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59 players are at MLB Spring Training 

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
19 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-6-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 22
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 4  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 3 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 7
Kevin Alcantara
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 1 
* Owen Caissie  
 



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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

  • CTSteve (view)

    Baseball!

    Just stick it in my veins...

  • crunch (view)

    morel at 3rd, shaw at 2nd...wicks starting.

  • crunch (view)

    im gonna go ahead...without any evidence pointing to it...and predict bellinger returning to the cubs in 2 days on the 8 year anniversary of dexter fowler's surprise signing.

    ...and of course the cubs will go on to win the world series months later.

    ...and the cubs will finally sign brian roberts 3/44m

  • crunch (view)

    it looks like rich hill may not find a 2024 contract even though he wanted to pitch in 2024.

    being a guy turning 44 during spring training coming off a bad season isn't a good look if you don't have a contract by the time spring games start.

    he's played 19 seasons for 13 teams.  his 337.2ip for the cubs is his 2nd highest for any team (361.1ip for the dodgers).  he's the last man standing still playing out of the 2005 cubs crew.  geo soto last played in 2017.

  • crunch (view)

    SD fans are just trying to concentrate on yuki matsui right now.  the rest was terrible all-around.

    matsui K'd 3 with 12 pitches, 1 of them gavin lux.

  • Cubster (view)

    Pads gave up 14 runs using 11 pitchers. 3 pitchers gave up all 14 runs during their ***checks notes*** 0.1 IP. Yep, spring training.

    Only thing missing was a position player pitching.

  • crunch (view)

    boras is holding onto 4 "top level" FAs and ST games have officially begun.  montgomery, snell, chapman, and bellinger.

    there seems to be a bunch of teams not willing to blink, but there also seems to be a slew of teams willing to snap up any of these dudes if the price is right.

    at some point it may pivot to front-loaded deals with very early (and probably multiple) opt-outs.

    it's still "cubs advantage" on bellinger because there's a QO hanging over him and none of the teams with money are in heavy need of a CF or 1st.

  • crunch (view)

    ahhh...spring baseball.  put that shit right in my veins.  

    the dodgers are up 8-0 after 2 innings.  joe musgrove pitched to 4 batters and didn't retire any of them...all 4 scored.

    cubs tomorrow afternoon.

  • videographer (view)

    Here is an interesting thought about Boras's negotiation strategy:   Going into the off-season, Boras knew MLB GMs were not convinced of Bellinger's success enough to offer a long-term and large AVV contract.  His strategy was to convince the one team that experienced Bellinger's success that a market was there to take away a beloved player and make the Cubs bid against themselves.  So far, that has not worked and Boras has to scramble to not be embarrassed by a contract much lower than promised. 

    The question is:   What is a scenario in which Boras and Bellinger look good signing a bad contract?  Until that plays out, I suspect Bellinger could go into the season without being signed. 

  • crunch (view)

    it's pretty damn stupid.  don't they realize how much stadium-adjacent real estate they could buy for 77m?

    no one cares about baseball talent on the field, it's all about the baseball experience around the field!

    YOU HAVE TO 'C' IT (tm)