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40-Man Roster Info

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
 
* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 21
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* 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
 



Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

2024 Cubs Spring Training

2/27 UPDATE

The Cubs have signed free agent OF-1B Cody Bellinger (# 24) to an MLB contract, and the Cubs have traded LHP Bailey Horn (# 92) to the Chicago White Sox. Also, the Cubs have added 1B-OF Dominic Smith (# 12) and OF David Peralta (# 6) to their MLB Spring Training roster as Non-Roster Invitees (NRI).   

 




2/23 UPDATE

The Cubs have added minor league C-1B Haydn McGeary as an NRI to MLB Spring Training. He is catching "live" BP and bullpen sides. 

Also, Miguel Amaya has switched from # 6 to # 9 (presumably so that David Peralta can wear # 6) and Carl Edwards Jr has switched from # 79 to # 58.


2024 CUBS SPRING TRAINING ROSTER: (last updated 2/27)

40 players (MLB roster)
22 players (Non-Roster Invitee - NRI )

* bats or throws left
# bats both

MLB ROSTER PITCHERS: 21
25 Yency Almonte
73 Adbert Alzolay
82 Michael Arias
72 Javier Assad
86 Ben Brown
74 Jose Cuas
28 Kyle Hendricks
87 Porter Hodge
18 Shoto Imanaga *
45 Caleb Kilian
38 Mark Leiter Jr
43 Luke Little *
66 Julian Merryweather
51 Hector Neris
48 Daniel Palencia
11 Drew Smyly *
35 Justin Steele *
50 James Taillon
71 Keegan Thompson
19 Hayden Wesneski
36 Jordan Wicks *

NON-ROSTER PITCHERS: 11
54 Colten Brewer
91 Chris Clarke
58 Carl Edwards Jr
62 Edwin Escobar *
49 Richard Lovelady *
83 Sam McWilliams 
46 Thomas Pannone *
21 Ethan Roberts
95 Cam Sanders
93 Riley Thompson
39 Brad Wieck *

MLB CATCHERS: 2
9 Miguel Amaya
15 Yan Gomes

NON-ROSTER CATCHERS: 5
32 Jorge Alfaro
89 Pablo Aliendo
57 Joe Hudson
?? Haydn McGeary
67 Bryce Windham *

MLB INFIELDERS: 9
29 Michael Busch *
2 Nico Hoerner
1 Nick Madrigal
20 Miles Mastrobuoni *
22 Matt Mervis *
5 Christopher Morel
7 Dansby Swanson
75 Luis Vazquez 
16 Patrick Wisdom

NON-ROSTER INFIELDERS: 4
13 David Bote
77 Matt Shaw
12 Dominic Smith * 
98 Chase Strumpf

MLB OUTFIELDERS: 8 
88 Kevin Alcantara
24 Cody Bellinger * 
4 Alexander Canario
52 Pete Crow-Armstrong *
94 Brennen Davis
8 Ian Happ #
27 Seiya Suzuki
40 Mike Tauchman * 

NON-ROSTER OUTFIELDERS: 2
78 Owen Caissie *
6 David Peralta * 

MANAGER 
30 Craig Counsell

COACHES
96 James Adduci (Assistant Hitting Coach - Game Planning)
63 Juan Cabreja (Assistant Hitting Coach - BP Coordinator)
84 Ryan Flaherty (Bench Coach)
33 Willie Harris (3rd base coach)
79 Darren Holmes (Bullpen Coach)
68 Tommy Hottovy (Pitching Coach)
?? Danny Hultzen (Pitching Strategist)
76 Dustin Kelly (Hitting Coach)
80 John Mallee (Assistant Hitting Coach)
90 Jonathan Mota (Assistant Bullpen Coach)
53 Daniel Moskos (Assistant Pitching Coach)
55 Mike Napoli (1st Base Coach)
97 Alex Smith (Data Development & Process Coach)
81 Mark Strittmatter (MLB Field Coordinator)

OTHER:
85 Garrett Lloyd (Bullpen Catcher)

NUMBERS NOT CURRENTLY ISSUED: (as of 2/27)
3 (last worn by David Ross)
17 (last worn by Kris Bryant)
34 (last worn by John Lester)
37 (last worn by Dom Nunez - ST 2023)
41 (last worn by Adrian Sampson)
44 (last worn by Anthony Rizzo)
47 (last worn by Brandon Hughes)
56 (last worn by Jeremiah Estrada)
59 (last worn by Michael Rucker)
60 (last worn by Sergio Alcantara - ST 2023)
61 (last worn by Brailyn Marquez - ST 2023)
64 (last worn by Jordan Holloway - ST 2023)
65 (last worn by Tyler Duffey)
69 (Cubs do not issue this number)
70 (last worn by Pete Crow-Armstrong - ST 2023)
92 (last worn by Bailey Horn prior to being traded on 2/27)
99 (last worn by Rowan Wick - ST 2023)

