Wednesday was indeed a busy one when it comes to offseason goings-on, so let's run down all the hot stove news and scuttle you need to know for Dec. 18 ...
SIGNINGS & AGREEMENTS
- Cubs: Have signed LHP Jonathan Sanchez to a minor-league contract.
RUMORS, SPECULATION, ETC.
- Ryan Madson: The former closer is holding private workouts for interested teams and hoping to sign somewhere this offseason, reports Jon Heyman.
- Masahiro Tanaka: The coveted right-hander's current club, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, are reportedly set to make Tanaka an offer of roughly $8 million USD to stay in Japan for another season. Tanaka has previously expressed his desire to be posted and pitch in the U.S. starting in 2014.
- Yankees: Earlier this offseason, Shin-Soo Choo reportedly turned down a seven-year, $140-million offer from the Yanks. At this writing, Choo remains unsigned.