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40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus four players are on the 60-DAY IL

28 players are on the MLB ACTIVE LIST, plus seven are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors, two are on the 10-DAY IL, and three are on the 15-DAY IL

Last updated 9-22-20239
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Javier Assad
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Marcus Stroman
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski
* Jordan Wicks

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Nico Hoerner
* Miles Mastrobuoni
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Patrick Wisdom
* Jared Young

* Cody Bellinger
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman

Keven Alcantara, OF 
Ben Brown, P  
Brennen Davis, OF 
Jeremiah Estrada, P
Caleb Kilian, P 
* Matt Mervis, 1B 
Michael Rucker, P

10-DAY IL: 2
Jeimer Candelario, 1B
Nick Madrigal, INF

15-DAY IL: 3
Adbert Alzolay, P
Brad Boxberger, P 
Michael Fulmer, P 

60-DAY IL: 4
Nick Burdi, P
Codi Heuer, P
* Brandon Hughes, P
Ethan Roberts, P

Minor League Rosters

Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Awful Announcing

So I tuned in to watch last night's game as I usually do on my That generally means the home team broadcasters. That also usually means a healthy dose of Cubs bashing. I can handle a little homerism from the broadcasting crew, whether it be known Cub hater Milo Hamilton or the White Sox crew. But I'm not sure I've heard such an obvious agenda to go after all things Cubs as I did last night.

The crew was Thom Brenneman and color man Chris Welsh. Ah Brenneman, that name seems familiar, doesn't it? It appears that Marty and son got together for lunch Monday and compared game notes. So with all due respect to the actual "Awful Announcing", let's take a look at some of what Brenneman and Welsh said, thanks to the beauty of archived games. The quotes may miss a word or two and I generally skipped over the actual play-by-play moments to shorten the bites, but I promise you this is what they actually were saying, in the spirit they intended (Contains strong language...from me).

Top of the First - Ryan Theriot up

TB: "He got a lot of playing time in the leadoff spot while Soriano was on the disabled list."

Grand Total of games Theriot lead-off while Soriano was on the disabled list - 0

Alright, nothing too egregious though, but we're not off to a good start.

TB: "Then there were all the rumors and all the stories that Jim Hendry, the Cubs general manager was trying to acquire Brian Roberts from the Baltimore Orioles which would have put Theriot, of course, on the bench."

Right, I remember this from the offseason. There were all those Brian Roberts to the Cubs rumors and then they kept interviewing Theriot about how he feels about the Cubs going after Roberts., that was DeRosa who plays second base for the Cubs. Try buying a scorecard Thom...

Bottom of the first - Felix Pie while showing the defensive positions and a graphic showing that Pie has made zero errors in 102 games

TB: "Don't be fooled by that 0 errors in career games. He has overthrown and badly overthrown third base and home and inexplicibly has not been been charged with an error."

I can't quite express the vitriol that he used when he said that. He went on to mention something about all the reports he's seen say that Pie has real problems with hitting the cut-off man.

Now I watch just about every Cubs game, maybe have missed about a total of two games worth this year and I think I recall Pie missing the cut-off man once or twice all year and maybe once where the runner advanced. I also remember him throwing a bullet to nail a runner at third base and generally exceptional defense.

Top of the 2nd - after Soto's HR

CW: "You show me a catcher anywhere who is not a good high fastball hitter....They're usually stocky and strong and usually like to jump on the high cheese."

Holy crap, positional profiling!!! Honestly I don't even get this there something about putting on catching gear that makes you a high, fastball hitter?

Bottom of the 3rd

TB: "In the month of the April they won a franchise record 17 games...(followed by list of team offensive records they set). That being said, they come in just five games over .500."

Yeah Thom, they come in just on pace to win 94 games. What a crap fucking team!

Bottom of the 4th

TB: "I have a beef with this whole catch thing. ... I've have only heard of 'let's go out and play catch'. Have you heard from anybody who outside of the Northeastern part of the country that ever said 'let's go have a catch." Have you ever heard that said ever in your life. The only place I've heard that term is the northeast and now i"m hearing it all over the place.

