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

28 players are on the MLB ACTIVE LIST, plus seven are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, two are on the 10-DAY IL, and three are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 9-22-20239
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# bats both

Javier Assad
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Nico Hoerner
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom
* Jared Young

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

Keven Alcantara, OF 
Ben Brown, P  
Brennen Davis, OF 
Jeremiah Estrada, P
Caleb Kilian, P 
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Michael Rucker, P

10-DAY IL: 2
Jeimer Candelario, 1B
Nick Madrigal, INF

15-DAY IL: 3
Adbert Alzolay, P
Brad Boxberger, P 
Michael Fulmer, P 

60-DAY IL: 4
Nick Burdi, P
Codi Heuer, P
* Brandon Hughes, P
Ethan Roberts, P

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Minor League Free-Agents

Reds Long Balls Doom Cubs at Fitch Park

Carlos Sanchez, Steven Selsky, and Brennan May hit back-to-back-to back home runs in the top of the 8th to put the game away, as the AZL Reds throttled the AZL Cubs 9-1 in Arizona League action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning. 

Selsky (the Reds 2011 33rd round draft pick out of the University of Arizona) also clubbed a solo HR off the LF foul pole to give the Reds a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd.  

The game was a battle for the AZL Wild Card lead, as the Cubs and Reds came into the game tied in the AZL Wild Card standings. (The three division winners and the second-place team with the best record will qualify for the AZL playoffs). By winning today, the Reds take a one-game lead over the Cubs with ten games left to play (and the Reds own the tie-breaker, having defeated the Cubs three out of four times).   

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A number of the Cubs recent signees were in attendance at Fitch Park today (and 1B Rock Shoulders and OF John Andreoli were in uniform, although they did not play), getting a chance to partake in what is Arizona League baseball.

Cubs 2010 #1 draft pick RHP Hayden Simpson (Southern Arkansas U.) got the start for the AZL Cubs, and threw two innings (38 pitches - 22 strikes), allowing one run (the Selsky solo HR leading off the top of the 2nd), a two-out single in the second, and a four-pitch walk with one out in the top of the 1st. He did not strike out any Reds hitters, but he did induce a "room-service" 4-6-3 DP to end the top of the 1st inning. Simpson threw all of his pitches (fastball, curve, and change), but struggled to command his fastball.

Cubs 2010 8th round draft pick LHP Cam Greahouse (Gulf Coast CC) followed Simpson to the mound, and he REALLY struggled to throw strikes. Greathouse worked 1.2 IP (50 pitches - only 25 strikes), laboring through every AB, eventually allowing three runs on three hits, five walks, and two WP. Reds lead-off hitter Brandon Dailey stole three bases off Greathouse (he wasn't paying much attention to the runner, so catcher Neftali Rosario had no chance), although he did manage to pick another baserunner off or the outing would have been even worse than it was.

Greathouse had a fine debut season last year (4-2 with a 2.75 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, allowing just 34 hits and only one HR, with 11/50 BB/K in 44.1 IP combined between Mesa and Boise), and he followed that with a solid Minor League Camp this past March that earned him a spot in the Peoria Chiefs 2011 Opening Day starting rotation. But things have gotten increasingly ugly for Greathouse ever since, as he got demoted to Boise in June after going 4-5 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.63 WHIP with 53 BB allowed in just 57.1 IP at Peoria, and then was sent down to Mesa (AZL Cubs) from Boise after going 0-5 with a 7.58 ERA and 2.32 WHIP, allowing 25 BB in just 19 IP in the NWL. No question Greathouse is a major mess right now.

Another pitcher who has struggled with his control this season is Cubs 2010 16th round draft pick RHP Ryan Hartman (Mt. Zion HS - Mt. Zion IL), and he continued to have problems locating the strike zone today. He walked the bases loaded with one out in the 6th before being pulled out of the game, eventually being charged with two runs in 1.2 IP of work (44 pitches but only 22 strikes).  

