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

26 players on MLB RESERVE LIST are ACTIVE, twelve players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, one player is on the 15-DAY IL, and one player is on the 10-DAY IL

Last updated 4-18-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 13
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Javier Assad
Colten Brewer
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
Hector Neris 
* Drew Smyly
Jameson Taillon 
Keegan Thompson
* Jordan Wicks

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch 
Garrett Cooper
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger 
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

OPTIONED: 12 
Kevin Alcantara, OF 
Michael Arias, P 
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF 
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF 
Porter Hodge, P 
* Luke Little, P 
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Daniel Palencia, P 
Luis Vazquez, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, P 

10-DAY IL: 1 
Seiya Suzuki, OF

15-DAY IL
* Justin Steele, P   

60-DAY IL: 2 
Caleb Kilian, P 
Julian Merryweather, P
 





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Cubs @ Reds: Series Thread (Games 111-113)

The Cubs and Reds play three this weekend, starting with the 2022 Field of Disappointment Dreams. Following a Friday off, they continue the series with two in Cincinnati. See below for maychups.


Game 111, Thursday, August 11, 6:15 pm central

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (4-6, 3.97 ERA)

CIN: LHP Nick Lodolo (3-3, 4.40 ERA)


Game 112, Saturday, August 13, 7:40 pm central

CHC: RHP Adrian Sampson (0-3, 3.83 ERA)

CIN: RHP Graham Ashcraft (5-2, 3.94 ERA)


Game 113, Sunday, August 14, 12:40 pm central

CHC: RHP Keegan Thompson (9-5, 3.36 ERA)

CIN: RHP Justin Dunn (0-1, 5.79 ERA)

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lineups out...

madricorn (2nd) - contrercorn (C) - wisdocorn (3rd) - suzukorn (RF) - coerner (SS) - happcorn (LF) - velázmaíz (DH) - higgcorn (1st) - cornel (CF)

contreras is...still in the game?

okay.  wow.  never seen someone go down like that and then go slap on the gear and return to catching a game.

tatis jr popped for PEDs...80 games.

straight up steroids (clostebol), no grey area.  dee gordon got popped with the same thing a few years ago.

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In reply to by Sonicwind75

yeah, no.

that's not a ringworm medication.  that's as f'n stupid as taking anti-parasitic horse paste to treat a f'n virus and no one is that f'n stupid...oh my god...nevermind.  i believe him.  case closed.

2018/19 cubs minor league roster filler wynton bernard made his MLB debut tonight at age 31 for COL.  he turns 32 next month.  he went from 35th round pick, to minor league and indie ball journeyman, to the bigs.

got his first hit (single), followed by a stolen base, and eventually scoring.  ever see parents totally lose it with pride and happiness over something a 31 year old kid is doing?  good stuff.

Color me mildly surprised that no one has yet commented on the Weekend at Bernie's quality Harry Carey hologram leading the 7th inning stretch. I've never seen the old Star Wars Christmas Special but I hope they never show that hologram again, either. 

f.reyes with his 1st homer.

he's hitting well so far.  they still haven't let him play anywhere but DH (4th game).

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In reply to by JoePepitone

let's go all-in.  have him play SS for 5 innings, then finish out behind the plate.  bat him leadoff.  let's goooooo.

seriously, though...i am ready to see him in the corner OF...especially with the ivy/brick of wrigley.  even with a warning track, that OF wall makes some people timid.

if happ goes in the offseason, i dunno if counting solely on velazquez is a solid idea.  reyes/velazquez seems a bit more comfortable if reyes is able.  reyes at least has a quality arm, though the rest of the D is below average.

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In reply to by crunch

I was just thinking he's had the kind of year that makes a guy wonder if he's turning into an Addison Russell as he hits 27. Letting him build on some success might be good for his mental approach before taking on more challenges. That being said, I know nothing about the guy, so it's just my WAG (wild-ass guess) about the situation!

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In reply to by JoePepitone

he has bat/power potential, realized potential.  37 homers in 2019 (548 PA) and 30 in 2021 (466 PA)

that said, he's kinda patrick wisdom-ish with the bat...and that leaves the cubs with 2 patrick wisdom-ish bats...excessive amounts of Ks with above average pop.

the D is just bad.  iffy routes, bad speed...good arm, though.  seen worse in the OF get regular work.

the talk of his quality as a clubhouse presence goes from SD to CLE as above average and should pair well with the energy and enthusiasm of morel.  that's not everything, but it's something.

he could just flame out and be an after-thought before the season is over.  he's a 1.5m experiment to see if it's worth paying him 5m+ next year.  right now the club knows the D is below average and that's mostly set in stone even if tweaked.  he got let go by CLE because the bat was below expectation.  if the bat improves over what he was showing in CLE (the power/hits specifically) then where he plays becomes an issue.  but yeah, prove himself with the bat first and then worry about where he fits on the field vs DH.

