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40-Man Roster Info

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

Last updated 10-2-2023
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Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Brad Boxberger
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Tyler Duffey 
Jeremiah Estrada
Shane Greene
Kyle Hendricks
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
Michael Rucker
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

# Jeimer Candelario
Nico Hoerner
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom
* Jared Young

Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

60-DAY IL: 6
Nick Burdi, P
Michael Fulmer, P 
Codi Heuer, P
* Brandon Hughes, P
Nick Madrigal, INF
Ethan Roberts, P


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Cease Fires Cubs to Victory at Sloan Park

Chris Pieters drilled a two-run single and a double, Kevonte Mitchell ripped an RBI single, walked three times, and scored a run, Yeiler Peguero doubled twice and drew a walk, and Dylan Cease tossed three innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts and combined with five relievers to fan 14, leading the Cubs to a 5-2 victory over the Athletics in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action Wednesday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was pre-planned as an eleven-inning affair so that all of the A's and Cubs pitchers scheduled to throw could get their work. 

John Arguello has some excellent game notes from the game at Cubs Den 


And here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

1a. Shane Victorino, DH #1: 2-2 (1B, 1B) 
1b. Michael Foster, PH-DH: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, K, R, SB)
2. Robert Garcia, RF: 1-4 (5-3 SH, F-8, K, 4-3, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
3. Kevonte Mitchell, CF: 1-2 (K, BB, BB, 1B, BB, R, RBI, CS)
4. Wladimir Galindo, 3B: 0-3 (HBP, P-5, K, F-9, HBP, RBI) 
5. Chris Pieters, 1B: 2-5 (P-6, 2B, F-8, FC, 1B, 2 RBI)
6a. Jhonny Pereda, C-DH: 0-3 (K, F-7, K)
6b. Vimael Machin, PH-DH  0-1 (BB. K)
7. Yeiler Peguero, 2B-SS: 2-3 (2B, BB, 2B, 1-3, PO)
8a. Kevin Zamudio, DH-C: 0-3 (L-4, K, L-6)
8b. Eric Gonzalez, PH-C: 0-1 (HBP, L-8, R)
9a. Yonathan Perlaza, SS: 0-2 (4-3, K, BB)
9b. Edgar Rondon, 2B: 0-1 (BB, F-7)
10a. Luis Ayala, LF: 1-3 (6-3, 1B, K, CS)
10b. Jonathan Sierra, LF: 0-2 (6-4 FC, 4-3, R)

1. Dylan Cease: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 51 pitches (31 strikes) 
2. Aaron Crow: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (9 strikes) 
3. Erling Moreno: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (17 strikes) 
4. Mark Malave: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GO/AO, 20 pitches (15 strikes) 
5. Enrique de los Rios: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (21 strikes) 
6. John Michael Knighton: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (17 strikes) 


Jhonny Pereda: 2-2 CS, 1 PO 


WEATHER: Partly cloudy and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's 


Thanks, Phil. Any word on how Moreno was throwing? Velocity? I'm assuming Cease was his normal 97-98. Did he have command of his curve? Having your ever vigilant eyes down in Mesa is a great resource. Thanks again!

K-DUB: Erling Moreno was at his usual 89-91 MPH for his fastball, featuring a plus-curve (definitely his best pitch), and a promising change-up. In fact, it was his  "secondary" stuff and advanced command (for a pitcher his age) that attracted the Cubs to him in the first place, and while his fastball velocity is OK, it hasn't increased in the three years since he signed (minus about a year lost to TJS). But at 6'7 and only 19 years old, he will carry the "projectability" tag for a while.  

Dylan Cease was throwing his "usual" 95-98 MPH  and he mostly overpowered the A's hitters with his plus-fastball. He had trouble throwing his curve, although he finally snapped off a couple of good ones in his third inning of work. The change-up is more of a work-in-progress but it's coming along. But he really needs to be more consistent with commanding his fastball. He was yesterday, but that has not always been the case.  

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In reply to by Charlie

Theo just said on the Kap show that they wanted Contreras to have more development time before coming up and that he might be a 2nd half call up. Madden said too that Contreras would be a call up if a catcher injury happens later in the season and he would only get called up now to cover a single game and not to fill a DL need.

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In reply to by jacos

Tim Federowicz is out of minor league options, so Outright Assignment Waivers would be needed before he can be sent back to Iowa. He also has the right to elect free-agency if outrighted, but he probably wouldn't elect to be a FA if outrighted unless the Cubs shit on him somehow while he's up with the big club (not likely). 