RETIRED NUMBERS:
10 Ron Santo
14 Ernie Banks
23 Ryne Sandberg
26 Billy Williams
31 Ferguson Jenkins & Greg Maddux
42 Jackie Robinson

 

Comments

There is a sort of roster formula used at Spring Training when they are doing the February workouts. 

Clubs want three players for each position (two from each position are assigned to the "A" group and one from each position is assigned to the "B" group), plus 30-36 pitchers split up into three groups of 10-12, and six catchers who catch bullpens and "live" BP and who are split up (three assigned to group "A" and three assigned to group "B") for infield, baserunning, and cut-off drills.

So for example: 

1B: Busch & Wisdom (group "A") and Mervis (group "B") 
2B: Hoerner & Bote (group "A") and Strumpf (group "B") 
3B: Madrigal & Morel (group "A") and Shaw (group "B")
SS: Swanson & Mastrobuoni (group "A") and Vazquez (group "B") 
LF: Happ & B. Davis (group "A")  
CF: Tauchman & PCA (group "A") and K. Alcantara (group "B")   
RF: Suzuki & Canario (group "A") and Caissie (group "B") 

C: Gomes, Amaya, and Alfaro (group "A") and Hudson, Wyndham, and Aliendo (group "B"), back together further for bullpens.  
  
A player can be moved to a different position as needed if the club wants to get the player work at more than one position. 

So room was left for one additional position player and up to five more pitchers.  

stan hack's number should be retired...if only he kept a uniform number for more than 5 minutes.

16 years as a cub player (3 as a manager), 7 uniform numbers...including #31 (fergie/maddux)

strong consideration for gabby hartnett #9, though he had a couple other uniform numbers and half his career was without a uniform number.

A little surprised that other LHRP isn’t on this list. Weymer? Something like that.

Also I always group Kohl Franklin with Riley Thompson and Cam Sanders so a little surprised he’s not there too but that might just be me.

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In reply to by crunch

True. Hughes signing elsewhere was big for him too. I still think he’s got an uphill battle. Barring injuries I think the pen will be:

Alzolay

Merryweather

Neris

Smyly

Leiter

Almonte 

Assad

Cuas

 

Little probably battling with Palencia for next spot. This is also assuming Wesneski is SP5.

I’m interested to see what Wieck has left after all the injuries. He was in the middle of a breakout before that.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

Assuming no injuries, poor performance in SP, or new signings, the above seems to be the most likely opening day bullpen.  But even so, Palencia and Little are very likely to be on the Iowa shuttle, called up due to injuries or rest needed.  They have option years available, and no bullpen goes through an entire year without substantial injuries.

I am still surprised that Hughes signed elsewhere.  There was no reports of ill feelings on either part, and I doubt that he got that much money from his new team.  Perhaps the Cubs didn't like his medical reports.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

I know that I am in the minority, but I expect the bull pen to be quite good this year.  One thing that this administration has been good at is building a good bull pen without allocating scarce resources on it.  Even last year, it was going well until Fulmer and Alzolay went down with injuries.

Who gets the last outfield spot if no one is added AND PCA begins the season at Triple-A? Canario??

If Canario has a good spring (as I hope), he might be in center.  Otherwise, unless there is a trade or waiver pickup, it probably has to be Tauchman.  Unless, I suppose, they think that Mastroboni can play there.

NHL returns to wrigley field this year.  looks like they're going to try to make it a regular thing.

cubs upper management is also supposedly courting Northwestern to play some of their football games at wrigley while their stadium is undergoing construction.  one game already confirmed.

welcome to the home of the chicago cubs!  we occasionally have baseball! (tm)

AZ Phil,

What's your opinion on the 2B, SS and 3B assignments?
I think most fans foresee battles for TN and SB starting spots.
IA is pretty well locked up with Vazquez and Murray (and Slaughter/Strumpf)
TN looks to have Triantos at 2B, Shaw at 3B, but SS could be Howard or Rivera. 
I'm starting to think Howard will be in TN as a backup and super sub guy.
SB seems to have Ramirez at 2B, Rojas at SS, with Long/Kalmer or maybe Rivera at 3B.
I guess Rojas could "repeat" MB, opening some spots up for Rivera and Howard to get more SS time.
But, MB has C. & A. Hernandez with Paciolla and Bowswer ready to go there.
That doesn't include Melendez, Cepeda and Lubo.
It's nice to have that much depth in the system for sure!!!

