Cubs 86 15 Minor Leaguers

The Cubs have released 15 minor leaguers: 

Augusto Acevedo, INF 
Jonathan Alvarez, RHRP 
Jorge Arellano, RHRP  
Efren Aular, C  
Miller Chacon, C
Darling Grullon, RHRP  
Ferrol Heredia, LHSP 
Andy Hernandez, RHSP  
Fernando Kelli, OF  
Johan Lopez, LHRP  
Kevin Moreno, OF  
Jorge Ramirez, LHRP 
Marco Valenzuela, OF  
Juan Vasquez, C 
Orlando Zapata, INF 

F. Heredia, Kelli, and J. Vasquez were eligible for selection in the AAA Phase of this month's Rule 5 Draft (they were on the AA Tennessee reserve list) but were not selected.

Chacon, A. Hernandez, J. Lopez, and Valenzuela would have been eligible for selection in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft. 

There was a time when Fernando Kelli was considered to be the fastest player in the Cubs system (he stole 133 bases in 244 minor league games), but he just could not hit enough to advance beyond short-season ball.  

Kevin Moreno's favorite player was Kris Bryant (he even imitated Bryant's set-up at the plate) and his father's favorite team was the Cubs, and Kevin was unusual in that he was a resident of Cuba (not a defector) who did not play amateur ball or in the Federacion Cubana de Beisbol prior to signing with the Cubs (he signed after a private work-out with a Cubs Area Scout near his home in Havana). After signing, he traveled to Colombia and obtained a work visa from the U. S. embassy in Bogata, before eventually moving to Mexico. 

Comments

I always check your Organizational Depth Chart, I don't see Burl Carraway on any of the rosters.

HAGSAG: Thanks for catching that! I will fix it. Let me know if you find any others missing. Obviously I am getting senile. 

adam morgan (LHP, releiver) signed to a minor league deal.  he's getting over injury so we may not see him until june/july.

not a bad pickup, but probably not a difference-maker.

The only memory I have of Adam Morgan is that Jason Heyward walk off bomb he gave up.

professional baseball card collector, phil hughes, has officially retired from baseball.  he hasn't pitched since 2018.

boog sciambi new cubs pbp guy...at least len's indie rock credentials will be retained with this hire.

Colin Rea released, likely pursuing opportunities overseas.

yup, japan.

When a player on an MLB 40-man roster is released so that he can sign with an NPB (Japan) or KBO (Korea) team, the MLB club typically receives a $1M release fee from the NPB or KBO team. 

So the Cubs will have to pay Rea 30-days salary (about $115K) as termination pay when he is released, and then the Cubs would very likely get $1M from the NPB team, and then the Cubs can re-allocate Rea's $700K 2021 salary (minus the $115K termination pay) elsewhere, which amounts to about $1.585M available in 2021 MLB payroll after the smoke clears.  

So from just purely a financial/payroll POV, it was good that the Cubs signed Rea instead of non-tendering him on 12/2. 

via baseball america...

"Major League Baseball sent a memo to minor league teams on Monday informing them that the 2021 minor league season at Double-A and the Class A levels will be delayed.

MLB told minor league teams that spring training for Double-A and Class A players will not begin until MLB and Triple-A players have departed from spring training. The delay will allow for more social distancing during a time when the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the world."