A Baker's Dozen of Cubs Playing Winter Ball South of the Border

In addition to the in the Arizona Fall League, 13 other Cubs minor leaguers are playing winter ball in Latin America: 

LIGA DE BEISBOL DOMINICANO (Dominican Republic):

AGUILAS
, RHP (eligible to be minor league 6YFA post-World Series)

CIBAO
, OF (was eligible to be minor league 6YFA but has signed 2019 minor league successor contract)  

ESTRELLAS
, RHP (on Cubs Restricted List - serving 80-game suspension for violation of MLB-MLBPA JDPTP)
, LHP (eligible to be minor league 6YFA post-World Series)
NOTE: Although de la Cruz is on the Cubs Restricted List and thus cannot participate in the Arizona Fall League, he is not prohibited from playing winter ball in Latin America. 

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LIGA MEXICANA DEL PACIFICO (Mexico):

CULIACAN
, RHP (eligible to be minor league 6YFA post-World Series) 

JALISCO
, RHSP 

MEXICALI
, RHRP (was loaned to Yucatan and Saltillo in Mexican League in 2018)

OBREGON
, INF (missed 2018 season after undergoing shoulder surgery)
NOTE: Sepulveda is on the Obregon reserve list and can play in LMP only if medically cleared by Cubs 

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LIGA VENEZUELA BEISBOL PROFESIONAL (Venezuela):

ANZOATEGUI
, C (was eligible to be minor league 6YFA but has signed 2019 minor league successor contract) 

CURACAS
, OF (eligible to be minor league 6YFA post-World Series) 
, RHP (eligible for selection in December 2018 Rule 5 Draft)

LARA
, LHRP (eligible for selection in December 2018 Rule 5 Draft)

MARGARITA
, LHRP (eligible for selection in December 2018 Rule 5 Draft)

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Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente (the Puerto Rican winter league) begins play in a about a month and rosters have not yet been announced. 

Unlike the Arizona Fall League, free agents are eligible to play in the Latin Winter Leagues, so while Baez, Coleman, Paulino, and Torrez are presently under control of the Cubs, they might not be by the time the leagues conclude play.   

In addition to the 13 Cubs minor leaguers on the rosters of Latin winter league clubs, more than 30 former Cubs major leaguers and minor leaguers are playing winter ball in Latin America as well, including INF Arismendy Alcantara, RHP Pedro Araujo, OF Junior Lake, OF Felix Pie, RHP Carlos Pimentel, RHP Ivan Pineyro, LHP David Rollins and LHP Raul Valdes (Dominican Republic), RHP Dallas Beeler, C Sergio Burruel, LHP Gerardo Concepcion, OF-IF Anthony Giansanti, RHP Aaron Kurcz, RHP Sergio Mitre, LHP James Russell, INF Issmael Salas, RHP Nick Struck, and OF Jesus Valdez (Mexico), and RHP Jose Ascanio, RHP Francisco Carrillo, INF Ronny Cedeno, LHP Hunter Cervenka, RHP Dayan Diaz, RHP Greyfer Eregua, RHP Eduardo Figueroa, INF Bryant Flete, RHP Ramon Garcia, RHP Mark Malave, RHP Jhondaniel Medina, RHP Miguel Mejia, INF Andruw Monasterio, RHP Williams Perez, and RHP Carlos Zambrano (Venezuela). 

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Sergio Mitre, wow he is still at it!?

Sergio Meat Tray!  The (almost) perfect replacement player -- Career bWAR of -0.1 -- and made $4,015,000 career earnings while doing it (not counting his draft signing bonus and minor league pittance, er, salery).

some of these guys are still trying to make it, but a lot of those "old names" playing winter ball on this level are in it knowing they're playing competitive ball in front of good fans while having some fun and that's about the best that will come of it.

i'm still waiting for the day they regularly show some of these games during the winter.  ESPN Deportes showed dominican league games about a decade ago...that was fun.

at least the Caribbean Series is televised, but that don't show up until february and it's only a week-ish long.  it's a nice warmup before spring training.

One  of my all time favorites, Ronny Cedeno.

Ronny Cedeno.

Que: Wizard of Oz (If I Only Had a Brain)

Tangent:  That was not fan interference

Joe West is usually wrong, so should have been a home run.

Is kind of amazing that he always finds his way into the headlines.  I vaguely wanted Boston to win the series, but that call just seemed absurd.  The fans leaned slightly over (as any fan would) and that ball was well over the fence.

