Andy Sonnanstine Elects Free Agency

Cubs right-hander Andy Sonnanstine is now a free agent after declining an outright assignment to Triple-A, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter).  Chicago outrighted the veteran to their Iowa affiliate on Thursday.

Sonnanstine, who turned 29 last Saturday, signed a non-guaranteed split contract with the club in December.  The longtime Rays hurler posted a 5.55 ERA with 12 walks and 12 strikeouts in 35.3 innings of work for Tampa Bay last year.

The 6'3" pitcher made 72 starts for the Rays from 2007-2009 but worked mostly out of the bullpen in '10 and '11.


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23 Comments on "Andy Sonnanstine Elects Free Agency"


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Running Scared
3 years 3 months ago

doubt this guy will be free long

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HerbertAnchovy
3 years 3 months ago

Why? Will he be captured and put on display or something?

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Running Scared
3 years 3 months ago

good stuff… herb.

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johnnythoren3
3 years 3 months ago

I bet the Orioles jump right on it.

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Mike Foss
3 years 3 months ago

Agreed. With experience in the east and DD’s desire to add depth….sign him up for a minor league deal and sell him on potential to start again and call it a day.

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beberoni
3 years 3 months ago

They just picked up Dontrelle Willis, so why not?

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diesel2410
3 years 3 months ago

Go to the Red Sox so the Rays can light him up

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Joshua Edwards
3 years 3 months ago

Sonnestine may think he has options better than the rotation for the Iowa Cubs, but let’s just be clear: he wasn’t even close to competing for a spot on the Chicago pitching staff.

What does that leave him, a chance in Pittsburgh, Kansas City or Seattle?

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Pawapuro
3 years 3 months ago

¬†Seattle’s rotation is arguably better than the Cubs’, so there’s one more team crossed off that list.

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3 years 3 months ago

pirates are set also and royals are committed to young guys and power arms…sonnanstine will only succeed on a high defensive team a la rays 08 when he was relevent. such is the life of a control reliant contact pitcher

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Crosstownkid
3 years 3 months ago

St Louis. Probably cheaper them Oswalt as a holdover untill carpenter Is healthy?