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62 players are at MLB Spring Training 

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
22 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-27-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 21
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 5  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 4 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 8
Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 2 
* Owen Caissie  
* David Peralta
 



Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Projected 2021 Cubs Alternate Training Site Roster

3/31 UPDATE:

Waivers were secured and the Cubs have sent INF Ildemaro Vargas outright to AAA Iowa and he will be assigned to the Alternate Training Site (ATS), the Cubs have signed INF Andrew Romine (Austin's brother) to a 2021 minor league contract and he will be assigned to the ATS, RHP James Norwood has been Designated for Assignment and he cannot be assigned to the ATS while he is a Designated Player, and RHP Tyson Miller is on the Cubs MLB CoiViD-19 Related IL and he cannot be assigned to ATS until he is reinstated from the IL.

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3/29 ORIGINAL POST:

Here is the projected 28-man roster for the Cubs Alternate Training Site in South Bend that will be active until the start of the AAA regular season in May:
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PITCHERS: 16
Joe Biagini
Juan Gamez
* Ben Holmes
Jake Jewell
Trevor Megill
Ryan Meisinger
Shelby Miller
Tommy Nance
James Norwood
Michael Rucker
* Kyle Ryan
* Justin Steele
Kohl Stewart
Robert Stock
Pedro Strop
* Brad Wieck

CATCHERS: 4
Erick Castillo
# Taylor Gushue
P. J. Higgins
# Jose Lobaton

INFIELDERS: 4
Abiatal Avelino
Trent Giambrone
Nico Hoerner
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Nick Martini
Cameron Maybin
* Ian Miller
* Rafael Ortega

Comments

I see P.J. Higgins is listed on the Alt. Roster. I guess there is still time to move him to the 26 man opening roster. I dont think Romaine will be ready.

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In reply to by Hagsag

I noticed that too. I think it's because Phil is assuming the Cubs are going to sign someone like Lucroy to fill in for Romine. Team has been quite hesitant to give the role to Higgins.

Also of note is Vargas is not included. He's a likely candidate to get grabbed off waivers.

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

I'm sure that's what they're trying to do right now! But this is also one of the easier times to pass players through waivers, as most teams aren't going to want to tell players who previously had made the opening day roster that they changed their minds, and the fact that so many players are being DFA'd right before the roster deadline

Do we know how many players they are allowed to have at the alternate site? Without a few more fielders they'll struggle to play actual games again. 

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In reply to by bradsbeard

BRADSBEARD: The ATS roster limit was set at 28, but like all things CoViD it is subject to change.

ATS teams will be playing three or four games a week versus other nearby ATS squads, although travel must be by ground tansportation with no overnighters. So clubs will be limited to playing other ATS squads that are located within a few hours drive time so that the round trip can be accomplished within the same day.  

Also, unlike last season the teams will not be playing just intrasquad / sim games, so the Cubs will have enough players with positional versatility to play "real" games versus other ATS teams. 

mlbtr says Dan Vogelbach has made the Brewers opening day roster. That should guarantee his $1.4M contract. Glad to see him stick around. 

Disclaimer: I'm going to pretend like I know what I'm talking about below. Please know that I'm just a geeky Cubs fan trying to make sense of the world! All of my thoughts are scattered and some might not even make sense. Sorry in advance. :) 
  • So I'm struggling with all the debate on Twitter and other social media about Rizzo's potential extension. Some are saying "sign him at any cost" because we owe it to him. Some are saying that we've low-balled him with a 4/$60 or 5/$70 million contract offer. But we all know that if the Cubs give Rizzo 5/$100 or something similar, the Cubs will eventually be lambasted for rewarding past experience for an aging veteran and missing out on potential free agent signings, trades, or extensions of our younger players. 

  • (Quick aside: The first two times Mark Grace hit free agency, he was only offered a one-year contract for the same salary as he made the year prior (actually a little less the second time). Only then was he rewarded with a five year contract (at the same rate of pay he had received the three prior years).) 

