Hot Bats Produce Slugfest at Fitch Park

Rafael Morel belted a two-run HR, Ismael Mena ripped a two-run double and a single, Reggie Preciado tripled, walked, and scored a run, Jose Lopez smacked a PH RBI triple, Wally Soto laced an RBI double, and Alfonso Rivas drilled an RBI single, walked, reached base on an HBP, stole a base, and scored two runs for the Cubs, and Pedro Pineda smacked a solo HR and a triple and Jalen Greer belted an RBI triple and an RBI double for the Athletics, as the two teams played to an 8-8 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field # 4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.    

The two teams combined to hammer out twelve extra-base hits in the game. 

The game was called after seven innings of play. 

Here is the abridged box score fom the game (Cubs players only): 

1a. Reggie Preciado, SS: 1-2 (3B, BB, K, R)
1b. Matt Warkentin, RF: 0-1 (E-3, R) 
2. Yeison Santana, 2B-SS: 0-3 (K, 6-3 DP, BB, K, SB)
3. Alfonso Rivas, 1B: 1-2 (1B, K, HBP, BB, 2 R, RBI, SB)
4a. Owen Caissie, LF: 1-2 (K, 1B, R)  
4b. Rafael Herrera, PH-LF: 1-2 (F-9, 1B)
5a. Rafael Morel, 3B: 1-2 (HR, K, R, 2 RBI)
5b. Juan Mora, PH-2B: 1-2 (1B, L-6, R)
6a. Felix Stevens, RF: 1-2 (F-8, 2B, R)
6b. Jose O. Lopez, PH: 1-1 (3B, RBI) 
6c. Wally Soto, C: 1-1 (2B, RBI)
7a. Ismael Mena, CF: 2-2 (1B, 2B, 2 RBI)
7b. Oswaldo Pina, PH-3B: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
8a. Miguel Fabrizio, DH: 0-2 (4-3, L-6)
8b. Shendrik Apostel, PH: 0-0 (BB) 
9a. Malcom Quintero, C: 0-0 (BB, BB, CS)
9b. Yovanny Cuevas, PH-CF: 0-1 (L-5 DP) 

1. Joel Machado: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 35 pitches (19 strikes) 
2. Elian Almanzar: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 16 pitches (5 strikes) 
3. Yovanny Cabrera: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 0/2 GO./AO, 15 pitches (8 strikes)  
4. Andricson Salvador: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 12 pitches (9 strikes) 
5. Luis Devers: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (12 strikes)
6. Jose Moreno: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (15 strikes) 
7. Johzan Oquendo: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 0/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (11 strikes)  

1. 3B Oswaldo Pina: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach 2nd base safely)  
2. 3B Oswaldo Pina: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Malcom Quintero: 1-1 CS 

RF Felix Stevens - batter thrown out 9-4-5 attempting to stretch double into triple 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperaturtes 115+ 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Sorry if this is explained somewhere and I missed it, but who knows the exact compensation the Cubs would get if they made qualifying offers to Rizzo, Bryant, and Baez after the season, all three turned them down and they each signed with different teams? I read that the Cubs exceeded the Luxury Tax in 2020, so apparently that changes the draft pick value. Thanks in advance!

With the CBA expiring in the off-season, nobody has any idea what will happen in 2022, if there's an MLB season in 2022.

I doubt that whatever changes are made in the new CBA regarding compensation draft picks for losing a Qualified Player will be implemented in the 2022 draft. They might, however, remove the penalty of losing a draft pick after signing a qualified player, and that could easily be implemented in the 2022 draft. That would seem to be a demand the MLBPA would make that the MLB owners could accept. 

Other than ostensibly depressing the market value for qualified free-agents, there is really no logical reason to penalize a club for signing a qualified FA as long as the club that loses the qualified player gets a compensation draft pick. Especially since the compensation draft pick no longer has any connection to the club that signs the qualified player. (Back in the day, the compenstion pick was the signing club's forfeited draft pick).  

W-RAT: Going over the CBT threshhold in 2020 but not in 2021 will not affect which draft pick a club receives if it loses a player who receives a Qualifying Offer post-2021 World Series and that player subsequently signs a major league contract with another MLB club prior to the 2022 MLB Rule 4 Draft (MLB First-Year Player Draft).

So because the Cubs will almost certainly not exceed the CBT threshold in 2021 (they are about $30M+ under the threshold right now), they will receive a compensation draft pick between the 2nd & 3rd round (after Competitive Balance Round "B") if a free-agent to whom they extend a QO (like Bryant, Baez, and/or Rizzo) declines it and the player subsequently signs a major league contract with another MLB club prior to the 2022 draft, because they will not be exceeding the CBT threshold in 2021. (It doesn't matter what their AAV payroll was in 2020).

