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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 eleven players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and three players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 6-15-2024

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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
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski

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: 11
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 
Luis Vazquez, INF

15-DAY IL: 3
Yency Almonte, P
Ben Brown, P 
* Jordan Wicks, P 

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


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Cubs @ Nationals: Series Thread (Games 28-31)

The Cubs suffered a three-game sweep in Miami to end the month of April, lowering their 2023 record to 14-13. Cody Bellinger continued his recent showing of power by hitting his 7th homerun of the season. Patrick Wisdom homered in the series as well to push his 2023 total to 10. Nico Hoerner has stretched his on-base streak 25 games, having reached base safely in every game except for his 0-4 with no walks on April Fools Day. The Cubs have had a strong showing in offense, starting pitching, and defense. The Pirates, meanwhile, are the surprising frontrunners in the NL Central with a 20-9 record to start the season. The favored Cardinals start May pulling up the rear with a 10-19 record. The 10-17 Nationals will greet the Cubs for their first appearance in D.C. this year. They are down one Juan Soto compared to last season and have presented their fans little cause for excitement this year. The Cubs will have to get past their best young pitcher, however. See below for the matchups such as they stand.


Game 28, Monday, May 1, 6:05 pm central

CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (2-1, 3.21 ERA)

WSH: TBD Mackenzie Gore (3-1, 3.00 ERA)

Remember when Drew Smyly almost pitched a perfect game? That was awesome. You probably don't remember his poor first start, which has been his only poor start of 2023.  While he's likely benefited from good BABIP fortune, his command of the strike zone has been promising thus far.

The Padres selected Gore third overall in the 2017 draft. Command has been an issue for him at times, but his mid to high 90s fastball and solid curve and slider have allowed him to work around some wildness thus far. His last start was his best of the season as he struck out ten while walking only two in six innings pitched.


Game 29, Tuesday, May 2, 6:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Hayden Wesneski (2-1, 5.24 ERA)

WSH: RHP Trevor Williams (1-1, 4.10 ERA)

Wesneski pitched to his potential only once in April, striking out seven Athletics in seven innings to record a win. He battled through for a second win against the Padres, holding them to a solo homerun while striking out only three batters in five innings. His slider remains a nasty pitch, but lack of fastball command has prevent him from setting it up consistently. Unsurprisingly, lefties have been an issue for him. They've slashed .308/.386/.590 against him this year.

Williams was with the Cubs to start the 2021 season and spent all of 2022 with the New York Mets. He hasn't regained the success he had with the Pirates from 2017 to 2018, but he continues to be a reasonable fifth starter type who can reliably find the zone.


Game 30, Wednesday, May 3, 6:05 pm central

CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (2-2, 2.29 ERA)

WSH: TBD

Stroman had a great April, making five starts of six innings or more with no more than two earned runs allowed. On April 23 he allowed five earned runs and three homers while going five innings against the Dodgers. He bounced back against the Marlins and showed willingness to be aggressive with his fastball.


Game 31, Thursday, May 4, 12:05 pm central

CHC: TBD

WSH: LHP Patrick Corbin (1-4, 5.74 ERA)

Caleb Killian took the call for the Cubs last time through the rotation. He suffered a five-run first inning in which he looked absolutely terrible. He bounced back a bit in the next few innings but never appeared to know where his pitches would end up. Javier Assad threw 72 pitches for the Iowa Cubs on April 30. Adrian Sampson hasn't appeared since April 8 and is listed as day-to-day.

Patrick Corbin looked dominant at times in the years before the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Since 2021, his strikeout rate has dipped well below a batter per inning and his ERA has climbed into the 5s and even 6s. Opponents have continued to hit him hard thus far in 2023.