"That Field of Dreams movie, I guess that's what made it popular"

Good work Thom, you've alienated the most densely populated area of the United States and attacked one of the great movies of all-time. Glad you got that off your chest. And for what it's worth, Transmission, whose family is from the Midwest, uses the phrase "let's go have a catch."

Top of the 5th - Alfonso Soriano up

TB: "When they signed Soriano they thought they were getting a 40/40 guy. Soriano one of the only three players in the history of the game to go 40/40 in a single year...but leg injuries have really taken away a big part of his running game."

Really, you think the Cubs were betting on Soriano to repeat something that's only been done four times in the history of baseball? (He did correct himself later and mentioned that it's actually happened four times).

TB: "(Piniella) has continued to field questions about how long are you going to bat Soriano in the leadoff spot. His numbers have just been absymal whether they be last year or this year. Granted he spent a lot of the time out of the lineup this season."

I hope the Cubs put together a whole team of players with abysmal 299/337/560 seasons with 33 home runs, 70 RBi's and 97 runs scored in 135 games.

You're an idiot, Thom. And spell your first name like every other Tom out there, will you?

CW: "He's never averaged over a course a year more than 3.9 pitches per plate appearance. Most leadoff hitters, that do it for a living, and they work the pitchers are somewhere up over four, so he's definitly deficient at that."

For the love of Joe Morgan, can FoxSports Ohio please spring for a computer and an Internet connection for these guys?

Brian Roberts - 3.91 career, high was 4.20 last season, the only year he's been above 4
Kenny Lofton - 3.73 career, high was 3.97
Alfonso Soriano - 3.68 career, high was 3.90
Juan Pierre - 3.43 career, high was 3.69
Rafael Furcal - 3.86, high was 4.10 (also only one season over four)
Jimmy Rollins - 3.66, high was 3.86
Johnny Damon - 3.86, high was 4.30(has had four seasons with over four pitcher per plate appearance)
Ichiro Suzuki - 3.56, high was 3.76
Grady Sizemore - 4.01, high was 4.15 (three of four seasons above four)
Curtis Granderson - 4.05, high was 4.08 (three of four seasons above four)
Jose Reyes - 3.60, high was 3.67

CW: "Maybe he lives by the credo I'm a leadoff hitter and not a leadoff looker."

Shut up, just shut the fuck up!

Top of the 6th - Geovany Soto

TB: "You look at his career numbers, I'm talking about his minor league numbers, he just came to the majors for the first time this season. And you wonder, you know, where did all of this offense all of a sudden come from Geovany Soto?...You look at his minor league numbers, .260 one year, .269, .242, .271, .253...he had never hit more than nine home runs in a minor league season..NINE, until last year when he hit TWENTY-SIX in Triple-A Iowa and hit .353. Now all of a sudden, in his first full-year in the major leagues, granted it's only a month and a week, but he's hitting almost .340 and leads the Cubs in runs batted in with 24."

Now I'm probably just testy at this point and it's tough to capture this in a quote, but if you listen to the broadcast Thom is clearly trying to lead the audience to believe that there's something fishy about Soto's resurgence., like possibly...

CW: "I don't mean this in a bad way, but before steroid testing, you see a blip in the radar like that you say, well..

Oh no...

TB: "Right..."

Thom jumps in a little too quickly...

CW: " of the possibilities might be he's juicing, but obviously that's not the case anymore, everyone's tested. And you know that doesn't happen very much with baseball players because usually, whether it's at the minor league level or the major league level, by the time you're 28 or so...I'm not sure how old Soto is...he's only 25, you reach a certain plateau of productivity. You pretty much stay within range. Maybe now that he's getting closer to the prime of his career...around...he's 25, so it'll be a couple years until he's in that...but maybe he's reaching a new plateau."

