Cubs MLB Roster

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40-Man Roster Info

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


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Projected Post-2023 MLB Super Two Players

An unsigned player on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who has accrued at least three but less than six years of MLB Service Time is automatically eligible for salary arbitration.

Also, any unsigned player on an MLB 40-man roster who has accrued at least two years but less than three years of MLB Service Time and who accrued at least 86 days of MLB Service Time during the previous season can qualify for salary arbitration as a so-called "Super Two" if the player is among the top 22% in MLB Service Time of players in that group (rounded to the nearest whole number). And if two or more players are tied with the same MLB Service Time just above the "Super Two" threshold, all of the players with that accrued MLB ST would get "Super Two" status even if that means the number of players with "Super Two" status exceeds 22%.

Because it is based on a percentage, the "Super Two" threshold fluctuates from year-to-year (it was two years plus 129 days or 2+129 post-2022, 2+116 post-2021, 2+125 MLB ST post-2020, 2+115 post-2019, 2+134 MLB ST post-2018, and 2+123 post-2017). 

Besides gaining the right to request salary arbitration and have that right four times instead of just three times, being a "Super Two" player also means the player can elect free-agency if outrighted even though he has not yet accrued three years of MLB Service Time and even if he has not been outrighted previously in his career. So even if a "Super Two" player is signed, having the right to elect free-agency if outrighted is worth having "Super Two" status.

However, unlike a player who has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time and/or has been outrighted previously in his career and who therefore has the option to elect free-agency immediately or else defer the choice until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, a "Super Two" player who has not been outrighted previously in his career cannot defer his right to elect free-agency. He must make his choice when he is outrighted. 

There were 118 players on MLB 40-man rosters (including players on an MLB 60-day IL) at the conclusion of the MLB regular season who were projected to fit the criteria of a player who has accrued at least two years but less than three years of MLB Service Time with at least 86 days of MLB Service Time accrued in the 2023 MLB regular season. So that means that 22% of the 118 (25.96 rounded to the nearest whole number, which is 26) will be at or above the Super Two threshold.and will have "Super Two" status post-2023.    

Sometimes a player petitions (successfully) to have his listed MLB Service Time adjusted (like due to an injury that occurred before the player was optioned to the minors, or because a player was optioned prior to game time or after the start of a game, or because his club intentionally manipulated the rules to keep the player from achieving "Super Two" status, any of which would impact the player's service time and thus could impact the number of players who are in the macro group and how many of the players in the group acquire "Super Two" status), so the MLB Service Time listed below is unofficial pending post-season audit by MLB and the MLBPA.

TOP 22% OF PLAYERS WITH BETWEEN TWO & THREE YEARS OF MLB SERVICE TIME POST-2023
DJ Stewart, OF (NYM) - 2+168
James Kaprelian, RHP (OAK) - 2+165
Isaac Paredes, INF (TB) - 2+160
Shane McClanahan, LHP (TB) - 2+158
Sam Hentges, LHP (CLE) - 2+157
Anthony Bender, RHP (MIA) - 2+153
Nick Sandlin, RHP (CLE) - 2+152 
Clarke Schmidt, RHP (NYY) - 2+148
Lucas Gilbreath, LHP (COL) - 2+147
Carlos Hernandez, RHP (KC) - 2+145
John King, LHP (STL) - 2+145
Logan Gilbert, RHP (SEA) - 2+144
Josh Fleming, LHP (TB) - 2+143 
Justin Steele, LHP (CUBS) - 2+143 
Luis Garcia, INF (WAS) - 2+141
Alex Kirilloff, OF (MIN) - 2+141 
Nick Gordon, INF-OF (MIN) - 2+136
Connor Joe, 1B-OF (PIT) - 2+136
Phil Bickford, RHP (NYM) - 2+134 
Tyler Wells, RHP (BAL) - 2+131 
Vladimir Gutierrez, RHP (CIN) - 2+127 
Leody Taveras, OF (TEX) - 2+124 
Ryan McKenna, OF (BAL) - 2+121 
Akil Baddoo, OF (DET) - 2+119
Albert Abreu, RHP (NYY) - 2+118
Jesus Sanchez, IF (MIA) - 2+118
PROJECTED "SUPER TWO" CUT-OFF - 2+118
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Dean Kramer, RHP (BAL) - 2+112
Alex Lange, RHP (DET) - 2+112
Eli Morgan, RHP (CLE) - 2+108
Jimmy Lambert, RHP (CHW) - 2+107
Taylor Saucedo, LHP (SEA) - 2+107

So if it remains unchanged, 2+118 MLB ST will be the post-2023 "Super Two" threshold cut-off.  

