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Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine and Manny Corpas to split contracts

Dec 26, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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The Cubs just announced that they have signed right-handers Andy Sonnanstine and Manny Corpas to non-guaranteed split contracts for 2012. Way to totally upstage Boxing Day, you guys.

We knew about Corpas last week, although it was originally reported as a one-year major-league deal.

Sonnanstine, who turns 29 in March, was non-tendered by the Rays in December after posting a 5.55 ERA and 12/12 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings at the major league level this past season. Oh, he also gave up 10 home runs. Eek. The soft-tossing right-hander has a 5.26 ERA over 540 1/3 innings in the majors, averaging 5.7 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9.

Nothing to get excited about here, but worth adding him as insurance for the bullpen and starting rotation.

  1. scatterbrian - Dec 26, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Split contracts?

    • chadjones27 - Dec 26, 2011 at 8:55 PM

      Did someone just give you a thumbs down because you didn’t know what split contracts are?

      Well, according the interweb, a split contract means the player will be paid a different salary for minor-league days than he will be for major-league days.

  2. gatorays - Dec 26, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    No big lose for the Rays…..except for maybe the fans with outfield seats. could always count on andy serving up his famous 85 mph fastball.

  3. virusgvr - Dec 26, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Yet another reminder of the Cubs telling the fans this team with not be going back to the postseason again. Thanks for the reminder fellas!

    • 78mu - Dec 27, 2011 at 4:58 PM

      Pujols goes to the AL West and Corpas and Sonnanstine come to the Cubs.

      I think the stars and planets are lining up for a once in a 104 year period to bring the WS to the north side.

      Just remember after Copas strikes out Michael Young to end the seventh game that you heard it here first.

      Or that I just started my New Years Eve binge drinking a little early.

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