Segares re-signs, avoids Re-Entry Draft

Crisis averted.

The Fire have re-signed left back Gonzalo Segares to a multi-year deal thereby removing his name from the list of players available to other teams in tomorrow's Re-Entry Draft.  The club took a bit of a gamble exposing him to the Re-Entry process but negotiations were already underway when the league released the names of players eligible for the draft on Monday night.  If a deal had not been reached by 4pm today, the veteran defender could have been selected by another club assuming his 2013 option.  The Fire were looking to negotiate a lower 2013 salary for cap/budget reasons in exchange for additional years tacked onto his agreement with the club.  The organization wanted him back and Segares wanted to stay in Chicago so both sides compromised.

 

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    Thank you Chicago Fire. Thank you Gonzalo.

    We slumped in the end, but I'm glad we are building off our team, not replacing solid contributors. Sega is a borderline star on our club, because he's solid and he's an elder statesmen worthy of the armband during USOC games.

  • No obvious choices in the re-entry list.
    The Fire have enough marginal players on the squad
    without picking someone from this list, they need quality
    having enough depth already and only need to sign players that will have an immediate impact on the club.
    Also obvious is that Sega would have been the number one
    player on the list and would have been a goner if not signed.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Paulo Jr. and Opara are the only players I'd be interested in now that Tchani is off the list.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So with Sega back and the Bone-saw and Nolly still up for re-entry, what's the roster look like and cap space for players as well? I know the latter is harder to nail down due to the wacky way in which MLS salary caps are calculated.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    If Franco's gone like is suspected, a bit more space. Add to the fact that Sega's deal is probably lower than his $210k from 2012, and there's some room to work with.

    Without Bone and Nolly, the club stands at 24 players currently. That also includes Franco still being listed. Plenty of room and (I'd suspect) salary space to add some guys.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Actually....now that I've added up the numbers they don't have a whole lot of budget space left. Especially if Thompson and Gargan are included at their 2012 wages.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    The overall cap increases by 5% again this year but it's almost impossible to get an accurate understanding of where each team is without knowing what the salary options are for 2013. And then there's the mystery of allocation money and who has what.

    Franco signed a half season deal which expires at the end of this month, so I doubt he's back unless it's for considerably less than the $174K he was listed at in October. They should have some space to play with.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So I guess Gargan is now gone as well? Just need to drop Thompson some how.

    Also, Maicon Santos? Domestic player, could vie for a striker spot. Does this hint towards Oduro hitting the bricks?

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