Cubs sign Feliciano to minor league deal
According to various reports, the Cubs have signed former Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano to a minor league deal. The 38-year-old has spent parts of nine years in the Mets bullpen, and his pro career also includes a trip to Japan and minor league stints with the Yanks and Cardinals. A 31st round pick in 1995 by the Dodgers, Feliciano pitched this winter in the Puerto Rican Winter League, appearing in 19 games (1-1, 1.98 ERA,13.2 IP, .174 BAA. He also pitched for Puerto Rico in the Caribbean World Series.
Cubs invite 19 to spring training
The Cubs have invited 19 players to spring training. Along with the players on the 40-man roster, the Cubs sent invitations to top prospects 3B Kris Bryant, SS Addison Russell, OF Albert Almora, C Kyle Schwarber, P Pierce Johnson, P Armando Rivero and P Corey Black. Others headed to camp include pitchers Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon, Donn Roach, Francisley Bueno and Hunter Cervenka; infielders Jonathan Herrera, Chris Valaika and Logan Watkins (injured); outfielders Mike Baxter and Adron Chambers; and catcher Taylor Teagarden. Pitcher and catchers report Feb. 19 with the first full-team workout set for Feb. 25.
Cubs, Strop agree on one-year deal
The Cubs and right-hander reliever Pedro Strop have agreed on a one-year $2.525 million contract, avoiding arbitration. In his first year of arbitration, the 29-year-old asked for $3 million and the Cubs countered with $2 million when the two sides exchanged numbers earlier in the process. The Cubs have now reached deals with all arbitration eligible players.
Grote will handle post and pre-game shows on WBBM
WBBM 780 has announced Mark Grote will do pre- and post-game duties for the Cubs broadcasts this season. Grote currently works at WSCR-670 doing updates for Mully and Hanley and also hosts on Saturday mornings with Steve Rosenbloom.
Around the Minors
Cubs pitching prospect James Pugliese has started a forum to help pitchers find catchers during the off-season. The site has just started and some of his teammates have joined in. Here’s a link to forum.
South Bend—Former Cubs pitcher Jamie Moyer will highlight the South Bend Cubs First Pitch Banquet on Monday, Feb. 9, in downtown South Bend.......While there’s been no official announcement, South Bend tweeted a picture of its wireless cameras that will be used to telecast home games on the MiLb-TV. This is good news for Cubs fans who will be able to see games from the top four affiliates on MiLB-TV this season.
Lilly accepts plea deal
Former Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly has accepted a plea deal in his insurance fraud case in California. Lilly was accused of making a false claim in March of 2014 on an RV worth around $200,000. Lilly’s attorney entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor count of insurance fraud. Two other charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Lilly will pay a $2,500 fine, perform 250 hours of community service and be placed on probation for two years. Lilly currently serves as the Cubs special assistant to team President Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer.
Hot Stove News
Former Cubs top prospect Josh Vitters has signed a minor league deal with Colorado...........Former Cubs outfielder Nate Schierholtz has agreed to a minor league deal with Texas.