The Rays have the most "Super Two" players (three), The Cubs have just one (Justin Steele). Eleven clubs (ATL, AZ, BOS, HOU, LAA, MIL, PHI, LAD, SD, SF, and TOR) don't have any. 

Justin Steele, Logan Gilbert, Shane McClanahan, Clarke Schmidt, and Isaac Paredes won't have to worry, but for some of the other players on the above list, being a "Super Two" ain't necessarily so super. In many cases, a club will either release or non-tender the player rather than risk going to arbitration with him (some of the players on the list have already been outrighted to the minors).

And even for those players who are tendered a contract, becoming arbitration-eligible a year early can make a player more likely to be shopped in a trade, especially by a club with payroll concerns. It could also motivate a club to extend a contract extension offer to avoid what could be four years of salary arbitration.  

Comments

it was expected due to a poor (for him) defensive season that arenado wouldn't win Gold Glove, but he didn't even get a top-3 ballot placement for 3rd base Gold Glove.  his 10 year reign (with 6 Platinum Gloves in the last 6 years) officially ends in his 11th season of pro ball.

swanson, hoerner, and happ are in the mix for GG rep'ing the cubs.  in a somewhat shocking initial round of voting, lindor got more votes than swanson on the ballot...and happ got more than d.peralta.  both swanson and peralta "deserve" to win.

Bleacher Report says Cubs get Glasgnow for Triantos and Luke Little

Not enough to get Glasnow?

Triantos is kind of blocked by Shaw

He's trying some OF work in AFL but he's more blocked there.

Thoughts?

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

any and all players aside, i dunno if this team can stack another "be lucky to throw 150-160 innings" guy in the lineup unless they plan on upgrading the pen with dependable arms that can protect a lead for 3-4 innings on many consecutive days in a row.  they could really use another guy on alzolay's level at the very least.

barring injury/trade/etc the pen as it stands seems to be alzolay, merryweather, cuas, palencia...leiter maybe...luke little knocking on the door and could already be in the opening day plans...wicks, heuer, and hughes if anyone cares about them...

smyly, assad, and wesn in the mix for long relief (and/or 5th starter)...

k.thompson and kilian are also guys that throw baseballs.

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In reply to by Childersb3

Childersb3:

The Rays are in a different position than the Cubs with respect to the CBT threshold.

Unlike the Cubs, the Rays are in absolutely no danger of exceeding the CBT threshold in 2024. However, the Rays would (in general, whenever possible) want to exchange high-salaries for pre-arb guys. 

Tyler Glasgow is signed to a weird contract that made him highly valuable to the Rays in 2023, but makes trading him post-2023 a virtual slam dunk. 

Glasnow is signed to a two-year $30.35M contract ($15.175M AAV) that paid him only $5.35M in 2023, but jumps to $25M in 2024, so his AAV in both 2023 and 2024 is half of the aggregate value of the two year contract ($15.175M in both seasons), even though the actual salaries are wildly different. 

Glasnow's 2024 $15.175M AAV is about the same as Kyle Hendricks' 2024 AAV, but it's Glasnow's 2024 $25M salary that would be a problem for the Rays (again, the Rays don't care about a player's AAV, but they do care about a player's actual salary). 

So the Rays almost certainly will (must) trade Glasnow this off season, and the Cubs can readily afford the AAV hit, especially if Marcus Stroman opts out  (doesn't appear too likely at this point), or if the Cubs either decline Hendricks club option or exercise it and then trade him.

