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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, plus eight players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors and six players are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 5-25-2024

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PITCHERS: 13
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge 
* Shota Imanaga
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Tyson Miller
Hector Neris
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Hayden Wesneski

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

INFIELDERS: 7
* Michael Busch
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* Cody Bellinger
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

OPTIONED: 8
Kevin Alcantara, OF
Michael Arias, P
Alexander Canario, OF
* Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF
Jose Cuas, P 
Brennen Davis, OF
* Miles Mastrobuoni, INF
* Matt Mervis, 1B

15-DAY IL: 6
Yency Almonte, P
Albert Alzolay, P
Colten Brewer, P
Daniel Palencia, P
Keegan Thompson, P
* Jordan Wicks, P

60-DAY IL: 2
Caleb Kilian, P
Julian Merryweather, P


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Minor League Free-Agents

More On The Newest Cub, Reed Johnson

So the Cubs' Extra Righthanded-Hitting Outfielder spinner stopped and it landed on...former Toronto Blue Jay, Reed Johnson. The Cubs signed the 31-year-old Johnson to a one-year contract on Tuesday, in time for Johnson to make his Cactus League debut this afternoon against the Giants. (He went 2-for-5.)

Johnson was a 17th-round pick of the the Jays in the 1999 amateur draft and spent his entire professional career in the Toronto system. The Riverside, California native has five Major League seasons under his belt, the best of which was 2006, when he appeared in 134 games, hitting .319 with 12 homers and an OPS+ of 124. He missed more than three months last season recovering from back surgery.

Defensively, Johnson started 410 games in the Jays outfield, half of them in left, about 40% in right, and the remaining handful in center. His Defensive Zone Ratings have been solid if not spectacular.

Cathal Kelly, writing Sunday for the Toronto Star:

Reed Johnson's nine years in the Blue Jay organization ended this morning. The club released him.

One minute he was there in his civvies saying goodbye, and then he was gone. He will receive a $546,000 (U.S.) cheque as a parting gift - one-sixth of his planned $3.275 million salary.

The winner in the left-field battle, Shannon Stewart, wasn't doing any crowing. He referred to Johnson as a "close" friend and seemed shocked that he'd been cut.

Even GM J.P. Ricciardi seemed rattled by the decision. "Today wasn't a fun day for me, telling that to somebody I personally like and professionally like," Ricciardi said.

But Johnson will find work quickly, most likely as a fourth outfielder on a National League club... Here's wishing him all the best. He was one of the good ones and will be missed.

Comments

all 3 OF slots, a plus arm, can hit the lefties, and wont whine about bench work...looks like hendry got his guy without giving up anything but a roster spot and some doughnut money. absolutely exciting as mud. WOOO!!!! 4TH OF'RS!!!!

I like the new addition to the site.

Gotta love this signing. The guy seems to provide exactly what we were looking for in a 4th outfielder. He has been successful in batting lead-off, he is great in the field and plays hard. I'm amazed this guy didn't show up in a steroid investigation or the Mitchell report.

For those who don't live here, so far the brutal winter keeps on coming - forecast for Opening Day: low 40's, heavy sleet/thunderstorms. Whomever keeps coming up with these inane schedules for cold - weather teams should be drawn and quartered, the Cubs are again playing way too many games at home this early in the season. Let's play snowball!

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In reply to by Little Nate Lewis

Actually... that link says this:
That leaves the last spot for Mike Fontenot as the Cubs decided to go with an extra infielder over an extra outfielder. The Cubs will bring five outfielders to Chicago, including two reserves in Daryle Ward and Reed Johnson. It was a tough decision for Jim Hendry and Lou Piniella, since both Fontenot (who hit .255 this spring) and Murton (who hit .345) made contributions to last year's division-winning team. Murton will be sent to Triple-A Iowa or traded.
That sucks.

Keeping a second middle-infielder (Mike Fontenot) will allow Piniella to move Mark DeRosa around to other positions as needed, just as would have been the case if the Cubs had acquired Brian Roberts. The only difference is that now DeRosa will be the #1 second-baseman when he isn't playing another position, instead of sitting on the bench as would have been the case if the Cubs had acquired Roberts.

I would think Murton will get traded rather than sent back to AAA, and Hendry will probably want a proven MLB LOOGY and a younger version of Murton (a young outfielder with a similar profile as Murton's who can be sent to AA or AAA without creating hard feelings) back in the deal.

