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  • Arizona Phil 07/10/2019 - 5:31pm (View in context)

    The Cubs have released RHP Jesus Tejada. 


  • Charlie 07/10/2019 - 9:36am (View in context)

    Definitely not a bad a idea with Javy repeating his offensive numbers, Bote showing he's roughly a league average player right now, Almora floundering a bit offensively, and Happ not doing much to inspire hope. I guess we'll have to wait and see how the OF defense shakes out. Who are the defensive success stories of IF to OF conversions? Zobrist, Hamilton, and Adam Jones come to mind for now. But I can think of more failures than successes.


  • Ryno 07/10/2019 - 7:30am (View in context)

    But really, who spells it "Willson" anyways...


  • crunch 07/09/2019 - 9:57pm (View in context)

    a revolving SS/2nd/CF would do just fine.  i could learn to live with that.


  • Wrigley Rat 07/09/2019 - 8:57pm (View in context)

    Nico Hoerner played CF in today's Tennessee game and led off. That's news to me! Anyone hear if he'll get more time out there or if it was a one and done?


  • crunch 07/09/2019 - 7:42pm (View in context)

    verlander reminding the world he's got one of the best curveballs in the game, and the game's history.


  • Charlie 07/09/2019 - 7:29pm (View in context)

    Javy vs. Verlander was entertaining.


  • Arizona Phil 07/09/2019 - 11:16am (View in context)

    Approximate equivalency of short-season levels: 

    DSL CUBS = U. S. HS baseball 
    AZL CUBS = JC or D-3 college baseball 
    EXST = AZL+ 
    EUGENE = D-1 or D-2 college baseball  
    AFL = AA

    It's sometimes difficult for Latin American players to play at Eugene (at least the first season the player is there) because the NWL has a lot of polished college seniors (which is what it's designed for), so sometimes it's easier for a Latin American player to go directly from AZL to South Bend (via EXST) than AZL to Eugene to South Bend. 


  • Arizona Phil 07/08/2019 - 10:07pm (View in context)

    This coming Friday (7/12) at 5 PM Eastern is the deadline to sign players selected in last month's First-Year Player Draft. 

    College seniors with no eligibility left are not affected by the deadline (they remain on the drafting club's Negotiation List until they sign or until one week prior to next year's draft, whichever comes first), but the Cubs signed all of their 2019 college senior draft picks. 

    In addition, any player eligible to be selected in the First-Year Player Draft who was not selected (Non-Drafted Free-Agent - NDFA) and who is not a college senior with no eligibility left can be signed anytime up until one week prior to next year's draft or until the player enrolls in college (whichever comes first).

    As is the case for college seniors with no eligibility left who were selected in the draft, a college senior NDFA can be signed any time up until one week prior to next year's draft. 


  • crunch 07/08/2019 - 9:36pm (View in context)


    Jacob Resnick‏ @Jacob_Resnick

    Yeah the Home Run Derby is cool, but nothing is more electric than the Korean bunting contest.


  • Arizona Phil 07/08/2019 - 3:50pm (View in context)

    Speaking of Allen Webster, his minor league rehab assignment must end no later than July 31 (that's the 30th day of the assignment), so if there isn't room for him on the MLB 25-man roster when his rehab assignment concludes (he is out of minor league options so he can't be optioned to the minors, and right now he looks to be the 9th man in an eight-man bullpen), the Cubs might look to trade Webster prior to the 4 PM Eastern 7/31 deadline -- possibly for ISBP space(?) -- rather than risk losing him off waivers.


  • Arizona Phil 07/08/2019 - 3:45pm (View in context)

    The problem with adding Danny Hultzen to the 40 is that Hultzen is out of minor league options - AND - because he has been outrighteed to the minors previously in his career he has the right to elect free-agency if he were to be outrighted after being added to the 40, but the Cubs have spent two seasons nursing Hultzen through his rehab and I just don't think they want to watch him walk away as a minor league 6YFA post-2019 without at least first getting a look at him in MLB Spring Training in 2020.  

    It is possible that the Cubs would let Hultzen walk away as a minor league 6YFA free-agent after the World Series and then (hopefully) re-sign him to a pre-arranged 2020 minor league deal (for MLB money and an NRI to Spring Training) after the Rule 5 Draft (a variation on the non-tender process), but it's about six weeks between the end of the World Series and the Rule 5 Draft, and that might be a bit too long to wait given that Hultzen is under no obligation to re-sign with the Cubs once he becomes a minor league FA. (The Cubs would not want to re-sign Hultzen to a minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft because he would be a virtual lock to get selected).  

