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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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Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

South Bend Cubs Thump Emeralds at Riverview

Andy Garriola clubbed a 420+ foot solo HR over the right-centerfield fence, singled, and drew a walk, Christian Franklin singled twice, walked, and drove-in two runs, Kevin Made singled, walked twice, stole two bases, and scored two runs, Haydn McGeary doubled, walked and scored a run, Jacob Wetzel belted a solo HR, and Tyler Santana and five relievers combined to toss a four-hitter, leading the South Bend Cubs (Hi-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to a 5-1 victory over the Eugene Emeralds (San Francisco Giants' Hi-A affiliate) on Field #6, and the San Jose Giants (Lo-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) took advantage of ten walks, a HBP, a WP, a PB, and two costly errors to defeat the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs' Lo-A affiliate) 4-2 on Field #5, in Cactus League minor league game action Tuesday afternoon at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only):

FIELD #6

SOUTH BEND LINEUP
1a. James Triantos, 3B: 0-1 (K) 
1b. Yeison Santana, 3B: 0-3 (6-3, L-3 DP, P-4) 
2. Moises Ballesteros, DH: 0-4 (4-3, K, 4-3, 4-3) 
3. Kevin Made, SS: 1-1 (1B, BB, BB, 2 R, 2 SB)
4a. Haydn McGeary, 1B: 1-2 (L-9, 2B, BB, R) 
4b. Miguel Fabrizio, 1B: 0-1 (L-9) 
5a. Christian Franklin, CF: 2-2 (1B, 1B, BB, 2 RBI) 
5b. Parker Chavers, CF: 0-1 (L-6) 
6. Cristian Hernandez, 2B: 1-4 (5-4-3 DP, F-8, 1B, K) 
7. Andy Garriola, LF: 2-2 (BB, HR, 1B, R, RBI) 
8. Casey Opitz, C: 0-2 (BB, K, K) 
9a. D. J. Artis, RF: 0-2 (K, E-6) 
9b. Jacob Wetzel, RF: 1-1 (HR, R, RBI) 

SOUTH BEND PITCHERS
1. Tyler Santana: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 18 pitches (15 strikes) 
2. Sam Thoresen: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes) 
3. Chase Watkins: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 20 pitches (12 strikes)
4. Grant Kipp: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (10 strikes) 
5. Brody McCullough: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 12 pitches (6 strikes) 
6. Jarod Wright: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 23 pitches (16 strikes) 

SOUTH BEND ERRORS: 1 
3B Yeison Santana: E-5 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)  

FIELD # 5

MYRTLE BEACH LINEUP
1a. Christopher Paciolla, SS: 0-2 (P-4, K) 
1b. Josue Huma, SS: 0-2 (F-8, L-8) 
2a. Jefferson Rojas, 2B: 1-2 (2B, F-9) 
2b. Juan Mora, 2B: 1-2 (2B, K, R) 
3. Adan Sanchez, DH: 1-4 (K, 2B, F-7, F-8, R) 
4a. Pedro Ramirez, 3B: 0-2 (F-8, K) 
4b. Reggie Preciado, 3B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, RBI) 
5a. Jefferson Encarnacion, LF: 0-1 (BB, F-9, PO) 
5b. Frank Hernandez, LF: 0-2 (K, K) 
6. Cristian More, RF: 1-4 (K, K, 1B, P-5) 
7a. Miguel Pabon, C: 0-1 (HBP, F-8) 
7b. Ronnier Quintero, C: 0-2 (K, F-7)  
8. Anderson Surriel, 1B: 0-3 (F-9, F-8, 3-U) 
9a. Ke'Shun Collier, CF: 0-2 (F-8, 4-3) 
9b. Ismael Mena, CF: 0-1 (E-4)  

MYRTLE BEACH PITCHERS
1. Erian Rodriguez: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 5 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 46 pitches (25 strikes) 
2. Branden Noriega: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 25 pitches (14 strikes) 
3. Yovanny Cabrera: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 36 pitches (22 strikes) 
4. Oliver Roque: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 36 pitches (16 strikes) 

MYRTLE BEACH ERRORS: 2 
1. 1B Anderson Surriel: E-3 (errant throw to 2nd base attempting 3-6 FC allowed runner to reach 2nd safely) 
2. P Oliver Roque: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance 3rd) 

MYRTLE BEACH CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Miguel Pabon: 1-1 CS 
2. Ronnier Quintero: 1 PB 

ATTENDANCE: 37 

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's 

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"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 

Comments

AZ Phil, thank you as always for these reports!  I apologize if this has been asked before, but I will be in town next week with the family and we may try to catch a minor league spring training game or two.  What time in the afternoon do the games usually start?

