For those of you still getting caught up on the Hot Stove happenings, here is a breakdown of the Cubs offseason moves as new President Theo Espstein and GM Jed Hoyer did their best to reconstruct the roster.
November 30, 2011 - Cubs sign David DeJesus (2 years, $10 million)
Overall a good signing for the Cubs. It gave them some flexibility with the outfielders and a potential leadoff man for the 2012 season. In addition, this move made it easier for the Cubs to make their next move.
December 8, 2011 - Cubs trade Tyler Colvin and D.J. LeMahieu to Rockies for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers.
Overall, I felt this was a fair trade for both sides. Both teams gave up players in Stewart and Colvin, who were coming off down years, who could probably use a change in scenery.
December 21, 2011 - Cubs trade Sean Marshall to Reds for Travis Wood and two minor leaguers.
I really didn't like this trade when it was announced. I thought that Marshall was never truly given a shot in the Cubs rotation and that Wood was not a good enough return. However, with Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes announced as the minor leaguers included in the deal, I have since warmed up to the deal (or at least I don't hate it as much).
Sappelt is a good hitter with some defensive limitations, who will likely end up as a fourth or fifth outfielder. He ranked 16th on the Reds top 30 prospect list, as ranked by Baseball America.
Torreyes is an above average hitter with a career .364 average in 627 at bats in the low minors. He doesn't have much power or speed, and his ability to make contact limits his walks, but if he keeps hitting, he could force himself into the Cubs second base future.
December 22, 2011 - Cubs sign Manuel Corpas (1 year, $1 million)
Not a significant move for the Cubs. Corpas had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and, if healthy, could earn a spot as a middle reliever for the Cubs.
January 3, 2012 - Cubs sign Reed Johnson (1 year, $1.15 million)
Johnson served as the Cubs 4th outfielder in 2011 and hit .309/.348/.467. He will assume the same role in 2012.
January 4, 2012 - Cubs trade Carlos Zambrano (and a pile of cash) for Chris Volstad
Good riddance, Big Z.
January 6, 2012 - Cubs trade Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na to Padres for Anthony Rizzo and Zach Cates
Another good move for the Cubs. Although I like Cashner, I think he'll end up in the pen, while Rizzo should be a future fixture for the Cubs at first base.
January 10, 2012 - Cubs sign Paul Maholm (1 year, $4.75 million)
Maholm is a decent pitcher and the Cubs got him at a decent price. Although I speculated at the time that this could signal a Matt Garza trade, I now suspect the Randy Wells could be traded during the spring.
January 13, 2012 - Cubs sign Kerry Wood (1 year, $3.0 million plus 2013 option)
This was probably more of a PR move than anything else. At his age and salary, Wood is a bit of a luxury for a rebuilding team like the Cubs. Still, fans love him and he loves the Cubs.
February 2, 2012 - Cubs sign Cuban pitcher Gerardo Concepcion
Not the Cuban player the Cubs really wanted, but a good signing nonetheless. The Cubs are now focusing their attention on Concepcion's compatriot, Jorge Soler, but the competition will be pretty still for his services.
February 6, 2012 - Cubs claim Adrian Cardenas from the Oakland A's
Cardenas could compete for the starting second base job with Darwin Barney. As a result of this move, the Cubs designated for assignment Blake DeWitt, who has since cleared waivers and was sent to AAA Iowa.
Minor League Signings
Andy Sonnanstine, Joe Mather, Alfredo Amezaga, Jason Jaramillo, Rodrigo Lopez, Bobby Scales, Matt Tolbert, Edgar Gonzalez, Trever Miller and Ryan Rowland-Smith
Not much to see here, as most of these guys will just be organizational depth. Don't expect to hear much from these guys in 2012.
Overall, I think Theo and Jed did a good job this offseason building up the depth of the farm system. We all knew that the Cubs needed to rebuild and this is a good start.