I swear a producer whispered in their ear pieces to please NOT suggest that Soto took performance enhancing drugs. We're not in the mood for a libel case. It actually seems that Welsh was ready to agree until he awkawrdly stumbled through a more reasonable explanation that Soto might just be a late bloomer. Soto and about 1,000 prospects before him in the history of the game.

TB: "Well another guy that was similar to that was Sammy people can accuse Sosa of "did he do this or did he do that". To my knowledge he's never been tested in a positive way for any kind of steroids, whether people believe or not he did is an entirely different question."

"But the point being, that Sosa was one of those guys coming up through the White Sox organization who never hit many home runs, then all of a sudden got to the big leagues and started knocking the cover off the ball."

Thom just couldn't let go the juicing angle, could he? Sure he tip-toes around the issue, but he chooses a player to compare Soto with that is generally regarded as a user. Of course, Sosa was always considered a top prospect in baseball, a 5-tool talent with huge power potential. Soto was just fat and finally slimmed down last year. Other than that, they're pretty much the same, Thom. Real great example there, but you did manage to tenously link Soto to PED's. Well-done.

I'm probably just coming off as a bitter fool looking to pick a fight. That might be the case, but I sure wasn't the only one to notice it. There were quite a few of us in Parachat who noticed the same thing. I'm tempted to mute the game tonight, but now I was just want to listen for what gems Thom and Chris Welsh spout off during the game.



Picking on Thom Brennenman? I'm for it. Growing up in Chicago, it was called playing catch, my father told me those who said "have a catch" were Commie spies.

Sad. Most of the MLB broadcast teams maintain a decent level of professional integrity even while they root for their own team. Not so much with the Brennemans. I'm sure sitting next to Dusty, Corey, and JHJ on the team flights doesn't help their attitude towards the Cubs and Cub fans.

Thanks for making that public, Rob. Sometimes Len and Bob annoy me, but one think I've always loved about Cubs broadcasts (especially Stoney) was their ability to root for the Cubs and yet still be unbiased in their assessment of other teams and to be willing to be critical of the Cubs. None of the above applies to Ron, of course. But, he can't be critical of players because he doesn't know who any of them are.

Thommy is just standing up for Dhaddy, in addition to which he has to be bitter that the Cubs and WGN would never let him moonlight for Fox, which they then turned around and did allow Chip Caray to do. Truth be told, I really liked Thom when he did the radio with Bob Brenly and Santo (for just one season, I believe). Too bad he's landed in a third- or fourth-tier market and has turned into a bitter ass like Marty.

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In reply to by Dr. aaron b

anyone notice that bob/len have an autographed headshot of steve stone tacked up messily on the wall of their podcast studio hanging out by its self (even the headshot of stone needs some ego room, ha.)?

Rob, you forgot to mention the "Lou is fat" references.

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In reply to by Little Nate Lewis

I must have missed it. I did leave after the 6th inning to go to the Dodgers/Mets game and then just rewatched the parts I remembered.
Or it might have happened when I started sticking my fingers in my ears and screaming "I can't hear you".

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In reply to by Rob G.

It was when Lou came out to argue the call at first where the ump said Lee pulled his foot. They first made the obligatory reference to the base-throwing incident, then preceded to say that he was essentially older and fatter now and doesn't get out there as fast to argue like he used to.

I grew up in Deerfield, Illinois in the 60s and 70s, and we always said, "play catch." The first time I heard "have a catch" was in Field of Dreams and it took me a second to figure out what he meant. Oh, and Thom Brenneman is a little dick-head.

Really, you (and any other subscribers) should send a complaint to with a link to this post. If local broadcast teams are going to start being openly hostile to the opposing team and/or its fans, then subscribers should have the ability to choose which broadcast team they watch.

If you can find any info on what Harry put Josh Lewin through you would be amazed.

Rob - Nice Job! It must have been painful to listen to Dumb & Dumber portray some of the Cubs players and the organization-obviosuly there is an axe to grind. I mean its one thing to criticize the Cubs players and management when they deserve it - we certainly do - but to make statements as you articulated that are clearly wrong and in some cases libelous (such as the comments about Soto)should have some serious repercussions. I thought Hawk Harrelson was bad but these guys are in a league of their own.