 

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In reply to by Childersb3

the more video of matt shaw i see, the more i wonder if nico hoerner can play 3rd.

the weak arm is a real concern and i dunno if coach jonathon mota can horse whisper it into being more than it is like he did with nico.  shaw's glove and his intuition playing up the middle, nothing wrong with that, especially for a young(ish) guy.

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In reply to by crunch

I feel like if Shaw can’t hack it at 3B, you need to at least explore trading Nico as part of a package for a MLB 3B. I like Nico a lot, but the bat played well at SS, plays fine at 2B, but at 3B?

Now granted we’re currently being sold Madrigal as a starting caliber 3B, so Nico would be a big upgrade, but still.

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In reply to by crunch

I find myself seriously wondering if the combination of Morel 3B and a better hitter than Madrigal at DH would provide more value to the team that Morel DH and Madrigal 3B. And sure it’s about winning games but it’s also about entertaining the fans. Madrigal is pretty un-entertaining 

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

I doubt that Hoyer would ever say this publicly (and it pains me to even suggest this), but it is entirely plausible that the Cubs are not "all in" for 2024 and never have been, and are approaching the season pretty much like they approached 2023, which is to say "we don't expect to be a contender, we will probably be sellers at the Trade Deadline, and we will allow young players who have mastered AAA to develop (and succeed or fail, TBD) at the MLB level." 

So (for example) that would mean the Cubs would have no problem playing Morel at 3B, even if he makes 40 errors there. And if additional free-agents are signed, it will be players who fill holes on the roster but who can be flipped at the TDL, like Michael Lorenzen (RHP swingman), Ryne Stanek (RHRP), and Michael A. Taylor (RH platoon CF).   

Also, Hendricks (before he gets "10/5 rights" on 6/26), Smyly, Neris (after his automatic Article XX-B "no trade" expires on 6/15), Gomes, Tauchman, Wisdom, Leiter, Merryweather, Almonte and Madrigal would be other TDL flip candidates. Even Nico Hoerner could be traded, if the Cubs decide by mid-season that Matt Shaw is best-suited to play 2B rather than 3B. (Happ and Suzuki have "full" NTC and Taillon has a partial NTC, but the Cubs might still try and move them, too, especially if the player sees the Cubs going nowhere fast and decides to waive his NTC in order to go to a contender). 

So the $25M in 2024 AAV that remains under the CBT threshold could be allocated on guys like Lorenzen, Stanek, and Taylor, rather than on Bellinger, Chapman, Montgomery, or Snell. 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

I'd be all in on this!!
I think Jed just needs to say it.
We Cubs fans thought since he didn't sell and went for the playoffs last year that going for it was a given this year.
But if he doesn't see winning a ring as a possibility, than he should be cautious and play the young guys, flip the vets.
I think he should just declare it and take the heat.

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In reply to by Childersb3

Childersb3: 

Here is an updated version from a month ago: 

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT advocating any of this, and I also acknowledge that additional MLB and minor league free agents will likely be signed, trades could be made, players will be released, and there will be injuries (TBD) during Spring Training, all of which will impact this, but AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW (2/13)...  

NOTE: Jackson Ferris would have been the #1 SP at South Bend and Zyhir Hope would have been the CF and lead-off hitter at Myrtle Beach if they had not been traded.  

* bats or throws left 
# bats both

CHICAGO CUBS (MLB)

26-man roster

LINEUP VS. RHP:
* Tauchman, CF (Article XX-D / out of options) 
Hoerner, 2B (Article XX-D/ can move to SS if Swanson not in lineup)
Suzuki, RF (Article XX-B / has full "no trade") 
# Happ, LF (Article XX-B / has full "no trade") 
Swanson, SS (Article XX-B / has full "no trade") 
C. Morel, DH (4th option available in 2024)
* Busch, 1B 
Gomes, C (Article XX-B) 
Madrigal, 3B (Article XX-D)

LINEUP VS LHP:
Hoerner, 2B 
Suzuki, RF 
# Happ, LF 
Swanson, SS 
C. Morel, DH  
Wisdom, 1B (Article XX-D) 
Gomes, C 
* Tauchman, CF 
Madrigal, 3B 

