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Cubs sign Carlos Asuaje to minor league contract


The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma reports that the Cubs have signed second baseman Carlos Asuaje to a minor league contract. With rosters now expanding to 26 players, Sharma suggests Asuaje has a chance to earn a spot on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster.

Asuaje, 28, has a career .240/.312/.329 triple-slash line spanning 586 plate appearances over three seasons in the majors with the Padres. He has almost exclusively played second base in the big leagues.

Normally, a signing like Asuaje wouldn’t register on the radar, but it counts as a splashy signing for the Cubs this offseason. As ESPN’s Jeff Passan notes, the Cubs are one of three teams that have yet to spend money in free agency on major league contracts. The Pirates and Rockies are the other two.

The Cubs have made it clear that they need to get below the $208 million competitive balance tax threshold. According to Cot’s Contracts, they are currently just north of $210 million. To that end, third baseman Kris Bryant, projected to earn $19 million this season, has been bandied about in trade rumors. Shedding Bryant’s salary would be the quickest and easiest way for the Cubs to get under the CBT threshold while addressing other needs on the roster.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.


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