ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN DECEMBER 2014 RULE 5 DRAFT Gilberto Abreu, RHP Gioskar Amaya, INF John Andreoli, OF Delbis Arcila, OF Jose Arias, RHP Jeffrey Baez, OF Frank Batista, RHP Zach Cates, RHP Hunter Cervenka, LHP Pin-Chieh Chen, OF Gerardo Concepcion, LHP Willson Contreras, C Wes Darvill, INF Taylor Davis, C Alberto Diaz, LHP C. J. Edwards, RHP Kevin Encarnacion, OF P. J. Francescon, RHP Victor Garcia, LHP Dustin Geiger, INF Anthony Giansanti, OF Jae-Hoon Ha, OF Marco Hernandez, INF Michael Jensen, RHP Eric Jokisch, LHP Austin Kirk, LHP Matt Loosen, RHP Rafael Lopez, C Jeff Lorick, LHP Barret Loux, RHP Dillon Maples, RHP Andrew McKirahan, LHP Trey McNutt, RHP Alberto Mineo, C Yoanner Negrin, RHP Carlos Penalver, INF Felix Pena, RHP Ivan Pineyro, RHP Austin Reed, RHP Tayler Scott, RHP Rock Shoulders, 1B Rubi Silva, OF Brian Smith, LHP Elliot Soto, INF Antonio Valerio, C Yao-Lin Wang, RHP Ben Wells, RHP Tony Zych, RHP
2014 Draft Signings
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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The Kansas City Monarchs disbanded after the 1955 season, and it was at that time that Buck O'Neill was signed by the Cubs as a scout (he became a member of the College of Coaches in 1962), and the contracts of OF George Altman, OF Lou Johnson, and INF J. C,. Hartman were purchased by the Cubs.
"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."
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.
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.