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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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# 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
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 vs. Diamondbacks: Series Thread (Games 141-144)

The Cubs swept the Giants to climb to 1.5 games back both in the NL Central and behind the Phillies for the top NL Wild Card spot. Moreover, the offense showed up for this series, with Bellinger and Suzuki staying hot and benefitting from support throughout the lineup. Twenty-two games remain to land a preferable playoff position. They host the Wild Card hopeful Arizona Diamondbacks starting this Thursday. See below for matchups in the four-game series.


Game 141, Thursday, September 7, 6:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Javier Assad (3-2, 2.69 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Ryne Nelson (6-7, 5.47 ERA)


Game 142, Friday, September 8, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (7-9, 5.73 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Zack Gallen (14-7, 3.48 ERA)


Game 143, Saturday, September 9, 1:20 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele (16-3, 2.55 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Merrill Kelly (11-6, 3.22 ERA)


Game 144, Sunday, September 10, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-7, 3.73 ERA)
ARZ: RHP Brandon Pfaadt (1-8, 6.27 ERA)

Comments

every win is needed, but it's nice to lose one in september that doesn't sting.  2 back in the NL Central, +3 in the 2nd WC slot.

Are Canario and Little the first players to appear as Cubs that were born this century?

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In reply to by crunch

Sorry to be THAT guy, but the first day of the 21st century was January 1, 2001. Centuries end on the last day of the year ending with the numbers 00. I'm a teacher. Had to do it. ;)

masterboney and madrigal hitting back to back with a man on 1st and down by 1 run late.  someone please take these guys away from d.ross.  who the hell sees a situation like this and is like "wow, let's send to the plate guys who's ceiling is "might hit a single""...well, besides d.ross.

nico 1st to home on a missed infield popup...running all the way, not jogging or going casual.  proper payoff for not assuming an easy out.  love it.

…and Wesneski STILL can’t get lefties out. Faced three righties and one lefty - got three outs (all righties) and gave up one hit (guess which one). 

merryweather gets his 1st cubs save.

swanson joins bellinger/morel/wisdom with 20+ homers.  happ (17) and suzuki (16) have a shot to join them.

3 @COL starting tomorrow.

Brewers lose 3-1 lead on 2run HR by Stanton in the 11th. Now bottom of 13 at 3-3. Was a no no for 8 innings by Burnes. 
…and Brewers lose in 13, 4-3. Phillies had already lost to the Marlins.


all in all, a nice recovery day for what was a tough weekend.

ooof...jassssssson dominguez (NYY) torn ucl in his throwing arm and will get surgery for it.  not a fan of the yanks, but they cannot catch a break this year.

PCA gets the call up per Jeff Passan.

40 man roster move pending.

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In reply to by George Altman

They won't DFA any arms that were on the 40man before Sept 1st. They need to keep as many options as possible if they make the playoffs.
Except for Boxberger. He could definitely be DFA'd.
They bring Keegan back up, or even promote Ben Brown, and add PCA to the 40man.
If not Boxberger than probably JYoung.
PCA replaces Canario or Mastrobuoni on the 26man?
Probably Canario.

 

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In reply to by Childersb3

Keegan Thompson cannot be recalled in September through the conclusion of the MLB regular season until he has spent at least 15 days on Optional Assignment unless he replaces a pitcher who is placed on an MLB inactive list (IL, paternity, bereavement, etc).

As far as who the Cubs might drop to make room on the 40 for PCA, Jeremiah Estrada is at instructs, and while his breaking ball is plus, he cannot command his FB at all. 

Also keep in mind that there will very likely be at least two injured post-season eligible players (Codi Heuer and Ethan Roberts) the Cubs will be able to replace with any player - REGARDLESS OF POSITION - who was in the  organization but not on the MLB 26-man roster as of midnight 8/31, including Luke Little, PCA, Alexander Canario, and Matt Mervis. 

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In reply to by Childersb3

Well they didn't DFA Boxberger. I was trying my all to speak that into existence. Kay is DFA'd to make room for PCA. Canario back to Iowa.

I really don't want to watch a RH RP with 90 or less velo stuff in mid to late Sept during a playoff race. Jed you cut Hosmer, Mancini and Barnhart. Time for Box to go as well.

AZ Phil explained Keegan can't come up for several more days so maybe Ben Brown gets a chance. I'll try to speak that into existence now.

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In reply to by Cubster

good.  really really really sick of seeing mike tachman having 1-2 good games then 5-10 bad ones in a row and getting a chance to repeat it.  unlike 1 PA canario, i expect PCA to actually get work.

PCA/hoerner 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup could be the making of an interesting combo.

COL going with a lefty tonight.  might not see PCA til tomorrow.

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In reply to by crunch

Ross won't let PCA get a ton of ABs b/c he cannot play in the playoffs.
As Cubs fans we know he should probably get a chance to play in order to help us make the playoffs, but Ross is "always thinking ahead of us fans".

If Candy is out for a while then Madrigal gets all 3B ABs.
You'd guess that Belli gets all 1B ABs (maybe Wisdom gets a few).
Therefore Tauchman or PCA in CF.
If he plays PCA more than Tauchman now he'll be admitting that PCA should've been up sooner over Tauchman.

