Cubs Take the Field
The Cubs have claimed 26-year old OF Johnny Field off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.
The 5'10 180 RH-hitting Field was the 5th round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2013 draft out of the Unversity of Arizona, and he made his MLB debut this past season with the Rays. He was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians in July and then a week later was claimed off waivers again, this time by the Twins. So Field rode the Durham-St. Petersburg-Columbus-Rochester-Minneapolis "Super Shuttle" in 2018, hitting a combined 222/254/403 with 13 doubles, nine HR & 21 RBI, four SB (no CS), and 7/72 BB/K in 83 MLB games (233 PA) with the Rays and Twins.
In his last full season in the minors (2017 at AAA Durham), Field hit 261/303/425 with 35 doubles, 12 HR and 57 RBI, 12 SB (7 CS), and 26/98 BB/K in 111 games (480 PA). He plays all three OF positions and was a two-way player (RHP-OF) and a Collegiate Baseball High School All-American at Father Gorman HS in Las Vegas prior to enrolling in college, and he was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American at U. of A. in 2011.
Field is an athletic defender with a plus-arm and he features XBH pop at the plate and speed on the bases, but he has contact issues and rarely walks. In his last two full seasons in the minors he hit for a higher AVG and drew more walks versus LHP but displayed more HR-power and struck out a bit more against RHP.
With the addition of Field, the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) now stands at 36 (four slots are open), although (again) the open slots won't stay open much longer because the five Cubs on the MLB 60-day DL (RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Justin Hancock, RHP Brandon Morrow, LHP Drew Smyly, and OF Mark Zagunis) must be reinstated no later than 5 PM (Eastern) tomorrow (Friday).
And as very well could be the case with yesterday's waiver claim (LHRP Jerry Vasto), the Cubs may try and outright Field themselves. The fact that he got all the way to the Cubs without being claimed by another club (the Cubs have the #25 waiver claim priority) means they would have a pretty good chance of getting him through waivers if they put him back on the wire right away. And just as with Vasto, there are no off-season restrictions on outrighting Field, either (he cannot elect free-agency if outrighted, he doesn't have enough minor league service time to be a Rule 55 minor league 6YFA, and he does not have Draft-Excluded status).
crunch 2 hours 42 min ago (view)
"Per ESPN.com's Jeff Passan, Major League Baseball's executive council has granted the Rays permission to explore a plan that would allow them to start the season playing home games in Tampa Bay and finish their home schedule in Montreal. "
Jackstraw 4 hours 10 min ago (view)
Chatwood announced as starter for tonight, but since Alzolay was scheduled to go for Iowa today I don't think it's a fluke he was called up. He could piggyback nicely after Chatwood throws 96 pitches in 4 innings with 9 Ks and 5 walks.
Arizona Phil 5 hours 49 min ago (view)
The Cubs could give Alzolay three starts (6/20 vs NYM, 6/25 vs ATL, and 6/30 at CIN), then option him to the minors on 7/1 when (presumably) Craig Kimbrel and Tony Barnette are brought up, then leave Alzolay at Iowa for 14 days through the All-Star Break, and recall him to start the game on 7/15 or 7/16 vs CIN (if Hendricks isn't ready to come off the IL after the ASB).
Arizona Phil 6 hours 1 min ago (view)
The thing about Tim Collins is that because he has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), he must give his consent each time he is optioned or outrighted to the minors, and while he obviously did give his consent when he was optioned to the minors after being signed in March and then again in April and again in May after brief call-ups to MLB, he is no longer willing to do it, and so to get him off the 25-man roster, the Cubs have no choice but to release him (if he isn't traded or claimed off waivers sometime in the next seven days).
George Altman 17 hours 20 min ago (view)
The Adbert Alzolay era begins tomorrow. Collins DFAd
Eric S 18 hours 30 min ago (view)
Ozzie Albies routinely loses his helmet while running the bases - his helmet even has a parody twitter account.
crunch 18 hours 34 min ago (view)
MIL lost, so the cubs are in 1st by a half game.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 36 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released LHRP Brian Duensing.
Duensing was sent outright to AAA Iowa at the end of Spring Training (because he has Article XIX-A rights Duensing had to consent to the assignment), and was placed on the I-Cubs 7-day IL on May 12th.
So the Cubs are on the hook for Duensing's entire $3.5M salary, unless he signs a major league contract with another club (not too likely).
Arizona Phil 18 hours 41 min ago (view)
The Cubs have signed second-contract FA RHRP Willians Vasquez to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to DSL Cubs #2.
Now 22, W. Vasquez was signed by the Atlanta Braves as an 18-year old J-2 IFA out of Venezuela in 2015, and he spent three seasons in the DSL prior to being released by the Braves this past February.
crunch 19 hours 41 min ago (view)
lester goes 5.2ip and gives up 3 runs. it wasn't pretty, but it wasn't ugly.
crunch 19 hours 56 min ago (view)
Charlie 19 hours 58 min ago (view)
He loves it almost as much as Javy loves insisting on replays.
crunch 20 hours 12 min ago (view)
...and a flawless throw to nail t.anderson trying to steal 3rd.
crunch 20 hours 23 min ago (view)
is there anyone in baseball who loves to shed their helmet while running as much as almora?
crunch 20 hours 52 min ago (view)
...and a solo HR. all 5 RBIs belong to him after 3 innings.
crunch 21 hours 29 min ago (view)
contreras grand slam!
3rd of his cubs career.