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

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Last updated 5-18-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

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

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 6
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Brennen Davis, OF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Luis Vazquez, INF

10-DAY IL: 1
Dansby Swanson, INF

15-DAY IL: 7
Yency Almonte, P 
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P 
Daniel Palencia, P
* Drew Smyly, P
Keegan Thompson, P 
* Jordan Wicks, P

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

 





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Cubs Battle Wyverns to 2-2 Tie at Fitch Park

Tyler Skulina and five relievers combined to toss a four-hitter, and Carlos Penalver tripled, singled, walked, and scored both Cub runs, as the Cubs and the SK Wyverns (KBO) played to a 2-2 tie in Arizona Instructional League action this afternoon at Fitch Park Field #4 in Mesa. 


Two Korean (KBO) teams sent developmental squads to the Arizona Instructional League this year, witb the SK Wyverns prospects playing in the AZIL East with the Cubs, A's, Angels, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Giants, Rockies, and Las Aguilas de Mexicali (LMP), while the NC Dinos youngsters are assigned to the AZIL West with the Dodgers, Indians, Mariners, Reds, Rangers, Royals, and White Sox. (The Padres are not fielding a team in the AZIL this year, instead opting to send all of their kids to the Dominican Instructional League that begins after the conclusion of the AZIL). 

In addition to the traditional AZ Instructional League, there is also an AZ Advanced Instructional League (AZAIL) operating now, too. This league is designed for older and more experienced players than those normally assigned to the AZIL, and consists of squads from the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Rangers, Reds, Royals, a Mariners/Brewers co-op team, and Los Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Los Yaquis de Obregon from the Mexican Pacific League.

Six Cubs players who have been assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League (AFL) saw game action in today's AZIL game at Fitch Park, to prep for AFL Opening Day next Tuesday. .

2012 #1 draft pick Albert Almora played CF and batted second in the order, going 0-3 with a 1-3 comebacker to the mound, a P-2 foul out to the catcher, and a strike out (swinging). He caught one fly ball (basket catch, 'natch).

Jorge Soler played RF and batted third, getting three Plate Appearances and reaching base twice on a walk and a line single to left-center. But he was also picked-off 1st base (and he was totally frozen on the play, too, didn't even move, almost like he was distracted or not paying attention).

2013 #1 draft pick Kris Bryant played 3rd base, hit clean-up, and and batted three times, hitting into a 6-4 FC to end the bottom of the 1st, before striking out (swinging) in each of his final two AB (both times on breaking balls on a 1-2 count). He also commited one error in the field (an easy one-hop bouncer hit right at him, that bounced in & out of his glove before dribbling into foul territory).

In addition, Wes Darvill (who is assigned to the Solar Sox "taxi squad," meaning he can play only on Wednesdays and Saturdays) got the start at 2nd base and went 0-2 with a walk, and RHRPs Armando Rivero and Lendy Castillo threw one shutout inning a piece.

The defensive gem of the day was turned-in by 2B Gioskar Amaya, who ranged behind 2nd base with no outs in the top of the 6th to make a diving stop of a grounder headed for CF, and then (from his knees) threw out the Wyverns baserunner trying to advance from 1st to 2nd. 

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):

CUBS LINEUP
:
1a. Trey Martin, LF: 1-2 (1-3, 2B, F-9 SF, RBI)
1b. Shawon Dunston Jr, LF: 0-1 (4-6 FC, RBI)
2a. Albert Almora, CF: 0-3 (1-3, P-2, K)
2b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-1 (4-6 FC)
3a. Jorge Soler, RF: 1-2 (BB, 1B, L-5, PO)
3b. Jose Dore, RF: 0-1 (4-3)
4a. Kris Bryant, 3B: 0-3 (6-4 FC, K, K)
4b. Jeimer Candelario, 3B: 0-1 (P-5)
5a. Wes Darvill, 2B: 0-2 (4-3, F-7, BB)
5b. Gioskar Amaya, 2B: 0-1 (F-9)
6. Yasiel Balaguert, DH: 1-4 (P-5, F-8, F-7, 1B)
7. Carlos Penalver, SS: 2-3 (1B, 3B, BB, 1-4 FC, 2 R)
8a. Ben Carhart, 1B: 0-1 (5-3, BB)
8b. Kelvin Freeman, 1B: 0-2 (K, 6-4-3 DP)
9a. Wilfredo Petit, C: 0-1 (K, BB)
9b. Erick Castillo, C: 1-1 (1B)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Tyler Skulina: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 2/1 GO/FO, 33 pitches (19 strikes)
2. Rob Zastryzny: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/FO, 33 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Armando Rivero: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 13 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Lendy Castillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/FO, 9 pitches (5 strikes)
5. Johermyn Chavez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1/4 GO/FO, 38 pitches (18 strikes)
6. Sam Wilson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. C Wilfredo Petit - E-2 (overthrow on SB attempt at 2nd base allowed baserunner to advance to 3rd)
2. 3B Kris Bryant - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
 
