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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, plus eight players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and six players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-25-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

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

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

OPTIONED: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

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


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

2023 Cubs Spring Training


2023 CUBS SPRING TRAINING ROSTER

40 players (MLB roster) 
32 players (Non-Roster Invitee - NRI )

* bats or throws left 
# bats both 

MLB ROSTER PITCHERS: 21 
73 Adbert Alzolay
72 Javier Assad 
25 Brad Boxberger 
86 Ben Brown 
56 Jeremiah Estrada 
28 Kyle Hendricks 
12 Codi Heuer 
47 Brandon Hughes * 
84 Ryan Jensen 
45 Caleb Kilian 
66 Julian Merryweather 
21 Ethan Roberts 
59 Michael Rucker 
41 Adrian Sampson 
11 Drew Smyly * 
35 Justin Steele * 
0 Marcus Stroman 
50 James Taillon 
71 Keegan Thompson 
19 Hayden Wesneski 
99 Rowan Wick 

NON-ROSTER PITCHERS: 17 
77 Ryan Borucki * 
49 Nick Burdi 
93 Danis Correa 
65 Tyler Duffey 
52 Roenis Elias * 
64 Jordan Holloway 
92 Bailey Horn * 
46 Anthony Kay * 
91 Ben Leeper
30 Mark Leiter Jr 
57 Brendon Little * 
61 Brailyn Marquez * 
58 Nick Neidert 
48 Vinny Nittolo 
39 Manuel Rodriguez 
95 Cam Sanders 
62 Eric Stout * 

MLB CATCHERS: 3 
75 Miguel Amaya 
18 Tucker Barnhart * 
15 Yan Gomes

NON-ROSTER CATCHERS: 3 
37 Dom Nunez * 
32 Luis Torrens 
67 Bryce Windham * 

MLB INFIELDERS: 8 
2 Nico Hoerner 
51 Eric Hosmer * 
1 Nick Madrigal 
20 Miles Mastrobuoni * 
6 Zach McKinstry *
5 Christopher Morel  
7 Dansby Swanson 
16 Patrick Wisdom 

NON-ROSTER INFIELDERS: 7  
60 Sergio Alcantara # 
13 David Bote 
79 Matt Mervis * 
43 Esteban Quiroz * 
98 Chase Strumpf 
83 Andy Weber * 
74 Jared Young * 

MLB OUTFIELDERS: 8 
88 Kevin Alcantara 
24 Cody Bellinger * 
80 Alexander Canario 
94 Brennen Davis 
8 Ian Happ # 
36 Trey Mancini 
27 Seiya Suzuki 
4 Nelson Velazquez 

NON-ROSTER OUTFIELDERS: 5 
70 Pete Crow-Armstrong * 
78 Ben DeLuzio 
89 Darius Hill * 
87 Yonathan Perlaza # 
40 Mike Tauchman * 

MANAGER 
3 David Ross 

COACHES
96 James Adduci (Assistant Hitting Coach)
63 Juan Cabreja (Assistant Hitting Coach - BP Coordinator) 
29 Andy Green (Bench Coach) 
33 Willie Harris (3rd base coach) 
68 Tommy Hottovy (Pitching Coach)
76 Dustin Kelly (Hitting Coach)  
90 Jonathan Mota (Assistant Bullpen Coach) 
55 Mike Napoli (1st Base Coach)  
81 Craig Driver (Game Strategy / Catching Coach)
53 Daniel Moskos (Assistant Pitching Coach) 
97 Alex Smith (Data Development & Process Coach) 
82 Johnny Washington (Assistant Hitting Coach) 
54 Chris Young (Bullpen Coach) 

OTHER
85 Garrett Lloyd (Bullpen Catcher) 

NUMBERS NOT CURRENTLY ISSUED:
9 (last worn by Javier Baez)
17 (last worn by Kris Bryant)
22 (last worn by Jason Heyward)
34 (last worn by John Lester)
38 (last worn by Brad Wieck)
44 (last worn by Anthony Rizzo)
69 (Cubs do not issue this number) 

RETIRED NUMBERS:
10 Ron Santo
14 Ernie Banks
23 Ryne Sandberg
26 Billy Williams
31 Ferguson Jenkins & Greg Maddux
42 Jackie Robinson

Comments

per MLBTR...The Padres and right-hander Yu Darvish are in agreement on a six-year extension that’ll run through the 2028 season, AJ Cassavell and Mark Feinsand of MLB.com report (Twitter link). Darvish, a Wasserman client, was already under contract for $18MM in 2023. That means the deal will tack on five years and $90MM worth of new money to his contract, which will carry through Darvish’s age-41 season.