27-year old Cuban defector RHP Yoannis Negrin (first name sometimes mistakenly spelled "Yoanner") followed Greathouse and Hartman, and displayed the polish and guile one would expect out of a pitcher with extensive experience in the Serie Nacional (the Cuban Major League). Negrin is a little guy and a short-armer (he throws like an infielder) who varies his arm angle from 3/4 to sidearm, throwing just about every pitch in the book. In just 1.2 IP I saw a four seam cutter, a two-seam sinker, a slider, a round-house curve, and a change-up, and I think I saw a srewball, too. Negrin lives on the edges of the plate--nibble, nibble, nibble--but never gives the batter much to hit. I doubt that he will be in Mesa much longer (he is WAY too advanced for rookie ball), but then again it might be gertting kind of late in the season for a promotion to Daytona or Tennessee.     

And finally, AZL Cubs RHP Rafael Diplan did something I have never seen a pitcher do in my 30 years watching baseball at Fitch Park, not even in batting practice. He somehow managed to allow back-to-back-to back home runs.

With the large dimensions of the fields and the 20-ft high OF fence, it is very difficult for even a major leaguer (much less a minor leaguer who has not yet reached physical maturity) to hit a ball over the fence at any of the Fitch Park fields. But for three hitters (and three rookie ball hitters to boot) to do it in successive at-bats is just plain unbelievable.

While the Reds scored nine times, the Cubs offense was mostly quiet today, scoring just one run on seven hits. DH Brian Inoa did reach base four times (three walks and a single), but did not score. The Cubs plated their only run in the bottom of the 5th, as supersub Gregori Gonzalez (who played 3B today) smashed a ball off the left-centerfield fence for a lead-off triple, scoring later in the inning on a 6-4-3 DP.

The Cubs ran themselves out of a couple of other innings, as runners made the third out at 3rd base twice. Brian Inoa made the third out at 3rd base in the bottom of the 2nd trying advance from 2nd to 3rd on a third-strike ball in the dirt, and Garrett Schlecht (in just his second pro game) was thrown out (easily) at 3rd base by Steven Selsky trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on a bloop single that fell in front of the Reds LF with two outs in the bottom of the 7th. 

I guess it should have been a precursor of things to come when Schlecht batted out of order in the bottom of the 2nd (he was supposed to hit 8th--after Trey Martin, but batted 7th--after Neftali Rosario--instead). As it turned out it didn't matter, because Schlecht struck out (and Inoa was thrown out at 3rd to end the inning), and Cubs manager Juan "Pee-Pee" Cabreja (who was probably too busy coaching 3rd base to realize the goof at the time it happened) caught the mistake before the next half-inning, as #9 hitter Gregori Gonzalez led-off the bottom of the 3rd and Martin-Schlecht hit 7-8 the rest of the game. But what the mistake did do was cheat Trey Martin out of what should have been his first AB of the game.  


With any luck, he'll retire tonight. Nice Symmetry, though: The worst closer in MLB blows a 3-run lead to the worst team in MLB.

AP--With the polish you speak of and being 27, and seeing him in person, how quickly do you think Negrin will move through the system? Where do you see his ceiling?

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In reply to by Tony S.

Submitted by Tony S. on Tue, 08/16/2011 - 9:16pm. AP--With the polish you speak of and being 27, and seeing him in person, how quickly do you think Negrin will move through the system? Where do you see his ceiling? =============================================== TONY S: I would say AAA is probably his floor and it could be his ceiling, too (he's 27, so what you see now is probably the best you're going to get), but if he can get AAA hitters out he could maybe have a chance to be an MLB middle-reliever, long man, or #5 starter. He has a lot of experience so the Cubs won't have to waste a lot of time evaluating & projecting him.

With one out and nobody on, Marmol had these counts on the next four batters, 1-2, 0-2, 2-2, and 0-2 and put none of them away. Koyie Hill has to share the blame for that...and he did fail to catch a two strike foul tip for the second out of the inning. FWIW, I was watching the Astros broadcast and they had Marmol's fastball at a steady 91 and his slider at 85-86. What bothers me is how hard he's getting hit since the All Star break (ERA of 8.22, BABIP around .360). The first out of the inning was really squared up. So were the first single and the monster shot home run. It looked like he hung at least three sliders tonight. I agree with everyone who wanted to trade him last winter.

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In reply to by Rob G.

