ARTICLE XX-D MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT: Marcos Mateo, RHP
MLB RULE 55 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT:
SIX-YEAR FREE-AGENT: Jeffry Antigua, LHP Lars Anderson, 1B Alberto Cabrera, RHP Marcelo Carreno, RHP Lendy Castillo, RHP Hunter Cervenka, LHP (see NOTE) Charlie Cutler, C Eduardo Figueroa, RHP Luis Flores, C Edgar Gonzalez, INF Marcus Hatley, RHP Jonathon Mota, INF Starling Peralta, RHP Carlos Pimentel, RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP Jose Rosario, RHP Chris Valaika, INF Eli Whiteside, C NOTE: Hunter Cervenka will be eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league 6YFA post-2014 if he signed a 2008 contract when he signed his "first contract" with the Boston Red Sox on 8-15-2008. However, if he was “Signed for Future Service“ (first contract was a 2009 contract), he will not be eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league 6YFA until post-2015.
SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE FA: Jesus Arias,RHP Humberto Garcia, INF Yeiker Lovera, RHP Nate Maldonado, C Yomar Pacheco, RHP Manny Ramirez, OF Brohiglyn Rivero, RHP Julio Sanchez, RHP Roberto Vahlis, C
1. If an ARTICLE XX-B MLB FREE-AGENT signs a minor league contract at least ten days prior to MLB Opening Day, and then is either not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or MLB Disabled List by 3 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day, the player automatically receives a $100,000 retention bonus, and the player can unilaterally opt-out of the minor league contract on June 1st if he has not been added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or an MLB Disabled List by that date.
2. A minor league player eligible to be an ARTICLE XX-D FREE-AGENT who accepts an Outright Assignment and defers free-agency until the end of the season is not eligible to be a free-agent if the player is added back to an MLB 40-man roster by the end of the MLB regular season. If the player is not added back to a 40-man roster by the end of the MLB regular season, the player can file for free-agency beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up through October 15th.
2. A minor league player eligible to be an MLB RULE 55 FREE-AGENT is not eligible to be a FA if the player is added to his club’s 40-man roster by 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series.
2015 Draft Pick Race
Updated through 7/29/14
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.
Luis Rivas singled, doubled, and homered, scored twice, and drove-in four runs, and Ryan Freel reached base four times and scored three runs, leading the EXST Cubs to a 7-4 victory over the EXST A's at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa.
Aaron Miles got four at bats and reached base twice, and four Cubs pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts, as the EXST Cubs blanked the EXST A's 5-0 this morning at Fitch Park Field #3 under mostly-cloudy skies.
Let the autopsy report on this ghastly series read: three games, two runs, 14 hits, three losses.
Lou Piniella made a lineup change on Thursday night, sliding Mike Fontenot from third base to the more familiar ground at second and starting the seldom-used Ryan Freel at third. The moves paid dividends...to the Cardinals:
Patterson doesn't have Daytona on his resume, either. It's tough down there in the FSL--ask Almora and Schwarber. Trying to read Hendry's mind, here's what I get: Patterson is heading to the majors anyway, so why make him slow down at speed bumps?
Well, maybe Schwarber stopped scuffling last night, we'll see, but that was the point of sending him to Daytona when he was barely out of Indiana U. Hoyer on Baez earlier this year:
He's in a big slump. He'll have to figure his way out of it. He'll be stronger for having gone through this.
Yeah....after his 5- start debacle in 2011, and perusing his minor league stats, he should STFU, and stay in the bullpen. 2008, in 25 starts between Daytona and Tennessee, 6-10 with a 5.44 ERA...WHIP of 1.453 10.4 hits/9...6.1 K/9... Yeah no....
The only thing comparable I can think of off the top of my head would be Barry Zito's last two years. Over 2012 and 2013 he had a 4.82 ERA and 1.52 WHIP, and his WAR was 0.2 and -2.6 those years. But even there, 2012 was a moderate success with a 15-8 record and that positive WAR. According to Baseball Reference Jackson was -1.2 last year and is already at -1.3 this year. But then again according to FanGraphs, Jackson was valued at 2.0 last year and 0.7 this year, and there are plenty of pitchers behind him.
Frazier walked the first three men he faced on 13 pitches (the one strike among the 13 was a foul pop up behind home plate that was dropped by catcher Alberto Mineo for an E-2, which is why four of the five runs were unearned).
Coming into tonight's game, in his 1.5 years as a Cub, EJax had an ERA of 5.29 and a WHIP of 1.50.
Tonight, he was given the ball for his 53rd start in a Cub uniform.
What other pitcher, on what other team, would be allowed to start 53 games with such a godawful performance? It is beyond comprehension.
If he is in the rotation next year, we need to seriously start a campaign to boycott his starts.
aside from the control lapses (of which there are many) he's an awesome pitcher...his control will make/break him. he's not very hittable, gets some silly swings/misses, and he keeps the ball in the park.