Last updated 8-27-2014
39 players on RESERVE LIST (one slot is open), plus one player on 60-DAY DL
25 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus four players on 15-DAY DL and 10 players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Zac Rosscup
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
15-DAY DL: 4
* Felix Doubront, P
Edwin Jackson, P
Justin Ruggiano, OF
* Ryan Sweeney, OF
60-DAY DL: 1
James McDonald, P
Dallas Beeler, P
Junior Lake, OF
Mile Olt, INF
Blake Parker, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Brian Schlitter, P
Dan Straily, P
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
Updated through 8/24/14 - 32 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.
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I really hope Ricky takes this opportunity to have tough talk with Castro about admiring base hits. Put your dMn head down and run. An while he's at it, he can have the same conversation with Rizzo- I've seen him admiring his home runs, too. Frustrating.
"I think because we have so many young players that are going to be cost-controlled over the next several seasons, we have tremendous flexibility built into our roster as it is," Epstein said on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. "We'll be able to field a pretty good nucleus with a very low payroll associated with that.
"That in of itself -- and some of the savings that we made over the last offseason, for example -- will allow us the flexibility to be very aggressive if the right player or players present themselves to us."
I seem to remember that DLee had a similar approach. I believe it is meant to give them a better inital view of the pitcher while helping to keep the front shoulder closed.
I noticed that too about Soler's front foot. Instead of stepping forward he basically is only able to lift it and return to same spot ... minimizes movement and noise in the swing I'm guessing. And with as much strength and size as he has it must work just fine.
Seeing Valbuena bat fourth is not fun.
Any word on Mike Olt's injury, rehab, possible return this Sept?
Baez almost took a low slider out of the park. I know he wants to hit those, but to be successful he'll really need to start laying off those because they're reaching the point where they can throw them in the dirt and he swings at them. Those high fastballs, too. I do think it'll come but sometimes he makes me worry. That was a nice double, tho. I liked the Renteria consolation routine. He also almost went deep on Chapman, just got under it a bit and popped out to the wall - that's a pop out when Baez makes contact with a Chapman pitch.
True. 3 of Price's 5 starts were 8+ innings, with 3 ER or less.. He's been good.
Smyly has been lights out...wow!
Gave me chills!
Cubs hire Baseball Prospectus writer Jason Parks (ProfessorParks) as a scout.
BRENT: Son is a contact hitter with a line-drive stroke... good bunter... no HR power... has above-average speed and is a good baserunner and base-stealer... athletic but erratic middle-infielder with above-average range and decent arm strength... definitely better at 2B than SS... needs to work on the finer points of infield play... I think he got promoted to either Daytona or Tennessee on Wednesday, but the transaction hasn't been announced yet...
The team ought to offer fans complimentary Prozac while Baez is around. He's going to give us a lot of ups and downs.
BRETT: Camp Days & intrasquad games only
Also 7 of 10.
That was a fun last AB heat against power - batter represents lead run - caught deep on warning track. Baez is mercurial alright. Last two AB had promise. What a character.
they still have n.ramirez floating around in the 2015 mix with them. it should be a nice mix with a little talent insurance.
i think they have a year of club control on w.wright, too...not sure.