It's very possible that after Drew Smyly's outing at the Field of Dreams on Thursday night the Cubs might have received a call from one or more contenders asking the Cubs to place Smyly on Outright Assignment Waivers, with a promise that he would get claimed. 

If that happened and the Cubs agreed to the request, the earliest Smyly could have have been placed on Outright Assignment Waivers would have been 2 PM (Eastern) on Friday 8/12, and if so he would clear waivers at 1 PM (Eastern) on Sunday 8/14 (the waiver ride lasts 47 hours). 

Since waiver claim priority is based upon the standings at 9 AM (Eastern) on the day the player's waiver ride ends, a club could not be sure of being awarded the claim, but as long as at least one club promises to claim the player, the Cubs would get their waiver claiming fee and salary offset no matter who wins the claim. 

The thing is, the Cubs won't place Smyly on waivers until they are sure at least one club will claim him, since he can only be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers one time in August if he is not claimed. Note that if waivers are secured and the player is not claimed, the player does - NOT - have to be outrighted to the minors. In this case, it's just a procedural thing. 

Since they didn't trade him by the MLB Trade Deadline, Smyly getting claimed off waivers is the only way the Cubs can get anything for him (the $50,000 waiver claim fee plus the claiming club assumes 100% of what's left of his salary).

Also, an MLB club or clubs cannot make some kind of side deal with another club to try and manipulate a waiver claim or to add a player or more money to the claim. The waiver claim has to be strictly a waiver claim with no strings attached (just the waiver claim fee plus the claiming club assumes 100% of what remains of the player's salary, plus any future buy-out). 

If Smyly does get claimed off waivers, I would expect Wade Miley to be immediately reinstated from the IL (he threw 66 pitches in a rehab start for AAA Iowa this past Wednesday) and replace Smyly in the Cubs starting rotation, Then if Miley throws a couple of good games in a row like Smyly has, the Cubs could do the waiver wire trick with Miley, too (and Miley is making twice as much as Smyly)...

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

including the buyout, this would pretty much fund the f.reyes experiment with a bit under a million saved.

im reading conflicting info on whether there was a buyout at contract end (2022)...5.25 total or 4.25 with a 1m buyout on the 2023 payroll.  either way, it would pay for f.reyes the rest of the season with loot left over.

uh oh...rain.

k.thompson is terrible in the rain...small sample size and all, but it's a terrible small sample.

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In reply to by crunch

31 pitch first.  8 pitches to the first 2 guys, for outs, including a K...then the rain started...walk, then 12 pitches to votto for a pop out.

rain seems to be tapering off.  thompson will go have 2-3 red bulls between innings and get back out there, hopefully without rain.

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In reply to by crunch

rain stopped, but he walked the first 2 guys in the 2nd on 15 pitches...then a 3 run homer on a 3-2 count, 7 pitches, all the strikes swinging and outside the zone.

batter after that gets a 3-2 count (6th 3-2 count batter in a row), but thompson gets a called strike 3 that wasn't in the zone.

doesn't look like we're getting 5 innings today.

we get 1.2ip...he leaves after 70 pitches with a guy on 2nd (double)

drew rasmussen (TB) is perfect through 8ip vs BAL with only 79 pitches thrown.  wow.

walking y.gomes and c.morel is back-to-back ABs should get a pitcher DFA'd.

31 walks in 489 combined PA for the 2 of them coming into those ABs.

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Indeed they do TJW!

    For the record I’m not in favor of solely building a team through paying big to free agents. But I’m also of the mind that when you develop really good players, get them signed to extensions that buy out a couple years of free agency, including with team options. And supplement the home grown players with free agent splashes or using excess prospects to trade for stars under team control for a few years. Sort of what Atlanta does, basically. Everyone talks about the dodgers but I feel that Atlanta is the peak organization at the current moment.

