David Ross named special assistant
The Chicago Cubs have named David Ross to the role of special assistant to baseball operations. Ross, 39, retired following last season after helping lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Championship, his second and final year as a catcher with the organization. Overall, Ross enjoyed a 15-year major league career (2002-2016) with seven organizations, winning a pair of World Series titles with the Cubs and the Boston Red Sox (2013). In his new role with the organization, Ross will contribute to all elements within the club's baseball operations department, including major league operations, player development, pro scouting and work within the front office. He will also assist in evaluating amateur players leading up to the draft among additional responsibilities and opportunities throughout the year.
The Cubs avoided arbitration with three pitchers on Friday, agreeing to terms with Jake Arrieta, Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm. In his third and final year of arbitration, Arrieta and the Cubs agreed to a $15,637,500 contract for the 2017 season. Rondon will receive $5.8 million and Grimm signed for $1,825,000. The Cubs and Pedro Strop exchanged numbers. Strop is asking for $6 million and the Cubs countered with $4.6 million. If the two sides can’t reach an agreement in the next few days, an arbitrator will decide Strop’s 2017 salary.
Venezuelan Winter League
Caribes even their series at a game apiece with a 7-1 win over Zulia. Lara scored four five times in the sixth and added four more in the seventh as they beat La Guaira 9-5 to even the best-of-seven series.
Dominican Winter League
Aguilas (11-2) continues to roll with a 6-0 win over Licey (6-8). Gigantes (5-8) beat Escogido 5-3. 3B Chesny Young was 0-for-4 for Escogido (5-9).
Mexican Pacific Winter League
No games scheduled. Mexicali leads Hermosillo 2-0 and Los Mochis holds a 2-0 advantage over Culiacan.
Puerto Rican Winter League
The finals begin Jan. 14 with Caguas facing Santurce.