Cubs 2019-20 International Signing Period (J-2 Players)

1/27 UPDATE:

The Cubs have officially signed their 12th 2019-20 IFA:

Frank Hernandez
, RHP/OF (two-way player)
R/R, 5'11 180, Age 18 
SPAIN

The 18-year old Hernandez (he turns 19 next month) was the star (OF & RHP) of the Spanish 18U team that played for the World Cup in South Korea last summer, and he is the first player ever signed by the Cubs out of Spain.

He has been assigned to DSL Cubs Blue (Future Service Contract - signed 2020 contract) and is being officially carried as a pitcher on the DSL Cubs Blue roster, although he was signed as a "two-way player."  

NOTE: Hernandez was signed prior to January 1st so he can be carried as a "Future Services Player" (and thus not count against the DSL Cubs Blue reserve list limit until DSL Opening Day). Although Hernandez was signed about a month ago, the filing of his contract and the required approval by MLB was delayed because the MLB office was closed for two weeks over Christmas - New Year's. 


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10/30 UPDATE
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The Cubs officially signed two more 2019-20 J-2 IFA:

Gabriel Disla, OF 
R/R, 5'11 165, Age 18 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

Edgar Mercedes, RHP 
R/R, 6'8 190, Age 18 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

Both were "Signed for Future Service" (signed 2020 contract) and were assigned to DSL Cubs #1. 
 
The signing bonuses have not yet been reported. 

So the Cubs have signed eleven J-2 IFA (so far) in the 2019-20 ISP that began on July 2nd (see complete list-to-date below). 


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9/26 UPDATE

The Cubs have officially signed five more 2019-20 J-2 IFA: 

Jose Acila, P
R/R, 5'11 170, Age 19 
VENEZUELA  

Leury Gomez, P 
R/R, 6'2 160, Age 17 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Luis Maza, SS 
L/R, 5'10 150, Age 16 
VENEZUELA 

Robinson Rodriguez, P 
R/R, 6'2 190, Age 19 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

Albaro Santana, P 
R/R, 6'2 190, Age 19 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

All five were "Signed for Future Service" (signed 2020 contract) and were assigned to DSL Cubs #2. 

The signing bonuses have not yet been reported. 


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8/5 UPDATE

The Cubs have signed their fourth 2019-20 J-2 IFA: 

Dawel Rodriguez, P
R/R, 6'3 200, Age 20
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 

Unlike Altuve, Made, and Quintero, D. Rodriguez was not "Signed for Future Service," so he will likely be activated prior to the conclusion of the DSL season. 

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7/2 UPDATE

The Cubs have officially signed their first three 2019-20 J-2 IFA: 

Brayan Altuve, C 
R/R, 5'11 160, Age 16 
VENEZUELA 
$1M signing bonus (see NOTE below)

Kevin Made, SS 
R/R, 6'1 160, Age 16 
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  
$1.5M signing bonus (see NOTE below)

Ronnier Quintero, C 
L/R, 6'0 175.Age 16
VENEZUELA 
$2.9M signing bonus (see NOTE below) 

All three were "Signed for Future Service" (signed 2020 contracts) and were assigned to DSL Cubs #1, so they will not be making their pro debuts until sometime next year. 

Unless and until the Cubs acquire additional ISBP via trade, they have maxed-out their 2019-20 ISBP and cannot give a signing bonus in excess of $10,000 to any J-2 IFA beyond the three already signed. 

NOTE: The three signing bonuses listed above were reported by mlb.com, but collectively the bonuses exceed the Cubs 2019-20 ISBP limit by $1,700, so they cannot be 100% accurate (one of the three had to get at least $1,700 less than the bonus reported by mlb.com for that player).  