Comments

swanson 2nd HR...power is beginning to wake up (hopefully).  i mean, i'm only expecting 20-ish out of the dude, but he was on a hell of a power-outage to start the season.

mark "no one wants me" leiter jr out here striking out the side with his fancy 1.54 ERA...

k.thompson out here tearing up his era/whip...vs WAS of all teams.  he hasn't looked good his last 3 times out.  even when effective, it wasn't dazzling.

at this point i wouldn't mind sending him down and stretching him out when hendricks comes back.  i know a lot of people are fans of him being a long man, but i'm not one of them.

Either Ross is told who to play, and to prioritize veterans over everyone else, irrespective of their abilities and production; or, he's the worst manager in baseball (in my unprofessional opinion)............

aww...no amaya tonight, either.  also, the team leader in HR and RBI (wisdom) is hitting 8th.  i guess when hosmer + mancini are the possible runners in front of you then it might take a HR to get things done.

first pitch of jake irvin's MLB career is a fastball in the upper part of hoerner's back.  welcome to the bigs.

If Suzuki ends up batting .250ish with 15 home runs this year, at what point is that considered replacement level, and will we start platooning him, or plan to replace him?

True, I was more thinking of like if that's his ceiling by the end of this year, heading into 2024 would he need to show something more to continue his undisputed hold on his position, or would we decide we need more from right field at that point, as we have all the outfield prospects coming up/potentially better options?

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

That makes sense to me, Finwe. Suzuki getting pushed out of a regular role by 2024 still seems unlikely to me. He's already shown he can be a better than league average MLB hitter and he's not enough of a defensive liability to have to be much better than that to be a regular. Alexander Canario and Brennen Davis are the OF prospects closest to being ready and in competition for a corner OF spot, and both have a fair amount to prove. Hosmer and Mancini are the players who should be checking for Nelson Velasquez in their rearview this year. I would think Suzuki's role is safe until at least 2025.

Suzuki is under contract through 2026 and has already missed significant time due to injury. One plausible scenario as early as 2024 would be the Cubs cycling a 4th outfielder through the OF spots and DH role while also giving the regular outfielders DH time. In that situation, I would anticipate Suzuki getting 90-120 starts in the outfield and another 20 or so starts at DH while likely getting days off and IL time as well. Davis and Velasquez seem like the most likely guys to fill this 4th outfielder plus role.

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In reply to by Charlie

only thing bothering me about suzuki is how he put on 15-20lbs of muscle over the winter and his power has regressed.  small sample size and blah blah blah, but he's not getting a lot of elevation on his stuff.  bulk not translating into power kinda handicapped gabe kapler's career.

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In reply to by Charlie

You hit the nail on the head there Charlie, Canario/Davis/Velazquez/Perlaza/Morel could be that 4th outfielder, if they prayerfully sustain a break out and a you can see a switch flip consistently which forces the front offices hand; and by 2025, with PCA God-willing in CF, and Alcantara knocking at the door of being in the outfield mix, Suzuki (who I like, don't get me wrong) may have to do a little more than I've seen so far. Competition is good, iron sharpens iron; but the front office can't get too caught up in contracts, the best players should play; the Morel/Mervis/Velazquez discussion along those lines is a topic for another thread.......

it is crazy how STL keeps finding ways to lose games.  i know it's still early, but wow.  they just blew another one in the top 9th...up by 1 to down by 2.

amaya debut...hitting 9th.  taillon starting.  j.estrada optioned.

taillon and assad will probably piggyback, dunno if taillon will even go 5ip.

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In reply to by crunch

crunch, you have a long and well deserved history as a (correctly) advocate for high OBP for leadoff men. You also are correct that Hoerner will not be a good leadoff man as long as he doesn't walk.  At the present moment, though, I agree with Ross batting him first, with his contact and speed. I know this feeds into the old, discarded "speed leads" narrative, but given the current roster, I'm okay for a while with Nico as leadoff. 

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In reply to by fullykräusened

the lack of hands-down obvious options keeps me from being pissed about hoerner leading off.  the only 2 other guys the team has that fit the profile are swanson and happ...neither ideal or obvious lead-off guys.

i just don't know how long the contact will carry hoerner in the leadoff slot or how long his leash will be....it's not been a great couple weeks for him.

