I still haven't come up with a new name for this feature, obviously, but I'm meeting with Tom and Fels tonight for the first annual Cubs Den winter meetings. Perhaps we'll choose one tonight, though hopefully before we've had one beer too many.
In the meantime, the Cubs made a few official announcements today.
- The Cubs have officially announced the signing of 3B Ian Stewart. His is on a non-guaranteed contract but he has a roster spot for now.
- In a corresponding move the Cubs have DFA'd Jeff Beliveau, though I'm not sure if this means he has cleared because we'd heard this a while back. If he has cleared waivers, it means he is off the 40 man roster for now and will likely be assigned to AAA Iowa.
- The team also officially announced the signing of RP Chang-Yong Lim. You may recall I had some reason to be concerned the other day but it appears all is now signed, sealed and delivered. Lim has a unique split contract in that he will not take up a 40 man roster spot until it is deemed he is ready to contribute to the team.
- The Cubs made a bullpen depth move by signing former Indians pitcher Jensen Lewis to a minor league deal. The 28 year old RHP has a career 3.68 ERA (4.26 FIP). His best season was his rookie year when he had a 2.15 ERA and struck out 10.43 batters per 9 innings vs. just a shade over 3 walks. Jensen is a sinker/slider type (89-91 mph fastball) who best fits in a middle relief role.
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