There have been rumblings that Major League Baseball, which is aware that Type A free agents like Juan Cruz and infielders Orlando Hudson and Orlando Cabrera have been hindered by the compensation rules, are willing to make it easier for teams to sign then trade those free agents. For example, Arizona could sign Cruz to a contract that the Twins are willing to take on. The Twins and Diamondbacks would then work out a trade for Cruz. The Twins could land Cruz without losing a draft pick. Major League Baseball, the players' union, the Diamondbacks and Cruz's agents are in discussions to facilitate a sign-and-trade involving Cruz that adheres to the collective-bargaining agreement. Free agents cannot be traded before June 15 without their consent, but the union will permit Cruz and other Type A players to waive that right, according to Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice-president of labor relations.
As much as I am not a fan of signing O. Cab and would rather go with Bobby's "new" strike out swing (and if not him cliff pennington/petit) - if we could get O. Cab for 3.5 million for one year + 2 million in incentives without giving up a #2 pick - I would do it. I am sure the whitesoxs want a #1/#2 and a sandwich pick for him, but if it appears they are not going to get, would Kenny Williams complete another deal with Billy - and not for much?