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39 players on RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus one player on 60-DAY DL
25 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus four players on 15-DAY DL and 10 players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Zac Rosscup
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
15-DAY DL: 4
* Felix Doubront, P
Edwin Jackson, P
Justin Ruggiano, OF
* Ryan Sweeney, OF
60-DAY DL: 1
James McDonald, P
Dallas Beeler, P
Junior Lake, OF
Mile Olt, INF
Blake Parker, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Brian Schlitter, P
Dan Straily, P
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
Updated through 8/24/14 - 32 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.
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It's 2013.If you're a Cub Fan and you don't have a sense of humor, you're in the wrong line of work.
If I didn't have a sense of humor after all this time watching this team, I'd be dead by now. Nice toon, as usual.
That's pretty funny Tim! I don't know why, but this one remind's me a bit of Lynda Berry's earlier "Ernie Pook's Comeeks" from the early 90's.
Well, maybe it's because Lynda is a genius?So I'll take that as a pretty big compliment.Thanks E-Man.
"Genius" is a bit of a stretch. But I'll go with damn creative and pithy.
Do they still play the blues in Chicago...
I'm concerned about the man in the back left. He appears to be consumptive.
If the Cubs are the cause, that could be a big-time law suit.
And if the Cubs get the Wrigley Field renovations done according to plan, their own estimates at one point last year suggested at least $95 million of additional annual revenue, according to a team source.
Even the financing of the renovations, according to internal club documents, will result in tens of millions of dollars in Stadium Investment Credit against their revenue-sharing bill through MLB.http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/19200...
Also some interesting bits on the financing the Rickett's used to purchase the team.
40 degrees in Pittsburgh at the moment, rain/snow mix...
looks like rain will pass though.
per Bruce Miles...Barney to 15 day DL. Alberto Gonzalez added to roster, including 40 man. Rob Whitenack DFA. The Cubbery of it is this may have been Junior Lake's opportunity and I'd still rather see Logan Watkins for 2 weeks.
Not sure if someone will take a flyer on RW given his poor spring albeit he's still in recovery mode from TJ surgery. My guess is he'll stay with the organIzaton.
I agree, it's a perplexing decision. Even setting aside the exposure of Whitenack, how is Gonzalez a better choice than Lake or Watkins? At least we're flexible, aka able to lose in multiple configurations.
Lake is hurt (and doesn't play 2B) and Watkins hasn't had an AB above AA? He wasn't go to get the starts, so what's the point to sit on the bench?
Indeed, cracked rib, IIRC.
Won't be able to do much at the plate with that.
So no one can start without playing above AA?
I'd rather see a decent prospect get some time. Watkins hit well at AA last year, and it's not like
they have $$$ invested in him. Lillibridge is a nice reserve. I just prefer to see someone with a shot at being a decent player get the time.
I know, I know...got to get the 500 at bats in AAA. I get it. Lol.
well no one should start without some AAA AB's unless they're really good, which Watkins isn't.
Where's this Watkins love coming from? Other than his ability to take a walk, he seems really uninteresting. Did he even last in spring camp that long?
Well...he seems to be a decent fielder...has a little more pop and speed, and takes more walks
compared to darwin barney.
(shrug) I guess I'd rather see that than Gonzalez, or even 3 weeks of Lillibridge.
It's more like "compared to two weeks of a 30-year-old replacement-level MLB retread whose legitimate role on this team is to be a utility reserve." I'd rather let Watkins have the two-week lesson to take back to Iowa and work on.
As for the status of Watkins as a prospect, not really, but he's the guy who if he ends up being in the right place at the right time can make a tidy little career out of it. There's more long-term value to the org there than with Lillibridge, which Theo Corp knows, which is why I don't get this. It must be what you're saying Rob, that the jump would be too much for him at this point. And I think that's fair. But given the temporary nature of the situation re Barney, I still would've liked to see it.
I'm not sure of the long term value of watching Watkins get overwhelmed by major league pitching is or sitting on the bench. Could he do as poorly as Lillibridge? Absolutely!!!
Lillibridge and Gonzalez at least worked with Castro a little on the double play over camp (I presume). If there was a guy that played some AAA last year and was at least a C-level prospect, I'd be all for it, but no reason to throw guys up there that are probably not going to succeed. Watkins hardly set AA on fire last year, although he's certainly showing improvement.
Hey..Gonzalez career line is .242/.279/.317. When you can add a guy like that, you...er...
The Whitenack thing is a headscratcher from what everything AZ PHIL has told us.
He was one of, if not the only Cub young pitcher that had starter potential a couple years ago and got sidelined with the TJS.
So since I have not seen him at all, I'm wondering if his rehab just showed no promise?
I don't get it...
I can't imagine anyone will use up a 40-man spot on Whitenack...I'm sure he'll be a Cub next week.
Whether it's placebo or not I fall in the camp that thinks Manny is helping some dudes.
write-up on Soler with Theo quotes...
AZ Phil, Are the cubs doing instructs in az this year? I found the master schedule for this year and didn't see any games listed for the cubs. Every team but the Cubs. The link is below.
2- see 1
3- one day in the batting cage is worth 365 doing defensive drills
4- see 1
Haha!! Might be a step up for me!!!
Yeah, but man you'd be ugly.
If my parents were Arizona Phil and WISCGRAD I have a feeling my life woulda been bizarre and yet cool.
That's some seriously tangible truth.
Or the obvious joke: I thought Manny learned not to leave a paper trail. BA dum dum
This feels like watching your parents fight. I don't like it.
guess I forgot about Schwarber, certainly could be a 2016 factor, no way he'd be catching in 2015 I think, maybe LF.
I too was hoping the fuckwad Brennaman father and son team would bear witness to day 1 of Cub domination for the next decade, rendering their back water small market team meaningless until Marty dies alone in a hotel room.
How about catcher?
ran out of NyQuil last week.
According to wscr's "cub sources" Soler actually has a" printed list" from Manny with points on how to be MLBer and other baseball tips.
that's a brilliant link...
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