2020 Cubs Spring Training Uniform Numbers


The Cubs have optioned RHP Dillon Maples to AAA Iowa.  

So the Cubs MLB Active List roster now stands at 30, with ten players on Optional Assignment.  

The status of the eight remaining Cubs MLB Spring Training minor league NRI (LHP Rex Brothers, C-INF P. J. Higgins, 2B Jason Kipnis, OF Ian Miller, RHP Brandon Morrow, INF-OF Hernan Perez, C Josh Phegley, and RHP Michael Rucker) is unclear, although MLB and the MLBPA have agreed that the deadline for a club to decide whether to release a post-2019 MLB Article XX-B free-agent signed to a 2020 minor league contract (Kipnis and Morrow), add the player to the MLB 40-man roster by Opening Day, or retain the player on a minor league contract where the player receives a $100K retention bonus and an automatic 6/1 player opt-out, will be postponed until five days prior to MLB Opening Day (once it has been rescheduled).     


The Cubs have optioned RHP James Norwood to AAA Iowa, and LHRP Danny Hultzen, RHRP Dakota Mekkes, LHRP Wyatt Short, and RHRP Ben Taylor have been assigned to Minor League Camp.  

Cubs MLB Spring Training roster now stands at 39 (21 pitchers, four catchers, eight infielders, and six outfielders). 


The Cubs have optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay, RHP Colin Rea, and INF Zack Short to AAA Iowa and C Miguel Amaya to AA Tennessee, sent INF Carlos Asuaje, OF Noel Cuevas, INF-OF Trent Giambrone, and 1B Corban Joseph to Minor League Camp, and added NRI RHP Michael Rucker to MLB Spring Training roster.

Cubs MLB Spring Training roster now stands at 44 (26 pitchers, four catchers, eight infielders, and six outfielders) 


The Cubs have optioned RHP Tyson Miller and INF-OF Robel Garcia to AAA Iowa and RHP Manuel Rodriguez and LHP Justin Steele to AA Tennessee, sent non-roster RHP Jason Adam, RHP Oscar de la Cruz, LHP Tyler Olson, LHP C. D. Pelham, RHP Caleb Simpson, RHP Brock Stewart and C Jhonny Pereda to Minor League Camp, and re-claimed RHP Michael Rucker (selected by Baltimore Orioles in Major Phase of 2019 Rule 5 Draft) and assigned him outright to AAA Iowa.  

Cubs MLB Spring Training roster now stands at 51


NOTE 1: These are preliminary and are subject to change 
NOTE 2: Numbers 6, 18, 35, 37, 47, 49, 53, 69, 70, 80, 90, 92, 93, 94, 96, 97, and 98 are not assigned at this time (Cubs do not issue #69) 
NOTE 3: Some of the Spring Training guest instructors are wearing duplicate numbers