  • The fact of the matter is that there is a salary cap, and the Cubs spend right up to the luxury tax threshold almost every year. I think that's more than fair to ask. That being the case, if we want to pay 4-5 position players "what they're worth," then we'll have to cut back on pitcher salaries. When I did the math a month ago, I came to the understanding that we could offer Contreras, Rizzo, Baez, and Happ four year contracts worth $15/year (well below market value). OBVIOUSLY, they can each probably get more on the open market, so they would be choosing to stay with the Cubs and give a hometown discount. This would allow the Cubs to spend in other areas. If they didn't want to sign for that, it would become a deeper rebuild. Why give contracts to players who will be entering their 30's when you're about to start rebuilding the team with players in their early 20's? 

  • In my opinion, when negotiating several contracts in one off-season, it seems smart to start with the lowest salaried player and work towards the priciest so they don't compare themselves to the previously signed contract. I think the Cubs hoped to get Rizzo signed to a $15/year contract at a relatively short term. Then, do the same with Contreras since catchers don't age well and Willson is possibly on the wrong side of his peak performance. Baez and Bryant are as good as gone in my mind because I can't honestly pay them what they will likely get on the open market without KNOWING that it was a bad investment! Baez and Bryant are both "broken" in my mind and although they bring various levels of defense, excitement, power potential, and market attraction, I don't think they're worth more than $15 million per year to the Cubs. 

  • I'd honestly rather try to develop some players to replace them (we have a TON of promising young kids who should be able to play those positions in a few years) and fill in with free agents/replacement level players until they're ready. We need to spend our money on starting pitchers (aces like 2014 Jon Lester would be ideal) if they'll consider coming to the north side or if we have the trade capital to make it happen. We've got Henricks. I'm willing to overspend for free agents like Robbie Ray (if he finds his control this year) and Eduardo Rodriguez who could be available next off-season. Re-sign Davies and the best pitcher out of Arrieta, Williams and Miller, and then let Alzolay and Marquez duke it out for the spot starter role next year. And then try for some aces again the next off-season. 

  • So giving Rizzo 4/$60 works for me, but much more than that seems like a bad investment that might end up costing us a player down the line. At least the Cubs made an offer. Rizzo definitely was worth WAY MORE than this past contract, but GM's know not to reward past performance, only to reward future expected performance. Baseball is a business and there are limits to how much a team can spend. It's just unfortunate that it has to be so cut and dried for as awesome a person as Rizzo is. 

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In reply to by Wrigley Rat

rizzo's probably gonna want around 25m a year given he's got a great glove to match the 30 double/30 homer output with high .300's ob% (also a lefty).  he may be looking more than that.  it wouldn't be shocking if he was looking more considering his years of consistent performance.

great 1st baseman, but he's turning 32 in a few months.  he's also a guy who's a nearly sure thing to get a QO and decline it, so him leaving also comes with an extra bonus draft pick.

Sorry for the lack of gameday posts. I haven't been able to access the admin/writer side of the site.

I know it's just one game, but in a game where our bullpen looked shaky, Duane Underwood looked pretty damn good striking out the side. I bet it felt great for him too.

Th weather is more fitting baseball for game 2 -- highs in the 60s. Jake may not be thrilled, however, with the wind blowing out to RF and gusting in the 20s.

AZ Phil, couple questions  - your opinion:

1. Who gets DFAd when T. Miller comes of Covid19 IL?

2. When do you think full season MiLB rosters get finalized?

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In reply to by George Altman

GEORGE A: 

1. Not just Tyson Miller being on the CoViD-19 Related IL, but Shelby Miller (supposedly) has a player opt-out sometime in April or May, and given the way he threw at Spring Training I doubt that the Cubs will want to let him go just yet. So the Cubs might need two slots on the 40 (one for T. Miller and one for S. Miller) in the near future. 

As for how they get those two slots, it's always possible that one or two of the players presently on the MLB 10-day IL (Jonathan Holder, Austin Romine, and/or Rowan Wick) could be transferred to the 60-day IL. Of the three, Holder is probably the most-likely candidate to be transferred, but with Tony Wolters now on the roster, getting Romine back on the Active List is not quite as urgent. 