I can't imagine that Darvish will end his career as a Padre.

 

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

darvish + 3m so SD can have darvish for 3/53m...a huge bargain in this market given his ability.

there's a near 0% chance that near-MLB and MLB-ready talent couldn't have been sourced from somewhere shopping him.

the kids besides caissie aren't living up to potential, but then again only 1 of the other 3 is even old enough to buy a beer 2+ years out from that trade.  maybe they'll turn it around.  not looking great 2 years in, though...the lack of power development on all 3 is a bit alarming.

cubs sign michael fulmer...him and box are probably the closer favs...outside shot on wick.

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In reply to by crunch

Just before the Cubs acquired Jose Quintana from the White Sox for Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease at the MLB Trade Deadline in 2017, the Cubs made the same offer to the Tigers for Michael Fulmer but were turned down. As much as Quintana did not meet expectations as a Cub, acquiring Fulmer would have been many times worse.

Fulmer had burst upon the scene as one of the top young starting pitchers in MLB in 2016 at age 23, before his career was derailed (almost permanently) thanks to a series of injures (oblique, knee surgery, and TJS) suffered in 2018-19.

It wasn't until 2021 that Fulmer found success as a reliever (co-closer with Gregory Soto), although his stuff reportedly wasn't quite as good in 2022 as it was in 2021, and so he wasn't used in as many high-leverage situations as the previous year. 

Ideally the Cubs will pair Fulmer with a LH closer like the Tigers did in 2021 with Soto (presuming Fulmer's stuff comes back to where it was in 2021). 

Fulmer turns 30 next month, so he is still fairly young for a RP. 

Chafin goes back to DBacks for ~7mil

I guess we could still sign Moore, Britton, or  Smith

Maybe Jed thinks one LHRP in Hughes is enough to start the yr

1-Fulmer

2-Boxberger

3-Wick

4-Hughes*

5-Alzolay

6-Thompson

7-Sampson/Wesneski

8-Rucker/Estrada/Merryweather

Spots 3 and 8 there are a little iffy maybe???

Even though we'd all like Estrada to win there!

 

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In reply to by Childersb3

Walk me through what the modern usage of a "long reliever" is. It used to be, when Ray Burris is getting shelled in the second inning, Ken Kravec warms up. If summoned, he tries to last until the 7th. That doesn't happent anymore.

 

Teams have 1 inning guys, 30 pitch guys, and maaaaaaaaaaaybe a 40 pitch guy, like Brent Suter. However, if Taillon is 64 Pitches after 2, and done? The guy up from Des Moines gets the first call. Not Alzolay or Thompson.

 

I expect Sampson's 1.95 gets him in the rotation most of the year.

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In reply to by tim815

the cubs seem to be using the long reliever in a few ways the past many years

...the traditional "starter shit the bed, send someone in to eat innings"

...the "we got starters that will go 5-ish innings and we want 3-ish innings from someone who can pitch to win so we don't gotta use 3+ guys to do it"

...and "we don't wanna tax this arm so let's use him out of the pen for a while and quickly transition him to starter later" (or that in reverse)

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In reply to by crunch

Nicely explained Crunch. I'll add a variant of your second category, "starters that will go 5-ish innings."

The starter who constantly gets into significant trouble in the 3rd-4th. At some point they get tried as the “piggyback” bullpen guy that goes 2+ innings and succeeds in that role. Keegan Thompson seems to have been the best example but Alzolay also fits this category even though he landed here more because of injury issues and never getting over the 5-inning hump.  Justin Steele seemed to overcome his starter issues last year but I was worried he was about to fit in here too. 

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In reply to by tim815

Agreed Tim, the $1.95 mil is the strongest indicator to me he’s getting the first shot at Hendricks’ spot while Kyle is out. It’d be more fun and more interesting long term to see Wesneski get that shot, but if I were to bet who gets more April and May starts between Sampson and Wesneski, my money is on Sampson.

Wesneski has nothing to show in AAA. I get that Sampson makes 1mil+ more than Wesneski, but that means literally nothing. 

Long Man status in 8 man bullpens mean he pitch one per week. Maybe twice max. Sure. That's basically no help. Also that would be a waste of an arm like Wesneski's so that's why no of us want him in the pen.