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In reply to by SheffieldCornelia

SHEFF: Usually 1 PM, but sometimes they move games to the morning or to the evening, and when they make a change it is often done at the last minute.  

For example, last night all of the Cactus League minor league games scheduled for today across Maricopa County were moved up to the morning to try and beat the rain, but the rain got here first and it looks like it's going to be here for most of the day. 

AZ Phil, I have a question, and you can go with the short answer.

 

The Cubs seem to have more RP than I'm used to them having. Are there rules limiting trading minor-league free agents, like Roenis Elias, Mark Leiter, or Curtis Taylor?

 

So many keep-able arms.

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In reply to by tim815

TIM:

SHORT ANSWER: 

There are no restrictions with respect to trading Elias, Leiter, and C. Taylor.  

LONG ANSWER:

Other than a contractual "no trade" (and those are almost always only found in multi-year MLB mega-contracts like Hosmer, Suzuki, Swanson, and Taillon have), the only MLB free-agents who get an automatic "no trade" are an Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signs a Major League contract after 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series, even if the player re-signs with his former club like Drew Smyly did. (Zack Britton and Mike Minor will get an automatic "no trade" through 6/15 if they get around to signing a major league contract one of these days). 

The automatic "no trade" extends through June 15th, then it expires. 

An Article XX-B MLB Free-Agent who receives "no trade" rights this way can waive the right, but if he does, his club can trade the player only for player contracts and/or cash with a maximum aggregate value of $50,000. (in other words, the player cannot be traded for a player or players on an MLB 40-man roster).

Note that a player who signs a Major League contract after becoming a free-agent by any other means like Outright Release (Hosmer), Non-Tendered, or Article XX-D or MLB Rule 9 minor league free-agent does NOT receive automatic "no trade" rights through June 15th. 

So for the Cubs, Barnhart, Boxberger, Fulmer, Mancini, Smyly, Swanson (who also has a contractual full "no trade"), and Taillon (who also has a contractual partial "no trade") have an Article XX-B automatic "no trade" through 6/15.

Hosmer and Suzuki have a contractual full "no trade" (Hosmer from his San Diego contract that is still in effect). 

Also, if an Article XX-B MLB free-agent signs a minor league contract at least ten days prior to MLB Opening Day, and then is not selected to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) or MLB 60-day Injured List by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day (that will be Saturday 3/25), the player can unilaterally opt-out of the minor league contract immediately, or on May 1st if he has not been added to an MLB Reserve List or MLB 60-day IL by that date, or on June 1st if he has not been added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or an MLB  IL by that date.
NOTE: The $100,000 retention bonus paid to an Article XX-B free-agent signed to a minor league contract who is not released or added to an MLB Reserve List or MLB 60-day IL by MLB Opening Day has been eliminated in 2023. 

Ordinarily the above paragraph related to automatic opt outs would have applied to Tyler Duffey, but he was not on an MLB 40-man roster when he became  a free-agent post-2022 (he was on a minor league reserve list), so he was not considered a post-2022 Article XX-B MLB free-agent even though he has accrued more than six years of MLB Service time in his career. He may very well have a contractual Opening Day opt-out, however. ((I strongly suspect he does). But that could be true for any FA who signed a 2023 minor league contract (especially for veteran guys like Elias, Leiter, and Tauchman). But it would have to be a contractual opt-out. It's not automatic. 