I would say right now the most-likely DFA candidates are Kohl Stewart, Kyle Ryan, and Brad Wieck, but it's always possible that Rossi might get frustrated with one or more of the relievers who started the season in the pen and somebody could get cut (traded or released). The only pitcher in the pen with a "usable" option is Jason Adam, and he is probably one of the most trusted guys out there. 

2. No official word yet on the minor league season or when it will start so all there is right now are reserve lists. What I have heard is that the de facto AAA group will remain at the Alternate Training Site (ATS) in South Bend until the AAA season starts (tentatively scheduled to begin the first week in May), but AA and the two single-A clubs will remain in Mesa indefinitely and might not start their seasons until June or maybe even July.

With the draft now pushed back to the All-Star Break, MLB originally planned for the two remaining U. S. short-season leagues (AZL and GCL) to run from mid-May to mid-October and be essentially Extended Spring Training / Instructs leagues with no official games or official stats, but that is still TBA. 

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In reply to by bradsbeard

BRADSBEARD: A couple or three things to keep in mind about Tony Wolters is that he was drafted and signed by the Indians out of HS as a SS in 2010, he played a lot of SS and 2B in the minors before being converted to catcher post-2012, and he has played 2B-3B-SS-LF in addition to catcher with the Rockies (with no errors in 25 MLB games at 2B).

So he has above-average speed and athleticism for a catcher, he has a career OBP of .394 in 33 MLB PA as a PH (way over his OBP as a starter), and his splits vs LHP and RHP are fairly even, although he has no power (he is a classic controlled-swing "singles hitter," which is a lot like P. J. Higgins' profile). 

The main problem is, although Wolters has a minor league option available, he will accrue five years of MLB Service Time as of 4/11, at which point he can't be optioned or outrighted to the minors without his consent, and I don't know if Austin Romine will be ready to be reinstated before 4/11. So it's very possible that the Cubs will keep Wolters as a 5th man on the bench (C-INF-LHPH) and cut back to an eight man bullpen when Romine is reinstated. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Remember, the only pitchers with "usable" options on the Cubs MLB 26-man roster right now are Jason Adam, Adbert Alzolay, and Trevor Williams, plus Jonathan Holder, Tyson Miller, and Rowan Wick whenever they are reinstated from the IL. 

Alec Mills, Dillon Maples, and Rex Brothers are out of minor league options, and everybody else (Arrieta, Chafin, Davies, Hendricks, Kimbrel, Tepera, Winkler, and Workman) has Article XIX-A status (meaning player must give his consent before he can be optioned or outrighted to the minors), and Brothers will attain Article XIX-A status on 4/9. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Rex Brothers and Tony Wolters reached five years of MLB Service Time this weekend, so Brothers now cannot be sent outright to the minors without his consent (he is out of minor league options) and Wolters (who has a minor league option left) now cannot be optioned or outrighted to the minors without his consent. 

Keep in mind that a player with Article XIX-A status can sign a waiver which allows the club to send the player to the minors without his consent within 45 days after being added to the 40-man roster, but Brothers and Wolters did not have Article XIX-A status when they were added to the 40 (they just got Article XIX-A status this weekend), so they could not have signed the 45-day waiver prior to being added to the 40.  

So an Article XIX-A player who does not give his consent to be sent to the minors must either be retained on the MLB 40-man roster and MLB 26-man Active List indefinitely, traded, or released, and if he is released the club is responsible for what remains of the player's salary offset only by the pro-rated MLB minimum salary if he subsequently signs a major league contract with another MLB club or signs a minor league contract with another MLB club and then has his contract selected and is added to the MLB 40-man roster.    

Brothers and Wolters previously had Article XX-D status, which is when a player does not have to give his consent to be sent to the minors but he can elect free-agency immediately after being outrighted (but if he does elect free-agency after being outrighted his contract is terminated with no termination pay), or he can accept the outright assignment and defer free-agency until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season and be paid in full, but if he accepts the outright assignment and defers free-agency until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season but then is added back to the MLB 40-man roster prior to the conclusion of the MLB regular season, he cannot elect free-agency.   