2 Nico Hoerner, INF  
3 David Ross, MANAGER
4 Josh Phegley, C (NON-ROSTER) 
5 Albert Almora Jr, OF 
7 Victor Caratini, C-1B 
8 Ian Happ, OF-INF
9 Javy Baez, INF 
11 Yu Darvish, P 
12 Kyle Schwarber, OF 
13 David Bote, INF  
15 Brandon Morrow, P (NON-ROSTER)
16 Robel Garcia, INF  
17 Kris Bryant, INF 
20 Colin Rea, P 
20 Kevin Youkilis, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
21 Steven Souza Jr, OF  
22 Jason Heyward, OF 
23 Ryne Sandberg, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
24 Jeremy Jeffress, P
26 Billy Williams, GUEST INSTRUCTOR 
27 Jason Kipnis, INF (NON-ROSTER) 
28 Kyle Hendricks, P 
29 Trevor Megill, P 
30 Alec Mills, P
32 Tyler Chatwood, P  
33 Daniel Descalso, INF   
34 Jon Lester, P 
36 Dillon Maples, P 
38 Brad Wieck, P 
39 Danny Hultzen, P (NON-ROSTER) 
40 Willson Contreras, C 
40 Rick Sutcliffe, GUEST INSTRUCTOR 
41 Hernan Perez, INF-OF (NON-ROSTER)  
43 Dan Winkler, P 
44 Anthony Rizzo, 1B 
45 Jharel Cotton, P 
46 Craig Kimbrel, P  
46 Ryan Dempster, GUEST INSTRUCTOR
48 Rex Brothers, P (NON-ROSTER)  
50 Rowan Wick, P  
51 Duane Underwood Jr, P  
52 Ryan Tepera, P   
54 Chris Young, BULLPEN COACH  
56 Kyle Ryan, P 
57 James Norwood, P  
59 Tyler Olson, P (NON-ROSTER) 
60 Jason Adam, P (NON-ROSTER)
61 Carlos Asuaje, INF (NON-ROSTER) 
62 Jose Quintana, P 
64 C. D. Pelham, P (NON-ROSTER)  
65 Casey Sadler, P 
66 Noel Cuevas, OF (NON-ROSTER) 
67 Ben Taylor, P (NON-ROSTER) 
68 Tommy Hottovy, PITCHING COACH  
71 Oscar de la Cruz, P (NON-ROSTER) 
72 Tyson Miller, P
73 Adbert Alzolay, P 
74 Justin Steele, P  
75 Miguel Amaya, C
76 Zack Short, INF   
77 Manuel Rodriguez, P 
78 Wyatt Short, P (NON-ROSTER)
79 Ian Miller, OF (NON-ROSTER)   
82 Jhonny Pereda, C (NON-ROSTER) 
84 Caleb Simpson, P (NON-ROSTER)
85 Trent Giambrone, INF-OF (NON-ROSTER) 
86 P. J. Higgins, C-INF (NON-ROSTER)
87 Brock Stewart, P (NON-ROSTER) 
88 Corban Joseph, INF (NON-ROSTER)
89 Dakota Mekkes, P (NON-ROSTER)  
99 Anthony Iapoce, HITTING COACH 


They're giving him every opportunity to win that spot. Kipnis has been pretty meh but Descalso is taking terrible to another level.

yeah, this is the time to do it.  it's actually nice to see him leading off in order to maximize those chances.  this team isn't hurting for guys that can play middle IF, especially since hoener's looking to be on the AAA/MLB shuttle for 2020.  it could do more harm than good to keep descalso around when the team breaks out of spring training even though the cost for having him is sunk whether he's here or not.

small sample size blah blah blah, but even the stuff on contact for outs (and at least 1 of his singles) has been poorly squared up and weakly put into play.  the bad part is it's not like he's being late with swings causing the weak contact, he's making weak contact going up the middle and pulled.

also, the box score for today's game (no TV) has updated to note his 0-4 is really 0-3 because verdugo sub'd for him and K'd for that last AB...so descalso has a .304 OPS.

He looks done in every way. Hasn't looked good or comfortable consistently in the field. Looks lost and completely devoid of  anything positive at the plate except his plate discipline.

CIN/CHC televised, ARZ/CHC not televised

rizzo returns (blister) for the CIN game.

souza is playing CF in the ARZ game.

kimbrel gave up another homer today on a 0.2ip 3h 0bb 1k, 2r/er line

2 appearances, 2 HRs...phew...man.

Strap in, going to be a bumpy ride!

Here are the Cubs pitchers reports from today's Cubs - Diamondbacks game at Sloan ParK:: 

Jose Quintana
FB: 90-92 
CT: 86-89 
CH: 77-78 
CV: 76-78 
NOTES: Labored through both innings with poor FB command and was not very impressive despite the Houdini-like escape in the top of the 1st inning... 

Craig Kimbrel
FB: 93-96  
CH: 88-91 
CV: 83-85 
NOTES: Obviously was working on his off-speed stuff because he didn't throw very many FB, but the Lamb HR was on a center-cut 94 MPH FB...  I don't know if the CH was more of a CT FB than a straight CH, but he threw it a lot and got good results with it... no question FB is the problem right now...  