As far as the Cubs releasing Alex Cintron rather than sending Fontenot to AAA, I would imagine it was based mainly on the Cubs desire to save a few hundred thousand bucks by releasing Cintron before the start of the season. Fontenot is simply the cheaper option, and it gives Uncle Lou two lefties (Ward and Fontenot) and two righties (Johnson and Cedeno) to hit off the bench.  

 

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  • Arizona Phil (view)

    And It is much easier to manipulate the MLB 40-man roster in November now than it used to be. 

    Prior to the new CBA, the roster filing deadline (also known as the "Rule 5 Draft protection deadline") was November 20, and MLB Contract Tender Day was December 2. The twelve days of separation between the two deadlines made it impossible for a club to DFA a player and then avoid exposing the player to waivers by non-tendering him (with a pre-arranged plan in place to re-sign the player later -- preferably after the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft -- to a minor league contract). 

    But now that the MLB Contract Tender Deadline is on the Friday prior to Thanksgiving and the MLB Commissioner is required to set the reserve list filing deadline no earlier than the Monday prior to MLB Contract Tender Day or no later than the day before MLB Contract Tender Day, clubs can (if necessary) open up a slot on the 40 for a Rule 5 Draft eligible player by way of a DFA of a player that the club is planning to non-tender anyway (thus avoiding the possibility of the player getting claimed off waivers). 

    That's why losing Jeremiah Estrada off waivers last November or losing Trevor Megill off waivers the previous November was so unnecessary, not to mention the fact that neither pitcher was injured, out of minor league options, or arbitration-eligible (the main reasons why a club would want to remove a pitcher from the 40 in November in preparation for the off-season and Spring Training).  

    The reasons why a club removes a player from the 40 in November are (in order)

    1. Player is an Article XX-B MLB free-agent and is automatically removed from the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) at 9 AM on the day after the final game of the World Series; 
    NOTE: Includes players who become a free-agent after club declines option and player opt-outs;  

    2.  Player is removed from the MLB 40-man roster (usually by being Designated for Assignment) to open up a slot on the 40 for a minor league free-agent who declines to sign a minor league successor contract and the club does not want to lose the player for nothing (like Luis Vazquez and Yonathan Perlaza post-2023, except the Cubs did add Vazquez but did not add Perlaza), or for a Rule 5 Draft-eligible player the club does not to want to risk losing in the Rule 5 Draft (like Arias, Hodge, and Horn post-2023, although the Cubs lucked out when they left Pablo Aliendo off the 40);  

    Reasons why a player might be Designated for Assignment in November are:  

    1. Player is injured and future is murky
    NOTE: Like Heuer, Hughes, and Roberts last year, each of whom was non-tendered, with Roberts eventually re-signed to a minor league contract; 

    2. Player will be on the Opening Day 26-man roster "bubble" at the end of Spring Training and is out of minor league options and so the club does not want the player on the 40 coming into Spring Training, instead offering the player a minor league contract for "big league money" and an NRI to MLB Spring Training (same things he would have received if he had been on the 40) and maybe even an Opening Day player opt-out if he doesn't make the club's Opening Day MLB roster, except the player doesn't count against the 40-man roster limit or against the club's MLB AAV prior to MLB Opening Day
    NOTE: If player refuses the offer, let him walk. 

    3. Player is a back-up bench guy and if he refuses to sign a minor league contract after being non-tendered he can be easily replaced by a waiver claim prior to MLB Opening Day and therefore a slot on the 40 should not be used for this type of player during the off-season 
    NOTE: Like Madrigal and Mastrobuoni.       

    4. Player is a Draft-Excluded Player (was selected to the 40 sometime after August 15th) and so waivers must be requested no later than the 5th day after the World Series and even if the player is not claimed by another club he cannot be outrighted until 20 days prior to MLB Opening Day 
    NOTE: A Draft-Excluded Player is a lot like a Rule 5 Draft Selected Player, meaning it is a 40-man roster inconvenience for a club during the off-season (beginning mid-November) and extending through the first half of Spring Training (mid-March); 

    5. Player is arbitration-eligible and club does not want the payroll uncertainty associated with an arbitration hearing.  
    NOTE: Player is given a take-it-or-get non-tendered offer (threat) on MLB Contract Tender Day (as happened with Patrick Wisdom and with Yency Almonte when he was still with the Dodgers). BTW, being arbitration-eligible was another reason to non-tender Madrigal. 

