Last updated 7-11-2014
25 players (plus 14 players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT, one player is on 15-DAY DL, and two players are on 60-DAY DL
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Zac Rosscup
* James Russell
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Chris Coghlan
* Nate Schierholtz
* Ryan Sweeney
15-DAY DL: 1
# Emilio Bonifacio, IF-OF
60-DAY DL: 2
Kyuji Fujikawa, P
James McDonald, P
Dallas Beeler, P
Kyle Hendricks, P
* Brett Jackson, OF
* Ryan Kalish, OF
Blake Parker P
* Chris Rusin, P
Jorge Soler, OF
Dan Straily, P
Matt Szczur, OF
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
* Tsuyoshi Wada, P
* Logan Watkins, INF
Cubs have $8,352,200 in draft pool money (and if they don't mind paying a a 75% tax on $417,600, they can go up to $8,769,810).
Players in bold have allegedly signed. Anyone after the 10th round signed for over $100K counts against their draft money as well.
If the player has yet to sign or there's no media report on the bonus, the third column is the recommened slot money.
Currently the Cubs have paid $8,754,000 out and have $15,810 of their draft pool money left before having to worry about losing draft picks.
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Whew! Thank you!
Some Schwarber stuff:
"The early returns have been a little surprising as to how positive it's been for him [behind the plate]," said one NL scout. "[It's] hard to know what to make of that; obviously it's gonna be dictated a little bit by what's the need of the team going forward. It still might not make a ton of sense going forward, but that bat as a catcher is an unworldly profile."
Planned early exit.
Anyone know why Soler was pulled after going 2 for 3 in a close game tonight? (Fingers crossed it's not an injury. Batting over .400).
"Pull the other one"
Thanks for the on the spot reports, always appreciated and I love the fan's perspective.
He sucked, but he didn't deserve to die.
I could see the Cubs kicking the tires on Scherzer or Price at five years of ace money but not seven. I think you're right to make that important distinction. A guy not older than 30 and not longer than five years. But within that frame, I don't suspect there will be much hesitation to target an "ace" when one is available. The single reason why it looks most difficult for this team to compete in 2016 appears to be lack of top-line SP.
From the next 2 FA classes, the guys who will be 31 or younger and are good enough to at least be called a #2-3 on a playoff team.
once they start showing up, I think Cubs will show some aggressiveness in free agency that we haven't seen yet from this regime, but I don't see them doing anything dumb either. I still think they'll stick to deals of 5 years or less and not offering no-trade clauses, unless it's a prime under-30 free agent.
Former Cub INF Tom Veryzer died. He a forgetable member of the '84 team.
one d.price is better than 2.5 ejax, that's for sure...
Ask Larry Himes how valuable Juan Guzman, Juan Guzman was.
One more Lou Johnson item. If you look at all his baseball cards he's posing with his left ear showing.
Except on his 1960 Cubs card. Odd how my brain stored that piece of information for all these years. Brains are funny things.
Another tidbit regarding Lou Johnson is that he scored the only run in Sandy Koufax's perfect game 1-0 win against the Cubs, 9-9-65.
That changed when Hendley walked Lou Johnson on a three-and-two pitch that could have gone either way. Ron Fairly dropped a sacrifice bunt that Hendley bobbled, leaving his only play at first base. On the first pitch to Jim Lefebvre, Johnson stole third base. The Cubs' catcher Krug threw the ball over Santo's head and into left field, which allowed Johnson to score. The Dodgers had scored a run without an official at-bat or RBI.
Me thinks Jacos was pulling your leg.
Thank you for the eye-witness report!
I feel pretty stronlgly we will see him in Wrigley next year if he's not traded.
Opening day infield in 2016 will cost about $ 20 million (Riz, Beaz, Castro, Bryant)
Outfield Alcantara, Soler, ??? $ 10 $15 million.
They can sign 2-3 Prices.
Of course that s if Bryant, Baez, Soler pan out
CUBSTER: Lou Johnson was a member of the Cubs when I first became a Cub fan in 1960. He bounced around a lot, but he was an important cog on the 1965-66 Dodger N. L. pennant-winning teams. I don't recall anything odd about his ear, but I do remember he used to clap his hands incessantly after he reached base, or after scoring a run. It seems like a lot of the guys who played for Buck O'Neill in Kansas City were inordinately happy and positive about baseball and life in general.
AZ Phil: I remember Lou Johnson. Didn't he have something odd about one ear?
Anyway, I looked up some info on Sweet Lou and it seems that he was originally signed by the Yankees, was in the Pirate organization in 1955-6 before getting to the Cubs.
Here is the Sweet Lou I remember as a Cub. He was one of the outfielders that the Cubs acquired in their eternal quest to replace Lou Brock (i.e. Johnny Callison, Jim Hickman, Don Young, Adolpho Phillips, etc.)
November 30, 1967: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Chicago Cubs for Paul Popovich and Jim Williams.