17 Cubs Are Declared Minor League Free-Agents

 17 Cubs minor leaguers were declared MLB Rule 55 minor league free agents at 5 PM (Eastern) today (Friday 11/2).


CUBS 2018 MLB RULE 55 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS

, OF
, LHP
, OF 
, RHP  
, INF 
, OF-1B
, RHP
, INF
, INF 
, OF
, OF
, RHP
, LHP
, OF
, RHP 
, LHP
, RHP


A club receives no compensation for losing a minor league free-agent.

A minor league free-agent can sign a major league or minor league contract with any club (including the player's former club) without any restrictions, so it's possible that one or more of the Cubs minor league free-agents will re-sign with the Cubs at some point during the off-season.

INF , 1B-OF , OF , C , RHP , and OF-1B  were eligible to be Rule 55 minor league 6YFA and LHP  was eligible to be a Rule 55 second-contract minor league FA post-2018, but each of them signed a 2019 minor league successor contract in the days and weeks prior to the deadline. 

C-1B  and RHP  were eligible to be Rule 55 minor league 6YFA post-2018, but their contracts were selected and they were added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) in September. 


MLB RULE 55: An unsigned minor league player is automatically declared a free-agent at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series (the deadline is October 15th if the World Series is canceled) if the player has spent all or any part of at least seven separate seasons on a minor league roster (including all or parts of any season spent on Optional Assignment to the minors and/or on a minor league disabled list) and/or if the player has been previously released or non-tendered in his career and his present contract (known as a "second contract" even if it's his third or fourth minor league contract) has expired. 

For purposes of determining eligibility to be a minor league free-agent where spending seven separate seasons on a minor league roster is required, a player does not accrue a minor league season if the player spends the entire season on an MLB Active List, MLB Disabled List(s), and/or other MLB Inactive List, or if the player spends an entire season on the Restricted List, Disqualified List, Suspended List, Ineligible List, Voluntarily Retired List, and/or Military List. Also, participation in a post-season instructional league or winter league and/or the Arizona Fall League (AFL) does not count toward a minor league season if the player otherwise did not accrue a minor league season that year. 

Note that a player who ordinarily would have been declared a Rule 55 minor league free-agent is NOT eligible to be a free-agent if the player is either added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) or agrees to a minor league successor contract prior to 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series. 

Comments

It's in the news today that NHL players have voted the Blackhawks as having the best "sweater" in the NHL. At least Hawk fans will have laundry to root for this year and in the next several.

Interesting, though, how iconic these Chicago uniforms seem to be. Personally, as a kid on the South Side I thought the Sox had the coolest duds in the world: black and white, pinstriped, that great three-letter logo with no final "s" necessary. If Banks had been modeling the jersey instead of Fox and Aparicio, I'd be reading a different baseball blog.

AZ PHIL: What is the deal with Corey BlacK? Why can’t he crack the majors? Also, do you see the next Marwin Gonzalez in this list?

Black had TJS in 2016 and had a new injury shortly after getting back into game action in Rookie ball this season. Hasn’t really been on the field the last two seasons. 

he's also prone to getting angry and expressing it on social media...along with being very defensive about it.  strong will and determination shapes people's attitudes in different ways, i guess.

he also had elbow spurs cleaned out a couple weeks ago, so he's had fresh surgery on top of his past stuff.  this point is most likely a bigger issue than the 1st one.

E-MAN: There's really nobody on the Cubs minor league FA list who would profile as a Marwin Gonzalez-type, but if you look at the Cubs minor leaguers eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, 2018 Cubs Minor League Player of the Year Jason Vosler would probably be the closest comp, at least as far as being able to play all four infield positions (although SS would be strictly "In Case of Emeregncy Only"). But Vosler can play 3B-1B and I've seen him at 2B in Minor League Camp and he can play the position (at least passably), and at some point in 2019 Vosler will probably get some reps in the corner OF spots  as well, and if he can handle that (and he probably can) that would increase his value on a Joe Maddon team. 

vosler can play 3rd/1st good enough to be an interesting bench option (especially with line drive power) for an AL or NL team.  i imagine his name would be kicked around a lot of front offices.

The Brewers have hired Andy Haines as hitting coach.