39 players on RESERVE LIST (two slots are open), plus two players are on 60-DAY DL
25 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus two players are on 15-DAY DL, and 12 players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Chris Rusin
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Chris Coghlan
* Nate Schierholtz
* Ryan Sweeney
15-DAY DL: 1
* Felix Doubront, P
Neil Ramirez, P
60-DAY DL: 2
Kyuji Fujikawa, P
James McDonald, P
Dallas Beeler, P
* Brett Jackson, OF
* Ryan Kalish, OF
Mile Olt, INF
* Zac Rosscup, P
Jorge Soler, OF
Dan Straily, P
Matt Szczur, OF
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
* Logan Watkins, INF
2015 Draft Pick Race
Updated at 4:35pm CST on 7/30/14
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in next year's draft on top of their regular pick.
The week started off with a flurry of moves to clear money and space off the roster and it looks like Hendry is wasting no time wasting that space and money.
The Chicago Cubs are pressing hard to sign the free-agent second baseman. One source close to the negotiations said he wouldn't be surprised if Matsui is offered a contract similar to the three-year, $14.4 million deal the Mets gave Torrealba.
Dave Kaplan on WGN radio pretty much said the same thing. I have nothing good to say about this.
- The Wrigley resodding project should be done by this weekend, two weeks ahead of schedule. Some other noteworthy details that have been touched upon in the comments:
The warning track has been extended 3 ft to help the outfielders better gauge when they'll crash into the unforgiving brick.
The infield "crown" was removed, lowering that portion of the field 14 inches. Groundskeeping guru Roger Brossard, who was in charge of the project, says it should help runners with their footing as they were essentially running downhill when rounding third base.
Brossard and Wrigley head groundskeeper, Roger Baird placed a small canister with their names on it somewhere below the playing surface. Anyone care to guess the contents in the canister?
Researchers who studied the impact of initials found that baseballs players whose first or last name starts with the letter K, which signifies a strikeout, tended to strike out more often than other players.
I love it, next time Hendry is unsure on bringing in new players might as well use this, probably work just as well as his current method:
Kerry Wood - Good
Kaz Matsui - Stay Away
Kosuke Fukudome - Stay Away
Jason Kendall - Stay Away
Korey Patterson - Stay Away
- The front of cubs.com has a short piece with interviews highlighting Ernie Banks's 500th homer with some nice historical footage of the Cub great.
YouTube Find of the Week
The Cubs have had 12 official no-hitters in their history and I found Don Cardwell's gem from 1960. The backend of a double-header versus the Cardinals, Cardwell walked the 2nd batter of the game and then retired 26 straight including two nice defensive plays by his outfielders to save the no-no.
Can anyone compare and contrast the value of Travis Wood, Tommy Milone, Chris Rusin and Felix Dubront (outside of injuries). Projection including contract and years of control can be included
If Oakland needed a 4th outfielder, clearly Beane thought Santo's little helper (Fuld) must have more value than Sure-outs, Coughlan, Ruggiano. I wonder if Theo/Jed was a at all interested in Milone, or was the Dubront acquisition enough for his near term lefty arsenal and Milone would have been like having Wood lite.
GEORGE A: A player MUST be added to a club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) during the season if the player is added to the club's MLB Active List (25-man roster), or during the off season if the player was a free-agent and signed a major league contract, or was selected in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft, or was claimed off waivers. A player MIGHT be added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) after the season to protect the player from being selected in the Rule 5 Draft and/or to keep the player from becoming a minor league free-agent.
Ok, here's my question: Cubs have Vitters, Watkins, BJax, Sczcur on option at Iowa which IMO is a pile of suck. Joe Stevenson of the NW Herald (HS sports) writes last night that former NW Herald POY 2007 - Elliot Soto, has been promoted to Iowa to take Watkins spot on moving up to Chicago. If Epstoyer would rather select Valaika and play Sweeney/Schierholtz over recalling any of these 4 guys, then why are they on the 40-man at all?