Remember when Felix Pie was going to be something special?

Felix Pie, que: Twisted Sister song (We're Not Gonna Take It).

Remember when...

Josh Vitters

Corey Patterson

Brett Jackson

Tyler Colvin

Josh "Best High School Swing in the Country" Vitters.

I still say that Gary Scott is going to be the next Ron Santo. 

https://www.mlb.com/news/dallas-keuchel-astros-not-cubs-no-hangover/c-268266628

Keutchel: “We’re not the Cubs.“ No Cubs Hangover, 3-8-18

I’ve been thinking aboug that comment all post season.  Kinda why I’m happy they lost.

w.sox gonna let matt davidson become a 2-way player.

90mph fastball, curve, threw 3 innings last year including a g.stanton K.

neat.

Easy to second guess but putting Hader in for the 3rd, made them vulnerable later and there it is.

Different than using a starter like Becket, Sale or Madbum. More like burning a good Andrew Miller early.

i understand j.jeffress had a good season, but he's been getting hit in the post-season.  i can't believe he even sniffed an appearance in a close game with plenty of arm left in the pen.

also, here's to hoping MIL doesn't improve their SP in 2019 because the bats and pen are set to be annoying for the cubs without much tweaking to be done.

From what Smoltz was saying, some of those bullpen guys like Woodruff are supposed to be shifted into starter roles next season. For the Cubs sake, I really hope Stearns relies soley on that method to upgrade their starting rotation. He seems cheap, or doesn't get any leeway from ownership in spending more money, so I kind of believe that's what will happen. Intererstingly enough, I wonder if it could allow them to go after a guy like Manny Machado, which would be pretty funny considering what just transpired in the last week. Back to their pitching. If they do move relievers into starting roles, I wonder what their plan will be for stretching them out and allowing them to pitch through a full season, and into the playoffs. I can just imagine them being worn out by September, much less October. So that comes back to the fact that they do need to get in on signing a starting pitcher through free agency.

At this point, it's 2 straight years they've had a very good team and management has failed to upgrade the rotation to get them into the playoffs, and now the World Series. Had they added one starting pitcher like Happ or Hamels at the deadline, I think that would've taken a little pressure off the bullpen, and brought them all the way to the World Series, and maybe they'd even hoist that trophy in another week. It reminds me of the Strasburg innings limit and the assumption that they will be back in the same position in the following year. Alot can happen after an offseason; just like Cubs players seeming content and not showing the same fire of 2015 and '16, or all the injuries the Cubs battled through in 2018 that leaves a team too run down by the time the post season starts. 

Either way, I'll definitly be paying attention to what the Brewers do this offseason, because it does seem like they will be our biggest opponent in winning the Central next season. 

david bell new reds manager.

brad ausmus new angels manager.

"According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, Joe Girardi is believed to be waiting for a managerial opening with either the Cubs or White Sox."

a'ite then.

Fuck the Motherfucking Brewers:

On the same team they have -

A guy arrested for DWI and suspending for like 50 games (Jefress)

A lying, cheating, steroid user who ruined other’s careers and got suspended for nearly a year (should have been banned, period) Braun

And, a homophobic closer who gets a standing ovation praising him.

Fuck all of them and I hope we beat their asses next year.

j.jeffress vs marijuana was kinda unreal.  dude loved his green.  3 violations for 150 total games suspended...

fair or not (ahem...not), he pretty much collectively missed an entire season because of getting high.  that said, he knew what was on the line and he did it anyway.  it's worth noting they don't test for weed in the bigs.  we may not have a game to watch if they did.

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  • Hagsag 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Ine of my alltime favorites.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    He played in the big leagues longer than he played any other level of organized baseball combined.

     

  • crunch 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    al kaline has died at age 85.

    from highschool to the majors without touching the minors...22 seasons, all with DET...18x all-star...3000 hit club.

     

  • Charlie 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

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

    I make more than that.

     

  • crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)

    "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is considering opening the season in empty spring training parks -- with no fans and all players quarantined.

    The plan would have all teams stationed in one centralized location -- likely Arizona"

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 days 5 hours ago (view)

    In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).   

     

  • JustSayin' 6 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.

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  • Hagsag 6 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 week 8 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 

     

  • JustSayin' 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    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.

     

  • crunch 1 week 1 day ago (view)

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

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  • crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)

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  • crunch 1 week 4 days ago (view)

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

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  • JustSayin' 1 week 4 days ago (view)

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  • crunch 1 week 5 days 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...