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INTERNATIONAL FREE-AGENTS SIGNED BY CUBS IN 2019-20 INTERNATIONAL SIGNING PERIOD

Last updated 10-30-2019

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

NOTE: Age listed is the player's age when he signed 

PITCHERS: (7)
Jose Acila (age 19) - VENEZUELA - 5'11 170 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019
Leury Gomez (age 17) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'2 160 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019 
Frank Hernandez (age 18) - SPAIN - 5'11 180 - SIGNED DECEMBER 2019 
Edgar Mercedes (age 18) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'8 190 - SIGNED OCTOBER 2019  
Dawel Rodriguez (age 20) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'3 200 - SIGNED AUGUST 2019 
Robinson Rodriguez (age 19) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'2 190 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019 
Albaro Santana (age 19) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'2 190 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019 

CATCHERS: (2)
Brayan Altuve (age 16) - VENEZUELA - 5'11 160 - SIGNED JULY 2019
* Ronnier Quintero (age 16) - VENEZUELA - 6'0 175 - SIGNED JULY 2019

INFIELDERS: (2)
Kevin Made (age 16) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 6'1 160 - SIGNED JULY 2019 
* Luis Maza (age 16) - VENEZUELA - 5'10 150 - SIGNED SEPTEMBER 2019 

OUTFIELDERS: (1)
Gabriel Disla (age 18) - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - 5'11 165 -  SIGNED OCTOBER 2019 

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7/1 ORIGINAL POST


The "International Signing Period" (ISP) extends from July 2nd through June 15th of the following year. No international player can be signed during the period of time extending from June 16th through July 1st.

Any individual who is age 17 or older, has not previously signed an MLB or minor league contract, resides outside the U. S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, and has not been enrolled in a high school or college in the U. S., Canada, or Puerto Rico within the previous year, can be signed during the "International Signing Period." Also, a 16-year old international player can be signed if the individual will turn 17 prior to September 1st or prior to the conclusion of the regular season of the minor league club to which the player is assigned (whichever comes first).
NOTE: These players are sometimes referred to as "J-2 players," because they can be signed beginning on July 2nd ("J-2"). 

An international player can be "Signed for Future Service" (contract is for the following season) if the player signs a contract during the period of time starting on July 2nd up through December 31st.

In addition, a 16-year old international player who otherwise would not be eligible to sign can be "Signed for Future Service" (that is, contract is for the following season) if the player signs a contract July 2nd through August 31st.


INTERNATIONAL SIGNING BONUS POOL 

There is a maximum limit on the aggregate amount of money each MLB club can pay as signing bonuses to international first-year players.

1. Each MLB club is assigned an "International Signing Bonus Pool" (ISBP) prior to the start of the International Signing Period (ISP). 

2019-20 ISP: 
$6,481,200 for MLB clubs that have selections in Competitive Balance Round "B" (between the 2nd & 3rd rounds) of the MLB Rule 4 Draft;
$5,939,800 for MLB clubs that have selections in Competitive Balance Round "A" (between the 1st & 2nd rounds) of the MLB Rule 4 Draft; 
$5,398,300 for all other MLB clubs (including the Cubs). 

2. Any signing bonus of $10,000 or less does not count toward a club's ISBP limit. 

3. An MLB club (excluding clubs that receive CBT revenue sharing and MLB Rule 4 Competitive Balance draft picks) that signs an Article XX-B Qualified Player (not including its own Qualified Players) will have $500,000 subtracted from its assigned International Signing Bonus Pool (ISBP) in the next full International Signing Period (ISP) for each Qualified Player signed, and an MLB club that is a Competitive Balance Tax (CBT) payor (club's payroll from the previous season exceeded the CBT threshold) would have $1,000,000 subtracted from its ISBP in the next ISP for each Qualified Player signed. (The Competitive Balance Tax threshold is $195M in 2017, $197M in 2018, $206M in 2019, $208M in 2020, and $210M in 2021).
NOTE: The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies had their 2019-20 ISBP reduced by $500K and the Washington Nationals had their 2019-20 ISBP reduced by $1M as the result of signing post-2018 MLB Article XX-B Qualified Players (and because the Nationals exceeded the CBT threshold in 2018, they had their 2019-20 ISBP reduced by $1M). 

4. A club cannot exceed its assigned ISBP plus a maximum additional 60% of its assigned ISBP that might be acquired via trade or trades. 