So the problem then is not whether the Cubs can afford Glasnow's salary (or more importantly his 2024 AAV hit), but rather if they can meet the Rays' asking price in terms of  players. 

​​​​​Ordinarily a one year "rental" like Glasnow might have diminished trade value, but with the number of teams likely in the hunt for a TOR SP (which Glasnow is), the price will probably be quite high. 

The Rays might also insist that any team acquiring Glasnow take back OF Manuel Margot and his back loaded contract ($9.5M AAV but he gets $10M in actual salary in 2024 plus a likely $2M buy-out post-2024). 

And coincidentally the Cubs actually would have some use for a player like Margot in 2024 (a RH-hitting outfielder who could platoon with Mike Tauchman in CF until whenever PCA is ready to take over the job). 

And it's likely that some of the other clubs that might otherwise have an interest in Glasnow would have zero interest in acquiring Margot.

So the Cubs could get a leg up in the bidding right from the start if they are willing to take back Margot. 

Also, the Cubs would likely get a draft pick between the 2nd and 3rd round of the 2025 draft as compensation if they acquire Glasnow and then are unable to sign him to a contract extension beyond 2024. 

So I would think the Rays asking price would be somebody  equivalent to the 2nd round comp pick they would get if they keep Glasnow and he leaves as a free-agent post-2024, plus an MLB-ready or near MLB-ready SP to directly replace Glasnow in the rotation, and another young pre-arb MLB-ready arm.

So I doubt that James Triantos and Luke Little would be enough to get it done, and that's even if the Cubs take back Margot. The Cubs would probably also have to include a young MLB-ready or near MLB-ready SP. 

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In reply to by Charlie

Tyler Glasnow made 17 starts in 2020 (eleven in the regular season and six in the post-season, including one in the World Series).

Also, the most starts Glasnow has made in a season (23, including one in the post-season) was in 2023, after missing the last half of 2021 and almost all of 2022 after June 2021 TJS, and he will be another year removed from his TJS in 2024. 

In addition, Glasnow is a Wasserman client, and (unlike the Boras Corporation) Wasserman has no aversion to contract extensions. 

BTW, the Cubs supposedly attempted to acquire Glasnow at the trade deadline sell-off in 2021 - AFTER - his TJS, but they ended up trading Kris Bryant to the Giants and Craig Kimbrel to the White Sox instead. (Glasnow was one of the top two SP in the A. L. when he went down with the UCL tear in June). 

While I doubt that the Cubs are looking to trade prospects for generic rotation depth, they probably would be interested in acquiring a TOR SP like Glasnow, especially if they can sign him to a contract extension before he hits free-agency post-2024. And even if they can't sign him to a contract extension, the Cubs would get a comp pick between the 2nd & 3rd rounds in the 2025 draft. 

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In reply to by Childersb3

It's $35M in actual 2024 salaries (which matters to the Rays), but $25M in combined 2024 AAV (which matters to the Cubs). 

Also, Glasnow and Margot could be flipped at the Trade Deadline if things go south for the Cubs in 2024. 

As far as Margot is concerned, he hits LHP very well so he would be a perfect match in a temporary CF platoon with Mike Tauchman until whenever PCA is ready. He would be just a one-year rental, anyway, so it's not like he would impact Canario's future with the Cubs (Canario gets a 4th minor league option in 2024, and he could probably use some additional reps and polish at AAA before he runs out of options). Margot also had much better numbers on the road than at home the last couple of years, so maybe getting out of the Trop might light him up a bit.   

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In reply to by bradsbeard

Yes. Thank you! 

Article XXIII section 2C (b) in the new CBA does indeed change the way AAV is calculated with respect to  backloaded / frontloaded contracts. 

So there is no advantage for the Cubs if they acquire Glasnow, because there would be a $25M AAV hit in 2024 on any club that acquires Glasnow. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Thanks for the info Az Phil and Bradsbeard!
So, very little, or no, financial room for Glasnow and Margot.
Just to get Glasnow we'd have to definitely trade Stroman after he opts in, but we'd probably have to trade out more salary (unless Hendricks signs for a very club friendly extension). 
But, with the price tag being 25mil for Glasnow, it might not take as many or as high value prospects to trade for him.
Bleacher Report trade ideas aren't usually realistic but Triantos and Luke Little for Glasnow might not be as far off as I thought, initially.

