Cubs Post-2019 Draft-Excluded Players

So with the Cubs selecting the contract of LHRP Danny Hultzen from AAA Iowa today, Hultzen becomes the Cubs first 2019 Draft-Excluded Player.  

In addition to being a Draft-Excluded Player (which limits what the Cubs can do with him in the off-season, especially after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft), Hultzen is also out of minor league options (so he can't be optioned to Iowa if he doesn't make the Cubs 2020 Opening Day 25-man roster), and he can elect free-agency if he is outrighted (because he has been outrighted previously in his career).


MLB RULE 6: DRAFT -EXCLUDED PLAYER

A "Draft-Excluded Player" is any minor league player who has accrued less than three years of MLB Service Time and who is eligible for selection in the MLB Rule 5 Draft, whose contract is selected, and who is added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) between August 15th and the Rule 5 Draft.

1. A Draft-Excluded Player can be non-tendered on 12/2, released, or traded at any time, but he cannot be sent to the minors by Optional Assignment beginning with the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until 20 days prior to MLB Opening Day.

2. A Draft-Excluded Player can be sent outright to the minors only if Outright Assignment Waivers are requested no later than 2 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the final game of the World Series, and if a Draft-Excluded Player is not outrighted to the minors prior to the Rule 5 Draft, the player cannot be Designated for Assignment or sent outright to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to the start of the MLB regular season.

CUBS PLAYERS WITH POST-2019 RULE 6 DRAFT-EXCLUDED STATUS: (last updated 9-7-2019)
Danny Hultzen, LHP  

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OF Mark Zagunis made it through waivers and he has been sent outright to AAA Iowa; 

Two good things about outrighting Zagunis are that he cannot elect free-agency if outrighted - AND - he is not eligible to be a minor leaue 6YFA until post-2020, so the Cubs will have him under control through next season (presuming he isn't selected in the Rule 5 Draft).

However, it is unlikely that Zagunis will get selected in the Rule 5 Draft in December since he wasn't claimed off waivers in September. ($100K Rule 5 Draft price vs $50K waiver claim price). 

Machado’s injury most unfortunate - he hurt it legging out an IF hit in the 1st inning AFTER the I-Cubs clinched their division last weeken. If he’d been enjoying a day off as other regs were that day he’d b in line for his just reward for a fine season - he’s a smooth ss & a patient hitter w/ some pop...

MIKE W: Yes, Dixon Machado would have been an ideal MLB SS replacement, now especially with the injury to Baez. Zack Short has MLB upside (especially defensively), but he lacks the experience of Machado. 

Nico Hoerner will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the AFL starting in about a week, so if he lights it up there he conceivably could get called-up to MLB in the post-season.

Note that if Hoerner were to be called-up this season (either in September or during the post-season), he would get - FOUR - minor league options (2020-23) instead of the normal three, which would make a 2019 Hoerner call-up a bit less problematic for the Cubs.   

Russell hit in head by fastball to start 3rd. Looked ugly But replay shows glancing off some of helmet. Nosebleed but seems alert.  They let him stay in game. We shall see...then steals 2nd base!

and we’re tied on a Bote single then bad throw by Yelich. Then Lester doubles, 2-1 Lead! Zobrist doubles, 3-1.

Not only are we letting Milwaukee have life again, we’re letting the shitbirds extend the near insurmountable lead.

Gonna have to go at least 5-2 in last 7 vs StL.

Looks like Nico Hoerner might be heading to the big leagues: https://www.cubsinsider.com/2019/09/09/report-cubs... Need to make room for him on the 40-man & 25-man rosters. What impact will this have on his team control going forward Arizona Phil? Since it's late in the year, does he qualify for a 4th option?

I think 4th option is based on how many years since first entering professional baseball. I defer to AZP on that of course.

Excited to see what Hoerner can do, but I think this def costs someone who may have been protected from upcoming rule 5 draft their 40 man spot this November, as Hoerner wasn’t yet eligible for draft in that yet. Desperate times, though...

My guess would be Zack Short, because they could’ve called him up but brought up Hoerner instead.

He’d be my guess too. Him or Giambrone.

Presuming Nico Hoerner is added to the 40 this year, he will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2023.

It's somewhat similar to when the Cubs added Kris Bryant to the 40 in April 2015 or Ian Happ to the 40 in May 2017, in both cases two years before they were Rule 5 Draft eligible. Both had four minor league options available when they were added to the 40, but the projected 4th minor league option went away once Bryant and Happ spent a season on the 40 without being optioned. 

So Hoerner's 4th minor leaue option is only available in 2023 - IF - he uses three minor league options 2020-22.  