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Wilfredo Petit: 0-3 CS, 1 E (see above)
2. Erick Castillo: 0-1 CS

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST:
LF Trey Martin - Batter thrown out 7-2-4 trying to advance to 2nd base after a play at the plate on an RBI single.

ATTENDANCE: 12 (mostly scouts)

WEATHER: Sunny, cloudless, and breezy, with temperatures in the 90's 
 

Comments

what's gerardo concepcion up to, btw? injured? not injured? still in ARZ? expected to play this fall/winter?

anyone else watching the game on TBS get the audio of the bat crack before the video...yet everything else seems to be synched? weird stuff. ...nevermind...just checked twitter...it does seem to be a "thing"

If the Tribe gets knocked out, maybe TheoCo can give the manager's job to Giambi. I think he's just the right guy to give the offense a little juice. Also, Jeremy can chip in with how to turn the most important run of your life into an out.

lulz twitter... pre-game...fan confidence from indians fans after the d.young HR...a few "why is salazar starting?" during the 4th inning TB run..."why the hell is salazar starting? wtf? this was stupid!" lulz.

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In reply to by Cubster

i've never cared who managed the yanks, nor wished them as much luck in their wants as this girardi thing. i think he's an awesome manager...nothing wrong with him aside from his occasionally weird pen use, really...and some of his weird double/triple switches for a guy that manages an AL team. still, i don't want to see a $3m+ manager before i want about 1/2 dozen other things involving money to happen to this team. btw, i keep throwing $3m+ around conservatively, but ultimately girardi is most likely going to command $4m+...especially with 2 of the richest teams in the game supposedly wanting his services.

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In reply to by crunch

I seriously doubt that if the Cubs spent even $5 million on a manager they would turn around and say about Free Agent X, "oh no, we can't afford him now, because we just paid the ghost of Ron Santo 5 million!!!" The managerial salary has no impact on what they'll spend on players, I am pretty sure.

Looks like Girardi stays in NY. Which to be honest, I'm fine with. AJ Hinch, Eric Wedge, Torey Lovullo, maybe Mike Maddux, maybe Bud Black...all prospective candidates that interest me. We've been burned in the past by the insistence of hiring a "big name"...see Dusty Baker...see Lou Piniella. Girardi is a great manager and I would love to have him, but if it's not meant to be then it isn't the end of the world.

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In reply to by Dusty Baylor

Why not AJ Hinch? A lot of outstanding managers had failed stops elsewhere before things came together. Terry Francona is shining example of this...he spent 4 lousy seasons managing in Philly before he was fired, then regrouped and evenually Theo hired him in Boston where he presided over 2 World Series Championships. I don't need a "winning pedigree" in a manager. What did that ever get us with Dusty Baker or Lou Piniella? A big fat nothing is the answer. Girardi would be great, but it doesn't appear he is interested in leaving the Yankees. And I can hardly blame him. AJ Hinch, Sandy Alomar Jr., Eric Wedge, Torey Lovullo, Tony Pena, maybe Davey Martinez, maybe Bud Black, maybe Mike Maddux...a lot of intriguing names.

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In reply to by Blou

Again, Mike Maddux is not a candidate unless his grade school and high school-age children moved out of his house and took jobs to support themselves. Or - he changed his mind from his last interview with Theo from two years ago and decided he doesn't care as much about "spending time with his family".

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In reply to by Blou

"Looks like Girardi stays in NY." Defeatism, thy name is fan-Cubbery (Cub-fannery?)! Girardi has never turned down an offer from the Cubs. They could have signed him after the 2006 season, but Hendry had never watched him play high-school ball, so he signed the home-town guy instead. After the 2010 season, Hendry said Quade had earned the job; otherwise it would probably have gone to Sandberg. Ricketts romanced Epstein and signed him, he can do the same with Girardi; and there are indications that he would like to try.

