Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer reiterated in an interview with ESPN Chicago that while excitement is building, the organization will be sticking to its plan. The Cubs are seemingly likely to sign every big name free agent this season, but the reality is the team will only be looking to sign one or two even with the payroll flexibility. Joe Maddon may have a reputation that intrigues some free agents, but the Cubs aren’t going to empty the bank just because of it.
A year removed from being one of the bigger free agent signings of the off-season, Chris Young re-signed with the Yankees on a one-year deal, according to sources. Young signed with the Mets last year for a one-year $7.25 million deal, but after a disappointing performance, he was released in August. He signed on a minor-league deal, and impressed enough for the Yankees to bring him back. He will likely be the fourth outfielder for an injury riddled outfield.
In Tampa Bay, the Rays interviewed bench coach Dave Martinez, as well as Manny Acta. The Cubs may be keeping an eye on the process, as Martinez would be available to join Maddon as a coach should they pass on him for the manager position. Several Rays players have given Martinez a vote of confidence, as they believe it would help keep a level of continuity.
Here are some other headlines from yesterday:
‘Cubs’ Jed Hoyer not going to force off-season moves’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Yankees re-sign Chris Young’ – Yanks Go Yard
‘Rays interview Martinez, Acta’ – MLB.com