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

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus eight players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and six players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-25-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Cashner First Rehab Start Stillborn at Salt River Fields

Stephen Cardullo ripped a two-run walk-off double to cap a three-run 9th, as the EXST Diamondbacks rallied to edge the EXST Cubs 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at the Talking Stick Resort, east of Scottsdale, AZ.

Andrew Cashner was scheduled to make his first Extended Spring Training rehab start in today’s game at Talking Stick, but was scratched after warming in the bullpen before the game. Whether this latest setback will significantly delay his return to the mound is not clear at this time, but it certainly is not good news for Cashner or for the Cubs.

With Cashner unavailable, RHP Matt Loosen got the emergency start (he was supposed to “piggyback” with Cashner) and had another fine outing, working three shutout innings, and allowing three hits (two by Diamondbacks IF-OF Wille Bloomquist, who is at Extended Spring Training rehabbing from a hamstring injury) and no walks, while striking out three. RHPs Yao-Lin Wang and Jin-Young Kim followed Loosen and were just as good, as the three Cubs pitchers combined to shut-out the D’backs on six hits and one walk (and 11 strikeouts) through the first eight innings. But RHP Dustin Fitzgerald could not convert the save in the bottom of the 9th, allowing a lead-off four pitch walk, a single, a SH-FC, a WP, and the game-winning two-run double, all without retiring a batter.

The Cubs offense did score two runs, but should have had more. The Cubs loaded ther bases with one out in the top of the 1st but could only score one run (on a ground out), Wes Darvill led-off the top of the 2nd inning with a triple but did not score, and Pin-Chieh Chen led-off the top of the 3rd with a single, and after stealing 2nd base, was thrown-out at the plate trying to score from 2nd on a wild pitch... with no outs. The entire Cubs Player Development staff (Minor League Field Coordinator Dave Bialas and all of the coordinators and instructors) is at Fitch Park this week, so hopefully they can address some of the mental mistakes the EXST Cubs have been making all too frequently lately, on the mound, on the bases, at the plate, and in the field. Cubbery must be nipped in the bud!  

Cubs 2010 2nd round draft pick Reggie Golden went hitless again today (with two strikeouts), and is now 0-20 (with eight strikeouts) since hitting a home run last Tuesday.  

With CF Kyung-Min Na having been moved up to Peoria (after a brief emergency two-game stop this past weekend at AA Tennessee), Pin-Chieh Chen got a chance to play CF today. While Chen struggles defensively in the infield (especially when he played SS for a while last year, but even after moving to 2B), he looks perfectly at home in CF. With his speed and athleticism, playing CF and hitting lead-off could be his future full-time gig. Unfortunately, he is blocked by several more highly-regarded Cub prospects at that position (Na, Szczur, Silva, Ha, and B. Jackson).

And speaking of Peoria, yesterday’s Midwest League transactions listed 1B Ryan Cuneo as being assigned to Peoria from Extended Spring Training (with OF Rubi Silva moving up to Daytona from Peoria, and OF Jae-Hoon Ha getting promoted to AA Tennessee from Daytona), but Cuneo was in the EXST Cubs lineup today (he went 1-4). Perhaps the news of Cuneo’s promotion has not yet reached Mesa.

While rehabbin’ Willie Bloomquist was having a great time, going 3-4 with three singles and a walk in his five plate appearances for the EXST Diamondbacks, Iowa Cubs SS Augie Ojeda continued his rehab with the EXST Cubs, playing 2B for six innings and going 1-3 with a single (ending an 14 PA hitless streak) and two strikeouts (both swinging). So far in four Extended Spring Training games (16 PA), Ojeda has exactly one hit. Ojeda was heard to remark (joking, I think), “This is a tough league!”… WelI, maybe it is when you are Augie Ojeda.

Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):

LINEUP:
1. Pin-Chieh Chen, CF: 2-3 (BB, 1B, F-7, 3B, SB, 2 R)
2a. Augie Ojeda, 2B: 1-3 (K, 1B, K)
2b. Marco Hernandez, 2B: 0-0 (F-8 SF, RBI)
3. Ryan Cuneo, 1B: 1-4 (1B, L-4, K, F-8)
4. Wilson Contreras, 3B: 1-4 (E-6, F-7, 6-3, 1B)
5. Yaniel Cabezas, C: 0-3 (5-3, HBP, 6-3, F-9, RBI)
6. Reggie Golden, RF: 0-4 (P-2, K, K, 5-3)
7. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-4 (3B, K, 6-3, K)
8. Jesus Morelli, DH: 0-3 (6-3, 4-6 FC, BB, 1-3)
9a. Blair Springfield, LF: 0-3 (5-2 FC, K, F-9, CS)
9b. Gregori Gonzalez, LF: NO AB

PITCHERS:
1. Matt Loosen: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 40 pitches (32 strikes), 3/3 GO/FO
2. Yao-Lin Wang: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 45 pitches (33 strikes), 1/3 GO/FO
3. Jin-Young Kim: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 29 pitches (19 strikes), 1/2 GO/FO
4. Dustin Fitzgerald, 0.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 14 pitches (7 strikes)

ERRORS: NONE

CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Yaniel Cabezas: 0-1 CS

ATTENDANCE: 6

WEATHER: Sunny and breezy with temperatures in the 80’s

 

Comments

top of first Fukudome K, Barney BB, Castro BB, Ramirez BB, Soriano K, Byrd K

that was fun...much like going on a ferris wheel and falling to your death

How about Darwin Barney? It certainly is early, but I would never have expected him to be starting much less hitting .340+. Not much to be excited about this year at the majors, some good prospects at the minors though some notable struggles (Simpson, for example) and a likelihood that Wilken will not maximize the value of a relatively high pick. But the Castro-Barney combination has certainly been a fun thing to be excited about.

I used to laugh at the Pirates or the Mets for how poorly run their franchises were, all the while forgetting about the teams I grew up watching here. Now we're back to the crappy teams, and with GM/Owner/Manager who don't seem to have a grasp of how to run the team. The only difference is, at least under Wrigley, the teams always sucked because we were the cheapest franchise in the league. Now we have one of the highest payrolls and are still incompetent.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Byrd's reaction to team meeting “First-year manager, full season starting from the beginning, things don’t go right and we’re not playing up to our capabilities,” Marlon Byrd said. “Enough is enough and you can only watch it for so long. We have to start doing better, starting with myself. The veterans have to step up and it needs to start with me.” looks like the honeymoon is over.

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In reply to by Paul Noce

If it is Scott Moore, I sure can see why -- .272/.333/.398, 24k in 103 AB, made his 8th error of the season in the game. For a guy who is already 27 years old, he should have been removed from the game to be released, rather than called up. If you want an older player rather than a prospect, why not Brad Snyder, who at least is giving .336/.379/.598 with his significant strikeout total. I am sure Scott Moore's relatively more extensive major league experience is a factor, but I can't imagine that anyone thinks either will be overly productive at the major league level and Snyder's numbers at Iowa at least provide some basis that the promotion is reward for production. Meanwhile, in that Iowa Cubs game tonight, Steve Clevenger continues his strong performance after being called up...2-4 with a triple and HR. He's now 6-17 at Iowa after being called up to allow Castillo to learn from Koyie Hill for 15 days.

I think I'm going to take the rest of the season off and just censure baseball news from my life. They call up a pinch runner with interleague games coming up and the DH needed. This is just...fascinating. It's like watching a train wreck that never ends. Ohh, the horror, the horror.

Same on two butthole computers. I log in. Read new comments, then go back to the homepage. When this happens the 'latest' thread is now Doug Davis's Goose Getting Cooked (or whatever). I click My Account. It says 'access denied'. Click My Account again and 'log out'. Then My Account again and 'log in'. Repeat. What the balls is going on?!

