In a pair of expected moves, the Cubs announced Saturday that they have exercised their 2020 option on Jose Quintana ($10.5 million) and declined their option on Derek Holland ($6.5 million).
Picking up Quintana's option is a formality. Though he had a rough September (11.09 ERA for the month), he was a stabilizing force in the middle of the Cubs rotation for most of the 2019 season and still provides value moving forward, either as a middle-to-back-half of the rotation piece for 2020 or a trade chip in the coming months. Big changes have been hinted at on the North Side, and the team's rotation remains largely loaded with question marks outside of Yu Darvish, who chose not to opt-out of his current deal on Thursday, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester. Expect the unexpected.
Declining Holland's option was all but a foregone conclusion. After coming over from San Francisco at the trade deadline, he pitched to a 6.89 ERA in 20 appearances. The Cubs have decisions to make regarding their bullpen, but Holland was never expected to be part of the plan.
Stay tuned for more transaction news on the North Side with the offseason just getting revved up.
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Cubs reliever Brad Wieck underwent a cardiac ablation procedure on Monday for an abnormal heartbeat, the club announced on Thursday.
Cubs' head physician Dr. Stephen Adams discovered an intermittent atrial flutter during Wieck's pre-spring training physical earlier this month. The left-hander returned to Chicago and underwent a procedure on Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to prevent a recurrence of the flutter.
Wieck returned to Arizona on Wednesday and will rest for the next week or so. The Cubs will then determine when the 28-year-old will begin his throwing program.
Former Cub Mark DeRosa underwent a similar procedure in spring training 2008 and did not miss the start of the season.
Wieck entered camp as a favorite to claim a job in the Cubs' Opening Day bullpen. He impressed after the club acquired him from the Padres last July, posting a 3.60 ERA in 14 appearances.
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Addison Russell is no longer with the Cubs and he hasn’t yet found a new home in baseball, but he hasn’t escaped being on the receiving end of some tough shots.
Baseball Prospectus, which produces a book each year with team and player capsules, breakdowns and projections, took such a shot. Their blurb for Russell is short and direct.
“The 24-hour national domestic violence hotline number is 800-799-7233.”
Russell was infamously suspended for domestic abuse late in 2018. He returned to the Cubs in 2019, but was not tendered a contract after the season, making him a free agent.
Russell hasn’t found a new landing place with spring training already underway. With this still hanging over his head, it’s no secret as to why.
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