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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Cubs’ reworked deal with Brad Brach underscores 2019 financial, bullpen limits

Turns out the Cubs spent even less on players during the winter than originally thought.

And the story behind reworking reliever Brad Brach’s contract after the pitcher failed his physical because of mono might offer insight into the state of their bullpen and maybe even just how close team president Theo Epstein has had to watch payroll dollars this winter.

Brach agreed to a contract that paid $3 million in base salary this year plus a mutual option for 2020 that included a $1.35 million buyout, which made the minimum value of the deal $4.35 million.
But after blood tests as part of Brach’s physical detected the Epstein-Barr virus, or mononucleosis, the Cubs renegotiated the deal down to a $1.65 million base for 2019, also reducing the club and player ends of the option, as well as the buyout (now $100,000).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 06, 2019 at 09:45 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: March 06, 2019 at 10:12 AM (#5820638)
There are days on roster incentives in his contract; if he's on it in a normal amount he'll still get the full amount of the original deal for this year.

Having said that, I wouldn't have thought mono would be something that could cost a guy money.
   2. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: March 06, 2019 at 10:52 AM (#5820656)
Seems pretty low to cut his salary when Epstein gave him the virus.
   3. Zonk Will Be Reinstated in August Posted: March 06, 2019 at 10:54 AM (#5820657)
Wake me when the Cubs hire John Ebola to hang out with Tyler Chatwood...
   4. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: March 06, 2019 at 11:36 AM (#5820667)
This says nothing about their financial limits. It says they don't want to pay a guy if he misses two months with mono. If he stays on the roster all season, the payout is the same.
   5. Zonk Will Be Reinstated in August Posted: March 06, 2019 at 11:50 AM (#5820673)
Brandon Morrow says, from his full body cast that for him, constitutes 'everyday clothes' says "Ha ha!"
   6. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 06, 2019 at 02:12 PM (#5820706)
Brandon Morrow says, from his full body cast that for him, constitutes 'everyday clothes' says "Ha ha!"
Morrow Ruptures Larynx, Will Miss 2019 Season

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