A player gets Article XX-B status if he has accrued less than five years of MLB Service Time and has been outrighted previously in his career and/or if he has accrued at least  three years of MLB Service Time or has "Super Two" status in salary arbitration.

Unfortunately, the Cubs now have 18 p[layers with Article XIX-A status on their 26-man Activi List roster (Arrieta, Baez, Brothers, Bryant, Chafin, Davies, Duffy, Hendricks, Heyward, Kimbrel. Marisnick, Pederson, Rizzo, Sogard, Tepera, Winkler, Wolters, and Workman), one with Article XIX-A status on the 10-day IL (Romine), plus Contreras, Happ, Williams, Holder and Wick (both are on the 10-day IL), and Ryan and Stewart (both presently on optional assignment to the minors) have Article XX-D status, and Maples and Mills are out of minor league options, so there is not a lot of roster flexibility. 

The only players presently on the Cubs 26-man Active List roster (or on an MLB IL) who can be optioned to the minors without restriction are Adam, Alzolay, Bote, Happ, Holder (on 10-day IL), T. Miller (on CoViD-19 Related IL), Wick (on 10-day IL), and Williams. 

riggs stephenson getting some love on a marquee broadcast stat leader board (3rd OB% @wrigley field).

he's one of the lesser known great oldschool cubs (1926-34).  the guy who replaced him, augie galan, was also rather good.

Since it is a virtual lock that James Norwood will be claimed off waivers (he throws 99 MPH and he has one minor league option left), if the Cubs want to trade him instead of losing him off waivers, they will need to do so before 2 PM (Eastern) on Monday.

That's because in order to place him on waivers and have the 47-hour "waiver ride" end within the 7-day DFA period, Norwood would have to be placed on waivers no later than Monday (the daily "waiver call" is 2 PM Eastern) so that the outcome of the waiver request will be known by 1 PM (Eastern) on Wednesday (1 PM Eastern on Wednesday being the deadline to claim anyone placed on waivers on Monday).  

My guess is (like Duane Underwood Jr) James Norwood will be traded sometime prior to 2 PM (Eastern) on Monday, possibly on Sunday, or maybe Monday morning, for a "second tier" prospect who doesn't require a slot on the MLB 40-man roster (much like 1B Shendrik Apostel, who was acquired by the Cubs from the Pirates for Dunderwood). You've got to figure there are a number of MLB clubs who think they can teach Norwood the reliable secondary pitch he needs to offset his high velo FB. 

I do understand why the Cubs have given up on Norwood (watching him labor through his outings in Spring Training was brutal), but high-90's FB don't grow on trees, and there is always somebody out there who believes they can do what others were unable to do. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

The Cubs have traded RHRP James Norwood to the San Diego Padres for 25-year old 6'8 250+ minor league RHRP Dauris Valdez.

Valdez is not on the Padres MLB 40-man roster, but he is Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2021 (as he was post-2019 and post-2020), and if he is not added to the 40 he will be under club control through the 2022 season. 

Norwood was Designated for Assignment last Wednesday and so if the Cubs wanted to trade him he had to be traded no later than 2 PM (Eastern) today, because if he wan't traded by that time he would have had to have been placed on Outright Assignment Waivers so that he would clear waivers by Wednesday (the DFA period is seven days). A player cannot be traded while he is on waivers.    

Valdez pitched in the Arizona Fall League post-2018 where he was the primary closer for the Peoria Javelinas (and he was dominating, too), and then he pitched at AA in 2019. He did not pitch in the minors last season because the minor league season was canceled, but he did pitch (briefly) in the Dominican Winter League post-2020. 

Dunderwood? Harsh nickname. He's looking good as a Pirate, so that's Karma per the Baseball Gods. 

Again, on the ex-Cub front, four (count em, are listed)  per mlbtr...

Kyle SchwarberJon LesterJosh Harrison and Alex Avila are among the players expected to be sidelined if the Nationals begin play early next week, reports Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (Twitter link). Four Nats players have tested positive for the coronavirus, while five more are currently in quarantine as close contacts. It isn’t clear which (if any) of Schwarber, Lester, Harrison and Avila have tested positive versus being close contacts. 