BENCH: 
Amaya, C (out of options) 
Wisdom, 1B-3B-LF-RF (or Busch when LHP starts)
* Mastrobuoni, INF (2B-3B-SS)
Canario, OF (4th option available in 2024)
NOTE: Presume Busch will at least initially platoon with Wisdom)

STARTNG PITCHERS: 
* Steele (Article XX-D / out of options) 
Hendricks (Article XX-B / will get full 10/5 "no trade" beginning on 6/26) 
Taillon (Article XX-B / has partial "no trade") 
* Imanaga (Article XX-B / SP on Sundays only? - has partial "no trade") 

BULK / MULTI-INNING / PIGGY-BACK 
* Smyly (Article XX-B) 
Wesneski 
Assad 
* Wicks 
NOTE: Presume a Smyly / Wesneski piggy-back so that Wesneski won't have to face many LHH, or Smyly could be a one-inning LHRP if it is a Wicks / Wesneski piggy-back

ONE-INNING 
Alzolay (Article XX-D / out of options) 
Neris (Article XX-B / automatic "no trade" thru 6/15) 
Leiter (Article XX-D / out of options) 
Merryweather (Article XX-D / out of options) 
Almonte (Article XX-D / out of options / Article XIX-A status on 4/26)   


IOWA (AAA) 

28-man roster

STARTING LINEUP:
* PCA, CF
L. Vazquez, SS 
* Caissie, LF-RF 
* Mervis, 1B 
Alfaro, C (probably has one or more contractual opt outs) 
B. Davis, RF-LF 
# Murray, 3B 
Slaughter, DH (also 3B-2B-1B-SS)
Strumpf, 2B (also 3B)
 
BENCH: 
Bote, INF 
* Hill, OF (LF-CF)
Hudson, C 
* Roederer, OF (CF-LF-RF)
* Windham, C-IB-2B-3B 

DEVELOPMENT "STASH" LIST (POSITION PLAYERS): 
Knight, C 
McKeon, INF 

STARTING PITCHERS: 
B. Brown 
Kilian 
R. Thompson 
Clarke 
* Pannone 

BULLPEN: 
Cuas
Palencia 
* Little
K. Thompson 
* Horn 
C. Sanders
* Wieck 
Roberts 
* Escobar  

DEVELOPMENT "STASH" LIST (PITCHERS): 
Edwards (Article XX-B automatic opt-out Opening Day, May 1, and June 1)
* Lovelady
Brewer
McWilliams
* Weiman
M. Espinoza 
Gallardo

REHAB (EXST): 
Leeper 
* Patterson 
Reindl 


TENNESSEE (AA)

28-man roster

LINEUP:
Triantos, 2B (also 3B)
Shaw, 3B (also 2B-SS)
K. Alcantara, CF (also LF-RF)
* Ballesteros, DH-C-1B 
McGeary, 1B (also DH & 3rd catcher)
Aliendo, C-DH 
C. Franklin, LF (also CF))
* Pagan, RF (also CF-LF) 
Howard, SS

BENCH: 
# Cantrelle, INF 
* Pinango, OF (LF-RF) 
Pertuz, INF  
# Opitz, C 
Beesley, OF (CF-LF-RF)

DEVELOPMENT "STASH" LIST (POSITION PLAYERS): 
Avitia, C
Spence, INF 
Nwogu, OF  

STARTING PITCHERS: 
Horton 
K. Franklin 
Birdsell 
Powell 
Devers
Kachmar  

BULLPEN: 
Hodge 
E. Nunez
Leigh   
* Martin 
Bigge 
Whitney 
Ueckert 
Scalzo 

DEVELOPMENT "STASH" LIST (PITCHERS): 
Bain 

REHAB (EXST): 
* Carraway 
* Stambaugh 
S. Gonzalez


SOUTH BEND (Hi-A) 

30-man roster

LINEUP: 
* Bateman CF 
Rojas, SS 
# P. Ramirez, 2B (also 3B)
Kalmer, DH (also 3B-1B)
Rivera, 3B (also 2B-SS)
Stevens, RF (also 1B)
Long, 1B 
Garriola, LF 
* Hearn, C 

BENCH: 
Pabon, C-INF 
R. Morel, INF-OF   
* Chavers, OF 
# R. Garcia, INF 
* Wetzel, OF 
Verdugo, INF  