IIRC..Hinch was not liked by his players, and was not a good communicator in Arizona. Why let Sveum go...for someone like that? For all of Dusty and Lou's foibles...there were some playoff teams under their tenures, right?

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In reply to by jacos

sure, I'm saying the Cubs could go after him, I highly doubt the Rays are that attached if the Cubs are willing to part with some decent but non-superstar players. He's certainly fits the job description of one with experience and good player development track record.

obviously pie in the sky type stuff and I don't expect it to happen, but no one thought Epstein was coming to the Cubs either.

Cubs claim Mat Gamel off waivers...glad they read me :)

$20 virtual bucks says he goes back on waivers at some point this offseason.

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In reply to by John Beasley

JOHN B: The current waiver claim priority (starting on the day after the conclusion of the 2013 MLB regular season and continuing through the 30th day of the 2014 MLB regular season) is based on the standings of all MLB clubs (regardless of league except for tie-breaker) from the 2013 season (worst record gets #1 priority onward to best record gets 30th priority), with the tie-breaker being the club in the player's own league gets the claim if the tie is with a club from the other league, but otherwise the tie-breaker is the standings from two seasons ago, and if there is still a tie, you go back three seasons, four seasons ago, etc, until the tie is broken.  

POST-2013 WAIVER CLAIM PRIORITY:  

1. HOU
2. MIA
3. CHW

IF N. L. PLAYER:
4. CUBS 
5. MIN 

IF A. L. PLAYER:
4. MIN
5. CUBS

6. SEA
7. PHI

IF N. L. PLAYER:
8. COL
9. NYM 
10. MIL 
11. TOR 

IF A. L. PLAYER:
8. TOR
9. COL
10. NYM
11. MIL

12. SD
13. SF
14. LAA
15. AZ
16. BAL
17. NYY

IF N. L. PLAYER:
18. WAS
19. KC

IF A. L. PLAYER:
18. KC
19. WAS

20. CIN
21. TEX
22. TB

IF N. L. PLAYER:
23. LAD
24. CLE

IF A, L. PLAYER:
23. CLE
24. LAD

25. DET 
26. PIT

IF N. L. PLAYER:
27. ATL
28. OAK

IF A. L. PLAYER:
27. OAK
28. ATL

IF N. L. PLAYER:
29. STL
30. BOS

IF A. L PLAYER:  
29. BOS
30. STL

Also regarding Mat Gamel: 

1. He is out of minor league options;
2. He can elect free-agency if he is outrighted because he has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time;
3. He is eligible for salary arbitration post-2013.  

So while I doubt that the Cubs will try to outright him, they very well could non-tender him on 12/2 and then (presuming he agrees) re-sign him to a non-guaranteed 2014 minor league contract (albeit for "big league money" - probably around $750K) and an NRI to Spring Training.

Also, when a club whose 40-man roster is full is awarded a waiver claim, the club must immediately remove a player from its 40-man roster to make room for the new player, and the club cannot DFA the player they just claimed even if they intend to immediately place him back onto Outright Assignment Waivers. During the season this might involve transferring a player from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL, but that is not an option once the MLB regular season has concluded. So look for the Cubs to DFA J. C. Boscan, and then outright him to the minors once waivers have been secured. And then Boscan will elect free-agency (because he has been outrighted previously in his career), although that would not preclude the Cubs from signing him to a 2014 minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training (if there is mutual interest).  

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Just as a point of information, there are four types of waivers (Outright Assignment, Optional Assignment, Trade Assignment, and Outright Release), and of those four types, the only type of waiver where the player has to be "waived out of his own league" before a club from the other league can be awarded a claim is Trade Assignment Waivers (needed to make trades involving players on an MLB 40-man roster after the July 31st trade deadline up through the conclusion of the MLB regular season).  

For example, if an American League player is placed on Trade Assignment Waivers, and five clubs from the National League make a claim and only one club from the American League makes a claim, the A. L. club is awarded the claim, even if all five N. L. clubs making claims have a worse record than the A. L. club. But that particular waiver priority ONLY applies to Trade Waivers. Otherwise, there is no distinction made between leagues as far as waiver claim priority is concerned, unless the two clubs making claims are tied in the MLB aggregated standings (like the Cubs & Twins are right now, for instance).

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In reply to by Rob G.

between s.baker + k.gregg + d.navarro + mcnutt + boscan + mcdonald + sweeney they should be able to find some room when it's time to take him off the 60-day DL. i imagine h.rondon's slot is safe given how he finished the season...amazingly. dunno what they plan on doing with d.bard.

