Cubs to Add Second AZL Team in 2018

The Cubs will be adding a second team in the Arizona League (AZL) in 2018, which effectively means the Cubs will be able to add 35 additional minor league roster slots (minor league reserve list slots). So they will now have 320 minor league roster slots available in the organization instead of 285.

Former Cubs Player Development Director Oneri Fleita had proposed adding a second Cubs team to the AZL about seven or eight years ago, but it didn't go anywhere at the time.  

So the Cubs two AZL affiliates will match their two Dominican Summer League (DSL) affiliates, allowing young Latin players to be promoted from the DSL to the AZL with ease and then be retained for more years than has previously been the case. It will also allow the Cubs to sign more non-drafted free agents (NDFA) after the June draft, and it will also make it easier to get more innings for rehabbing pitchers and more reps for rehabbing position players in AZL games. And if the Cubs were to (let's say) sign two young hotshot shortstops who aren't ready for Eugene, they can both get regular playing time in the AZL (one with AZL Cubs #1 and one with AZL Cubs #2).  

The San Diego Padres added a second AZL team last season, the first MLB club to add a second team in the AZL. And along with the Cubs, the Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants will be adding a second AZL team in 2018 as well. So the AZL will now have 18 teams, with the Colorado Rockies still the only MLB club with Spring Training in Arizona to not field even one team in the AZL (although the Rockies do operate one team in the short-season Pioneer League and one team in the short-season Northwest League). 

The Detrot Tigers have been operating two teams in the Gulf Coast League (GCL) in Florida for two seasons, and the New York Yankees have had two teams in the GCL for several seasons. So now six MLB organizations (the Cubs, Padres, Giants, Indians, Tigers, and Yankees) will be operating two teams in short-season rookie complex leagues (the rookie leagues that are based at Florida and Arizona Spring Training facilities). 

The Cubs are also now one of six MLB clubs with nine minor league affiliates (AZ, HOU, NYM, NYY, and TB are the others). Twelve MLB clubs have eight minor league affiliates, and twelve MLB clubs have seven.  
 
Here are the preliminary 2018 Cubs minor league field staff assignments (some assignments still TBA):

