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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.
Also 7 of 10.
That was a fun last AB heat against power - batter represents lead run - caught deep on warning track. Baez is mercurial alright. Last two AB had promise. What a character.
they still have n.ramirez floating around in the 2015 mix with them. it should be a nice mix with a little talent insurance.
i think they have a year of club control on w.wright, too...not sure.
Grimm having a very nice August -- 2ER in 12 innings, only 1 BB.
It would be nice if he could develop into a reliable option, so Ramirez/Strop/Rondon don't have to pitch every game the Cubs lead.
c'mon cubbies...2 runs off chapman shouldn't be that hard.
7 of 10, should have been 8
8th inning WOW.
Baez gets a shit call on the 1st pitch, keeps his composure and rips a double - punished the ball to the wall and never got more than 8-10 feet off the ground.
Starlin hits a 403 foot moon shot off the center field wall and doesn't run. Ends up at first. Will cut him some slack with what he's been through, but he made 3 solid mental errors today. Dang.
Valbuena sucks ass with a big run sitting on 3rd and K's with nobody out.
Gotta run Starlin.
Cut the rookie shit.
Really nice to see Baez come through in that RBI situation despite some erratic homeplate umping and an intimidating power reliever on the mound.
He struggled quite a bit at the beginning of the year with AAA. He'll be okay, but no, he's not going to hit for average.
Baez, old news?
Hello, question for AZ Phil. What are your thoughts about SS/2B Ho-Young Son? Showing some hit ability and was known for his defense when he signed.
and Smyly has been absolutely lights out.
K's swinging on a full count in 3rd AB
Ugly 4th inning for Cubs....
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