While the Chicago Cubs struggle against inertia this winter, the ex-Chicago Cubs were busy as beavers yesterday.
First up: Aramis Ramirez signed a 3-year deal with the Brewers worth somewhere between $34-37 million. Don’t worry, though, he’ll still hit plenty of homers at Wrigley! After this, I think it’s only fair that the Cubs get Prince Fielder as compensation. Best of luck, Rami. Take care of the perpetually sore butt muscle and lay off the cheese and sausage.
As many of you probably saw last night, the Cubs tendered offers to Matt Garza, Jeff Baker, Geovany Soto, , Randy Wells, Ian Stewart, and Blake DeWitt. This means all six players are headed to arbitration, though most will probably be signed well before a hearing date. Noticeably absent from the list? Koyie Hill, who was given a one-way bus pass to . . . wherever Koyie Hill came from. Smell ya later, Toe Thumbs!
Am I the only one surprised that Baker and DeWitt were tendered offers?
Perennial Cub Killer Casey McGehee was traded from the Brewers to the Pirates last night for reliever Jose Veras. While Cubs fans are understandably jubilant over McGehee’s departure from the hated Brewers, don’t celebrate just yet. Veras is supposedly a decent pitcher who will undoubtedly shut the Cubs out in the late innings this season.