Cubs MLB Roster

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40-Man Roster Info

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players are on the 60-DAY IL

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, plus twelve players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and two players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 6-11-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 6
David Bote
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* Cody Bellinger
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 12
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
Jose Cuas, P
Brennen Davis, OF
Porter Hodge, P 
Nick Madrigal, INF 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B
Daniel Palencia, P 
Keegan Thompson, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF

15-DAY IL: 2
Yency Almonte, P
Ben Brown, P 

60-DAY IL: 3
Adbert Alzolay, P 
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Cubs vs. Marlins: Series Thread (Games 105-107)

The Cubs enjoy the continued presence of Willson Contreras and Ian Happ as they continue the season post trade deadline. See below for matchups against the Marlins.


Game 105, Friday, August 5, 1:20 pm central

CHC: LHP Justin Steele

MIA: RHP Edward Cabrera


Game 106, Saturday, August 6, 1:20 pm central

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (3-6, 4.42 ERA)

MIA: RHP Pablo Lopez (7-6, 3.41 ERA)


Game 107, Sunday, August 7, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Adrian Sampson (0-2, 3.74 ERA)

MIA: RHP Jesus Lazardo (2-4, 3.97 ERA)

Comments

yet another david "4.2ip" ross pitcher exit.

steele did throw 93 pitches, but yeah...ross gets really sketchy once a pitcher gets into the 5th inning.

They may have a bunch of weak hitters, but record-wise, the Marlins are a much stronger team than the Cubs.  Who was it that said, "you are what your record says you are"?

"The Cardinals and Cubs are slated to play a two-game series on June 24-25, 2023, as part of the MLB London Series at the baseball-configured London Stadium, MLB and the MLB Player Association announced on Thursday."

neat.

the cubs + reds get the field of dreams game this year, and cubs + cards get the london game next year (first since 2019).

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

i was thinking about how embarrasing for MLB the FoD game would be once contreras + happ were gone.  they at least have those guys still around to make it a barely-above minor league quality game.

a way past prime joey votto and hoping it's a night where c.morel is actually producing doesn't make for an exciting game.

t.mancini only has 3 hits since being traded to HOU.

all 3 have been homers, the latest a grand slam.

Saturday am, Cubs just took him off the IL then dfa'd Andrelton Simmons. Chalk that up to a failed trade deadline flip exercise.

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In reply to by crunch

Only thing I can say in defense of the Simmons signing is that I did approve at the time of building more positional depth. After Hoerner, the SS cupboard was pretty bare (couldn't count on Morel breaking out).  In retrospect, maybe a AAAA utility type would have been better (Machado?)

contreras is still every bit a cheerleader.

higgins hits a homer and he's jumping around in the dugout.  ...and morel is, too, but i'm pretty sure he spends 16+ hours a day doing that no matter what's going on.

smyly gets a hell of an ovation coming back into the dugout after 6.2ip of great pitching.

cubs fans are appreciating the tallent left.  owners need to recognize and respect this.  this is small market bullshit and fans doing the best with what they're given is best left for teams like tampa bay and pittsburgh.

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In reply to by crunch

The pen is going to be a bit sketchy, but I think the rest of the roster is looking as good as it has all year. Hopefully Morel's hammy isn't a major concern. Cubs have a very soft schedule for the next two weeks. Good time to go on a little run. 

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In reply to by crunch

This is how an August non-trade "trade" would work with regard to Drew Smyly...   

Orioles keep winning and determine they need a veteran starter.

Orioles (Mike Elias) calls-up Cubs (Hoyer / Hawkins) and says "If you put Drew Smyly on Outright Assignment Waivers, we promise to claim him." 

Now, from Baltimore's POV they can't be sure of being awarded the claIm because another club with a worse record and a better waiver claim priority could also make a claim and be awarded the claim. That's the chance the Orioles would be taking, but it wouldn't cost them anything if they don'r win the claim.

From the Cubs POV, it doesn't matter who wins the claim, as long as somebody does. They need to make sure that at least one club will for sure claim Smyly, because if he is placed on Outright Assignment Waivers in August and isn't claimed, the Cubs can't put him on Outright Assignment Waivers again until September 1st, and then Smyly would no longer be post-season eligible (the post-season roster-eligibility deadline is midnight 8/31).

As long as somebody makes a claim, the Cubs will get the $50,000 waiver claim fee and the claiming club assumes 100% of what remains of Smyly's contract (right now that's about $1.5M in 2022 salary plus his $5.25M 2024 salary or $1M club option buy-out). This is the best the Cubs can get for Smyly, and the longer they wait into August the smaller the salary offset and the greater the chance that Smyly might get hurt. (Injured players cannot be placed on Ouiright Assignment Waivers until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season). 
 
