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.

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)...


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...

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...

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.

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  • The media has linked Cueto and the Cubs approximately zero times this winter. I'm thinking there's just not a lot of interest there on the Cubs' part. It seems unlikely.

    If the Cubs miss on Price, Grienke, and Zimmerman, they will aim for a mid-rotation starter via free agency or trade. However, I think this scenario also significantly boosts the odds that they extend Arrieta.

  • The Tigers are going after Zimmermann and the Red Sox will be throwing money at Price. Bringing Cueto back to the NL with the Cubs is looking like a serious possibility. Thoughts?

  • Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe in the financial impact to the Red Sox for not signing Jon Lester early in the free agent process:

    It will be interesting to ultimately add up the cost of letting Jon Lester go.

    The Red Sox botched up their negotiations with Lester in during spring training of 2014, making an initial offer of $70 million that was roughly $40 million short of what it should have been. Talks broke down and Lester was traded in July.

  • Wait...you're flip-flopping again?!

    Is this legal? What is the rule here on opining definitively and then changing your mind?

    I am not only surprised at your declaration, but Cutler's better 2015 showing. I don't get it - he went through Martz, Turner, Trestman, Kromer, and now Gase...and he is still here! And. he'll be here mext year too.

  • Happ signs w Jays

    Morsi saying Price won't be a Jay

  • needs more d.beeler and e.jokisch

  • As an Illinois tax payer I appreciate what they r doing

  • + Bankruptcy Court

  • +Price

  • Rondon 2.0!!

  • 2 spots left on the 40-man...wonder if they're going to play around in the rule-5 market...

  • A special after day after Thanksgiving thanks to AZ for his insanely detailed posts on all things roster. I don't know how you keep track of all that stuff - I suspect a chip implant, but whatever it is, it's cool.

  • ...the wrong half.

  • there's nothing like crapping out of the playoffs with a strong/young cheap team after pinching pennies for years then having theo talk about having to be creative with money to make things work for 2016...but hey, baseball isn't baseball without a farmer's market and beer garden plaza with ice rinks.

    they can do both...then again, if you want to look at it from a business point of view, they don't have to do both because the team is expected to be competitive and the merch+tickets+eyes-on-team are going to be at a peak unless they fail badly.

  • Really ?

    They are trying to bring the facility to the 20th century.
    I think they know what they are doing.

  • With the Cubs adding Pierce Johnson to their roster and not exposing/losing him to the Rule 5 Draft keeps the trade ancestry tree alive that started in 1999 with Tom Gordon and undrafted Adam Morrissey and includes 17 players, the trade tree progressed to involve the Hee Sop Choi for Derrek Lee deal and the famous Aramis Ramirez/Kenny Lofton deal..Pierce Johnson is the compensation pick for Aramis Ramirez in 2012