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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 2-29-2024
 
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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: 5 
David Bote 
Garrett Cooper
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: 1 
* Owen Caissie  
 



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Projected Post-2021 "Super Two" Players

An unsigned player under club control who has accrued at least three but less than six years of MLB Service Time is automatically eligible for salary arbitration.
Also, any unsigned player with at least two years but less than three years of MLB Service Time who accrued at least 86 days of MLB Service Time during the previous season can qualify for salary arbitration as a so-called "Super Two" if the player is among the top 22% in MLB Service Time of players in that group (rounded to the nearest whole number). And if  two or more players are tied with the same MLB Service Time just above the "Super Two" threshold, all of the players with that accrued MLB ST would get "Super Two" status even if that means the number of players with "Super Two" status exceeds 22%.

Because it is based on a percentage, the "Super Two" threshold fluctuates from year-to-year (it was two years plus 125 days or 2+125 MLB ST post-2020, 2+115 post-2019, 2+134 MLB ST post-2018, 2+123 post-2017, 2+131 post-2016, 2+130 post-2015, 2+133 post-2014, 2+122 post-2013, 2+140 post-2012, 2+145 post-2011, 2+122 in 2010, and 2+139 in 2009), but the threshold has generally gone down whenever a new CBA is signed, because the percentage of players who automatically qualify for "Super Two" status has increased with each new CBA.

Besides gaining the right to request salary arbitration and have that right four times instead of just three times, being a "Super Two" player also means the player can elect free-agency if outrighted even though he has not yet accrued three years of MLB Service Time and even if he has not been outrighted previously in his career (however, unlike a player who has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time and/or has been outrighted previously in his career and who therefore has the option to elect free-agency immediately or else defer the choice until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, a "Super Two ' player who has not been outrighted previously in his career must make his choice immediately upon being outrighted). 

At present there are 158 players on MLB rosters who are projected to fit the criteria of a player who has accrued at least two years but less than three years of MLB Service Time with at least 86 days of MLB Service Time accrued in the 2021 MLB regular season. So that means that 22% of the 158 (34.76 rounded to the nearest whole number, which is 35) will be at or above the Super Two threshold.and will have "Super Two" status post-2021. However, more than one player has accrued MLB Service Time equaling the projected post-2021 "Super Two" threshhold, so 36 players will actually qualify as a "Super Two" player post-2021.

Sometimes a player petitions (successfully) to have his listed MLB Service Time adjusted (like due to an injury that occurred before the player was optioned to the minors, or because a player was optioned prior to game time or after the start of a game, both of which would impact the player's service time and thus could impact the number of players who are in the macro group and how many of the players in the group acquire "Super Two" status), so the MLB Service Time listed below is unofficial.

TOP 22% OF PLAYERS WITH BETWEEN TWO & THREE YEARS OF MLB SERVICE TIME POST-2021
Jon Berti, RHP (MIA) - 2+168 
Luis Guillorme, INF (NYM) - 2+167
Josh James, RHP (HOU) - 2+166
Bryan Reynolds, OF (PIT) - 2+163
Framber Valdez, LHP (HOU) - 2+163
Vladimir Guerrero Jr, 1B (TOR) - 2+157 
Tim Mayza, LHP (TOR) - 2+156 
Brett Martin, LHP (TEX) - 2+151
Nick Senzel, OF (CIN) - 2+150 
Harold Castro, INF-OF (DET) - 2+141 
Willians Astudillo, C-1B-3B (MIN) - 2+140 
Nicky Lopez, INF (KC) - 2+139 
Austin Riley, 3B (ATL) - 2+138 
Magneuris Sierra, OF (MIA) - 2+138 
Pierce Johnson, RHP (SD) - 2+137 
Jimmy Cordero, RHP (CHW) - 2+136 
Cal Quantrill, RHP (CLE) - 2+132 
Cavan Biggio, INF (TOR) - 2+129 
Mike Yastrzemski, OF (SF) - 2+128 
Andrew Stevenson, OF (WAS) - 2+127 
Austin Voth, RHP (WAS) - 2+127 
Jeff Brigham, RHP (MIA) - 2+126 
Tanner Rainey, RHP (WAS) - 2+126 
Trent Thornton, RHP (TOR) - 2+126 
Taylor Hearn LHP (TEX) - 2+122 
Luis Arraez, INF (MIN) - 2+121
Josh Taylor, LHP (BOS) - 2+121
Miguel Diaz, RHP (SD) - 2+120
Luis Urias, INF (MIL) - 2+120  
Josh Naylor, OF (CLE) - 2+118 
Luis Torrens, C (SEA) - 2+117 
Peter Lambert, RHP (COL) - 2+116 
Kolby Allard, LHP (TEX) - 2+114
Tommy Edman, INF (STL) - 2+114 
Colin Poche, LHP (TB) - 2+114 
Rowan Wick, RHP (CUBS) - 2+114
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PROJECTED SUPER TWO CUT-OFF - 2+114
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Yordan Alvarez, OF (HOU) - 2+113 
Myles Straw, OF (CLE) - 2+112
Austin Gomber, LHP (COL) - 2+111 

So if it remains unchanged, 2+114 MLB ST will be the post-2021 "Super Two" threshold cut-off, and it would be the lowest Super Two cut-off in MLB history. 