    That said, the constant roster churn is very Rays- ish. What they do is incredible, but it’s extremely hard to do which is why they’re the only ones frequently successful that employ that strategy. I definitely do not want to see a large market team like ours follow that model closely. But I don’t think free agent frenzies is always the answer. It’s really only the Dodgers that play in that realm. I could see an argument for the Mets too. The Yankees don’t really operate like that anymore since the elder Steinbrenner passed. Though I would say the reigning champions built a good deal of that team through free agent spending.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    The issue is the Cubs are 11-7 and have been on the road for 12 of those 18.  We should be at least 13-5, maybe 14-4. Jed isn't feeling any pressure to play anyone he doesn't see fit.
    But Canario on the bench, Morel not at 3B for Madrigal and Wisdom in RF wasn't what I thought would happen in this series.
    I was hoping for Morel at 3B, Canario in RF, Wisdom at DH and Madrigal as a pinch hitter or late replacement.
    Maybe Madrigal starts 1 game against the three LHSP for Miami.
    I'm thinking Canario goes back to Iowa on Sunday night for Mastrobuoni after the Miami LHers are gone.
    Canario needs ABs in Iowa and not bench time in MLB.
    With Seiya out for a while Wisdom is safe unless his SOs are just overwhelmingly bad.

    My real issue with the lineup isn't Madrigal. I'm not a fan, but I've given up on that one.
    It's Tauchman getting a large number of ABs as the de factor DH and everyday player.
    I didn't realize that was going to be the case.
    We need a better LH DH. PCA or ONKC need to force the issue in about a month.
    But, even if they do so, Jed doesn't have to change anything if the Cubs stay a few over .500!!!

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Totally depends on the team and the player involved. If your team’s philosophy is to pay huge dollars to bet on the future performance of past stars in order to win championships then, yes, all of the factors you mentioned are important.

    If on the other hand, if the team’s primary focus is to identify and develop future stars in an effort to win a championship, and you’re a young player looking to establish yourself as a star, that’s a fit too. Otherwise your buried within your own organization.

    Your comment about bringing up Canario for the purposes of sitting him illustrates perfectly the dangers of rewarding a non-performing, highly paid player over a hungry young prospect, like Canario, who is perpetually without a roster spot except as an insurance call up, but too good to trade. Totally disincentivizing the performance of the prospect and likely diminishing it.

    Sticking it to your prospects and providing lousy baseball to your fans, the consumers and source of revenue for your sport, solely so that the next free agent gamble finds your team to be a comfortable landing spot even if he sucks? I suppose  that makes sense to some teams but it’s definitely not the way I want to see my team run.

    Once again, DJL, our differences in philosophy emerge!

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    That’s just kinda how it works though, for every team. No team plays their best guys all the time. No team is comprising of their best 26 even removing injuries.

    When baseball became a business, like REALLY a business, it became important to keep some of the vets happy, which in turn keeps agents happy and keeps the team with a good reputation among players and agents. No one wants to play for a team that has a bad reputation in the same way no one wants to work for a company that has a bad rep.

    Don’t get me wrong, I hate it too. But there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

    On that topic, I find it silly the Cubs brought up Canario to sit as much as he has. He’s going to get Velazquez’d, and it’s a shame.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Of course, McKinstry runs circles around $25 million man Javier Baez on that Tigers team. Guess who gets more playing time?

    But I digress…

  • Sonicwind75 (view)

    Seems like Jed was trying to corner the market on mediocre infielders with last names starting with "M" in acquiring Madrigal, Mastroboney and Zach McKinstry.  

     

    At least he hasn't given any of them a Bote-esque extension.  

  • Childersb3 (view)

    AZ Phil:
    Rookie ball (ACL) starts on May 4th. Do yo think Ramon and Rosario (maybe Delgado) stay in Mesa for the month of May, then go to MB if all goes "solid"?
     

  • crunch (view)

    masterboney is a luxury on a team that has multiple, capable options for 2nd, SS, and 3rd without him around.  i don't hate the guy, but if madrigal is sticking around then masterboney is expendable.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    I THINK I agree with that decision. They committed to Wicks as a starter and, while he hasn’t been stellar I don’t think he’s been bad enough to undo that commitment.

    That said, Wesneski’s performance last night dictates he be the next righty up.

    Quite the dilemma. They have many good options, particularly in relief, but not many great ones. And complicating the situation is that the pitchers being paid the most are by and large performing the worst - or in Taillon’s case, at least to this point, not at all.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Wesneski and Mastrobuoni to Iowa

    Taillon and Wisdom up

    Wesneski can't pitch for a couple of days after the 4 IP from last night. But Jed picked Wicks over Wesneski.