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).
jdrnym 2 hours 55 min ago (view)
AZPHIL, has there been official word as to whether the 26-man roster has been extended down to the minor league levels that previously had 25-man rosters? Can't really think of a reason why that shouldn't be the case...
Arizona Phil 7 hours 50 min ago (view)
Another possibility for a "26th man" in 2020 would be a young pitcher selected in the Rule 5 Draft who has big league upside but who is clearly not yet "big league ready," or a pitcher who is out of minor league options who might not be quite MLB ready.
Cubster 9 hours 56 min ago (view)
Just sign Rick Reuschel and lets move on
crunch 10 hours 38 min ago (view)
"Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Scott Kazmir will throw for MLB teams this week.
The 36-year-old Kazmir hasn't thrown in the majors since the 2016 season, but he recently told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he that he hit 90.9 mph with his fastball during a bullpen session."
someone put another bottle of left-in-the-car warm water under the cubs hot stove and let's get this one done! woo!
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
bryce harper ruined that bat dragging thing for everyone after his ejection years ago at the junior college world series.
also, hurrah for baseball making it's return.
JustSayin' 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
College ball started Saturday. Umpire egos in D1 baseball are not that much smaller than in the pros, so of course there was a controversy. In the late innings of a game in the weekend's biggest series (Michigan vs.
crunch 3 days 27 sec ago (view)
the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall)...so the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.
btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while. the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him. that signing probably is in the bag.
Wrigley Rat 3 days 2 hours ago (view)
I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: https://www.cubshq.com/print/news.do?id=16441&isNe... Does anyone know if this sounds legit?
Arizona Phil 4 days 6 hours ago (view)
Minnie Minoso was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 47 and Julio Franco was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 49, so Mexican League teams clearly do not have a problem with signing older players.
And of course the ageless Satchel Paige was still working as a SP in AAA (with the Miami Marlins) into his early 50's (and prior to that he pitched in MLB as late as age 46).
crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)
b.colon has signed to a mexican league team. woo old dudes. he turns 47 in may...believed by some to be older.
Cubster 4 days 15 hours ago (view)
Replacing someone like David DeJesus?
crunch 5 days 8 hours ago (view)
mark grace returns to chicago as an analyst/on-air-talent for Marquee.
he won't be part of the main game calling crew, but will be doing support content during games.
Eric S 5 days 11 hours ago (view)
Increasing levels of smoke concerning a possible Arenado/KB trade
Get Arenado to agree to push back his opt out a few years or so down the road and this could work out nicely for the Cubs
Arizona Phil 6 days 2 hours ago (view)
Jason Kipnis (like Brandon Morrow) was a post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a 2020 minor league contract, so he gets a $100K retention bonus and an automatic June 1st player opt-out if he is not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB 40-man roster or MLB 60-day IL by 12 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day.
Arizona Phil 6 days 2 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have signed post-2019 second-contract minor league FA catcher Jordan Procyshen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.
Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 4 hours ago (view)
Q could be subbed in for any of those too