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

Last updated 5-25-2024

* bats or throws left
# bats both

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


Minor League Rosters
Rule 5 Draft 
Minor League Free-Agents

Cubs Draft Tracker Ticker - Day 2

ROUND #7:(221) Luis Flores, C (Oklahoma State)
R/R, 5'10, 200, 21 years old
COMMENT: Outstanding defensive catcher with a strong, accurate arm and well above-average receiving skills... Hit 298/425/447 with 39/30 BB/K in 37 games at OSU in 2008... Transferred to Oklahoma State from the University of Houston, where he was a Freshman All-American... Was both a baseball All-American and an All-State QB in HS in Texas...

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ROUND #8 (251): James Leverton, LHP (Texas Tech)
R/L, 6'2, 200, 22 years old
COMMENT: Lefty reliever with 88-91 MPH fastball and a plus-slider... Played mostly 1B first two years at Tech... Became full-time pitcher in 2008...

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ROUND #9 (281):  Jay Jackson, RHP (Furman)
R/R, 6'1, 195, 20 years old
COMMENT: Low 90's fastball, with both an above-average slider and spike-curve, and a decent change-up... Was the #1 starter at Furman, but played CF on days when he wasn't pitching... Hit .336 with 8 HR...

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ROUND #10 (311): Alex Wilson, RHP (Texas A&M)
R/R, 6'1, 215, 21 years old
COMMENT: Had Tommy John surgery after suffering torn elbow ligament while pitching in Cape Cod League in Summer 2007... Missed the 2008 season, but reportedly threw 94 MPH in a bullpen "showcase" session last month... Transferred to Texas A&M from Winthrop, where he was rated a top pro prospect prior to his elbow injury...

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ROUND #11 (341): Toby Matchulat, RHP (Wabash Valley JC)
R/R, 6'6, 185, 19 years old
COMMENT: 3.00 ERA, 30 IP, 18 H, 27/33 BB/K at WVC in 2008...

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ROUND #12 (371):  Jake Opitz, 2B (Nebraska)
L/R, 6'0, 180, 21 years old
COMMENT: 339/434/568 with 11 HR and 50 RBI in 58 games in 2008... Four-year starter for the Big Red...First-team All-Big 12... Outstanding defensive second-baseman with plus bat speed...

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ROUND #13 (401): Tony Campana, CF  (U. of Cincinnati)
L/L, 5'8, 160, 22 years old
COMMENT: Hit 338/405/441 in 2008, 28/29 BB/K in 296 PA with 44 SB (11 CS)... College teammate of Cubs 6th Round pick, Josh Harrison... Transferred to Cincinnati from UNC-Asheville... 

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ROUND #14 (431): Dan McDaniel, RHP (Chabot JC)
R/R, 6'3, 220, 20 years old

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ROUND #15 (461): Casey Coleman, RHP (Florida Gulf Coast)
L/R, 6'0, 180, 20 years old
COMMENT: Became full-time pitcher in 2008... was the FGCU starting shortstop in 2007... went 7-3 with a 4.11 as a rotation starter in 2008, with 70 IP, 71 hits, and 35/58 BB/K... Third generation pitcher, son of RHP Joe Coleman Jr (1965 3rd overall pick in first-ever Rule 4 Draft, followed by a 15-year MLB career with WAS, DET, OAK, et al, including 2-8 with a 4.10 ERA in 39 games for the Cubs in 1976) and grandson of RHP Joe Coleman Sr (also a lengthy MLB career, mainly with the Philadelphia A's in the 1940's and 50's)...

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ROUND #16 (491): Ryan Keedy, 1B (UAB)
L/R, 6'3, 220, 22 years old
COMMENT: 5th year senior who will be 23 in August... Hit 423/519/675 with 29 doubles, 10 HR & 69 RBI, in 60 games, and 46/32 BB/K in 287 PA ..

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ROUND #17 (521): Jonathan Nagel, RHP (Independence CC)
R/R, 6'4, 230, 21 years old... Is presently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery...  

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ROUND #18 (551): Jeff Beliveau, LHP (Florida Atlantic)
L/L, 6'1, 195, 21 years old
COMMENT: Transferred to FAU from College of Charleston after 2007 season... Had MAJOR control problems in 2008, allowing 77 BB (78 K) in just 76.2 IP... Overall went 5-4 with a 4.62 ERA in 14 GS for FAU in 2008, with a .233 OBA...