Bryan Reynolds, Framber Valdez, Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Austin Riley, Tommy Edman, and Cal Quantrill won't have to worry, but for a number of the other players on the above list, being a "Super Two" ain't necessarily so super. In many cases, a club will either release or non-tender the player rather than risk going to arbitration with him. And even for those players who are tendered a contract, becoming arbitration-eligible a year early can make a player more likely to be shopped in a trade, especially by a club with payroll issues.  

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btw, gotta love the banner photo showing white cleats with Wrigley mud stuck to them. Great choice (and very 3D).

How do I find the site for Caribbean winter baseball? Looking for rosters, box scores and etc.

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In reply to by Hagsag

It seems to be up to individual country origin promoters at this point, many not english translated.  coverage from mlb/milb was limited in 2018 and they seem to have given up in 2019.  last year was the same thing even though they were operating a nearly post-covid type structure.

we start tomorrow and nothing seems to be in place for casual english-speaking fans (that i know of).

sahadev sharma (the atlantic) says w.contreras is all but gone via trade if jed can't get an extension worked out.

unless you're a yan gomes fan, the catcher market is nearly non-existent this off-season.

if this gets a bit more dire looking for the cubs i'll try to compile a list of 18-21 year old outside-of-top-10 team tallent and guys with serious injuries missing all of next season as potential cubs trade targets.

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In reply to by crunch

Kyle Hendricks and Willson Contreras are the last two guys on the 40 the Cubs can trade for decent prospects, so it would seem likely that they will do that prior to the start of the 2022 season.

And then the Cubs will wait until the end of the off-season and try and sign free-agents who didn't get what they thought they would get in the marketplace (and who aren't saddled with a QO) to short-term / high AAV deals, and then flip them at the trade deadline (like they did with Bryant, Rizzo, Baez, Kimbrel, Chafin, Pederson, et al this past season) for even more prospects if they are not in contention to win the division at the 2022 trade deadline.

I would expect the Cubs to eventually sign two or three SP (two if they don't trade Hendricks, or three if they do), two or three RP (including two LHRP), a SS, and a catcher (or two catchers if they trade Contreras) to one or (max) two-year deals. 

Just because the Cubs have a lot of money to spend and say they are willing to spend it doesn't mean they will offer anyone a long-term contract. There is a reason why the Cubs jumped at the chance to trade Yu Darvish (who was the Cubs #1 SP in 2020, but who had three years left on his deal coming into the 2021 season) last off-season. 

Depending on how the new CBA might change free-agency and salary arbitration as it relates to MLB Service Time, the only kind of long-term deal the Cubs might consider going forward is maybe if Brennen Davis comes up next season and hits the ground running and looks like the real deal, then the Cubs might offer him an eight or nine-year contract that would buy out his arbitration years and two or three free-agent years, but would also protect the Cubs with multiple club option years (similar to the Anthony Rizzo contract extension in 2013, or like the extension Ronald Acuna signed with the Braves in 2019). 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

cubs gonna have to add a new "middle-A" minor league system.

they could probably field 4 full teams to play against themselves if they shift both hendricks and contreras.

seriously though...yeah, i expect a slew of 1-year deals that straddle the line between being competitive and dumping guys if needed.  there seems to be something going on with the cubs and SS, though.  between rumors about higher profile SSs and hoerner talking about perhaps playing all over the diamond rather than just SS there may be something to it.

also, as a contreras fan, i would love to see him get extended.

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In reply to by crunch

I'm honestly not sure Hendricks has any trade value right now (or not as much as Jed would want to part with him). Think the soonest they would move him would be the trade deadline. Willson might have value just because there are no good FA catchers available. But even his value is down, which might make now a decent time to extend him. 

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In reply to by bradsbeard

BRADSBEARD: I think if the Cubs trade Contreras (and I believe they will, and before Opening Day), they will want to get a catching prospect back in the deal. 

Guys like Austin Wells (NYY), Cal Raleigh (SEA), Connor Wong (BOS), or Korey Lee (HOU) would be just fine with me.  

