21 Cubs Minor Leaguers Declared Free-Agents - Three Others Will Return
21 Cubs minor leaguers eligible to be MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agents (the so called "six-year minor league free-agents" and the so-called "second-contract minor league free-agents") were declared free-agents by MLB at 5 PM last Friday, while three others who could have been Rule 55 free-agents agreed to 2013 minor league "successor contracts" and thus will be returning to the Cubs organization next season.
However, the three who are returning will be eligible for selection in next month's MLB Rule 5 Draft (as will any other minor league free-agent signed prior to the Rule 5 Draft).
The 21 Cubs who were declared Rule 55 minor league free-agents join six others who elected to be minor league free-agents per Article XX-D of the CBA over the past month.
WERE ELIGIBLE TO BE RULE 55 MINOR LEAGUE FA - RE-SIGNED (SUCCESSOR CONTRACT):
Kyler Burke, LHP
Marcos Mateo, RHP
Jonathon Mota, INF
NOTE: Burke is a former outfielder (he was the Cubs Minor League Player of the Year in 2009 before being converted to pitcher at Minor League Camp 2011) who pitched at Peoria and Daytona in 2012... Mateo and Mota both underwent TJS in June and likely opted to re-sign so that they can continue their rehab at Fitch Park in 2013 (as happened with Justin Berg this past season)...
DECLARED MLB RULE 55 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT BY MLB:
SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FA:
Jim Adduci, OF
Alfredo Amezaga, IF-OF
Juan Apodaca, C
Jairo Asencio, RHP
Justin Berg, RHP
Adrian Cardenas, INF
Brian Esposito, C
Jeff Frazier, OF-1B
Vladimir Frias, INF
Diory Hernandez, INF
Rodrigo Lopez, RHP
Seth McClung, RHP
Blake Parker, RHP
Horacio Ramirez, LHP
Ryan Rowland-Smith, LHP
Nate Samson, INF
Miguel Socolovich, RHP
Alvaro Sosa, C (player coach)
Matt Tolbert, INF
NOTE: Most of these players finished the season at AAA Iowa, and a few (Asencio, Cardenas, Lopez, Parker, and Socolovich) also spent some time in the big leagues with the Cubs in 2012... Lopez and Parker could have filed for free-agency earlier per Article XX-D but opted not to do so... Sosa was signed to a minor league player contract but served as a coach with the AZL Cubs...
SECOND CONTRACT (PREVIOUSLY RELEASED) FA:
David Macias, IF-OF (player-coach)
Nate Maldonado, C (player-coach)
NOTE: Macias and Maldonado were both signed to 2012 minor league player contracts after being previously released by the Cubs... Macias served as a coach at Extended Spring Training, AZL Cubs, and Instructs in 2012, and was recently hired as an Assistant to Cubs Minor League Player Development Director Brandon Hyde... Maldonado served as a coach at AA Tennessee during the 2012 season and at Instructs last month...
ELECTED TO BE ARTICLE XX-D MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT:
Manny Corpas, RHP
Blake DeWitt, INF
Justin Germano, RHP
Alex Hinshaw, LHP
Joe Mather, OF
Randy Wells, RHP
NOTE: These six filed for free-agency per Article XX-D of the CBA at various times over the past month... They were eligible to be free-agents after the conclusion of the MLB regular season because they were outrighted to the minors after signing 2012 major league contracts, and they either had been previously outrighted in their career and/or had accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time...
A minor league free-agent can sign a minor league (or a major league) contract with any club, including the player's former club.
The player's former club receives no compensation if the player signs with a another club.
AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.
Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.
it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.
It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.
Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.
That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.
I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.
Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...
These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.
No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.
a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...
it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.
Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.
Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.
soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.
he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.
j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.
so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.
im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.
That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.
9 pitches in and this game already rules.
HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).
...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.