Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Andruw Jones has re-signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League after drawing offseason interest from at least two major league teams.
The assumption here is that those MLB clubs were only willing to offer Jones a non-guaranteed minor league contract with a spring training invite. He can pull in much more money in Nippon Professional Baseball, where he batted .243/.391/.454 with 26 home runs and 94 RBI in 143 games last season for Rakuten, helping them to the Japan League title.
The Golden Eagles paid him $3.6 million on a one-year deal for the 2013 season.
The financial terms of his new contract have not been made available.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has been out over two weeks with a strained right hamstring, but he’s ready to return to action. The right-hander threw a bullpen on Tuesday and it went well, so he will start in Thursday’s series opener against the Brewers in Milwaukee, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports.
Arrieta, 31, returns with a 14-9 record, a 3.48 ERA, and a 157/53 K/BB ratio in 160 1/3 innings. If he stays on schedule, he’ll make three starts through the end of the regular season, including the regular season finale on October 1 against the Reds.
Arrieta is expected to max out at 75-80 pitches on Thursday and will ramp up through the end of the month.
The Cardinals announced ahead of Tuesday’s series opener against the Reds that pitcher Adam Wainwright has been activated from the 10-day disabled list.
Wainwright, 36, has been absent since mid-August due to a right elbow impingement. The Cardinals plan to use him out of the bullpen through the end of the season. Prior to the injury, the right-hander posted a disappointing 5.12 ERA with a 96/44 K/BB ratio in 121 1/3 innings.
Wainwright is under contract for one more year at $19.5 million before becoming eligible for free agency.