As for how this will impact the 40-man roster right now, the Cubs could just recall LHSP Justin Steele from his Optional Assignment and place him on the 60-day IL. (He has been out since June with an oblique or lat strain). With only three weeks left in the season, adding Steele would cost the Cubs about $60K in additional MLB payroll -- the difference between the MLB minimum salary ($3,000 per day) and Steele's first-year minor league split salary (about $250 per day) over 21 days. Steele would also accrue about 21 days of MLB Service Time (no big deal at this point), but accruing MLB Service Time in 2019 would mean that the Cubs would not be able to outright Steele to the minors during the off-season or during Spring Training if he were to suffer a major injury (again, probably not that big of a deal in the big picture).  

Or LHRP Randy Rosario (who has seemingly been supplanted on the Cubs MLB roster by Brad Wieck and Danny Hultzen and at AAA Iowa by Wyatt Short and Jordan Minch) could get DFA'd, especially since he will be out of minor league options in 2020 and thus will have no value as a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider.  

As for how adding Hoerner to the 40 will impact who the Cubs add (or don't added) to the 40 on 11/20  (pre-Rule 5 Draft), it probably means either SS Zack Short or INF-OF Trent Giambrone will not be added to the 40 (both were 50/50 to get added). 

Calling up Nico Hoerner now probably means that either Zack Short or Aramis Ademan will get Hoerner's slot in the AFL. Both would benefit from playing in the AFL (it would help the Cubs make a 40-man roster decision on Z. Short more easily because they can watch him hit against upper-level pitching for six weeks and Ademan just needs more reps against more-advanced pitchers so that he will be more-ready to advance to AA in 2020). 

Upon further review, I would call up both Nico Hoerner - AND - Zack Short, so that you can pinch-hit for one and still have the other one available to play SS (both are legit shortstops). 

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  • Eric S 1 min 49 sec ago (view)

    The MLB team Player Pools may soon be bumped up to 75 players from the current 60 player limit - which would make a lot of sense. 

    https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/08/14/mlb-reportedly-considering-bumping-60-man-player-pools-up-to-75-players/

     

  • crunch 1 hour 58 min ago (view)

    "Chicago Cubs  @Cubs
    Our Aug. 7-9 series at St. Louis has been rescheduled as three 7-inning doubleheaders at Wrigley Field.

    #Cubs will be home team for Game 1. Cardinals home team for Game 2."

     

  • Eric S 2 hours 9 min ago (view)

    It's been fantastic how little use the pen has had (relatively) thanks to the starters going for six-seven innings. Hopefully Chatwood keeps the line moving tonight. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 53 min ago (view)

    I agree with all of this except maybe Tepera. I'd put him firmly in ??? territory. I feel like he's looked better than his results but it's hard to say given small sample size.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Managerial change making a difference I think. Hopefully the changes to the amateur scouting department also bears fruit

     

  • Cubster 17 hours 38 min ago (view)

    David Ross might be worthy of a little credit, especially sorting out the bullpen issues.

     

  • crunch 17 hours 42 min ago (view)

    this team is amazing.  i want more than 60 games of this.  darvish since mid-season last year has been great stuff.

    also, wick got to close.  kimbrel hasn't worked in quite a while.

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 24 min ago (view)

    39 pitch inning by Burnes.

     

  • crunch 18 hours 59 min ago (view)

    "allegedly"

    ...well, it is true that's the plan...but...umm..."allegedly"

     

  • QuietMan 19 hours 9 min ago (view)

    Cubs to play double headers Monday and Wednesday against the Cardinals.

     

  • Eric S 20 hours 52 sec ago (view)

    Ha! Hope Nico goes on a heater!

     

  • Cubster 20 hours 6 min ago (view)

    "Not thrilled"...as if on cue, Nico leads off with a double and a later Schwarbsbomb.

     

  • Eric S 22 hours 10 sec ago (view)

    Updated Bullpen tiers:

    Tier 1 (Closer/Firemen)

    Wick and Jeffress (interchangeable)

    Tier 2 (Preferred Setup roles)

    Tepera, Sadler, Rea (!)

    Tier 3 (Face lefties exclusively if possible)

    Ryan (has to get that fastball out of mid-80s or head to South Bend)

    Winkler 

    Tier 4 (Long man innings eater)

    Underwood 

    Tier 10 (reserved for use when either up or down by 10+ runs)

    Kimbrel

    I think that covers it?

     

  • Jackstraw 23 hours 29 min ago (view)

    Wait.  The bullpen can get worse?  That's unpossible.

     

  • Eric S 23 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Well, shoot.

    Here we go again: Nico, Rizzo, Javy, Willson, Schwarber (LF), Happ, Bote, Souza, Caratini

    Not thrilled with Nico leading off when the greatest leadoff hitter in baseball history was available but whatever 

     

  • crunch 1 day 5 min ago (view)

    bryant was supposedly gonna be in the lineup but he has left ring finger and wrist hurties.