Sampson could give you some innings as the 5th SP. But, he doesn't have an out pitch. He isn't going to compete with the better lineups. He'll be steady. The Cubs already have steady. They need some pop. They need strikeouts. Their defense will certainly help their staff. But they need juice. 

Sampson can help spot start, 6th man, eat innings. Wesneski could give them something more.

BTW, I've never before and am not saying now that Wesneski or Sampson will make 30 starts each and throw more than 150 IPs.

So theyll both make starts. Kilian and Assad ad well. Maybe Hendricks.

So knowing they'll all share the 5th spot, give the young guy the confidence of earning the job out of ST (if he in fact does earn it)

We'll see

it's nice to have enough possible SP material to even have these discussions...and guys like kilian and assad aren't even in the mix even though they would be on many teams.

Multi-inning leverage reliever (MILER) is a cool term and a potentially valuable weapon. It also helps out a manager with a notorious quick twitch to pull his starter. If he had two "Milers" it might keep him from destroying the short-inning guys in the bullpen. It's also a great way to get young guys who would be inconsistent starters a achieve success until they get more consistent. The traditional non-leveraged long relievers are not what this is about. They never have the potential to be much more than the last pitcher on the roster.

the extra innings ghost runner is now a perm thing...not personally thrilled with that.  players, owners, and media outlets love it for the shortened extra inning games, though.

also, fun is being policed with position players pitching...  "position players will only be allowed to pitch in extra innings, or in the ninth inning for a leading team that is up by ten or more runs or anytime for a trailing team that is down by eight or more"

madrigal doing time at 3rd early in ST...he should be fighting with d.bote for the main track on the 2nd/3rd utility spot.

technically i guess he's competing with morel, wisdom, and bote at 3rd, but pretty much everyone expects to see him on the bench.

cubs were in attendance for the zack britton workout today...5 other teams also attending...

fulmer contract done, 4m deal...

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In reply to by crunch

The problem with a "showcase" like Zach Britton's is that he might look fantastic at the workout, but how is he the next day? Can he bounce back and throw two days in a row? Does he have the same stuff the next day? Or how many days off does he need between outings before he can do it again? 

A few years ago LHP Danny Hultzen was at Cubs Extended Spring Training, trying to make a comeback after multiple shoulder surgeries. He looked great when he pitched, with a high velo FB and a wipeout breaking ball. Problem is, he could only throw one inning in an outing, and then he needed two or three days off before he could throw another inning. And that just doesn't work in so far as being part of an MLB (or even a minor league) bullpen.

To be useful, a reliever has to be able to either throw multiple innings or throw two days in a row (occasionally maybe even three). If a RP can only throw one inning and then he needs one, two, or maybe even three days off, that isn't going to cut it, and that cannot be ascertained at a showcase / workout. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

my main problem with it is im tired of the cubs looking for talent on the clearance rack.  if they wanted an impact pen lefty they had a shot at a slew of them if they wanted to pay them.

that said, along with a slew of early guys being snapped up...now chaffin and moore are off the market.  gambling on britton is assumed to be the "best" lefty on the market.  so many gambles...gambles in CF, at 1st, in the pen...

i think fulmer and box are the only 2 guys who have more than 150 career IP in the current pen mix, righty or lefty.  i think the only other guy with more than 100ip is wick.

speaking of bargain bin additions, the cubs have signed 3rd/1st edwin rios to a major league deal.  1yr/1m...ethan roberts to the 60d IL.  he's got club control left, too...can't complain about the pickup, though it does eat a roster spot that could go to someone in-house.

he's kinda franmil reyes-like (power and Ks), only he can field a couple positions well enough to not embarrass himself.

the chance of matt mervis breaking with the team just went down a bit.  morel's situation might be in question, too, since the team can platoon rios(L)/wisdom(R).

The FO already pretty much admitted Mervis won't break camp with the team. Wisdom is basically a LH Wisdom with worse defense. I do wonder how much 3B he actually plays for a program that values defense so much tho.

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In reply to by bradsbeard

Edwin Rios was developed by the Dodgers as the heir-apparent to long-time 3B Justin Turner, but the Dodgers non-tendered Rios even after they did not pick up Turner's 2023 club option. 

Why? 

Rios is one of the worst defensive third-basemen I have ever seen. Really, really bad. You cannot play him at 3B in MLB, and the Dodgers knew that. He also has some time at 1B-LF-RF so he does profile as a "four-corner" defender, but because of his lack of defensive skills he is essentially a DH and ONLY a DH.

