Minor Moves: Wilk, Martin, Hottovy

Tonight's minor moves..

  • Former Tigers left-hander Adam Wilk spent the past season in Korea but plans to return to MLB in 2014, agent Steve Canter tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (Twitter link).
  • Former Nationals and Rays right-hander J.D. Martin has signed with Korea's Samsung Lions, Canter tells Morosi (via Twitter).  The Rays designated Martin for assignment in September.  Martin was outstanding in 160 1/3 innings for Triple-A Durham this year, posting a 2.75 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9 and winning International League Most Valuable Pitcher honors. The 30-year-old has not pitched in the Majors since 2010, when he started nine games for the Nationals.
  • The Cubs signed former Royals reliever Tommy Hottovy to a minor league contract, a source tells Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish (via Twitter).  The 32-year-old left-hander has 17 big league games to his credit.  He spent last season with the Blue Jays Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, posting a combined 4.19 ERA with 8.8 K/'9 and 3.6 BB/9.


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45 Comments on "Minor Moves: Wilk, Martin, Hottovy"


Shane Flannagan
1 year 8 months ago

YES!!!!!! Finally my Cubs make the huge signing

letsgogiants
1 year 8 months ago

You just knew Hoyer had something up his sleeve.

Shane Flannagan
1 year 8 months ago

He sure did, was shocked by this signing

Jacob Holton
1 year 8 months ago

I like the deal. Hopefully he makes the roster by June

Shane Flannagan
1 year 8 months ago

He wont, Cubs have Russell and Wright that they just signed. Both are LHP

Shane Flannagan
1 year 8 months ago

That he will be an insurance arm in AAA Iowa

Jacob Holton
1 year 8 months ago

So you aren’t allowed to have three lefties at the major league level?

Shane Flannagan
1 year 8 months ago

Well you can, but hes just not going to be on the team

Jacob Holton
1 year 8 months ago

Just saying that he might end up like Darnell McDonald, Zach Putnam, Donnie Murphy, Eduardo Sanchez, and Chang-Yong Lim and be able to crack the roster.

Jacob Holton
1 year 8 months ago

Maybe even Hisanori Takahashi and be able to make it out of spring training.

cubs7691
1 year 8 months ago

World Series 2014 watch out everyone! This is the year!

TheoHoyer
1 year 8 months ago

Every time the Cubs make a small, relatively minor signing like this…this comment always shows up.

Jacob Holton
1 year 8 months ago

Because they haven’t made any big moves. The two biggest moves are signing Wesley Wright and Darnell McDonald with acquiring George Kottaras. Not my idea of an off-season

Cubs27
1 year 8 months ago

Don’t forget the Ryan Sweeney extension!

Jacob Holton
1 year 8 months ago

And all those other minor league signings

cubs7691
1 year 8 months ago

How could you forget that Jake it made the back cover of the Chicago Tribune lol

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

I know, we spent a whole $3.5 million on him!

cubs7691
1 year 8 months ago

Sweeney gave us the Andre Dawson discount! haha

letsgogiants
1 year 8 months ago

They aren’t in contention yet. Are they really expected to make big moves? In my mind, this will probably be the last year before the Cubs really start adding onto their roster and look to contend. By then, guys like Soler, Baez, Almora, Bryant, and C.J. Edwards should either be ready or close to ready. Add to that they already have the likes of Castro, Rizzo, Lake, Castillo, Barney (who is elite defensively), Wood, and Samardzija (if he isn’t traded, as Hoyer loves his arm), and it’s not too far fetch to think this club could contend by 2015.

Shane Flannagan
1 year 8 months ago

I agree with you. But I’m still hoping the Cubs sign Tanaka. Hes 25 years old which is huge for the Cubs

letsgogiants
1 year 8 months ago

At this point, who knows whether or not he’s even gonna get posted. Unless Tanaka desires badly to be in the majors (which I’m guessing he does), I’m sure his team would like to keep him.

Shane Flannagan
1 year 8 months ago

I bet his team lets him go if he wants to be in the majors

cubs7691
1 year 8 months ago

That is if they all turn out to be stars they may be good in the minors, but so was felix pie, corey paterson, etc

Shane Flannagan
1 year 8 months ago

Only thing about Pie and Paterson was they weren’t really looked as top prospects in the game, unlike Baez, Bryant, Soler, Almora,Edwards

letsgogiants
1 year 8 months ago

True, and I had a good feeling someone would say this. But they don’t even all need to be stars, just solid players who can produce in the majors year in and year out.

Jacob Holton
1 year 8 months ago

Considering they are going after Masahiro Tanaka, yeah I kind of expect them to make a big deal

cubs7691
1 year 8 months ago

I’m just doing my civic duties for all the pescimistic Cubs fans out there lol

sackseph
1 year 8 months ago

CHAMPIONSHIP!

Flash105
1 year 8 months ago

Totally pointless signing. May not make a minor league team. While Cubs fans are begging Theo to improve the team this is his concern? Pitiful.

CubsFan5
1 year 8 months ago

Huge move. This definitely puts us over the top! Wooohoooo!!!

PuigNowitzkiRomo
1 year 8 months ago

Let me guess… Low risk, High reward LOL thats what all the Cubs fans always say when so called genius Theo makes a move and for what to trade them in half season because he knows they arent really good. See Feldman if he was so good why did he trade him for two average relievers and signs Edwin Jackson the guy with an era of 5 to a 50 million contract LOL

Jacob Holton
1 year 8 months ago

Actually it was $52 Million and his ERA was 4.98

Swarley
1 year 8 months ago

I’ll have you know, good sir, one of those average relievers made his way into our not so average rotation. So there!

PuigNowitzkiRomo
1 year 8 months ago

And what is his record in the majors as a starter? An era of 6!!

calabio
1 year 8 months ago

Wins losses and era does not determine how good a pitcher is…your offense and defense effects all three. (With era not counting errors. Poor decision making. Bad routes to ball in gaps. Etc)

Shane Flannagan
1 year 8 months ago

Feldman was a great signing actually so get your facts straight. Arrieta has some great upside as a starter and he showed that in the last month. Strop turned it around once he got to the Cubs and looks to be himself from 2 years ago and the Cubs got international cash that allowed them to sign the best international player last year

PuigNowitzkiRomo
1 year 8 months ago

Yes thats what am saying why did he trade Feldman if he was performing quite good? and for two players who havent performed that well in the majors even if they have upside. He just likes to flip and flip players. Schierlholtz will be next watch and see.

Shane Flannagan
1 year 8 months ago

Yea, that’s the position the Cubs were in the last 2 seasons and will be again 1 more year. Arrieta and Strop look really good and going to be keys players in the future. I know as a Dodgers fan you don’t understand this

letsgogiants
1 year 8 months ago

Are you Harold Reynolds?

Bill Smith
1 year 8 months ago

3 lefties don’t make a right. Or something.

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

Whatcha gonna do

PuigNowitzkiRomo
1 year 8 months ago

Still Feldman was way more valuable. He is a respectable 3rd or 4th starter.

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

Is that why Baltimore let him go to Houston

Swarley
1 year 8 months ago

I was being sarcastic earlier but in all honesty it was a great deal for the cubs. With the Cubs Arrieta had an ERA south of 4 and went 4-2. Feldman’s ERA was north of 4 and had a losing record of 5-6 with Baltimore.

Shane Flannagan
1 year 8 months ago

Strop was really good also. Arrieta looked like the pitcher he was suppose to with the O’s