One other thing to keep in mind about trades later this season. While most minor league players can be traded after the MLB Trade Deadline, David Bote, Michael Kay, and Manuel Rodriguez cannot be traded after the MLB Trade Deadline because they were outrighted to the minors. That would also be true of any other player presently on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster who is outrighted between now and the MLB Trade Deadline. 

Hey, I'm loving the new look this year. Any thoughts on this Erian Rodriguez kid? Nice to see he and Ronnier Quintero in these box scores

darren baker (WAS) hit a grand slam in the 9th vs his dad's team to tie the game.  WAS ended up winning, too.  add another random baseball thing to the "wow, i feel old" pile.

stroman 4.1ip 5h 1bb 2k, 2r/er (1 hbp) vs mexico.

assad carved up puerto rico 2.2ip 1h 1bb 4k, 0r/er...throwing 94-95mph heat and good movement on the slightly lower velocity sinker.  broke a bat...all around dominating.

The following Cubs minor leaguers are presently in the Medical Rehab Group (limited activity - playing catch only) at Minor League Camp: 

Garrett Brown, RHP (2022 draft pick)
Luis Devers, RHP 
Joandy Duran, RHP (DSL in 2022) 
Manuel Espinoza, RHP 
Stephen Gonsalves, LHP (signed successor contract)
Jordan Holloway, RHP
Scott Kobos, LHP 
Brailyn Marquez, LHP (re-signed after being non-tendered)
Shane Marshall, RHP (2022 draft pick)
Ezequiel Pagan, OF 
Jack Patterson, LHP 
Kenyi Perez, RHP 
Tyler Schlaffer, RHP
JP Wheat, RHP (2022 draft pick)
Brad Wieck, LHP 

Also, RHP Will Frisch (pre-draft TJS in 2022) and LHP Wilson Cunningham (on Spring Break from U. of Chicago) threw "live" BP on Field # 3 yesterday (Friday).  

So far, the only pitcher at Minor League Camp who was brought up from the Cubs DSL Academy and was not at post-2022 AZ Instructs is RHP Juan Bello. 

AZ Phil, 

If the Cubs go with adding 4 NRI's to the 26-Man (e.g. Borucki or Little, Leiter, Torrens or Bote, Tauchman), who gets dropped from the 40-man assuming Hendricks & Suzuki go to the IL-15? Thanks!

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

z.mckinstry does nothing d.bote doesn't already do as well or better.  i'm not clear on what their plan is with m.mastrobuoni, but having mast and mckinstry around seems like overkill on top of overkill.  this team seems to really like mckinstry, though...no idea how to handicap that.

eric hosmer is eric hosmer and i still don't understand that low-cost "gamble" even with a need at 1st.  the cubs cast a wide net over the garbage pile looking for valuable scrap, but i think the cubs can handle being weak at 1st without hosmer helping out.  e.rios taking reps at 1st and looking capable with the glove isn't helping hosmer's chances.

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In reply to by George Altman

GEORGE A:

1. Of course Eric Hosmer should be released, but I doubt that he will be. I suspect he was given some assurance by the Cubs that he will have a job at least until Matt Mervis is ready, and that the Cubs do not believe Mervis will be ready by Opening Day. 

2. Zach McKinstry is having a bad spring both offensively and defensively so I believe he will be placed on waivers (if  he isn't traded first). BTW, McKinstry can NOT elect free-agency if he is outrighted. And if he is claimed off waivers, so be it. Miles Mastrobuoni can do everything McKinstry can do (including play SS) AND do it better. 

3. Nick Madrigal still does not appear have a spot on the Cubs 26-man Opening Day roster and the Astros just lost 2B Jose Altuve for a lengthy period of time, so there you go... 

4. If Adrian Sampson does not win the 5th SP gig (and right now it is probably no better than 50/50 that he will), I cannot see him working out of the MLB bullpen. Also, the Cubs would probably like someone to claim his $1.9M AAV contract off waivers. But even if he does clear waivers and gets outrighted, he might elect free-agency (although I doubt he would want to give up his $1.9M salary, which would happen if he elects free-agency immediately after being outrighted). But at least he would be off the 40 while staying stretched-out at Iowa. 