He does have plus HR power, however, so he actually could be an MLB DH, or at least a platoon DH if there is a need for that.  

The most surprising thing about the signing is that the Cubs gave him a major league contract, especially this late in the off-season. He has "AAA depth" written all over him.  

we got some great weekend comedy going around MLB.  stop me if you've heard this one before...

"Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Jason Heyward has made "significant" adjustments to his swing mechanics."

it would be awesome if it works out, though.  cubs pay 17.5m to add the dodgers released OF'r (belinger) and also pay 22m for the dodgers new OF'r (heyward).  moneyballs.

d.ross talked to some reporters...

thompson will open the season in a multi-inning pen role and the 5th spot is a sampson/wesneski/assad competition.  looks like alzolay isn't being considered a starter candidate anymore.

also, suzuki showed up for camp showing the results of an off-season of weight room work.  he's not pro-wrestler big, but he's got more upper body muscle going on (not like he was skinny or something last year)...obviously bigger looking than last season.

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In reply to by crunch

A few years ago (I think it was probably 2018) the Cubs began to measure exit velocities for hitters at Camp Day BP at Extended Spring Training, and Christopher Morel, Yonathan Perlaza, and Nelson Velazquez were 1-2-3 in highest exit velo (and for Perlaza, that was from both sides of the plate). So you could tell even back then -- before Perlaza was hitting home runs -- that he could eventually grow into a slugger. 

The thing about Perlaza is that back then the Cubs were playing him at 2B and 3B and he was a train wreck defensively no matter where he played, and you could see that he would sometimes take his defensive mistakes with him to the plate. He seemed to be angry a lot. 

I remember asking one of the coaches if they had considered moving Perlaza to corner OF like the White Sox did with Jorge Orta in the 1970's, to help clear his mind and unlock his potential. (Like Perlaza, Orta was an offense-first 2B-3B who was eventually moved to OF).  

And that's exactly what the Cubs did with Perlaza at Instructs in 2019, and you can see how his offense (especially power) has really blossomed since he was moved to the outfield. I think Perlaza is a definite MLB prospect, whether it be as a LF or a DH. He can really rake.  

BTW, Perlaza was eligible to be an MLB Rule 9 minor league 6YFA post-2022, but he signed a 2023 minor league successor contract that kept him from becoming a FA. As part of the deal, he got an NRI to MLB Spring Training.

It is not likely that Perlaza will sign another minor league successor contract post-2023, however, because agents usually advise their clients not to do that more than once, unless the player is essentially a career organizational minor leaguer Crash Davis-type (which Perlaza is not).   

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In reply to by crunch

suzuki on his off-season swole...

"The Japanese outfielder added 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason.

“It was mechanically — just [improve] swing speed, first step,” Suzuki said through Toy Matsushita. “I think it’s all connected to power, so not just power, I feel like mechanically it’s all aspects.”"

Recent comments

  • George Altman (view)

    I couldn't agree more with everything you've said here Phil. It's 40-man Roster malpractice by Jed since November. Hendricks, Madrigal, and Mastrobuoni shouldn't be on the 40-man, let alone the 26-man. Add Smyly to that group, too.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Those million dollar systems are hardly infallible. AI does not yet dictate how the prospects develop or how game is played. If it did what would be the use of playing? Team with the best projected stats would win every time. We all know better

    Brailyn Marquez and Jose Albertos both had tremendous arms and potentially major league pitches. So did Kris Jensen. Problem is none of them could harness it and, even if they could, MLB players can hit good fastballs. Estrada sure looked to be on that kind of trajectory. Very likely that by mid summer he will be again once the law of averages catches up with the May superstardom.

    Now let’s take a moment to focus on Madrigal. You know, the best team in the league at the moment, the Phillies, have Whit Merrifield. 105 PA and batting .181. Dodgers are second best and have Kiki Hernandez on the bench. 125 plate appearances and .193. The Braves spread the AB’s a little more but they see fit to keep former Cub farmhand Zack Short around. 47 PA’s and .158. Nobody complains much about those guys. I didn’t do the digging but I would venture to say that each have another light hitting utility guy taking up a 40 man roster spot as well. Two wasted 40 man roster spots each on these winning teams, not dissimilar to the Cubs. So while an awful lot of keystrokes on here are spent discussing Madrigal and Mastrobouni as they are - let’s just say, somewhat underwhelming, they are not at the core of what ails this team.