You can't tackle a player anywhere else on the field, and you can't block the baseline without the ball anywhere else on the field. It doesn't make sense for home plate to be an exception, but it's really more up to the umpires to call obstruction/interference and for the players to adjust accordingly after that pattern is established. Baseball, especially the umpires, don't seem concerned in the least, though, so the players are going to keep doing what they're doing--catchers and baserunners.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

he could have avoided it if he wanted to much like you avoid running over the 2bmen if they're in you're way. No one ever thinks to barrel over that guy. They run around him 99% of the time. The catcher in the DeVoss play had his left foot on the baseline and right foot a little towards first which leaves a little room towards third for DeVoss to try and run around if he wanted to avoid contact and still be within the baseline. Of course I don't care that he ran him over, if the catcher is going to set up like he's going to block you off the plate, he's gonna expect to get hit as well.

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In reply to by Charlie

Submitted by Charlie on Wed, 08/17/2011 - 12:47pm. It'd be nice for our prospects not to have bone-rattling collisions in A-ball, though, where the games mean absolutely squat. =================================== CHARLIE: Game results/outcomes have minimal interest to the Player Development people, but the games do matter to the players. The players play hard and they play to win in the minors just like they do in the big leagues. The fact that a suit might look at minor league baseball as a glorified sim game is separate & distinct from a player's view of the same game.

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In reply to by Paul Noce

Here's the voice of an authority on the matter: "I teach my kids to stay away from the plate when you don't have the ball so the runner actually sees home plate and his thought is, slide. But Buster is laying in front of home plate, and it's like having a disabled car in the middle of a four-lane highway. You're just going to get smacked. Show them the plate. You can always catch the ball and step, or step and catch the ball, as long as you've got the runner on the ground. And if you have the runner on the ground, there's less chance of any severe collision." -- Johnny Bench

2:05pm EDT (C. Coleman - R) @ Astros (B. Norris - R) 1. Starlin Castro (R) SS 2. Darwin Barney (R) 2B 3. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B 4. Carlos Pena (L) 1B 5. Geovany Soto (R) C 6. Marlon Byrd (R) CF 7. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF 8. Tyler Colvin (L) RF 9. Casey Coleman (L) P

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In reply to by Dr. aaron b

if Prior and Wood stayed healthy if Sosa kept taking roids if Trib okayed money to spend on Beltran the year before instead of Soriano if pigs could fly woulda, shoulda, coulda anyway, Teflon Hendry has managed to stay on the job despite 2 ownership changes and 3 different presidents and not a particularly great record of achievement. It makes sense to this sucker at least, that some of these stories of things being done against his better judgement to have some validity. no matter how bitter we are as Cubs fans, he's clearly very well-respected by most of his peers and apparently well-liked. I'm more than ready for a GM change, but it's hard to get too excited until you know what philosophy/direction they're headed.

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In reply to by Dr. aaron b

The notion that Jim Hendry hasn't had the resources to compete each and every year is simply bogus. I certainly wasn't trying to say that, mostly saying things didn't work out for a variety of reasons, with #1 being injuries in 2004-2006 and #2 being stupidity from 2009-2011. He's a nice guy and because of that he's managed to stay around through 3 separate transitions. I would think it's more than him being a nice guy, but I can't say for sure. He does deserve to fall on the sword by this point and in general I'm not a fan of overall baseball organizational philosophy and crony system. But no guarantee the next guy will be any better or any different.

If you beleive Jayson Starkand his sources, Reed Johnson claimed on waivers and the Cubs pull him back. Wood too. Carlos Pena still hasn't been placed on waivers.

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In reply to by QuietMan

Submitted by QuietMan on Wed, 08/17/2011 - 11:16am. If you beleive Jayson Starkand his sources, Reed Johnson claimed on waivers and the Cubs pull him back. Wood too. Carlos Pena still hasn't been placed on waivers. ======================================== Q-MAN: If that's true, then Reed Johnson and Kerry Wood cannot be placed back on Trade Waivers again for at least 30 days (taking it past the 8/31 post-season roster eligibility deadline), and if a player is placed on Trade Waivers a second time in the Waiver Period, the waivers become irrevocable and cannot be withdrawn if the player is claimed by another club. So I guess Johnson & Wood will be remaining with the Cubs for the balance of the 2011 season.