...and the Nats have signed ex-Cub Jonathan LuCroy.

kimbrel works back to back days and gets a save.

another stellar outing.  1ip 0h 0bb 2k.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

it's not fair to evaluate the guys we got in the darvish trade at least until they graduate from high school...kinda jumping the gun over here.

even if this trade works out with darvish/davies coming close enough to each other in production to not care, there's no way there wasn't a package of talent with more close-to-MLB-ready guys available.

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In reply to by Rob Richardson

i base this on nothing, but i suspect this is jed's way of putting his own fingerprint on his cubs legacy out of the shadow of theo.

...not based out of any bad feelings or ego, but a source of personal pride.  once again, based on nothing.

it was a weird trade to get so many extremely young guys who are 3+ years away at a minimum, and most likely closer to 4-5+ years.

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In reply to by crunch

It's not fair to judge the players received yet, but I meant it in the sense that the imperative didn't outwardly seem as much "get the best talent" as "get the contract off the books." And three years of Yu even at the price (which isnt exorbitant) will be more valuable than a half year of Kimbrel even if he's pitching like it's 2014 Kimbrel.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

"Nearness to MLB in the Darvish trade" seems a bit "Getting the right astological signs in the Matt Garza swap". Entirely not even the point.

If I'm trying to jump-start the organiization with a financial mandate from the owner, as Jed was, "getting it all" in the Darvish trade was likely impossible. He likely had to "turn the page" on something.

My hunch, and this will, eventually, be the thing I want to know from Hoyer.....

"Tom. Is there going to be a lengthy work-stoppage in 2022?"

If yes, I'm dealing for assets in 2023 and beyond, and I'll piece 2021 together with move-able assets. 

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In reply to by tim815

I don't think we entirely disagree. Trading Darvish was always going to hurt. Though there's something to be said for these 13 year olds they acquired... in the event of a work stoppage, wouldn't the fact they're further away/ more raw be additionally detrimental to lose however long in their development?

Two things I found extremely bothersome, regardless of any other factors were:

1. Padres were clearly willing to include actual top talent, shown by the Snell deal days before.

2. That whole "we're still trying to compete this year" bullshit. Sure they went out and signed a handful of decent players to one year deals, but those deals likely had an eye toward potential to be traded away in July

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

"Screw this season. We're treating it like we did 2013. And there's going to be a lockout in December."

That might be as honest as roster manipulation at a Seattle rotary meeting, but saying the quiet things out loud isn't usually advised by the executives or owners.

Or Rob Manfred.

AZ Phil, has Bailey Clark been released? I dont see him on any minor laegue roster.

Following along on the Yu conversation, I went back to look at the 2018 team.  I remember feeling really frustrated with that team for alot of the season & the #163/WC losses feeling like the culmination of a trend.

However, just looking at the #s I can't remember why I was feeling that way... can someone jog my memory? 

On paper, the CHC finsished with a tie for the most wins in the NL.  They didn't really fade down the stretch to a horrible degree (16-12 in Sept & 6-4 in last 10).  You' like to see better than 10-9 & 11-8 vs. PIT/CIN, but that's not exactly a smoking gun.

Was it the maddening inconsistency?  The avg runs/game was ok, but I see that in 49 games they scored >= 7 runs and in 39 games they scored <= 1 run.  Losing too many close ones that felt winnable? Looks like they were 6-12 (-ish) in low scoring one run games (ie, 1-0 / 2-1). 

I think I may have answered my own question, but would like confirmation from the masses.

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In reply to by First.Pitch.120

The offense petered out. They were gassed, with a lack of actualy days off.Toss in a heaping side of "Don't look behind you, someone might be catching up", and the team added a very unpopular player in Daniel Murphy.

Fans were grappling with the "core" not getting better every year.

A cumulative effect of "wasn't this supposed to be a dynasty" turning to "this isn't going to be a dynasty", with Addison Russell spiraling in the wrong direction.