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In reply to by crunch

CRUNCH: Eventually PCA will be the Cubs lead-off hitter, although he might initially hit 9th until he gets comfortable. 

Here is how PCA compares to Corbin Carroll's minor league numbers.  

Corbin Carroll (minor leagues): 
142 GAMES - 657 PA 
310/426/588 
32 2B, 17 3B, 28 HR, 52 SB (7 CS), 102/155 BB/K 

PCA (minor leagues): 
124 GAMES - 581 PA 
315/346/548
26 2B, 12 3B, 19 HR, 43 SB (16 CS), 45/122 BB/K  
 
Obviously there are two very big differences, those being walks (and therefore OBP) and SB %. Otherwise PCA has been a slightly better hitter with a lower K-rate (so he is more of a contact hitter than Carroll), but that's offset by Carroll having a higher SLG. 

So offensively PCA is somewhat like another Nico Hoerner (in that his AVG heavily influences his OBP), but with more SLG (especially HR power). And he is a likely future Gold Glove CF. 

Jeff Passan  via a tweet is reporting that Mervis is getting called up and will be available vs Marlins tomorrow. No speculation on concurrent roster move. I’d wait on additional confirmation.

”The Chicago Cubs are calling up top first base prospect Matt Mervis, sources tell ESPN. He's expected to join the team tomorrow as it returns home to start a series against Miami. Mervis, 25, was hitting .286/.402/.560 with six HR in 24 games at Triple-A Iowa. Big power prospect.”

As to why the Cubs are recalling Adrian Sampson (April knee surgery) and placing him on the MLB 15-day IL, there are three reasonable explanations: 

1. The knee injury occurred sometime prior to his being optioned to AAA Iowa at the end of Spring Training, so therefore his optional assignment must be voided and he must be recalled and placed on an MLB IL. 

2. The Cubs want to get a head-start toward eventually transferring Sampson to the MLB 60-day IL sometime in the near future (like perhaps when Codi Heuer is reinstated from the 60-day IL at the end of May?), and recalling Sampson now and placing him on the MLB 15-day IL will give the Cubs a running start toward the minimum 60 days Sampson would have to spend on the 60-day IL when and if his 40-man roster slot is needed and he is transferred from the 15-day IL to the 60-day IL.  

Sampson does - NOT - have a split contract (he makes $1.9M whether he is on optional assignment to the minors or on an MLB IL), so recalling Sampson and placing him on an MLB IL has no affect whatsoever on the Cubs payroll or CBT AAV. 

3. Adrian Sampson was (just barely) eligible for salary arbitration as a"Super Two" post-2022 (he had accrued 2+130 MLB Service Time through the 2023 season), but he can't be a "Super Two" twice. So in order for Sampson to be eligible for salary arbitration post-2023, he will have to accrue at least 42 days of MLB Service Time in 2023, and with the knee surgery it was conceivable that he might miss considerable time and remain on the AAA Iowa IL for several months such that he could miss getting the 42 days of MLB Service Time he will need in 2023 in order for him to qualify for salary arbitration. So by calling him up and then placing Sampson on the MLB 15-day IL, the Cubs are virtually guaranteeing that he will be eligible for salary arbitration post-2023.

BTW, several sites (including Cot's, Fangraphs, Baseball Reference, and Baseball Cube) have Sampson's MLB Service Time through 2022 listed incorrectly as 2+117. That is wrong. It is absolutely, positively 2+130. That's why he was eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" post-2022. (The post-2022 "Super Two" cut-off was 2+128, so Sampson just barely made it!). 

Recent comments

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Slaughter trade was a good trade, Busch trade was a good trade (just liked Ferris, but I liked the mentality), a lot of the selling we did from our core a couple of years ago were good trades (except for the Madrigal trade, I guess we're still paying them back for Sosa); there's always going to be good and bad trades, but trades should be judged more along the lines of good and bad choices or approaches, like Candelario and Paredes for Avila and Wilson should be judged more on: was that the right mentality at the time............

