2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft Preview

11/15 UPDATE

The Cubs have selected the contracts of OF Brennen Davis from AAA Iowa, RHP Ben Brown and RHP Ryan Jensen from AA Tennessee, and OF Kevin Alcantara from Lo-A Myrtle Beach, and they have been added to the MLB Reserve List (40-man roster). 

In addition to adding four Rule 5 Draft-eligible minor league players to the 40, the Cubs have also acquired INF-OF Miles Mastrobuoni from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league RHP Alfredo Zarraga.

By adding the four minor leaguers to the MLB 40-man roster and  acquiring Mastrobuoni in a trade, there are now 39 players assigned to the Cubs MLB Reserve List (one slot is open). 

MLB contract tender day is this coming Friday (11/18), so additional players may be dropped from the 40 at that time by way of a non-tender. 


11/11 UPDATE:

The Cubs have sent INF Esteban Quiroz and INF-OF Jared Young outright to AAA Iowa. They do not have the right to elect free-agency after being outrighted. Both will be available for selection in the Rule 5 Draft next month.

Since they were not claimed off waivers for $50,000, it is almost a certainty that Quiroz and Young will not get claimed in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft for $100,000 (plus inconvenient roster restrictions), but if left off the AAA Iowa roster when minor league reserve lists are filed with the MLB Commissioner next Tuesday, they would be good candidates to get selected in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft for $24,000 with no roster restrictions. So there is a possibility that  even though they were outrighted off the MLB 40-man roster, Young (fairly likely) and Quiroz (somewhat less likely but still possible) will be assigned to the AAA Iowa reserve list next Tuesday so that they will only be available for selection in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft ($100,000 draft price plus roster restrictions)

RULE 5 DRAFT 

The MLB Rule 5 Draft is normally held at the MLB Winter Meetings in December. 
NOTE-1: The 2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft will be held on December 7, 2022. 
NOTE-2: The Major League Phase of the 2021 MLB Rule 5 Draft was cancelled 

It is a mechanism that allows MLB clubs to select (draft) players off minor league reserve lists.

There is a "Major League Phase" where an MLB club can select Rule 5 Draft-eligible players off the reserve lists of minor league clubs (any minor league classification) for $100,000 ("Major League Phase" Rule 5 Draft price increased from $50,000 to $100,000 beginning with the December 2016 draft), and a "AAA Phase" where a club's AAA minor league affiliate can select Rule 5 Draft-eligible players off the reserve lists of minor league clubs of a lower classification (below AAA) for $24,000 (Rule 5 "AAA Phase" draft price increased from $12,000 to $24,000 beginning with the December 2016 draft).
NOTE: Effective December 2016, the "AA Phase" (where a club's AA minor league affiliate could select Rule 5 Draft-eligible players off the reserve lists of minor league clubs of a classification below AA for $4,000) has been eliminated.

There is no limit on the number of rounds in each phase (there could be one, there could be three, there could be five or more). As long as at least one club is still selecting players, the phase will continue, but as soon as all 30 teams have a full reserve list (so that clubs can no longer make selections) or have passed, the phase is over.

There is no limit on the number of Rule 5 Draft-eligible players any one organization can lose in a Rule 5 Draft.

Rule 5 Draft order is based upon the inverse order of winning percentages from the previous season. If the winning percentages of two or more clubs are the same, the club with the lowest winning percentage from the previous season picks first. If two or more clubs are still tied, league standings from two years back (or three years back, four years back, etc) are used to break the tie.
NOTE: The Cubs will have the #7 slot in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft.

RULE 5 DRAFT ELIGIBILITY

1. A minor league player who was 18 or younger on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract is eligible for selection starting with the 5th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season, and a minor league player who was 19 years or older on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract becomes eligible for selection starting with the 4th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season.

2. If a player signs his first contract after the conclusion of the season of the MLB or minor league club to which he is first assigned (even if he signs prior to the Rule 5 Draft), the next season is considered to be the player's "first qualified season" for Rule 5 eligibility purposes. (Depending on the minor league, the conclusion of a minor league club's season could be as early as the first week of August, or as late as the second week of September).

3. A player eligible to be an MLB Rule 9 minor league free-agent who signs a minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent and a free-agent with prior MLB and/or minor league service who signs a minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft is eligible for selection if the player was 18 or younger on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract and it is at least the 5th Rule 5 Draft since he signed his first contract, or the player was 19 years or older on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract and it is at least the 4th Rule 5 Draft since he signed his first contract.

