Last updated 9-29-2014
39 players on RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus three players on 60-DAY DL
* 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
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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"We're going to compete while developing young talent."
thank gawd...been waiting to hear this for years.
i'm not expecting $40m of free agents to flood in or anything like that, but some investment in talent that's expected to stick around past the trade deadline would be nice...something to help fans forget ejax anyway...
I wouldn't complain if he started in AAA, he was fucking awful at the plate.
How FA's decide where to go...
5-10: Everything else
Players so rarely turn down money unless we're talking just a couple of million, or if they really hate a city or state (or their wives do).
guess this was obvious, but "Cubs project Javier Baez will be their Opening Day 2B in 2015."
from Patrick Mooney
all coaches coming back except assistant hitting coach Mike Brumley
One thing the Cubs have in their favor is Theo. I have a hunch his reputation is pretty good among players. I can't say I have evidence to back it up, it's just a gut feeling. Another thing going for them is who wouldn't want to be part of the team that beats the curse. Naturally, there are guys who barely know much about it, but overall I gotta think that's pretty powerful stuff. Last I saw Houston was number 1 in minor league rankings, so they're doing something right, too.
BP's Monday morning 10 pack, reviews ten prospects including Cubs...
Gleyber Torres, SS, Cubs (Short-season Boise)
In 2013 the Cubs were aggressive in the international free agent market as they completely blew out their pool money to acquire their targets. Torres and Eloy Jimenez were the two headliners from that class, with Torres commanding a $1.7 million bonus. He is a shortstop at present but, at 17, he’s still a raw product at the position. I think he has the athleticism to remain there but he will need to take to further coaching and instruction to stick.
Shields v Lester is an awesome way to kick off the playoffs!
Everyone knows that tonight's game is for rights to advance to the ALDS, but also know that the losing starter is going to have to wait until Day 2 of the Cubs' 2015 season to pitch, giving Opening Day rights to tonight's winner.
well lots of people are stupid, who the fuck cares what they think?
Rich people know how to stay rich, I'm sure Crane wants the money in his pocket instead of someone's else's, it's what rich people do. They got screwed over on a TV deal, I'm guessing that's the big sticking point and where the 100s of millions is coming from.
Astros had nearly the same plan as the Cubs and our year ahead, they're doing just fine.
people are still trying to gauge how serious jim crane is about the astros and investing heavily in them.
last year he sued the former owners for artificially inflating the team's value causing him to lose "100s of millions."
the whole b.aiken thing this year didn't help things.
Major Free Agent Player in 2015?
Watch the Houston Astros
Have the #2 and #5 protected picks and #32 compensation pick, plus no state tax.
Turner has nice stuff but eventually potential has to become something more than that. I can't imagine they'll be standing pat on the rotation. I wouldn't be shocked to see a move for Lester as much as I loathe the idea of free agent TOR contracts. It'll be interesting, also to see what they do with Jackson. I don't think they're quite ready to eat the contract. Reading between the lines, it sounds like they're going to see what he does in the off season to try to address his woes. I myself do not hold out any hope on that front, but I'm not the one whose wallet is getting emptied.
Rizzo is mentioned
Always could be worse, could be the Rockies...
I guessed Bochy and Black at first, but it is Maddon.
At first I thought Bochy or Girardi, but I think it's Joe Maddon.