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    The only reason it was wasted was that the teams biggest issue, bullpen depth, wasn’t adequately addressed.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Well said TJW. My personal feeling is if the team had made maybe 1-2 more trades to address the bullpen last year, we would have made the playoffs and who knows what happens once you get in.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    If we thought Candelario was our long-term answer at 3B, or if he was that extra piece that would take us to the World Series, then it makes sense; in some scenarios that would have been the case, I just feel like that wasn't last year............

  • Bill (view)

    No one is untouchable.  It depends upon the value received.  A rental of Candelario was nowhere the value of DJ Herz, and wouldn't have been even if we had extended Candelario.

  • Bill (view)

    I agree that at the very least, we should not have been buyers, to the extent of giving up high potential prospects for much lower level vets.  That doesn't mean that no prospects should ever be traded.  A good example is Jake Slaughter, who we traded for Tyson Miller.  That was a reasonable trade at the time it was made (Slaughter was a decent, but not top flight prospect, and he brought back a pitcher with the potential (not certainty) to help the current team.  Another would be the trade of Ferris.  I hated to lose him, but he brought back a potential power hitter with six years of control.  An example of giving something good to get something good.

    But giving up a high-level prospect for a rental is poor asset management.  Many examples come to mind.  Cease and Jiminez for Quintana was the worst, bringing in a slightly better than average vet for two TOP prospects.  Soler for an over the hill closer.  And lesser ones, such as Velasquez for a middle inning relief pitcher.  

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    I totally agree with you, if you look at the trade in a vacuum; for the value we got, the value we gave up was definitely reasonable, if not a win for our side.

    But my issue was: I thought we should have been sellers. Trading Bellinger et al, and reloading for this year and giving the prospects some time to see what they could do, to try and evaluate their place in the organization. So giving up one of our mid to better pitching prospects, just to could try to squeak into the playoffs wasn't something I was particularly on board with; I feel like last year was a wasted opportunity.......

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Baseball used to be called the “thinking man’s game”. One tool I’m realizing PCA isn’t given enough credit for is his mind. He’s cocky but at the same time very humble. He seems to fully realize he’s overmatched by big league pitching. Hence, the bunting. I’m convinced that’s of his own doing, not his coaching, because the team, and indeed the whole of baseball, doesn’t think that way any more.

    So what does the constant threat of the bunt do?

    1. Maximizes the use of his greatest offensive tool at this point, his speed.
    2. Provides his greatest chance of adding offensive value while simultaneously seeing more MLB pitching.
    3. Pulls in the corner infielders and may cause the second baseman to cheat toward first, thereby increasing the chances that a batted ball when he does swing away goes through the infield.
    4. May alter the pitcher’s motion knowing that at any time during the at bat there is a strong chance he may be forced to field his position.

      This is an aspect of baseball that unfortunately seems to have been lost. Compare this to the predictable approach of Christopher Morel, who a pitcher knows is capable of hitting the occasional mistake a long way but also knows that all he has to do at least at this point in Morel’s career is throw high gas and he will most likely get a strike out.
  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Sorry, that’s what happens when you obtain a rental for a playoff run. Oddly, most teams wouldn’t be willing to give up arguably the best offensive player available at the deadline for nothing. They’re going to want the best players they can get in return. And there will be competition and plenty of solid offers for that player that have to be bettered. That’s baseball.

    Just last week there was talk of obtaining Elias Diaz from the Rockies for a ton of potential major league talent. The chances would be 50-50 at best that we could extend him and this team had and still has less chance at a playoff run than last year’s team when the Candelario trade was made.

    We can’t on the one hand urge the team to use their prospect depth to make judicious trades to improve the team’s chances and then turn around and piss and moan every time one of the traded prospects happens to have a great game. We’re a better fan base than that!

  • azbobbop (view)

    Center fielder always has the right of way