    But what the Cubs could do is add Hultzen to the 40 after the World Series (prior to him becoming a minor league FA) and then non-tender him on 12/2 and re-sign him to a minor league contract after the Rule 5 Draft (the Rule 5 Draft is only about two weeks after the MLB contract tender date), just as I project they will do with Allen Webster (although unlike Hultzen, Webster is already on the 40).   


  • Arizona Phil 07/08/2019 - 3:20pm (View in context)

    I project Colin Rea to directly replace Alec Mills on the 40 because they are comparable pitchers (legit AAA SP), but Rea has two minor league options left and Mills will be out of minor league options in 2020, making Rea more-valuable as a Chicago - Des Moines shuttle rider in 2020 than Mills.  


  • Arizona Phil 07/08/2019 - 3:08pm (View in context)

    Keep in mind that under the new 2019 waiver rules, a player claimed off Outright Assignment Waivers during the off-season (beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season and extending up until the first day of Spring Training) cannot be placed back on waivers again for at least seven days, so off-season waiver claiming "shenanigans" might be cut back a bit this coming off-season. (Players claimed off waivers during the season -- beginning on the first day of Spring Training and extending through the last day of the MLB regular season -- cannot be placed back on waivers again for at least 72 hours or until the player has spent at least one day on the claiming club's 25-man active roster, whichever comes first).  


  • Arizona Phil 07/08/2019 - 3:01pm (View in context)

    I say "as things stand right now" because the Cubs just - MIGHT - make a trade or two prior to mid-December. 


  • seamer 07/08/2019 - 10:57am (View in context)

    Also, the move seemingly leaves the Cubs very thin in MLB-ready CF depth. If Almora were to get injured, there would be zero true CF in the organization with MLB experience. I don't love the idea of trying to play a postseason with Heyward as the only real OF on the roster. 


  • Arizona Phil 07/07/2019 - 12:57pm (View in context)

    HAGSAG: Nelson Velazquez has been in Mesa for a while but I don't know the nature of his injury. Hopefully he will begin an AZL rehab assignment soon and then get back to South Bend.   


  • Charlie 07/07/2019 - 9:46am (View in context)

    I am unhappily remembering that even when you have an elite closer you still feel closer drama. I will immediately forget this as soon as the Cubs don't have an elite closer again.


  • Hagsag 07/07/2019 - 9:23am (View in context)

    What is the extent of Nelson Velazquez injury? Is he in Mesa Phil? Thanks.


  • Arizona Phil 07/07/2019 - 6:25am (View in context)

    There are a dozen J-2 IFA signed by the Cubs prior to the conclusion of the 2018-19 ISP on June 15th (K. Abreu, L. Barrelliza, E. Blanco, A. Feliz, W. Figuereo, E. Gamargo, R. Green, S. Mateo, G. Montano, S. Rodriguez, J. Rojas, and W. Ruiz) who are on the Restricted List because there isn't room for them on either of the two DSL Cubs rosters. All twelve of these players were signed after the Cubs acquired $750K in 2018-19 ISBP space from the Baltimore Orioles on April 5th in return for the Orioles retaining control of RHP Pedro Araujo (selected by Baltimore in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft).  

    Only J-2 IFA signed after July 1st (and up through December 31st) can be "Signed for Future Service" (that is, contract is for the next season), so J-2 IFA who were signed by the Cubs after December 31st and prior to the conclusion of the 2018-19 ISP on June 15th who have not been added to a minor league roster yet (and who by rule cannot be "Signed for Future Service" -- they must be signed to 2019 contracts) have instead been placed on the Restricted List and apparently will remain there until additional DSL roster slots become available (which might not happen until after the conclusion of the 2019 season). In order for this to work, the Cubs would have had to make sure that each of the twelve IFA who are on the Restricted List stay home and not report to the Cubs Dominican Academy until additional DSL roster slots become available, because "failing to report" is one of the reasons a player can be placed on the Restricted List.  

    So by using the Restricted List as a de facto Future Services List the Cubs were able to sign more players prior to the conclusion of the 2018-19 ISP (when the club had plenty of ISBP space thanks to the Araujo deal, but not enough roster slots for all of the players they signed) rather than waiting to sign the players until July 2nd (the start of the 2019-20 ISP) when the players could have been Signed for Future Service (so that they would not count against the DSL club's reserve list until DSL Opening Day 2020) but when the club might not have as much ISBP space available as it did at the end of the previous ISP (which is apparently the case for the Cubs right now, after B. Altuve, K. Made, and R. Quintero received multi-million dollar signing bonuses that exhausted the Cubs entire 2019-20 ISBP the very first day of the ISP). So expect the Cubs to try and acquire additional 2019-20 ISBP space via trade (they could add up to an additional $3,238,980 in 2019-20 ISBP space - IF - they can find clubs willing to trade ISBP space).   

