Last updated 12-12-2013
38 players (two slots open)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Brooks Raley
* Zac Rosscup
* Chris Rusin
* James Russell
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* George Kottaras
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
* Brett Jackson
* Nate Schierholtz
* Ryan Sweeney
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So, all of the fretting about Jae-Hoon Ha getting drafted was all for nothing; perhaps not as highly valued by other organizations as some thought. And Loosen and Hatley didn't get taken either, despite them being on all of the preview lists. And Carlos Pimentel wasn't taken either.
So they lost Mateo, which will be annoying if he turns out well and the Cubs overspend to get bullpen help, but history of the Rule 5 suggests that likelihood is low.
Also, someone actually wanted Julio Borbon!?!?
So that someone on the Internet can bitch about something
It's the highlight of the off season so far.
Schierholtz is a lefty...Sweeney is a lefty.
Bogusevic is a lefty. So they wanted a right handed hitter to platoon with them.
I think they said they wanted a righthanded-hitting OF. Apart from that, probaly not much. Ruggiano was great in 2012. I'm sure that's comforting.
Is there a point to this trade?
the full Rule 5 drafts...
BA's ideas on changing the Rule 5
Cubs trade Brian Bogusevic for Justin Riggiano of the Marlins.
Interesting take on SpellCheck: http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2013/12/if-team... Sorry if it's 3/44ish
I wouldn't give a team that's losing 90 games a year a great TV deal if I'm a broadcast exec. I doubt there's a queue outside the door right now. These are business people not baseball fans. The promise of young talent is only that. In the eyes of business people who are doing investment cost analysis, the prospects are invisible. So I guess the gamble is that ALL these young players are going to blossom and then some TV execs are going to hand the Cubs keys to the vault? Color me skeptical.
"Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan hears teams believe the Indians, Cubs, Mariners, Padres and Yankees are the most likely destinations for Joaquin Benoit."
that's interesting...kinda. he's 36 and is probably in line for $7-$8m+ a year depending on how many years someone wants to throw at him.
dunno if i buy into the cubs interest on that one.
Obstruction, like it should be at any other base.
link in the sidebar, but Boras bemoaning the Cubs lack of spending again...Theo responds this time.
Theo does elaborate that a new TV deal is gonna be a big key and that revenues should match when their young players are ready.
B. Colon to Mets for 2/20
E. Volquez to Pirates for 1/5
Home plate collisions banned, runner cannot initiate contact but catchers cannot block the plate either and must give runners a path to the base, like all other bases. Specific wording and penalties still to be determined.
collisions at home plate banned by the rules committee...
i feel indifferent about this one...how are they going to handle a catcher dropping an armored leg in front of home plate, especially if the ball isn't going to beat the runner?