5. A club can carry-over up to $400K in ISBP space from one ISP to the next ISP if a contract or contracts signed by a player or players is/are voided after the conclusion of the ISP during which the contract or contracts was/were signed. The amount of ISBP space carried-over from the previous ISP must match the amount of ISBP space that was deducted from the club's ISBP after the player or players signed their contracts. If the amount of ISBP space deducted exceeded $400K, the amount of ISBP space in excess of $400K that is carried-over to the next ISP will be divided up into 29 equal amounts and added to the ISBP of the other 29 MLB clubs. 
NOTE: A club's right to carry-over ISBP space from one ISP to the next ISP only applies to contracts that are voided as the result of the player failing his physical or being unable to obtain a visa to the U. S. or if an investigation by the MLB Commissioner determines the player falsified his age and/or identity prior to signing the contract. It does not apply to contracts voided by the MLB Commissioner as a result of a rules violation by the club.

5. The MLB Commissioner can order a club to forfeit up to 50% of its assigned ISBP from one or more ISP and/or one or more player contract(s) can be voided if it is determined that a club and/or a player or players attempted to circumvent the international signing bonus rules.


ISBP RESTRICTIONS/EXCEPTIONS

1. A international first-year player subject to ISBP restrictions cannot be signed to a Major League contract.

2. A player age 25 or older who has spent all or part of at least six seasons playing in an MLB-recognized foreign professional or "major" league is considered to be a "Foreign Professional" player. A "Foreign Professional" is not subject to ISBP international first-year player restrictions and can sign a Major League or minor league contract with any MLB organization without restriction. A signing bonus paid to a "Foreign Professional" does - NOT - count against the club’s ISBP.
NOTE: Beginning with the 2018-19 ISP, any "Foreign Professional" player under contract to a Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (Mexican League) club can sign a Major League or minor league contract with any MLB organization after the conclusion of the LMB season (including post-season), or (with consent of the player's LMB club) during the LMB season. If an MLB club signs an LMB player with "Foreign Professional" player status, the MLB club must pay the LMB club a one-time release fee equal to 15% of the total value of the contract if the player signs a Major League contract or 35% of the total value of the contract if the player signs a minor league contract. No release fee would be paid by the MLB club if the player's contract has expired or if the contract had been terminated by the LMB club prior to the MLB club offering a contract to the player.     

3. A player under contract to a Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (Mexican League) club who has not yet reached "Foreign Professional" player status may sign a minor league contract with an MLB organization - IF - the LMB club agrees to release the player so that he can sign with the MLB club. The Mexican League club would receive a one-time release fee equal to 35% of the total value of the contract (by rule an international player who is not yet a "Foreign Professional" cannot sign a Major League contract). The release fee paid by an MLB club to an LMB club does - NOT - count against the MLB club's ISBP.    
NOTE: Prior to the 2018-19 ISP, up to 75% of a signing bonus paid to a Mexican League player (or a player under contractual control of an LMB club) who had not yet reached "Foreign Professional" player status did not count against the MLB club's ISBP if the signing bonus was paid to the Mexican League club and not directly to the player and the player received no more than 25% of the signing bonus from the Mexican League club. 


TRADING/ACQUIRING ISBP SPACE

A club can trade up to 100% of its ISBP, and a club can acquire up to 60% of its assigned ISBP via trade or trades.

While up to 100% of a club's originally-assigned ISBP (plus up to an additional 60% of the club's originally-assigned ISBP that might be acquired in a trade or trades) can be traded, there are some restrictions:

1. A club's ISBP (or a portion of it) can only be traded during the International Signing Period (ISP) to which the ISBP was assigned (July 2nd through June 15th of the following year);

2. A club can trade ISBP space only in increments of $250K (including multiples of $250K) unless the club is trading all of its remaining ISBP in one transaction.

3. A club's ISBP (or a portion of it) cannot be sold for cash. However, cash can be exchanged if it is used to offset the salary or salaries of a player or players acquired in return for the SBV;

4. A club's ISBP (or a portion of it) cannot be substituted for a "Player to Be Named Later" (PTBNL);

5. Another club's ISBP (or a portion of it) acquired in a trade can be traded ("flipped") to a third club.

Comments

Wow, all three are 16 years old at this time.

They also signed Luis Berelleza, on the first of August.

Odd that the Tyler Schlaffer signing just became official.

TIM: Luis Berelleza was one of three IFA signed by the Cubs on June 14 (the day before the conclusion of the 2018-19 ISP). Only the four players listed above (Altuve, Made, Quintero, and D. Rodriguez) have been signed by the Cubs (so far) in the 2019-20 ISP.

