Roster Musical Chairs in Full Swing
LHP Jeff Beliveau was Designated for Assignment yesterday, and 3B Ian Stewart has been officially added to the 40-man roster, so now the Cubs just need to clear one more slot for free-agent OF Nate Schierholtz.
Although it might sound strange, the Cubs could outright Stewart to the minors (but with an NRI to Spring Training) to make room for Schierholtz on the 40, just like when they outrighted Manny Corpas to the minors last off-season in January just a month after he signed a major league contract and was added to the 40-man roster in December.
If the Cubs were to opt to do this (and presuming Stewart isn't claimed off waivers), he would (because he has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time) have the right to either elect free-ageny immediately upon being outrighted, or defer free-agency until the day after the conclusion of the 2013 MLB regular season. And if he were to defer free-agency, he would give up the right to be a free-agent after the conclusion of the 2013 MLB regular season if he is added back to an MLB 40-man roster anytime during the 2013 MLB regular season. .
It's very unlikely that Stewart would elect free-agency immediately if outrighted, however, because if he does that his contract is voided and he receives no termination pay. (Both Manny Corpas and Blake DeWitt accepted outright assignments last off-season, when they could have elected free-agency instead),
That could be why Stewart was added to the 40-man roster before Schierholtz.
As for Beliveau, he does not have the right to elect free-agency if outrighted, because he has not yet accrued three years of MLB Service Time and/or been outrighted previously in his career.
Small man gonna small.
Imagine if Schwarber was healthy.
J.Zimmermann with a 695 at the moment, Arrieta is second at 495. Ross apparently hasn't qualified yet with just 4 starts and 22 IP fwiw.
Cubs Foe Tomorrow -
The Cubs are facing young Joe Ross tomorrow night for the Nats.
He has an ERA+ of 542. NOT a typo.
I don't think I have seen that recently...
as if you hadn't noticed, but the Cubs are dominating baseball at the moment at a level that has not been seen too often in baseball history.
if only he could throw a ball to first base, he might have a negative ERA and the Cubs would be undefeated.
Thanks for the extensive scouting report.
How about that Lester. What a beast. A nifty 1.58 ERA/227 ERA+
Sean Rodriguez still a douche
Strop quick pitches him and so he jaws with Strop and Cubs dugout.
Get use to it Pauly Shore, Buccos are done
was the last out, bottom 6th more about Adam Warren being good or about the Pirates struggling this series?
and on cue, Len and JD discuss:
JD: It appears that Adam Warren is becoming Joe Maddon's favorite club.
Len: You mean favorite Cub?
JD: No like a favorite golf club.
Len: Like Billie Baroo (then does Ted Knight/Judge Smails impersonation from Caddyshack)
Rizzo on fire
By the way in relation to the zany suits Madden was saying his other reason for forcing players to wear them in public is to cause some awkwardness and embarrassment in the players that they'd have to overcome. He said he feels this ability might help players when they screw up in the game recover more quickly. Not sure if it will but he definitely thinks about the things he does.
Brutal. Pirates load the bases with 0 outs and fail to push any runners across. After two tough games, that really has to suck the wind out of them. Man...
Bases loaded no outs
Lester pitches out of it