    The best way to build a bullpen and a bench is NOT by carrying these guys on the MLB 40-man roster during the off-season, but by casting a wide net and having a "bake-off" competition in Spring Training, where a lot of candidates from far & wide are signed to minor league contracts and are invited to MLB Spring Training to compete for a job, and the club keeps an open mind and sees what develops. (Some of the losers get stashed as insurance at AAA). Since injured players can be placed on the MLB 60-day IL beginning on the first day of Spring Training (the day pitchers & catchers report), 40-man roster slots can usually be found during Spring Training and almost certainly by Opening Day for NRI guys who make the Opening Day roster and/or for end of Spring Training waiver claims. 

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    But the reliever had potential. The drum about potential is beaten so heavily these days it drowns so much else out. The point is that all the machinery led to a decision that cost the team a player that could address an area that has been a problem this year, and that a roster spot was allocated for an okay fielder at 2B/3b who can’t hit.

  • crunch (view)

    it feels awful watching this version of hendricks.  like, i feel awful for him and i feel awful he seems to be going out like this.

    he may not last until june with the team.  this is painful to watch so consistently.

  • crunch (view)

    ethan roberts with another good game, his 4th in iowa.

    5.2ip 3h 2bb 8k, 1r/0er (1 of the bb intentional)

  • crunch (view)

    counsell being sly and calling for the wisdom HBP.  that's moneyballs right there.  give him another year and another 8m.

  • crunch (view)

    if counsell was worth 8 million dollars worth of damns he would step up his game and tell wisdom to hit a grand slam.  this is exactly the type of situation you would call for a grand slam.

  • TarzanJoeWallis (view)

    Yes, the bad teams have utility players too. They are not the reason their teams are bad either.

    We will never agree on human nature - we long ago established that. You believe that the reason stars are stars and because they’re hyper competitive and that isn’t impacted by big money. I believe human nature is to let off the gas once the destination is reached. There is probably some truth to both perspectives - just a numbers game and what is more prevalent.

    But my overriding point is the amount of time spent pounding on Madrigal and Masteobouni when the fact is EVERY team has these kind of players in their system and taking up roster space. And every GM employs them. Dumping one or the other of them would have resulted in bringing in another just like them, not keeping a 6+ ERA reliever because of some magical premonition he would become a May superstar the following year.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Those million dollar systems need to be better, or the people interpreting those systems need to.

    You can’t compare those teams to the Cubs. Their lineups are stacked (and coincidentally they spend a lot of money on stars hmm correlation???). They can afford a bum backup IF. Here’s the other part. Hernandez plays everywhere but catcher. Merrifield can handle the OF. Short can play SS. None of them are locked to two positions defensively like Madrigal. Further, the issue being address wasn’t his being a waste of roster space right now (he is), it’s that his presence on the roster could have been used to hold Estrada, or someone like him. But instead, he held it despite his being a dime a dozen type, and primarily because Jed refuses to give up on a player everyone can see needs to go. Is this team wide slump due to Madrigal? No. But he adds nothing to the equation. 
    Your continued pounding of the drum about players who have gotten paid will never stop befuddling me. This is their job! Happ isn’t in a comfort zone, he’s just a flawed player. Swanson looks lost and he’s pressing so hard I’m surprised we haven’t seen skid marks on his pants. Everyone knew this is what Tauchman was. Morel is growing as a player and we’re witnessing some of the growing pains. I heard on a broadcast something that legitimately made me think of you. I think Boog said “it sucks to suck.” I.e. players don’t like slumping or struggling. He said it in relation to I think Swanson. The majority of these guys are hyper competitive and not used to being bad at this. You could be making a billion dollars, and if you were struggling to the point your home fans boo you, you’re feeling it deep down. The flaws on this team ultimately come down to the guy who saw last year’s team, decided to mainly run it back except with a shiny new coach, Shota, and a few odds and ends.

  • Eric S (view)

    Appreciate the link, Crunch! Hopefully he can get back to Ben Brown mph territory later this summer. 

  • crunch (view)

    DFA imanaga