DEVELOPMENT "STASH" LIST (POSITION PLAYERS): 
* Granadillo, C 
Preciado, INF (formerly switch-hitter) 
J. Mora, INF
* Mena, OF  

STARTING PITCHERS: 
Arias 
* Gray 
W. Sanders
McCullough 
Noland 
* Santy 

BULLPEN: 
J. Romero 
Oquendo 
T. Johnson
* A. Hernandez 
T. Santana 
Hull 
Nahas
Y. Cabrera 
Kipp 

DEVELOPMENT "STASH" LIST (PITCHERS): 
A. Gonzalez 
* Watkins 
Schlaffer
K. Perez

REHAB (EXST): 
Wiggins
Thoresen  


MYRTLE BEACH (Lo-A) 

30-man roster 

LINEUP:
A. Hernandez, 2B 
C. Hernandez, SS 
* Carico, DH-C) 
Bowser, 1B 
A. Sanchez, C-DH 
* Encarnacion, RF 
Paciolla, 3B 
L. Espinoza, CF  
* Collier, LF 

BENCH: 
Trice, C-INF-OF 
* Suriel, 1B-OF 
* More, OF 
* Escobar, INF-OF 
Olivo, INF-OF 

DEVELOPMENT LIST (POSITION PLAYERS) / EXST thru June:  
F. Hernandez, C-1B-OF
Mule, INF 
Lubo, INF 
* Melendez, INF 
A. Rosario, OF 
* W. Soto, C-1B 
# J. Diaz, C 

STARTING PITCHERS: 
K. Valdez 
E. Rodriguez 
Rujano 
* Noriega 
A. Romero 

BULLPEN: 
Ginn 
Armstrong 
Frisch 
G. Brown 
Dean 
Moore 
Egbert 
Pichardo 
Paredes 
Lebron 
L. A. Reyes

DEVELOPMENT LIST (PITCHERS) / EXST thru June
McGwire
* Machado 
Marshall (ex-C) 
* C. Garcia
Agrazal 
Hambley 
Martinez-Gomez
* D. Brown
Y. Rojas 
Silverio
Bello 
W. Mora 
* Cunningham (attending college until June)

REHAB (EXST): 
* Flanagan  
Sierra 
Wheat 

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

Thanks Phil
It makes sense that Howard would get a chance at AA. His defense was never the issue. His bat just needs to catch up (or become serviceable at least)
Rivera doesn't need to be rushed, and he can get time at SS in SB with Rojas and Ramirez switching spots sometimes.
Probably all a good fix there.
And, I forget that Brody McCullough will pitch this year. His injury was a knee and not his arm.

Per Jon Morosi:
As @MLB clubs negotiate with free agents, Wednesday is a possible inflection point.
Tomorrow, all teams will have the ability to place players on the 60-day injured list, thus freeing up 40-man roster spots for free-agent signings.
Could be an active 48 hours.

At least some hope of action in the market.
Don't think this effects the Cubs one bit, though. I believe all 40 guys are healthy.

Chicago Radio reports are that Jed has told Boras that they are done with Bellinger.
Radio folks also said that the ANGELS are going to get Bellinger.
Bellinger would get his money, head back to the West Coast, and be totally forgotten.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

the team is addicted to "bargains."  we get a slew of roster-clogging guys coming off injury or a down season...they get released or otherwise hang around dragging the payroll.

we can't have a yamamoto.  we get an imanaga.

we can't have a "real" 1st baseman.  we get trey mancini and eric hosmer eating roster spots and playing time for a few months figuring out who's trash and who's having a bad start...and then you get both guys being trash and miss the playoffs by a game or 2.

heyward gets cut when the only thing he was blocking was all these "bargain" gambles clogging up the roster.  meanwhile, the cubs pay $20m for heyward to help the dodgers get to the postseason as a platoon player.

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In reply to by Arizona Phil

So, Jed is paying for average, to slightly above average talent?
Giving 15mil to 20mil to multiple players that are just okay, but not good enough to win a playoff series isn't a good business model?

Play the young guys!!!
Or pay extra the uber talented!!!

Pick a lane, Jed. 

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In reply to by Childersb3

I agree. I think we've established that Council will play the best players, even if they're young(ish); and that's what we really need to do this year: play the young guys, and see what we have. There's no reason to try and rush and force things to contend now, and potentially handicap ourselves or pigeonhole ourselves into narrow lanes, rather than waiting to see how all the options play out. If a great option/opportunity comes up, obviously take advantage of it; but reaching or forcing isn't something we should be doing right now.......

