Your 2015 DSL Cubs!
The Dominican Summer League (DSL) begins play tomorrow (Saturday 5/30), and the Cubs will be fielding a team in the DSL for the 19th consecutive season.
There are 38 teams in the DSL in 2015 (all 30 MLB clubs have at least one DSL affiliate, and the Astros, Mariners, Mets, Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox, Reds, and Yankees have two each). The Mariners unexpectedly moved their club in the Venezuelan Summer League (VSL) to the DSL just prior to the start of Spring Training, leaving just four teams in the VSL (VSL Cubs VSL Phillies, VSL Rays, and VSL Tigers), but the VSL itself may not exist beyond this season, meaning the Cubs, Phillies, Rays and Tigers may operate two teams in the DSL next season.
14 members of the 2014 DSL Cubs (RHRP Assael Aquino, RHRP Luiz Escanio, C Eric Gonzalez, RHSP Junior Marte, RHSP Jose Morel, C-1B Richard Nunez, OF Chris Pieters, RHSP Andri Rondon, RHRP Aneuris Rosario, INF Miguel Ruiz, RHSP Pedro Silverio, INF Franklin Tineo, RHRP Deibi Torres, and OF Luis Ubiera) will be returning to the club in 2015, while twelve others (RHRP Pedro Araujo, OF Roberto Caro, RHSP Oscar de la Cruz, 2B Frandy de la Rosa, LHRP Andin Diaz, OF Jenner Emeterio, OF Robert Garcia, IF-OF Carlos Jimenez, C Yohan Matos, RHSP Erling Moreno, OF-1B Jose Paniagua, and RHSP Santiago Rodriguez) are presently at Cubs Extended Spring Training in Mesa and are unlikely to return to the DSL in 2015.
Catcher Eric Gonzalez was at Extended Spring Training with the other twelve, but was sent back to the DSL last week after going 0-13 with one walk and five strikeouts in 14 Cactus League EXST Plate Appearances. Gonzalez was signed by the Cubs last June, and hit 254/297/322 in 19 DSL games last season.
20-year old Chris Pieters (signed by the Cubs as a 16-year old out of Curacao in 2011 - $350K bonus) will be making the unusual conversion of LHP to outfielder with the DSL Cubs in 2015, but a 9.31 ERA and 119 walks surrendered in 77.1 IP over three seasons can do that to a guy.
14 of the 33 players on the DSL Cubs 2015 Opening Day roster will be making their pro debut in 2015 (these players are underlined below). Another (RHP Hector Garcia) was purchased from a Mexican League team post-2014, and three more (RHPs Luis Aquino, Julian Aybar, and Miguel Estevez) were signed after being released by other MLB organizations. .
Because they exceeded their pre-assigned 2013-14 International Signmg Bonus Pool limit by more than 15% (when they signed OF Eloy Jimenez, SS Gleyber Torres, RHP Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP Jeferson Mejia, RHP Erling Moreno, and C Yohan Matos), the Cubs were restricted to signing no player to a bonus in excess of $250,000 in the 2014-15 International Signing Period (ISP), Eight of the twelve players receiving six-figure signing bonuses from the Cubs during the 2014-15 ISP have been assigned to the DSL Cubs, including LHSP Wander Cabrera ($250K), CF Jose Jules ($250K), RF Samir Lara ($250K), SS Fidel Mejia ($250K), 3B Rafael Mejia ($250K), SS Yeiler Peguero ($250K), RF Yovanny Cuevas ($200K), and 3B-LF Tony Rijo ($100K).
DSL CUBS: 33
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Luis Aquino (previously released by CLE)
Julian Aybar (previously released by TB)
* Wander Cabrera
Miguel Estevez (previously released by CIN)
Hector Garcia (purchased from Yucatan - MEX)
* Pablo Ochoa
# Fidel Mejia
# Yeiler Peguero
# Miguel Ruiz
* Chris Pieters (ex-OF)
Claudio Almonte (Hitting Coach)
Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach)
Carlos Ramirez (Assistant Coach)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
Arizona Phil 2 hours 17 min ago (view)
Beginning in 2019, a club must wait a minimum of seven days before it can place a player who was claimed off Outtright Assignment Waivers during the off-season back onto waivers, so because he was claimed off waivers on Wednesday 11/27, yesterday (Wednesday 12/4) was the first day the Cubs could place LHRP C. D. Pelham back onto Outright Assignment Waivers, and so tomorrow (Friday 12/6) is the first day the Cubs can send Pelham outright to the minors (if he was placed back onto waivers yesterday).
