Cubs 2021 Rule 5 Draft & Minor League Free-Agent Watch List
As things stand right now...
61 Cubs minor leaguers are eligible for selection in the December 2021 MLB Rule 5 Draft, and 45 Cubs minor leaguers (29 post-2021 6YFA and 16 2021 second-contract players) are eligible to be declared MLB Rule 9 (formerly known as MLB Rule 55) minor league free-agents at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the 2021 World Series (or at 5 PM Eastern on October 15th if the 2021 World Series is cancelled).
In addition, RHPs Adrian Sampson and Kohl Stewart have Article XX-D rights, and can elect free-agency after being outrighted earlier this week. If either of them do not elect free-agency by 5 PM (Eastern) on Sunday 11/7, they will be automatically declared an MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA at that time (TBD).
Among the notable Cubs first-time Rule 5 Draft eligibles post-2021 are RHPs Derek Casey, Yovanny Cruz, Luis Devers, Manuel Espinoza, Jeremiah Estrada, Gabriel Jaramillo, Eduarniel Nunez, Ethan Roberts, Benjamin Rodriguez, Cam Sanders, and Riley Thompson, LHPs Chris Allen, Jack Patterson, and Luis Angel Rodriguez, INFs Fabian Pertuz, Yeison Santana, Luis Vazquez, Luis Verdugo, and Andy Weber, and OFs Edmond Americaan and Nelson Velazquez. From amongst this group, Roberts and Velazquez (likely) are probably the two most-likely to be added to the 40 on 11/19 (the roster filing deadline will be a day earlier than usual in 2021 because 11/20 falls on a Saturday), but whichever pitchers and position players listed above who are not added to the 40 on 11/19 will very likely be placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list so that they will be eligible for selection in the Major League Phase of the Rule Draft only.
Some of the noteworthy Cubs minor leaguers who were eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft and who will be eligible again in 2021 include RHPs Javier Assad, Danis Correa, Dakota Mekkes, Carlos Ocampo, Peyton Remy, Erich Uelmen, and Dauris Valdez, LHPs Brandon Hughes and Brendon Little, 1B- OF Jared Young, INF Delvin Zinn, and OFs Zach Davis and Yonathan Perlaza. B. Little, Correa, and J. Young are probably the three with the best chance to get added to the 40 by the November deadline.
The noteworthy Cubs minor leaguers who will be eligible to be a Rule 9 minor league free-agent for the first time post-2021 (if the player is not added to the 40 or signs a 2022 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series) are RHP Dakota Chalmers, LHP Bryan Hudson, and RHP Eury Ramos.
Among Cubs minor leaguers eligible to be minor league free-agents again post-2021, LHP Luis Lugo is the most noteworthy. He signed a 2021 minor league successor contracts post-2020, and he has an outside shot to get added to the 40 if he declines to sign another successor contract post-2021.
NOTE: If not added to the MLB 40-man roster, the players underlined and in bold green below will likely be placed on the 38-man AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/19 so that they will be eligible for selection only in the Major League Phase of the 2021 Rule 5 Draft
CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN 2021 RULE 5 DRAFT (last updated 11-5-2021)
Jose Albertos, RHP
Chris Allen, LHP
Edmond Americaan, OF
Shendrik Apostel, 1B
D. J. Artis, OF
Javier Assad, RHP
Cam Balego, C-INF
Craig Bro0oks, RHP (on Restricted List)
Jesus Camargo,. RHP (on Restricted List)
Derek Casey, RHP
Danis Correa, RHP
Yovanny Cruz, RHP
Zach Davis, OF
Luis Devers, RHP
Christian Donahue, INF
Tyler Durna, 1B
Manuel Espinoza, RHP
Jeremiah Estrada, RHP
Miguel Fabrizio, C-1B
Kelvin Feliz, RHP
Reivaj Garcia, INF
Trent Giambrone, INF
Jose Miguel Gonzalez, RHP
Ben Hecht, RHP
Brandon Hughes, LHP (ex-OF)
Josue Huma, INF
Gabriel Jaramillo, RHP
Widimer Joaquin, INF
Levi Jordan, INF
Caleb Knight, C
Brendon Little, LHP
Dakota Mekkes, RHP
Eduarniel Nunez, RHP
Carlos Ocampo, RHP
Jack Patterson, LHP
Yonathan Perlaza, OF (ex-INF)
Fabian Pertuz, INF
Jake Reindl, RHP
Jorge Remon, RHP
Peyton Remy, RHP
Samuel Reyes, RHP
Ethan Roberts, RHP
Benjamin Rodriguez, RHP
Luis Angel Rodriguez, LHP
Cam Sanders, RHP
Yeison Santana, INF
Wyatt Short, LHP
Jonathan Sierra, OF
Jake Slaughter, INF-OF
Matt Swarmer, RHP
Riley Thompson, RHP
Erich Uelmen, RHP
Dauris Valdez, RHP
Didier Vargas, LHP
Luis Vazquez, INF
Nelson Velazquez, OF
Luis Verdugo, INF
Andy Weber, INF
Blake Whitney, RHP
Jared Young, 1B-OF
Delvin Zinn, INF
Additionally, a free-agent who signs a 2022 minor league contract prior to the 2021 Rule 5 Draft will be eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft if the player was 18 or younger on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract and it is at least the 5th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season, and a minor league player who was 19 years or older on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract becomes eligible for selection starting with the 4th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season.