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ROUND #19 (581): David Macias, CF (Vanderbilt)
B/R, 5'9, 185, 22 years old
COMMENT: Gold Glove quality CF... Hit 356/424/519 as Commodores lead-off hitter in 2008... Not a good base stealer (6 SB/6 CS)...

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ROUND #20 (611): Jericho Jones, RF (Louisiana Tech)
R/R, 6'5, 215, 20 years old
COMMENT: Two way player, but will play RF in pro ball... Was the Bulldogs #1 rotation starter and played RF on days he wasn't pitching... went 5-5 with a 5.80 ERA and 85 hits allowed (305 OBA) in 68 IP as a pitcher.... Hit 364/416/611 with 13 HR & 46 RBI in just 54 games, but struck out 45 times (only 14 BB) in 219 PA...

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ROUND #21 (641): Logan Watkins, SS (Goddard HS - Goddard, KS)
L/R, 6'1, 170, 18 years old
COMMENT: Played SS but also was his team's closer... Also was star QB on the Goddard football team... Has signed NLI with Wichita State...

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ROUND #22 (671): Tarlandus Mitchell, RHP (Alto HS - Alto, TX)
R/R, 5'8, 170, 18 years old
COMMENT: Star QB-CB (2nd team All-State) on two-time state 1-A champion Alto HS football team... also #1 starting pitcher and DH on Alto baseball squad... Has signed NLI with Navarro JC..

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ROUND #23 (701): Ryan Sontag, LF (Arizona State)
L/L, 5'10, 195, 22 years old
COMMENT: Was Big Ten Freshman of the Year at Michigan State before transferring to ASU... Hit 390/482/526 for the #3 ranked Sun Devils in 2008...

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ROUND #24 (731): David Cales, RHP (St. Xavier U.)
R/R, 5'11, 200, 20 years old
COMMENT: Played HS ball at Mt. Carmel (Chicago) where he was a three-time all-Catholic League performer as a 3B-RHRP (closer)... Red-shirted in 2008 after transferring to St. Xavier from UIC... Was the Flames closer and also played 3B in 2007... Transferred to UIC from Missouri where he was a 3B-RHRP in his freshman season in 2006...    

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ROUND #25 (761): Rebel Ridling, 1B (Oklahoma State)
R/R, 6'4, 230, 22 years old
COMMENT: Hit 321/382/621 with 18 HR & 67 RBI, with 17 doubles, 28 BB and 60 K in 284 PA (62 games)... Teammate of Cubs 2008 7th round pick, Luis Flores...

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ROUND #26 (791): Josh Whitlock, RHP (West Virginia)
R/R, 6'1, 175, 22 years old
COMMENT: #1 rotation starter at WVU... Went 7-7 with a 5.69 ERA in 14 GS, 90 hits in 93.1 IP, 47/70 BB/K in 2008...

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ROUND #27 (821): Sonny Gray, RHP (Smyrna HS - Smyrna, TN)
R/R, 6'0, 185, 17 years old
COMMENT: One of the top 10 or 12 HS pitching prospects in the nation with a mid-to-upper 90's fastball and an 84 MPH breaking ball, Gray slips to the 27th round because of what is considered a strong commitment to play college ball at Vanderbilt... Suffered a season-ending ankle injury in April... To get Gray to forget about Vandy will probably require "1st round money"...

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ROUND #28 (851): TeWayne Willis, OF (Lincoln Memorial U.)
R/R, 5'9, 165, 23 years old
COMMENT: Former football player (CB) at the University of Kentucky hit 343/496/427 with 42 SB (7 CS) for the Rail Splitters of LMU in 2008...

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ROUND #29 (881): Sean Buckley, 3B (King HS - Tampa, FL)
R/R, 6'4, 205, 18 years old
COMMENT: Signed NLI with the University of South Florida...

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ROUND #30 (911): Cole White, RHP (Paris JC)
R/R, 6'2, 200, 20 years old
COMMENT: Throws 95 MPH fastball... Will be transferring to the University of New Mexico if he doesn't sign with Cubs...

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ROUND #31 (941): Kyle Wilson, 3B (Hill JC)
B/R, 6'0, 195, 21 years old... Will transfer to NC State if he doesn't sign with Cubs...  

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ROUND #32 (971): Kurt Calvert, CF (Missouri)
L/L, 5'9, 170, 22 years old
COMMENT: Was a 4th OF until his senior year.. Hit .302 with 10 SB (2 CS) in 2008... .

