The Cubs need a leadoff hitter, this is undisputed. I submit Ian Happ may be the best candidate. In 2017 Cub leadoff hitters slashed .246/.324/.422, the middle number being most concerning. The Cubs desperately need a leadoff hitter who will get on base at a greater than .350 clip. I think Happ can easily surpass that mark. While most Cubs fans’ first impression of Ian Happ was his power, his 2017 homerun numbers were actual an aberration.
Archive - Feb 2018
13 Peter Bourjos, OF
51 Michael Roth, P
54 Charcer Burks, OF
57 Shae Simmons, P
61 Efren Navarro, 1B-OF
1. Charcer Burks was given a late NRI shortly before the start of Spring Training and he was assigned #54 after RHSP Williams Perez was released last week.
2. 47, 49, 50, and 93 (plus the never-issued #69) are the only numbers not presently assigned.
3. Minor league players who are called-up to big league camp for the day are randomly assigned duplicate numbers in the 80's and 90's that are also assigned to Spring Training Instructors.
1 Jen-Ho Tseng, P (was #39)
11 Yu Darvish, P
39 Drew Smyly, P (was #11)
1/25 ORIGINAL POST:
CUBS SPRING TRAINING UNIFORM NUMBERS
NOTE 1: These are preliminary and are subject to change
NOTE 2: Several Spring Training Instructors are wearing duplicate numbers
NOTE 3: Numbers 1, 13, 47, 49, 50, 51, 57, 61, 69, and 93 are not assigned at this time (Cubs do not issue #69)
Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Cubs signed Yu Darvish to a six year, $126m free agent contract. The year-by-year breakdown is not yet know, but the $21m AAV means the Cubs remain $11m under the 2018 Luxury tax cap, with only the back-up catcher spot remaining to be accounted for.
The Cubs have reportedly won their arbitration case with RHRP Justin Grimm, with the arbitration panel siding with the Cubs and awarding Grimm a 2018 contract with a $2.2M salary (the salary submitted by the Cubs). Grimm had requested $2.475M -- a difference of only $275K -- and it may seem curious why the two sides didn't just settle (perhaps at the mid-point) and avoid arbitration.
Here's a possible reason why the Cubs wanted to go to arbitration with Grimm (besides a 50/50 chance to save $275K):