POST-2014 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS
Last updated 3-12-2014
ARTICLE XX-B MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER:
Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP
ARTICLE XX-D MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT:
MLB RULE 55 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT:
Jeffry Antigua, LHP
Lars Anderson, 1B
John Baker, C
Emilio Bonifacio, IF-OF
Marcelo Carreno, RHP
Lendy Castillo, RHP
Hunter Cervenka, LHP (see NOTE)
Chris Coghlan, OF
Casey Coleman, RHP
Charlie Cutler, C
Paolo Espino, RHP
Eduardo Figueroa, RHP
Luis Flores, C
Edgar Gonzalez, INF
Carlos Gutierrez, RHP
Marcus Hatley, RHP
Tommy Hottovy, LHP
Walter Ibarra, INF
Ryan Kalish, OF
Mitch Maier, OF
Darnell McDonald, OF
Jonathon Mota, INF
Starling Peralta, RHP
Carlos Pimentel, RHP
Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP
Ryan Roberts, INF
Jose Rosario, RHP
Jonathan Sanchez, LHP
Brian Schlitter, RHP
Ryan Searle, RHP
Jeudy Valdez, INF
Chris Valaika, INF
Casper Wells, OF
Eli Whiteside, C
NOTE: Hunter Cervenka will be eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league 6YFA post-2014 if he signed a 2008 contract when he signed his "first contract" with the Boston Red Sox on 8-15-2008. However, if he was “Signed for Future Service“ (first contract was a 2009 contract), he will not be eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league 6YFA until post-2015.
SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE FA:
Humberto Garcia, INF
Chang-Yong Lim, RHP
Nate Maldonado, C
Alan Oaks, RHP
Yomar Pacheco, RHP
Brohiglyn Rivero, RHP
Orbandy Rodriguez, RHP
Roberto Vahlis, C
1. If an ARTICLE XX-B MLB FREE-AGENT signs a minor league contract at least ten days prior to MLB Opening Day, and then is either not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or MLB Disabled List by 3 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day, the player automatically receives a $100,000 retention bonus, and the player can unilaterally opt-out of the minor league contract on June 1st if he has not been added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or an MLB Disabled List by that date.
2. A minor league player eligible to be an ARTICLE XX-D FREE-AGENT who accepts an Outright Assignment and defers free-agency until the end of the season is not eligible to be a free-agent if the player is added back to an MLB 40-man roster by the end of the MLB regular season. If the player is not added back to a 40-man roster by the end of the MLB regular season, the player can file for free-agency beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up through October 15th.
2. A minor league player eligible to be an MLB RULE 55 FREE-AGENT is not eligible to be a FA if the player is added to his club’s 40-man roster by 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series.
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probably in agreement over whether Barney will still be a Cub at the end of the year (I don't think he will be), but since the post is about the Opening Day roster, I thought that was what we were discussing.
Look at Gold Glove winners over the past few seasons and tell me if you don't see quite a bit of value there. Barney is worth more than he can bring in a trade right now. Punitive trading is not good business, although it can be very satisfying to a disappointed fan.
As regards Castro, Barney, Rizzo and even Brett Jackson, I think the Cub front office might want to test the theory that having a manager who is also the acting hitting coach can be very destructive to a young player.
Boni? Did Quade take over Crunch's account as an act of revenge for getting fired?
So we are in agreement the question isn't if they will trade Barney it is when. I think your point is that they will trade him later not sooner, which I don't really disagree with. There is no rush.
Cubs 30/30 on mlb network tomorrow
Future 2018 article about the Cubs
valbuena has played a little at 2nd this spring (i don't think he's started at 2nd, though), but he played a lot of 2nd during winter ball.
I'm sure I'm not thinking of a team, but seems like everyone except maybe the Yankees is set at 2b and Yanks have plenty of options there. And I know we all hate Barney, but his 3-year WAR at 2b is 4.9 which puts him 20th overall (go defense). Don't think the Cubs would sell him for nothing, otherwise they would have just avoided the whole offering arbitration mess. As for trading him to be a backup, well they'd get nothing back in return if that was the case and I don't think that's what they want to do here. And there's just not a lot of trades during spring training.
they have better options than Barney already on the roster.
you're thinking Valbuena/Murphy platoon at 2b? I guess that's possible, have either been playing there at all this spring?
I don't think Baez factors into it. If Olt can play 3B, they have better options than Barney already on the roster.
But you are right in the end they will only move him if another team values him more than they do.
Definately not to create a spot for Baez. There are a few teams tha could use Barney. Now if they actually see him as an upgrade for the price is the question.
I wouldn't. Eventually sure, but no other team needs him and they'd prefer to keep Baez down at least a month, probably more like June or July.
Agreed the question with Barney is not if but when he will be traded.
sample size and all that...nonetheless...
olt/baez/bryant = 8 HR (olt/baez 3, bryant 2)
rest of cubs = 5 HR (rugs 2, barney 1, sureholds 1, kott 1)
the pitching situation is horrid across the board.
going all the way down to only count guys with 4ip or more there's only 1 guy with a positive looking slash line...and that's e.jokisch.
I'll bet on a Darwin Barney trade to open up a spot.