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November 30th

2018 MLB Contract Tender Day Tomorrow

12/1 UPDATE: The Cubs have tendered 2018 contracts to 27 of the 29 unsigned players on their MLB reserve list (40-man roster).

RHRP Hector Rondon and C-1B-3B Taylor Davis were non-tendered and are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign a 2018 major league or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs).

Rondon could not be tendered a 2018 contract with a salary less than $4.64M (and that's with the maximum 20% cut from his 2017 salary), but he was likely to get somewhere north of $6M if he had taken the Cubs to an arbitration hearing, and the Cubs obviously weren't interested in going there. Now that he has been non-tendered, Rondon's 2018 salary is no longer restricted by the maximum 20% cut rule, so the Cubs (or any other club) could sign him for any amount (but no less than the MLB minimum salary if it's a major league contract).  

It's very possible that the Cubs will try and re-sign T. Davis to a minor league contract (for MLB "split contract money" and an NRI to Spring Training), preferably after the MLB Rule 5 Draft a week from Thursday. Because T. Davis was an MLB Rule 6 Draft Excluded Player, he could not be sent outright to the minors during the off-season.  

So the Cubs MLB reserve list now stands at 34 (six slots are open).    


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11/30 ORIGINAL POST:

November 20th

Cubs Facing Deadline to Set Rosters for Rule 5 Draft

11/20 UPDATE (TOLD YA SO): The Cubs have selected the contracts of RHP Adbert Alzolay and INF David Bote from AA Tennessee and RHP Oscar de la Cruz from Hi-A Myrtle Beach, and OF Jacob Hannemann has been sent outright to AAA Iowa. 

If it becomes an issue down the line, de la Cruz will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2021, so he will not need to be rushed.   

Hannemann will not be eligible to be a minor league 6YFA until post-2019, so he will remain under club control for at least two more seasons (longer if he were to be added back to the MLB 40-man roster at some point). While Hannemann is eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, the fact that he wasn't claimed off waivers (for $50,000, with no roster restrictions) would mean he is very unlikely to be selected in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft (for $100,000, and with roster restrictions).  

The Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 36 (four slots are open). 

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11/20 ORIGINAL POST

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