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In reply to by Dr. aaron b

LaHair and Jackson in the lineup instead of Soriano and Byrd. What a concept! I think I sort of like the person Marlon Byrd and his blog and his story and all that, but the guy is killing us. He's turning into Milton Bradley with a smile. I remember Bradley nudging his RBI total up to 40 in mid-September. Byrd has 22 RBI in 83 games mostly hitting 3rd and 5th. Brett Jackson has 19 RBI in 31 games batting leadoff. I think Byrd must have played in Atlanta for a while. Where else would he have picked up that tomahawk chop he calls a swing? callis post signing draft chat, think this is all the Cub info Mike (Chicago): How would you rate the cubs draft now, since they got a lot of tough signs? Jim Callis: They got the best pure HS hitter in the draft in Baez, and they essentially got an extra pick in the 14th round in Dillon Maples. I've heard very good reports on under-the-radar 13th-rounder Trey Martin. Tony Zych was a steal in the fourth round. I could go on, but in a word, yes, they had a good draft. David Yuen (Portland, OR): Do either Baez or Vogelbach pass Brett Jackson as the Cubs' best power hitter? Jim Callis: Vogelbach has the most pure power among Cubs farmhands now.

follow up a bases loaded, 0 out failure with men on corners, 0 out, down by 1 in the 9th...also failure. cubs lose. horrible game. many chances to score more than the 3 runs they did score.

Glad to see that we are back on track to be the second worst team in baseball. I was getting worried that the Quade magic would extend this idiocy another year. I hope we can now relax and watch bad baseball the rest of the year and fulfill most our wishes by an early October house cleaning.

probably 3/44, but Baez's scouting report from, some talk about him being moved to catcher, none of it coming from the Cubs though. The bat is what’s going to make Baez special. He has an advanced feel with the bat and drives the ball with authority to all parts of the park. He’s willing to shoot the ball to right field or spin on an inside fastball. This is as complete a hitter as there is in the 2011 draft class. Baez is mechanically sound and rarely expands the zone. ~snip~ Baez has plus bat speed and good natural lift in his stroke. He has power to the middle part of the field and could be a 25 home run threat at the next level. ~snip~ Baez is athletic, fast, has versatility in the field, and most importantly has a plus bat with plus power potential. He has star quality at the plate, and if he can stick at a premium position his value will continue to rise. says has tools to be a SS with a plus arm, could be a 3bmen and has plus speed.

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In reply to by Dr. aaron b

Agreed, which is why it is nice that Vitters at least says he needs to change his approach. The interesting thing is that it isn't so much a strike zone issue given his low strike out totals (they are low right), it just that he puts balls in play that he would be better off letting go by. From people who have watched him play: is he swinging at pitches way out of the zone and putting them in play, swinging at the first kind of good pitch he sees, or is he swinging at too many borderline strikes?

Recent comments

  • crunch 09/27/2023 - 09:01 pm (view)

    cubs out here forgetting how to play D again...

  • crunch 09/27/2023 - 09:02 pm (view)

    happ finally gets HR #20.  he joins bellinger, morel, suzuki, swanson, and wisdom with 20+ HR.

  • crunch 09/27/2023 - 09:29 pm (view)

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  • crunch 09/27/2023 - 09:49 pm (view)

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  • Arizona Phil 09/27/2023 - 09:33 pm (view)

    FWIW, the year Brant Brown dropped the fly ball in Milwaukee the Cubs made the playoffs anyway, although they did have to play a tie-breaker play-in game with the Giants at Wrigley Field to get in as the N. L. Wild Card team (there was only one Wild Card team in each league back then)...  

  • Charlie 09/27/2023 - 09:16 pm (view)

    Ron Santo's voice came out of me while watching.

    I am really hoping for a bounce back by Suzuki tonight. That error in that moment could really get in your head -- and unfairly shift the public perception of the player for a long time.

  • Arizona Phil 09/27/2023 - 09:28 pm (view)


    The Cubs have no control with respect to Marcus Stroman or Drew Smyly exercising their player options for 2024. 

