Morning Marquee: Chicago Cubs tender eight contracts before deadline


While fans sit back and wait for the Chicago Cubs to land themselves a solid rotation arm, the North Siders have tendered a handful of contracts on top of signing two pitcher’s to one-year deals.

According to Carrie Muskat, both Clayton Richard and Rex Brothers were signed to a brand new contract and as expected, Jake Arrieta, Justin Grimm, Chris Coghlan, Pedro Strop, Travis Wood, and Hector Rondon had their contracts tendered.

Brothers received a new deal just a week after he was acquired by the Cubs. It was a one-year deal worth $1.42 million, which isn’t bad for a player who is on a mission to bounce back from a rough 2014 campaign.

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Muskat noted on her official twitter handle that if the Cubs were to tender all nine contracts (which they didn’t), it would cost them a little below $35 million.

The two who were non-tendered were Ryan Cook and Jack Leathersich. Cook was claimed off waivers via the Oakland Athletics a little under a month ago and could be signed to a minor league contract with an opportunity to attend Spring Training with the Cubs in 2016.

Leathersich, another pitcher claimed off waivers, was picked up on Nov. 19 and is currently recovering from Tommy John Surgery. He underwent the procedure on July 30 — just three months after making his big league debut with the New York Mets during late-April.

There’s no telling when he’ll be able to take the mound or begin throwing bullpen sessions, but it may not happen until late 2016. It’s tough to tell what the Cubs will decide to do when it comes to the 25-year-old.

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