So as it turns out, the Cubs may have gotten the steal of the offseason with their signing of Shota Imanaga.
The Cubs are in agreement with lefty Shota Imanaga on a 4 yr, $53 million deal, sources tell ESPN. After 2 yrs, the team has the option to extend the contract to $80 million over 5 yrs. If they decline, Imanaga has the option to become a free agent. Same after third yr.— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) January 11, 2024
This is, of course, presuming that Imanaga is going to be effective in his transition to the major leagues, but judging by most people, this shouldn’t be a problem. It’s a good deal for both player and team, but it’s hard not to think that Chicago just got themselves a really good pitcher on a really, really good deal.
On to the links.
- It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Where Matt Winkelman is beginning his ranking of the farm system. This is the best, most realistic set of rankings for the Phillies there is.
- Dave Dombrowski wants to keep his options open when it comes to the outfield, a sensible idea.
- Starting times for all games - spring training and regular season - for 2024 have been announced.
- Who is most desperate right now in MLB? Here is a ranking of the ten most desperate teams this offseason.
- Marcus Stroman and the Yankees? Why, that’s a match made in heaven.
- Looks like the Mets still have some money to spend this offseason and they’re looking at the bullpen to upgrade.
- The bankruptcy hearing for Diamond Sports has been postponed, which really doesn’t help several teams and their offseason planning.