Arizona Phil 23 hours 3 min ago (view)
A Competitive Balance draft slot can be traded only during a period of time starting on December 2nd and extending up until two hours prior to the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft), so don't be surpised if these draft picks are traded during the off-season.
Keep in mind that the slot cannot be traded for cash unless it is a financial adjustment made to offset the salary of one or more of the players involved in the trade.
Arizona Phil 23 hours 5 min ago (view)
The active list roster limit changes scheduled to go in effect in 2020 have not yet been officially approved. Same goes for the three-batter minimum (or else record the third out in the inning) for relief pitchers.
Arizona Phil 23 hours 8 min ago (view)
And then the active list roster limit will expand from 26 to 28 on September 1st (max 14 pitchers in September).
Arizona Phil 23 hours 11 min ago (view)
The "26th man" who was added for doubleheaders will now be the "27th man" and he can be a pitcher.
crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
ATL signs cole hamels 1/18m...a'ite then.
also, z.wheeler 5/100+ to the phillies.
Charlie 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
I think without the off-field issues, a front-office might at least be tempted to gamble on Russell's youth and dreams of his upside. But with what we all know about him now, the challenges of improving both on and off the field are too great to gamble on.
George Altman 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
This was the easiest non-tender decision, maybe ever. As if there weren't enough off-field reasons alone, there were even more baseball reasons. He became a sub .700 OPS hitter with bottom of the order OBA results. His defense, formerly his strength, became inconsistent due to attention deficit issues. He turned himself into bench infielder with suspect skills which is someone you don't pay more than $1--1.5M/yr.
crunch 3 days 36 sec ago (view)
he was due for a 3.5-4m payday (3.4m last year) at a minimum, anyway.
it's as good of a time as any to cut him loose. nico hoener's spring just became a lot more important.
Craig A. 3 days 17 min ago (view)
Addison Russell, to no one's surprise, was non-tendered. I still think he has the talent to excel in the major leagues, but it'll take a new attitude for him to realize his potential. It can't be easy to deal with his baggage in front of millions of fans. I won't forget his contributions in 2016, or that beautiful play that used to be the banner of TCR.
crunch 4 days 19 hours ago (view)
keuchel doesn't have draft pick compensation attached to him and he's a decent enough ground ball pitcher...that will be attractive to a lot of clubs. that would put 3 lefties in the cubs rotation (pending a trade) again, though. not sure they want to go for that look again.
that said, i still imagine the cubs are probably looking to make this thing happen via trade. it's hard to tell what their $$ situation is, but they've done a great job signaling they're not looking to spend $$ this offseason.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 1 hour ago (view)
Looking for impact starting pitchers, but won't be shopping at the top of the market? So I guess they won't be in the market for impact starting pitching.
Still hoping they find a taker for Q.
crunch 5 days 3 hours ago (view)
"Patrick Mooney of The Athletic writes the Cubs are in the market for impact starting pitchers but won't be shopping at the top of the market."
darvish, lester, hendricks, Q, (???, a.mills, t.chatwood)...pending trades
d.keuchel? r.porcello? trade target pitcher?
Arizona Phil 5 days 3 hours ago (view)
HAGSAG: I suspect going into his age 30 season and coming off a great year as a pinch-hitter, LaStella wanted a chance to be an everyday player, and since that obviously wasn't going to happen if he stayed with the Cubs, TLS (or his agent) may have asked the Cubs to trade him somewhere he could get that opportunity.
crunch 5 days 4 hours ago (view)
dunno any official reasoning, but his D is miserable and they decided to "upgrade" there with descalso for similar loot as well as getting a trade piece back. the whole a.russell thing was lingering over the team.
it's not like descalso is great with the glove, but la stella plays a miserable 2nd and meh 3rd.
i do wonder if things would have turned out differently if russell wasn't due to miss significant time.
Sonicwind75 5 days 8 hours ago (view)
Was just thinking about this, maybe that isn't a good thing for TLS? I wonder if Maddon will use TLS differently after seeing his success last year. That's my gripe with people complaining about Theo trading away a player that turns into an All Star. If TLS had stayed with the Cubs, Maddon would most likely kept using him in the same manner and with the same results.