Cubs News and Rumors
The Chicago Cubs and outfielder Chris Denorfia have agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth a reported $2.6 million. To make room for Denorfia on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham was designated for assignment. Denorfia, 34, is a career .272/.331/.394 hitter in 705 major league games covering all or part of nine seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (2005-06), Oakland Athletics (2008-09), San Diego Padres (2010-14) and Seattle Mariners (2014). Denorfia has played 352 big league games in right field, 248 games in left field and 164 games in center field. The right-handed hitter is a career .292 hitter (240-for-823) with 19 home runs, 85 RBI, a .358 on-base percentage and a .430 slugging percentage vs. left-handed pitching. Denorfia began the 2014 campaign in San Diego before he was acquired by Seattle at the July 31 trade deadline. A native of Bristol, Conn., Denorfia was originally selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 19th round of the 2002 Draft out of Wheaton College. Kickham, 26, was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants last December 23. He is 31-35 with a 3.97 ERA (523.2 IP) in 99 career minor league games, all but four as a starter.
Venezuelan Winter League
On Friday night, Caribes (4-2) downed Zulia (3-3) 6-1 and Magallanes (4-2) handled La Guaria (1-4) 8-3.......Jonathan Herrera (.364) was 1-for-4 with a run scored in the Magallanes win........Former Cubs minor leaguer Yeiper Castillo threw a scoreless inning of relief for Zulia.
Dominican Winter League
Gigantes (9-2) defeated Toros (4-7) to maintain a four-game lead in the round-robin. Estrellas (5-6) hung on and beat Aguilas (4-7) 4-3. Manny Ramirez homered for the third time in the playoffs, a solo shot in the third for Aguilas. Junior Lake was 2-for-4 and knocked in what proved to be the deciding run in the 8th.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Mexicali completed the comeback series win with a 7-2 victory, winning the final three games of the best-of-seven with Obregon. 3B Christian Villanueva went 0-for-3 in the loss while former Cub Dave Sappelt hit his second homer of the series and knocked in three in the win.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Javier Baez had three hits, including a double, and scored three times in Santurce’s 10-0 win over Carolina. Santurce leads round-robin play at 5-1......Mayaguez (4-2) kept pace with Santurce with a 3-1 win over Caguas (1-5).