But it is possible that another MLB club could claim Federowicz if the Cubs place him on waivers, which would leave Willson Contreras as pretty much the only other option if a catcher goes on the DL again later in the season. 

The Cubs view Federowicz the same way they did  Tayler Teragarden in 2015 and Eli Whiteside in 2014, which is to say as a veteran defensive-oriented catcher with MLB experience  who can handle a veteran MLB pitching staff. That's why Federowicz was kept with the big club throughout Spring Training up until Opening Day. so as to maximize his familiarity with the Cubs MLB pitchers.

Willson Contreras is still matriculating. He especially needs to learn to control his emotions on the field, and not give umpires a hard time. I can remember seeing him getting into pissing matches with home plate umpires in the AFL post-2015 and at Minor League Camp this season. For example, he was a DH in a Minor League Camp game the last week of Spring Training, and after being called out on strikes, he threw his helmet and his bat, and continued to yell at the umpire from the bench. CATCHERS CANNOT DO THAT, even when they are serving as a DH that day.  

Part of pitch-framing is mechanical, but it also involves schmoozing the umpire and not getting him on your bad side. Miguel Montero is one of the most popular players in baseball, and David Ross makes it a point to have a good rerlationship with the home plate umpire when he is working a game. That is actually part of the pitch-framing process. Contreras is a fiery, emotional player, but he has to remember that he's not a third-baseman anymore, and so he needs to bite his tongue and stuff his emotions in his back pocket. 

Phil, DJ Wilson seems to mostly have 0-for-X box-scores, from those I've seen and remember. 1. What do you have for his XST record thus far; 2. Is he hitting in bad luck? Or just not hitting the ball very hard very often? 3. Is he having trouble with everything, or does it seem mostly like breaking stuff is what's giving him trouble? He turns 20 in less than 6 months.

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In reply to by craig

CRAIG: D. J. Wilson is hitting 083/115/167 in six Cactus League EXST games (26 PA), but his K-rate is only 11.5% and he has somehow managed to drive-in five runs along the way (he's tied for second on the team in RBI), so it's not like he's swinging & missing a lot. He does seem to be feeling for the ball a bit, however, which has resulted in too much weak contact and not enough line drives.  

His outfield defense in CF continues to be A+ (he has the team's only two outfield assists and he gets to just about everything hit his way), and he is a good baserunner, too. I think once a few of his BABIP fall in for hits he will gain more confidence at the plate, and hopefully start to drive the ball more consistently. 

He is a dead-red fastball hitter, although he generally handles off-speed stuff OK (not great). He does have problems with harder breaking balls from left-handed pitchers (as most young LH hitters do), but it really doesn't translate into strikeouts because there aren't many LHPs who throw hard breaking stuff at EXST (except maybe the occasional rehab guy). Most of the quality breaking balls you see here are 80 MPH curve balls. 

"Some of the most racist things I've ever heard have come out of people that are on the air at ESPN," Schilling said Wednesday on "Breitbart News Patriot Forum." He was fired by ESPN last week. “In the end for me it felt like that rule applied to me and me alone because I was conservative … Bigots are calling me a bigot. A bigot is someone who refuses to accept a different opinion. I will accept anyone’s opinion.” --- it's amazing the bubble he lives in. he's a constant self-professed victim who not only does nothing wrong, but he's got a laundry list of ready-made conspiracy about why he's being oppressed...along with some interesting mental gymnastics leading him to believe he's the open minded one. it's probably lost on him that if he was working in a place with such horrible bigotry in the workplace that he's picking a hell of a time to out this great injustice. for some reason this wasn't a big deal while he was employed. *eye rolling out of my skull* we don't have enough wood to build enough crosses for people like this. also, im sure keith "suspended multiple times by ESPN" olbermann would be interested to learn that only conservatives with conservative views get suspended from ESPN.

Watching the NFL Draft on ESPN with the mute on is one of the greatest joys in my small life. Being able to not hear Roger Goodell, Chris Berman, Jon Gruden, and Mel Kiper in quick order is just somehow immensely satisfying. I hope by the time the Bears pick they have Steven AAAAAAAAAAAAA Smith and Skip Bayless on so I can not hear them too.

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In reply to by johann

Seems like a bizarre pick -- they moved up 2 spots to pick up a guy who was not dominant in college. According to the talking heads, supposedly a great athlete (but an unpolished football player). So was Alonzo Spellman. And the guy who could jump out of a pool. Bears have missed the playoffs 5 straight years and 8 of the last 9. And they made Marc Trestman an NFL head coach. Maybe they can hire Theo in his free time. Sheesh.

