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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
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Bailey Horn
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
* Jordan Wicks
NRI PITCHERS: 11
Carl Edwards Jr
* Edwin Escobar
* Richard Lovelady
* Thomas Pannone
* Brad Wieck
NRI CATCHERS: 4
* Bryce Windham
* Michael Busch
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
NRI INFIELDERS: 3
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
* Mike Tauchman
NRI OUTFIELDERS: 1
* Owen Caissie
Cubs Rumor Round-Up: Nady and Kennedy
We're about three weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting and Hendry still has at least two moves to make and possibly up to four if the latest from Jon Morosi is to be believed.
The top priorities remain the bullpen and fourth outfielder and according to Morosi, Xavier Nady has floated to the top of the Cubs' wish list. His agent is Scott Boras though and much like all the players the Cubs are interested in, his demands will have to lower into the Cubs price range. Otherwise, Reed Johnson, Rocco Baldelli or Johnny Gomes are the other options.
On the bullpen front, things with Kiko Calero have cooled. No other names are mentioned.
Another starting pitcher is more a want than a need and Ben Sheets is asking too much at the moment.
Finally, the Cubs have shown some past interest in Adam Kennedy and Orlando Hudson, but like starting pitching, not a big priority. If an upgrade at second base is available at the right price, then the Cubs could make a move although I fail to see how Kennedy would be an upgrade.
yeah, i like the team.
my main complaint isn't that they won't be competitive, rather that they could be even more competitive given their resources. there's still time to add on, and they have 10s of millions to do it without going past their self-imposed limitations. whether these limitations should exist or be way more flexible is up for debate, but we have what the owners give the front office to work with.
some of the sites doing wins predictions have CHC at or just below STL for taking the NL Central.
it's also nice knowing if some of the kids expected to break with the team don't work out, there's a good amount of kids near-MLB ready to hedge some of the failures...a few non-roster vets, too (peralta/d.smith/cj edwards). no guarantees, but it's nice to have around.
i feel good about 2024 even without additions, but i'm still expecting an addition until the "Boras 4" are off the market.
if the cubs we see today are the cubs we get going into opening day, i will be disappointed, but i still think they got a shot at the playoffs.
My takeaway from the first Spring Training game of the year: It's really refreshing to have a slew of exciting young players in a season that should not be a total punt at the MLB level. It's been a while.
cease has a 8m deal and 2 years of club control. he wouldn't be cheap.
dunno if the rumored talent given up is worth it, but if the wsox want a return on cease there's no time like now considering the very low 2024 price tag.
the cheap price incentive for a full year vs. mid-season addition seems like a wash in potential return.
wicks could immediately slot in as a starter on most teams. also, the cubs already have a couple of solid lefty starters slotted in for at least the next 4 years.
Mully and Haugh Chicago Radio says that folks within Cubs front office now believe a Belli ddeal will get done. Also, White Sox wanted to see Wicks, Mervis and Vazquez today for a possible Cease deal.
That can't be real. But, the Sox have been overpricing Cease.
Arizona Phil (view)
Most of you have probably seen the game, but for anyone who might have missed it here are the Cubs pitcher reports from Friday's Cubs - White Sox game at Sloan Park...
COMMENT: Threw 1.2 IP (40 pitches - 23 strikes - six swing & miss) and mixed-up his pitches well... FB velo went down a tick in his second inning of work... looked a bit fatigued in second inning... allowed two hits and no walks and struck out one... gave up an oppo-field line drive solo HR to a AA RH hitter on a 92 MPH FB... should have easily finished off second inning but made careless error on weak tap in front of mound on his 24th pitch of the inning with catcher running and then made another error trying to grip the ball to make a throw to 1st (only one error was charged of course)... he just looked gassed as he walked off the field...
COMMENT: Faced one batter (strikeout looking) to finish second inning... 8 pitches (5 strikes - no swing & miss)... showed high velo FB but couldn't command secondaries... has had shoulder issues off & on in minors... throws with infielder-type short-arm motion "out of his ear" (he was a two-way player -- 3B/RHP -- in college)...
COMMENT: Threw two very efficient innings... dominant outing... needed only 24 pitches (16 strikes - six swing & miss)... 6 up / 6 down (K-swing on 98 FB, 4-3 GO on 98 FB, 5-3 GO on SL, 6-3 GO on 97 FB, K-swing on 99 FB, and F-8 on SL)... held high FB velo in both innings (he was consistently sitting on 98 in both innings and he hit 99 once in each inning) and looked like he could have gone longer...
COMMENT: Your run of the mill generic FB/SL lefty reliever... had an easy 13-pitch (8 strikes) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both swinging) on low 90's FB and a weak pop fly to CF...
COMMENT: Threw a scoreless inning (20 pitches - 15 strikes - four swing & miss, two on FB and two on SL)... although he did strike out two -- both swinging -- and threw 75% strikes, he had some difficulty putting hitters away (eight foul balls among his 20 pitches)... allowed an infield single that probably would have been a 6-3 GO if an MLB player was playing SS (Jefferson Rojas did not play the ball aggressively and he was a half-step too late with his "casual" throw to 1st base)...
COMMENT: Soft-tossing lefty who throws a LOT of mid-80's cutters and a very slow CV... 13-pitch (10 strike) 1-2-3 inning with one K (looking) on a cutter... got three swing & miss, all on cutters...
COMMENT: Threw an 11-pitch (8 strikes - two swing & miss) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both looking)... broke three bats and induced some weak contact foul balls and a pathetic "mushy" pop fly(?) infield out that wasn't exactly a line drive and wasn't exactly a pop up either...
COMMENT: Threw a 21-pitch scoreless inning to finish off the game... surrendered a walk and a single but also induced a game-ending 6-4-3 DP... one strikeout (swinging) and that was his only swing & miss... he looked a bit uncomfortable on the mound (he seemed kind of hyper while warming up in the pen, too) and had major command issues with FB (threw only 8 strikes out of his 17 FB and went to ball three count on three of the four hitters he faced)... he would appear to be nowhere near ready for MLB and maybe not ready for AAA (yet) either...
"is there anything new on cody bellinger since we started the interview?" - boog
"sorry, i think we're going into a (commercial) break." - carter hawkins
only 2 "pitchcom broke, yo" delays in the game so far...
kilian out here throwing 98mph in february.
While we're all speaking about Morel's 3B defense being good enough, his swing has gotten better.
You could see it a little last fall. He didn't drop his hands behind his body as much (barred arm). But in videos from his Winter ball and this Feb in AZ you can tell he's keeping his hands tighter to his body. He's just stronger and able to have a tighter swing now. He'll be even quicker to the ball this way.
Cubs vs Sox.
Dodgers hold my beer. 6 run first including Morel 2 run HR.