4. Any player on a minor league reserve list who has either been released or had his contract voided and then re-signs with the same MLB organization within one year is eligible for selection.

5. Any player on a minor league reserve list who has been outrighted to the minors previously in his career is eligible for selection.

6. A player on the Voluntary Retired List, Disqualified List, or Ineligible List is not eligible for selection.

7. An MLB club can designate any player on a minor league reserve list "eligible for selection" in a Rule 5 Draft even if the player would not normally be eligible, but once a player is designated "eligible for selection," he remains eligible for selection in all subsequent Rule 5 drafts.
NOTE: A club might do this if the club is planning to release the player during the off-season. 

8. A minor league player-manager who would be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft if he was only a player can be selected, but if he is selected, the player-manager can reject the selection and retire. He has 30 days to decide. If he rejects the selection and opts to retire as a player, the player-manager is ineligible to be reinstated as a player for a minimum of one year.  

At present, 75 Cubs minor leaguers are eligible for selection in the 2022 Rule 5 draft. A maximum of 38 players can be placed on the AAA reserve list on the reserve list roster filing deadline in November and be eligible for selection in the Major League Phase only, and in practice most clubs leave three or more slots open on their AAA reserve list when rosters are filed for free-agents who sign a minor league contract and players who are sent outright to AAA prior the Rule 5 Draft, and to provide AAA roster slots for players who might be selected in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

NOTE: If not added to the MLB 40-man roster on 11/15, the players underlined and in bold below will likely be placed on the 38-man AAA Iowa reserve list so that they will be eligible for selection only in the Major League Phase of the 2022 Rule 5 Draft.

CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN 2022 RULE 5 DRAFT (last updated 11-15-2022):
Pablo Aliendo, C 
Elian Almanzar, RHP
Michael Arias, RHP (second contract player signed for 2023)
D. J. Artis, OF
Bryce Ball, 1B
Hunter Bigge, RHP
Andres Bonalde, LHP (on RESTRICTED LIST)
David Bote, INF (Article XX-D player - sent outright to minors on 11/10)
Craig Brooks, RHP (on RESTRICTED LIST)
Jesus Camargo, RHP (on RESTRICTED LIST)
Derek Casey, RHP
Chris Clarke, RHP
Danis Correa, RHP
Yovanny Cruz, RHP
Zach Davis, OF (signed 2023 minor league successor contract) 
Bradford Deppermann, RHP
Christian Donahue, INF 
Luis Devers, RHP
Manuel Espinoza, RHP 
Miguel Fabrizio, C-1B
Kohl Franklin, RHP
Richard Gallardo, RHP
Reivaj Garcia, INF
Stephen Gonsalves, LHP (Article XX-D player - signed 2023 minor league successor contract) 
Saul Gonzalez, RHP  
Stanley Guzman, RHP (second contract player signed for 2023)
Ben Hecht, RHP 
Darius Hill, OF
Josue Huma, INF
Kyle Johnson, RHP (second contract player signed for 2023) 
Levi Jordan, INF
Chris Kachmar, RHP
Bryan King, LHP
Caleb Knight, C
Trey Lang, RHP (reinstated from Voluntary Retired List on 11/1)
Adam Laskey, LHP 
Brendon Little, LHP
Joel Machado, LHP
Nelson Maldonado, 1B
Luis Marte, RHP
Michael McAvene, RHP
Juan Mora, INF
Rafael Morel, INF 
Abel Moya, RHP (second contract player signed for 2023) 
Joe Nahas, RHP   
Eduarniel Nunez, RHP 
Miguel Pabon, INF-C
Ezequiel Pagan, OF
Jack Patterson, LHP 
Yonathan Perlaza, OF (signed 2023 minor league successor contract) 
Fabian Pertuz, INF
Yohendrick Pinango, OF
Malcom Quintero, C
Esteban Quiroz, INF 
Jake Reindl, RHP 
Peyton Remy, RHP
Samuel Reyes, RHP
Luis Angel Rodriguez, LHP 
Cole Roederer, OF
Cam Sanders, RHP
Yeison Santana, INF
Jake Slaughter, INF
Dalton Stambaugh, LHP (second contract player signed for 2023) 
Chase Strumpf, INF
Tim Susnara, C (second contract player signed for 2023) 
Riley Thompson, RHP
Cayne Ueckert, RHP
Didier Vargas, LHP
Luis Vazquez, INF  
Luis Verdugo, INF
Jake Washer, C 
Andy Weber, INF 
Blake Whitney, RHP
Bryce Windham, C-INF
Jared Young, INF-OF

Additionally, a free-agent who signs a 2023 minor league contract prior to the 2022 Rule 5 Draft will be eligible for selection if the player was 18 or younger on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract and it is at least the 5th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season, and a minor league player who was 19 years or older on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract becomes eligible for selection starting with the 4th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season.