BRADSBEARD:  I think one thing that hurt Hendricks was that he was surrounded in the rotation by other soft-tossing RHSP and that enabled opposing hitters to get locked-in to that type of pitcher. Also, Hendricks went south right after the trade deadline. Possibly the tanking got inside his head. 

l see the Angels (in particular) as a very likely destination for Hendricks.

The Angels are absolutely desperate for starting pitchers and they can't do a tear-down and rebuild because of Trout, Ohtani, and Rondon, Hendricks is under control for three more seasons at a reasonable AAV, Joe Maddon knows him very well and trusts him, he's from Newport Beach, and the Cubs have shown a willingness to take back a package of young unproven position players in a trade involving a SP (Darvish).

The Cubs played the Angels a lot in Instructs and had a scout specifically following the Angels, so I suspect guys like CF Jordyn Adams (Angels 2018 1st round pick), SS Jeremiah Jackson (Angels 2nd round pick in 2018), INF Arol Vera (a switch-hitting $2M IFA signed by the Angels out of Venezuela in 2019), OF David Calabrese (Angels 2020 4th round pick and a teammate of Owen Caissie on Team Canada 18U team in 2018), and 3B Werner Blakely (Angels 2020 4th round pick), as well as maybe one of the 20 pitchers the Angels selected in the 2021 draft (when they drafted - ONLY - pitchers) might be on the Cubs radar.

I can tell you from having watched the Angels a lot in Instructs that (just like the Padres a year ago) they are fairly well-stocked at the lower levels. In fact, I'd take Jackson, Vera, and either Adams or Calabrese (Angels choice) back for Hendricks in a heartbeat, and the Angels can keep all of their 2021 pitcher draft picks.   

I believe if it happens it will be a quantity trade involving players quite a ways away from MLB, just like the Darvish trade with the Padres. So the Angels wouldn't have to part with Detmers, Adell, or Marsh, and they wouldn't have to give up THAT many prospects (probably just three, and quite possibly no pitchers) for three years of Kyle Hendricks. 

I LUV Swami AZ PHIL's crystal ball especially the week before Halloween.

Reeses peanutbutter cups, m&m's, snickers or... (fill in the blank)

Man, trading Willson and Hendricks would leave Heyward as the last one from 2016. Would be hard to believe literally every Cub fan will be thrilled to see the last guy from the title team leave.

Also all of those things mentioned (trading the two, short term deals with guys who are likely middling or decent) screams "don't pay any attention to the Cubs this year"

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In reply to by crunch

I'm sure he's working with the new hitting coach, this is definitely the guy who will fix what the other 4 havent! Whenever this new guy gets hired anyway!!
 Can't wait for the obligatory "best shape of his life" nonsense if spring training happens.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

i will give him props for one thing...

this year especially, he seems to have taken on a coach/mentor-like role.  he cheerleads others and talks to guys in the dugout after ABs or when he's benched and they're done with their fielding inning.

he's at least giving some value back to the team rather than retreating into himself and being frustrated at his lack of good numbers.  i'd rather have a surly asshole with good numbers, but we got what we got.

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  • Childersb3 (view)

    I guess Canario, Mervis, Strumpf and Vazquez are the only guys blocked. Everyone else has time.
    Canario is the only guy there that's used multiple options.

  • crunch (view)

    bellinger debut wednesday.

    also, taillon may not start until this weekend (tentatively)...throwing a sim game today.  he's "working on things" and is having some minor leg soreness running with cleats (fielding, covering 1st), but not while pitching or off-field.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: I don't think the Cubs will add any AAV until the MLB Trade Deadline (and even that is dependent on how well the Cubs are playing and where they are in the standings at that point in time). 

    Otherwise, the Cubs might perhaps do something like "exchange" Drew Smyly ($10.5M in 2024 AAV plus an additional potential $3M in performance bonuses) for J. D. Davis ($6.9M in 2024 and then he is a FA post-2024) and then maybe (hopefully) jettison Patrick Wisdom and Nick Madrigal without having to eat any salary (like if clubs claim Wisdom and Madrigal off waivers and thereby take on 100% of Wisdom's 2024 $2.725M salary and 100% of Madrigal's $1.81M salary). The Cubs don't need to get anything back for Wisdom and Madrigal other than AAV space and the $50,000 waiver price. 

    Another possibility would be a prospect for prospect trade, like when the Diamondbacks traded OF Daulton Varsho (the D'backs were overloaded with LH-hitting outfielders) to the Blue Jays for C Gabriel Moreno (Moreno was blocked in Toronto by Kirk and Jansen). 

    So if the Cubs have an opportunity to trade an outfield or middle-infield prospect for maybe a young arm or a 3B or catching prospect of similar value, I could see that happening.

  • crunch (view)

    z.wheeler (PHI) got a 3/126m extension...42m a year for age 35-37.

    SP market is getting crazy.

