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  • cubs b.brach 1/3m

    not bad

    crunch 1 month 9 hours ago
  • no idea, myself

    crunch 1 month 1 day ago
  • Can I ask why?

    Hagsag 1 month 1 day ago
  • no, many threads are locked for comment 

    crunch 1 month 1 day ago
  • I really think Morrow missing the start of the season can be a good thing. Strop/Cishek/Edwards can cover the late innings for a month. Hopefully a shortened season helps Morrow stay on the field in September-October. 

    bradsbeard 1 month 1 day ago
  • Am I the only one that has problems posting?

    Hagsag 1 month 1 day ago
  • "Brandon Morrow (elbow) is aiming to begin playing catch around February 6.

    Morrow told Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic that he typically begins throwing around January 6, so it figures that the 34-year-old right-hander will miss at least one month of regular-season action following his early-November elbow debridement surgery. "Every game counts, but you’d rather miss the first month than the last however many months," Morrow said Tuesday"

    crunch 1 month 1 day ago
  • Big-time BP power display by Alexander "El Increible Hulk" Guerra, Nelson Velazquez, and Carlos Morfa on Field #5 today... Tyler Payne has been added to Instructs roster (see UPDATED ROSTER in original post above)...   

    NOTE: These group assignments are generally the same every day

    FIELD #4 

    GROUP 1
    Edmond Americaan 
    D. J. Artis 
    Aramis Ademan 
    Jimmy Herron 
    Yonathan Perlaza 

    GROUP 2
    Reivaj Garcia 
    Josue Huma 
    Fidel Mejia 
    Ezequiel Pagan 

    GROUP 3
    Miguel Amaya 
    Orian Nunez 
    Miguel Pabon 
    Luis Verdugo 
    FIELD #5 

    GROUP 1
    Fernando Kelli 
    Kevin Moreno 
    Luis Vazquez 
    Delvin Zinn 

    GROUP 2
    Luis Diaz 
    Carlos Morfa 
    Jake Slaughter 
    Nelson Velazquez 

    GROUP 3
    Jamie Galazin 
    Alexander Guerra 
    Cole Roederer 
    Jonathan Soto 

    FIELD #6 (KinaTrax Motion Capture optical camera array)

    GROUP 1:
    Jhonny Bethencourt 
    Brennen Davis 
    Nico Hoerner
    Christopher Morel 

    GROUP 2
    Tyler Durna 
    Luke Reynolds
    Jared Young 
    Andy Weber 

    GROUP 3
    Levi Jordan 
    Jhonny Pereda 
    Henderson Perez 
    Tyler Payne 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 2 days ago
  • The Cubs have signed RHSP Christian Bergman and INF Cristhian Adames to 2019 minor league contracts, and both will presumably get an NRI to MLB Spring Training. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 2 days ago
  • i like how both teams and the umps universally laughed it off because everybody doctors the ball with pinetar/resin/etc and everyone knows it...the umps just don't like it when you make it too obvious.

    michael pineda was out there trying to ruin it for everyone, though...and trevor "i have a phd from trevor bauer's mind university" bauer, too.

    crunch 1 month 3 days ago
  • Thanks Crunch!
    And thanks for posting this link. I forgot how incredible that was when I first saw it. Good GOD!

    CubbyBlue 1 month 3 days ago
  • cards GM stating publically they're attempting to sign goldschmidt to a longterm extension...also molina won't start playing spring games until mid-march (knee) and will probably miss the start of the season..

    crunch 1 month 3 days ago
  • Last day of Instructs will be February 5th, as the Cubs minor leaguers will have to make-room for the big leaguers (Cubs MLB pitchers & catchers report on 2/12 - first field work-out is 2/13).  

    There will be a ten-day minor league pre-season mini-camp on the Riverview backfields (quad) beginning on 2/20 (after the big leaguers move from the backfields to Field #1 and Field #2 for work-outs and to Sloan Park for MLB Cactus League games), and then Minor League Camp (minor league Spring Training) officially begins on the Riverview backfields (quad) the week of March 4th.   

    Arizona Phil 1 month 3 days ago
  • With the Cubs moving Instructs from September to January, it will be very difficult for the Cubs Fantasy Camp to continue at Riverview/Sloan going forward, unless it's moved to December and/or to another venue in the area (Fitch Park & HoHoKam maybe?).  

    Arizona Phil 1 month 3 days ago
  • 23 of the 32 Cubs 2018 Rule 4 Draft (MLB First-Year Player Draft) picks are participating in Instructs. However, there are twelve 2018 Draft picks & NDFA who are not at Instructs: 

    LHP Chris Allen 
    INF Clayton Daniel 
    1B-OF Grant Fennell (NDFA) 
    OF Dalton Hurd 
    C Benny Kaleiwahea (NDFA) 
    C Caleb Knight (NDFA) 
    LHP Jack Patterson
    RHP Jake Reindl
    LHP Josh Sawyer 
    RHP Carlos Vega 
    RHP Blake Whitney 
    NOTE: OF Drew Wharton retired 

    And again, there are - NO - 2018-19 IFA at Instructs, and there is only one player at Instructs who spent the 2018 season in the DSL (OF Carlos Morfa). 