RULE 5 DRAFT RESTRICTIONS:

1. A minor league player eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft cannot be added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), traded to another organization, or transferred from one minor league reserve list to another within the same organization, beginning with the filing of MLB minor league reserve lists and extending through the completion of the Rule 5 Draft.

2. A Rule 5 Draft-eligible player cannot be sent outright to the minors beginning at 5 PM (Eastern) on the third day prior to the Rule 5 Draft through the conclusion of the draft.

3. A club must have as many slots open on its MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) prior to the start of the Rule 5 Draft as the number of players it selects in the Major League Phase, and an MLB club's AAA affiliate must have as many slots open on its reserve list prior to the start of the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft as the number of players the affiliate selects in the AAA Phase. 

4. A club can select a player off the reserve list of one of its own minor league affiliates, but if the player is selected in the Major League Phase, the club is bound by the same Rule 5 roster restrictions as if it had selected the player off the reserve list of another club's minor league affiliate.
NOTE: This actually happened at least once a number of years ago, after a club (Atlanta Braves) inadvertently left one of its top prospects off its MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) when minor league reserve lists were submitted to the MLB Commissioner on November 20th.

5. A player eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft cannot be "covered up" from selection, either by agreement between two clubs or by effect (such as by concocting a phony injury and placing the player on an Injured List in an attempt to decrease a player's value when the player is not really injured). Also, a player selected in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft cannot be "hidden" on an Injured List to help the drafting club fulfill Rule 5 roster obligations (such as by leaving the player on the Injured List after he is healthy enough to play). If the MLB Commissioner believes a club "covered up" a player to avoid losing the player in the Rule Draft or "hid" a selected player on an Injured List, the offending club or clubs are subject to a penalty (TBD by the MLB Commissioner).

MLB RULE 5 SELECTED PLAYER

A "Selected Player" is any player selected in the Major League Phase of the MLB Rule 5 Draft. 

MLB RULE 5 SELECTED PLAYERS ON CUBS MLB RESERVE LIST (updated 3-12-2020):
NONE AT THIS TIME

CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS SELECTED IN MAJOR LEAGUE PHASE OF 2021 RULE 5 DRAFT (updated 3-6-2020)
NONE  
NOTE: The Major League Phase of the 2021 MLB Rule 5 Draft was cancelled 

1. A Selected Player must be placed on the drafting club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) immediately after selection and must be tendered a major league contract by 5 PM (Eastern) on the day of the draft. 

2. A Selected Player can be traded at any time, but the player cannot be Designated for Assignment, released, or sent to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB Opening Day, and then only if Outright Assignment Waivers have been secured and the player's former club declines to reclaim the player.

3. If a Selected Player spends at least 90 days on an MLB Active List during the MLB regular season following selection, the player ceases to be a "Selected Player" at the conclusion of the MLB regular season. If time spent on an MLB Active List is less than 90 days in the season following selection, the player remains a Rule 5 Selected Player into the next season, and the player continues to be a Selected Player until he has spent 90 days total on an MLB Active List.

4. If a club wishes to send a Selected Player to the minors, the player must be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers, where any of the other 29 MLB clubs can claim the player for the $50,000 Rule 5 waiver price (formerly $25,000), and if claimed off waivers, the player continues to have Rule 5 MLB Selected Player status.

5. If the Selected Player is not claimed off Outright Assignment Waivers, the player then must be offered back to the club from which he was drafted, and the player's former club can re-claim the player for $50,000 (formerly $25,000), with the player being automatically outrighted to the Reserve List of the minor league reserve list from which he was drafted. The club from which the player was drafted usually has 72 hours to decide whether to re-claim the player, but it has only 24 hours to decide if the player is eligible to be an Article XX-D or Article XIX-A minor league free-agent if outrighted to the minors (player has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time, qualifies for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" player, and/or has been outrighted to the minors previously in his career).
NOTE: A Selected Player with Article XIX-A rights (player has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time) cannot be re-claimed and outrighted back to the minor league club from which he was drafted unless the player consents in advance to the assignment.

