The Cubs are getting tough on ticket brokers who buy season tickets, only to resell them at higher prices.
The Cubs sent out 45 nonrenewal letters to a select group of season-ticket holders Wednesday, noting that season tickets “are a revocable license granted on a yearly basis at the sole discretion of the team.”
They’re not intending to go after the normal fan who resells some of their tickets, or so they say.
“This move does not impact season-ticket holders who want to resell tickets because they can’t attend the game,” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said in a phone conversation. “This is about getting tickets in the hands of fans who want to enjoy Cubs baseball and experience Wrigley Field.”
“We believe we have an opportunity to make sure our tickets are going to as many fans as possible,” Green said. “We understand this is tough news but frankly, we’re in our rights to do so. The Cubs are clear this is a revokable license granted on a yearly basis.”
MLB’s contract with StubHub ends after this season. They Cubs insist this has nothing to do with cracking down on them, but…
Also, the Cubs grabbed another pitcher off the scrap heap.
The Cubs claimed right-hander Carlos Gutierrez off waivers from the Twins on Wednesday, designating catcher Anthony Recker for assignment.
Gutierrez, 26, went 15-20 with a 4.11 ERA the last five seasons in the Twins’ Minor League system after being selected by the club in the first round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. He has made 136 Minor League appearances, 32 of which have been starts.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound righty went 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 10 relief appearances last season with Triple-A Rochester, before a right shoulder injury ended his season in June. He had surgery in July and resumed throwing earlier this month.
Seems like a low risk-medium reward signing. No biggie.