The signing dates reported on mlb.com are not always accurate. 

AZ Phil, thanks for keeping us updated on IFA’s Signings. It’s great to have somebody with inside info.

Cubs minor leaguers in Mesa are wearing the new Nike jerseys, which look the same as the previous Majestic unis (blue Cubs jersey with red names and numbers outlined in white), except for the Nike "swoosh" insignia on the upper right front of the shirt.

Not sure yet how the AZL Cubs Blue and AZL Cubs Red squads (and DSL Cubs Blue and DSL Cubs Red squads) will be differentiated (AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 wore the exact same Cubs blue jerseys with red numbers outlined in white last year), although a blue Cubs cap with a red visor might be one simple and obvious distinction for the Red squads, and perhaps a red undershirt and/or red wtist bands and/or red socks might be other possibilities, although I doubt that the Red squads will wear red jerseys (with blue lettering) because then they almost become the Cardinals.      

Per Passan, KB has lost his grievance. Now what?

Dig deep into those Ricketts pockets and sign him to an extension. :P

The problem with a potential contract extension for Kris Bryant is that the basic philosophy of the Boras Corporation is that a player's true market value cannot be determined until he becomes a free-agent, so it's imperative for a player to become a free-agent ASAP and not buy-out free-agent years.

Also, after he becomes a free-agent the player promises to accept the best offer, whether or not it is from the player's hometown team, or the organization that signed him, or his favorite team as a kid, or where his best friend plays, or if the team is a contender. Doesn't matter. If you sign with Boras, you promise to take the most money. Ideally, the team that offers the most money is a club the player actually wants to play for (as happened with Gerrit Cole), but it doesn't necessarily have to be that way.  

So when Bryant says he hopes to remain a Cub for life (or whatever he said) what he is really saying is that once he becomes a free-agent after the 2021 season, that he hopes the Cubs will offer him the most money so that he can re-sign with the Cubs. And if the Cubs don't offer the most money, he'll sign elsewhere. But he won't know who will offer the most money until he actually becomes a FA, which is why he won';t sign a contact extension before becoming a free-agent.  

BTW, buying out just arbitration years is OK (Bryce Harper did that), because the club is giving up the best contract in baseball (a one-year contract with a club option for the next year) in return for multi-year guaranted money for the player, so that he can't get non-tendered even if he suffers a career-ending or even season-ending injury during his 5th full season that impacts his availability in his 6th final full season before becoming a FA.

Some clubs just don't seem to understand that you shouldn't buy out arbitration years if you don't get free-agent years, too. The "cost certainty" that goes along with buying out arbitration years is not worth the price of guaranteeing a contract for more than one season when you don't have to. 

*shrug*  wait for WAS or TEX or COL to offer up something worth having while hoping some of whatever comes back the cubs way is worth putting on the field in april 2020, i guess...

pretty sure the team is set for infield rakes and Simoniz...

hell, this late in the offseason they may just keep him for another year and hope his D at 3rd doesn't deteriorate.

If the Cubs aren't able to get a satisfactory package of younger MLB-ready players back in a Kris Bryant deal, a Bryant / Chatwood / Descalso (combined $33.85M AAV in 2020) for Nolan Arenado and two minimum salary guys (TBD) off the Rockies 40-man roster (combined $33.65M AAV in 2020) could work.

It would be an almost exact AAV exchange in 2020, with the Rockies gaining some payroll flexibility ($15M+) post-2020 after Chatwood & Descalso leave via FA offset by a likely Bryant pay raise in his final season of arbitration eligibility, and then the Rocks would get a compensation draft pick post-2021 after Bryant leaves as a FA as well. 

The Rockies could also trade Bryant for prospects at the 2020 trade deadline or next off-season or at the 2021 trade deadline if they decide not keep Bryant all the way through the 2021 season.  

So with the signing of Souza and JJ, who joins Pelham on his way off the 40 man?....or is that KB's exit spot?

cubbies.4ever: I would think Dan Winkler would be the one, given that the Giants got him through waivers and outrighted him last August after they acqured him in the Mark Malancon deal at the trade deadline, plus he has a minor league split salary in 2020 which means he will be making "minor league money" ($200K) if he gets outrighted.   