NOTE: If signed to a 2022 minor league successor contract and not added to the MLB 40-man roster, the players underlined and in bold green below will likely be placed on the 38-man AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/19 so that they will be eligible for selection only in the Major League Phase of the 2021 Rule 5 Draft.
ELIGIBLE TO BE ARTICLE XX-B FREE-AGENT AFTER CONCLUSION OF MLB REGULAR SEASON:
MLB RULE 9 FREE-AGENT POST-2021 WORLD SERIES
SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS:
Jose Almonte, RHP
Abiatal Avelino, INF (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left in 2022
Joe Biagini, RHP (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left in 2022
James Bourque, RHP (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left in 2022
Erick Castillo, C (Article XX-D player) - three minor league options left in 2022
Dakota Chalmers, RHP (Article XX-D player) - two minor league options left in 2022
Yovanny Cuevas, OF
Donnie Dewees, OF
Johneshwy Fargas, OF (Article XX-D player) - three minor league options left in 2022
Taylor Gushue, C (Article XX-D player) - three minor league options left in 2022
Mike Hauschild, RHP (Article XX-D player) - two minor league options left in 2022
P. J. Higgins, C-INF (Article XX-D player) - three minor league options left in 2022
Ben Holmes, LHP
Bryan Hudson, LHP
Tyler Ladendorf, INF (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left in 2022
Ryan Lawlor, LHP
Luis Lugo, LHP
Dillon Maples, RHP (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left in 2022
Ian Miller, OF (Article XX-D player) - three minor league options left in 2022
Nicholas Padilla, RHP
Tyler Payne, C (Article XX-D player) - three minor league options left in 2022
C. D. Pelham, LHP (Article XX-D player) - two minor league options left in 2022
Raymond Pena, C
Eury Ramos, RHP
Aneuris Rosario, RHP
Adrian Sampson, RHP (Article XX-D player) - three minor league options left in 2022
Kohl Stewart, RHP (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left in 2022
Marcus Walden, RHP (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left in 2022
Joe Wieland, RHP (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left in 2022
NOTE: Article XX-D means players can elect free-agency if sent outright to minors, and Article XIX-A means player must give his consent before he can be sent to minors by optional or outright assignment.
SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS (see NOTE-1 below)
Michael Arias, INF / RHP (previously released by TOR - see NOTE-2 below)
Aneudis Beard, RHP (previously released by TEX)
Andres Bonalde, LHP (previously released by CUBS)
Edwin Figuera, INF (previously released by STL)
Juan Gamez, RHP (previously released by MIN)
Alex Katz, LHP (previously released by BAL)
Ryan Kellogg, LHP (previously released by CUBS)
Garrett Kelly, RHP (previously released by MIN)
Austin Krzeminski, RHP (previously released by LAA)
Jackson McClelland, RHP (previously released by TOR) - three minor league options left in 2022
Carlos Sepulveda, INF (previously released by LAD)
Dalton Stambaugh, LHP (previouysly released by BAL - see NOTE-2 below)
Tyler Suellentrop, RHP (previously released by SEA)
Tim Susnara, C (previously released by AZ)
Vance Vizcaino, OF (previously released by KC)
Harrison Wenson, C (previously released by LAA)
NOTE-1: With mutual consent (player & club), a second-contract minor league player who has accrued fewer than seven minor league seasons can be signed to a multi-year minor league contract with club control extending up through the player's seventh minor league season. So it is possible that one or more of the Cubs minor league second contract players are signed beyond the 2021 season (TBD).
NOTE-2: If signed beyond 2021, Michael Arias and Dalton Stambaugh are - NOT - eligible for selection in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft
Arizona Phil 3 hours 23 min ago (view)
jdrnym: That's correct.