    What's kind of interesting/odd is that the Cubs signed five second-contract free-agents (all pitchers) since the start of the DSL season and assigned them to the two DSL Cubs teams, thereby taking away roster slots that could have been used by five of the twelve 2018-19 J-2 IFA who remain on the Restricted List. 


  • Arizona Phil 07/06/2019 - 11:11pm (View in context)

    The Cubs have signed 20-year old second-contract FA RHRP Rodrigo Garcia (ex-NYY) to a minor league contract. He was the closer for the DSL Yankees in 2017 but hasn't pitched for a couple of years.  


  • bradsbeard 07/06/2019 - 10:50pm (View in context)

    That was an assumption on my part about Evans. Should have checked! But regardless, the point stands about Machado. Adames was in the same boat but at least the Cubs gave him his release so he could look for another opportunity. Even with options remaining Evans might be more valuable to the Cubs off the 40 man in the odd chance that another team becomes desparate for a replacement in August. Colin Rea is another guy like that (even though he has options). 


  • crunch 07/06/2019 - 9:42pm (View in context)

    k, hbp, k, walk, k

    cubs win and take control of 1st place.


  • crunch 07/06/2019 - 9:28pm (View in context)

    c.kimbrel vs a 3 run lead.


  • Cubster 07/06/2019 - 8:08pm (View in context)

    One billion pitches for the WSux pitchers here in the top 5th. Lido left at 87 pitches...

    Next stop Chi town, Lido put the money down, let 'em roll
    He said one more pitch ought to get it
    One last basehit 'fore we quit it

    One for the road, whoah, oh oh oh.


  • Arizona Phil 07/06/2019 - 4:13pm (View in context)

    DJL: With approval of the MLB Commissioner, if a player incurs a new (different) injury or illness or suffers a recurrence of the previous injury or illness while on a Minor League Rehabilitation Assignment, the player must be recalled from his Rehab Assignment and remain inactive for at least five days (for position players) or seven days (for pitchers) before starting another Minor League Rehab Assignment. 

    They don't usually update it when that happens, but you can tell when it does because the player is inactive for a number of days and is not reinstated from the IL (as has been the case with Cedeno since his last minor league rehab appearance on 6/20).  


  • Arizona Phil 07/06/2019 - 3:57pm (View in context)

    chitownmvp01: Actually it's right here at TCR and has been all year and I update it almost daily:


  • chitownmvp01 07/06/2019 - 3:07pm (View in context)

    No roster move tonight. :(

    Zagunis for Descalso, come on already, make it happen!!!!!!


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 07/06/2019 - 2:20pm (View in context)

    News on Cedeno: he’s terrible. Not sure if that’s really news though?

    He probably re-injured himself and they just haven’t updated th Iowa roster to reflect his rehab was terminated


  • chitownmvp01 07/06/2019 - 2:08pm (View in context)

    Why hasn't Zagunis replaced Descalso on the roster yet? Heyward and Almora are currently the only natural outfielders on the roster. And Descalso sucks too.

    Also any news on Cedeno? Haven't found any. Hasn't pitched since 6/20 and 30 days are up on the rehab assignment on Tuesday.


  • chitownmvp01 07/06/2019 - 2:05pm (View in context)

    Evans has 2 options remaining according to Roster Resource. Machado 0.


  • bradsbeard 07/06/2019 - 11:26am (View in context)

    I’ve been thinking about this with regard to guys like Dixon Machado and Phillip Evans. The Cubs aren’t going to want to give those guys a chance in the majors before September because they are out of options and because they are needed as insurance after the trade deadline (or possible trade chips if the Cubs fall out of it). Just seems like the new deadline rules have made it harder for fringe MLB guys on minor league deals to get another crack at the majors. 


  • crunch 07/05/2019 - 10:20pm (View in context)

    PIT scores 5 runs in the bottom 9th to tie MIL...then lose in the 10th.

    MIL inches into 1st place.


  • Arizona Phil 07/05/2019 - 5:54pm (View in context)

    One thing the Cubs will need to do is make sure that post-7/31 trade deadline every position in the Iowa lineup and on the bench and every slot in the I-Cubs starting rotation and bullpen are filled by players who are MLB-ready, because the Cubs will not be able to make a waiver trade for an MLB player in August as in years past. 


  • Arizona Phil 07/05/2019 - 5:38pm (View in context)

    The Cubs usually just place #3 catcher Erick Castillo on the 7-day "phantom" IL when they need a roster slot at Iowa. Obviously they didn't do that this time. 