5. Rowan Wick is making $1.2M and is no better than several other candidates for the pen making MLB minimum ($500K less than Wick), so if they can't trade him I would think the Cubs would be fine with another club claiming his $1.2M AAV contract off waivers. If he isn't claimed off waivers, then (as with Sampson) you outright him to the minors (which at least gets him off the 40) and maybe he will elect free-agency (but probably not because he won't want to give up his contract and forfeit his salary). 

6. Michael Rucker has value as a Chicago - Des Moines shuttle guy making essentially MLB minimum salary, but I could see the Cubs taking a chance on getting him through waivers if they absolutely need his slot on the 40, although he might get claimed and the Cubs know that and so the Cubs would probably prefer not to take that chance. 

Also, if David Bote is added back to 40 (and MLB 26-man roster) on Opening Day, I believe he would remain in Chcago only until Seiya Suzuki is reinstated from the 10-day IL, and then the Cubs will put Bote on waivers (just like they they did during the off-season) and hope that another club will claim his $3M AAV contract. If he doesn't get claimed, he will be outrighted and the Cubs will hope that Bote wil elect free-agency and forfeit the balance of his contract, except of course he won't do that. 

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

DJL: David Bote stlll has an option year left, so he can be optioned to the minors if he is added to the 40. 

However... 

Once Bote accrues 89 more days of MLB Service Time he will hit 5+000 MLB ST and become an Article XIX-A player, at which point he cannot be sent to the minors (optioned or outrighted) without his consent. 

So if Bote were to be added to the 40 on MLB Opening Day (3/30), the Cubs would have until June 25th to option or outright him to the minors. 

suzuki scheduled to take swings in the cage on sunday (flips, not live pitching).  looks like he's progressing well enough to take some harder swings.  be nice to get him back before mid-april...

fulmer is yet to work back-to-back games, but he's getting work early enough in games (before the B-teamers come in) to say he's most likely the 2023 closer going into the year.

Recent comments

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Phil, will the call up for a double header restart that 15 days on assignment for a pitcher? Like will wesneski’s 15 days start yesterday, or if he’s the 27th man, will that mean 15 days from tomorrow?

    I hope that makes sense. It sounds clearer in my head.

  • Charlie (view)

    Tauchman obviously brings value to the roster as a 4th outfielder who can and should play frequently. Him appearing frequently at DH indicated that the team lacks a valuable DH. 

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Totally onboard with your thoughts concerning today’s lineup. Not sure about your take on Tauchman though.

    The guy typically doesn’t pound the ball out out of the park, and his BA is quite unimpressive. But he brings something unique to the table that the undisciplined batters of the past didn’t. He always provides a quality at bat and he makes the opposing pitcher work because he has a great eye for the zone and protects the plate with two strikes exceptionally well. In addition to making him a base runner more often than it seems through his walks, that kind of at bat wears a pitcher down both mentally and physically so that the other guys who may hit the ball harder are more apt to take advantage of subsequent mistakes and do their damage.

    I can’t remember a time when the Cubs valued this kind of contribution but this year they have a couple of guys doing it, with Happ being the other. It doesn’t make for gaudy stats but it definitely contributes to winning ball games. I do believe that’s why Tauchman has garnered so much playing time.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Miles Mastrobuoni cannot be recalled until he has spent at least ten days on optional assignment, unless he is recalled to replace a position player who is placed on an MLB inactive list (IL, Paternity, Bereavement / Family Medical). 

     

    And for a pitcher it's 15 days on optional assignment before he can be recalled, unless he is replacing a pitcher who is placed on an MLB inactive list (IL, Paternity, or Bereavement / Family Medical). 

     

    And a pitcher (or a position player, but almost always it's a pitcher) can be recalled as the 27th man for a doubleheader regardless of how many days he has been on optional assignment, but then he must be sent back down again the next day. 

     

    That's why the Cubs had to wait as long as they did to send Jose Cuas down and recall Keegan Thompson. Thompson needed to spend the first 15 days of the MLB regular season on optional assignment before he could be recalled (and he spent EXACTLY the first 15 days of the MLB regular season on optional assignment before he was recalled). 

  • 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.