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
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.
Tom Ricketts and family will be introduced to Cubs fans everywhere in a press conference on Friday morning at 11am CST and probably a couple dozen TV and radio interviews. To help you get through the day, I suggest grabbing your favorite alcoholic beverage(bring a thermos if you're at work) and follow along with this drinking game I designed.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah and so forth. The Angel Fan Wife was kind enough to get me a Ryne Sandberg jersey, plus some wonderful Marquette gear, so I guess I ended up on the nice list. I would love to hear what Cubs goodies some of you received.
As for the current Cubbies, here's what a few of them unwrapped.
So I was approached a few weeks back to be part of a donation drive for an organization known as Donors Choose. You may have noticed it on the right sidebar. Since Kirk buttered me up by saying he's a regular reader of the site, I couldn't help but take kind to his cause.
So if you have any extra money left over that you were planning on spending on playoff tickets or World Series merchandise (sigh, slams forehead on desk), consider making a donation to a very worthwhile cause.
Years before most of the English-speaking world was convinced it could do a passable Harry Caray impression, Jim Volkman was a regular on Chicago radio and had established himself as the master Harry mimic.
Well, Harry (Jim) is back now, at 1908worldchampions.com, where he recently started a game-by-game commentary on the Cubs season, with assistance from two other great voices from the Cubs past, who, like Caray, happen to be dead: Jack Brickhouse and Lou Boudreau.
Wednesday night the Brewers won their 8th consecutive game, and the consensus is that the streak grew directly out of the dugout shoving match-turned-public apology involving Prince Fielder and Manny Parra. (Note to consensus: the fact that the Brewers have been playing the Nats and the Padres might also be a contributing factor.)
The Cubs have been doing just fine, thank you—7 consecutive road wins,11 victories in 14 games overall, maintaining a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL Central—but still, it's nice to know that we could conjure an 8-game run whenever we needed it simply by initiating a little Cub-on-Cub action.
"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.
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.