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40-Man Roster Info

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 4-21-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 14
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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2023 Winter Meetings Thread

The 2023 MLB Winter Meetings have kicked off with the Chicago Cubs rumored to be involved in some of the offseason's most desired players. Jed Hoyer et al. have already made the managerial splash of the year, bidding David Ross adieu and welcoming former Brewer Craig Counsell on a big ol' contract, by manager standards. 

The free agent moves of the 2012-2023 offseason generally panned out for the Cubs, with Dansby Swanson solidifying the infield defense and Cody Bellinger rebounding better than anyone could reasonably have expected. Even Jameson Taillon, whose first season as a Cub was clearly a disappointment, improved in the second half. All of this helped the Cubs to a winning record and a mid-season run at a Wild Card spot. 

Now, the Cubs have clear needs on the roster as well as a division without a presumptive favorite. The Reds are ascendant with a ton of young talent, the Cardinals have been forced to completely rebuild their starting rotation, and the Brewers lost a top rotation arm and are rumored to trade another. Pittsburgh fans have April to look back upon fondly and will be eagerly awaiting the first full season of Oneil Cruz while likely still waiting for their opportunity to compete. 

How aggressive will the Cubs be in their pursuit of the division? The next few weeks could tell fans a great deal. The Cubs have been connected to both top free agents who are likely to make their decisions early. Shohei Ohtani is gling to be the first big domino of the free agent market, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto's posting period will close on January 4. Pursuit of the likes of Bellinger, a third baseman, relievers, or potential trades for rotation support, will likely have to wait until these top free agents make their decisions. 

Join us in the comments for commentary and reactions to the early portion of the hot stove. Personally, I'll be hoping for something big to discuss.
 

Comments

astros sign brailyn maquez to a minor league deal.

he was the cubs "next big thing" back in 2020.  great stuff, bad command/control and a wonky shoulder.

Bob Nightengale @BNightengale
The Chicago Cubs’ optimism of landing Shohei Ohtani has now significantly waned, one high-ranking executive said, leaving the LA Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants as the likely finalists.

Jon Morosi @jonmorosi
Sources: Cubs and Rhys Hoskins’ representatives remain in contact on a possible free-agent deal.

One year and multiyear contract proposals have been discussed. 

"USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports the Cubs and Rays have discussed Christopher Morel as part of a trade package for Tyler Glasnow."

giving up c.morel for tyler "30 year old with a career high of 120ip" glasnow and his 1/25m contract seems like a shit-tier deal for the cubs.  put curtis mead in the mix and i might be interested, but the cubs would have to come with more than morel for that i'd imagine.

Previous Cub farmhand, Righty Ethan Roberts signs a minor league deal with Cubs and should get an invite/be ready to compete in ST after recovering from June 2022 TJ surgery.

I feel like Bob Nightengale is full of shit.  Everything he says about, at least the Cubs, is crap and later in the day is refuted, by Hoyer or whoever.  In general sports reporters are full of shit.  They always have “according to sources close to the team/player”.   Let me know when the mlb.com announces it or he’s in a Cubs jersey.

ohtani to bjays is getting massive heat and massive pushback as being not true...hot stove melting down...

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In reply to by Charlie

we could just wait around for the cubs to make an off-season splash by claiming alfonso rivas off waivers to add to the 1st base mix.  maybe they can talk eric hosmer into giving it another go.  braves are looking to trade away newly aquired matt carpenter...i think the cubs might have a new 3rd base target on their radar!

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In reply to by crunch

The Braves supposedly already have a deal in place to flip Matt Carpenter to a third team after acquiring him from the Padres last week. 

I am NOT advocating this, but I could see the Cubs trading David Bote to the Braves for Matt Carpenter.

It would be a virtual financial wash for both clubs (the Padres are paying down some of Carpenter's 2024 salary), the Cubs will have plenty of infield depth at AAA in 2024 even without Bote, the Braves are looking for veteran infielders they can stash at AAA (as they did when they outrighted David Fletcher to AAA after acquiring him from the Angels, knowing Fletcher would never elect free-agency and give up his contract), and after not re-signing Jeimer Candelario the Cubs may went some LHH 1B-3B-DH depth at Spring Training knowing they can always just release Carpenter if it turns out there isn't a place for him on the Cubs MLB Opening Day 26-man roster.  

Again, I am not advocating this. It's just that it seems like the Cubs might be the most-logical destination when the Braves trade Carpenter. The only other possible landing spots I can think of for Carpenter might be Toronto or the Angels. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

If the Cubs are intent on trading young MLB players and prospects for more-established guys, I think the two trading partners the Cubs would seem to match-up best with are Cleveland (RHSP Shane Bieber and RHRP Emmanuel Clase and maybe take back OF Myles Straw's contract) and Miami (LHSP Jesus Luzardo, 1B Josh Bell, and LHRP A. J. Puk, Tanner Scott, or Steven Okert, and maybe take back Avisail Garcia's contract if Puk is the LHRP), because both the Guardians and the Marlins would probably be more interested in young position players than young pitchers which is a better match for the Cubs. 