 
CUBS MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FIELD STAFF (last updated 1-18-2018)
FIELD COORDINATOR & CATCHING COORDINATOR: Tim Cossins 
PITCHING COORDINATOR: Brendan Sagara
ASSISTANT PITCHING COORDINATORS: Mike Mason (full season clubs) and Steve Merriman (EXST & short-season clubs)
HITTING COORDINATOR: Jacob Cruz  
ASSISTANT HITTING COORDINATOR: Tom Beyers 
INFIELD COORDINATOR: Jeremy Farrell
OUTFIELD & BASERUNNING COORDINATOR: Doug Dascenzo 
BASERUNNING INSTRUCTOR: Mike Roberts 
LATIN AMERICAN FIELD COORDINATOR: Dave Keller 
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Josh Lifrak 
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Darnell McDonald
MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: John Baker 
LATIN AMERICAN MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: Raymond Fuentes 
IOWA: Marty Pevey (Manager), Rod Nichols (Pitching Coach), Desi Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Chris Valaika (Assistant Coach) 
TENNESSEE: Mark Johnson (Manager), Terry Clark (Pitching Coach), Jesus Feliciano (Hitting Coach), and Ben Carhart (Assistant Coach) 
MYRTLE BEACH: Buddy Bailey (Manager), Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach), Ty Wright (Hitting Coach), and Carlos Rojas (Assistant Coach) 
SOUTH BEND: Jimmy Gonzalez (Manager), Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach), Ricardo Medina (Hitting Coach), and Paul McAnulty (Assistant Coach) 
EUGENE: Steve Lerud (Manager), Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach), Osmin Melendez (Hitting Coach), and Jacob Rogers (Assistant Coach) 
AZL CUBS #1: Carmelo Martinez (Manager), TBA (Pitching Coach), TBA (Hitting Coach), and Leo Perez (Assistant Coach) 
AZL CUBS #2: Jonathan Mota (Manager), TBA (Pitching Coach), Claudio Almonte (Hitting Coach), and TBA (Assistant Coach)
MESA REHAB: Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coordinator) and TBA (Rehab Coach)
DSL CUBS #1: Lance Rymel (Manager), Eduardo Villacis (Pitching Coach), TBA (Hitting Coach), Antonio Valerio (Assistant Coach), and Jose Zapata (Assistant Coach) 
DSL CUBS #2: Pedro Gonzalez (Manager), Jose Cueto  (Pitching Coach), TBA (Hitting Coach), Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach), and Carlos Ramirez (Assistant Coach) 
MINOR LEAGUE ATHLETIC TRAINING COORDINATOR: Chuck Baughman
ASSISTANT MINOR LEAGUE TRAINING COORDINATOR (MESA REHAB): Jonathan Fierro 
LATIN AMERICAN TRAINING COORDINATOR: Jose Alvarez 
ATHLETIC TRAINERS: Ed Halbur and Mike McNulty (Iowa), Toby Williams (Tennessee), Logan Severson (Myrtle Beach), James Edwards (South Bend), Sean Folan (Eugene), Ike Ojata (AZL Cubs #1), TBA (AZL Cubs #2), Adrian Pettaway (DSL Cubs #1), and Arnoldo Goite (DSL Cubs #2) 
MINOR LEAGUE STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR: Doug Jarrow 
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES: Ryan Clausen (Iowa), Jason Moriss (Tennessee), Keegan Knoll (Myrtle Beach), Ryan Nordtvedt (South Bend), Dallas Lopez (Eugene), Mike Megrew (AZL Cubs #1), TBA (AZL Cubs #2), Amaury Gonzalez (DSL Cubs #1), and Manny Estrada (DSL Cubs #2)

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Not one but two AZL Cubs teams? John Arguello would have been freakin' thrilled!

AZ Phil, is there a cap to how many minor league reserve list slots an organization can have?

Each affiliate has a limit. Full season squads have Disabled Lists. So, yes and no. Great news today. I'm very happy. Can draft 30 guys again.

SONICWIND75: Theoretically an MLB club could have 20 or 30 minor league affiliates, but there is a real-world limit based upon the number of minor leagues and the number of clubs in each minor league because adding an additional minor league or expanding the number of clubs in an existing minor league requires the approval of both the MLB Commissioner and the President of Minor League Baseball. 

The basic restriction is no MLB club is permitted to have more than one club in any one "full season" minor league. That's not one minor league classification, that's one minor league. So (for example) the Cubs could operate a team in both the Pacific Coast League and the International League (both AAA leagues), a team in the Eastern League, a team in the Southern League, and a team in the Texas League (all three AA classification), a team in the Carolina League, a team in the California League, and a team in the Florida State League (all three Class "A" - Advanced - AKA - "Hi-A"), and a team in the Midwest League and a team in the South Atlantic League (both Full Season Class "A" - AKA - "Lo-A"), and an infinite number of teams in the NYP League, the Northwest League, the Appalachian League, the Pioneer League, and/or the AZL, GCL, and DSL.

But there are only 30 AAA teams, 30 AA teams, 30 Hi-A teams, and 30 Lo-A teams, with each MLB club operating one (and only one) club in each classification, and the MLB Commissioner and the President of Minor League Baseball would almost certainly not approve expansion of any of the full season leagues unless there was an accompanying expansion at the MLB level.         

As for short-season leagues that include clubs owned in most cases by parties not directly associated with the parent MLB club, there is a certain finite number of teams in each of those leagues, and while it is very possible that affiliations (PDCs) could change from time to time, it is unlikely that the MLB Commissioner and President of Minor League Baseball would approve expansion of those leagues unless there was also expansion at the MLB level or unless some other compelling case could be made to do so.  