    The real problem is that the guys who are paid to hit aren’t hitting. The league has caught up with Busch, Suzuki, and Morel, and while I believe they will adjust at some point, it’s a process. Swanson, Happ and Hoerner seem to be in that multi year contract comfort zone that folks on here tell me don’t exist. The offense from their catching sucks and seems unlikely to improve much with current personnel. Tauchman has come down to Earth to be the true player he is. To his credit and counter to my expectations, the only guy who may be turning corner a bit seems to be Bellinger.

    None of them seem willing to play the small ball, hustle game that gets teams out of slumps. They show no plate discipline and, to add insult to injury, they have been quite unlucky at times. The lack of offense and less than stellar infield fielding has greatly magnified the issues with the bullpen, as well as their low performing utility guys.

    So let’s ease off the Madrigal/Mastribouni scapegoating. They are not stars and never will be, but they are not enigmas either. Utility players are what they are, and replacing them with other utility players, while possible, isn’t likely to solve very much - nor is the other approach of bringing up farmhands and letting them ride the pine - until the “stars” break out of their May malaise and start hitting and fielding better.

  • crunch (view)

    just to throw a bit of salt in the j.estrada wound...

    he has struck out 13 batters in a row over his last 3 outings.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    The short answer there is yes he gets credit for the wins but he also gets credit for the losses.

    Phil’s point about the crystal ball is spot on. If all of the machinery and data and systems they have don’t manifest into essentially a crystal ball, what use is all of that? Somebody messed up.

    As for who else could have gone, I agree with Phil that a pitcher like Estrada, as awful as he looked last year, had shown he had at least 1-2 legit MLB caliber pitches, it was just a matter of finding them again. He was pre arb young power arm. Whereas let’s say Madrigal was entering year 2 of 4 arb years. He’d proven to be a defense first backup infielder incapable of playing SS. You want to talk dime a dozen, THAT is dime a dozen. THAT is a NRI. I can squint and see the argument to not lose Wisdom’s power as a bench bat. Or even Boner as a utility guy who can play OF and handle an emergency SS run, who also hits left handed and has options. But choosing Madrigal over an arm like Estrada was a poor decision, even at the time.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Ok, so it’s the end of 2023 and going into the postseason. Cuas, Alzolay, Leiter, and Merriwether all had respectable seasons last year.

    So among Killian, Wesneski, Estrada, Palencia, Brown, Horn, Rodriguez, Little, Hughes, Wicks, all of whom had huge potential but huge questions heading into 2024, 1) How are you going to protect all of them? 2) If you can’t, who do you protect?

    How many times was the phrase “good problem to have” tossed around?

    If it had been Palencia going to another team and hitting a May hot streak, which could just as easily have happened, would we not be having the identical conversation?

    Brown just pitched seven no hit innings yesterday. Does Jed get any credit for keeping him around? Does he get credit for ditching Horn and getting something with very decent upside, Thompson, in return? How about picking up Miller, who has been stellar so far? Does he get the blame for Meriwether, and Killian, who burned up the spring, getting hurt? And is there a single organization out there that can’t say they wish they had a reliever or two they had recently back?

    There is very definitely a “lottery” aspect to relief pitching. In the last couple of years the Cubs largely won the lottery and spun much of that good fortune into prospect gold. This year others have won and the Cubs for the most part appear to be holding the short stick. So are we really going to have the neck of the GM who took this team from the utter doldrums to the brink of contention and a number three rated system over the course of a couple of years?

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Except Jed Hoyer does in fact have a crystal ball and it cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The equipment and programs acquired by the Cubs are not just used in player development. They are also used in self-evaluation (self-scouting). With the information available these mistakes should not be happening. The mistakes also include the Cubs post-2023 November 40-man roster strategy that values guys like Madrigal, Mastrobuoni, and Hendricks over younger talent with more upside. 

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Quick reminder that during much of the offseason the question marks were at third base, first base and centerfield. While the organization was stacked with outfield prospects, Mervis was coming off a solid season in AAA and was being considered a serious candidate for first base. There simply wasn’t room at the inn for everyone. There was clearly a place for Perlaza somewhere but he simply didn’t possess the complete toolset that some of the other Cub outfield prospects do. For myself, I’ve always had a soft spot for Darius Hill. Unfortunately, he’s another odd man out in a stacked system.

