40 players on RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players on 60-DAY DL
36 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus 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
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 9/20/14 - 7 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.
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.
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These lineups are killing me. I put the % chance of victory today at about .09% with Turner working through his tough season, and Valbuena at cleanup with Valaika and Szczur kicking major butt today.
Reminds me of my freshman baseball coach who used to have the team actually vote on the bus as to who would start each game. Yes the bus ride on the way to the game, we'd vote. "Who wants tommy to play SS?"
I think the rebuild was too time consuming and costly to gamble multiple prospects for a single entity, no matter how good he is. The idea I think was to start a machine that produced consistently and improves the odds of winning every year for a long time. Stanton would certainly cost too much in terms of prospects to gamble on ... The gamble btw isn't necessarily his production, but also his health etc.
Soler, Bryant, and Russell are definitely my untouchables. There's a chance that trading Baez could look really stupid in hindsight, but Stanton is a player I'd take that gamble on. In any case, I legitimately think the Marlins are planning to extend him and wouldn't trade him for less than 10 WAR per season.
Bet most Tiger fans are happy for Miggy versus the cost controlled years of Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin. Cubs are one of a few teams that have the prospects and payroll space for this move so let idle speculation begin.
That being said, I've drank enough kool aid and believe that Soler/Bryant are pretty close to can't miss. Don't feel the risk on those guys is worth a $25 mil per year Stanton insurance policy.
Stanton talk is just the talk of bored reporters/fans. It doesn't make any sense. The salary alone would scare me off. I seriously doubt TheoCorp has any interest in Stanton. If they had gone the other way and built a pitching staff of young studs they might, but there's no need now. Roll the dice on what you have and shore up the starting pitching.
Nothing. The allure of Stanton would have to be that he puts up WAR numbers above whatever is left of Rizzo, Baez, Castro, Bryant, Soler, Alcantara, Almora, Russell once a number of them are traded for him. In other words, whatever is left of this group plus Stanton is more WAR than the group without him. Also, the Cubs have to be OK paying him $12-15M in 2015, probably $20M+ in 2016, and a $200M plus 6 year contract beginning in 2017.
Improved? At least the numbers seem to say he was the worst in baseball in 2014. In his defense, it's a cumulative counting stat, so he has more opportunities to hurt his score than part-time players, and he's partly being penalized for catching so many innings. But the number is what it is.
I'm wondering if the South Bend Silverhawks will become the South Bend Cubs. The owner has already mentioned they will grow Ivy on the OF walls and do something that is Cub Marquee-like. Supposedly they will announce those type of changes next Thursday.