Phil Thanks for this and all your reports. It's a pleasure to have these reports when the parent club licks balls. I was struck by this comment: Unfortunately, he is blocked by several more highly-regarded Cub prospects at that position (Na, Szczur, Silva, Ha, and B. Jackson). How many up the middle prospects do we have to amass before we go after a few mashers? Maybe equally important is how many guys end up getting bigger and move to the corners? It looks like Lemahieu has a chance to do it, but he's not really hitting for a lot of power right now. Maybe Flaherty, too, but more than anything he seems to be moving off of SS. Getting back to CF, I guess we'll all just be happy if Jackson comes up and hits well enough to man CF. We won't be worrying about how to fit Na into the lineup. I just hope they don't play three CFs across the outfield because they don't have corner bats. I guess if they did that with homegrown players I'd be happier than watching these overpaid, underproductive jerks they have now.

"But I agree that he is exactly what this team doesn't need ..." The Cubs have one SB this season not by Castro and Barney, and only six by those two. They have one stolen base by an outfielder (Byrd). Are you sure a center fielder who stole 112 bases the past two seasons isn't something the team could use? If running isn't an issue, why didn't Soriano score on a single to the outfield? Besides, Campana is the one real positional prospect at Iowa. That's what we want to see the Cubs doing, promoting prospects, right? Did we really need to see the latest incarnations of Montanez and Moore?

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In reply to by The Real Neal

"He's not particularly good at [getting on base]." Campana is a pretty good hitter who has gotten better at every level--unlike the Vitterses and the Flahertys who bump their heads when they're promoted. Campana's OBP was .378 last year and .383 this year. "He'll be on the bench." He can play center or left. I don't think he has the arm for right. Whenever he's on a team, some other centerfielder (Brett Jackson or Fernando Perez) plays right. On my team, he would start ahead of Soriano or Byrd, or he would alternate between left and center. He could see quite a bit of playing time, batting either first or eighth. Quade likes to talk about speed (and the team's lack of it), so now is his chance to do something about it.

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In reply to by VirginiaPhil

Campana is a pretty good hitter who has gotten better at every level--unlike the Vitterses and the Flahertys who bump their heads when they're promoted. Campana's OBP was .378 last year and .383 this year. Campana had a BABIP of .382 last year and it's .423 this year. Here's a list of major league hitters who maintian that level of BABIP: (null) Ichiro, who was extremely fast, and now is just very fast, sprays the ball around and hits line drives (20% compared to 15% for Campana) the three keys to haveing a high BABIP has a career BABIP of .356. Not only are major league pitchers better, but the fielders are a lot better, which means if you're in the majors by virtue of a high BABIP, you're in trouble. When you're striking out 85 times and not hitting any home runs, you're not a "pretty good hitter". Remember Ced Landrum? He was a better hitter than Campana.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

Ichiro has struck out 70 times a year, on average, in the majors. Byrd is a singles hitter who struck out 98 times last season. (He's the guy I want Campana to replace.) How do you know that Campana doesn't spray the ball around and hit line drives? You don't know anything about him except his BABIP, which isn't much. Most of the time you're just blowing smoke with your stats. That's about what they're good for. Take away a guy's strikeouts, and yeah, his BABIP goes up. Campana is hitting .342, so if you take away his strikeouts it goes to .423. Sure, that's high, and hard to maintain--but so is a .342 BA. How about giving me a null list of major-league hitters who maintain that level of BA? If all you're saying is that Campana won't maintain a .342 BA in the majors, or over the course of a season in AAA, thanks, but I didn't need a sabre-metrician to tell me that.

