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.
His ERA last year was 4.98. He ranked 42nd out of 43 NL qualifiers. He was also 42nd of of 43 in WHIP.
This year his ERA is 5.64, which is a distant 50th out of 50. He is also dead last by a sizable margin in WHIP.
That's not unlucky -- that's consistency over a year and a half.
Good Prospect Watching in-person for the E-Man this week.
O&B, to answer "Mendy's" handling of off speed stuff, he did not seemed fooled much when I was in attendance at Friday's game. The kid seems like a gamer. But 1st time through the league so we'll all see soon how he responds.
Soler 3/5 with two homers for the Smokies today. Starting to wonder just how good he might be if he can stay healthy for the rest of the season (mentally, I've all but written him off for not being on the field much).
JD said that they've been running the curve ball at him consistently, and obviously he's (so far) doing quite well regardless. His first game he looked horrible on a couple - but might just have been day 1 jitters.
Thanks for the explanation. I don't care too much how he does this year. Assuming the Cubs keep him, it would be nice to have have a turn around year next year, since he should be able to eat innings. If he could eat innings and just step it up a notch he wouldn't be bad rotation filler, even though obviously not worth the money.
Cubs score 6 runs Saturday and 7 runs Sunday and are not competitive in either game. EJax is 50th out of 50th (and a lot worse than #49) in NL starting pitcher ERA -- TWood is, I believe, 48th. Brutal to have them pitch back-to-back. Get ready for a fun second half!