Now, I'll admit that Jed/Ross have let some veterans go this year. But they definitely give them a long leash!!!

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In reply to by Childersb3

Childersb3: Pete Crow-Armstrong - CAN - play in the post-season because he can replace either Ethan Roberts or Codi Heuer on the Cubs Post-Season Eligibility List. Same goes for Luke Little.

I mention only Roberts and Heuer as likely to be replaced because I don't think the Cubs will replace Brandon Hughes or Nick Burdi since they are likely to be re reinstated from the 60-IL in the near future. 

So if a club wishes to replace a player who was on the club's Post-Season Eligibility List as of midnight 8/31 because the player is injured, the club must replace the player prior to the first game of the post-season, and once the replacement player is added to the Post Season Eligibility List, that player cannot be switched out for a different  player. 

So if PCA replaces Roberts and Luke Little replaces Heuer, then that's that. It cannot be changed. 

And again, a pitcher does NOT have to replace a pitcher and a a position player does NOT have to replace a posItion player. 

Recent comments

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Totally agree.......

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    My gut feeling is that this was supposed to be the season that the rebuild was to be finished this year, especially given the idea that the Brewers had taken a significant slide backward in talent.

    Unfortunately, the players who were thought to be the cornerstones - Bellinger, Suzuki, Happ, Hoerner, and to a lesser extent, Morel - have all underperformed to greater or lesser extent, with Bellinger being the only one who is even close to this point. Given the parity in the division and league to this point, had two or three of those guys performed even up to their career expectations we might be looking at the season from a very different perspective. Without significant improvement in these guys it feels like we’re back in rebuild, but in a much better position in terms of prospects to begin the rebuild than we were in 2021.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    I suspect if you asked Hoyer / Hawkins about the Candelario trade, and they were candid in their reply, in hindsight, from the Cubs front office POV, the problem with the Candelario trade was that they traded prospect capital for a short-term rental, instead of going bigger with more and even better prospects to solve the 3B problem long-term. At least I would hope that is the lesson that was learned. 

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Agreed. The main question for me is: would the core of the team in its current iteration be considered something that just needs to be added to, and then we're contenders; or are we still in the middle of a rebuild, just prayerfully toward the end phase? Because if we're still in a rebuild, selling last year and seeing what we had in our current prospects would have been the way to go; but if the front office felt we had a contendable core that just needed some tweaking, then going all in and acquiring significant bullpen help and a few bats for the lineup would have been the way to go. It seems that riding the fence is where the front office is right now: either bite the bullet and continue the rebuild, or bite the bullet and switch to contender status. Where is our mindset? The off-season this year and last year showed, to me at least, that the front office believes we're still in a rebuild; a lot of their moves felt almost obligatory, to try and convince the fan base that they're not still in a rebuild............

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Agree both with your assessment and with the strategy assuming you are on point. The prospect capital they have will be much more wisely spent on off season big league upgrades rather than mid season rentals. That said, let’s not get too crazy with concept. Ideally, package some of the underperforming veterans and some of the redundant prospects for potential big league upgrades.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    It is interesting that when the Cubs traded Jake Slaughter for Tyson Miller last month, they were trading a slow-developing 27 year old infield prospect (Slaughter) for a slow developing out of options 28 year old RHRP prospect (Miller) who still had prospect status (as defined by Baseball America) when he was acquired by the Cubs. 

    T. Miller is under club control through 2029, and he lost his prospect status with Baseball America just a few days ago when he reached 50 career MLB innings pitched. 

    So the Slaughter / T. Miller trade was actually a "prospect for prospect" deal when it was made.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Phil: Completely agree, upgrading the roster and targeting positions of need is paramount (or if some sort of best player available can be had at a price where it would be considered a win), this is the best way to go, irrespective of buying or selling; this is where that internal scouting that was discussed about the other day will be crucial, no to mention pivitol.......

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Agree with you on this. I thought at the time they would have been better off selling as well. But this isn’t the old Cubs fan base of “lovable losers”. After two years of obvious tanking combined with lack of honesty to call it what it was the fan base would have screamed bloody murder had they not made some kind of move and, as bringing in rentals go, the Candelario deal was a decent one.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    I suspect the Cubs mindset right now would be to use their prospect capital to trade for long-term controllable assets that are better roster fits going forward, specifically targeting a catcher and a third-baseman. 

    This would not be a trade deadline or a contender buy / non-contender sell thing. It would just be upgrading the 26-man roster for 2024 and several years going forward, whether the Cubs were on pace to win 90 games or lose 90 games, doesn't matter. 

    The Cubs have prospect capital (both Top 100 and system depth) that is matched only by the Orioles, and they really need to start spending it while the top prospects are still top prospects (that is, before some of them become "suspects"), and while the system is still deep enough to withstand a bit of a hit. 

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    They didn’t. Herz wasn’t even a top 10 prospect in our system at the time of the trade. He came into yesterdays start with an ERA over 6. Let’s pump the brakes on that trade being a disaster