Kyle Ryan
FB: 88-89 
CT: 84-87 
CV: 78-81 
NOTES: Finished Kimbrel's inning and then threw one complete inning beyond that... Ryan almost always looks the same, but today the D'backs squared-up his FB pretty good and hit a lot of line drives instead of the more-typical ground balls... 

Jeremy Jeffress
FB: 91-93 
CH: 89-90 
CV: 79-81 
NOTES: FB velo still down a bit from his first outing when it was 94-95, but he appears to be healthy and is throwing strikes...  

Dillon Maples 
FB: 97-98
SL: 86-89
CV: 84 
NOTES: Best stuff on the staff and today he had command of it... lack of consistency with command is his main issue... 

Danny Hultzen
FB: 94-95 
SL: 81-84 
NOTES: Was in the Rehab Throwing Program until a few days ago so this was his first game outing of 2020... showed the same plus-stuff (mid 90's FB and swing & miss SL) today he displayed last year...  the big question with Hultzen is whether he can throw on back-to-back days and/or for more than one inning per outing (which he could not do last year)... unlike Rex Brothers (with whom Hultzen is probably competing for an MLB Cubs LHRP job), Hultzen does not have minor league options available if he is added to the 40, which should give Brothers the edge if it comes down to Hultzen vs. Brothers for the second lefty gig in the pen at the end of Spring Training (presuming Brad Wieck begins the season at EXST)... 

Brock Stewart
FB: 91-93
SL/CT: 87 
CV: 82-84 
NOTES: Former top Dodgers pitching prospect who was selected by Cubs in AAA Phase of the 2019 Rule 5 Draft... was sent to Minor League Camp a couple of days ago... features a pretty good low 90's two-seamer with movement and decent secondaries... has had major command issues in recent past but he generally threw strikes today..:his stuff (three-pitch mix with no one pitch plus) is really more like that of a SP, but because of command problems he just throws too many pitchers-per-inning to be a starter (he could maybe project as a multi-inning RP, though)... 

Jason Adam
FB: 94-96 T-98 
SL/CT: 88-89  
CV: 78-82 
NoTES: Best FB velo I've seen from him all spring, but once again he had no feel for his CV... the two-run Tomas HR was on a hanging 80 MPH CV that just sat on a virtual-tee waiting to get crushed (which it did)... the upper 80's SL/CH (whatever it is) got a couple of swings & misses, though... like Brock Stewart, Adam was sent to Minor League Camp a couple of days ago and will be competing for a bullpen job with AAA Iowa...  

Also, Diamondbacks NRI RHRP Mauricio Cabrera (ex-ATL) touched 100 today (his FB was sitting 98-99), combined with a low-90's CH and a mid-80's SL.James Norwood's FB has been hitting 99 MPH fairly regularly for the Cubs so far, but his secondaries aren't as good as Cabrera's were today. 

It's supposed to rain in Arizona beginning Tuesday night and extending into Friday, so good luck getting in the games WED-THU-FRI.  


With minor league camp officially opening last Friday, have you seen any indication from Cubs management about possibly restricting fan access to the backfields due to the coronavirus scares? I'm supposed to be in town next week and am curious if I need to adjust our itinerary.  Thanks.

blah blah not phil...nonetheless...

i'm a baseball card and ballcard auto collector and some of my friends out there hawking for ink are saying some teams have totally elimated it (not the cubs as of yesterday at least), others are cleaning areas where auto collectors hang out pre/post gathering, and almost every team is recommending that any players signing do it with their own pen.

as an aside, some players who's teams haven't eliminated the signing areas aren't participating out of fear (especially those with health compromised people they're going to be around...like mike trout, who's wife is pregnant).

some things to keep in mind, this is all changing quick with teams and players "shutting down" walking the auto line daily.  what's fine today could be not fine soon.  also, yu darvish thought his flu earlier might have been coronavirus (it was not) and he put a bit of spook in the cubs clubhouse.

