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Cubs add Manny Corpas to bullpen

Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:28 am
 
Manny CorpasBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Manny Corpas, who missed all of 2011 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, could earn as much as $2 million with the Cubs in 2012 after signing a one-year deal with the Chicago on Monday, signed a one-year, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has learned. In addition to a $1 million base, the big-league deal has appearance bonuses and a bonus for games finished.

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The right-handed Corpas, 29, has 34 saves in his five seasons with the Rockies, including 10 in 2010, when he appeared in 56 games for the Rockies. He had 19 saves in 2007, his second year in the big leagues as the Rockies advanced to the World Series. Overall, he's 12-16 with a 3.93 ERA and 34 saves.

While Corpas' contract does have a clause for more money based on games finished, the team has Carlos Marmol, also 29, under contract for the next two seasons. Marmol blew 10 of his 44 save chances in 2011 and is due a nearly $4 million raise to $7 million in 2012 and then is scheduled to make $9.8 million in 2013 before becoming a free agent.

The Cubs traded its top set-up man, lefty Sean Marshall, to the Reds last week for left-handed starter Travis Wood and two prospects. The team also added to its bullpen depth signing right-hander Andy Sonnanstine on Monday.

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:37 pm
 

Cubs add Manny Corpas to bullpen

I think they are taking a bunch of low risk high reward guys with the idea that some of them will pan out and can be dealt to help restock the farm system come july.


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Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:13 am
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Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:22 am
 

Cubs add Manny Corpas to bullpen

franticantic, you are right when you say the Cubs are a longshot for 2012.  And that is exactly why these signings make no sense.

I admit I am not a Cub fan, but I do watch the team from time to time. Since they are in so-called rebuilding mode, I feel they need to look to see what they actually have in their system.

You mentioned lefties...I see Russell, Maine, and Graub, who are still on the roster (I believe) and all younger than Corpas. I'm sure there are others. Maybe they all stink, but how do you know? Why not bring them up and see, rather than delaying their growth another year (or permanently)?

The Cubs will need to groom a closer, because Marmol is not it. Why not use someone in the system already like Carpenter, see if he can do it? If you are trying to find a gem in the rough to close, why not look into your own organization at the youngsters you already have? The season is lost anyway, so there is nothing to lose to using a kid to close.

Last year when the Cubs had injuries to their pitching staff, they went out and got Doug Davis, Ramon Ortiz, and Rodrigo Lopez, instead of bringing up the kids. Now I admit these 3 are ready for their pension, but to me whether they are 29 or 35, getting has-been pitchers is a poor alternative to using the kids who may or may not stink.

Perhaps Corpas and Sonnanstine are around to fill up roster spots in the minors. That’s fine, I get that, except again they are wasting spaces that could be used for younger prospects. I’m sure they are out there, no matter how bad they are lol.




Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:14 pm
 

Cubs add Manny Corpas to bullpen

syeely, The Cubs would be the definition of a championship longshot for 2012 whether it was Manny Corpas or Walter Johnson. They're simply in AWE mode this year -- Any Warm Entity.

We better be prepared for a lot of mix-n-match for at least the next year, and what better examples of Theo's intentions than the back-to-back signings of Sonnanstine and Corpas? (Do we have ANY lefties in the pen anymore? Theo's Mom? Ronnie Woo?)

Honestly, I can see the Cubs giving Corpas a go, assessing the arm, measuring Marmol's progress toward full nuclear meltdown, and if Marmol can no longer locate that devastating low-slider/high-heat by the trade deadline, adios to his $15+M for the next season-and-a-half.

Corpas has some closing experience, so if he's healthy and Marmol has the Cubs like what they see out of Marmol going forward, there's no reason Corpas shouldn't be marketable come July.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Cubs add Manny Corpas to bullpen

I get your point about reporting what goes on in MLB. I didn't notice a story about Josh Judy being claimed by the Reds, but I bet if he were claimed by the Cubs, it would have been a bigger story. Not that I care about Josh Judy or the Reds, but I made my point earlier and stand by it. Maybe I missed the original story.

And Epstein (and Hoyer) stated that the Cubs were rebuilding. Getting Travis Wood is rebuilding, he'll be 25 opening day and has shown promise the last 2 years. Getting bad 29 year old pitchers is not rebuilding. They want to fill roster spots, fill them with younger pitchers like Wood...or don't say you are rebuilding when you aren't.




Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Cubs add Manny Corpas to bullpen

I'm sorry but this is like the other deal the Cubs made. This and the other pitcher signing is a "let's see if we can strike lightning in a bottle" deal.

I have no idea why this deal is done, and I have no idea why it should be reported. Unless the idea is to report everything the Cubs do as a story, no matter how insignificant it is.

And yes, signing 29 year old has-been pitchers who have not been decent for 4+ years is not what Epstein said he was gonna do.

The last two Pitcher the Cubs sign are just Bull pen help, there a chance that moving to new team would help. For Corpas it seem that the more money he made, the worse his stats became.

To the MLB fans this is a insignificant signing, but you have to expect that it will be reported since it's part MLB.

Epstein is trying to fill up the roster for the coming season, I have doubt that Corpas or Sonnanstine play a big role on the ball team. There also a big chance If both play bad in spring training they be cut, so the Cubs are not losing much by taken a chance on two Pitcher has not done good in a couple of years. Epstein I expect will make an few more small moves in hope to make the Cubs a better team



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Cubs add Manny Corpas to bullpen

I'm sorry but this is like the other deal the Cubs made. This and the other pitcher signing is a "let's see if we can strike lightning in a bottle" deal.

I have no idea why this deal is done, and I have no idea why it should be reported. Unless the idea is to report everything the Cubs do as a story, no matter how insignificant it is.

And yes, signing 29 year old has-been pitchers who have not been decent for 4+ years is not what Epstein said he was gonna do.




Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Cubs add Manny Corpas to bullpen

Methinks Theo Yuppiestein is trying to fly under the radar with his more important plans.
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