Phil, do you know if they will open access to the backfields at Riverview anytime soon? It has been really frustrating.

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    FINWE NOLDARAN: Michael Busch has not taken any reps whatsoever at 3rd base, either on the backfields or in games. Same goes for Christopher Morel with respect to getting reps at 3rd base only (no 2B, no SS, no 1B, no OF). So at least for right now versatility is taking a back seat to having Busch and Morel concentrate 100% on mastering the position that the Cubs believe they need to play. 

    Miles Mastrobuoni (3B, 2B, and SS), Nick Madrigal (3B and 2B), Matt Shaw (3B, 2B, and SS), and David Bote (3B, 2B, and SS) are the "utility" guys who have been getting reps at 3B (both in practice and in games) in addition to other infield positions.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Haven't been able to check in recently, are we saying that Busch is not even considered an option at 3B?

  • crunch (view)

    matt chapman to the giants...3/54m (20m/18m/16m) with opt-outs every year.

    cubs are pretty much "stuck" with morel, madrigal, and masterboney at 3rd as things stand.

    wisdom is technically an option, but he's not much of a 3rd baseman.

  • crunch (view)

    now that the bellinger contract is done and we're waiting on the dude to show up in games...

    it can be argued that bellinger at 30m a year for 1-2 seasons (or 80m over 3 years) isn't good value.  ...and it probably won't be a good deal.  free agent signings at this level of pay have an extremely high ceiling to realize a return on investment based on numbers and stats, alone.

    what it does give, is a specific need for weaknesses of this specific club.  he provides coverage for 2 of the 3 main position weaknesses and he's a lefty bat with pop.

    every slot on the team is pretty much solidified except CF, 1st, and 3rd.  bellinger covers CF and 1st adequately and i doubt many people think he couldn't cover either over the next 3 seasons.

    the cubs have PCA and busch/mervis at CF and 1st respectively.  the team no longer needs guys at both positions to rise to the occasion.

    plus there's the whole DH thing.

    this is a gamble, but it's not a thoughtless gamble throwing money at a bat for the sake of having a bat.  he's capable of filling numerous roles the team could use for a short period of time in the prime of his career...even if it could end up he's overpaid for what the club gets from him.
     

  • crunch (view)

    as far as i can tell this isn't injury/rest related, and they've been throwing for weeks.

    we're at the point in spring games where throwing 20-40 pitches for multi-inning guys is the norm, and that's not much different than airing out a few dozen on the mound in a non-game training situation.

    i wonder if these specific guys are getting additional instruction without working things out vs live batters and they don't want to do that and tax the arms doing both at once.  no idea...not heard anything about these guys or what they're doing in ARZ recently.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Eight days into the Cactus League schedule, six Cubs pitchers who are officially at MLB Spring Training have yet to throw in a Cactus League game: 

    Yency Almonte 
    Michael Arias 
    Shota Imanaga 
    Ethan Roberts (NRI - TJS rehab)
    Jameson Taillon 
    Keegan Thompson 

    Meanwhile, 13 pitchers assigned to Cubs Minor League Camp have pitched in MLB Cactus League games, including Blake Weiman twice and Hunter Bigge three times!  
     

  • crunch (view)

    player of the game: the sun

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Friday's White Sox - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    JUSTIN STEELE
    FB: 90-92 
    CT: 88-89  
    SL: 81-84 
    CH: 78-81  
    CV: 75-76 
    COMMENT: Threw two no run / no hit innings to start the game (a L-1 comeback that almost took Steele's head off on the first pitch of the game, then a BB on a 3-2 pitch, a 5-4 FC that should have been an inning-ending DP but wasn't as the result of a Matt Shaw grip / bobble at 3B -- lucky to get one out on the play, and an F-9 to end the inning)... then a K-looking, an F-9, and a 6-3 GO in an easy 1-2-3 10-pitch second inning... allowed two runs on two hits in the third inning (a three-pitch K-swinging on a SL, then an infield topper that Steele couldn't pick up and was scored a hit but should have been an E-1 -- and should have been the second out but wasn't, then a hard-hit double, an F-8 SF to plate the first run and advance the other runner from second to third, then a WP on a bouncing 55-foot SL that scored the second run, and finally an F-7 FO to end the inning and the outing)... Steele threw 47 pitches over the course of his three innings of work (32 strikes - four swing & miss, two on SL and two on CT - plus an incredible 11 foul balls!)... threw a lot more different types of pitches than his usual FB / SL combo... a very nice "clean" outing, except for the E-1 topper that was inexplicably scored as a hit...    