Any ballplayer with the flu right now should probably treat as if COVID until demonstrated otherwise.

Crazy thing about COVID-19 is that it doesn't seem to spread that well among young people or make them that sick. Athletes in their 20's or younger are not at much risk. Most MiLB guys could play through it and be fine.  Meanwhile, though, they'd be jeopardizing the lives of their coaches and potentially causing a public health catastrophe in Spring Training, where the fan base skews a lot older than regular season games.  More than a few people in the stands at Sloan will be over 80 with some other medical issue.  The death rate for folks in that group who catch this virus is something you don't want to think about.  So far, the best proven way to spread the disease on land in America has been business conferences attended by middle-aged people from all over the place, followed by religious services.

seattle has just placed a ban on public gatherings of 250+ people.  they have 3-ish weeks until that becomes a baseball issue.

COBRA39: Other than a couple of security guards and one Mesa Police officer keeping fans away from players, there were no restrictions with respect to the Cubs backfields today. I can't guarantee anything going forward, however, because the situation is flu-id. 

Arinzona Phil: WIth the shutdown of all games, it appears that some teams (including White Sox and Cubs) will still practice (for now). Do you know if the gate to the minor league fields at Sloan will be open to watch practice or if they'll shut it down to the public?

COBRA39: It's been locked-up the last couple of days. I'm not sure what the plan is going forward. 

Arizona Phil - Question for you about the Minor League Spring training fields (the 4 fields at Sloan)...I know that MLB is severely restricting autographs for the MLB players, what about the minor leaguers? My 2 boys (9 and 11) really want to get autographs when we come to Phoenix late next week, are minor leaguers still allowed to sign?

Quintero in Camp. Bravo.

Not entirely surprising about Ronnier Quintero, but nice to hear, nonetheless. Him catching 4 games per week for AZL Red or Blue would be steps in the right direction. With another game at DH and first.

"we have too many legit catching prospects" is a weirdly nice problem to have.

8-0 over SF early. Lots of singles and four doubles by Happ, Contreras, Bote and Baez

chatwood somehow managed to not walk anyone over 3.2ip 3h 4k, 0r/er

Just 2 BBs so far in 9.2 IP. Last year he walked 4 in 14.0 spring innings. 

Here are the pitchers velo reports from Wednesday night's Cubs - Padres game at Sloan Park 

Yu Darvish
FB: 95-98
CT: 91-94 
CH: 86-90
SL: 81-84
CV: 75-79 
NOTES: Labored tediously through three innings plus two batters in the 4th... stuff was good but he had difficulty commanding it... looked a bit like the 2019 first-half Darvish...    

Alec Mills: 
FB: 89-90 
CH: 80 
SL: 77-80 
CV: 66 
NOTES: Finished Darvish's fourth inning but pitched just the one inning... mixed up his pitches just like he does when he's starting... got out of a bases-loaded / no outs jam by giving up just one run...  

Casey Sadler
FB: 93-94 
SL/CT: 88-90 
CH: 88-89  
CV: 78-80
NOTES: Threw two innings... has a nice mix of pitches and works fast... FB is mostly a set-up/show-me pitch for his plus-secondaries... because he is out of minor league options (and can elect free-agency if he is outrighted) he probably has an edge in winning an Opening Day MLB bullpen slot...   

Craig Kimbrel
FB: 93-96 
CV: 82-85 
NOTES: Breaking ball was good and he actually got swings & misses with his FB (instead of HR!!!) ... 

Jeremy Jeffress
FB: 93-94 
SL/CT: 89-90 
CH: 80-82 
NOTES: FB velo was up a tick or two over last outing... continues to be effective with a solid three-pitch mix even if FB velo is not especially eye-popping...  

