-year-old reliever had some tough luck in 2012, but was dominant in 2011. This could be a good one.
The 36-year-old Korean reliever gets a two-year, split minor league deal.