But the three rookie "complex" leagues (AZL, GCL, and DSL) are fully owned & operated by MLB clubs and there is no league president or outside ownership groups involved. Still, the MLB Commissioner and the President of Minor League Baseball must approve expansion of the complex leagues, and I would imagine if some MLB club wanted to get real ambitious and add two or three additional affiliates to a complex league (like AZL Cubs #3, AZL Cubs #4, and AZL Cubs #5), that other MLB clubs would object, and then the MLB Commissioner and President of Minor League Baseball would just not give their approval for the expansion. 

MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES PER MLB CLUB:

NINE: (6)
CUBS
AZ
HOU
NYM
NYY
TB

EIGHT: (12)
CIN
CLE
DET
KC
LAD
PHI
PIT
SD
SF
STL
TEX
TOR

SEVEN: (12)
ATL
BAL
BOS
CHW
COL
LAA
MIA
MIL
MIN
OAK
SEA
WAS

Thank you. As always, you are thorough and insightful.

rangers sign curt casali to a minor league deal...some here were following that dude.

Alright another team for Phil to follow.

A home game almost every day.

PHIL: How can you possibly cover all this action, man?! Is there a AZ PHIL, JR.? Or, can you sign someone off the TCR roster? Thanks for the update on this. Very exciting. Wondering what your impressions are of Mike Minor so far? Thanks.

Now takings applications for Intern AZ Phil.

PHIL- I know I have asked this a couple months ago, but have you heard who's coming going and going in the Wilson/Avilia, Pena, and Monterero deals. I know you gave the Answer to the Martin/Hannemann trade. I believe before that you said stuff gets sorted out usually after the Rule 5 draft or has it all turned into "cash considerations"? I didn't know if all of sudden you saw some new random new faces showing up in AZ and not knowing why etc.

CUBBIES-4-EVER: The Cubs paid the Tigers cash (at least $50,000) to complete the Wilson/Avila trade and the Cubs received cash (at least $50,000) from the Blue Jays to complete the Montero trade. As far as I know, the Pena trade is still pending (must be completed by April 9th), so it is possible that the Cubs will acquire a player from the Angels to complete that trade. Otherwise they'll get cash. Clubs have up to six months to agree on a player in any deal when a player on an MLB 40-man roster is traded for a PTBNL or cash, otherwise the club receives cash (minimum $50,000) in lieu of a player. The exact cash amount to be paid to a club in lieu of the club receiving a player must be stated clearly in the terms of the trade when it is officially filed with the MLB office.

That Angels PTBNL screams a catcher. Though the Cubs might toss something else in to get Carlos Perez.

TIM: Good call. Carlos Perez would be an - EXCELLENT - PTBNL in the Felix Pena trade. And Perez is out of minor league options, too, and there is no way he gets through waivers (and the Angels almost certainly must know that). The Angels might want to wait and make sure Martin Maldonado and Ruben Rivera make it through Spring Training in one piece before they jettison Perez, but at least the Cubs have until April 9th (after the conclusion of Spring Training) to complete the Felix Pena trade. The Angels also have a third catcher (Juan Graterol) on the 40 and he does have minor league options left, so the Angels can just send him to AAA to provide depth behind Maldonado and Rivera if they find they can't keep Perez. No wonder Curt Casali wanted out!

Jan 20th... aside from s.ohtani and w.davis (or z.cosart if you're into that) none of the "top" FA class has signed jd martinez, darvish, arrieta, cobb, hosmer, moosetacos, cain, lynn...waiting hell, the only SP of note to sign so far (aside from ohtani) is ancient-ass sabathia and the cubs very own high risk gamble of chatwood...if chatwood is worth noting.