Ryan Tepera
FB: 94-96 
SL/CT: 88-91 
CH: 88
NOTES: Good FB velo combined with a wipe-out 90-ish MPH CT/SL... is competing (mainly) with Wick, Winkler, Sadler, Maples, and Underwood for a RHRP job, but unlike Sadler and Underwood (who are out of minor league options), Tepera does have an option left... 

At this point in time, I believe I would be inclined to take Kimbrel, Jeffress, Ryan, Tepera, Wick, Brothers, Sadler, and Mills for the Opening Day bullpen, although I would be fine with Mills as the 5th SP and either Underwood or Megill as the 8th man out of the pen if the Cubs can find a taker for Quintana. I'd like to see Maples get on a roll at AAA before calling him up. 

Winkler has no chance?

childerb3: It's not the Winkler has no chance, but beause he has a minor league option available, Tepera and Sadler (who is out of options) are a bit better, Underwood (who is out of options) is just as good, and Megill (Rule 5 pick) has better pure stuff and a higher upside, I believe Winkler will be optioned to Iowa. 


I have it marked that Tepera still has one option remaining. Is that incorrect? If that's the case, I have Tepera going down to Iowa. Underwood seems to be most "on the bubble" to me.

W-RAT: Tepera is - NOT - out of minor league options. Mills, Sadler, and Underwood are out of minor league options, and Megill can't be optioned because he was selected in the Rule 5 Draft. 


Phil, disregard the options and Rule 5, who are the right best relievers we could have had start the season if Chatwood would have been the 5th starter and Q would have stayed?

Not Phil but my guess would be...








Brothers/ Wieck

childersb3: Kimbrel, Jeffress, Ryan, Wick, Tepera, Brothers, Sadler, and Mills.   

BTW, something to keep in mind about the three out of options guys (Mills, Sadler, and Underwood), is that only Sadler can elect free-agency if outrighted, and he's had an impressive enough Spring Training (so far) where he might just do that (if he were to be outrighted).  

The other two (Mills and Underwood) cannot elect to be a free-agent if outrighted, so if the Cubs could (for example) get Underwood through waivers they could outright him to Iowa without the risk that he can elect to be a free-agent, and they would have him under club control until after the conclusion of the World Series.

The Cubs would be able to add Underwood back to the 40 anytime prior to 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series (or perhaps sign him to a 2021 minor league successor contract), if they don't want to lose him as post-2020 minor league 6YFA.   

And as far as Trevor Megill is is concerned, even if the Cubs can secure waivers (and that's reasonable to expect since any club claiming him would assume the Rule 5 roster restrictions), the Padres would very likely re-claim him. 

If waivers are secured the Cubs could try and work out a deal with SD where the Cubs could keep Megill, but it would probably cost the Cubs a Top 30 prospect. Whether the Cubs would pay that price is unclear.  


Thanks Phil - I see how I misread your comment and thought you were saying Tepera was out of options!  Here are the pitchers I think would break camp with the team, barring injuries/trades:

Yu Darvish (SP1)
Kyle Hendricks (SP2)
Jon Lester (SP3)
Tyler Chatwood (SP4)
Jose Quintana (SP5/TRADE) / Duane Underwood (LR/SU/Outright)

Alec Mills (LR/SP6)
Casey Sadler (LR/SP7)

Trevor Megill (SU)
Rex Brothers (SU)
Rowan Wick (SU)
Kyle Ryan (SU)
Jeremy Jeffress (SU)
Craig Kimbrel (CL)

Well all, thanks to the dumbest fucking president (and there isn't a "p" small enough to use here) we've ever had, all sports are dead for now. I'll miss opening day and everything else Diaper Filling Fucktard ruined but maybe we can get back on track soon. 

November is coming!

He is not only dumb, he is dangerous.

