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.
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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It will be interesting to see if Almora's hitting changes out of the FSL which is notoriously tough on hitters. Also it will be interesting to see if he needs to make an adjustment to AA pitching. Relative to normal age for AA, how young is he for that league?
Soler has been playing like a man among boys across the board and needs to get on the fast track, so that promotion makes immediate sense. But I'm a little surprised by the Almora promotion. He's been hot lately, but his BB% remains frighteningly low and has been pretty much throughout his pro career.
Rizzo's HR production is truly remarkable, given that he is the only legit hitter who can do any damage in the lineup. In the future, Castro should hit 7th -- lousy OBP, moderate power. His bat isn't anything special if he's not playing SS.
Olt & Lake combined tonight -- 0-for-8, 5 Ks. Not good, fellows. Not good.
it only took about 1360 PA of sub-.300 ob% ball to get him out of here.
...1600+ if you throw in his second half of the 2011 season where he hit .238/.286/.328
i don't care about his gold glove year and it's inflated WAR value (hell, he has a positive 0.4/0.6 WAR this season) because the guy has been defensive-bench-player quality at the plate since mid-2011. his only value at the plate is he's not K prone and actually puts the ball in play.
The Cubs have ten days to either release, trade, or outright Darwin Barney to the minors, but because he was not replaced on the 40-man roster by another player when he was Designated for Assignment, the Cubs could also choose to return Barney to the 40-man roster and option him to minors.