Carlos Santana signed too. Bruce got a pretty decent deal for what he is. Basically the relief pitchers are getting paid because teams are wanting to build deep pens. At this point, Darvish and Arrieta are holding out for top dollar, but with the Yankees and Dodgers unwilling to exceed the LT their market is limited and the rest of the FA class is simply not that appealing. JD Martinez is the best hitter on the market, but he’s a DH and not too many teams have a burning need for his services. He reportedly has a very good offer from the Red Sox which, if true, he should be all over. Lorenzo Cain is a good player who is 32 and will cost a draft pick. Hosmer and Moustakas alternate between replacement level and above average every other year and will cost a draft pick. Nobody wants to sign Cobb or Lynn, and give up a draft pick, while Darvish and Arrieta are out there.

im just waiting for the pieces to fall. i wouldn't complain about any of them, but i kinda hope arrieta goes elsewhere solely for the draft pick "bonus" coming to the cubs. the minor league system is hurting and any pickups now are generally expected to be the types that will pay off when need is expected years from now.

Yeah, at this point I’d be all in for Darvish. I think he’ll be a good bit better than Arrieta and you get the extra draft pick.

Darvish, Lester, Hendricks, and Quintana is a competitive post-season rotation. Lester, Hendricks, Q, and Chatwood isn't, at least to my eye. Cubs need to either sign a #1/#2 SP now, or at the trade deadline. Do it now, it costs money. Do it later, it costs less money and some players. How I piece it together. I'm for now.

But by all objective measures the Cubs already have three #1/#2 pitchers. Quintana, Lester, and Hendricks are almost certainly among the top 60 pitchers in baseball. Obviously Darvish or Arrieta make the Cubs better, but I disagree with the idea that they have to.

That'll partially depend on if Lester can return to form but also it's not just pitching quality but length the Cubs need. They killed their bullpen with all the starting pitcher quick hooks (some warranted some not) and they need a guy who can go deep in games and depending on either Chatwood or Montgomery for that is asking a lot.

counting on chatwood to be more than a 5-6 inning pitcher would be generous pending some kind of amazing turn around. he's got the stuff and variety of pitches to be awesome, but he's not a guy handing the ball to the setup guy or closer very often. i hope this gamble doesn't end up on par with the edwin jackson deal. relying on chatwood+montgomery back to back doesn't seem to be wise. that said, it does seem like another starter is very likely to be added with the cubs not saying anything about the roster being complete. even the 40-man roster currently sits at 39.

I mean, the Cubs are 100% going to sign another starting pitcher before Opening Day. They're a player at the top of the market, but if they don't get the terms they want, I'm sure they have down-market backups. So there are more innings coming. I was specifically addressing a playoff rotation. Truth about Lester.

cubs winter league stats for those that care...haven't seen much discussion this off-season http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/org.jsp?id=chc nothing really of note outside of some decent AFL showings that's already been hashed over. AA'r carlos penalver (SS) getting some heavy work. stephen perakslis is also working hard trying to make himself into a starter (mostly a reliever for the cubs), but having a very poor showing of numbers while doing it.

supposedly the brewers are close to a big trade *shrug*

"According to reports from Yahoo Japan, the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent right-hander Yu Darvish." da hell are they working on over there... so they mystery club was the brewers, not the dodgers? *shrug*

I find it funny how much Darvish seems to like promoting himself and showing that all these teams are interested. Like he thinks that will help him earn more money... to me, it reeks of desperation.

everyone seems to be waiting on him or arrieta to set the market, so more power to them. we got like 22-23 days (or something like that) til pitchers and catchers report. there's not just the bigger SP out there still waiting, but a decent slew of middle-rotation talent options out there still waiting.

I think it's hilarious. He seems to be having fun, like Bryant and Harper teases everyone. It's baseball. Have fun!

"Cubs signed C Chris Gimenez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training."

...who is supposedly close with Yu Darvish.

either way, i would be surprised if this isn't the guy they break ST with as a backup...leaving v.caratini in AAA to get regular work.

Chris Gimenez was Yu Darvish's "personal" catcher with the Rangers in 2014 (pre-Darvish's TJS).