I hate Brennamen. During the Sugar Bowl last year on Fox, he mispronounced players' names and got one of them confused with a car from a commercial spot he was doing a few minutes before. Then he had to bash on Georgia because they were winning and not his dear Hawaii team that he so adamantly thought would win. And now he's screwing up and spewing nonsense with the Cubs? This man is an idiot.

Yea, basically what WISCGRAD said.... Also, when Lou came out to the mound a short time later, one of the announcers (I think Welsh) made a comment referencing back to the previous "older and fatter = slow" comment. I think it was something along the lines of: "Lou's so slow, he probably has forgotten why he came to the mound in the first place."

Dudes, fuck Cincy, fuck the Reds, fuck the Brennemans and fuck their woe-is-me fans. I was at the game last night and literally wanted to puke all over Great American from hearing these whiny little assbags. Apologies for the profanity but if I hear "Welcome back, Dumpster" and how he was such a flop with them one more time, I'm going back down I-74 with a box truck full of fertilizer. Jealousy is a stinky cologne, Reds fans/broadcasters/manager. Have fun making whine in the cellar.

I grew up in Chicago and it was always "Let's go play catch." Also, never heard "have a catch" until I read the book Field of Dreams is based on. The book is really good. The movie suffers from the presence of Amy Madigan who just plain stinks. And turning the author (he's J.D. Salinger in the book) into an African American makes his monologue about how wonderful baseball is sort of odd considering the racial history of the game. Impossible not to find the end of the movie moving, however. Absolutely one of the greatest movies of all time made about dead ballplayers emerging from corn.

Also, what is their beef with Lou? When Perry got tossed for arguing balls and strikes, these inbred mouth breathers behind me almost bukkaked one another over the fact that Lou may have gotten the gate.

BTW, Rob-- (whispering) You said "fuck"..... Oh wait, I shouldn't have said that since it is apparently against the rules to take a phrase from a movie...

and yeah, of course I knew about the whole Thom/Cubs connection and maybe this isn't new for Brenneman Jr. But seemed rather interesting coming on the heels of Dad's blow-up.

My father said there was a report that Marquis is out of the rotation. Any confirmation?

Pretty much spot on, and I'm glad there were others that saw what an asshole TB is. "Excuse me, Mister Brenneman? Head or gut?"

My part in this post is quite small, but as I said in Parachat last night: On both sides, my family has lived in the midwest NE, IL, elsewhere) for multiple generations. It has always, ALWAYS been "have a catch." Then again, we're weird... Go away, Thom.

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In reply to by Andrew

As a midwesterner, I always said a pepsi was a "Pop"  As in "I'm thirsty, can I have some pop?"


When I went to grad school and tried to become sophisticated, then I switched to Soda.


Now I'm in the south, and yeah, it's all Coke.  But what's funny is that everyone in my campus thinks it's some crime against humanity that the campus has an agreement to sell Pepsi products instead of Coke products.



Great stuff, Rob! There are very, very few good baseball voices/faces on TV and that piss-ant TB is not among them! I love rants about announcers, by the way...

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In reply to by vorare

Oh my...a group of men making lewd, off-color, sexual innuendos with blow-up dolls...what has the world come to?

Seriously, lighten the fuck up or at least get laid Ms. Slezak.

The accompanying poll though at least brings some sense to it, only 19% thought it was inappropriate.