    JAVIER ASSAD
    FB: 91-94 
    CT: 87-89 
    CH: 86
    SL: 79-80
    CV: 74-76
    COMMENT: Threw two innings (37 pitches - 22 strikes - three swing & miss - three foul balls)... allowed a broken bat infield single to lead-off hitter in the top of the 4th, then a P-3 DP (fantastic over the shoulder catch by Busch while running out into RF foul territory followed by a perfect throw back to 1st base to double the runner off base), and a 3-U GO (our man Busch again!)... second inning began with an HBP (PCA was hit by a pitch in the previous half-inning), then PCA took a bad route (might have briefly lost the ball in the sun) chasing a fly ball in CF that fell for a double on the warning track, putting runners at 2nd & 3rd... then a lazy routine fly ball was lost in the sun by PCA in CF for a gift-double, then after an RBI 6-3 GO for the first out of the inning (should have been the third out!), PCA lost still ANOTHER FLY BALL IN THE SUN in short right-center to further extend the inning, then a walk on a 3-2 pitch, an F-7 FO for what was essentially the fifth out of the inning, then a hard-hit RBI single through the box and into CF (PCA missed the cut-off man with the throw home), and finally a 1-3 come-backer on Assad's 26th pitch of the inning for what should have been the sixth out of the inning... so while he technically threw just two innings and allowed four "earned" runs on five "hits" (including three  "doubles"), Assad got what were essentially nine outs, and should have allowed no runs on two hits (both singles -- one of which was a broken bat infield hit), one walk, and one HBP...        

    JULIAN MERRYWEATHER
    FB: 96-98
    SL: 84-87
    CH: 79
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 inning (K-swinging on a 1-2 SL, F-7, F-8)... 16 pitches (12 strikes - three swinging, two on FB and one on SL - five foul balls)... Matt Mervis lost a pop fly foul ball in the sun prior to the K-swinging...     

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 91-94
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Inning started with a gift-triple (Cole Roederer lost can o' corn fly ball in the sun before it bounced off warning track in the RF corner)... Cuas then induced a P-3 for the first out and got a K-swinging for the second out, before hitting a batter with a 2-2 SL to put runners at the corners... then he a got 5-3 GO to end the inning... a cool head 22-pitch "no sweat" masterful extrication act to strand the runner at 3rd after the lead-off "sun triple"... two swing & miss -- one on FB and one on SL -- and five foul balls among his 14 strikes (Cuas gets a LOT of foul balls on "emergency hacks" when he pitches)... 

    COLTEN BREWER
    FB: 93-95
    CH: 89 
    SL: 84-85 
    CV: 79 
    COMMENT: Threw a shutout 8th inning... 10 pitches (seven strikes - one swing & miss on FB)... surrendered two soft-contact singles sandwiched around an F-8, and induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... 

    RILEY THOMPSON
    FB: 95-96
    CH: 89 
    SL: 83-85 
    COMMENT: Tossed a 1-2-3 (3-1 GO, K-swinging on three pitches, F-8) 12-pitch 9th (10 strikes - one swing & miss on SL - four foul balls)... good FB velo in combo with the slider, and he threw strikes... eight of his twelve pitches were SL (he loves those sliders!)... 

  • crunch (view)

    not yet...dunno what his plan is with the team.

    he's not getting any younger.  dude turns 29 in a bit over a week.  they still want him on the roster and 40-man for some reason.

    i like what he throws, but at some point you have to show what's coming out of your arm is MLB-quality.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Has Keegan pitched yet? If not I wonder if they’re even entertaining him as a SP as an option. Genuinely no idea on either of those thoughts