2019 Cubs Spring Training Uniform Numbers
3/28 (MLB OPENING DAY) ABSOLUTE FINAL UPDATE:
LHP Brian Duensing (who was Designated for Assigment this past Sunday) has cleared waivers and has accepted an Outright Assignment to AAA Iowa.
Because he has Article XIX-A status (player has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), Duensing had to give his permission before he could be sent to ther minors.
3/28 (MLB OPENING DAY) PRE-GAME FINAL UPDATE:
And to get down to the MLB Opening Day 25-man Active List roster limit, the Cubs have indeed placed RHRP Tony Barnette (right shoulder inflammation), LHRP Xavier Cedeno (left wrist inflammation), and RHRP Brandon Morrow (November 2018 right elbow debridement surgery) on their MLB 10-day Injured List retroactive to March 25th (which is the furthest back the assignments can be backdated).
LHP Kyle Ryan has been optioned to AAA Iowa, and RHRP Allen Webster has been sent to Minor League Camp.
So the Cubs MLB Active Roster now stands at 28, three above the MLB Opening Day limit of 25 players.
The three remaining moves that will get the Cubs Opening Day roster down to 25 will very likely involve placing RHP Tony Barnette (right shoulder), LHP Xavier Cedeno (left wrist), and RHP Brandon Morrow (November 2018 elbow surgery) on the MLB 10-day Injured List, retroactive to Monday 3/25.
NOTE: A 10-day Injured List assignment can be backdated up to three days -- including the three days prior to MLB Opening Day -- as long as the player being placed on the 10-day Injured List did not play in an MLB regular season game(s) and/or MLB Cactus League or Grapefruit League game(s) during the backdated period.
The Cubs have signed FA LHRP Tim Collins to an MLB contract, and LHRP Brian Duensing has been Designated for Assignment to make room on the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) for Collins.
Collins accepted an Optional Assignment to Iowa after signing with the Cubs, and because he has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), he had to give his consent before he could be sent to the minors.
Collins was an Article XX-B MLB free-agent post-2018, and he signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins in February, so just like Junichi Tazawa and the Cubs, the Twins would have had to pay Collins a $100K retention bonus and he would would have received an automatic June 1st opt-out if the Twins hadn't released him (or added him to their MLB 40-man roster) by yesterday's deadline.
So the Cubs now have seven days to either release or trade Duensing.
The Cubs have released RHRP Junichi Tazawa.
In addition, RHRP Dillon Maples, C-1B Taylor Davis, and INF-OF Ian Happ were optioned to AAA Iowa.
Also, NRI INF Cristhian Adames and OF Johnny Field have been assigned to Minor League Camp.
So the Cubs MLB Active List now stands at 30, with one NRI (RHRP Allen Webster) still in MLB Camp as well.
The Cubs must reduce their Active List to 25 players by MLB Opening Day (Thursday 3/28).
An injured or ill player on a club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) can be placed on the club's MLB 10-day Injured List beginning on Opening Day, but the assignment can be backdated up to three days (including the three days prior to MLB Opening Day) as long as the player did not play in an MLB regular season game(s) and/or MLB Cactus League game(s) or Grapefruit League game(s) during the backdated period.
The Cubs have optioned RHSP Alec Mills to Iowa. Mills suffered a lower back strain a couple of weeks ago and so he could not be optioned to the minors until he was healthy enough to pitch.
The Cubs have optioned RHP James Norwood, RHP Duane Underwood Jr, and RHP Rowan Wick to AAA Iowa.
In addition, twelve NRI players (RHP Christian Bergman, RHP Matt Carasiti, RHP George Kontos, RHP Dakota Mekkes, LHP Mike Zagurski, C Francisco Arcia, C P. J. Higgins, 1B-OF Jim Adduci, INF Ryan Court, INF Philip Evans, INF Trent Giambrone, and INF Zach Short) have been sent to Minor League Camp.
So the Cubs MLB Camp roster now stands at 38 (including four NRI).
First "batch cut" from Cubs MLB Camp:
The Cubs have optioned RHP Adbert Alzolay and RHP Jen-Ho Tseng to AAA Iowa and RHP Oscar de la Cruz and LHP Justin Steele to AA Tennessee (although he is on the Restricted List, de la Cruz was optioned so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time while on the MLB-MLBPA JDV suspension), sent LHP Alberto Baldonado, RHP Craig Brooks, LHP Ian Clarkin, RHP Carlos Ramirez, LHP Colin Rea, RHP Duncan Robinson, C Ian Rice, OF Charcer Burks, OF Jacob Hannemann, and OF Evan Marzilli to Minor League Camp, and released RHP Rob Scahill (who was signed to a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training).
