The Cubs signed right-hander Andy Sonnanstine to a 1-year split contract this week. While the terms of the deal have not been disclosed, Sonnanstine will have the ability to earn a little more $$$ if he makes the major league roster when camp breaks in April. Sonnanstine is 28 years old and has pitched the last 5 seasons with the Tampa Bay rays, a team with which Theo & Co. are very familiar. Sonnanstine made just 56 appearances total during the 2010 and 2011 MLB seasons (with 8 starts). He started 22 games in 2007, 32 games in 2008 and 18 games in 2009. His best season was the 2008 campaign in which he helped the Rays reach the World Series and he made 2 effective post-season starts. He finished the season 13-9 with a 4.38 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. But he has fallen off the radar screen a bit the last 2 years. The Cubs are hoping that they can milk the most out of Sonnastine as an addition to the bullpen. Sonnastine could also start in the case of an injury to a starting pitcher.
Not too sexy of a move, but it won’t be expensive and maybe they’ll catch lightning in a bottle with a known commodity pitching in the “weaker” National League as opposed to the American League East.