Stepping away from Kris Bryant and his extension or lack there of....Anthony Rizzo approaches the Cubs wanting an extension and they say we'll see.  How many superstar players ASK for an extension rather than the team going to them and begging?  What is wrong with them?  Last year Kyle Hendricks and David Bote asked to be extended and were and neither is the calibur of Rizzo (apoligees to Kyle).  Doesn't show a lot of promise for any combinition of Baez/Schwarber/Contreras/Rizzo/Bryant down the road in a Cubs uniform. 

cubbies.4ever: I don't think the Cubs necessarily want to extend Anthony Rizzo too far into the future unless it's just a matter of guaranteeing his 2021 $16M club option and then adding maybe one additional guaranteed year (2022) beyond that plus perhaps a club option in 2023.

Rizzo will be entering his age 32 season in 2022 and there may not be a particularly robust market for him by that point in time, so even if the Cubs don't extend him past 2021 he could still return on a one-year Article XX-B Qualifying Offer in 2022 and he could go year-to-year (or maybe a two-year deal) after that.     

I strongly suspect Javy Baez might actually be the one & only Cubs long-term high-end big bucks extension candidate (maybe something like 8/$225M) from among the current Cubs core. Kris Bryant is a Boras client so he won't sign a contract extension before hitting free-agency post-2021 even if the Cubs offer him a gazillion dollars, and I doubt that Kyle Schwarber (who is - NOT - a Boras client) will get an extension offer, and same goes for Willson Contreras (free-agent post-2022). So while there is no rush, Schwarber and/or Contreras could be traded at any time prior to hitting free-agency. 

And with only Baez likely to be extended, the Cubs would probably be just fine with swapping Kris Bryant for Nolan Arenado, as long as the Cubs 2020 AAV is not affected (which is why Chatwood and Descalso would be included as one-year AAV offset equalizers). The Cubs will be gaining additional AAV post-2020 (presuming Lester's 2021 $25M option does not vest -- he needs to throw 200 IP in 2020 for it to vest -- and the Cubs buy him out for $10M) that can be directed toward a Baez extension without taking the Cubs over the 2021 CBT threshold. 

And then by 2022-23 the Cubs farm system might actually (hopefully) be consistently producing cheap MLB talent from within. 

Kind of makes you glad Russel, Almora, and Happ (Given Almora and Happ still are young and time will tell) haven't quite lived up to their hype otherwise you'd be dealing with more $$$ problems, especially since Almora/Russell are Boras clients.  I like all the other Cubs mentioned in the other post more, but for sedimental reasons it'd be sad to Willson go.  This (assuming he stays) will be his 12th year in the Cubs organization, 5th as a Cub MLB.  Not exactly Ernie Banks 19 years, but how many players between those 2 have lasted that long with only the Cubs I wonder?  It would be interesting to know in this salary cap/business era.  Sandberg (my all-time favorite) was originally even a Philly, though viewed basically as a lifetime Cub. 

cubbies.4ever: I see Anthony Rizzo as a lot like Ryne Sandberg (started in another organization but is more of a Chicago Cub than most of the current Cubs who started their careers in the Cubs organization)

I suspect Rizzo is one guy who would give the Cubs a "hometown discount" to remain in Chicago for the rest of his career. Mark Grace wanted that but the Cubs just weren't interested.  

Speaking of Ian Happ, right now I think he is really the #1 key position-player for the Cubs going into the 2020.season.  

If Happ can play CF most every day and hit lead-off with a .350+ OBP and combine walks, home runs, and plus-baserunning (Happ has been rated in the Top 10 of MLB in sprint speed on the bases), the Cubs could have a really good offense in 2020.

BTW, baserunning skill isn't about stealing bases, it's really the ability to score from 1st base on a double, from 2nd base on a single to the outfield, or from 3rd base on a routine fly ball or ground out with less than two outs. Happ can do that (presuming he can get on base consistently).   