Under the new rules, the 38-man AAA reserve list is now only used beginning on the date reserve lists are filed in November and extending up through the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft. Then after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft, everybody goes back into the off-season 190-man Domestic Reserve List hopper.
jdrnym 6 hours 32 min ago (view)
Phil, can you settle a Twitter discussion? A team can only select players in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft until its 38-man Triple-A reserve list is full, correct? Don't believe this changed with the latest Major League Rules that introduced the Domestic Reserve List and eliminated individual level reserve lists during the offseason.
crunch 10 hours 43 min ago (view)
"Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston reports that Carlos Correa's agent has been contacted by the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs and Braves.
It's not clear when the contact took place or what level of interest each club has."
...with the yanks and dodgers both with piles of cash and a bit of need, i wouldn't get too stoked...but at least there seems to be some interest in what his market is.
Arizona Phil 15 hours 4 min ago (view)
Stroman's salary escalators apply to 2024, so if Stroman reaches 160 IP in either 2022 or 2023 (but not both) it adds $2M to his 2024 salary, and if he reaches 160 IP in both 2022 and 2023 it would add $4M to his to 2024 salary.
So he gets $25M in both 2022 and 2023 (that's locked-in), and then either $21M, $23M , or $25M in 2024, depending upon whether he reaches his salary escalators in 2022 and/or 2023.
Arizona Phil 15 hours 9 min ago (view)
W-RAT: I should also mention that the Cubs cannot outright David Bote while he is injured or rehabbing from an injury, except during a window starting on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up until the day that off-season reserve lists must be filed (normaly 11/20, but it was 11/19 in 2021 because 11/20 fell on a Saturday, and it will be 11/18 in 2022 because 11/20 will fall on a Sunday).
Arizona Phil 15 hours 25 min ago (view)
W-RAT: The Cubs can outright David Bote (if he is not claimed off waivers) once the transaction freeze is lifted. That's not a problem.
If he is outrighted and then elects free-agency, he would forfeit what remains of his contract - AS LONG AS - the contract is not fully guaranteed.
If the contract is fully guaranteed he would likely elect free-agency and the Cubs would be on the hook for what remains of his salary, offset by the MLB minimum salary if he were to sign an MLB deal with another club.
crunch 19 hours 41 min ago (view)
kristin call has been named GM of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. she's been the assistant/associate GM for a few years and was formally a marketing director for the team.
she's been involved in baseball for a living for 16+ years.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Hey Phil - Could David Bote be outrighted at any point before the start of the season (obviously not now while players are being locked out). I wonder because if someone claimed him, oh well. If he elected free agency, wouldn't that void his contract? These are the thoughts going through my head as I look to open up another 40-man spot, and Bote will be out until at least May.
I've read your 40-man tag for him, but I'm not quite smart enough to figure this out! :) Thanks!
crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
Marcus Stroman signed a three-year, $71 million contract with the Chicago Cubs that includes an opt out after the second season, sources tell ESPN. He’ll make $25 million in 2022, $25 million in 2023 and $21 million in 2024. It includes $2M escalators for 160 IP in ‘22 and ‘23.
Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have re-signed RHRP Jonathan Holder and C-INF P.J. Higgins to 2022 minor league contracts, presumably with an NRI to MLB Spring Training.
They will be Rule 5 Draft-eligible, if and when there is a Rule 5 Draft.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 19 hours ago (view)
Owners' stooge Bobby Manfred coming out swinging at the players with his statement about the owners instituting a lockout.
Arizona Phil 2 days 43 min ago (view)
The Cubs re-signed OF Michael Hermosillo to a 2022 Major League contract just prior to the midnight Wednesday MLB transaction freeze.
Hermosillo was non-tendered on Tuesday because he was a Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player, and if he had remained on the 40 the Cubs would not have been able to outright him to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB opening Day.
crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
we shouldn't, especially with how much payroll room for 2024+ this top-costing-for-fans team with a heavily monitized ballpark in a major media market has.
backloaded contracts aren't exactly groundbreaking new things...neither are cheap-ass owners. i don't expect them to compete every year, but i expect them to try after a punt season where they traded away the core. NYY, NYM, LAD, LAA, BOS, etc. don't seem to have trouble doing this even if it means throwing a bit of money around...
Sonicwind75 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
Stroman, a pleasant surprise. Good to know we aren't completely punting until 2025.
Arizona Phil 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
CRUNCH: Clint Frazier's 2022 base salary is only $1.5M and he has a minor league option available, so I think it's more likely than not that he opens 2022 at AAA.
On the other hand, Harold Ramirez is out of minor league options, and it is unknown at this point what he will get in 2022 as a "super two."
crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)
until clint fraizer came on board i wouldn't have counted bryant out.
OF is kinda crowded right now, though there's no stars in the mix. fraizer - happ - ortega - heyward - h.ramirez leading the group... even if he split time between OF/3rd with wisdom that just makes it more crowded, plus the team allegedly wants hoerner to prepare to be used as a super-utility guy.