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He's a Robel

The Cubs have signed INF  to a 2019 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa. 

The 25-year old switch-hitting Garcia was a member of the Italian National team that was a guest of the Oakland Athletics at Fitch Park in Mesa over the past month. (Ex-Cubs minor leaguers RHP Alessandro Maestri and C-1B Alberto Mineo were also on the squad). Besides working out with the A's minor leaguers, Team Italy participated in a dozen AZ Instructional League games, and that's where the Cubs saw Garcia play before offering him a contract. NOTE: While the Cubs did not field an AZ Instructs team this year, Cubs professional scouts did attend games.   

Garcia played for UniPolsai Bologna (Fortitudo B. C. 1953) in 2018. He hit 281/343/490 and was 2nd in the league in triples and 10th in doubles during the regular season, before hitting .400 in the semifinali serie and .357 in the finale serie as he helped lead his club to the Federazione Italiana Serie A1 (the Italian major league) championship.  

2018 MLB Post-Season Roster Eligibility & Draft-Excluded Player Rules

UPDATED 10/2 

Roster moves made by MLB clubs in August are sometimes made with an eye toward post-season roster eligibility and off-season roster flexibility. 

With that in mind, here are the 2018 MLB post-season roster eligibility and Draft-Excluded player rules: 

Chatwood to the DL Sure Sounds Like a Good Idea...

Every now & then I see someone suggest the Cubs should just put on the DL so that he doesn't take-up a spot on the 25-man roster from a pitcher who would be more-useful to Maddon and the Cubs. The problem is,

Trade Assignment Waivers Are On Deck

The deadline for "non-waiver" (unrestricted) trades is 4 PM (Eastern) on July 31st, or 4 PM (Eastern) on Friday July 30th if July 31st falls on a Saturday. or 4 PM (Eastern) on Monday August 1st if July 31st falls on a Sunday.

2018 Cubs MLB First-Year Player Draft (Rule 4 Draft) Negotiation List

7/6 UPDATE 

Just prior to today's 5 PM (Eastern) deadline, the Cubs officially signed their 31st and 32nd 2018 draft picks: 

Niels Stone, RHP (27th round * Indian River State College) - JC FRESHMAN 
Edmond Americaan, OF (35th round * Chipola College) - JC SOPH 

Although the deadline to sign most players selected in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft has passed, college seniors with no eligibility left (and for the Cubs that would be just one -- C Hunter Taylor) will remain on a club's Negotiation List until one week prior to next year's MLB First-Year Player Draft, and Rule 4 Non-Drafted Free-Agents can be signed anytime up until one week prior to next year's MLB First-Year Player draft or until the player enrolls in college (whichever comes first).  

So the Cubs have officially signed 32 of their 42 2018 draft picks (including their first twenty and 23 of their first 24) plus three NDFA, with the possibility of signing one more draft pick (Hunter Taylor) and/or one or more additional NDFA at a later point in time. 

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