    By comparison, there were two 2017-18 IFA (SS Fabian Pertuz and SS Luis Verdugo) and 18 players (Bruzual, Y. Cruz, L. Diaz, Fernandez, Gaitan, Huma, Kelli, R. Lopez, Matos, C. Morel, O. Nunez, Pacheco, C. Paula, H. Perez, Soto, Tejada, Vargas, and Verenzuela) who spent the 2017 season in the DSL at post-2017 Instructs. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 3 days ago
  • Ademan, B. Davis, and Hoerner continued tee-drills with Hitting Coordinator Chris Valaika on Field #5 this morning and C. Morel, J. Young, and Weber continued tee-drills with Assistant Hitting Coordinator Tom Beyers on Field #6, while the other infielders & outfielders were participating in baserunning drills with Doug Dascenzo and Mike Roberts on Field #3 and Field #4. (The catchers are usually assigned to work with pitchers in the bullpen or on the half-field, so they generally aren't available to do baserunning drills).  

    Cubs Fantasy Camp arrived on the backfields (quad) at about noon, so Cubs moved Instructs operations to the other side of the UAPC, continuing work on Field #1, Field #2, and the half-field. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 3 days ago
  • Me too...

    for those who may have missed it:

    Cubster 1 month 3 days ago
  • i lost it at the yadi/chest protector/ball thing.  10/10.  A+.

    crunch 1 month 4 days ago
  • No to a Zo trade. I can never forget that seventh game double in the WS. He is untouchable to me.

    Hagsag 1 month 4 days ago
  • "Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic writes that the Cubs have "bandied about the idea of trading Ben Zobrist this offseason."

    ...the team has evidently considered trading him for bullpen help and payroll space. However, it does not appear at this point that any deal involving Zobrist is close."

    crunch 1 month 4 days ago
  • sonny gray being sent to the reds...

    cubs are expected to respond by signing a random 27 year old to a minor league contract any time now.

    crunch 1 month 5 days ago
  • 1/19 NOTE: While the other 24 infielders & outfielders were engaged in bunting practice under the tutelage of Doug Dascenzo on the half-field, the six guys with the highest exit-velo/hard contact rate (Aramis Ademan, Brennen Davis, Nico Hoerner, Christopher Morel, Andy Weber, and Jared Young) took special BP (tee-drills) on Field #1 (with Assistant Hitting Coordinator Tom Beyers) and Field #2 (with Hitting Coordinator Chris Valaika), working on striking the ball on the lower third and driving the ball in the air foul line-to-foul line.

    While all six made consistent hard contact and did a nice job of spraying line-drives, Hoerner and Young are clearly way ahead of the other four. Hoerner and Young are really good hitters, and I wouldn't be surprised if both begin the 2019 season at AA. (After playing 1st base in infield practice yesterday, Young worked-out with the outfielders rather than the infielders in this morning's pre-BP fielding practice, so the Cubs apparently project him as a 1B-LF going forward).     

    Arizona Phil 1 month 5 days ago
  • "Kris Bryant said his shoulder is now perfectly healthy and he has been taking batting practice at full strength since December 1st."


    "Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said shortstop Addison Russell will get a "conditional second chance" to remain with the organization.

    The Cubs consulted with Russell's ex-wife (the victim of the abuse), and Epstein said "She felt like this was Addison's best chance to get his life in order.""


    crunch 1 month 5 days ago
  • Jordan Bastian‏ @MLBastian

    Yu Darvish is set to begin long toss in a couple days and is about a week out from his first planned bullpen session of the spring. Says Opening Day is a realistic goal for him based on his progress.


    crunch 1 month 6 days ago
  • NOTES: OF Carlos Morfa (DSL Cubs #2) is the only 2018 DSL Cubs player who was invited to Instructs. There are no 2018-19 IFA at Instructs. INF Orian Nunez (AZL Cubs #1) is being converted to catcher. Other than LHP (ex-OF) Ruben Reyes and RHP (ex-OF) Jose Alejandro Gonzalez (who were converted to pitcher in the AZL last summer), there are no other pitcher conversions in progress at this time.

    Arizona Phil 1 month 6 days ago
  • here, have a king sized dose of cubs offseason action...

    Cubs signed RHP Rob Scahill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    crunch 1 month 6 days ago
  • I am depressed because of no ACTION !

    Hagsag 1 month 6 days ago
  • So, then, the big reveal at the Cubs Convention will undoubtably be the new Clark and Clarkin Radio show.  And podcast.  Obviously.

    Jackstraw 1 month 6 days ago
  • "ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the Yankees have a three-year, $27 million agreement in place with free agent reliever Adam Ottavino."

    the yanks have solidified one hell of a pen this offseason.

    the cubs...umm...well, kyle ryan, i guess.

    there's still some "names" out there, but it's getting thinner.

    crunch 1 month 6 days ago
  • Sloan or Camelback.

    Flight through Sky Harbor, perhaps.

    tim815 1 month 1 week ago
  • Poor kid is not going to know which ballpark to go to

    cubbies.4ever 1 month 1 week ago
  • At least for a few days.