    BTW, somebody asked me recently how a club can place a player on the "phantom" IL in the minor leagues but not in MLB. That's because a physician must certify an injury before a player can be placed on an MLB IL, but a physician's certification is not required before placing a player on a minor league IL.

    The only thing is, the club still must give a reason when placing a player on a minor league IL ("arm fatigue" is a good one for pitchers and "calf strain" or "back tightness" is typical for position players), and the player must go along with the phantom IL assignment in order for it to happen. That's why it usually involves pitchers or position players who are borderline release candidates and/or guys who have an interest in becoming a coach with the organzation, and it's also sometimes why you see players who are tired of being moved back & forth from the active list to the IL just to help out the organization with a roster jam get released. 


  • Hagsag 07/05/2019 - 5:10pm (View in context)

    Sorry to hear about Hannemann being released. Met him once, nice guy.


  • Ryno 07/05/2019 - 5:04pm (View in context)

    If you are going to throw Javy a slider, it better be in the dirt.


  • Arizona Phil 07/05/2019 - 4:49pm (View in context)

    Duane Underwood Jr last five outings as multi-inning RP at Iowa: 9.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K


  • Arizona Phil 07/05/2019 - 4:10pm (View in context)

    It was interesting that the Cubs would opt to release AAA Iowa CF Jacob Hannemann at this time.

    A 2017 Rawlings AAA Gold Glove winner, Hannemann was one of the in-house candidates (Wynton Bernard and Roberto Caro are the other two) to get a September call-up for the very specialized "5th OF / PR" gig (the job Terrence Gore did last year), plus Hannemann is in the mdidle of a hot streak at the plate (hitting 320/363/360 over his last nine games).  


  • Wrigley Rat 07/05/2019 - 1:23pm (View in context)

    Iowa Cubs released OF Jacob Hannemann.


  • Hagsag 07/05/2019 - 10:34am (View in context)

    I Cubs are kicking butt.


  • Mike Wellman 07/05/2019 - 10:30am (View in context)

    Don't look now, but the I-Cubs have an 11-game divisonal lead & the Memphis branch of Redbirds is in the basement after last night's walkoff win in front of a capacity holiday crowd that included presidential wannabes Biden & Beto. Last year the I-Cubs went 0-8 @ home vs. Memphis & 2-14 overall.


  • First.Pitch.120 07/05/2019 - 9:44am (View in context)

    This Friday off-day is freaking me out... not natural.  I'm glad that the MLB schedule makers in their inifnite wisdom crammed more games into Sept & NOT on the day that 1/2 of America is taking off work... three days before the all-star break. On the plus side, the weird off day, 2 game "road trip", & post ASB homestand means that the Cubs will get more than two weeks in their own beds in the middle of the season. 


  • Arizona Phil 07/05/2019 - 8:58am (View in context)

    The Cubs have released DSL Cubs #2 OF Kelvin Hidalgo (2017 IFA - Dominican Republic). 


  • Arizona Phil 07/05/2019 - 8:53am (View in context)

    The Cubs have released INF Cristhian Adames and OF Jose Cardona (6YFA signed by the Cubs last off-season). They were on Rehab Assignments in the AZL. 


  • michael2z 07/05/2019 - 6:43am (View in context)

    I’m going to be at those games. I hope the Cubs start the second half of the season strong. A sweep would be sweet!


  • Arizona Phil 07/04/2019 - 9:46pm (View in context)

    Jesse Hodges was signed by then-Cubs Pacific Rim Scouting Coordinator Steve Wilson as a NDFA in September 2012 after being named MVP and leading Team Canada to the 18U World Cup Championship in South Korea but struggled to make contact and/or find a consistent power stroke in pro ball, Rafael Mejia (2014 IFA - Dominican Republic) could put on quite a show in BP (he won the HR Derby at AZ Instructs post-2016) but he couldn't translate his power to games (plus he was a well below-average defender who was moved from 3B to 1B a couple of years ago to cut-down on his too-frequent errors at the hot corner), Ruben Reyes (one of about two dozen players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico 2015-18) was a plus-defender in the OF with a plus-arm but he couldn't hit a lick and so he was converted to a LHP last summer in the AZL, and Dalton Hurd (Cubs 25th round draft pick - Seattle University) was a glove-first athletic corner OF who (like Reyes) just could not hit in pro ball. 


  • CubsCentral08 07/04/2019 - 7:22pm (View in context)

    Rafael Mejia, Ruben Reyes, and Dalton Hurd also released today. 


  • crunch 07/04/2019 - 6:51pm (View in context)

    clint hurdle was totally unimpressed with maddon’s temper tantrum.  he wasn’t mad...he wasn’t buying it.


  • Hagsag 07/04/2019 - 6:34pm (View in context)

    Happy 4th to you all.