  • George Altman (view)

    Well said, Crunch. Every point is spot on perfect. And even if Ricketts allowed Hoyer to go all the way to the next AAV Level ($257M), it's $4,000,000!! For one damn year. He's got $80M+ coming off next year. Wonder what Blake Snell on an opt out deal would do for Cubs playoff chances this yeat. It's absolutely maddening and I too am exhausted from fans defending billionaires. Just stop.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    AZ Phil, what do you think the chances are that Jed makes a trade before OD?

    MLB Network today and Chicago Radio have both speculated as recently as yesterday that Jed will make a sizable move.

    They spoke about Alonso still and Bieber from Cleveland. 

    Social Media thinks JD Davis from SF might work now (I think we have that RH/3B/DH spot covered though).

    I wouldn't mind a SP like Bieber (he's in his last year of his original deal). Hendricks scares me. He's not the ground ball guy he used to be. He'd be lucky to have a sub 5 ERA in my opinion. CLEV needs OF slug. Canario is available (not even going to think about ONKC, PCA or Jaquar here). Brennan Davis probably needs a new spot. Mervis could get a chance at their 1B gig opposite Naylor as their DH. Vazquez appears ready for a shot at MLB level ball. 

    Thoughts?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Sunday's Guardians - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    KYLE HENDRICKS
    FB: 86-88
    CH: 80-81
    SL: 79-80 
    CV: 74 
    COMMAND: Threw three innings and allowed three runs on five hits (three singles and two doubles), one walk, and a WP, and he struck out one (swinging)... one run scored in each of the three innings... command was off right from the gitgo (he hit two batters in the 1st inning!)... threw 52 pitches (33 strikes - six swing & miss - six foul balls) over the course of the three innings, so at least he got his pitch count up over 50 (he threw only 29 pitches in two innings of work in his first outing last Tuesday)...  

    HECTOR NERIS
    FB: 90 
    SPLIT: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single but then induced an F-7 and an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... threw 10 pitches (but only five strikes - no swing & miss)... FB velo was down a tick from his last outing and split was a bit off (strike throwing on FB must be better than 50% to get swing & miss on splitter)... 

    ADBERT ALZOLAY
    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 89-91 
    SL: 85-87 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single on a 95-MPH FB on his sixth pitch of the AB, but then retired the next three men in a row (P-4, 5-3, K-swinging on a SL)... Needed 18 pitches to retire the side (12 strikes - five swing & miss, including three on SL, one on CT, and one on FB)... 

    DANIEL PALENCIA
    FB: 96-98
    SL/CT: 88-90 
    CH: 86 
    COMMENT: Hurled a 1-2-3 6th inning (L-8, 6-3, P-6)... Threw only 50% strikes (12 pitches -six strikes - one swing & miss on a CH - two foul balls)...   

    EDWIN ESCOBAR
    FB: 93-94
    SL: 81-84
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 7th inning (4-3, K-swinging, 5-3)... 13-pitches (nine strikes - one swing & miss on SL - two foul balls)... FB has good velo but he doesn't get swing & miss with it, so he throws mainly his "plus" slider (which is his "go-to" strikeout pitch)... of all of the Cubs MLB ST LHRP contenders I have seen so far, Escobar is #1 (Luke Little's stuff is more electric, but he still has trouble commanding it and is clearly not MLB-ready)...    

    PORTER HODGE
    FB: 94-96
    CT: 91-92
    SL: 80-82 
    COMMENT: Pitched the 8th inning after the Cubs went ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th... allowed a lead-off single on a 1-0 FB and a two-out single on a 1-0 CT, but he did manage to retire the side without allowing a run... struck out two (both swinging)... threw 19 pitches (11 strikes - five swing & miss - one foul ball)... stuff is plus but FB command comes & goes... 

    BRAD WIECK
    FB: 86-87
    SLOW CV: 67-68 
    COMMENT: Threw a 1-2-3 seven pitch (five strike) 9th (F-7, K-swinging on an 86 MPH FB, and F-9) to record the save... while he at one-time featured a mid-90's FB, a mid-80's SL, and a mid-70's CV, after enduring heart surgery in 2021 and TJS in 2022 the 6'8 250+ lefty has morphed into an EXTREME soft-tosser, complete with an "eephus" CV that would make Bill "Spaceman" Lee jealous... 

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Agreed, and with the way they've used him in the organization, I'd imagine he'd be fine with a mostly benchwarmer status; and at this point I don't know why Madrigal is still on the roster.......

  • crunch (view)

    you'd think a guy that could play 2nd and 3rd that has more pop than madrigal could at least get a shot at the team while they're busy paying him to be a multi-millionaire minor leaguer.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Are we able to orchestrate a giant nationwide conspiracy to convince Bote that all the games during the regular season are now also spring training games and don't count?