Bernstein Bear saying Cubs offer will be 5/30M for Girardi.

links are always in the twitter sidebox now, so I rarely bother repeating them here.

I'm rooting for an A's vs. Pirates series, but I'm guessing

LCS:

Tigers vs. Red Sox

Cardinals vs. Braves

Series:

Cardinals vs. Red Sox

Cardinals in 7

sure hope I'm wrong...

I'm nearly certain this is a stupid question, but can a manager can still play - or would he have to be added to the 25-man roster?

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In reply to by The Joe

THE JOE: For a manager (or coach) to be activated as a player, the manager or coach would have to sign a valid Uniform Player Contract (UPC) and then be added to the club's MLB 40-man roster and 25-man roster. Also, a manager or coach could not be activated as a player for the post-season unless the manager or coach was signed to a major league or minor league UPC as of midnight August 31st (and being signed to a minor league UPC on 8/31 would only matter if the manager or coach was replacing an injured player on the post-season roster). 

walk, single, homer, double, HBP, walk, walk, single + fielding error... 7 runs in...0 outs... ...and now they're removing aj burnett. hell of a leash there.

Rangers GM says they'll make a qualifying offer to Cruz in case anyone is interested in him for the Cubs. Cubs 1st round pick is protected.

didn't know dave mckay was fired (1st base coach)... so that's c.bosio (pitching coach), r.deer (asst hitting coach), and mckay...along with dale. this from ESPN... "He, along with manager Dale Sveum and the rest of the Cubs coaches, were let go on Monday, though McKay does have a chance at returning when the Cubs hire a new manager." ...did they clean house? are ALL the coaches gone? rowson? bell? quirk? strode?

all coaches were allowed to explore other opportunities, said new manager could bring them back if they wanted

But this brought me right back. Dear Lord, bring us the 2017 World Champion Cubs with Almora, Baez, Bryant, Villanueva, Vogelbach (DH), Soler, and whoever can pitch.

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In reply to by Carlito

he's our very own matt adams-lite. it'll be interesting to see if they let him play 3rd in spring...or if he's going to be a 1st/LF/PH guy. i can't imagine they're counting on gamel to play 3rd after not being good at it to begin with...along with having his knee ripped up earlier this year. either way...awesome freebie on the cheap even if the plan is power off the bench + rizzo backup.

This pretty much sums up Cubbery- "I just remember going out and [Cubs pitching coach] Larry [Rothschild] said, "We're scheduled to be on time." So I go out and play long toss, and it's looking dark. It's cloudy. It looks like it's going to rain again. So I say, "Larry, you sure we're on time?" and he said, "Yep, we're on time." So I started warming up, and I look over, and Maddux was just kind of staring at me. I'm thinking, "What does he know that I don't know? He's not warming up. The game's in 10 minutes." And then sure enough, here come the groundskeepers to roll out the tarp." Visiting team knows more about the situation then the home team.

DUSTY FIRED. Does Theo interview a minority candidate?

Competition:

Nats asking Yanks for permission to speak to Girardi

And as mentioned, Reds now in the mix looking for managers along with Mariners, Cubs, Nats and possibly Yankees

From Heyman article(see tweet)about Dusty-- It wasn't all about one conversation, of course. Baker quite likely started to sense that maybe his time was up in Cincinnati. Maybe that's why he said what he said. "The last couple weeks, I've been getting a rash of hate mail, racial mail,'' he said. "Maybe it is time to go." "This is really ugly," he said. "There are all sorts of references to Barack Obama. So now I know where they are coming from. I don't know, maybe people are mad at him, so they don't like the idea of blacks in authority." /scratched record

dear everything that is right and just in the world, let the dodgers sweep so i can quit hearing the "tommy hawk chawp." sincerely, crunch

using b.wilson + k.jansen last night with a 5 run lead is suddenly looking not-so-wise.

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In reply to by Carlito

b.wilson pitches anyway and goes 1ip 0h 0bb 2k. good for him. wonder how much he's going to demand next year...and who's going to pay it. i doubt he will be looking at the cubs or any cold-area teams...dunno, though.

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Some of you may have noticed that Monday's roster moves (PCA and Mastrobuoni optioned to AAA and Dansby Swanson reinstated from the 10-day IL) leaves the Cubs with only 25 players on their MLB Active List. This is not unusual at all, in the case of a day off and a player being recalled from the minors for the next day's game. There is no reason to call the player up on an off-day, because if that happened the player would have to be paid at the MLB rate and would accrue a day of MLB Service Time.  

