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Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:33 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The Cubs have signed free agent pitcher Andy Sonnanstine to a split contract, the club announced Monday. A split contract means the player will be paid a different salary for minor-league days than he will be for major-league days. It's a little-known contract, but beneficial to use on players the club expects to be shuttling back and forth between Triple-A and the majors often -- meaning you can expect Sonnanstine to be nothing more than organizational pitching depth.

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One of new Cubs president Theo Epstein's goals upon taking the Cubs' job was to increase pitching depth throughout the entire organization. Remember, this is a Cubs ballclub that lost two starting pitchers to injury in April and would use reliever James Russell as a starter for an average of 3 2/3 innings for five starts. After that experiment failed miserably, the Cubs went outside the organization for the the likes of Doug Davis, Ramon Ortiz and Rodrigo Lopez. Obviously, Epstein doesn't want to have to go through a similar situation, so he's just grabbing all the arms he can find.

Sonnanstine, 28, fits the bill of merely providing depth. He started four games and appeared in 11 as a reliever for the Rays last season, while also making nine starts and one relief appearance in Triple-A. He was a valuable member of the Rays' rotation in their 2008 AL championship season, but hasn't been very good at all since then at the big-league level.

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bingmook
Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:23 am
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Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:31 am
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

Call me a cynic but I don’t think this guy will do much for the Cubs. He will be 29 years old Opening Day and has done virtually nothing the last 3 years.

I wouldn’t put much stock in the fact he was so good in 2008. Ben Sheets was just as good in 2008, should the Cubs sign him?

I can’t remember many pitchers who can turn their career around at age 29. At least to the point of causing any impact on a team. Just because he’s a pitcher doesn’t mean he should be signed. The Cubs minor league pitching must be horrible if they feel they have to get this guy for pitching depth.




Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:00 am
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

Sonanstine was 13-9 in 2008 for the Rays.  I don't think the Rays ever thought he was part of their future plans, but just had him in the roation to buy time for their better pitchers to get more time learning in the minors.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:39 pm
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

The Rays rushed him too fast to the majors. This contract should work for both parties. Wish him the best in Wrigley.
I also agree that the Rays sent him to the Majors before he was ready, I am hoping that he can turn his career around.



Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

Well, he's got a .292 career batting average...lol



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

The Rays rushed him too fast to the majors. This contract should work for both parties. Wish him the best in Wrigley.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

I think the Cubs are the latest team to grasp the concept:

HEY, IT'S A PITCHER! SIGN HIM!



Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

Get a new agent.The Astros need help.This is a hang on contract ,sounds like loss of confidence.



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 7:15 pm
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