So if all three players (Bryant, Baez, and Rizzo) receive and decline a QO post-2021 World Series and subsequently sign a major league contract with another MLB club prior to the 2022 draft, the Cubs would get three compensation draft picks (one for each player lost) slotted one right after another after another after the 2nd round and Competitive Balance Round "B" in the 2022 draft. Which slots they would actually get would depend on where they are in the master draft order and how many other clubs ahead of them in the master draft order lost a qualified player, but generally speaking, the picks would very likely be somewhere around # 75.  

Otherwise, going over the CBT threshold in the - IMMEDIATELY PREVIOUS SEASON - changes the draft pick compensation for a club like the Cubs from between the 2nd & 3rd round (after Competitive Balance Round "B") to a slot after the 4th round.

Also, going over the CBT threshold in 2020 but not in 2021 would have absolutely no bearing on the Cubs signing a post-2021 Article XX-B MLB qualified free-agent post-2021 World Series. It only would have mattered if the Cubs had signed a qualified MLB Article XX-B FA post-2020 World Series (which they did not), because they exceeded the CBT AAV threshold in 2020. If that had happened (which it did not), they would have forfeited two draft picks in the 2021 draft instead of one (their second highest and fifth highest picks, instead of just their second-highest pick). 

Exactly what I needed - thanks AZPhil!

w.franco getting called up by TB.  he's amazing.  check him out.  agressive at the plate and on the bases (and gets away with it)...rather decent in the field.  javy baez meets ronald acuna type stuff...

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  • Hagsag 2 hours 33 min ago (view)



  • Sonicwind75 3 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Off all the awards and accolades Rizzo earned during his time in Chicago; perhaps the most important is being named the Roberto Clemente Award winner in 2017.


  • crunch 3 hours 28 min ago (view)

    technically correct is the best kind of correct.

    also, rizzo's charity work (himself and the time he gives, not just his money) is top notch stuff.


  • tim815 6 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Anything to be noted about Temblador, Venezuela's Pedro Ramirez, who is shredding as the pipelines youngest player?


  • bradsbeard 8 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Arizona Phil, some folks (mostly me!) were wondering if you had any thoughts/info on Luis Devers, who seems to be having a nice ACL season despite being a bit old for the level. Got touched for a HR last night but hadn't given up multiple runs in a start before then and has struck out a healthy number of batters while limiting walks. Many thanks in advance!


  • Hagsag 13 hours 10 min ago (view)

    Rizzo wasn't a cancer, he HAD cancer!


  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 40 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released AAA Iowa C-INF Tony Wolters so that he can sign a minor league deal with a contending club (if the opportunity presents itself).

    Because he was outrighted earlier this season he was not eligible to be traded after 7/30, even though he was on a minor league reserve list and (generally speaking) a player on a minor league reserve list can be traded up until one week prior to the scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season. 


  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 12 min ago (view)

    So #11 (Ziehl), #12 (Banks), and #19 (Avitia) were the only three 2021 Cubs draft picks who did not sign. 


  • crunch 20 hours 50 min ago (view)

    similar story, similar quotes, different site/author


  • QuietMan 21 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Cubs: Jed Hoyer clarifies comments about extension talks with former core players - Marquee Sports Network

    Sorry I'm having trouble posting the link.

    @TonyAndracki23 with the story.



  • Wrigley Rat 22 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Second contract player Michael Arias, a former infielder-turned-pitcher, made his Cubs system debut today in relief. 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB for DSL Cubs Blue.


  • Charlie 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    A GM or owner saying a player "didn't want to sign" or "didn't want to negotiate" should always be read as "we didn't want to pay them."

    That said, a GM or owner can always show more finesse by saying, "I hope we can have productive talks this offseason" or something along those lines. Seems like Jed is trying to burn those bridges.


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    while not known as a clubhouse cancer, there's more than a few stories about his "leadership qualities" lacking or otherwise being a bit of a jerk at points in time.  they're mostly rumor, and none of the rumors are awful...

    reminded a bit of this justin wilson/rizzo exchange back in 2018...


  • videographer 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    /With all the player movement in the last week, I wonder if the Cubs are now 85% compliant for vaccinated players.  We know Sogard and Rizzo were not vaccinated and I can assume the players taking their place of the 40 man roster are vaccinated.  It will be an interesting story going forward when all trade noise settles down.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Agreed on every point. I think Jed is trying to create "his" team, a fully separate entity than Theo. Probably targeting 2023 or 2024 to return to actual contention.

    He absolutely shouldn't have aired that out. He ends up looking like the bad guy. This is a good way to burn those bridges. 


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    jed shouldn't have aired things out so blatently, even if true.

    "I don't know why guys didn't want to sign. I don't know why guys didn't want to even counteroffer, oftentimes. Every one of these guys would say they wanted to stay in Chicago, 'we wanted to be a Cub,' but then we would sit down and do negotiations, that wasn't how they acted."

    ...dude, no.  keep that to yourself.