If the MLB regular season is delayed until at least May, keep in mind that per the CBA the MLB regular season  must be at least 182 days in length with 172 days constituting a "full season" for puroses of caculating an MLB player's MLB Service Time, so if the season is truncated and covers (let's say) 150 actual days of games (5/1 - 9/27), for purposes of calculating MLB Service Time the number of days required to make it 172 days would either have to be back-dated from MLB Opening Day at least 22 days for players on the MLB Openng Day roster, or MLB Service Time would have to accrue an extra 22 days beyond the last day of the MLB regular season for the 28 players on a club's MLB active list as of the final day of the MLB regular season, or perhaps some combination of the two. 

It's also very likely that when (if?) the 2020 MLB regular season commences, that clubs wil be allowed to carry more than 26 players (probably two or three or maybe even four additional pitchers) on the active list roster for a set period of time (maybe as much as 30 days). 

And if the start of the MLB regular season is pushed to (let's say) 5/1 and is truncated by 36 days (and for the Cubs, that means 32 games lost - 18 home games & 14 road games), the playoffs might be expanded from 10 to maybe 14 teams (with four Wild Card teams in each league), an idea which was floated by MLB owners during the off-season for consideration in the next CBA. This would give the owners a chance to (presumably) make more money by adding more post-season "playoff" games to partially compensate for the loss of about 20% of the MLB regular season. 

Besides deciding a club's 26-man active list roster by MLB Opening Day (3/26), the only remaining roster issue for clubs is (was) whether to add a post-2019 Article XX-B free-agent signed to a minor league contract to the MLB 40-man roster, or retain the player on the minor league deal and pay him a $100K retention bonus with an automatic 6/1 player-opt out, or release the player and possibly re-sign him to  a new (different) minor league contact without the retention bonus and automatic player opt-out. 
Prior to the suspension of Spring Training, this decision needed to be made by 12 PM (Eastern) five days prior to MLB Opening Day (meaning by 12 noon Eastern Saturday 3/21).  

For the Cubs this involved only two players, RHP Brandon Morrow and 2B Jason Kipnis. Of the two, Kipnis will likely be added to the 40 (with Daniel Decalso probably getting released to make room on the 40 for Kipnis), but Morrow was likely to be released and then offered a new (different) 2020 minor league contract with no retention bonus and a much later or possibly even no player opt-out (an offer Morrow could either accept or decline). 

How the delay to the start of the MLB regular season (and MLB Opening Day) will affect those two decisions for the Cubs is unclear, because MLB Opening Day has not been re-scheduled, and so there is no way to know right now which date will actually be five days prior to Opening Day.  

The MLB Commissioner has temporarily put a moratorium on all transactions, but I suppose it is possible that Saturday 3/21 will still be used as the deadline for this particular issue, because it is a contractual matter as much as it is a roster issue.

As far as the Cubs are concerned, I suspect they probably already pretty much know what they are going to do with Morrow and Kipnis, so postponing the decision beyond 3/21 probably isn't really necessary (at least not for the Cubs). 

getting nearly 3 weeks of almost every spring game being televised...still too early to seriously read into any stats being put up...just getting into the pen + 2nd base race...

this is a very unfortunate pause in entertainment.

hope all our older people and immunocompromised stay safe.  hope we get baseball back before may.

Man, I just hope all of us make it thru this. All of our families, friends, and the TCR family.

Thirded. Hoping all have whatever support they need.

Opening Day roll call.

MLB has formally suspended all spring camps and sent everyone "home"...some camps are already empty and some were still doing varying degrees of workouts.

If pitchers are shut down and spring trading reboot is only two weeks, I suspect there will be more injuries or tendinitis problems or Kimbrel 2019 type performances. This season will need an asterisk for many reasons. Color me: sad. Stay healthy everyone. Be careful. 

commish should let every team use trash cans and buzzers.  i hear that works well.

as an aside, i'm on a health/safety committee for the state government (NC) and though we only have 23 cases confirmed, there have only been 113 people tested in the entire state because though we have collection kits we don't have enough diagnosis kits or approved labs.  at this point in the disease's spread this is absolutely unacceptable, but we're well beyond that criticism.  only the people with the most severe symptoms or extreme exposure to a large population have been tested here in NC because of a major  lack of testing/diagnosis ability.

when states get more tests (supposedly mid/end next week at the latest) it will still take 2-4 days for a lab result (also unacceptable).  expect a huge spike, but don't be too alarmed...it's most likely an underreporting issue rather than an explosive new infection issue.

be careful around older and/or immunocompromised people (including pregnant women and those on certain meds which lower immune response, like some rheumatoid arthritis meds).