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In reply to by Childersb3

Truthfully, I’d expect the return for Glasnow to be more like the Darvish return (well, in nature more than quantity). There’s not a ton of surpluss value if the Cubs take back the whole salary, so I’d expect the return for the Rays to be guys who are far off from the majors. Think someone like Zyhir Hope or Nazier Mule who aren’t big name prospects yet but who have considerable upside and won’t clog up the Rays’ 40 man roster any time soon. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

You know, Phil, I've been thru the current Roster, AAVs, probable non-tenders, etc. With Stroman & Hendricks options, Smyly's salary, dead salary for Bote, Mancini, & Barnhart, Benefits and Auto Renewal $$s - I see over $69M in dead cap up against a $237M CBT before 20% up to $257M. Add $99M for Taillon, Gomes, Hoerner, Swanson, Happ, & Suzuki and Cubs have $65m or so to add (what they really need) - Bellinger, SP2, 1B or 3B (preferably both), and two RPs better than Fulmer.

Glasgow takes $25M of that. What's 2 decent RPs, let alone a Closer? $15-18M. How do you improve the offense at 1B, DH, 3B after spending that? Even if they went to $277M (32% tax), that buys a Bellinger or Soto. Then what?

I hope Jed sees this in a similar fashion and can convince Ricketts to go over - this year - to be a Playoff contender. Next year, $55-60M of that will be gone. And counting on meaningful numbers from Wicks, Brown, Horton, Shaw, PCA, Caissie, and Canario in 2025 would be more desirable than expecting that in 2024.

Anyhow, that's what I'm seeing.

patrick mooney reporting that both stroman and hendricks are expected to be with the 2024 cubs.  i know the numbers support it, but i'm not a fan of the cubs picking up the hendricks option (16m, 1.5m buyout).  he gave up a lot of deep fly outs and the infield defense bailed him out with men on base more than a few times.

Triantos isn't blocked by anyone, anywhere.  He is at least three years away from the big time, and who knows who will be alive, let alone playing at that point.  The current outfielders could easily be injured, and the various prospects ahead of him could easily fail as they move up.

glasnow achieved a MLB career high of 120ip in 2023.

his "any level" career high was 124.1ip in 2014.

can you count on him to throw another 5-8 games in the playoffs when/if he's thrown for a full season?

this team is already full of SP's that will be lucky to throw 160-180ip with 4 slots already locked up (assuming hendricks/stroman return).  smyly, wesn, and assad are also hanging around...

really want ARZ to make it back to the series, but it's hard to deny these PHI fans are some of the best around right now and they -really- want it.  it probably helps when the stadium is full of PHI fans rather than home/away team mix.  the ARZ fan representation is low single-digits at best.

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In reply to by crunch

This really shows HOW important it is to just make the Playoffs. Something that shouldn't be lost on Ricketts and Hoyer when it comes to spending money for 2024. Yeah, there's some bad 2023 money they have to eat next year. Deal with it or shut up about how important it is to be in the Playoffs. 

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In reply to by George Altman

i really want to see an alzolay-level pen arm on this team in 2024.  if merryweather, palencia, or cuas can rise to the occasion that's fine, but i'm not counting on it even if i see place for all 3 guys to succeed.

i'm not talking about sinking 10-15m into 3 pen guys eating roster space hoping a lotto ticket pays off, either...in 2023 the pen, corner IF, and bench had a lot of redundant talent and lotto tickets eating roster space while the team figured out what's actually worth keeping.

bob nightengale is reporting dusty is retiring.

1 world series win, 3x manager of the year (all SF), 5 teams....winning records with 4 of them (cubs 4 games under .500)

later dude.  hope you live long enough to be at your HOF induction.

a.canario hitting 389/.478/.556 in dominican winter league so far (5 games).  he's playing RF in all 5 games so far.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

it will be nice if we make it into the 2024 season with morel and canario both still on the team.  getting them ABs might be interesting if they're competing for DH and rest/injury OF slots (or 2nd for morel if swanson/hoerner isn't playing).
 

it would also be nice if we had madrigal -or- masterboney and not both clogging up the bench with guys who are pretty much expected to hit singles with anything better being a surprising bonus.