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In reply to by VirginiaPhil

Maybe you should do a google search for "BABIP definition" before you start pointing out flaws in my logic. FYR, if you take away a guy's strikeouts, it doesn't change his BABIP at all. Let's just go way out on a limb and assume that Tony Campana won't be joining Ichiro in the Hall of Fame. Say he is able to maintain a .330 BABIP, still a very good number (better than the .314 of Juan Pierre, for example). If you adjust his stats this year to a BABIP of .330, his hitting line in Iowa is .267/.304/.367 (assuming he only loses singles on the slugging, which, of course is a generous assumption). Marlon Byrd, as terrible as he has been has managed to go for .316 .345 .392 in the majors, ie a lot better than Campana.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

"FYR, if you take away a guy's strikeouts, it doesn't change his BABIP at all." I phrased it poorly. If you take away a guy's strikeouts, you get his BABIP. Campana doesn't hit home runs. The point is that all you are really saying is that his BA can't be maintained. Why not just say that? I agree that Campana is not a .340 hitter in the minors, and certainly not in the majors. "Tony Campana won't be joining Ichiro in the Hall of Fame." Really, Neal--as if I'm the one who had the idea of comparing Campana to Ichiro. Byrd: 73 home runs in 9 seasons (leaving out a handful of at-bats in 2002). What kind of hitter is he? I know you don't like him at #3. Where do you like him? What role does he perform in the lineup? Is there a name for that role? Is he a run producer? Is he an on-base guy? Campana is a leadoff hitter. A list of starting players in the NL who have a similar skillset to Campana's would include Torres, Bourne, Theriot, Fowler and Pagan.

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In reply to by VirginiaPhil

Sorry, I am trying to empathize here, but no. Campana is a leadoff hitter. A list of starting players in the NL who have a similar skillset to Campana's would include Torres, Bourne, Theriot, Fowler and Pagan. I just showed you what a luck neutralized line for Campana at AAA is - it's .267/.304/.367 (.671 OPS) That's what he's is going to do in the major leagues, if he doesn't K more than he does in AAA and maintains a BABIP that probably 2% of major league hitters can manage. Those guys you listed have OPS's of .762, .680, .703, .749 and .757. Only Bourn is close to what Campana has done in AAA, and he's faster as well as a legitimate gold glove center fielder not to mention he has yet to register a 100 run season, despite the advantage of speed and lineup position. I think Byrd is a 4th outfielder, but that is two slots above what Tony Campana legitimately should aspire to. Byrd had 82 doubles across two full seasons (to go with 32 HR's). It would take Campana about 4 years to match that doubles total, and if he played in the big leagues until he was 40 he's unlikely to match those home runs.

if tony campana & the i-cub batboy appeared in street clothes in a police lineup the eyewitness would be uncertain as to which of the boys put the sack of flaming dogshit on her porch, rang the bell & ran; he makes sam fuld look like methusaleh & better pack his id...can dejesus break ww's record for executions @ the plate? do they track #'s of runners thrown out @ home? cubs gotta lead the league in that - every time they try to break out of the 4 singles = 1 run formula & advance somebody 2 bases in one gulp they get reminded of why, for them, 4 singles = 1 run...

I worried that injury issues could happen with a stretch from the pen to the rotation with Cashner. Is it too soon to shift him back and just let him be a reliever? Is this going to be a Samjay 2.0 where the organization has too much money invested to let a reliever just be a reliever?

Probably nothing here that hasn't already been pointed out, but here are my impressions from last night's game in Cincy: * Cold. * The game felt lost when Mateo entered, even though the Cubs had a lead. The guy needs to be taken back behind the barn and put down. It's only the humane thing to do. I mean Ricketts is so confused by why people aren't showing up... are you even watching the games, Tom? * The Cubs looked way way over-matched. The Reds lineup is good top to bottom. They have an infield that can play the ball very well and reliably (a novel concept, I know... but god could you imagine the hand wringing and whining if the Cubs got a guy like Renteria? wahh wahhh... he only hits .250 wahhh...). They have a bullpen that has effective relievers. Simply put- The better team won last night. * The number of empty seats at GAB is a damn shame considering the team Cincy put together. * I had the pleasure of sitting next to some other cub fans who were equally as annoyed and jaded as I am. * There was at least one very drunk Cincy fan yelling racist unpleasantries at Fuku last night. I guess it's not surprising for the midwest, but don't let anyone tell you that only Cub fans are obnoxious when drunk. * Did I mention it was cold?

