Cubs Dec. 2 Recap

The Cubs didn’t tender offers to C John Baker and LHRP Wesley Wright on Tuesday and the pair are now eligible for free agency. The Cubs tendered offers to eight other players. Christian Villanueva went 4-for-4 with a grand slam in the Mexican Winter League and Willson Contreras played in the VSL all-star game.

Cubs News and Rumors
The Cubs non-tender LHP Wesley Wright and C John Baker and both players will now become free agents. The Cubs have tendered offers to eight players that are eligible for arbitration including Chris Coghlan (2nd year), Luis Valbuena (2nd year), Justin Ruggiano (2nd year), Travis Wood (2nd year), Pedro Strop (1st year), Felix Doubront (1st year) and Welington Castillo (1st year). Rafael Lopez is now the Cubs only backup catcher behind Wellington Castillo and with Wright gone, that leaves Zac Rosscup and Joseph Ortiz as the only lefty relievers. The Cubs also have left-handers Tsuyoshi Wada, Felix Doubront and Eric Jokisch who could make the move to the pen if they can’t make the starting rotation.............The Cubs have reportedly offered LHP Jon Lester a six-year, $138 million deal. Based on previous experience, its not a good sign when your team has the top bid and nothing has been finalized.

Hot Stove News
MLB teams aren’t waiting until the Winter Meeting that start on Saturday to get the stove burning hot. It was a day that saw several MBL players become free agents including Atlanta starting pitchers Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlin. They both had their second Tommy John surgeries this spring, and Mark Bowman, the Braves beat writer for, said he’s heard anywhere from late May to August for a return for the two right-handers...........Tori Hunter is going to end his career where he started it, agreeing to a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the Twins......The Dodgers traded RHP Matt Magill for OF Chris Heisey........Here’s Scout’s story on all the players who were non-tendered

Venezuelan Winter League
Dec. 2—The VWL held its annual all-star game on Tuesday and former Cubs prospect and current free agent Yeiper Castillo tossed a scoreless inning for the LVBP All-Stars. Willson Contreras was 1-for-2 for the Future Stars, who won the game 8-0.

Dec. 1—No games scheduled.

Dominican Winter League
Dec. 2—CF Arismendy Alcantara (.325) had two hits and scored once in Licey’s 5-3 win over Aguilas. Manny Ramirez (.282) was 0-for-4 in the loss.

Dec. 1—No Cubs prospects saw action.

Mexican Pacific Winter League
Dec. 2—LF Christina Villanueva (.273/.375/.511) slugged a grand slam and added three singles as he finished 4-for-4 in Obregon’s 16-7 loss to Culiacan. It was Villanueva’s 6th homer and he now has 14 RBI in 28 games

Dec. 1—Getting a start in left field, Christian Villanueva hit a solo homer (5), singled and scored twice in Obregon’s 6-3 win over Culiacan.

Puerto Rican Winter League
Dec. 2—Cf John Andreoli (.232) hit his first homer, a solo blast in the third, singled, and scored twice in San Juan’s 6-2 win over Carolina. 3B Jonathan Mota (.227) singled and knocked in a run.

Dec. 1—No Cubs prospects saw action.

Cubs Winter League prospects stats

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