6. If a Selected Player is returned (outrighted) to the minor league club from which he was drafted, and if the player has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time, qualifies for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" player, and/or has been outrighted to the minors previously in his career, the player can elect to be an MLB Article XX-D minor league free-agent (or Article XIX-A minor league free-agent if the player has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time) after being outrighted (he has three days to decide), or he can accept the Outright Assignment and defer the right to be a minor league free-agent until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season.   

7. If a Selected Player is returned (outrighted) to the minor league club from which he was drafted, the drafting club is responsible for any portion of the player's salary above what the player was actually paid the previous season.

8. If the club from which the Selected Player was drafted declines to re-claim the player, the player no longer has Rule 5 Selected Player status, the drafting club retains the player, and the player can be sent to the minors or released.

9. A player selected in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft must be immediately assigned to the reserve list of the AAA club that drafted the player and he must be given a 15-day trial during Spring Training with that club, but the player can be assigned to the active list of any minor league affiliate in the MLB club's organization once the minor league regular season commences. NOTE: Unlike players selected in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft, a player selected in the AAA Phase does not have to be offered back to the club from which he was drafted if the player is ultimately assigned to the active list of a minor league affiliate below AAA.

PLAYERS SELECTED BY CUBS IN AAA PHASE OF 2021 RULE 5 DRAFT (updated 12-8-2021): 
Connor Menes, LHP (selected by Cubs for AAA Iowa from San Francisco Giants Domestic Reserve List) 

CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS SELECTED IN AAA PHASE OF 2021 RULE 5 DRAFT (updated 12-8-2021): 
Carlos Ocampo, RHP (selected by New York Mets for AAA Syracuse from Cubs Domestic Reserve List)

Comments

"Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cubs have been among the most active teams on the free agent market as they're looking for an upgrade at shortstop."

the jason heyward era has officially ended.

it cost about 300K per hit (or 207K per hit+walk if you're into advanced money wasting stats).

With today's release of Jason Heyward, the Cubs presently have six slots open on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster). Other players could be still dropped from the 40 via trade, outright assignment, release, or DFA prior to tomorrow's reserve list filing deadline, but right now six slots are open on the 40 for Rule 5 Draft eligible minor leaguers who the Cubs might wish to protect from selection in the next month's Rule 5 Draft. 

Other players on the 40 will likely be non-tendered this coming Friday (11/18), and that will open up additional slots on the 40 for waiver claims, MLB free agents, and/or a player or players selected by the Cubs in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

As for for who the six players the Cubs will add to the 40 tomorrow will be, it probably would be useful to consider the twelve players the Cubs invited to their special minor league mini-camp at Wrigley Field the last weekend of September: 

RHP Ben Brown, Ryan Jensen, Ben Leeper, and Daniel Palencia, LHP D. J. Herz, and Jordan Wicks, 1B Matt Mervis, 2B-3B Chase Strumpf, and OF Brennen Davis, Darius Hill, Yonathan Perlaza, and Yohendrick Pinango.  

Perlaza was eligible to be a Rule 9 minor league 6YFA post-2022, so he would not have been invited if he had not signed a 2023 minor league successor contract. And in fact we now know he did sign a successor contract. And just because he signed a minor league successor contract doesn't mean Perlaza won't get added to the 40 tomorrow, because the Cubs have done that before.  

Of the twelve players on the list of minor league invitees to the mini camp, seven (B. Brown, Jensen, Strumpf, B. Davis, Hill, Perlaza, and Pinango) are Rule 5 Draft eligible. (Top 5 prospect OF Kevin Alcantara is also Rule 5 Draft eligible, but unlike the others he has not yet played above Lo-A, and he was at AZ Instructs at the time of the mini-camp, so that might be why he wasn't invited).  

So will the six minor leaguers added to the 40 tomorrow come from the list of invitees to the Cubs September mini-camp at Wrigley Field? And what about Kevin Alcantara? We'll see. 

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In reply to by crunch

CRUNCH: Herz, Leeper, Palencia, Wicks, and Mervis are the five minor leaguers invited to the mini-camp at Wrigley Field in September who are not Rule 5 Draft eligible this year, although all five of them are good candidates to end up in Wrigley Field sometime next season. 

The other seven invited to the mini-camp (B. Brown, B. Davis, Hill, Jensen, Perlaza, Pinango, and Strumpf) are eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft next month, and I was opining that inviting them to the mini-camp MIGHT perhaps be an indication that the Cubs are intending to add most (if not all) of the seven to the 40 tomorrow (Tuesday). 

