40 players on RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players on 60-DAY DL
35 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus one player on 15-DAY DL and 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
15-DAY DL: 1
Edwin Jackson, P
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
2015 Draft Pick Race
Updated through 9/13/14 - 14 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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And now...2012! Whatever the hell it turns out to be.
Submitted by CubbyBlue on Wed, 04/04/2012 - 8:34am
My single favorite thing about the 2014 Cubs was management's decision to bring him up and get his awkward adjustment phase out of the way this year damn the arbitration clock. It shows me that they are in fact serious about competing next year.
I thought he'd been walking more lately. He's been taking a lot of strikes, too. I really don't mind seeing Baez take called third strikes. I think he's studying. Could still be a very scary dude at the plate.
I think whether Valbuena stays or goes depends on whether or not Olt stays. If Olt stays, Valbuena stays, so that Cpt Happy can sit Olt in favor of Valbuena whenever possible. If Olt goes, then Valbuena will be packaged with him in the trade. That's just one scenario, of course.
Alcantara cf Baez ss Coghlan lf Valbuena 3b Valaika 2b Olt 1b Szczur rf Baker c Turner p
coghlan - valbuena - valaika as a 3/4/5...wow.
also, fwiw...i dont see valbuena surviving the offseason without getting traded and i get the feeling valaika is being groomed for a valbuena-like role, only as a super-sub bench type rather than a starter.