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ROUND #33 (1001): Sean Hoorelbeke, 1B (Central Michigan)
R/R, 6'1, 220, 23 years old
COMMENT: 5th year senior... Hit 310/415/620 with 16 HR & 61 RBI and 19 doubles in 56 games for the Chippewas, with 35/46 BB/K in 260 PA...   

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ROUND #34 (1031): Bubba O'Donnell, RHP (High Point)
R/R, 6'2, 210, 22 years old
COMMENT: Theater major...2nd team All-Big South... went 4-4 with a 3.71 ERA and 8 saves as the Panthers closer in 2008... 22/58 BB/K and 50 hits allowed (.219 OBA) in 63 IP and 31 games.. .

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ROUND #35 (1061): Ross Vagedes, RHP (Wright State)
R/R, 6'2, 215, 23 years old
COMMENT:5th year senior... The Cubs (apparently) drafted Vagedes as a pitcher, but he hasn't pitched since 2007... His career numbers as a pitcher at WSU are 5-5 with 5.40 ERA, 93 IP, 102 H, .277 OBA, and 47/61 BB/K... Conversely, he hit 322/377/518 as a full-time outfielder in 2008... I guess you can never have too many outfielders-turned-pitchers...

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ROUND #36 (1091): Michael Brenly, C (UNLV)
R/R, 6'3, 210, 21 years old
COMMENT: Son of Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly... Was drafted previously by the Cubs (43rd round in 2005), but did not sign... Hit 307/378/434, with 3 HR and 34 RBI in 56 games, with 21/22 BB/K in 225 PA for the Rebels in 2008... Bears a strong resemblance to Bill Cowher's son... 

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ROUND #37 (1121): Erik Hamren, RHP (Saddleback JC)
R/R, 6'1, 195, 21 years old
COMMENT: Hasn't pitched much in his college career... Transferred to Saddleback from the University of the Pacific... Saddleback is the JC Mark Grace attended before he transferred to San Diego State...  

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ROUND #38 (1151): Sean McNaughton, OF (BYU)
R/R, 5;9, 190, 22 years old
COMMENT: Was a Freshman All-American in 2005... Hit 347/389/623 with 14 HR & 53 RBI, 23 doubles, and 15/39 BB/K in 289 PA and 58 games for Cougars in 2008... Spent 2006 & 2007 seasons on an LDS mission to Washington, D. C.... Last year the Cubs drafted a player from BYU who had spent two years on an LDS mission to Siberia...

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ROUND #39 (1181): Jordan Brown, RHP (LSU)
R/R, 6'0, 185, 21 years old
COMMENT: Was LSU's "Saturday" (#2) rotation starter in 2007, but was demoted to the #3 slot in 2008... 4-0 with a 5.32 ERA, 83 hits in only 64.1 IP, with 28/56 BB/K in '08... Throws a 93 MPH fastball, a curve & a change-up... was previously drafted by TB (2005), ATL (in 2006), and CIN (in 2007), but did not sign... (Probably SHOULD have signed)... Transferred to LSU from Meridian CC...

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ROUND #40 (1211): Jared McDonald, SS (Pima CC)
L/R, 6'00, 180, 20 years old
COMMENT: Hit .467 with 11 HR for PCC...  Played shortstop in JC ball but will likely move to 2B as he moves up the ladder.. Will transfer to Michigan State if he doesn't sign with Cubs...

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ROUND #41 (1241): Jordan Petraitis, SS (Miami University)
R/R, 6'2, 210, 21 years old
COMMENT: Was 2nd team All-MAC in 2008, after being named 1st team All-MAC in 2007... Hit 352/460/588 in 2008, with 19 doubles in just 54 games... 33/32 BB/K in 262 PA...

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ROUND #42 (1271): Derek Riley, RHP (Chandler-Gilbert CC)
R/R, 6'4, 200, 20 years old
COMMENT Went 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA at CGCC in 2008.. will transfer to Arkansas State if he doesn't sign with Cubs...

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ROUND #43 (1301): Jesse Ginley, RHP (Dunnellon HS - Dunnellon, FL)
R/R, 6'3, 180, 18 years old
COMMENT: Will probably attend St. Petersburg CC if he doesn't sign with Cubs... Brother Kyle pitches in Toronto Blue Jays organization...