Also, with ACL Cubs RHP Anthony Martinez having been released and INF Esteban Quiroz and INF-OF Jared Young having been sent outright to AAA Iowa last Friday, there are now 170 players on the Cubs minor league Domestic Reserve List (twenty slots are open). 

I just wanted to share my Rule 5 thoughts prior to rosters being announced today. This is what I would do, not necessarily what the Cubs will do:

40-man major league roster: (ONE spot open)

  • Pitchers: [KEEP] Alzolay, Assad, Estrada, Hendricks, Heuer, Hughes, Kilian, Leiter Jr., Roberts, Rodriguez, Rucker, Sampson, Steele, Stroman, Thompson, Uelmen, Wesneski [ADD] Brown, Correa, Jensen, Devers. [DROP] Wick, Vizcaino, Marquez
  • Catchers: [KEEP] Gomes, Higgins, Amaya
  • Infielders: [KEEP] Hoerner, Madrigal, McKinstry, Rivas, Wisdom [ADD] Slaughter
  • Outfielders: [KEEP] Canario, Happ, Morel, Suzuki, Velazquez [ADD] Davis, Alcantara, Perlaza, Hill [DROP] Ortega

38-man AAA roster: (THREE spots open)

  • Pitchers: Cam Sanders, Richard Gallardo, Kohl Franklin, Saúl González, Riley Thompson, Didier Vargas, Michael McAvene, Chris Clarke, Luis Ángel Rodríguez, Joe Nahas, Blake Whitney, Brendon Little, Jake Reindl, Adam Laskey, Yovanny Cruz, Manuel Espinoza, Eduarniel Nunez, Hunter Bigge
  • Catchers: Pablo Aliendo, Bryce Windham
  • Infielders: Chase Strumpf, Bryce Ball, Nelson Maldonado, Yeison Santana, Fabian Pertuz, Levi Jordan, Andy Weber, Juan Mora, Luis Vazquez, Josue Huma, Rafael Morel, Esteban Quiroz
  • Outfielders: Yohendrick Piñango, Ezequiel Pagan, Cole Roederer

cubs have traded who for what?

"Cubs acquired INF/OF Miles Mastrobuoni from the Rays for RHP Alfredo Zárraga."

hope this is a mckinstry replacement rather than carrying both of these guys.

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In reply to by crunch

Miles Mastrobuoni is the younger brother of former Cubs minor league catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni (AKA "Bone"). 

I had a chance to talk with their mom a few years ago on the Cubs backfields during Spring Training, and she told me how Marcus and Miles were two years apart, and so they usually did not play on the same team and in the same league. So she spent a LOT of time driving the two boys back & forth from home or school to their respective practices and games.

And then both Marcus and Miles ended up playing college baseball-- Marcus at Cal State Stanislaus and Miles at Nevada, and both ended up getting drafted and signed by MLB organizations (Marcus by the Cubs, and Miles by the Rays), possibly none of which would have happened if not for their mom! 

after seeing a september full of mckinstry, i'll take masterboney as a replacement solely on him not being mckinstry.

mckinstry got a big chance and didn't get it done...yes, short sample, but he got pretty much all of september to audition as a near everyday player.  this team doesn't need mckinstry, masterb, and bote all on the bench looking for playing time.

mets not protecting future cub jake mangum...or at least they could use a guy like him off the bench playing OF (very well, all 3 slots).  cubs and CF will be an issue beyond who's actually starting there.

Phil, what's the story with Alexander Vizcaino?  You show the 40-man roster at 39, but the Cubs themselves are reporting that it's at 38.  Is the Restricted List "open and active" during the offseason?  Might Vizcaino still be on that list?  Could that explain the apparent discrepancy?

rylan bannon selected off waivers from the braves.

4th team in 2022....dodgers, orioles, braves, cubs.

toss another 3rd/2nd on the pile. cubs trying to corner the market on them.

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In reply to by crunch

CRUNCH: It's very possible that the Cubs will place Bannon back on waivers (although they have to wait at least seven days before he can be placed back onto waivers). Also,  there are no restrictions on outrighting Bannon (he is not a Draft-Excluded Player, he does not have the right to elect free-agency if outrighted, and he is not an MLB Rule 9 player so he can be outrighted without having signed a 2023 contract). And if he gets claimed by another club, so what? You lose $50,000 making the claim, you get it back if he gets claimed.

dodgers are supposedly in on aaron judge.

meanwhile the cubs are heavily linked to a guy the dodgers don't think is worth paying, cody bellinger.