Thanks for your work on the committee.  Pretty fucking honorable way to spend some of your time.

i'm supposed to be making sure people know how to report tick bites and make sure everyone is using the proper protection gear when applicable in their job...not be on the phone talking to various levels of govt agencies trying to find guidence about when to send people home during a pandemic and how to do it properly so they get paid.

the lack of guidence from the federal level is pathetic.  they are available, i will give them that, but f'n no one knows what to do and that touches everything "trickling down" to lower levels of government.  they take feedback and then try to escalate issues...it's reactive, not proactive.

Remember this crap  in November.

The Cubs are patient with prospects who neither flame out nor break out.  However, you may see more than a few retirements among this group over the next year, if the scenario of a very late start this season combined with big league strike risk at some point next year (CBA negotiations) plays out.  Two or three seasons into your pro career, fighting for a AA spot, with the potential for chunks of the next two years being wasted?  You can become a very old minor leaguer that way.

yanks minor leaguer diagnosed...commish is now "okay, everyone go home f'real" for those still hanging around camp.

yanks decided to hold a vote amongst players (led by MLBPA player representative) and almost all decided to stay in camp to work out on an unofficial camp basis.  btw, the minor leaguer did not have any contact with the MLB roster (never went to Steinbrenner Field).

CDC expected to recommend any gathering of 50+ people not happen for the next 8 weeks.

it could be june before we're doing opening day...

AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.

I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 

"According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.

Currently at a near full-time job that just barely covers my monthly expenses if nothing emerges.

I make more than that.

The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.

Even if MLB is somehow able to pull-off a truncated 2020 season over the last half of this year in empty Spring Training facilities in Arizona (or in Arizona and Florida) for TV purposes and then some kind of post-season with a World Series at Chase Field or Dodger Stadium in November or December, I can't see minor league baseball being played in 2020.

In fact there may not even be minor league baseball (at least as we know it) in 2021. Rather, I think it's more-likely that there would be Winter Instructs, Minor League Camp, and a VERY "Extended Spring Training" lasting through September played on locked Arizona and Florida Spring Training backfields that will be closed to the public.

Then maybe a return to "normalcy"(?) in 2022 with a completely revamped minor league player development system in place. 

Also, if a truncated MLB season is played at empty, locked, and quarantined Spring Training facilities in Arizona (or in Arizona & Florida) in 2020, I expect it's very likely that the pre-planned 2020 schedule will be thrown away and replaced with a limited schedule (resembling the Cactus League and Grapefruit League Spring Training schedules) with no multi-game series and lots of days off, and then an MLB post-season more akin to March Madness than to a traditional MLB post-season.

I think MLB really, really wants to play games (even on a limited basis) for TV purposes, with the "regular season" played at Spring Training facilities followed by some kind of extended post-season WBC-type "tournament" in November-December that will involve clubs playing three-game series in empty (or nearly-empty) warm-weather MLB stadiums (possibly in just one or two stadiums, to reduce travel).   

There is just way too much TV money at stake to punt the season without presenting something (even if it's certifiably goofy). 

How many minor league players do you see teams keeping around in this scenario for reserves and development purposes? Top prospects and likely call-ups only?

CHARLIE: I would say only players on the 40 who have a legitimate chance to play in MLB in 2020 plus a few of the Spring Training NRI guys who could play in MLB in 2020. Otherwise, no minor leaguers.