assuming colvin regains stroke @ iowa...what are chances byrd can be moved @ deadline so fuku can play cf rest of year & open rf for colvin before b. jackson takes cf next year when we shed aram [quarter into season & he has half the homers colvin does; tied w/ the dreadful hill]& fuku, add the prince & still reduce payroll again? favorite team has become the type i most hate - slow, fat, weak & stupid...

RF Fukudome, 2B Barney, SS Castro, 3B Ramirez, 1B Pena, CF Byrd, LF Soriano, C Castillo, P Garza vs. Stubbs CF, Janish SS, Votto 1B, Phillips 2B, Bruce RF, Rolen 3B, Lewis LF, Hernandez C, Volquez P

Maine up along with Campana via Witty

Recent comments

  • George Altman (view)

    I couldn't agree more with everything you've said here Phil. It's 40-man Roster malpractice by Jed since November. Hendricks, Madrigal, and Mastrobuoni shouldn't be on the 40-man, let alone the 26-man. Add Smyly to that group, too.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Those million dollar systems are hardly infallible. AI does not yet dictate how the prospects develop or how game is played. If it did what would be the use of playing? Team with the best projected stats would win every time. We all know better

    Brailyn Marquez and Jose Albertos both had tremendous arms and potentially major league pitches. So did Kris Jensen. Problem is none of them could harness it and, even if they could, MLB players can hit good fastballs. Estrada sure looked to be on that kind of trajectory. Very likely that by mid summer he will be again once the law of averages catches up with the May superstardom.

    Now let’s take a moment to focus on Madrigal. You know, the best team in the league at the moment, the Phillies, have Whit Merrifield. 105 PA and batting .181. Dodgers are second best and have Kiki Hernandez on the bench. 125 plate appearances and .193. The Braves spread the AB’s a little more but they see fit to keep former Cub farmhand Zack Short around. 47 PA’s and .158. Nobody complains much about those guys. I didn’t do the digging but I would venture to say that each have another light hitting utility guy taking up a 40 man roster spot as well. Two wasted 40 man roster spots each on these winning teams, not dissimilar to the Cubs. So while an awful lot of keystrokes on here are spent discussing Madrigal and Mastrobouni as they are - let’s just say, somewhat underwhelming, they are not at the core of what ails this team.

    The real problem is that the guys who are paid to hit aren’t hitting. The league has caught up with Busch, Suzuki, and Morel, and while I believe they will adjust at some point, it’s a process. Swanson, Happ and Hoerner seem to be in that multi year contract comfort zone that folks on here tell me don’t exist. The offense from their catching sucks and seems unlikely to improve much with current personnel. Tauchman has come down to Earth to be the true player he is. To his credit and counter to my expectations, the only guy who may be turning corner a bit seems to be Bellinger.

    None of them seem willing to play the small ball, hustle game that gets teams out of slumps. They show no plate discipline and, to add insult to injury, they have been quite unlucky at times. The lack of offense and less than stellar infield fielding has greatly magnified the issues with the bullpen, as well as their low performing utility guys.

    So let’s ease off the Madrigal/Mastribouni scapegoating. They are not stars and never will be, but they are not enigmas either. Utility players are what they are, and replacing them with other utility players, while possible, isn’t likely to solve very much - nor is the other approach of bringing up farmhands and letting them ride the pine - until the “stars” break out of their May malaise and start hitting and fielding better.

