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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players are on the 60-DAY IL

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus eleven players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and three players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 6-15-2024

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PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
David Bote
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 11
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Jose Cuas, P
Brennen Davis, OF
Porter Hodge, P 
Nick Madrigal, INF 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Daniel Palencia, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF

15-DAY IL: 3
Yency Almonte, P
Ben Brown, P 
* Jordan Wicks, P 

60-DAY IL: 3
Adbert Alzolay, P 
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

2023 Winter Meetings Thread

The 2023 MLB Winter Meetings have kicked off with the Chicago Cubs rumored to be involved in some of the offseason's most desired players. Jed Hoyer et al. have already made the managerial splash of the year, bidding David Ross adieu and welcoming former Brewer Craig Counsell on a big ol' contract, by manager standards. 

The free agent moves of the 2012-2023 offseason generally panned out for the Cubs, with Dansby Swanson solidifying the infield defense and Cody Bellinger rebounding better than anyone could reasonably have expected. Even Jameson Taillon, whose first season as a Cub was clearly a disappointment, improved in the second half. All of this helped the Cubs to a winning record and a mid-season run at a Wild Card spot. 

Now, the Cubs have clear needs on the roster as well as a division without a presumptive favorite. The Reds are ascendant with a ton of young talent, the Cardinals have been forced to completely rebuild their starting rotation, and the Brewers lost a top rotation arm and are rumored to trade another. Pittsburgh fans have April to look back upon fondly and will be eagerly awaiting the first full season of Oneil Cruz while likely still waiting for their opportunity to compete. 

How aggressive will the Cubs be in their pursuit of the division? The next few weeks could tell fans a great deal. The Cubs have been connected to both top free agents who are likely to make their decisions early. Shohei Ohtani is gling to be the first big domino of the free agent market, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto's posting period will close on January 4. Pursuit of the likes of Bellinger, a third baseman, relievers, or potential trades for rotation support, will likely have to wait until these top free agents make their decisions. 

Join us in the comments for commentary and reactions to the early portion of the hot stove. Personally, I'll be hoping for something big to discuss.
 

Comments

astros sign brailyn maquez to a minor league deal.

he was the cubs "next big thing" back in 2020.  great stuff, bad command/control and a wonky shoulder.

Bob Nightengale @BNightengale
The Chicago Cubs’ optimism of landing Shohei Ohtani has now significantly waned, one high-ranking executive said, leaving the LA Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants as the likely finalists.

Jon Morosi @jonmorosi
Sources: Cubs and Rhys Hoskins’ representatives remain in contact on a possible free-agent deal.

One year and multiyear contract proposals have been discussed. 

"USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports the Cubs and Rays have discussed Christopher Morel as part of a trade package for Tyler Glasnow."

giving up c.morel for tyler "30 year old with a career high of 120ip" glasnow and his 1/25m contract seems like a shit-tier deal for the cubs.  put curtis mead in the mix and i might be interested, but the cubs would have to come with more than morel for that i'd imagine.

Previous Cub farmhand, Righty Ethan Roberts signs a minor league deal with Cubs and should get an invite/be ready to compete in ST after recovering from June 2022 TJ surgery.

I feel like Bob Nightengale is full of shit.  Everything he says about, at least the Cubs, is crap and later in the day is refuted, by Hoyer or whoever.  In general sports reporters are full of shit.  They always have “according to sources close to the team/player”.   Let me know when the mlb.com announces it or he’s in a Cubs jersey.

ohtani to bjays is getting massive heat and massive pushback as being not true...hot stove melting down...

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In reply to by Charlie

we could just wait around for the cubs to make an off-season splash by claiming alfonso rivas off waivers to add to the 1st base mix.  maybe they can talk eric hosmer into giving it another go.  braves are looking to trade away newly aquired matt carpenter...i think the cubs might have a new 3rd base target on their radar!

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In reply to by crunch

The Braves supposedly already have a deal in place to flip Matt Carpenter to a third team after acquiring him from the Padres last week. 

I am NOT advocating this, but I could see the Cubs trading David Bote to the Braves for Matt Carpenter.

It would be a virtual financial wash for both clubs (the Padres are paying down some of Carpenter's 2024 salary), the Cubs will have plenty of infield depth at AAA in 2024 even without Bote, the Braves are looking for veteran infielders they can stash at AAA (as they did when they outrighted David Fletcher to AAA after acquiring him from the Angels, knowing Fletcher would never elect free-agency and give up his contract), and after not re-signing Jeimer Candelario the Cubs may went some LHH 1B-3B-DH depth at Spring Training knowing they can always just release Carpenter if it turns out there isn't a place for him on the Cubs MLB Opening Day 26-man roster.  

