Mark Johnson has been named Cubs Minor League Catching Coordinator (position was vacant since Tim Cossins took MLB coaching position with Baltimore Orioles in December), Jimmy Gonzalez replaces Johnson as AA Tennessee Manager, Steve Lerud replaces Gonzalez as Myrtle Beach Manager, Lance Rymel replaces Lerud as Eugene Manager, Ricardo Medina replaces Rymel as AZL Cubs #2 Manager, Ty Wright replaces Medina as Myrtle Beach Hitting Coach, Michael Carter replaces Wright as Eugene Hitting Coach, and the AZL Cubs #1 Hitting Coach slot (formerly occupied by Carter) is presently vacant (TBD).
2019 CUBS SPRING TRAINING UNIFORM NUMBERS
As things stand right now...
The Cubs released eleven minor league pitchers yesterday:
Although it is not yet official, the Cubs have reportedly signed veteran RHRP Junichi Tazawa to a minor league contract. Because he was a post-2018 Article XX-B MLB free-agent, the 32-year old Tazawa will get a $100,000 retention bonus if he is not released at least five days prior to 2019 MLB Opening Day and added to an MLB 40-man roster by Opening Day, and he gets an automatic opt-out if he is not added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster by June 1st.
2019 Cubs Winter Instructs is well underway on the backfields at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa.
Instructs actually began on January 7th, but the first ten days were spent on Cubs Way orientation & player conditioning and then rain on Tuesday postponed full-scale field activities for another couple of days.