Hopefully it's a Lester/Ross thing, with the timing reversed. Just for fun, I looked up Ross' numbers with the Cubs, and it was as I remembered -- he was god-awful the first year (.176 BA, .518 OPS) before riding off into the sunset as a WS Game 7 hero after homering off Andrew Miller and becoming a national celebrity. Amazing.

The following ten Cubs minor leaguers who spent all or part of the 2017 season with a Cubs DSL affiliate have used up their Foreign Rookie League eligibility, and so it is "AZL or Bust" for them in 2018: Yan de la Cruz, RHP Miguel Estevez, RHP Jean Garcia, RHP Junior Marte, RHP Fidel Matos, 1B Ivan Medina, RHP Henrry Pedra, INF Aneuris Rosario, RHP Franklin Tineo, INF Luis Ubiera, OF In previous seasons these players would have been candidates to get released (and one or more still might be released this year), but by establishing a second AZL team in 2018, the Cubs can (if they wish) retain these players for at least one more year before their roster slots (reserve list slots) will be needed for younger Latin players moving up from the DSL.

Still in the range of 30 signings for the 2017/8 cycle? Almost amazing, considering being "in jail".

By the way, it's my campaign only for now, but I'm calling DSL 1 the Cachorros (Cubs in Espanol) and DSL 2 the Potros (Colts, which was a former Cubs name.)

Like those

The Cubs have added two more minor league coaches and both have been or will likely be assigned to one of the two AZL Cubs squads. Steve Janssen was hired by the Cubs as a minor league pitching coach and he will likely be the pitching coach for either AZL Cubs #1 or AZL Cubs #2. Janssen was born in The Netherlands and played professionally in Belgium for several seasons before becoming Director of the Belgian Baseball Federation. Janssen has been Pitching Coach for the Dutch National Team for the past 15 years and he was bullpen coach for Team Netherlands in the WBC, so he has worked extensively with players (especially pitchers) from Curacao and Aruba (perhaps soon to join Mexico as a Cubs international gold mine?). Mike Carter has been hired by the Cubs as hitting coach for AZL Cubs #1. Carter was the 3rd round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers out of the U. of West Alabama in the 1990 draft, and he played 13 seasons in the minors, including three seasons (1994-96) at AA and AAA in the Cubs organization. Carter has spent the past 15 years as a professional hitting instructor (Michael Carter Hitting Technics) in Phoenix (sort of like what Kris Bryant's father Mike does in Las Vegas). Carter is the father of Angels OF prospect Michael Hermosillo and Scottsdale Community College OF Antoine Mistico (drafted by Detroit Tigers out of Chandler Hamilton HS in 2017 but did not sign).

Here are the Cubs Minor League Field Staff assignments (updated 3/2). The two newest coaches are Wes Long (AZL Cubs #1 Hitting Coach) and Jamie Vermilyea (AZL Cubs #2 Pitching Coach).

CUBS MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FIELD STAFF
FIELD COORDINATOR & CATCHING COORDINATOR: Tim Cossins
PITCHING COORDINATOR: Brendan Sagara
ASSISTANT PITCHING COORDINATORS: Mike Mason (full season clubs) and Steve Merriman (EXST & short-season clubs)
HITTING COORDINATOR Jacob Cruz