    Stroman will get $21M in 2024 if he exercises his player option and Smyly gets $10.5M in 2024 (includes a $2M salary escalator based on IP in 2023) if he exercises his player option (both likely, especially Smyly). 

    Kyle Hendricks has a $16M club option for 2024 or else a $1.5M buy-out, and it remains to be seen if the Cubs will exercise the option (which is really just a $14.5M savings because of the buy-out). I would think the Cubs will exercise the club option, because they can always trade him.  

    Also, the Cubs will be paying performance bonuses post-2023 to Yan Gomes (either $250K or $500K based on games started at catcher) and Smyly ($2M based on IP). Also, Cody Bellinger gets as $1M bonus if he wins N. L. Comeback Player of the Year Award (which is very likely).

    So with the $3M+ in performance bonuses still to be paid, the Cubs 2023 payroll AAV will likely end up just slightly under the 2023 MLB $232M CBT threshold, possibly within $1M (TBD).  

    BTW, as things stand right now it appears that the Cubs will have somewhere in the vicinity of $30M in 2024 salary to spend on additions to the roster (I am presuming that Bellinger will opt-out, that Stroman and Smyly will not opt out, that the Cubs will pick up the club options on Hendricks and Gomes but will not pick-up the club option on Brad Boxberger, and that the Cubs will tender 2024 contracts to only three or four of the arbitration eligible guys -- Steele and Alzolay for sure, probably Merryweather, plus MAYBE Tauchman and/or Leiter), with Nick Burdi, Codi Heuer, Nick Madrigal, and Patrick Wisdom likely to be non-tendered (or traded prior to being non-tendered if another club is interested). 

    However, I suspect that the Cubs will attempt to re-sign Heuer and Burdi -- and Tauchman and/or Leiter if they are non-tendered -- to 2024 minor league contracts with an NRI to Spring Training. Brandon Hughes and Ethan Roberts are not arbitration-eligible but they also are likely to be non-tendered and then the Cubs will attempt to sign them to 2024 minor league contracts with an NRI to Spring Training.

    MLB Contract Tender Day this year is November 17th (the Friday immediately prior to Thanksgiving), so I expect to see a lot of transaction-related activity at that time throughout MLB. 

    However, the deadline to add Rule 5 eligible players to the MLB 40-man roster is PRIOR TO MLB Contract Tender Day, so the Cubs will need to drop as many players from the 40 as roster slots are needed PRIOR TO MLB Contract Tender Day.

    The players presently on the 40 who are most likely to be Designated for Assignment (and outrighted if not claimed) to clear slots on the 40 prior to MLB Contract Tender Day for Rule 5 Draft eligibles would probably be Michael Rucker, Jared Young, Jeremiah Estrada, and Caleb Kilian (in that order), although the Cubs could also just DFA one or more of the players they have  already decided to non-tender and not re-sign (like Madrigal and/or Wisdom, and maybe Leiter and/or Tauchman). 

    At 9 AM (Eastern) on the day after the final game of the World Series (two or three weeks prior to MLB Contract Tender Day) is when unsigned MLB Article XX-B players are automatically declared free-agents (they do NOT have to file, it's automatic), so that's when Bellinger, Boxberger, Candelario, and Fulmer will be removed from the Cubs MLB 40-man roster, and then at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series is when all players still on a club's MLB 60-day IL (Burdi,  Heuer, Hughes, and Roberts) are automatically reinstated to the 40-man roster.

    So by 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series, the Cubs 40-man roster will likely be full (subtracting free-agents Bellinger, Boxberger, Candelario, and Fulmer, and adding Burdi, Heuer, Hughes, and Roberts back from the 60-day IL). 

    5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series is also the point in time when unsigned minor league players eligible to be a post-2023 MLB Rule 9 6YFA are automatically declared free-agents, unless the player is added to the MLB 40-man roster or has signed a 2024 minor league successor contract. This will impact the Cubs with respect to OF Yonathan Perlaza and SS Luis Vazquez (two legit prospects who are eligible to be minor league free-agents post-2023).  

  • Sonicwind75 09/27/2023 - 09:07 pm (view)

    Ron Santo's "ohhhh nooooo" is what immediately came to my mind. 

  • crunch 09/26/2023 - 09:52 pm (view)

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