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."

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  • crunch 15 hours 18 min ago (view)

    * all figures stated are in a range of +/- 10m

    yeah, that was me not typing info correctly.  my bad.

     

  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Bryant got $19.5M 

     

  • crunch 20 hours 4 min ago (view)

    bryant 9.5m, contreras 6.65m, baez 11.65m, z.davies 8.63m

    looks like happ is going to arbitration.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    RHP Edward Vasquez (2017 IFA - Dominican Republic) has retired.

    E. Vasquez was one of the top SP on DSL Cubs Red in 2019 and was expected to be a SP on one of the Cubs AZL teams in 2020 if the minor league season hadn't been canceled.

    He would have been first-time Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2021. 

     

  • K Dub 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Phil!

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    danny hultzen retires and joins the cubs as a "pitching development assistant"

    shame the comeback story didn't last longer...but hey, at least he got to taste the bigs after his body failed him for so many years.

     

  • crunch 2 days 30 min ago (view)

    theo joining the commish's front office operation as a "consultant reguarding on field matters"...basically weighing in on the possible impact of rules changes.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    https://www.thecubreporter.com/comment/266505#comm...

     

  • K Dub 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Yeah, to my calculation that suspension should be over by now unless he got caught again...

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    (Not Phil) - Last I saw, he was on the restricted list.

     

  • K Dub 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Did the Cubs release Saul Vazquez?

     

  • Sonicwind75 6 days 1 hour ago (view)

    The 2021 guaranteed amount is $7 + $3 million mutual option buyout. 10>8.  Most media reports summarizes it as a $10 million deal. 

     

  • CubbyBlue 6 days 2 hours ago (view)

    Thanks Eric. After I put it up I thought.. damn I'm old. I wonder if people even remember back that far. I still think about that day. Uggh. Sorry. 

     

  • Charlie 6 days 2 hours ago (view)

    I'm always confused by this. They also could have tendered him and then boosted his value by trading him with a million or two in cash considerations. Obviously, that's a million or two more expensive than simply non-tendering--but couldn't you at least get an interesting prospect in return from one of these teams? They obviosuly thought it was worth their return to toss in a few million in the Darvish trade.

     

  • tim815 6 days 4 hours ago (view)

    The 2021 amount is 7.

    The buyout is 3.

    8>7

     

  • crunch 6 days 17 hours ago (view)

    chase strumpf is quickly emerging as a "trendy" organizational hot prospect, even among non-cubs fans.  amaya is having a decent winter league showing so far...taking a lot of walks, too.