Not a relative. I did Ancestry.com previously and never encountered him or the relatives listed. I am related to author Ben Hecht who has quite a history and wrote an autobiography called “Child of the Century.” He also authored many plays and major movie scripts with one of the most well known,  “The Front Page” based on his life in the newspaper business. His wife was Rose but not likely the sib of your JH since Hecht would not have been her maiden name. Interesting history though and anyone encountering obscure Hemingway reporter articles has to be a great guy! Oh wait, that’s you.

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In reply to by JoePepitone

“His manners are not always nice, but then nice manners do not always make interesting autobiographies, and this autobiography has the merit of being intensely interesting."—Saul Bellow, New York Times, (reviewing Hecht's Child of the Century).  

I may have add it to my reading list!

The Athletic projects Bellinger to get 6 yrs $144 mil (24 per). Seems kind of low.
They also project Candelario to get 2 yrs $15mil. Seems low as well.
Hendricks gets 2yrs $25mil.
All projected to go to the Cubs (Cubs were listed first).
They also said Stroman opts into his Cubs deal. 
So basically The Athletic says the Cubs keep everyone. 
Then start trading people.
Bleacher Report says Wisdom will be traded. One source says the Cardinals want Wisdom back. 
 

If they sign Bellinger, Candelario and Hendricks at those prices, and Stroman exercises his option, how close to the luxury tax limit will the Cubs be after arbitration is completed?

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In reply to by Bill

BILL: Presuming Stroman and Smyly opt-in (likely), the Cubs exercise 2024 club options on Gomes (very likely) and Hendricks (50/50) and decline their side of the 2024 mutual option on Boxberger (lock), and Bellinger declines his side of the $25M mutual option (also a lock)...
 
Swanson: $25.3M AAV 
Stroman: $23.67M AAV
Happ: $20.33M AAV
Suzuki: $17M AAV
Taillon: $17M AAV
Hendricks: $16M AAV
Hoerner: $11.67M AAV
Smyly: $10.25M AAV (earned $2M contract escalator)
Gomes: $6.5M AAV 
SUB-TOTAL: $147.6M 
OTHER (COUNTS TOWARD 2024 AAV) 
Mancini: $7M (released)  
Barnhart: $3.25M (released)
Bote: $3M (outrighted) 
SUB-TOTAL: $13.25M 
PROJECTED ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLES (IF TENDERED):
Steele: $4.25M 
Alzolay: $2.75M 
Wisdom: $2.75M 
Madrigal: $2M 
Tauchman: $2M
Leiter: $1.75M
Merryweather: $1.5M 
Burdi: $1M 
Heuer: $1M 
SUB-TOTAL: $19M 
PRE-ARBITRATION: $8.25M estimated for ten players (MLB) & $2.25M estimated for 14 players (minor league splits)
SUB-TOTAL: 10.5M 
PLAYER BENEFIT COSTS: $16M (estimated)
PRE-ARBITRATION BONUS POOL: $1.67M 

ESTIMATED TOTAL: $208M  
2024 CBT THRESHOLD: $237M 

So the Cubs would have just under $30M available in 2024 AAV for free-agents or for adding payroll via trade before they would hit the CBT threshold, although it will be a bit more than $30M if Burdi, Heuer, and Wisdom are non-tendered, and considerably more than $30M if Stroman and or Smyly opt-out (not likely) or if the Cubs either don't pick up the Hendricks 2024 club option or renegotiate a multi-year deal with a lower AAV (50/50).     
 

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In reply to by azbobbop

azbobbop: Even though he was outrighted to the minors, David Bote will count against the Cubs MLB AAV ($3M) for as long as he remains under his present contract (although the Cubs can pay a $1M buy-out post-2024). 