The Cubs are not going to extend Smyly a QO so they won't get a 2023 comp draft pick once they pay the post-2022 buy-out, so they might as well get what they can for him now, even if it's just $50,000 plus a 100% salary offset/savings.

And Smyly probably wouldn't mind going to a contender, either!.  

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

If you are wondering about Jason Heyward being placed on Outright Assignment Waivers, even if his knee was 100% a player with full or partial "no trade" rights (and Heyward is a "10/5 player" so he has an automatic full "no trade") cannot be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers unless and until he waives his "no trade" - IN ADVANCE. He can't wait to see who claims him and then waive his "no trade." (Not that any club would claim Heyward's albatross contract). 

totally missed that dwight smith died on july 22nd...congestive heart failure, 58 years old.

he was part of that late-80s/early-90s group of cubs kids that showed up with strong bats, but quickly faded...dwight smith, jerome walton, rick wilkins, etc...

he was a guy who stayed in good physical shape post-retirement.  tough one.

Recent comments

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Yeah. I mean, the fundamental problem is that players aren’t performing. But isn’t one of the responsibilities of a manager to fire a team up when they’re lackluster?

    I’ve always admired Counsel but maybe we’ve never seen him in this condition - managing a team that is emotionally dead. Sort of like Joe Maddon being a great manager on good teams but terrible on slumping teams.

    This team needs a Durocher type at this point - someone to kick them in their @sses. Not the mild mannered analytical guy Counsel seems to be.

    I don’t know - maybe a Durocher type can’t even exist in the game today with the coddling of multi million dollar players.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    PCA has injected some excitement and the two suicide squeeze’s - well, outside of inside the park homers that’s the most exciting play in baseball. That one inning was an anomaly though. Most of the time they go up, swing as hard as they can and hope to hit something out of the park, but almost invariably strike out or pop out instead. That’s lousy baseball to watch.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    That last sentence really says it all. A week or even two is a slump. One and a half months is a pattern.

    Very disappointing because they could and should be so much better. They showed that back in April.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    And I mean, I know Craig Counsell is a good manager, but like… he seems way, way more tentative here than he did in Milwaukee. There’s no innovation trying to get these guys going. It’s trotting out roughly the same lineup, using the same late inning arms, making sure to not let SPs get to 90 pitches, and on and on. Justin Steele is your ace. He’s at 89 pitches through 6. Your roller coaster nominal closer isn’t available tonight. Why on earth is Steele not throwing the 7th??? He’s not a young prospect on an innings limit, he’s an in-prime multi year MLBer approaching veteran status. I can’t decide if the front office was calling more shots in Milwaukee which made him look good, or maybe the Cubs front office isn’t giving him the space to make the tougher or more creative decisions. Shake some things up! Use Miller late game, he got the out Leiter couldn’t. Brewer is nasty, maybe he could get a shot at a high leverage inning?

    I won’t go too nuts on the front office as this post is already getting long, but can we please shake up some of this roster? Can we actually see if Canario can hack it? And I mean let him play, not just call up and warm the bench. Is Vazquez any better than Wisdom? Maybe CJ or Ethan Roberts can help the bullpen?

  • crunch (view)

    innings 8-9 have been brutal on this team.

    even when they hang in there, they are blowing an alarming amount of games late.  way way way too many 1-run games not going the cubs way.

    it's a bat issue as much as it's a setup/closer issue.  they're so close to being a better team, but they are projecting really terrible for the past 1.5 months.   i hope it's a slump, but damn...pen arms and bats (beyond walks, singles, HBP) need to show up.  1.5 months generally isn't a slump.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Yup. Not only does this team suck, they’re also really boring. It’s basically a script for every game. There’s 2, maybe 3 innings each game they threaten to score and sometimes get a couple measly runs. Usually the SP is good, and the bullpen blows it. The script will vary, but by and large the games are a snooze. I find I spend more time messing on my phone and/ or reading with the game on than I do really paying attention to the game 

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    On the broadcast when JD said he seemed to be avoiding the splitter I headed directly to sports betting and put it on the Cubs to lose. If Leiter doesn’t have his splitter going, batting practice is exactly what is happening.

  • crunch (view)

    cubs need to get david ross back.

    not as manager.  dude threw 2ip 0h 0bb 0k ball.  6 up, 6 down.

    sign the dude.

  • crunch (view)

    welp.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    By bringing in a trusted reliever and having him throw batting practice.