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

You know what great opportunity has come up,? The rest of the division sucks. If the Cubs actually wanted to win this year, they’d have a fairly easy path to it. Now, in a year or two, when the Cubs best prospect will be matriculating, the Reds best prospects will also be in MLB. The cardinals will have had time enough to turn around a rough patch. The Pirates will have started getting more talent to MLB. And who knows how quickly Milwaukee will turn around their impending rebuild.

Pittsburgh and in particular Cincinnati both also have very well thought of farm systems.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

since they traded away yu darvish in december 2020 (signaling their rebuild) they've fielded 3 seasons in a row of half-assed teams pieced together like they're the reds or pirates, not the cubs.

in 2021 they didn't go "all-in" with the last season of the 2016 championship core...they decided to punt before 2021 began.  they added dodgers castaway joc pederson for 5m and gave 6m to a washed up jake arrieta for some reason...plus some useless scrap heap 1-3m roster filler gambles like eric sogard, trevor williams, jake marisnick, austin romine, etc...

there's still time to prove it wrong, but it looks like they're going for year 4 of this...

the 2024 team is looking a lot better than years past, but i think everyone was expecting to be a serious competitor from the outset...not "well, maybe we'll trade for someone in june if what we got works out."  what's the plan if it doesn't work out in 2024?  more years of this half-assed stuff?

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In reply to by crunch

To both Crunch and Jon, I would say that this year they should figure out what they have with certain prospects and certain young guys just graduating from prospects; and then if the young guys play great, perhaps not too many moves will be needed, but if not, then maybe more moves would be needed. But definitely by this coming off-season I would switch to an all-in mindset, while still cultivating the 'waves' coming up the pipeline............

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

there's some things beyond spending $$ i like about the 2024 cubs.  i'm a big fan of the michael busch trade and think he could be a 2024 solution with matching production more than the higher-prospect-ranked PCA.

i like the 2024+ pipeline.  there's years of notable talent on the horizon and not everyone will have a place to play...not a bad place to be.

that said, a huge chunk of cubs nation went into this offseason expecting some major moves, or at least a major move.  we've got a middle-rotation starter and a setup pen arm to show for it so far.

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In reply to by crunch

I feel like we have a lot of good options in the pipeline that would be worth seeing if they are options rather than a trade or free agency for this year (not necessarily sure about 3B, Vasquez?); I also don't really know who will be free agents or available next off season, and if they would be better or worse than this year's crop.......

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

TOP 15 BEST POST-2024 MLB ARTICLE XX-B FREE-AGENTS: 

1. Gerrit Cole, RHSP (NYY) - opt-out - 2025 age 34 - BORAS
2. Juan Soto, LF (NYY) - 2025 age 26 - BORAS
3. Alex Bregman, 3B (HOU) - 2025 age 31 - BORAS 
4. Corbin Burnes, RHSP (BAL) - 2025 age 30 - BORAS 
5. Zach Wheeler, RHSP (PHI) - 2025 age 35 
6. Max Fried, LHSP (ATL) - 2025 age 31 
7. Pete Alonso, 1B-DH (NYM) - 2025 age 30 - BORAS 
8. Ha-Seong Kim, INF (SD) - mutual option - 2025 age 29
9. Willy Adames, SS (MIL) - 2025 age 29 
10. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B (STL) - 2025 age 37 
11. Gleyber Torres, 2B (NYY) - 2025 age 28
12. Elias Diaz, C (COL) - 2025 age 34 
13. Josh Bell, 1B (MIA) - 2025 age 32 - BORAS 
14. Danny Jansen, C (TOR) - 2025 age 30 
15. Eloy Jimenez, OF-DH (CHW) - 2025 age 28 

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

They’re not going to sign Bregman unless he has a down year and is looking for a one year bounce back type deal.

He’s in his age 30 season already so he’s likely looking at his last chance at a big money deal if he has a good year. Cubs won’t want to sign him for that price.

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In reply to by Finwe Noldaran

we should know a lot more about what bj murray is capable of with the bat in 2024.

he's a legit 3rd defensively (not outstanding, but still good there) and the bat is promising.  he's got a touch of speed, though not a big runner.  he's a switch hitter that hits well from both sides and can use all of the field to hit.  he's working with a good base of overall tools even if none are spectacular on their own.

he's not high on anyone's cubs team prospect lists, but if he can tighten up the balance between his good eye + his swing/miss along with showing a touch more power he's going to rocket up the lists.