  • crunch (view)

    just to throw a bit of salt in the j.estrada wound...

    he has struck out 13 batters in a row over his last 3 outings.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    The short answer there is yes he gets credit for the wins but he also gets credit for the losses.

    Phil’s point about the crystal ball is spot on. If all of the machinery and data and systems they have don’t manifest into essentially a crystal ball, what use is all of that? Somebody messed up.

    As for who else could have gone, I agree with Phil that a pitcher like Estrada, as awful as he looked last year, had shown he had at least 1-2 legit MLB caliber pitches, it was just a matter of finding them again. He was pre arb young power arm. Whereas let’s say Madrigal was entering year 2 of 4 arb years. He’d proven to be a defense first backup infielder incapable of playing SS. You want to talk dime a dozen, THAT is dime a dozen. THAT is a NRI. I can squint and see the argument to not lose Wisdom’s power as a bench bat. Or even Boner as a utility guy who can play OF and handle an emergency SS run, who also hits left handed and has options. But choosing Madrigal over an arm like Estrada was a poor decision, even at the time.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Ok, so it’s the end of 2023 and going into the postseason. Cuas, Alzolay, Leiter, and Merriwether all had respectable seasons last year.

    So among Killian, Wesneski, Estrada, Palencia, Brown, Horn, Rodriguez, Little, Hughes, Wicks, all of whom had huge potential but huge questions heading into 2024, 1) How are you going to protect all of them? 2) If you can’t, who do you protect?

    How many times was the phrase “good problem to have” tossed around?

    If it had been Palencia going to another team and hitting a May hot streak, which could just as easily have happened, would we not be having the identical conversation?

    Brown just pitched seven no hit innings yesterday. Does Jed get any credit for keeping him around? Does he get credit for ditching Horn and getting something with very decent upside, Thompson, in return? How about picking up Miller, who has been stellar so far? Does he get the blame for Meriwether, and Killian, who burned up the spring, getting hurt? And is there a single organization out there that can’t say they wish they had a reliever or two they had recently back?

    There is very definitely a “lottery” aspect to relief pitching. In the last couple of years the Cubs largely won the lottery and spun much of that good fortune into prospect gold. This year others have won and the Cubs for the most part appear to be holding the short stick. So are we really going to have the neck of the GM who took this team from the utter doldrums to the brink of contention and a number three rated system over the course of a couple of years?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Except Jed Hoyer does in fact have a crystal ball and it cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The equipment and programs acquired by the Cubs are not just used in player development. They are also used in self-evaluation (self-scouting). With the information available these mistakes should not be happening. The mistakes also include the Cubs post-2023 November 40-man roster strategy that values guys like Madrigal, Mastrobuoni, and Hendricks over younger talent with more upside. 

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Quick reminder that during much of the offseason the question marks were at third base, first base and centerfield. While the organization was stacked with outfield prospects, Mervis was coming off a solid season in AAA and was being considered a serious candidate for first base. There simply wasn’t room at the inn for everyone. There was clearly a place for Perlaza somewhere but he simply didn’t possess the complete toolset that some of the other Cub outfield prospects do. For myself, I’ve always had a soft spot for Darius Hill. Unfortunately, he’s another odd man out in a stacked system.

    And hindsight is always 20/20. For example, Estrada always had potential but was totally erratic in 2023. Cuas had a much lower ceiling but he was a steady presence in a relief corp with many question marks. Sure, it seems like a silly decision now, but Jed doesn’t have the benefit of a crystal ball. Everyone, probably Jed included, hated to see Estrada go, but it wasn’t such a crazy idea at the time. BTW, in terms of Estrada leaving via waivers, does anyone honestly think Jed didn’t try to shop him first? I have to assume no one was willing to to give up anything for him.