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In reply to by billybucks

So while I'm not happy about this pick and hes going to be a project the positive that can be said is we aren't expected to compete this year and we have a decent LB core so he doesn't have to just go in and dominate. He has some time to develop and he obviously has the athletic ability and speed to build on. It

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In reply to by johann

Ryan Pace has a reputation as a good judge of talent. Head coach is known for the D side of the ball. D coordinator Fangio known for fitting guys in to spots that best utilize their skills. I'm for seeing how it plays out. I assume their had to be some consensus among those 3 about who to take. Also I'm for letting the Cubs catch up to the Hawks in victory parades before Theo takes on outside projects.

dee gordon (MIA) suspended 80 days for PEDs. wow. "excessive testosterone and Clostebol" hell of a late-night news flash.

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil 10/03/2023 - 10:18 pm (view)

    It used to be that teams did not want to trade within their own division for PR reasons, but I don't see that with Ben Cherington in Pittsburgh or with Hoyer / Hawkins in Chicago, so the Cubs might target Pirates 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes and closer David Bednar.

    Hayes is a Gold Glove defender, a decent enough hitter (105 OPS+ in 2023), and he's under control at a VERY reasonable price ($8.75M AAV) through 2029 (with a club option for 2030). 

    Bednar is first-time salary arbitration-eligible post-2023 and under control through 2026. 

    One thing about the Cubs is that they can afford to overpay (which is what they would have to do to get both Hayes and Bednar) with a package consisting of a decent young MLB position player to replace Hayes in the lineup (like Christopher Morel, who could play LF in Pittsburgh) and prospects like outfielders Alexander Canario, Owen Caissie, or Kevin Alcantara (Pirates pick one, leaving the other two for the Cubs), a power-hitting 1B-DH like Matt Mervis or Haydn McGeary (Pirates pick one, leaving the other one for the Cubs), SS Luis Vazquez (who is MLB-ready but will never play SS in Chicago), 3B B. J. Murray (who could replace Hayes at the hot corner in Pittsburgh by 2025 if not sometime in 2024, and he obviously would be blocked in Chicago if the Cubs get Hayes), and an MLB-ready SP like Hayden Wesneski. 

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:02 pm (view)

    boog and glanville calling the PHI@MIL game on ESPN2.

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:59 pm (view)

    bellinger is my #1 want, but i fear he's the #1 want of many teams and will get crazy money + years, with the years being the big sting.  they need to replace bellinger's production if they don't get him no matter what position(s) played.

  • George Altman 10/03/2023 - 10:40 pm (view)

    I hope their top priorities are Bellinger, 2 RPs better than Fulmer/Boxberger (ideally 1 LH), and a 3B (Chapman my 1st Choice). That will put them right up to $237-257M AAV limit, but I don't see a playoff berth doing anything less.

    If they really want Alonso, Morel would be a good opening piece of that offer. 

    Unfortunately, Stroman will opt in ($23.7M) and Smyly ($11.5M) will be back. Steele, Taillon, Assad, Wicks will be rotation pieces. Would love a SP2 FA but don't see how they keep an effective offense and improve their bullpen while adding that.

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:03 pm (view)

    i cannot imagine getting a legit 3rd, whether signing or via trade, isn't the highest priority for the team.  it's almost obvious they don't see morel there.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:19 pm (view)

    I’m just hoping they have an actual 3B next year so we don’t need to worry about the M boys, Bote, and P Whiffy eating all the 3B at bats next year.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:13 pm (view)

    Willson was a OF/3B when we signed him too.

    On a less successful but still got to the show note, PJ Higgins was another college IF converted to C

  • crunch 10/03/2023 - 10:03 pm (view)

    truth...and personally, i'd give him ABs (especially at 3rd) over the 2 singles-hitting-ceiling guys that got the shot.  i'm sure he can cover the ob% and defense while surpassing the power of anything masterboney and madrigal brought to the team.

    i don't view bote as a solution at 3rd, but i find it hard to believe he couldn't outperform either of the main options they had there for a huge chunk of this season.

  • KingKongvsGodzilla 10/03/2023 - 10:47 pm (view)

    Color me impressed by this assignment for Trice right out of the draft as a convert. Seems worth following after the success of Caratini

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10/03/2023 - 10:33 pm (view)

    Bote always has great spring trainings.