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ROUND #44 (1331): David Doss, C (South Alabama)
R/R, 6'1, 190, 21 years old
COMMENT: Was Jaguars everyday third-baseman in 2007, but was converted to catcher prior to 2008 season... Played in all 55 USA games in 2008, either as catcher, third-baseman, or DH... Hit 325/429/550 with 10 HR and 45 RBI, and 33/29 BB/K in 260 PA...

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ROUND #45 (1359): Ashton Florko, LHP (University of British Columbia)
R/L, 6'3, 220, 20 years old 

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ROUND #46 (1386): Tony Zych, RHP (St. Rita HS - Chicago, IL)
R/R, 6'3, 185, 17 years old
COMMENT: Has signed NLI with the University of Louisville...

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ROUND #47 (1413): Chad Cregar, RF (Western Kentucky) 
L/R, 6'3, 221, 21 years old
COMMENT: Big-time power hitting 1B-OF... Hit 360/420/680 with 21 HR and 82 RBI in 60 games, with 24/51 BB/K in 283 PA for Hilltoppers in 2008, and was named to All-Tournament team at the NCAA Stillwater Regional last weekend...

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ROUND #48 (1440): Dylan Moseley, RHP (Louisiana Tech)
R/R, 6'4, 185, 21 years old
COMMENT: Brother of Angels RHP Dustin Moseley... Was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2007 but did not sign... Has been Tech's "Sunday" (#3)  starter for the past two years, but really struggled in 2008, going 1-5 with a 6.43 ERA, allowing 71 hits in only 49 IP, with a 16/23 BB/K... Teammate of Cubs 2008 20th round pick, Jericho Jones...

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ROUND #49 (1467): Hunter Scantling, RHP (Episcopal HS - Jacksonville, FL)
R/R, 6'8, 235, 18 years old 
COMMENT: Has signed NLI with Florida State... Big dude but he apparently needs a lot of polishing and probably would cost more than he's worth right now...

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ROUND #50 (1494): Pete Levitt, RHP  (Pitt CC)
R/R, 6'5, 235, 19 years old
COMMENT: Went 3-0 with a 5.34 ERA at PCC in 2008, allowing 20 hits and 20 runs (19 ER) over 32 IP, with a 15/41 BB/K...

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So that's it. Now the Cubs just need to sign 'em!

Last year, the Cubs signed 33 of their 50 draft picks (about 2/3), so I would expect a similar percentage this year.

Comments

Thanks for the details Phil, MLB is displaying very little information for anyone beyond the first round or two, so it's nice to get more than a name.

I know the stats don't always tell the whole story, but what's the story behind drafting some of these pitchers with high ERAs and mediocre peripherals? There's really not any better players out there?

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In reply to by childersb

as that seems to be our MO. Wilken likes athletes, so I am not opposed to short guys with lots of skill. Not sure I liked Cerda as a high pick, but some of the later hitters have great SB stats and/or are great atheletes (a couple were all-conference QBs, for example).

Cubs can be first in the majors to 40 wins tonight (6/6). First in the majors to 40: 2007: 6/9 - BOS (won World Series) and LAA (made playoffs) 2006: 6/11 - DET (won pennant) 2005: 6/8 - CHW (won World Series) 2004: 6/13 - NYY (made playoffs) Source: BaseballRace.com

Rich Hill's line from today's start 5 IP 1 H 1R 0ER 7 BB 5K He's not quite into Rick Ankiel/Steve Blass territory yet but he's not far from it.

The Cubs took Gray in the 27th round, but he has first round talent. An injury and a strong college commitment led to his fall, but the Cubs took a flyer on him in the later rounds with the hope of signing him. I think teams should take all reasonable steps to sign a player who has top talent but has fallen due to signability concerns. Certainly there could be a waste of money on some of these players, but in reality the pick is like having an extra first or second round choice. A few recent year late round picks with signability issues drafted late but unsigned by the Cubs: Tim Lincecum, Khalil Greene, Matt LaPorta (top Brewers prospect). Truly I think teams should try to sign everyone, even if the cost is high. We drafted Cashner last year in the 29th round -- we could have had him developing in AZ with Phil and then drafted someone else #1. Even if only 5% of the extra signed players actually become a decent prospect, if they become a top player like Cashner (or Lincecum, for that matter), the cost is worth it.

Michael Brenly... Son of Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly... Bears a strong resemblance to Bill Cowher's son... Ha! AZ Phil did a funny! Don't think that one was from Scout.com.

Recent comments

  • 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