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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I think it's great. Costs about $1M more than Bogusevic. 2013 was a more realistic year for him than 2012 (OPS in 2012 vs LHP was 1.129)
Nice RF platoon
Ruggiano versus LHP OPS
Schierholtz versus RHP OPS
Me too, think he snuck up on everybody with his Winter League performance.
Still a long road to Cubs actually losing him.
I think it's nice for Justin Bour that a team wanted him, too, even if it's only the minor league Rule V.
I reserve the right to complain all season if Mateo turns into a setup man and the Cubs drop loads of money on relief pitchers whose elbows explode and they become untradeable. I will complain every day all season long.
Also, I had forgotten the Cubs still had Marcos Mateo.
Ruggiano's minor league numbers are pretty good
right-handed bench bat, .834 career OPS vs lefties in majors with a .506 SLG, has played all OF positions in majors as well
amount of worry over Rule 5 >>>>> amount of actual impact of Rule 5
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