Completely off topic, but Murton's season is getting pretty weird. He's got 17 hits and 11 walks in AAA so far, for a .362 batting average and .500 OBP, which are great numbers. But all of those hits have been singles. 100%. Last year he had 50 hits in AAA, 23 of which were for extra bases and 27 of which were singles. So last year he had 50 hits in AAA, 54% of which were singles and 46% of which were extra-base hits. This year he's got 17 hits, 100% of which are singles, 0% of which have gone for extra bases. How long will this go on? When will Murt hit a line drive or fly ball again? By the way, Andres Torres has gotten off to a nice start in AAA. I'd be surprised if it lasted very long, but he's batting over .350 right now and has played CF a fair amount. Andres Blanco is doing O.K. with the bat too, though he's still not hitting for any power. He's good depth at SS at least, and at 23 (?) there's hope that he might someday figure out how to hit a little.

You're not the only one that noticed that stuff, Rob. There was a discussion about it on HJE today, too.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Oh, it was in the Shoutbox. There is a thread on Desipio about it. I even put up a link to your article. That's right, Rob. I'm expanding your readers. You can thank me by trading me Chipper for Jorge Cantu and AJ Burnett.

My favorite part was when they were discussing the 40/40 thing Thom said he was pretty sure that all three times it happened before Soriano, the team went to the playoffs. Then Welsh said he thought A-Rod did it with the Rangers so obviously they didn't make the playoffs. Then a few minutes later after their intern looked it up Thom says Bonds didn't go to the playoffs either in the year he did it. So really his assertion was in fact the exact opposite of the truth. Hee Hee.

Can we keep that pic of TB all the time? Love it. How about creating one for Milo too? Ooo, ooo--and Joe Morgan.

Recent comments

  • Arizona Phil 09/23/2023 - 09:52 pm (view)

    The deadline for trading players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) and players who have been outrighted to the minors after signing a 2023 MLB contract was August 1st, but trades involving players on a minor league reserve list are prohibited beginning at 12 PM (Eastern) on the 7th day prior to the originally-scheduled conclusion of the 2023 MLB regular season (Sunday 9/24) through the last day of the MLB regular season (including a day on which a regular season game is played after the originally-scheduled conclusion of the MLB regular season).   

  • Arizona Phil 09/23/2023 - 09:35 pm (view)


    As you know, the abbreviation "DFA" stands for "Designated for Assignment." 

    There are three types of assignments: 

    1. Trade Assignment (when a player is traded from one MLB club to another)
    2. Outright Assignment (when a player is sent to the club's minor league Domestic Reserve List after Outright Assignment Waivers have been secured).
    3. Optional Assignment (when a player is optioned to the minors, subject to being recalled at a later time). 

    So when a player is Designated for Assignment, the player can either be traded, outrighted to the minors, or optioned to the minors. 

    Normally a player is not Designated for Assignment and then optioned to the minors, because the club could just option the player to the minors immediately without a DFA.

    Back in the day It was not that unusual for a player to be Designated for Assignment so that Optional Assignment Waivers could be secured (Optional Assignment Waivers were required before certain players could be optioned to the minors, and just like the old Trade Assignment Waivers, Optional Assignment Waivers were revocable if a player was claimed). Optional Assignment Waivers were eliminated in 2016 and Trade Assignment Waivers were eliminated in 2021, so all revocable waivers have been eliminated. What's left are Outright Assignment Waivers and Outright Release Waivers, and both are irrevocable once requested.  

    With the new five option limit whereby a player can (with a couple of exceptions) be optioned to the minors no more than five times in a given season before Outright Assignment Waivers must be secured (and it - IS - Outright Assignment Waivers that must be secured, even though it is for the purpose of an Optional Assignment), it now might be necessary for a club to DFA a player to clear a spot on the MLB 26-man roster (MLB 28-man roster in September) for another player and to allow for the two days (actually 47 hours) required to run a player through waivers. After the two day Waiver Claiming Period concludes (and presuming the player isn't claimed), the player can be returned to the MLB 40-man roster and optioned to the minors (even after being Designated for Assignment). But for that to happen, the player can - NOT - be replaced on the MLB 40-man roster by another player after being Designated for Assignment.  

