Cubs Nov. 24-25 Recap

A recap of the past two days in the various winter leagues as well as a look at some of the hot stove news.

Hot Stove News

The Red Sox took control of the stove with the signing of SS/OF Hanley Ramirez (Dodgers) to a four-year, $88 million deal, and followed that up with a reported five-year, $100 million contract with 3B Pablo Sandoval (Giants) and have been rumored to be close to signing Jon Lester and adding Cole Hamels in a trade. The latter two deals would put the Red over the luxury cap unless they unload salary in a Hamels trade........Another young player that won’t see free agency, a trend in recent years, is Mariners’ third baseman Kyle eSager, who agreed to a seven-year, $100 million extension with an option for an 8th year.......Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors reported former Cubs reliever Marco Mateo will sign with the Chinch Dragons in Japan. Mateo is currently pitching for Estrellas and leads the Dominican Winter League with 13 saves.........The Dodgers acquired RHP Juan Nicosia from Rockies for a player to be named later or cash. The Dodgers also designated IF Ryan Jackson for assignment.

Venezuelan Winter League
Nov. 25—No Cubs prospects saw action.

Nov. 24—C Willson Contreras (.298) went 1-for-3 and scored once in Aragua’s 5-4 loss to Magallanes.

Dominican Winter League
Nov. 25—Arismendy Alcantara (.296) smacked his second homer, a two run shot in the third but Aguilas hung on and beat Licey 4-3. Alcantara finished 1-for-3 and added a sacrifice. Manny Ramirez went 2-for-4 in the win and is hitting .301 in 25 games......Alberto Cabrera fanned five in two innings of relief for his fifth hole in Toros 9-0 win over Escogido. Cabrera, a free agent, has allowed on earned run in 11 innings with 11 K.

Nov. 24—Junior Lake had two hits and walked twice is Estrellas’ 6-5 win over Gigantes. Lake is batting .258/.391/.355 with a league-leading 15 stolen bases.

Mexican Pacific Winter League
Nov. 25—3B Christian Villanueva (.246) was 1-for-4 with a walk in in Obregon’s 11-2 loss to Jalisco.

Nov. 24—No Cubs prospects saw action.

Puerto Rican Winter League
Nov. 25—No Cubs prospects saw action.

Nov. 24—Jonathan Mota (.237) was 1-for-4 and John Andreoli (.211) was 0-4 in San Juan’s 8-4 loss to Mayaguez.

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