And as I have mentioned before, players who are optioned to the minors or sent to Minor League Camp can continue to play in MLB Cactus League games.
2/7 ORIGINAL POST:
2019 CUBS SPRING TRAINING UNIFORM NUMBERS
NOTE 1: These are preliminary and are subject to change
NOTE 2: Several Spring Training Instructors are wearing duplicate numbers
NOTE 3: Numbers 4, 39, and 49 are not assigned at this time (Cubs do not issue #69)
1 Terrmel Sledge, ASSISTANT HITTING COACH
2 Mark Zagunis, OF
3 Daniel Descalso, INF
3 David Ross, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
5 Albert Almora Jr, OF
6 Carl Edwards Jr, P
7 Victor Caratini, C-1B
8 Ian Happ, OF-INF
9 Javy Baez, INF
9 Randy Hundley, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
11 Yu Darvish, P
12 Kyle Schwarber, OF
13 David Bote, INF
15 Brandon Morrow, P
16 Junichi Tazawa, P (NON-ROSTER)
17 Kris Bryant, INF
18 Ben Zobrist, INF-OF
19 Mark Loretta, BENCH COACH
20 Brandon Kintzler, P
20 Kevin Youkilis, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
21 Tyler Chatwood, P
22 Jason Heyward, OF
23 Ryne Sandberg, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
24 Alec Mills, P
25 Will Venable, 1st BASE/OUTFIELD COACH
26 Billy Williams, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
27 Addison Russell, INF (RESTRICTED LIST)
28 Kyle Hendricks, P
29 Brad Brach, P
30 George Kontos, P (NON-ROSTER)
30 Ted Lilly, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
32 Brian Duensing, P
33 Tony Barnette, P
34 Jon Lester, P
34 Kerry Wood, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
35 Cole Hamels, P
36 Dillon Maples, P
37 Jim Adduci, 1B-OF (NON-ROSTER)
38 Mike Montgomery, P
40 Willson Contreras, C
40 Rick Sutcliffe, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
41 Steve Cishek, P
43 Anthony Iapoce, HITTING COACH
44 Anthony Rizzo, 1B
45 Xavier Cedeno, P
46 Pedro Strop, P
46 Ryan Dempster, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR
47 Randy Rosario, P
48 Mike Zagurski, P (NON-ROSTER)
50 Rowan Wick, P
51 Duane Underwood Jr, P
52 Jen-Ho Tseng, P
53 Taylor Davis, C-1B
54 Charcer Burks, OF (NON-ROSTER)
55 Brian Butterfield, 3rd BASE/INFIELD COACH
56 Kyle Ryan, P
57 James Norwood, P
58 Mike Borzello, CATCHING/STRATEGY COACH
59 Kendall Graveman, P
60 Francisco Arcia, C (NON-ROSTER)
61 Allen Webster, P (NON-ROSTER)
62 Jose Quintana, P
63 Juan Cabreja, PRE-GAME FIELD COORDINATOR
64 Carlos Ramirez, P (NON-ROSTER)
65 Franklin Font, ASSISTANT BULLPEN COACH
66 Ryan Court, INF-OF (NON-ROSTER)
67 Rob Scahill, P (NON-ROSTER)
67 Doug Dascenzo, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Outfield Coordinator)
68 Tommy Hottovy, PITCHING COACH
70 Joe Maddon, MANAGER
71 Oscar de la Cruz, P (RESTRICTED LIST)
72 Craig Brooks, P (NON-ROSTER)
73 Adbert Alzolay, P
74 Justin Steele, P
75 Jacob Hannemann, OF (NON-ROSTER)
76 Chris Denorfia, QUALITY CONTROL COACH
77 Evan Marzilli, OF (NON-ROSTER)
78 Matt Carasiti, P (NON-ROSTER)
79 Christian Bergman, P (NON-ROSTER)
80 Colin Rea, P (NON-ROSTER)
81 Phillip Evans, INF (NON-ROSTER)
82 Ian Clarkin, P (NON-ROSTER)
83 Johnny Field, OF (NON-ROSTER)
84 Ian Rice, C-1B (NON-ROSTER)
85 Trent Giambrone, INF-OF (NON-ROSTER)
86 P. J. Higgins, C-INF (NON-ROSTER)
87 Alberto Baldonado, P (NON-ROSTER)
88 Mike Mason, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Assistant Pitching Coordinator)
89 Dakota Mekkes, P (NON-ROSTER)
89 Mark Johnson, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Catching Coordinator)
90 Duncan Robinson, P (NON-ROSTER)
90 Rod Nichols, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AAA Iowa pitching coach)
91 Zack Short, INF (NON-ROSTER)
91 Marty Pevey, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AAA Iowa manager)
92 Cristhian Adames, INF (NON-ROSTER)
92 Brendan Sagara, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Pitching Coordinator)
93 Carlos Chantres, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Assistant Pitching Coordinator)
94 Jeremy Farrell, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Field Coordinator)
95 Chad Noble, BULLPEN CATCHER
96 Jonathan Mota, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Infield Coordinator)
97 Chris Valaika, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (Minor League Hitting Coordinator)
98 Terry Clark, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AA Tennessee pitching coach)
99 Desi Wilson, SPRING TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (AAA Iowa hitting coach)
00 Lester Strode, BULLPEN COACH
crunch 1 hour 33 min ago (view)
it's not like i think he's something special, but if he had 5mph more on his stuff he'd probably be a top prospect in the system combined with his command/control. he's got highly repeatable junk and he's still young enough there might be a little more velocity to discover.
