Last updated 9-16-2014
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
Updated through 9/17/14 - 10 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.
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There really hasn't been a whole hell of a lot else to talk about. Have I mentioned I really like Logan Watkins? But that's not interesting, not in the slightest.
Last time I peeked at Hamilton's %age Castillo isn't the only one having success there. And I have better plate discipline that Castillo has had this year.
Cubs are moving their MWL affiliate from Kane County to South Bend.
PDC is through 2018 (mirroring the PDCs with Tennessee and Iowa).
The South Bend owner is personally paying for a new grass turf field (replacing the old artificial turf) and will also be constructing an enclosed training complex (hitting cages, pitching mounds, et al).
Still waiting on NWL affiliate news... move to Eugene (sharing facility with U. of Oregon) or to Tri-Cities, or maybe back to Boise (albeit only for two more years)?
mind = blown.
damn, you're dense
this thread must be blowing the "no one wants to hear about mike olt anymore" crowd's mind.
yes, people do want to hear about mike olt...muse about mike olt...figure out what the front office is trying to do (or not do) with him...exchange thoughts/ideas about players...all that stuff.
This offseason will be fun too when they trade Castro, Baez and Soler for Stanton :)
46 comments on an Olt vs. Valaika thread in a few hours...
this blogging thing might be fun to do again next year.
This post has so many responses already. Mike Olt is click bait, apparently. Nicely done, Rob G. Raking in the ad revenue, I bet. ;)
Well Olt is starting tonight at 1B and I honestly couldn't give a flying fuck now that I know the Cubs brass don't like him. Thanks guys. Thanks for nothing. ;)
don't know his "leadership" qualities, but I do know that he's trending the wrong way offensively and does not stay healthy. He does have a good enough arm to throw out Billy Hamilton a couple of times though.
If it would happen, I presume it would be for veteran leadership at that position, a left-handed bat and better plate discpline.
Well, I've gone on record quite a few times as saying I think Renteria has done a nice job. I can't imagine a manager where we don't have things to complain about. Renteria's, for me, is Olt. For others, it's a quick hook, but that doesn't bother me too much. And I love how he hates it when pitchers walk guys. He's done a nice job of getting the team to play fundamentally sound baseball. I haven't seen a Cubs team play such good sound fundamentals in a very long time. My complaints about Renteria and Olt do not translate to FireRenteria.com.
It seems like fans often think that the team should make every move with calculating shrewdness about the long term future, and when that doesn't happen assume its all about managers and personalities and rewarding loyalty and who likes who, etc.
The reality is that baseball is complicated because you are legitimately trying to win every game you play, but also thinking about what's best for the future of the franchise. That sometimes leads to confusing situations for fans, who are on the outside of the decision-making process.
Reading between the lines here on various articles but I think management isn't sold on Castillo long term. I can't back that up with links - just me reading articles and going for the overall flavor of what I've been seeing the last month or so.
Pitchers seem to do okay with him too.