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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  • tim815 27 min 3 sec ago (view)

    Actually, Nick Castellanos and his opt out.


  • crunch 1 hour 14 min ago (view)

    hendricks wins #13...11 in a row.

    dude leads MLB in wins...and also hits given up.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 hours 22 sec ago (view)

    I think we're going to get very experimental over these last two months in the high leverage spots. Only caveat is they may want to see if Wick can handle the 9th once he's back.

    That, I'm pretty sure Ryan would have been my last guess to close out a game. Either him or Megill.


  • crunch 2 hours 2 min ago (view)

    javy swings on 3-0 pitch, outside, fouls off.


    javy strikes out, foul tip low and outside.



  • crunch 2 hours 6 min ago (view)

    baez coming into the bottom 9th, down by 1, man on 1st.

    standing O.  NY loves him so far.  part of the crowd is chanting "javy" and others "baez"...they'll figure it out in a few games.


  • crunch 2 hours 12 min ago (view)

    k.ryan coming in for the save, but j.jewell is in the pen warming up...don't think anyone is officially "closer"


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 hours 15 min ago (view)

    If we're looking to tank next year I think it would be wise to keep Brothers, Morgan, and Ryan. Toss em in high leverage spots, too.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 hours 16 min ago (view)

    I'd guess it's him too. If we wanted boring it would be Winkler.

    Hopefully Ross gives the ball to MANROD.


  • crunch 2 hours 25 min ago (view)

    wasn't ugly, but it was nothing masterful...heuer goes 1ip 0h 0bb 0k only giving up an unearned run on a sac fly.  he may get the 9th because he barely worked the 8th (9 pitches).


  • crunch 2 hours 33 min ago (view)

    rex brothers sucks.  here comes heuer with the bases loaded and 0 outs.


  • Eric S 2 hours 59 min ago (view)

    Still trails Rizzo by 1 HR for a New York franchise


  • Eric S 3 hours 44 sec ago (view)

    JHey with a bouncer thru the right side gets a two out rbi - his first rbi since July 16.  Happ with another true outcome nite: 3 Ks and a walk


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 7 min ago (view)

    I'd guess Rivas at first. More contact, more low power.

     Wisdom at 3B!


  • crunch 3 hours 8 min ago (view)

    i imagine they'll go with hoerner/madrigal (aka, "hoes mad" for the disrespectful youth out there) at SS/2nd.

    that's a lot of contact without power, though.  this team needs to go buy/trade for some power.


  • crunch 3 hours 12 min ago (view)

    javy hits hit 1st NYM homer


  • Charlie 3 hours 44 min ago (view)

    I could see the Cubs signing a free agent 1B or Ss, an ok starting pitcher, and doing a half-competitive (i.e. finish in third place) phase while waiting for some of these prospects to arrive. Wouldn't be shocked if they get Rizzo back. It will take more than one season to build a real pitching staff, but I think ownership won't be willing to fully tank in the meantime.