The Cubs have non-tendered OF Rafael Ortega, LHP Brailyn Marquez, and RHP Alexander Vizcaino. 

A non-tender is a way to get a player off the 40 without exposing the player to waivers. It's the only day of the year when that can be done. 

It's very possible that the Cubs will re-sign Ortega, Marquez, and/or Vizcaino to a 2023 minor league contract. The player doesn't have to sign, but it's a fairly common tactic to non-tender a player to get him off the 40 (without having to risk losing him off waivers), and then re-sign him to a minor league contract with a salary as high or even higher than what he would have received if he had remained on the 40. 

In the case of Ortega, he was eligible for arbitration as a "Super Two," and a non-tender allows the Cubs to avoid salary arbitration with him while at the same time potentially re-signing him to a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training (and maybe an opt-out if he doesn't make the Opening Day Cubs 26-man roster).

Again, a non-tendered player doesn't always consent to signing a minor league contract, but it's also not that unusual if he does. 

BTW, I expected the Cubs to non-tender Zach McKinstry and Mark Leiter Jr, too, because they are both out of minor league options in 2023 and therefore are not fungible (shuttle) guys anymore, but I suspect in both cases the Cubs were probably told that the player would not agree to sign a minor league contract (at least not with the Cubs) if the get non-tendered. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Still should have cut Leiter, I think. Between the MLB depth, near MLB ready depth, and the usual slate of reclamation RP, Leiter is extremely replaceable.

Not that McKinstry isn’t, but LH hitting utility player isn’t quite the some organizational strength as RHRP (Mastrobuoni not withstanding).

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In reply to by bradsbeard

BRADSBEARD: The problem with Mark Leiter Jr (and this is also true of Zach McKinstry, as well) is that he will be out of minor league options in 2023, which will have a potentially deleterious effect on roster flexibility coming out of Spring Training. 

Ideally, the Cubs would have non-tendered Leiter and McKinstry and then signed them to 2023 minor league contracts (but for big league money), so that if they have good Springs but there is a roster jam at the end of Spring Training, the Cubs would be able to send Leiter and/or McKinstry to AAA without having to risk them getting claimed off waivers.

Also, Leiter has the right to elect free-agency if he gets outrighted, which is probably why he wasn't among the batch of Cubs players who were outrighted after the World Series. 

Obviously the Cubs do not want to lose either Leiter or McKinstry. At least not right now

Phil, can you explain why players who were designated for assignment earlier in the week (most of them before the reserve list deadline) were non-tendered today? Wouldn't the DFA have freed the teams of having to tender them a contract?

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In reply to by jdrnym

jdrnym: Just a refresher...

A club has the following options with respect to a player who has been Designated for Assignment: 

Within seven days, the player must be either

1) Traded (the club can wait the full seven days to make a trade); 

2) Sent outright to the minors (but Outright Assignment Waivers must be requested early enough so that the waivers can be secured and the outright assignment can occur within the seven day DFA period);

3) Released (Outright Release Waivers can be requested on the seventh day of the DFA as long as the seventh day is an MLB "business day"),

or

4) Non-tendered (which is only one day a year -- previously it was 12/2, but beginning with the new CBA the MLB contract tender day is now the Friday prior to Thanksgiving). 

The reason a club would prefer to non-tender a player rather than try and outright the player to the minors or release him (as long as the contract tender date is within the seven day DFA period ) is because the player might get claimed if he is placed onto Outright Assignment Waivers (which in some cases might be OK with the club because maybe the club doesn't value the player enough to care about losing him, but not if the club does not want to risk losing the player off waivers), or if a player is given his Outright Release he could get claimed for $1 (although all players regardless of  class or service time have to right to decline an outright release waiver claim), and even if he is not claimed, he cannot be added back to the 40 until May 15th. 

So a non-tender is the absolute best way to remove a player from the 40 or dispose of a designated player - IF - the club does not want to risk losing the player off waivers and/or does not want to release the player where the player could get claimed off release waivers for $1, or even if the player is not claimed off release waivers, the club would have to wait until May 15th to add the player back to the 40. 

Prior to 2022 the contract tender deadline (normally 12/2) was almost two weeks after the reserve list filing deadline, (normally 11/20) so it wasn't possible to DFA a player to clear a roster slot for a Rule 5 Draft-eligible player on 11/20 and then non-tender the designated player on 12/2, because the seven day DFA period would have already expired.