    And hindsight is always 20/20. For example, Estrada always had potential but was totally erratic in 2023. Cuas had a much lower ceiling but he was a steady presence in a relief corp with many question marks. Sure, it seems like a silly decision now, but Jed doesn’t have the benefit of a crystal ball. Everyone, probably Jed included, hated to see Estrada go, but it wasn’t such a crazy idea at the time. BTW, in terms of Estrada leaving via waivers, does anyone honestly think Jed didn’t try to shop him first? I have to assume no one was willing to to give up anything for him.

    Even given the way the season has gone, I think the only place where Jed solidly and clearly missed the mark that could/should have been foreseen was with Hendricks, as just about everybody on this board recognized at the time. Still, even Hendricks wasn’t a totally illogical move because they had exactly two locks for starting pitching at the time - Steele and Taillon.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    The roster mistakes I am talking about occur in November, when decisions are made regarding minor league free-agents, Rule 5 protection, exercising club options, and the tendering of contracts to players on the MLB 40-man roster. The idea should be to maximize long-term control of talented young players (including minor leaguers yet to establish themselves in MLB). 

    Roster slots that can be filled by Spring Training NRI should not be allocated in November to marginal non-prospects expected to fill non-critical positions on the 26-man roster (like back-up catcher, utility infielders, 4th outfielder, and middle relievers) or to older players likely to decline. 

    And as far as self-evaluation (self-scouting) is concerned, the Cubs have invested literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in proprietary player development and analytical technology and have doubled the player development staff, so they should not be making some of the piss-poor roster decisions in November as they have been making. 

    There are ex-Cub relievers on other MLB clubs who could be in the Cubs bullpen right now and would clearly be upgrades over what's there, but they are someplace else. No excuses. Clearly somebody screwed up.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    As long as there isn't a sore thumb / weak link in the group, a six-man rotation is preferable if a club wants to minimize innings for younger starting pitchers and keep veteran guys from wearing down in September. So Imanaga, Steele, Assad, Brown, Taillon, and Wicks would be the six, and that is actually probably one of the best group of starting pitchers in MLB (a lot of clubs couldn't run a decent six-man rotation even if they wanted to).  

    A six-man rotation does require a solid seven-man bullpen with no weak links and a lock-down closer, however, and unfortunately the Cubs bullpen as it is presently constituted (with Hendricks and Smyly in the pen) is one of the worst and least-reliable in MLB. 

    It would definitely help if the 2023 version of Julian Merryweather can come back 100% next month (TBD), but even that is not enough. 

    And Hendricks and Smyly absolutely cannot be in the pen if the Cubs want to compete for a post-season slot. If one or both can be moved as part of a salary offset in a trade (and keep in mind that Hendricks gets "10 / 5 no-trade" rights as of June 26th), that's fine, but otherwise the Cubs will just have to bite the bullet and release them and be prepared to eat some payroll.  

  • Childersb3 (view)

    You're only thinking about the 26man roster. Perlaza should've been added to the 40man roster. He then would have three option years.
    No GM is perfect. Theo wasn't. Jed has done some really good things. Pitching has improved wholeheartedly under Jed. 
    RPs like Hudson and Estrada are going to hit and miss. 
    Giving Hendricks 16.5mil can now be stated as a clear miss, and Kyle needs to be moved off the roster. They have to pay him. But the Bullpen spot needs to go to someone else. Kyle isn't a bullpen guy. But he's not a SP anymore either. 2016 Nostalgia doesn't win.
    Perlaza got more money in the KBO than he'd have gotten on the 40man, but Jed had the choice to give him a shot anyway. Mervis would probably do really well in the KBO also. But having watched Perlaza's bat speed for three years, I think he was better than Mervis.
    And Phil made a good point about giving Happ an extension (after having not traded him at the TDL in 2022 along with not trading Willy) when you're real prospect depth was in the OF. Happ is a really good 7th hitter on a good team. 17 HRs and 70 RBIs with good LF defense. That's Ben Zobrist like #'s. The issue is we have a lot of those kind of guys already. We needed a bomber some where in the lineup and LF, RF, 3B, 1B and DH usually provide those bombs.
    Seiya is good when healthy. He's gotten hurt every year, but he's a 20HR 80RBI guy when healthy. He just hasn't been healthy for a year to provide those #'s.
    Happ isn't a bomber.
    Morel is getting his chance to work out 3B. I'm glad Jed has kept him.
    1B? Hopefully Busch becomes 20HRs and 80 RBIs.
    DH? There's our biggest issue. We don't have a guy who can bop there. Just a real hitter. Mervis missed it. That's why Perlaza leaving without a 40man chance burns me.