Last updated 10-6-2014
40 players on RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players on 60-DAY DL
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Felix Doubront
* Eric Jokisch
* Joe Ortiz
* 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
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in 2015 draft as well their their regular pick. The teams with the 10 worst records (top 11 picks) have their first round pick protected if they signed a qualified free agent this offseason.
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...a challenger appears
"LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins plan to contact Joe Maddon regarding their managerial vacancy."
Thanks Rob - all managers make head scratcher moves so I'm not worried about that angle. My overall feeling is that if everybody loves the guy then they ought to go for it. The march against Cubbery needs every angle it can get to overcome the stench we've had to endure.
it's a manager, no one has yet to devise a great way to really evaluate one vs the next in any tangible way. But we know he can succeed with young talent, we know players love playing for him, sure does love defensive shifts, is a really sharp guy.
Not saying Renteria isn't any of those things, and that Maddon wouldn't make some head scratcher moves here and there, but the track record and reputation are certainly there.
Why the hell are the players announcing their nationality, like it's a friggin football game?
Is Maddon really that much better than Renteria? I honestly don't know that much about Maddon since I hardly pay any attention to the AL. Renteria had this team playing pretty sound, fundamental baseball. I haven't seen that in about ten years. I'd be bummed if they hired a star manager and then started missing cutoff men again or played wacky in their many other ways.
On the other hand, Olt.
It's these huge questions that I rely on you guys to answer, since I really have no clue what is best.
The Cubs reportedly will keep Renteria as Bench coach in an attempt to get Mike Olt on the field since the two cannot be in the same place at once. F+
The Cubs reportedly will keep Renteria as special manager in charge of Valbuena. C-
The Cubs reportedly will keep Renteria as special assistant to the Manager in charge of grinding it out. B-
The Cubs reportedly will keep Renteria as Assistant Manager in charge of replay review and ejections. C
The Cubs reportedly will keep Renteria as special coach in charge of weird people batting cleanup. D+
yeah, guess I could see Tigers getting rid of Ausmus. Mets made sense and was team everyone jumped on besides Cubs, but they've been rather adamant all day that they're not making a move, but that could change of course. Cubs on the other hand have been completely silent about it today.
Mets and Tigers also being rumored and both seem plausible.
I'd like you to finally come out and say it. Stop beating around the bush here. Would you like the Cubs to spend more money on free agents rather than focus on management?
if i were to guess
Cubs, Phillies......then maybe Blue Jays, Rangers(yeah I know they just hired someone), Twins (Twins aren't gonna pay that much).
"Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Joe Maddon is seeking a contract in the five-year, $25 million range."
...also of interest because of past rumors/links...
"CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Cole Hamels is updating his no-trade list."
Madden is the best person alive for the Cubs manager job because of the way he keeps player loose, having fun, not taking things too seriously outside the lines. No team like a bunch of barely-adults with 110 years of expectations, a media crush, and an insane fanbase needs to be relaxed as much as this one would.
Nothing against Renteria, but this would be a massive get. I don't typically buy into managers as key pieces on teams, but in this case, I am sold.
yeah, it's jokes.
cubs can afford a lot of things...i'm just ready for them to pull the trigger now that they've gotten the things we were told to be patient for while losing like hell for the past few years.
Rival executives believe that if Joe Maddon winds up with the Cubs, the Rays will investigate the issue of tampering.
wrong end of the emotion spectrum...
pay Maddon whatever he wants, Cubs can afford it and he's good at his job.