ASSISTANT HITTING COORDINATOR: Tom Beyers
INFIELD COORDINATOR: Jeremy Farrell
OUTFIELD & BASERUNNING COORDINATOR: Doug Dascenzo
LATIN AMERICAN FIELD COORDINATOR: Dave Keller
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Josh Lifrak
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM COORDINATOR: John Baker
LATIN AMERICAN MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: Raymond Fuentes
IOWA: Marty Pevey (Manager), Rod Nichols (Pitching Coach), Desi Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Chris Valaika (Assistant Coach)
TENNESSEE: Mark Johnson (Manager), Terry Clark (Pitching Coach), Jesus Feliciano (Hitting Coach), and Ben Carhart (Assistant Coach)
MYRTLE BEACH: Buddy Bailey (Manager), Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach), Ty Wright (Hitting Coach), and Carlos Rojas (Assistant Coach)
SOUTH BEND: Jimmy Gonzalez (Manager), Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach), Ricardo Medina (Hitting Coach), and Paul McAnulty (Assistant Coach)
EUGENE: Steve Lerud (Manager), Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach), Osmin Melendez (Hitting Coach), and Jacob Rogers (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS #1: Carmelo Martinez (Manager), Steve Janssen (Pitching Coach), Wes Long (Hitting Coach), and Leo Perez (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS #2: Jonathan Mota (Manager), Jamie Vermilyea (Pitching Coach), Claudio Almonte (Hitting Coach), and Steve Carter (Assistant Coach)
MESA REHAB: Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coordinator) and TBA (Rehab Coach)
DSL CUBS #1: Lance Rymel (Manager), Eduardo Villacis (Pitching Coach), TBA (Hitting Coach), Antonio Valerio (Assistant Coach), and Jose Zapata (Assistant Pitching Coach)
DSL CUBS #2: Pedro Gonzalez (Manager), Jose Cueto (Pitching Coach), TBA (Hitting Coach), Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach), and Carlos Ramirez (Assistant Pitching Coach)
MINOR LEAGUE ATHLETIC TRAINING COORDINATOR: Chuck Baughman
ASSISTANT MINOR LEAGUE TRAINING COORDINATOR (MESA REHAB): Jonathan Fierro
ATHLETIC TRAINERS: Ed Halbur and Mike McNulty (Iowa), Toby Williams (Tennessee), Logan Severson (Myrtle Beach), James Edwards (South Bend), Sean Folan (Eugene), Ike Ojata (AZL Cubs #1), Matthew Hussey (AZL Cubs #2), Brennan Connelly and German Suncin (DSL Cubs #1), and Arnoldo Goite (DSL Cubs #2)
MINOR LEAGUE STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR: Doug Jarrow
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES: Ryan Clausen (Iowa), Jason Moriss (Tennessee), Keegan Knoll (Myrtle Beach), Ryan Nordtvedt (South Bend), Dallas Lopez (Eugene), Mike Megrew (AZL Cubs #1), TBA (AZL Cubs #2), Tomas Sanchez and Amaury Gonzalez (DSL Cubs #1), and Manny Estrada (DSL Cubs #2)

Mistico is a member of the Fighting Artichokes. Incredible name.

one of the very few good things in scottsdale. well, there's some great food there, too...shame it's in scottsdale.

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  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 22 min ago (view)

    AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August. 

     

  • Mike Wellman 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.

    This team has no direction at the moment.

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer.  Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague.  Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio.  I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 23 hours ago (view)

    Barry Foote bobble day! Cool!

     

  • Mornington Crescent 3 days 42 min ago (view)

    They also gave away Larry Craig bobblefoot dolls as a promotion.

     

  • crunch 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    alcantara passes through waivers and is assigned to AAA.

    marisnick contract final, phllip ervin (OF) DFA'd

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Yes they did.

     

  • crunch 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    welcome to the "big time" st paul saints...they built a nice park, the fans showed up, and they go from indies to AAA (with a bit of $ help from the twins for part ownership).

    billy murray is a part owner of the group that owns the saints, btw.

     

  • Mike Wellman 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Hagsag, the River Bandits made the cut tho, right?

     

  • Craig A. 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Could have an option year remaining.  Bleacher Nation walked it back, per the link above.

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Living in the Quad Cities area, I look forward to hopefully coming to Des Moines to see the I Cubs a few times this summer.

     

  • CubbyBlue 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    SERIOUSLY!

     

  • CTSteve 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    It was time. 

     

  • Hagsag 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Love it Jackstraw.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed OF Cameron Maybin to a 2021 minor league contract.

    Because he was an Article XX-B MLB free-agent post-2020, he gets the automatic $100K retention bonus and June 1st player opt-out if he is not released or added to the MLB 40-man roster by MLB Opening Day.