Baseball America reports that ACL and FCL are moving their season's start date up a month, but won't extend it out.  So, they'll be done on July 25th this year. Basically, no "just drafted and signed" players will play in Rookie Ball anymore.
They'll have to immediately go to full season A or A+ ball (which is fairly normal now anyway).
After July ends I guess their will be more extended training sessions for younger guys in Arizona or Florida.
Organizations want more time to work with young players and not just have them play in games.
I believe AZ Phil has stated this in the past (sorry if I'm wrong).

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In reply to by Childersb3

AZ Instructs will start on August 1 and will run for nine weeks instead of starting on September 1 and running for five weeks. This way, all draft picks will initially attend AZ Instructs after signing and won't count against the in-season minor league 165-man Domestic Reserve List until after the conclusion of the season. 

Also, some of the ACL players could get moved up to Lo-A for the last couple of months of the season after the conclusion of the ACL season, and some of the draft picks (probably the more polished college guys) could get moved up to a full season affiliate before the conclusion of the season if they prove to be too advanced for Instructs. 

In addition, Extended Spring Training will now run for only about five weeks (beginning right after the conclusion of Minor League Camp and continuing up until the start of the ACL season the first week of May), instead of for nine weeks in April-May.

MLBPAA discount code links for MLB.tv are starting to go out.  if you're a member it should show up soon. 

mine ended up in my spam folder for some reason, so don't forget to check there if you don't get one and you're expecting it.

Chicago Radio says Jed is planning on something big involving Alonso and an extension.

Sounds unlikely since Boras clients don't sign extensions.

Alonso did declare this week that he would hit Free Agency next fall/winter.

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  • crunch (view)

    now that the bellinger contract is done and we're waiting on the dude to show up in games...

    it can be argued that bellinger at 30m a year for 1-2 seasons (or 80m over 3 years) isn't good value.  ...and it probably won't be a good deal.  free agent signings at this level of pay have an extremely high ceiling to realize a return on investment based on numbers and stats, alone.

    what it does give, is a specific need for weaknesses of this specific club.  he provides coverage for 2 of the 3 main position weaknesses and he's a lefty bat with pop.

    every slot on the team is pretty much solidified except CF, 1st, and 3rd.  bellinger covers CF and 1st adequately and i doubt many people think he couldn't cover either over the next 3 seasons.

    the cubs have PCA and busch/mervis at CF and 1st respectively.  the team no longer needs guys at both positions to rise to the occasion.

    plus there's the whole DH thing.

    this is a gamble, but it's not a thoughtless gamble throwing money at a bat for the sake of having a bat.  he's capable of filling numerous roles the team could use for a short period of time in the prime of his career...even if it could end up he's overpaid for what we get from him.
     

  • crunch (view)

    as far as i can tell this isn't injury/rest related, and they've been throwing for weeks.

    we're at the point in spring games where throwing 20-40 pitches for multi-inning guys is the norm, and that's not much different than airing out a few dozen on the mound in a non-game training situation.

    i wonder if these specific guys are getting additional instruction without working things out vs live batters and they don't want to do that and tax the arms doing both at once.  no idea...not heard anything about these guys or what they're doing in ARZ recently.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Eight days into the Cactus League schedule, six Cubs pitchers who are officially at MLB Spring Training have yet to throw in a Cactus League game: 

    Yency Almonte 
    Michael Arias 
    Shota Imanaga 
    Ethan Roberts (NRI - TJS rehab)
    Jameson Taillon 
    Keegan Thompson 

    Meanwhile, 13 pitchers assigned to Cubs Minor League Camp have pitched in MLB Cactus League games, including Blake Weiman twice and Hunter Bigge three times!  
     

  • crunch (view)

    player of the game: the sun

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Friday's White Sox - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    JUSTIN STEELE
    FB: 90-92 
    CT: 88-89  
    SL: 81-84 
    CH: 78-81  
    CV: 75-76 
    COMMENT: Threw two no run / no hit innings to start the game (a L-1 comeback that almost took Steele's head off on the first pitch of the game, then a BB on a 3-2 pitch, a 5-4 FC that should have been an inning-ending DP but wasn't as the result of a Matt Shaw grip / bobble at 3B -- lucky to get one out on the play, and an F-9 to end the inning)... then a K-looking, an F-9, and a 6-3 GO in an easy 1-2-3 10-pitch second inning... allowed two runs on two hits in the third inning (a three-pitch K-swinging on a SL, then an infield topper that Steele couldn't pick up and was scored a hit but should have been an E-1 -- and should have been the second out but wasn't, then a hard-hit double, an F-8 SF to plate the first run and advance the other runner from second to third, then a WP on a bouncing 55-foot SL that scored the second run, and finally an F-7 FO to end the inning and the outing)... Steele threw 47 pitches over the course of his three innings of work (32 strikes - four swing & miss, two on SL and two on CT - plus an incredible 11 foul balls!)... threw a lot more different types of pitches than his usual FB / SL combo... a very nice "clean" outing, except for the E-1 topper that was inexplicably scored as a hit...    

