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Cubs sign Mike Freeman to a minor league deal

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This is not about to upset the balance of baseball power, but the Cubs signed a player today: utilityman Mike Freeman, who was inked to a minor league deal.

Freeman played 20 games between the Mariners and Dodgers this year. He was released by L.A. to make room for Yu Darvish. He has played every defensive position except catcher and center field in his 41-game big league career. He even pitched an inning of mopup duty for Seattle back in May. That versatility is kind of important given that he’s only 7-for-57.

Injury insurance I suppose.

Brewers are interested in Jake Arrieta

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.

The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.

Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.