    However, in the case of Jordan Luplow, he had - NOT - been optioned to the minors five times in the 2023 season prior to be optioned to AAA Rochester on 9/18, so the Twins did not need to DFA Luplow in order to secure Outright Assignment Waivers so that he could be optioned to the minors a sixth time. But because he was Designated for Assignment and not replaced on the 40 by another player after the DFA, the Twins could option him to the minors (and return him to the 40) even after he was Designated for Assignment, because an Optional Assignment is one of the three types of assignments.

    So Luplow was Designated for Assignment even though he didn't need to be, and then the Twins returned him to their MLB 40-man roster and optioned him to the minors a couple of days later (which they can do, since Luplow wasn't replaced on the 40 by another player after he was Designated for Assignment). What the Twins did (DFA Luplow and then option him to the minors a couple of days later) was within the rules. It's just very odd and doesn't make a lot of sense. 

    So I will offer the most logical reason I can think of to explain why the Twins did this:  

    The Twins DFA'd Luplow because they intended to reinstate Chris Paddack from the 60-day IL, but then Carlos Correa suddenly needed to go on the 10-day IL and so they decided they wanted to keep Luplow on the 40-man roster (and on Optional Assignment to AAA) and didn't want to risk losing him off waivers or by him electing free-agency after being outrighted. Luplow has Article XX-D rights (he has been outrighted to the minors previously in his career), so he would had the right to elect free-agency after he was outrighted. There was also the possibility that he would have been claimed of waivers, and obviously the Twins felt they might need his RH bat after losing Correa and with Royce Lewis having left a game with a hamstring injury that led to an IL assignment. 

    Also, if Luplow was outrighted instead of being optioned, he would no longer be automatically eligible to play in the post-season (except as a possible injury replacement).

    Not only did Carlos Correa go on the IL, Royce Lewis went on the IL, too, two days after Correa went on the IL and two days after Luplow was optioned to AAA Rochester, so the Twins did in fact end up needing Luplow after all, and recalled him just a couple of days after he was optioned to replace Lewis on the MLB 28-man roster. 

    So that all I've got. That is the only thing that makes sense. The Twins DFA'd Luplow because they had intended to replace him on the 40 with another player (probably Paddack) and hoped that they would be able to run him through waivers and that he wouldn't get claimed and that he would accept an Outright Assignment, but then they suddenly changed their minds because of the injury to Correa and the possibility that Lewis might also have to go on the IL (which did, in fact, happen the next day).

    So the Twins returned Luplow to the 40 (because he hadn't been replaced on the 40 by another player after he was Designated for Assignment), optioned him to the minors, and then recalled him after Royce Lewis was placed on the 10-day IL.

  • crunch 09/23/2023 - 09:00 pm (view)

    CIN out here blowing a 9-0 lead they built through 3 innings.  9-9 tie in the 7th.

  • crunch 09/23/2023 - 09:05 pm (view)

    boxburger 10d IL, k.thompson back up.  it's his right forearm (again).

  • crunch 09/23/2023 - 09:12 pm (view)

    merryweather got out of it, but he loaded the bases with 1 out.  of course ross got cuas up in the pen...thankfully he didn't need to come in.

    looks like cuas gets the 9th.

  • crunch 09/23/2023 - 09:46 pm (view)

    4ip 2h 0bb 6k, 49 pitches.  no idea why they're giving the pen the last 2 innings when he's out there dealing like this and only threw 49 pitches.  he was supposed to pitch tomorrow and he's fresh.

  • crunch 09/23/2023 - 09:52 pm (view)

    ...and assad is now a pen arm, evidently...odd move given recent success.  i guess wicks starts tomorrow?

  • crunch 09/22/2023 - 09:16 pm (view)

    ARZ, MIA, and CIN all lose.  nice.

  • crunch 09/22/2023 - 09:54 pm (view)

    stroman is now the saturday starter...okay, then.

  • jdrnym 09/22/2023 - 09:52 pm (view)


    Jordan Luplow was DFA'd by the Twins on Monday and was ultimately optioned and then recalled today. I didn't think that was possible since optional waivers were eliminated years ago. How did that work for the Twins?