- IF - Happ can be productive (big "IF") and - IF - Bryant isn't traded (another big "IF"), a usual/typical lineup of Happ CF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Baez SS, Schwarber LF, Contreras C, Heyward RF, and Bote or Hoerner 2B (with Caratini catching a couple of times a week and giving Rizzo an occasional day off at 1B, Souza occasionally starting in RF or LF vs LHP, and Almora as a late-inning defensive replacement in CF with Happ moving to LF), might be a fairly decent lineup, presuming everybody can stay healthy (unlike last September).   

IIRC, Happ hit a leadoff home run on the very first pitch of 2018 season against the Marlins and things quickly went downhill for him that month. Maybe bat him second - just on opening day - this year and the worm finally turns ...

cubbies.4ever: Who would have believed back in 2016 (or even in 2017) that by 2020 Addison Russell would be in the Witness Protection Program and Albert Almora would be barely hanging-on as essentially a 5th OF. 

i keep wondering who will sign addy.

one part of me thinks he'd be a perfect TB pickup, but another part of me thinks the low amount of people who show up to their games would lead to him putting up with some very clearly expressed vocal heckling.

he handled his (deserved) boo's when he came back to wrigley quite well.  i think everyone involved in the whole mess wants him to continue to make money and have a chance to right his life, but i'm glad the cubs part of it is over.

i know he has baggage because of what he did, but it says a lot about our current society (a positive thing) that a young SS/2nd with well above average D that's capable of 20+ homers is having a hard time finding a job because of his abuse.  we don't "do that" anymore.  we don't give these guys "welcome back" cheers anymore because he's "one of our guys."

i seriously think d.bote is a hell of a potential "oh, that guy exits" breakout 2020 candidate...not like he's some extreme underdog, but he's more considered a part-time player.  i wouldn't mind seeing him slotted in as the starting 2nd baseman.

i hope he gets a chance to show he's worthy of being more of a full time guy.  i still think it's semi-criminal how much he sat in aug/sep (even with favorable matchups) while tearing it up.  he had a horrid mid-june through july, but he turned it around and was still fighting for playing time.

the team has him under extremely low priced club control through 2024 with cheap options through 2026.  he may not crack many all-star team rosters (if any at all), but he's got potential to be a memorable cub.

100%... Bote is soon going to be at the top of my Wrigleyville-Cubs-Jersey scavanger hunt list in the "Hip (non-ironic) & True Fan" category. Others in that category include - Mark DeRosa, Darwin Barney, Chris Coghlan, Pedro Strop (tear), & anybody who was prescient enough to purchase a DJ LeMahieu Cubs jersey. 

FYI - in the "Hip (Ironic) & True Fan" category, the gold standard in my mind is anyone with a Zambrano #39 jersey. Which is of course in reference to Eddie Zambrano, not Carlos (#38). I value subtlety... any d-bag can get their hands on a Fukudome jersey. (no disrespect to KF)

FirstPitch.120: If you bought a Daniel Descalso #3 jersey last year, be advised he will be wearing #33 in 2020 (David Ross will wear #3). 

Also, Craig Kimbrel will be switching from #24 (the number he wore with the Cubs in 2019) to his long-time #46 (which was worn by Pedro Strop for the previous seven seasons), so discussions about retiring Lee Smith's #46 will likely be tabled until after Kimbrel finishes his time with the Cubs. 

I did not jump on the the Descalso train last year... but thank you for the information!

i'm gonna kick it oldschool tuned-in-hip with my riggs stephenson jersey...maybe flex a bit with a bill hands jersey.

Can't decide if I want to break out my Steve Buechle or Lance Johnson jersey, it's a tough call.

Jerry Kendall for me.

I rock my Doug Dascenzo jersey the most, but the relative cheapness of the shirsey makes it easier to support the B side guys that way. But I don't regret my Mike Fontenot jersey one bit.

carlos zambrano had an awesome fontenot jersey

https://i.ibb.co/DgfbXXD/zfont.jpg

Hitting up Team Espana for a two-way guy.

Is this Jimmy Herron providing dividends?

happy 21st birthday brailyn marquez (Jan 30th..but it's still the 30th where i'm currently at)...also, wonder if he'll start in AA or if he'll be in A+ again...

either way, he should end the year in AA at a minimum, barring suck/injury.

it would be nice to see him and adbert alzolay solidify into near-MLB-available pitching prospects now that trevor clifton is no longer in the system after flaming out last season.

Corbin Joseph, why?

