Last updated 9-16-2014
40 players on RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players on 60-DAY DL
36 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus four players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Felix Doubront
* Eric Jokisch
* Zac Rosscup
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Rafael Lopez
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
* Ryan Kalish
60-DAY DL: 3
James McDonald, P
Justin Ruggiano, OF
* Ryan Sweeney, OF
Dallas Beeler, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Updated through 9/18/14 - 9 games left for Cubs.
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 teams with the 10 worst records have their first round pick protected if they signed a qualified free agent this offseason.
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From the start, [Epstein] said, he and Ricketts agreed the Cubs required a gut rehab, with a reallocation of resources to scouting, the draft and the development of younger players. Older players would be dealt for high-upside prospects, sacrificing wins in the present for wins in the future. This was a strategy of delayed gratification, with the length of the delay vexingly uncertain.
Ricketts would come to think of these initial seasons as “a lot like buying a house the day after there was a big party inside, walked in, food on the floor, beer cans all over the place, a guy that nobody knows sleeping on the couch.” He concluded: “We didn’t buy the party; we bought the hangover.”
What a great description of the 2010 team.
Baez back to second.
looks like wiklifield is back up, hadn't checked in awhile
Soriano in 2012 is the trivia answer(1 5th place vote, 1 9th place and 1 10th), Castro got some votes in 2011
Imagine Rizzo may get a few this year.
another article about Marlins willingness to pony up for Stanton
Love the "will merely be all stars" part, those second rate all star players.
Would D-Lee be the last Cub to receive MVP votes?
this was the Miguel Cabrera haul:
I think if he wanted to, Kershaw could set an alltime record for K's against today's Cubs' lineup. He'd need a good finishing pitch and a little luck. But that's about it ...
That said, the Cubs were the first team to beat Tanaka in like 5000 games or something
I think Castro & Soler would be enough to get Miami listening, but I'm not positive it would be enough to get it done. Nor, do I think the Cubs are posturing to trade for Stanton. I think they are more in line to spend on starting pitching like you said.
No kidding!!!! That part blew my mind!
Wish I was a fly on the wall for the off the record part from Theo:
"He again emphasized there were no guarantees; young players can fizzle or get hurt. But then he grew excited, going off the record to name the Cubs’ starting lineup of the future, speculating who will someday get M.V.P. votes and who will merely be All-Stars. He named some of the free agents he thought he would be able to sign, a 70 percent chance on this player, a 40 percent chance on another."
OR ..we keep Castro and Soler....and instead of spending a ton of $$ on Stanton, we spend the $$ on a #1 starter?
I would have a hard time trading Soler because I think very highly of him, but I think you are right with his contract and Cuban background I'm sure he is the guy they would want.
Would you do Castro and Soler for Stanton? That would probably get it done because Miami would love the Soler contract.
Agreed, Soler is pretty untouchable in my book too, but Stanton IS the kind of player we HOPE that Soler, Bryant, Baez, etc will become.
I would certainly trade for him, I am just not sure I would do so this offseason as there are still too many unknowns.