Projected Post-2019 Cubs Off-Season Roster
As things stand right now at the 2019 MLB All-Star Break....
PROJECTED POST-2019 CUBS MLB RESERVE LIST: 37 players
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Brad Brach (2020 club option will be declined, then Brach will exercise player option - see OTHER below)
Yu Darvish (will not opt-out)
Oscar de la Cruz
Carl Edwards Jr
Kendall Graveman (2020 club option will be exercised)
* Danny Hultzen (eligible to be 6YFA - will be added to 40 no later than 5th day after final game of World Series)
* Jon Lester
Dakota Mekkes (Rule 5 Draft eligible - will be added to 40 by 11/20)
Tyson Miller (Rule 5 Draft eligible - will be added to 40 by 11/20)
* Jose Quintana (club option will be exercised)
Colin Rea (eligible to be 6YFA - will be added to 40 no later than 5th day after final game of World Series)
* Kyle Ryan
* Justin Steele
Miguel Amaya (Rule 5 Draft eligible - will be added to 40 by 11/20)
# Victor Caratini
P. J. Higgins (Rule 5 Draft eligible - will be added to 40 by 11/20)
Jhonny Pereda (eligible to be 6YFA - will be added to 40 no later than 5th day after final game of World Series)
# Robel Garcia
Trent Giambrone (Rule 5 Draft eligible - will be added to 40 by 11/20)
* Anthony Rizzo (club option will be exercised)
Zack Short (Rule 5 Draft eligible - will be added to 40 by 11/20)
# Ian Happ
* Jason Heyward (will not opt-out)
* Kyle Schwarber
Mark Zagunis (will be out of minor league options in 2020)
ARTICLE XX-B MLB FREE-AGENT (at 9 AM Eastern on day after final game of World Series): 8
Tony Barnette, P (club option will be declined but he could be released prior to conclusion of regular season)
* Xavier Cedeno, P (or he could even be released prior to conclusion of regular season if roster slot is needed)
Steve Cishek, P
* Cole Hamels, p (Cubs will extend an Article XX-B Qualifying Offer and Hamels might accept it)
Brandon Kintzler, P
Brandon Morrow, P (club option will be declined)
Pedro Strop, P
# Ben Zobrist, INF-OF
NOTE: They won't receive a Qualifying Offer, but Cubs might try and re-sign Cishek, Kintzler, and/or Strop (but at most no more than two of the three) to 2020 MLB contract after they become free-agents, but Barnette, Cedeno, Morrow, and Zobrist will not be offered 2020 contracts.
DFA/OUTRIGHTED POST-2019 (sometime prior to 5 PM Eastern on 5th day after final game of World Series): 5
Alec Mills, P (will be out of minor league options in 2020 - see NOTE-2 below)
* Mike Montgomery, P (will elect to be Article XX-D free-agent if not claimed off waivers - see NOTE-1 below))
* Randy Rosario, P (will be out of minor league options in 2020 - see NOTE-2 below)
Addison Russell, INF (will elect to be Article XX-D free-agent if not claimed off waivers - see NOTE-1 below)
Duane Underwood Jr, RHP (will be out of minor league options in 2020 - see NOTE-2 below)
NOTE-1: While the Cubs would prefer to trade both Russell and Montgomery prior to placing them on Outright Assignment Waivers, one way or another both will not be with the Cubs in 2020.
NOTE-2: If not claimed off waivers and if outrighted to the minors, Mills, Rosario, and Underwood will be minor league 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on 5th day after final game of World Series, but Cubs will very likely attempt to re-sign them to 2020 minor league contracts (for MLB money and an NRI to Spring Training) after they become minor league free-agents (again, that's presuming player is not claimed off waivers). It's also possible that Mills and/or Underwood could be removed from the 40 prior to the conclusion of the MLB regular season if addtional roster slots are needed in September.
* Daniel Descalso, INF (could happen at any time during or after 2019 season if 40-man roster slot is needed, but no later than 11/20).
NON-TENDERED 12/2: 2
Taylor Davis, C-1B
Allen Webster, P (is out of minor league options)
NOTE: Cubs will attempt (hope) to re-sign T. Davis and Webster to 2020 minor league contracts (for MLB money & NRI to Spring Training) after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft, the idea of the non-tender being to remove the player from the MLB 40-man roster without taking the chance that the player could be claimed off waivers, and then signing him after (rather than before) the Rule 5 Draft so that he won't be selected in the Rule 5 Draft after signing a 2020 minor league contract. (The Cubs were able to select RHRP Hector Rondon in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft only because the Cleveland Indians signed him to a 2013 minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft instead of waiting to sign him to a minor league contract until after the draft).
Brad Brach, P (will be released only if 40-man roster slot is needed for another player, otherwise will remain on 40 going into Spring Training).
crunch 3 min 43 sec ago (view)
1h 50min into the game and they're through 4 innings.
yesterday's game was 3h 45m.
crunch 1 hour 22 min ago (view)
lester seems to be leaving off where he was for the last couple months of the season in 2019.
no one should take anything from a february spring training start...NONETHELESS...this outing looked a lot like the ones he spent in the last couple months of the season with batters sitting around waiting to swing at lester fastballs and laying off everything else.
crunch 21 hours 56 min ago (view)
he paced for 20+HR last year and might have done it if he wasn't on unpaid leave for a while. i'd handicap him as a 15-20HR guy at worst rather than saying 20HR solid. it's probably a safer range.
his D isn't up there with the all-time greats of the game, but it's well above average for a young guy (turned 26 last month) who can also provide some pop. i think more than a few teams could slot him in as a middle IF starter without having much internal competition.
Rob Richardson 22 hours 27 min ago (view)
He hit 20+ HR only once and that was four years ago. He has a career OBP of 312, a career SLG of 392, and is his SS defense really that special anymore?
crunch 23 hours 45 min ago (view)
kinda crazy a.russell is still a free agent.
he's not the first and probably not the last domestic abuser to "serve his time" and find contracts to sign. there's a 20HR guy who plays great D at SS sitting out there while spring training is going down without him.
i wonder how much he's demanding (if that's an issue at all) vs teams that want no part of him...
First.Pitch.120 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
Don't forget the awesome taste of RizzO's !!!
crunch 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
ha. also, this reminds me that Grand Slam cereal existed in the late 90s. it was basically Kix with the marshmallows from Lucky Charms (in baseball items shape). it was actually really good.
Charlie 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
I just love cereal so much
bradsbeard 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
Yeah, both of those guys have some versatility. Could make a nice platoon if it ever came to that.
bradsbeard 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
Rooting for General Mills?
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
I like that they're trying Robel and Giambrone all over the diamond.
Charlie 1 day 23 hours ago (view)
I'll just be here salivating over the possibility of observing a sub-70MPH curve ball. :)
Rooting for Mills in general. Seems like fun as a 5th starter.
crunch 2 days 52 min ago (view)
dusty baker + adam greenberg piece...
Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 57 min ago (view)
Man this Dodger broadcast is garbage.
Sonicwind75 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
Thanks Phil for these breakdowns. Really helpful.