But with the reserve list filing deadline now just three days prior to contract tender day, it is now possible to DFA a player to open up a slot on the 40 on the reserve list filing day and then non-tender him within seven days. That was not possible before.  

Just a quick reminder on how contract tender day works... 

Each MLB club must submit the names of all unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) to the MLB Labor Relations Department (LRD) prior to 8 PM (Eastern). The club must designate which of the players on the list are being tendered a contract for the next season, and which players are not being tendered.    

The LRD then transmits the master contract tender list to the MLBPA at 8 PM (Eastern). The MLBPA is then responsible for notifying each unsigned player whether he is being tendered a contract or not. 

So the club doesn't have any contact with the unsigned player. It's all done with middle-men (the MLB LRD and the MLBPA). 

Also, clubs do - NOT - offer salary arbitration to unsigned arbitration-eligible players who are tendered contracts. The player is the one who requests salary arbitration, and it doesn't happen until the second week in January, and then only if the club and the player have not agreed on a salary for the next season by that time. Clubs - NEVER - request salary arbitration. 

Thanks Phil. Certainly explains Marquez move as well as others.

I expect Leiter and McKinstry won’t survive the winter. As the winter progresses, rosters get tighter and waivers generally get easier.

re: Ian Happ's Glove o' Gold -

Can anybody give me a brief summary/analysis of what changed this year with IH's fielding?

I didn't spring for the MLBtv package this season so I saw more highlights than full game footage. Beyond the flashy plays, any sense of what was different/better?

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

i have no idea what he was working on, but watching happ play LF was a masterclass (especially at Wrigley).

warning track, outfield wall, walls down the line...it's like every step was committed to memory and he got there with near perfect timing, even on stuff he jumped/leaped for.  i'm only in my mid-40s, but I've never seen anyone play LF in Wrigley as well as happ did last year.

he's always had a good glove and if he gets to the ball he generally snags it, but wow...he really set himself up to get to the ball in 2022.

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In reply to by crunch

I don't know that a ton changed. He was always a pretty good OF (even in CF). He just runs funny so people assumed he was bad. I'm not even joking. I think a big part of the perception of improvement is he was being compared to other LF rather than to CF. He was statistically just as good last year in LF going by the Statcast measurements. But I do think focusing solely on LF helped a bit with consistency. He seemed really comfortable playing balls in the well and corner and against the side wall. 

yeesh...

morgan "caught on camera racist" wallen is playing wrigley field next year.

good job there, guys.  great look.   get that money.  nice look for 2023.

 

he appoligized and all that, but yeah, now he gets to use wrigley field in the middle of a baseball season as a platform for his 1st major tour since that, uh, incident.  dude wasn't an edgy 15 year old just learning to navigate the world...

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In reply to by Ryno

it's part of the concert things they've been cramming into wrigley when they're doing away games.

some other teams/parks are hosting him in 2023, too.

i guess they think a couple years between "the video" takes off the heat, but why even wade into that when it's totally not required unless you sign up for it?  it's a needless thing to prop up under the cubs/wrigley brand.

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In reply to by DavidP

"As Morgan appears to stumble toward his house, he tells someone to watch over a guy in his group. He says ... "take care of this "p****-ass mother******" -- and then goes on to say, "take care of this p****-ass n*****" ... before finally heading in."

 

It was playful, and to friends, and not in anger...but yeah, it came out of his mouth with the type of comfort that you know it's not his first time throwing it around.

i just don't know why they'd offer up Wrigley for this.  this seems to be an easy "no thanks, we'll pass" type of situation.

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In reply to by crunch

I have never heard of the guy, and don't know what kind of player he is, but avoiding adding him to the team because of comments like this, is as stupid as avoidng him because of his political beliefs.  As far as the average fan is concerned, very few would ever hear of this kind of thing, and most of tose wouldn't care in the least.

As long as he is a good player and a good team mate, he would help the team and should be welcomed.

And it certainly is a sliding scale.  The better his performance on the field, the less the fans would care about off field actions.  If Ty Cobb was in his prime, and signed with the team, he would be welcomed by 99 percent of the fans, including myself.  And he was one of the most disgusting persons ever to play the game.

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In reply to by DavidP

he's a country music singer.

this is about hosting an in-season concert at Wrigley field.

this is a totally needless move and it's not like they need to beg for someone to play Wrigley field in their concert tour for the extra cash.

this isn't like the pros/cons of adding Brandon Nimmo in CF because he decided to donate money to Trump to throw democracy out the window to own the libs...or whatever Trump fans want him to do so he can be dictator.