Again, I am not advocating this. It's just that it seems like the Cubs might be the most-logical destination when the Braves trade Carpenter. The only other possible landing spots I can think of for Carpenter might be Toronto or the Angels. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

If the Cubs are intent on trading young MLB players and prospects for more-established guys, I think the two trading partners the Cubs would seem to match-up best with are Cleveland (RHSP Shane Bieber and RHRP Emmanuel Clase and maybe take back OF Myles Straw's contract) and Miami (LHSP Jesus Luzardo, 1B Josh Bell, and LHRP A. J. Puk, Tanner Scott, or Steven Okert, and maybe take back Avisail Garcia's contract if Puk is the LHRP), because both the Guardians and the Marlins would probably be more interested in young position players than young pitchers which is a better match for the Cubs. 

And if the Cubs are somehow able to re-sign Cody Bellinger before they have to pull a trigger on a trade, I could see even PCA being available if the trade is with the Guardians and Josh Naylor is included in the return.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Good points. I saw a report on MLBTR that the Marlns are having Puk stretch out as a starter this Spring. That may be one reason they would even consider trading Luzardo. Hard to know how the new PBO in FL views Bell and the veteran relievers. Clearly they're the kind of players he would have traded away in Tampa. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Braves released Matt Carpenter just now.
Sounds like they tried to flip him. 
No takers.
Is anyone else thinking nowadays that Counsell was heavily paid to play the young guys? And that Jed didn't trust Ross with those young guys?
This idea seems truly legit now
Jed was never going to "overpay" for any star players
That's clear now
We all wanted him to do so, but Jed isn't that guy

Recent comments

  • Bill (view)

    If they thought Candelario would make them the odds on favorite to win the world series, then they would be guilty of idiocy.  Even a young and healthy Babe Ruth would only raise their odds from perhaps 12 to 1 against to 5 to one against.  No one, including the Yankees or Dodgers at their best, have gone into the playoffs as an odds on favorite to win the world series.  There is just too much random variability in baseball for that to happen.

    Never trade a potential superstar for a rental of any ability.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Yes, Bill, we all know you think the Cubs should operate like Pittsburgh but on a far more strict budget.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Agreed, if the plan was to contend, then go about contending; but if the only trade you could pull off was for Candelario, then selling would be better.......

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Slaughter trade was a good trade, Busch trade was a good trade (just liked Ferris, but I liked the mentality), a lot of the selling we did from our core a couple of years ago were good trades (except for the Madrigal trade, I guess we're still paying them back for Sosa); there's always going to be good and bad trades, but trades should be judged more along the lines of good and bad choices or approaches, like Candelario and Paredes for Avila and Wilson should be judged more on: was that the right mentality at the time............

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    The only reason it was wasted was that the teams biggest issue, bullpen depth, wasn’t adequately addressed.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Well said TJW. My personal feeling is if the team had made maybe 1-2 more trades to address the bullpen last year, we would have made the playoffs and who knows what happens once you get in.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    If we thought Candelario was our long-term answer at 3B, or if he was that extra piece that would take us to the World Series, then it makes sense; in some scenarios that would have been the case, I just feel like that wasn't last year............

  • Bill (view)

    No one is untouchable.  It depends upon the value received.  A rental of Candelario was nowhere the value of DJ Herz, and wouldn't have been even if we had extended Candelario.

  • Bill (view)

    I agree that at the very least, we should not have been buyers, to the extent of giving up high potential prospects for much lower level vets.  That doesn't mean that no prospects should ever be traded.  A good example is Jake Slaughter, who we traded for Tyson Miller.  That was a reasonable trade at the time it was made (Slaughter was a decent, but not top flight prospect, and he brought back a pitcher with the potential (not certainty) to help the current team.  Another would be the trade of Ferris.  I hated to lose him, but he brought back a potential power hitter with six years of control.  An example of giving something good to get something good.

    But giving up a high-level prospect for a rental is poor asset management.  Many examples come to mind.  Cease and Jiminez for Quintana was the worst, bringing in a slightly better than average vet for two TOP prospects.  Soler for an over the hill closer.  And lesser ones, such as Velasquez for a middle inning relief pitcher.  

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    I totally agree with you, if you look at the trade in a vacuum; for the value we got, the value we gave up was definitely reasonable, if not a win for our side.

    But my issue was: I thought we should have been sellers. Trading Bellinger et al, and reloading for this year and giving the prospects some time to see what they could do, to try and evaluate their place in the organization. So giving up one of our mid to better pitching prospects, just to could try to squeak into the playoffs wasn't something I was particularly on board with; I feel like last year was a wasted opportunity.......