With all of the complicated logistic, security, and quarantine issues that will be involved in implementing an MLB "Arizona Plan" or a "Cactus/Grapefruit Plan" in 2020, it's going to have to be a limited roster, although not so limited as to cause a club to run out of players at a particular position during the course of the season.   

So the MLB 40-man roster (not including players optioned to the minors who are not ready for MLB in 2020, like M. Amaya, T. Miller, M. Rodriguez, and Steele) plus about a half-dozen MLB-ready NRI (probably Brothers, Kipnis, H. Perez, Phegley, I. Miller, and Morrow) would be it.   

I forgot about NRI guys. I could see that working--at least, it's not the most far-fetched part of a 2020 season!


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  • crunch 3 hours 4 min ago (view)

    given what little we're supposed to expect out of this offseason that would have been a nice gamble.

    at this point i wonder if they're going to snag someone to put in between the 2 current staff aces that throw 88mph on a good day, or if they're just gonna toss one of the kids in there to break up the slow-tossers.

    i mean, there's gotta be something more than hendricks/davies/mills/alzolay/???...i hope.


  • springs 3 hours 16 min ago (view)

    That sucks...I wanted to sign Q to a one year deal and see if he could right the ship.  At a minimum I hoped we'd get a draft pick when he left as a free agent and thought we could roll the dice to try and get that.  That trade....man.


  • crunch 6 hours 40 min ago (view)

    bjays gave chatwood 3m.

    do they not have scouts...or televisions you can watch games where he pitches?


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Lame. He was intriguing 


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    cubs release matt dermody...he's heading to japan.


  • Cubster 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    The Jared Porter story gets worse and does involve the Cubs...

    "The Jared Porter situation is equally a Cubs and a Mets problem. The Mets need a new GM. The Cubs need to reevaluate themselves as an organization.


  • Cubster 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    and they are including amusement tax, healthcare costs (Doc Adams doesn't come cheap!), social security and political donations to the City and the Governor of Nebraska. 


  • bradsbeard 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    It all depends what you count as "payroll." If you include the $11M in Lester and Descalso's buyouts plus the $3M sent in the Darvish trade you get to somewhere like $145M. If you include the $15M in estimated share of player benefits, you get to $160M. I think that last year, including player benefits, they were slated to be up around $205M for MLB payroll before the pandemic. 


  • crunch 2 days 54 min ago (view)

    not sure, but i think it's around 130-135m right now even with bryant/baez/contreras still on board...including the 3m to set darvish free and other random $$ expenses on the roster.

    tack on another 3-4m for happ when that gets settled....plus other odds/ends that have a chance to make the roster (s.miller, a.morgan, j.holder, etc) and other pre-arbitration guys...

    cubs still need someone to back up contreras (if he sticks around, which i wouldn't be surprised to see him stick around)...not sure if taylor gushue is gonna be that guy and m.amaya is too young.


  • George Altman 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Seriously, what's the 2021 payroll number? Currently at approximately $165M and after they trade Bryant, Baez, & Contreras  - $130M. Is that it, $135-140M.


  • crunch 2 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Q to the angels...supposedly 1/8m


  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    pete ricketts (the governor of Nebraska ricketts) is a key part of an anti-gambling Nebraska group called "Gambling With The Good Life" that actively lobbied their open legislature...including a speech by pete...to keep gambling illegal in Nebraska.

    he last spoke for the group to the state government in-session 3 months ago.

    ...it's also worth mentioning all of this is separate from the Draft Kings/Wrigley Field deal that flew under the radar toward the end of the season that will put a sportsbook directly in wrigley field, itself.


  • Charlie 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Of all the things, why does this most make me want to punch


  • Cubster 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    I thought the Cubs had lost a rising star in Porter, seems the just got lucky with him leaving the organization. 


  • crunch 3 days 20 min ago (view)

    jared porter...damn dude...mets gm, ex cubs director of scouting...


  • crunch 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    cubs freeing up that chatwood + lester loot sure did help...wait...sigh.