    Hagsag 1 month 1 week ago
  • the most beloved pitcher in all of chicago.

    crunch 1 month 1 week ago
  • Ian Clarkin.

    He's back.

    tim815 1 month 1 week ago
  • i can't wait to hear about who's fixing jason heyward's swing this off-season.  also, where in wrigley are they going to put another jumbo screen?

    the big news of who's going to play concerts and destroy the OF should be interesting, too.

    crunch 1 month 1 week ago
  • Anybody think something exciting will happen before the Convention?

    Hagsag 1 month 1 week ago
  • yanks give dj lemahieu 2/24m

    he's supposed to play all over the place until/unless tulo shows himself to be ineffective while g.torres plays 2nd until he's ready to slide over to SS.

    crunch 1 month 1 week ago
  • OK, that answers my question.  I just didn't know if his salary foreited while suspended counted.  So it's $2.8 (assuming he remains a Cub all year, not traded, DFA, etc.) + whatever bonuses he hits.  Not $3.4 + bonuses.

    cubbies.4ever 1 month 1 week ago
  • Over the past month the Cubs have signed 12 free-agents to 2019 minor league contracts: OF-!B Jim Adduci, C Francisco Arcia, OF Jose Cardona, INF Ryan Court, INF Phillip Evans, OF Evan Marzilli, RHRP Carlos Ramirez, RHRP Allen Webster, and LHRP Mike Zagurski were signed about 3-1/2 weeks ago (after the Rule 5 Draft), RHRP Matt Carasiti was signed about ten days ago, and OF Zach Borenstein and RHSP Colin Rea signed last week. Presumably most (if not all) of them got an NRI to Spring Training.  

    Arizona Phil 1 month 1 week ago
  • We seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    Hagsag 1 month 1 week ago
  • "Cubs signed C Francisco Arcia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training."

    his skills include having a pulse, legs that work, and an ability to open and close doors.

    his pitching skills fall well behind other HOF-calibre pitching catchers like david ross.

    crunch 1 month 1 week ago
  • HAGSAG: Addison Russell can work-out with the team but he cannot play in MLB Cactus League Spring Training games. He can, however, play in a Cactus League "B" game on a backfield, minor league Spring Training games, and Extended Spring Training games, prior to beginning his official 12-day minor league conditioning assignment (probably at AAA Iowa on 4/20).

    Whatever he does prior to being reinstated will be without pay (salary), but he will receive MLB meal money and accomodations when on the road during his official minor league conditioning assignment.

    He actually isn't required to do anything prior to being reinstated, although if he declines to participate in backfield activities during Spring Training, Extended Spring Training in April, and the 12-game minor league conditioning assignment, the Cubs could delay Russell's return to their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) for up to 30 days beyond the end of his suspension, and then fhey could just option him to the minors for an indefinite period of time after adding him back to the 40.

    So it's - VERY - likely that Russell will do everything he can to get back on the Cubs MLB Reserve List at the earliest possible date (which is 5/2, barring rain-outs during the first 35 days of the MLB regular season that are not made-up prior to 5/2) so that he can begin to earn his roster bonus. I suspect that's part of the reason the Cubs offered a roster bonus as part of his contract, to help motivate Russell to participate fully even though he is not being paid during the suspension. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 1 week ago
  • AZ Phil, can Russell join the team for Spring Training? 

    Hagsag 1 month 1 week ago
  • cubbies.4ever: A club's luxury tax liability is calculated - AFTER - the conclusion of the MLB regular season, and any performance bonus earned by a player is included in the AAV. So Addison Russell's 2019 contract AAV cannot be determined (for sure) until after the conclusion of the 2019 MLB regular season, but it will include whatever salary he is actually paid (salary forfeited while suspended does not count toward the AAV) plus any performance bonus (roster bonus) he might earn. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 1 week ago
  • "Nolan Arenado requested $30 million and was offered $24 million by the Rockies when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday."

    wow.  either way that's an arbitration record.  crazy.

    crunch 1 month 1 week ago
  • They say Russell's contract is prorated at $2.8 MIL due to his suspension.  Now does it cost the Cubs as far as the competitive tax calculator $2.8 MIL or $3.4 MIL (Excluding bonuses)?

    cubbies.4ever 1 month 1 week ago
  • bryant 12.9m

    baez 5.2m

    ...and appx 36.25m later the cubs are done with arbitration eligible players

    ...appx 15.5m more payroll burden compared to last season

    russell "only" got a 200K base raise, but he's eligable for 600K more if he's on the roster 150 days.  the news of russell getting this contract is going over like a lead balloon on twitter with cubs fans.

    crunch 1 month 1 week ago
  • So have they saved enough to sign a second rate relief pitcher?

    Hagsag 1 month 1 week ago
  • schwarber 3.39m

    hendricks 7.405m

    montgomery 2.44m

    russell 3.4m

    edwards 1.5m

    crunch 1 month 1 week ago
  • The Cubs have signed free-agent OF Zach Borenstein to a minor league contract. 

    Arizona Phil 1 month 2 weeks ago