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.

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  • Trouble Boys, the Replacements bio, is a great option. I'm sure Chad loved it.

    Tito 8 min 59 sec ago view
  • Amen Brick. What's the point of following early-season games if you can't over-react to them? What, we should be reading books now?

    billybucks 15 min 35 sec ago view
  • "Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?"

    No, I think you're thinking of Radiohead, The 1975, or Bowie's last album.

    Although The National's Greatful Dead tribute is pretty cool.

    The E-Man 25 min 28 sec ago view
  • I don't think they're any kind of lock, though I do expect they'll make the playoffs.

    It's not like I'm glad they've gone 4-8. I just don't think it's time to be all that worried -- just like I didn't think they were going to keep playing .730 ball.

    Tito 39 min 39 sec ago view
  • vegas isn't a fan of the game because of how erratic and unpredictable it is.

    SF has recently won 3 world series many thought they weren't supposed to win...BOS won a world series recently that they weren't even supposed to be in the playoffs for...favored teams with huge wins have seen 1st round exists...fun times.

    crunch 47 min 17 sec ago view
  • I think they'll be ok too. But having watched this team since the mid-60s, I never think it's time to conclude, well, thank god the drought is over. I've seen/heard way too many people who follow the Cubs say glad we're finally going to win the Series this year. Please. Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?

    BobbyD 59 min 18 sec ago view
  • Best record in baseball and largest division lead.

    I'm jumping right now!

    Tito 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • Can we please stop pointing out how ridiculous it is to panic and start panicking in earnest?

    Brick 2 hours 39 min ago view
  • ,571 winning percentage in May.

    I think they're gonna be OK.

    Tito 4 hours 1 min ago view
  • RAISIN: All I know is that Oscar de la Cruz is still shut down, and I don't know what his prognosis is, or what the plan is going forward.   

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 20 min ago view
  • Remember just two weeks ago, when "all" they had to do was play .500 ball the rest of the season and coast into the playoffs?

    BobbyD 6 hours 23 min ago view
  • Well I guess if pitchers can keep working the edges of the plate to perfection it will be a long season. But that doesn't seem likely. Rizzo finally, fully, snapping out of it would help.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 29 min ago view
  • If I didn't believe in coincidences (or science), I would apologize to Gordon Downie--one of my favorites. Sad news about a great talent.

    CTSteve 8 hours 36 min ago view
  • Hi Arizona Phil,

    Has there been any news on Oscar de la Cruz' health?

    Raisin101 15 hours 7 min ago view
  • bruh...

    crunch 16 hours 22 min ago view
  • O&B: Cease was apparently working on his off-speed pitches in his first & thrd innings, because in his second inning of work he just blew the D'backs away with high-velocity gas (that's when he hit 99-100 and struck out the side). 

    Arizona Phil 16 hours 40 min ago view