Cubs Release Tazawa... But He Could Be Back
The Cubs have indeed re-signed RHP Junichi Tazawa to a new (different) 2019 minor league contract.
3/23 ORIGINAL POST
The Cubs released NRI RHRP Junichi Tazawa today, but that might not be the end of the Tazawa-Cubs connection.
Because Tazawa was a post-2018 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a minor league contract more than ten days prior to MLB Opening Day (he was signed on January 26th), the CBA mandates that if the Cubs did not release Tazawa by today (five days prior to MLB Opening Day), the Cubs would have had to either add him to their MLB 40-man roster (and 25-man roster) by MLB Opening Day or else pay him a $100K retention bonus with a June 1st opt-out.
So it's possible that the Cubs will re-sign Tazawa to a new (different) minor league contract without the automatic Article XX-B retention bonus and/or the June 1st opt-out (the Cubs actually did exactly this in 2016 with Shane Victorino, Manny Parra, and Munenori Kawasaki).
Eric S 1 hour 15 min ago (view)
And Joe pinch hits for Descalso again today - now 205/277/316 on the year. But no need to put a jumpy-jump in the parking lot during spring training like they did last year for TLS so it balances out.
crunch 1 hour 38 min ago (view)
tommy lastella hit his 12th homer of the year...grand slam.
tim815 2 hours 10 min ago (view)
Not sure why any of the teams would only have enough talent for one XSL game.
crunch 3 hours 23 min ago (view)
aww...cubs were a pest all game, but couldn't overcome.
crunch 3 hours 26 min ago (view)
omfg chatwood...with the bat.
crunch 3 hours 27 min ago (view)
RIP heyward's bat.
shout out to bo jackson...that was a clean break.
it was a swing/miss with no contact so it's doubtful it was a cracked bat.
Eric S 3 hours 54 min ago (view)
Bullpen reclamation project Kyle Ryan’s ERA now 5.06. Bummer
crunch 4 hours 11 min ago (view)
wow baez...also, wow rizzo.
call overturned, but that was a hell of an "almost" play.
crunch 7 hours 1 min ago (view)
he's thrown so little of his other stuff lately that i can't even guess and sure don't know.
he's always been fastball-heavy, but it's almost exclusively fastball now.
he gets movement on a 95-97mph fastball...that's a positive about it if he's gonna continously offer it up.
VirginiaPhil 7 hours 7 min ago (view)
crunch 7 hours 31 min ago (view)
schwarber / baez / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso / lester / bote
i guess we're in for 2-20 random games of "pitcher hits 8th" before suddenly deciding that's not a thing anymore...again
crunch 13 hours 53 min ago (view)
it had to feel good for him to get that standing O at the home ballpark.
he's still throwing almost nothing but fastballs exclusively, though...wonder what's up with that.
Hagsag 14 hours 45 min ago (view)
Chatwood is becoming a force in the BP.
QuietMan 23 hours 24 min ago (view)
crunch 23 hours 43 min ago (view)
ALMORA GRAND SLAM!!!
way to break a tie.
crunch 1 day 29 min ago (view)