Cubs 40-Man Roster Moves
The Cubs have put C.J. Edwards on the 40-man and that is the extent of their Rule 5 deadline roster moves. You can check out AZ Phil's full list of Rule 5 eligibles if you wish, but I don't see any obvious names that will get selected. Maybe Zach Cates or Ivan Pineyro or Starling Peralta, but there's certainly no one on there that folks should all be too worried about losing even if they do get picked.
Out of the rest of the league, I did notice ex-Cub Ronald Torreyes made the Astros 40-man today.
Not much else going down in Cubs-town, Cubs didn't get Russell Martin after he signed with the Blue Jays for 5/82.5M and no one should be too upset about that. The last I read was that the Cubs were willing to push past 4/65M and ended up a close runner-up. Rumors that the Red Sox are offering somewhere around 6/110-120M for Jon Lester. I think the Cubs are probably comfortable at those numbers, it'll just be a matter if some other team goes crazy and where Jon Lester wants to play. There were some Johnny Gomes rumors yesterday, vet leadership and short side platoon outfielder I suppose. I imagine that would mean the end of either Justin Ruggiano or Junior Lake as a Cub, but maybe I'm overthinking it.
Hagsag 2 hours 23 min ago (view)
Predictions on the Rule 5 draft this morning?
Hagsag 2 hours 42 min ago (view)
Very, very interesting Phil. Thanks for the post.
Arizona Phil 6 hours 53 min ago (view)
What was the stated purpose of the 1953 Bonus Rule?
COMMISSIONER FORD FRICK: "We want the kind of bonus rule that will discourage the Majors from paying out big bonuses, and encourage the little fellows (he is referring here to the minor leagues) to sign these youngsters and then sell them to clubs of a higher classification."
crunch 9 hours 22 min ago (view)
g.cole - yanks - 9/324m
s.strasburg - nats - 7/245m
a.rendon - angels - 7/245m
boras has signed $814m of contracts for his guys this week. not bad.
crunch 9 hours 29 min ago (view)
still waiting for rich hill to happen over here...i promise to be totally not impressed or happy about it. not a tj guy, but he's injured as hell and not expected to show up until mid-season at best.
whoever they pick to give a few million dollars over a couple seasons to not pitch for the cubs in any of them, i welcome them.
on a serious tip, there are rumors of a minor league deal for b.morrow.
bradsbeard 10 hours 3 min ago (view)
Taijuan Walker is a good candidate.
cubbies.4ever 11 hours 29 min ago (view)
So who is left in the free Agent market that has had Tommy John surgery? That seems to be a Prerequisite for Theo. Cotton and Winkler both did adding to all the other signings of Theo. I would love to see how many people Theo has signed or drafted who has had TJS.
Charlie 20 hours 11 min ago (view)
I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.
Charlie 20 hours 14 min ago (view)
If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.
crunch 20 hours 31 min ago (view)
i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.
Dolorous Jon Lester 21 hours 8 min ago (view)
Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.
Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs.
jdrnym 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.
crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
jeremy jeffress agrees.
Rob Richardson 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
It's high time if you ask me.