Updated Cubs Post-2015 Rule 5 Draft & Minor League Free-Agent Eligibles

Here is an updated list of Cubs post-2015 & MLB Rule 55 eligibles. (There are no Cubs minor league players eligible to be a post-2015 Article XX-D minor league free-agent at this time). 

It is not an oversight that players like LHP Hunter Cervenka, OF Pin-Chieh Chen, C Willson Conteras, RHP Felix Pena, and RHP Starling Peralta (plus a couple of dozen more) are not on the list of Cubs 2015 Rule 5 Draft eligibles. A player who is eligible to be a minor league free-agent post-2015 is eligible for selection in the December 2015 Rule 5 Draft only if the player signs a 2016 minor league contract or agrees to a minor league successor contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft (see full list of Cubs post-2015 MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agent eligibles below), and any player eligible to be a minor league FA can't sign a minor league successor contract for the next season until after the conclusion of the current minor league season. 


CUBS MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN DECEMBER 2015 RULE 5 DRAFT (last updated 5-23-2015):
Roney Alcala, INF
Gioskar Amaya, INF-C
John Andreoli, OF
Pedro Araujo, RHP
Jeffrey Baez, OF
Corey Black, RHP
David Bote, INF
Matt Brazis, RHP
Stephen Bruno, INF 
Jeimer Candelario, INF
Ben Carhart, INF
Francisco Carrillo, RHP 
Erick Castillo, C
Zach Cates, RHP
Gerardo Concepcion, LHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs)
Josh Conway, RHP
Blake Cooper, RHP
Varonex Cuevas, INF
Taylor Davis, C
Andin Diaz, LHP
Shawon Dunston Jr, OF
Kevin Encarnacion, OF
P. J. Francescon, RHP
Anthony Giansanti, OF
Michael Heesch, LHP
Michael Jensen, RHP
Pierce Johnson, RHP
Danny Lockhart, INF
Barret Loux, RHP
Mark Malave, RHP (ex-C)
Dillon Maples, RHP
Ricardo Marcano, OF
Justin Marra, C
Trey Martin, OF
Jonathan Martinez, RHP
Alberto Mineo, C
Yomar Morel, RHP
Yoanner Negrin, RHP
Ariel Ovando, LHP (ex-OF)
Juan Carlos Paniagua, RHP 
Jose Paulino, LHP 
Carlos Penalver, INF
Hector Perez, RHP
Chris Pieters, LHP
Ivan Pineyro, RHP
James Pugliese, RHP 
Bijan Rademacher, OF
Jasvir Rakkar, RHP
Austin Reed, RHP
Donn Roach, RHP  (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 
Jacob Rogers, 1B
Alexander Santana, RHP 
Tayler Scott, RHP
Rubi Silva, OF
Elliot Soto, INF
Daury Torrez, RHP
Dan Vogelbach, 1B

Additionally, any player eligible to be an MLB Rule 55 Six-Year Minor League Free-Agent (6YFA) post-2015 who signs a 2016 minor league contract or agrees to a 2016 minor league successor contract prior to the December 2015 Rule 5 Draft will be eligible for selection.

Also, any player eligible to be a Rule 55 Second Contract Minor League Free-Agent who signs a 2016 minor league contract prior to the December 2015 Rule 5 Draft will be eligible for selection if the player was 18 or younger on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract and it is at least the 5th Rule 5 Draft since he signed his first contract, or the player was 19 years or older on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract and it is at least the 4th Rule 5 Draft since he signed his first contract.  

MLB RULE 55 FREE-AGENT POST-2015

SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FA 

Jeffry Antigua, LHP
Daniel Bard, RHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 
Frank Batista, RHP
Drake Britton, LHP  (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs)  
Marcelo Carreno, RHP
Anthony Carter, RHP
Hunter Cervenka, LHP
Adron Chambers, OF (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 
Pin-Chieh Chen, OF
Willson Contreras, C
Fernando Cruz, RHP 
Wes Darvill, INF
Ryan Dent, INF
Jae-Hoon Ha, RHP (ex-OF) 
Trey McNutt, RHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs)
Jonathon Mota, INF
Joe Ortiz, LHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 
Blake Parker, RHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs)
Felipe Paulino, RHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs)
Starling Peralta, RHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs)
Felix Pena, RHP
Carlos Pimentel, RHP 
Jose Rosario, RHP
Andres Santiago, RHP 
Daniel Schlereth, LHP   
Taylor Teagarden, C (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 
Chris Valaika, INF (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 
Logan Watkins, INF (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 

SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE FA 
Roberto Vahlis, C (previously released by TOR)
NOTE: RHP Jesus Arias (previously released by CLE) and RHP Jesus Camargo (first contract not renewed by DRM) are eligible to be an MLB RULE 55 SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT post-2015, but they are not be eligible for selection in December 2015 Rule 5 Draft.

 

Comments

As things stand right now, of the Cubs minor leaguers eligble to be a post-2015 MLB Rule 55 minor league FA or eligible for selection in the December 2015 MLB Rule 5 Draft, I would say the five most-likely to get added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster post-2015 are (in this order): 

1. Dan Vogelbach
2. Pierce Johnson
3. Corey Black
4. Willson Contreras  
5. Ivan Pineyro

 

Headline on mlb.com: "Cubs see own future in Nationals" Agree? Disagree? One difference I see, and this is by design I would think, is the Nationals seem to be more willing to go after top pitching while the Cubs prefer to find top talented, disciplined hitters and fix up pitchers that others have given up.

You're right currently, but I expect they will sign one of the big 4 FA pitchers this offseason (Price, Zimmerman, Greinke, Cueto) /hi Jeff!

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  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.

     

  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca

     

  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    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. 

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    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.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 23 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   

     

  • jdrnym 3 days 12 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.

     

  • crunch 4 days 15 hours ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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  • bradsbeard 6 days 10 hours ago (view)

    This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 days 10 hours ago (view)

    I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal. 

     

  • crunch 6 days 13 hours ago (view)

    RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins

    ...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw

     

  • erich081 1 week 2 hours ago (view)

    I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.

     

  • Hagsag 1 week 6 hours ago (view)

    I am installing a padded room to sit in until this hell is over.

     

  • Charlie 1 week 11 hours ago (view)

    Watched it yesterday with my girlfriend and while Skyping my dad. It was fun to give her running commentary since she's only been a Cubs fan for the last five years.

     

  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    MLB is sidestepping this "to the surface" pushing issue by choosing to "finacially support" minor league players according to a press release from a couple days ago.  minor league pay has been a recent source of embarrassment for MLB...

    i have no idea how robust this assistant will be, but anything less than 100% for most players (no matter the source) would be a disservice to future of the game.