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62 players are at MLB Spring Training 

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
22 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-27-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 21
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Bailey Horn
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 5  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 4 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 8
Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 2 
* Owen Caissie  
* David Peralta
 



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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

  • Charlie (view)

    He's totally dependent in that splitter. But I won't worry about it until mid March.

  • crunch (view)

    smyly going tomorrow.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Would you take Wisdom over Cooper if both were healthy? Power over steadiness?

  • Eric S (view)

    That throw was very concerning. Maybe he still was second guessing not throwing to second base and instead thought throwing towards the first base side dugout was the best option. 

  • crunch (view)

    forget the error on the shaw throw (from 2nd)...the velocity on the throw (made on the move) was as terrible as it was wide, even for a 2nd baseman.

  • crunch (view)

    wicks again but not jameson taillon or imanaga yet?

    i hate to tin foil...NONETHELESS...

    is wicks being thrown to the wolves to determine whether he's trutsted enough to snag that 5 slot or the cubs -might- need to add another starter?  getting some vibes over here...

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Childersb3: Because Edwards, Peralta, and Cooper are post-2023 Article XX-B MLB free agents who signed 2024 minor league contracts, they have automatic opt outs on Opening Day if not added to the 40 by that time. So they are essentially injury insurance and likely won't make the Cubs Opening Day 26-man roster unless there is an injury. 

    So Peralta probably has a chance to make the team only if something bad happens to Busch, Happ, Bellinger, and/or Tauchman during Spring Training, Cooper has a chance probably only if something bad happens to Morel and/or Wisdom, and Edwards has a chance to make the team if something bad happens to Neris, Alzolay, and/or Merryweather. 

    Meanwhile they can play in MLB Cactus League Spring Training games and show what they have to offer to the other MLB clubs (or even to NPB and KBO clubs) in case it turns out the Cubs don't need them and they opt-out at the end of Spring Training. 

  • azbobbop (view)

    It’s nice having a farm system where the rosters aren’t loaded with minor league filler.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    Phil and I are together on the lack of faith in Leiter.

    He better get that splitter going asap.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    If Canario and PCA don't make the OD roster, look at the Iowa roster here:

    C Windham/Veteran

    1B Mervis/Bote

    2B Strumpf/Cantrelle

    SS Vazquez/Cantrelle

    3B Murray/Slaughter

    LF Davis/DHill

    CF PCA/Roederer

    RF Canario/Caissie

    DH Caissie

    I thought their lineup last year was loaded

    This is ridiculous

    Rotation: Brown, Wicks, Kilian, RThompson, maybe Wesneski and Horton soon

    Not bad at all