    JAVIER ASSAD
    FB: 91-94 
    CT: 87-89 
    CH: 86
    SL: 79-80
    CV: 74-76
    COMMENT: Threw two innings (37 pitches - 22 strikes - three swing & miss - three foul balls)... allowed a broken bat infield single to lead-off hitter in the top of the 4th, then a P-3 DP (fantastic over the shoulder catch by Busch while running out into RF foul territory followed by a perfect throw back to 1st base to double the runner off base), and a 3-U GO (our man Busch again!)... second inning began with an HBP (PCA was hit by a pitch in the previous half-inning), then PCA took a bad route (might have briefly lost the ball in the sun) chasing a fly ball in CF that fell for a double on the warning track, putting runners at 2nd & 3rd... then a lazy routine fly ball was lost in the sun by PCA in CF for a gift-double, then after an RBI 6-3 GO for the first out of the inning (should have been the third out!), PCA lost still ANOTHER FLY BALL IN THE SUN in short right-center to further extend the inning, then a walk on a 3-2 pitch, an F-7 FO for what was essentially the fifth out of the inning, then a hard-hit RBI single through the box and into CF (PCA missed the cut-off man with the throw home), and finally a 1-3 come-backer on Assad's 26th pitch of the inning for what should have been the sixth out of the inning... so while he technically threw just two innings and allowed four "earned" runs on five "hits" (including three  "doubles"), Assad got what were essentially nine outs, and should have allowed no runs on two hits (both singles -- one of which was a broken bat infield hit), one walk, and one HBP...        

    JULIAN MERRYWEATHER
    FB: 96-98
    SL: 84-87
    CH: 79
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 inning (K-swinging on a 1-2 SL, F-7, F-8)... 16 pitches (12 strikes - three swinging, two on FB and one on SL - five foul balls)... Matt Mervis lost a pop fly foul ball in the sun prior to the K-swinging...     

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 91-94
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Inning started with a gift-triple (Cole Roederer lost can o' corn fly ball in the sun before it bounced off warning track in the RF corner)... Cuas then induced a P-3 for the first out and got a K-swinging for the second out, before hitting a batter with a 2-2 SL to put runners at the corners... then he a got 5-3 GO to end the inning... a cool head 22-pitch "no sweat" masterful extrication act to strand the runner at 3rd after the lead-off "sun triple"... two swing & miss -- one on FB and one on SL -- and five foul balls among his 14 strikes (Cuas gets a LOT of foul balls on "emergency hacks" when he pitches)... 

    COLTEN BREWER
    FB: 93-95
    CH: 89 
    SL: 84-85 
    CV: 79 
    COMMENT: Threw a shutout 8th inning... 10 pitches (seven strikes - one swing & miss on FB)... surrendered two soft-contact singles sandwiched around an F-8, and induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... 

    RILEY THOMPSON
    FB: 95-96
    CH: 89 
    SL: 83-85 
    COMMENT: Tossed a 1-2-3 (3-1 GO, K-swinging on three pitches, F-8) 12-pitch 9th (10 strikes - one swing & miss on SL - four foul balls)... good FB velo in combo with the slider, and he threw strikes... eight of his twelve pitches were SL (he loves those sliders!)... 

  • crunch (view)

    not yet...dunno what his plan is with the team.

    he's not getting any younger.  dude turns 29 in a bit over a week.  they still want him on the roster and 40-man for some reason.

    i like what he throws, but at some point you have to show what's coming out of your arm is MLB-quality.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Has Keegan pitched yet? If not I wonder if they’re even entertaining him as a SP as an option. Genuinely no idea on either of those thoughts

  • crunch (view)

    so...unless keegan thompson comes running into the ring to hit jordan wicks with a steel chair, it's looking like wicks vs himself.

    or they could sign jordan montgomery or something like that.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Wesneski was also pretty unimpressive

  • crunch (view)

    it's only a couple outings, but assad and smyly are firmly removing themselves from the 5-slot battle rather quickly.