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In reply to by crunch

That will teach me to actually read a post before commenting on it.  Never having heard of the guy, I assumed that he was a free agent that should not be signed because of past comments.  I apologize for the mistake.

 

But this is even more egregious.  To hold a baseball team accountable for the past comments of a musical performer because of alleged racist comments he made years ago, is just ludicrous.  One of the most popular music groups of my day was the Mamas and the Pappas, who performed some of the best music of their day.  And individually and as a group, they were among the most disgusting humans of their time, among other things, giving their 10 year old daughter drugs at their parties, causing her a lifetime of drug addiction.  Should I hold every concert venue that rented them concert space (including the Dodgers), every television station that gave them a platform (including NPR) and every fan that til this day hums along with "california Dreaming", (including myself)?

 

I hope that the Cubs are more sensible than to pay attention to complaintss such as this.

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In reply to by DavidP

Not directed at DavidP individually, but offered as some free floating thoughts...

 

I think it's a classic "both/and" or "know it when I see it" type situation. 

 

It's absolutely appropriate & effective to hold orgs, venues, etc. accountable for the business associations they have.  It's also appropriate to wonder about how asking orgs to break those ties impacts free-speech, discourse, and/or opportunities for performers that are marginalized for other reasons (race, gender, etc.).

 

It's absolutely appropriate to find some art/entertainment a non-starter for you b/c of the artists actions.  We all have them...  And it's also appropriate to make individual choices about what we put into historical / situational context  and about how we separate art from artists.  I certainly don't endorse every view of every comedian in my collection of albums... so I must be able to separate art/artist sometimes. But it's also true that I straight up deleted Bill Cosby's albums b/c I just couldn't... but I still really like some Michael Jackson songs & don't know how I feel about that.

 

It's absolutely appropriate & necessary to hold people to account for comments they make in the past. And it's also absolutely appropriate & necessary to allow space for people to make mistakes and then grow, learn, change, apologize, & perhaps make amends.

 

For me, I think that the important process is understanding that these are all ill-structured problems where multiple things can be true at the same time.  Sitting in that tension is the key.  We seek certainty & clarity about should/shouldn't but the reality is there is only a hugely messy & slippery process of meaning-making that happens every minute of every day for every person.  

 

Does this mean we throw up our hands & anything goes? No.  For me, I still get angry (even furious) about some things & will fight so hard against them. But it centers that energy in a way that has compassion for others b/c I realize that at the end of the day everybody is trudging through the same meaning-making mud. 

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

I also appreciate your thoughts.  I would add a couple of my own.

First, it is one thing to refuse to support someone you disagree with, for whatever reason.  That is something we all should do.  But it is another thing to try to attack someone for mere association with someone you disagree with, and to actively try to destroy them.

The Cosby issue is a great example.  From all reports, he was a scumbag.  And for that reason, I do not watch reruns of his show, which was one of the best ever on television.  But I think it is wrong, for instance, to actively work to punish any TV station that wishes to have it in their programming.  If for no other reason that every actor that ever was in the series gets residual payments that, to many of them, are important to keep themselves fed.  None are responsible for what Cosby may have done, and should not be punished in a vain attempt to punish Cosby, who will never notice the lack of residual payments.

No one should ever been punished merely for associating with someone else.  Punishing the musician for what you consider his misdeeds also punishes every person who works for him, listens to his music, or works in association with him, none of whom is necessarily racist.

Some hot stove ramblings for the Cubs non SS free agent options. 
Jordan Bastian from mlb.com discussing 1B options like Josh Bell, Yuli Gurriel, Brandon Drury, Trey Mancini , Wil Myers and Luke Voit. (Will post a link but it’s not working at this time). 

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PITCHERS: 20
Adbert Alzolay
Javier Assad 
Ben Brown
Jeremiah Estrada
Kyle Hendricks
Codi Heuer 
* Brandon Hughes
Ryan Jensen
Caleb Kilian 
Mark Leiter Jr
Ethan Roberts 
Manuel Rodriguez
Michael Rucker
Adrian Sampson
* Justin Steele 
Marcus Stroman
Keegan Thompson
Erich Uelmen 
Hayden Wesneski
Rowan Wick

CATCHERS: 3 
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes
P. J. Higgins 

INFIELDERS: 7
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Zach McKinstry
Christopher Morel
* Alfonso Rivas
Patrick Wisdom

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Kevin Alcantara 
Alexander Canario
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki 
Nelson Velazquez

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