Arizona Phil 4 hours 47 min ago (view)
CRUNCH: As long as Carrera is placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 he should be safe from selection, and I would say he is in fact close to a lock to be placed on the Iowa roster.
Presuming he is on the Iowa reserve list going into the Rule 5 Draft, I doubt very much that he would get selected in the Major League Phase because he hasn't pitched above Lo-A.
crunch 4 hours 58 min ago (view)
i'm low-key keeping an eye on faustino carrera if he's not protected...which he may not be protected.
he throws junk, but he throws it well, and with great control.
Arizona Phil 5 hours 17 min ago (view)
I've talked to Player Development people over the past many years about the Rule 5 Draft and how an organization goes about deciding whether to protect or not protect a player from selection.
STEP 1: How many of your Rule 5 Draft-eligible players are actually legit candidates to get selected in the Major League Phase?. Usually there a dozen or more who could conceivably/realisticaly get selected. You need to identify them and then carefully evaluate them.
EXAMPLES: See my lists above.
crunch 7 hours 57 min ago (view)
"There are no untouchables," Epstein said.
In truth, the Cubs boss has said the same every year, but it certainly sounds like he means it this time. "We're in the 'information collecting' stages of the process," one general manager put it on Tuesday.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
I think, in relation to the higher profile guys like Javy or Contreras, they're trying to put some pressure on to sign extensions.
That said I do think they're listening on everyone with the only name I haven't seen being Rizzo.
crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)
i wonder where the cubs will go with things.
there's a lot pointing to the cubs being expected to listen to offers on almost anyone. as it is, on paper, the cubs could roll right into 2020 with no changes whatsoever and still field a very competitive team. the whole "shakeup" thing seems to be a very hot topic from a variety of sources, though.
bryant, contreras, schwarber have all been linked to "cubs may be listening" rumors...probably listening to anything on happ, bote, almora, russell, too...
Hagsag 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
Even the Cubs should be able to out bid the Marlins!
crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
"According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins are "believed" to have interest in free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos."
by interest, i assume they mean they'd like to have some baseball rookie cards or his or maybe a hug from him. i can't imagine they actually want to spend money on someone they could use to make their team better because that makes no sense.
Arizona Phil 2 days 19 hours ago (view)
Prior to joining the Cubs in 2012 Scott Harris was Director of Baseball Operations in the MLB office, which means he received, reviewed, and approved all major league and minor league contracts and transactions, as well as providing MLB clubs with schedules, rules updates, and draft information.
Cubster 3 days 3 hours ago (view)
Giants hire Scott Harris, from Cubs front office, as GM
Charlie 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
For anyone else who immediately wonders but is not invested enough to look it up, this is not Chris (Ryan) Young, former Padres starter and fisticuffs partner of Derrek Lee, but rather the two-years younger Chris Matthew Young.
crunch 4 days 17 hours ago (view)
rev up those off-season rumor fryers...
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.
crunch 4 days 22 hours ago (view)
former padres manager andy green is gonna be ross's bench coach.
green was c.rea's manager in SD, btw.
Arizona Phil 5 days 4 hours ago (view)
Last year the Cubs signed four free-agents to minor league contracts prior to the Rule 5 Draft: LHP Alberto Baldonado, OF Wynton Bernard, RHP Corey Black, and RHP Jose Rosario. All four were members of the Cubs organization in 2018 but declined to sign a 2019 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a free-agent, but then came back to the Cubs after briefly testing the free-agent waters.
crunch 5 days 8 hours ago (view)
chris young to be named new bullpen coach (former phillies pitching coach)
mixed messages on whether lester strode will have a new cubs role or leaving the cubs...