And if the Cubs are somehow able to re-sign Cody Bellinger before they have to pull a trigger on a trade, I could see even PCA being available if the trade is with the Guardians and Josh Naylor is included in the return.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Good points. I saw a report on MLBTR that the Marlns are having Puk stretch out as a starter this Spring. That may be one reason they would even consider trading Luzardo. Hard to know how the new PBO in FL views Bell and the veteran relievers. Clearly they're the kind of players he would have traded away in Tampa. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Braves released Matt Carpenter just now.
Sounds like they tried to flip him. 
No takers.
Is anyone else thinking nowadays that Counsell was heavily paid to play the young guys? And that Jed didn't trust Ross with those young guys?
This idea seems truly legit now
Jed was never going to "overpay" for any star players
That's clear now
We all wanted him to do so, but Jed isn't that guy

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    welcome back happ!  double off the wall 1st PA back.

  • crunch (view)

    oh yeah, totally, i was just chiming about why i fan like i fan.

    i would like nothing more than hendricks to keep on hendricks'ing.  guys with his stuff can throw for a long, long time as long as it works.

    he velocity is actually up a minor amount this year.  it's really "damn" when a guy like him not only has gas in the tank, but it's looking like it was years ago.  he added a curve a few years ago and it helped a little bit, but he's throwing it less and less while the fb/change combo are less effective.

  • Alexander Dimm (view)

    CRUNCH—There is no one person in this community I’m talking about.  My remarks were not directed at you or anyone, but at a tone I’ve noticed lately. 

    You have a great, dry sense of humor and there is thought behind your comments.   You and I don’t always agree but I always understand your position.  

    Lastly, and I’ll be quiet, I agree with you on Hendricks.  We can dislike the recent performance but still love the guy.  Lots of questions about his future.
     

  • crunch (view)

    myself, i make a good amount of outrageously unrealistic comments that are sometimes "violent"...like my recent suggestion of "pulling the bandaid off" by having hendricks throw every inning of every game until he's on the IL.

    i would hope any athlete that cares about what is written on the internet realizes how casual fans can be about treating their lives like scripted TV characters that don't have real lives.  it's not an excuse to do it, but there's a lot of it out there.

    but yeah, in real life i'm rooting for guys to have long and healthy careers even if i'm not happy with current performances...except for some guys...and i'm pretty sure i don't leave grey area for those comments...and almost all of them are not good humans whether they're playing baseball or not...

    hendricks was getting a good amount of boos in his last game.  i would bet a million that he will get a standing O every time he visits wrigley in his post-playing days, or a return with a new team should his career continue...or if he comes back and puts in an oldschool good performance.

  • Alexander Dimm (view)

    What are the chances we can back off on gloating over other people’s misfortune?  One of the things I appreciate about the TCR community is that the remarks are more productive and add to how I like to follow the game.  

    Lately, however, I’m reading comments that are just mean.  If I were an MLB player, I would hate to get a back or finger injury and have someone write ‘hurrah!  I hope we never see him again!’  Especially when it is someone we were praising not long ago.  I’m not saying ‘don’t express how you feel’ but some comments lately seem downright mean spirited.  Stuff I expect from other communities but don’t often see here.  The TCR community has always spoken the truth but never with such a dark tone.

    Just my two cents.  I hope Hendricks comes back and is the professor we all know. He can pitch for the Cubs as long as he wants in my book.  

  • crunch (view)

    happ is back (and starting), mervis DH, tauchman gets RF.

    morel 5th in the lineup.  hoerner continues to lead off, even vs a righty.

  • George Altman (view)

    I don't care to see Hendricks or Smyly on the 26-man Roster the rest of the season. Both, stupid signings and option pick up by Jed. 

  • crunch (view)

    i know the cubs are paying the guys, but for the sake of the win/loss column this is some great news.

    woo!  people getting injured!  kick ass!

    sportsball is cruel.

    would have liked to keep cooper, but it looks like they're gonna go with wisdom if they have to pick a righty who's gonna K 1/3rd of his PA's.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Edwards would be my guess, or maybe they’re hoping Sanders or R Thompson can finally figure it out 

  • Cubster (view)

    So it’s Mervis, Wesn and Little for Cooper, Hendricks and Smyly. Count me in. Starting rotation for now: Taillon, Imanaga, Wicks, Assad and Brown-Wesn. Eventually Steele. 

    Lineup

    Hoerner, Happ, Bellinger, Busch, Morel, Swanson, Tauchman, Mervis, Amaya.