    Even given the way the season has gone, I think the only place where Jed solidly and clearly missed the mark that could/should have been foreseen was with Hendricks, as just about everybody on this board recognized at the time. Still, even Hendricks wasn’t a totally illogical move because they had exactly two locks for starting pitching at the time - Steele and Taillon.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    The roster mistakes I am talking about occur in November, when decisions are made regarding minor league free-agents, Rule 5 protection, exercising club options, and the tendering of contracts to players on the MLB 40-man roster. The idea should be to maximize long-term control of talented young players (including minor leaguers yet to establish themselves in MLB). 

    Roster slots that can be filled by Spring Training NRI should not be allocated in November to marginal non-prospects expected to fill non-critical positions on the 26-man roster (like back-up catcher, utility infielders, 4th outfielder, and middle relievers) or to older players likely to decline. 

    And as far as self-evaluation (self-scouting) is concerned, the Cubs have invested literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in proprietary player development and analytical technology and have doubled the player development staff, so they should not be making some of the piss-poor roster decisions in November as they have been making. 

    There are ex-Cub relievers on other MLB clubs who could be in the Cubs bullpen right now and would clearly be upgrades over what's there, but they are someplace else. No excuses. Clearly somebody screwed up.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    As long as there isn't a sore thumb / weak link in the group, a six-man rotation is preferable if a club wants to minimize innings for younger starting pitchers and keep veteran guys from wearing down in September. So Imanaga, Steele, Assad, Brown, Taillon, and Wicks would be the six, and that is actually probably one of the best group of starting pitchers in MLB (a lot of clubs couldn't run a decent six-man rotation even if they wanted to).  

    A six-man rotation does require a solid seven-man bullpen with no weak links and a lock-down closer, however, and unfortunately the Cubs bullpen as it is presently constituted (with Hendricks and Smyly in the pen) is one of the worst and least-reliable in MLB. 

    It would definitely help if the 2023 version of Julian Merryweather can come back 100% next month (TBD), but even that is not enough. 

    And Hendricks and Smyly absolutely cannot be in the pen if the Cubs want to compete for a post-season slot. If one or both can be moved as part of a salary offset in a trade (and keep in mind that Hendricks gets "10 / 5 no-trade" rights as of June 26th), that's fine, but otherwise the Cubs will just have to bite the bullet and release them and be prepared to eat some payroll.  

  • Childersb3 (view)

    You're only thinking about the 26man roster. Perlaza should've been added to the 40man roster. He then would have three option years.
    No GM is perfect. Theo wasn't. Jed has done some really good things. Pitching has improved wholeheartedly under Jed. 
    RPs like Hudson and Estrada are going to hit and miss. 
    Giving Hendricks 16.5mil can now be stated as a clear miss, and Kyle needs to be moved off the roster. They have to pay him. But the Bullpen spot needs to go to someone else. Kyle isn't a bullpen guy. But he's not a SP anymore either. 2016 Nostalgia doesn't win.
    Perlaza got more money in the KBO than he'd have gotten on the 40man, but Jed had the choice to give him a shot anyway. Mervis would probably do really well in the KBO also. But having watched Perlaza's bat speed for three years, I think he was better than Mervis.
    And Phil made a good point about giving Happ an extension (after having not traded him at the TDL in 2022 along with not trading Willy) when you're real prospect depth was in the OF. Happ is a really good 7th hitter on a good team. 17 HRs and 70 RBIs with good LF defense. That's Ben Zobrist like #'s. The issue is we have a lot of those kind of guys already. We needed a bomber some where in the lineup and LF, RF, 3B, 1B and DH usually provide those bombs.
    Seiya is good when healthy. He's gotten hurt every year, but he's a 20HR 80RBI guy when healthy. He just hasn't been healthy for a year to provide those #'s.
    Happ isn't a bomber.
    Morel is getting his chance to work out 3B. I'm glad Jed has kept him.
    1B? Hopefully Busch becomes 20HRs and 80 RBIs.
    DH? There's our biggest issue. We don't have a guy who can bop there. Just a real hitter. Mervis missed it. That's why Perlaza leaving without a 40man chance burns me.