Cubs Take the Field

The Cubs have claimed 26-year old OF 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).  

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What’s the date after which players outrighted (who have the ability to elect free agency or delay the decision) would have to wait until the end of the 2019 season to do so (if they choose to delay?

jdmym: An Article XX-D player on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) does not have the option to defer free-agency until after the conclusion of the 2019 MLB regular season until the player signs a 2019 contract. 

lester/hendricks/hamels/darvish/q (in no set-in-stone order)

montgomery/chatwood backing things up as long men.

even though there's no solid ace, the 1-5 are all solid upper-end rotation guys and that's a nice trade-off...unless you end up in a 1-game wildcard playoff.

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  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 34 min ago (view)

    AZL Cubs #2 RHSP Willy Cabrera, RHSP Danis Correa, LHRP Riger Fernandez, and LHRP Josh Sawyer to the 60-day Injured List, so they are likely out for year (they won't be eligible to be reinstated until the final week of the AZL season). 

     

  • crunch 2 hours 40 min ago (view)

    sigh strop...

    ...and of course it's eloy that gives the WSox the 9th inning lead.

     

  • Charlie 3 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Speaking from experience, those can nag.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 31 min ago (view)

    ham gets 2500 Ks in the top 3rd.

     

  • crunch 4 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Jordan Bastian‏ @MLBastian

    GM Jed Hoyer said Hendricks is dealing with an impingement in his throwing shoulder: "I feel like we got ahead of it. We're not sure how much time he'll miss, but we'll try to take it slow and take the length of the season into account."

     

  • crunch 6 hours 1 min ago (view)

    schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / ham / descalso(2nd)

     

  • Eric S 7 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Kimbrel pitched the 7th inning for the Iowa Cubs today - he threw 8 pitches (6 strikes) to three batters getting a fly out to center, a groundout to third and swinging K. Nice start!

     

  • Karl Pagel Blues 9 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Thank you, Phil. Have you ever considered doing your own podcast? Your grasp on baseball history is fantastic. 

     

  • Karl Pagel Blues 9 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Thank you, Mike. 

     

  • Mike Wellman 18 hours 10 min ago (view)

    And 71 games in, the C-Cubs & I-Cubs are in a dead heat @ 39-32...

     

  • Craig A. 20 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Thanks very much, Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 53 min ago (view)

    CRAIG A: SS Ernie Banks and 2B Gene Baker arrived on the same day in September 1953, although Banks made his MLB game debut three days before Baker.

     

  • crunch 1 day 57 min ago (view)

    i think gene baker was technically the first signed, but ernie banks was the first to suit up and play.  baker was injured when ernie made his debut.

     

  • JoePepitone 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    He only mentioned his second wife in his autobiography, Mr. Cub.  I was surprised to find out from his Wikipedia page that he had been married before Eloyce (wife #2), having read Mr. Cub back in 1971 right after it came out.  I guess when you write your autobiography, you get to put in only the parts you want to talk about.

     

  • Craig A. 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Banks was the first African- American Cub wasn’t he?  Was there a lot of drama with that?  

     

  • BobbyD 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    He was a hero to me growing up, and now maybe not so much. Sad and probably (?) better how things have changed. I'm sure in the 60s whatever Addison did would have never bubbled up to us fans... But thanks for the review-so-far!