HAGSAG: Although he has played mainly 2B in his very lengthy professional career, Corban Joseph also plays 1B-3B-LF, so he will likely be the primary 1B at Iowa in 2020. 

I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: https://www.cubshq.com/print/news.do?id=16441&isNe... Does anyone know if this sounds legit?

"The Cubs are expected to be big players in the international free-agent market. They are expected to set the tone by signing two of the highest-rated prospects with the potential to land even the top-rated prospect in the process. While the rules have changed regarding International signees in recent seasons, two things remain to be the steppingstones as to why most deals get done.

Most of the time, when a team reaches a deal with a player, it was agreed on long before they could officially sign. Whether a handshake or a phone call, teams know who they want and will do what they can to get some commitment to the players before making the pick.

Going back to the first point, most of those commitments and handshakes happen way in advance, meaning the Cubs could have already shaken hands with who they plan to sign when the International signing period for 2020-21 begins.

If the Cubs have indeed talked to and have shaken the hands of two prospects, then they certainly are getting the cream of the crop in terms of the international players this season. The first of the two, we are going to dive into is 16-year-old SS Cristian Hernandez from the Dominican Republic. Yes, you heard me right. He is 16 but built like a Mack truck.

The other player the Cubs are expected to sign in the IFA pool is catcher Moises Ballesteros from Venezuela. Ballesteros has a stout body that is strong for his age. That helps him produce extremely hard contact from the left side to go with his strong arm behind the plate."

Check out the article for more information!

the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall)...so the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.

btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while.  the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him.  that signing probably is in the bag.

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  • crunch 18 hours 28 min ago (view)

    the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall)...so the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.

    btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while.  the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him.  that signing probably is in the bag.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 20 hours 31 min ago (view)

    I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: https://www.cubshq.com/print/news.do?id=16441&isNe... Does anyone know if this sounds legit?

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 45 min ago (view)

    Minnie Minoso was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 47 and Julio Franco was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 49, so Mexican League teams clearly do not have a problem with signing older players. 

    And of course the ageless Satchel Paige was still working as a SP in AAA (with the Miami Marlins) into his early 50's (and prior to that he pitched in MLB as late as age 46).  

     

  • crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    b.colon has signed to a mexican league team.  woo old dudes.  he turns 47 in may...believed by some to be older.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Replacing someone like David DeJesus?

     

  • crunch 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    mark grace returns to chicago as an analyst/on-air-talent for Marquee.

    he won't be part of the main game calling crew, but will be doing support content during games.

     

  • Eric S 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Increasing levels of smoke concerning a possible Arenado/KB trade

    https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/02/13/cubs-reportedly-are-absolutely-motivated-to-try-to-acquire-nolan-arenado/

    Get Arenado to agree to push back his opt out a few years or so down the road and this could work out nicely for the Cubs

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis (like Brandon Morrow) was a post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a 2020 minor league contract, so he gets a $100K retention bonus and an automatic June 1st player opt-out if he is not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB 40-man roster or MLB 60-day IL by 12 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed post-2019 second-contract minor league FA catcher Jordan Procyshen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.  

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    Q could be subbed in for any of those too

     

  • crunch 4 days 21 min ago (view)

    darvish, lester, and mills could combine to give up 100 homers between the 3 of them.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 41 min ago (view)

    I would have liked to give him a shot. I don't see much more out of a Chatwood and Alec Mills competition for the 5th spot.

     

  • crunch 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    M's sign him 1/2m

     

  • crunch 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    walker throwing for the M's today...hopefully they see something they like and can outbid the cubs.  it should be easy since the cubs seem to be hiring guys with camel cash and canadian tire money.

     

  • Cubster 4 days 4 hours ago (view)

    BA ranks Cubs system @22.

    LHP Brailyn Marquez (37), SS/OF Nico Hoerner (40), OF Brennen Davis (94)

    Skinny: Towering lefty Brailyn Marquez took as big of a jump as any pitcher in the minors and has drawn comparisons to both Aroldis Chapman and David Price. Nico Hoerner got a taste of the big leagues, too. The system still has a ways to go to return to prominence, however.

     

  • Charlie 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Probably an upgrade over Descalso, but not clearing that very low bar by very much.