    MLB clubs are allowed to carry 25 players (no more than 13 pitchers) on their MLB Active List roster beginning on MLB Opening Day and extending through August 31st (although to do that for the entire season would be a competitive disadvantage), and then clubs are required to have 28 players (no more than 14 pitchers) on their active list beginning on September 1st and extending through the final day of the MLB regular season. So either 25 or 26 prior to September 1st, but 28 beginning on September 1st.

    So presuming the Cubs plan to recall INF Luis Vazquez prior to Tuesday's game, there is no good reason to do it on Monday (when there is no game) when they can just as easily wait until Tuesday and save about $4,000 in salary differential.

    BTW, because the recall of Vazquez is not yet official, the Cubs could decide instead to sign left-hand hitting veteran utility INF Joey Wendle (who was just released by the Mets today) and pay him the pro-rated MLB minimum salary (with the Mets on the hook for the balance of his $2M salary) instead of recalling Vazquez. To do this the Cubs would have to clear a 40-man roster slot, which they could do by (let's say) transferring Adbert Alzolay to the 60-day IL. 

    Wendle's MLB career 162 game average is 262/311/384 with 8 HR and 53 RBI, 31 doubles, and 15 SB, he is an above-average defender who can play SS in addition to 2B, 3B, LF, and RF, and while he is better hitting against RHP (269/313/399), he holds his own versus LHP (232/304/318). 

    With somebody like Wendle (who could be a late-inning defensive replacement at 3B), the Cubs could replace Mastrobuoni AND Madrigal (and not need Vazquez) with just one player, creating an opening for a "hot" bat (like maybe Brennen Davis, who could platoon with Happ in LF until Happ gets going, or with Tauchman in CF if Bellinger plays 1B and Busch/Wisdom platoon at DH). 

  • crunch (view)

    the "hilarious" thing about PCA is he's 2nd on the team in bWAR with only 63 PA and a .236/.295/.364 slash.

    i've long been a critic of how over-rated defensive WAR is for outfielders.  stuff like this is why.  yes, he's an elite defender in CF, but all of this defensive value has come over 44 chances in 156 innings.

  • Cubster (view)

    Brewers lose in 10 to the Marlins. So that’s nice.

    Also Braves come to town after splitting a DH and used Sale-Lopez as starters.

  • fullykräusened (view)

    You're right, crunch, as usual. He has huge potential, but needs a few hundred AAA plate appearances. I think Bellinger gives the Cubs more value in CF than 1B, so they're better off giving a roster spot to somebody else.  I'm okay with Vasquez; we aren"t getting much offense from  our backup infielders, to say the least.

  • crunch (view)

    PCA needs regular play, this team has more problems than a luxury pinch runner and defensive player off the bench.

    be nice if he can fine turn his SB game as well as his bat game.  still, i'd rather have him just taking the great odds and situational odds rather than having him running all over the place and getting thrown out 25%+ of the time.

    he's fast, 30+ SB guys generally are.  but he's faster than even that number gives a nod to.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Both Mastrobuoni and PCA have been optioned to AAA. 

  • Charlie (view)

    The Cubs definitely need a guy with multiple years of control to emerge as a true middle of the order hitter. Busch is getting beat in the zone enough that my optimism about him is waning a bit. Morel's increase in contact has been encouraging, but he's been putting so much of that contact on the ground that it hasn't yielded any gains.  

  • Childersb3 (view)

    I'd say the whole Cubs Hitting Org from top to bottom is in a "meh/slump" stage here.
    We're all just waiting for a breakout to occur here in Wrigley and down on the farm. BDavis has been a good story, but he needs some company!!

    Thank goodness for Bellinger. He's the only hitter we have that honestly doesn't have a whole in his approach. He's a professional hitter and can provide pop. I don't buy into the argument he doesn't have real bat speed. He can turn on almost any inside pitch (up or down).
    But I still think he should be the 1B. He clearly doesn't want that.
    PCA in CF (or Tauch) and Happ, Busch and ONKC at DH (or Happ/ONKC in LF).
     

  • crunch (view)

    matt shaw's AA hot start has been fizzling hard.

    he hit 3 homers by april 14, none since.  he's pretty much had a dead bat since april 17th.

    he's got a .182/.304/.242 slash in may so far.

  • crunch (view)

    they might just be getting rid of the masterboney dead weight.