BTW, Bote had the opportunity to elect free-agency after he was outrighted a year ago and then (because he did not elect free-agency post-2022) again post-2023, but he declined to do that. Of course if he had elected free-agency after he was outrighted he would have forfeited what remains of his contract ($4M in 2023, $5.5M in 2024, $7M or else a $1M buy-out in 2025, and $7.5M or else a $1M buy-out in 2026 if contract is not bought out post-2024).  

The reason the Cubs did not recall Bote from the minors at any point during the 2023 season is that they needed to keep his MLB Service Time under 5+000 so that they can outright him back to the minors if he is added to the 40. That won't be a problem in 2024 since it's the last year of the contract. (I am presuming the Cubs are already planning to pay the post-2024 buy-out). 

As for Drew Smyly, because he has accrued more than five years of MLB Service Time, he cannot be sent outright to the minors without his consent (which will never happen). So it isn't like it was with Bote where the Cubs can dare Smyly to forfeit the balance of his contract by outrighting him. Smyly cannot be outrighted. He can be released, but then the Cubs would owe him 100% of what remains on his contract ($10.5M in 2024 and then a $1.5M buy-out), and that $$$ counts against the Cubs AAV in 2024. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Phil,

 

I would non-tender Wisdom, Madrigal, Tauchman, Burdi, and Heuer. There's $8.75M.

No on Hendricks, there's $16M more.

Now they have $54M to spend. Convince Ricketts to go up to the first level (20%) and you have almost $74M.

Bellinger - $30M/Yr

Trade for Glasnow - $15M

Candelario  - $8-10M/yr

That leaves almost $20M to improve the bench and Bullpen.

 

That's how I would spend payroll.     

 

 

 

 

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In reply to by George Altman

GEORGE A: 

Prior to the 2023 season it appeared that the Cubs would have a boatload of AAV below the CBT threshold in 2024 because it was just more or less assumed that Bellinger, Stroman, Fulmer, Boxberger, Mancini, Gomes, and Barnhart would be moved at the 2023 MLB Trade Deadline, and that the 2024 Hendricks option would not be exercised (this time last year it wasn't even known if Hendricks would even pitch in 2023!).

But with the Cubs being buyers (somewhat) at the 2023 Trade Deadline such that Stroman, Smyly, Mancini, Boxberger, Fulmer, Barnhart, and Gomes were not traded (and now Stroman and Smyly probably won't opt out, either), and with a good chance that the 2024 Hendricks club option well be exercised (although the option could be exercised and then the Cubs could trade Hendricks), it turns out there isn't going to be anywhere near as much AAV available under the CBT threshold in 2024 as was thought going into the 2023 season. 

So the Cubs will almost certainly need to exceed the $237M CBT threshold (perhaps even substantially) in 2024 if they want to be a legit post-season contender, although they should be able to get back under the CBT threshold again without too much effort in 2025, once Stroman, Hendricks, Smyly, Gomes, Mancini, Barnhart, and Bote are off the books (combined $70M in 2024 AAV). 

all this bellinger, candelario, etc. stuff sounds nice, but c'mon...let's not forget The Cubs Way™

who's stoked about josh donaldson + evan longoria + a random 28+ year old AAA castaway for a combined 10m to waste 3 roster spots to see which one is a golden ticket?

matt mervis at 1st?  well, not until garrett cooper and carlos santana gets 200 PA each to prove they're not up to the task.  maybe the cubs will get lucky and the contracts won't have 2025 spillover to deal with once they're cast away mid-season 2024.

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  • 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 

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Well, maybe I just said that to myself to try and justify the deal............

  • Bill (view)

    Not that I heard of.  He was traded for Candelario because we felt a couple of months of Candelario was more valuable than a future 6 years of herz would be.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    I hear that, I just feel like I remember reading when we traded him that he was going to be Rule 5 eligible, and we needed a roster spot, et cetera, et cetera.......

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Just realized I haven't been B. Davis or Alcantara or Aliendo at all recently?

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Quite possible. Another one of the promising arms a bit below the untouchable higher tier. Once again, a “Not happy to see him go but a deal had to be done” situation.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Aha, so the Nationals may have requested him? 

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Traded him and Kevin Made for the Jeimer Candelario rental last year.