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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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Comments

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

I agree. The dude has more talent than any of those guys that pitched for the Rays staff, including Scott Kazmir. He just hasnt put it all together yet, and if the right pitching coach can get in his head, the sky is the limit for this guy.



Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

Only 27 pitchers won more than 13 games last year, and one of them, Felix Hernandez was 14-14 and won the Cy Young. Now, 13-9 doesnt sound so bad does it?




Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

Funny thing is, you jest at his record. How many major league pitchers last year won 13 games? Not many. You win 13 games in a season in the bigs, youve got something on the ball.



Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

When the Rays had Sonnanstine, James Shields and Scott Kazmir, I thought Sonnanstine had better stuff than all of them, but he just hasnt put it all together yet. I think with the right coaching around him, as 90 percent of it is mental, this guy could take off and be one of the best. He just hasnt gotten the mental part of it down yet, because he has all the physical talent in the world. He just has to get his head right.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

I don't know if anyone is getting excited, but I'd be happy with this signing if I were a Cubs fan. They got a guy who is still in his prime with a fair amount of big league experience who they only have to pay a big league salary if he earns it. That's smart management and, considering the Cubs recent history, while this particular signing may not be something to get excited about, smart management of the team might be.



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

Only Cubs fans would actually get excited about signing a marginal pitcher like Sonnanstine. "In 2008 he went 13-9!" Comical.  Epstein has yet to do his thing.... they have the cash..  Prince talk will start swirling soon.  He didn't take that job just to increase pitching depth in his initial offseason.  Something's gonna happen



Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

No Cares dipstick. Go back to spamming email!!!



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

I like this signing because its basically no risk to the Cubs with a potential for reward if we can get him figured out.



Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:37 am
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

Any pitcher under 30 who had even a glimpse of success in the bat-heavy AL East is worth look. The split contract may make this guy realize his potential. I'm a die-hard Cubs fan who lived in Tampa and went to a lot of games in 2008. This guy has potential.



Since: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:22 am
 

Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine to split contract

If he can force some competition and fill in the 5th starter spot or something close I think it is a potential sleeper signing, similar to the Royals' Bruce Chen signing. Hitting regularly may help him to stay focused on the game. Pitchers' psyche can be fragile and melding them with the right pitching coach can be the difference between All-Star and dud for many. Here's hoping this is profitable for both team and player.
 


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